“We are very happy with our Volvo excavators,” says operations manager Satish Kadian. “Because of their longevity and reliability, we want to purchase more of these machines as we gradually retire the older ones.”
The machines are used across the mining site for many applications, including digging and general earth moving, coal transportation and soil removal – all tasks made more challenging given the tropical conditions of Chhattisgarh, where temperatures can reach 48°C. The machines also load coal into railway cars, where it is transferred for boiler firing at power plants around India.
The company has three Volvo wheel loaders that have each clocked more than 50,000 hours. A Volvo L120E wheel loader purchased in 2004 has reached 51,000 hours and a L120D wheel loader has hit 54,000 hours. The machines work 16 hours a day, seven days a week.
“You don’t achieve success overnight in the mining business,” adds Sindhu. “You earn your stripes over time with consistent performance, improved productivity and better cost efficiency. We can always count on our Volvo machines to deliver this. Volvo excavators are also more productive than other brands because of their better swing capabilities and cycle times. Volvo machines as a rule are extremely fuel efficient and easy to maintain. The aftermarket service provided by Volvo is also quite simply the best in the business. And, when you add everything up based on overall cost-per-tonne, Volvo offers us the lowest rate going.”
Picture 1: Surrounded by Gevra’s vast open cast
Picture 2: The Volvo G930 grader collects its
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