Constituted in 1949 as Tractor & Allied Equipment manufacturers and Importers Association Ltd., the association started with 10 Indian member companies, primarily manufacturers and importers of tractors, earthmoving and allied equipment. It was rechristened as Indian Earthmoving & Construction Industry Association Ltd. (IECIAL) in 1986 with the objective to make the body a national point of reference for the Indian earthmoving & construction equipment industry. The association was renamed as Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (ICEMA) in 2012 with the objective to make it a truly representative body of the Indian construction equipment industry and to expand its scope of services.
ICEMA is affiliated to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and presently represents 58 leading companies who manufacture, trade and finance a variety of products such as hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, backhoe loaders, motor graders, vibratory compactors, cranes, dumpers, tippers, forklifts trucks, dozers, pavers, batching plants, diesel engines, etc.
During the last two decades, the earthmoving and construction equipment industry has made enormous progress and grown both in size and diversity. Growth in the construction equipment industry in India is linked to the overall level of infrastructure development as well as growth in construction activity.
India's earthmoving and construction equipment (ECE) industry has enjoyed strong growth over the last seven years as a result of rapid economic development in the country.