Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML): India’s state owned defence manufacturer BEML expects to get additional orders valued at about Rs 3,000 crore by in this financial year, Deepak Kumar Hota, CMD BEML said.
The company has set an ambitious revenue target of Rs 4,000 crore in the current fiscal, up from the previous year’s figure of Rs 3,029 crore, despite the shortfall in the first quarter due to adverse impact of COVID-19 and lockdown.
“We have orders on hand over Rs 10,000 crore and further orders of around Rs 3,000 crore are expected by FY 2020 -21,” Hota said.
He said BEML is working towards ‘zero import’ policy and has invited ‘expression of interest’ for indigenous development of items being imported.
“Development orders have already been placed for 292 items and efforts are on for indigenous development of balance items,” Hota said.
According to officials of the Bengaluru-based BEML, the company has achieved indigenisation levels of over 90 per cent in the mainline mining and construction products and rail coaches and EMUs, over 80 per cent in high mobility vehicles and over 65 per cent in Metro cars.
In 2019-20, BEML’s defence and aerospace vertical achieved sales of Rs 431 crore, mining and construction business Rs 1,493 crore and rail and metro Rs 1,105 crore, Hota said.
With the government’s plans to increase coal and steel production, huge infrastructure development work and goal to boost the economy, BEML expects continuous growth in mining and construction equipment vertical in the coming years post COVID-19 pandemic.
BEML officials noted that the government has directed companies to expedite capital expenditure, adding, many tenders are expected from Coal India and steel industries.
“BEML with its infrastructure, R&D and resources, is fully geared up to meet the present and future demands of mining and construction equipment,” Hota said.
To further enhance indigenisation, BEML has invited ‘expression of interest’ for manufacturing and technology partnerships with reputed global OEMs looking to establish or expand their supply chains / manufacturing base in India.
“Positive responses have been received and have been shortlisted to proceed further,” Hota said.