Bangalore: BEML Ltd – a PSU under Ministry of Defence has started supplying coaches to Jaipur Metro and has supplied Metro cars to Jaipur Metro Rail Project Phase-IA. The company has supplied the same against the order for Rs.318 Crore for manufacture, supply, testing and commissioning of 10 train sets of 4-car each. The first trail run of Jaipur Metro Rail Car was started on September 18, 2013. BEML Ltd (formerly Bharat Earth Movers Ltd) was established for undertaking manufacture of Rail Coaches & Spare Parts and Mining Equipment at its Bangalore Complex.
About BEML Ltd
Bharat Earth Movers Limited now known as BEML is a Schedule-A Public Sector Undertaking under Ministry of Defence, with headquarters in Sampangiramanagara, Bangalore. It manufactures a variety of heavy earth equipment, such as that used for earth moving, transport and mining.
History: BEML incorporated in May 1964, and commenced operations on 1 January 1965. It was wholly owned and operated by India’s Ministry of Defense until 1992, when the government divested 25% of its holdings in the company. BEML is Asia’s second-largest manufacturer of earth moving equipment, and it controls 70% of India’s market in that sector. Its stock trades on the National Stock Exchange of India under the symbol “BEML”, and on the Bombay Stock Exchange under the code “500048”. The company went for Follow On Public offer (FPO) and fixed the price band for its FPO between Rs.1,020 and Rs.1,090.
Manufacturing Facilities: BEML has manufacturing plants in Kolar Gold Fields, Bangalore, Palakkad and Mysore. It has numerous regional offices throughout the country. KGF unit is the main unit accounting for the manufacture and assembly of a wide array of earth-moving equipment such as Bulldozers and Excavators. Railcoaches are made in the Bangalore complex and the Mysore facility makes dump trucks and engines of various capacity .
Products: BEML manufactures a wide range of products to meet the needs of Mining, Construction, Power, Irrigation, Fertiliser, Cement, Steel and Rail Sectors. The earthmoving equipment includes Bulldozers, Dump Trucks, Hydraulic Excavators, Wheel Loaders, Rope Shovels, Walking Draglines, Motor Graders and Scrapers.
BEML has recently introduced Road Headers and Slide Discharge Loaders for underground mining applications. Railway products include Integral Railcoaches, Electric Multiple Units, Rail Buses, Track Laying Equipment and Overhead Equipment Inspection Cars. BEML manufactures Heavy Duty Trucks and Trailers and hydraulic aggregates for transportation sector.
The company also manufactures high power diesel engines and heavy duty hydraulic aggregates to meet specific customer requirements. The company plans to diversify into varied activities including underground mining equipment, underground storage for petro-products, leasing and financial services and joint ventures abroad.
Metro Rolling Stock: BEML manufactures Rolling Stock for Delhi Metro and Namma Metro in a consortium with Hyundai Rotem BEML has supplied more than 200 coaches to DMRC and has an order of 150 coaches from Bangalore Metro. Jaipur Metro has also ordered to manufacture, supply, test and commission 10 train sets of four-car each, totalling 40 cars to Jaipur Metro Project.
BEML is one of the leading manufacturer of Rail and Metro coaches. Metro Systems using BEML Rolling Stocks are:
- Delhi Metro – 200 coaches
- Namma Metro – 150 coaches
- Jaipur Metro – 40 coaches
Infrastructure: BEML operates on three major business verticals associated equipment manufacturing:
- Mining & Construction
- Defence & Aerospace
- Rail & Metro
In addition to the above there are Five Strategic Business Units (SBUs):
- Technology Division for providing end-to-end engineering solutions
- Trading Division for dealing in non-company products
- International Business Division for export activities
- Aerospace Division for provide design services for Aviation Sector
BEML has Eight manufacturing units spread over four locations:
Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) Complex (around 100 km from Bangalore)
- Earth Moving Division
- Rail Coach Unit II
- Heavy Fabrication Unit
- Hydraulic & Powerline Division
Mysore Complex (around 130 km from Bangalore)
- Truck Division
- Engine Division
- Aerospace Manufacturing Division
Bangalore Complex – Rail & Metro Division
Palakkad Complex Kerala State – Defence Products Manufacturing
- BEML – Tatra Trucks 12×12, 10×10,8×8, 6×6, 4×4 & Variants
- Pontoon Bridge System
- Ground Support Vehicles for Guided Missile Programme
- Heavy, Medium and Light Recovery Vehicles
- 50T Trailer for Tank Transportation
- Mil Rail Coaches and Mil Wagons
- Apart from the above, Railway parts and aggregates are planned for manufacture
Vignyan Industries, a subsidiary located at Tarikere (around 300 km from Bangalore) – Steel Castings
Management: On 11 June 2012, BEML chief V.R.S. Natarajan was suspended in connection with Tatra case and Mr P. Dwarkanath has been given the charge of CMD.
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BEML produces Czech Tatra trucks under license.
- BEML – TATRA T815 VVNC 8×8
- BEML – TATRA T815 VVL 8×8
- BEML – TATRA T815 VTI 8×8 – Tank Transporter
- BEML – TATRA Crash Fire Tender
- BEML – TATRA T816 6MWR 8T 10×10
- BEML – TATRA T815 27ET96 28 300 8×8
- BEML – TATRA T815 26RR36 22 255 6×6
- BEML Aircraft Towing Tractor
- BEML Armoured Recovery Vehicle WZT
Probe into alleged scam in purchase of Tatra trucks for Indian Army has revealed the Czech company had agreed supply of trucks directly at a lower price in 1994 to BEML without involving the British agent, Tatra Sipox. BEML had not accepted the offer then.