While the Global shipping industry which is facing acute shortage of
containers used in transport of goods in ships for the past one year, the
indian industry broke a good news that it can manufacture them at 30 per cent
less cost than the one manufactured in China, which currently enjoys a near
monopoly in the international market.
We need to see how
we can reduce the cost of production to compete globally
Currently, there is a cost difference of about 25-30 per cent in containers
made in India and abroad. “We need to see how we can reduce the cost of
production to compete globally, Chairman of the container corporation of India
V Kalyana Rama chairman and Managing
director of CONCOR told a news conference.
He said Container Corporation of India (Concor) said it will no longer
depend on China for its requirements for containers and will meet its need for
around 8, 000 containers from domestic manufacturers.
As of now there is
no manufacturing capability in India
“As of now, all containers are imported because there is no manufacturing
capability in India. We want to push India as a manufacturing hub for
containers… Our requirement is 8,000 containers every year for the next five
years. This is enough to support the start of manufacturing in India.
Concor, which spends about Rs 200
crore annually on procurement of containers, has already given a developmental
order for 1,000 containers each to Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) and
Braithwaite & Co -- both public sector undertakings. Concor said it will
soon issue tenders for the remaining 6,000 containers wherein only domestic
firms will be able to participate as per certain government rules.
Two public sector companies
BHEL and Braithwaiter are developing prototypes currently
added that it is important that containers made in India are globally
competitive as there is a huge demand for containers in the global market. The
two public sector companies BHEL and Braithwaiter are developing prototypes
currently and testing results should be out by April.