Friday, 17 August 2018

Nissan India extends comprehensive service support to affected customers in Kerala



In light of the recent natural calamity in Kerala, Nissan India has stepped forward to extend comprehensive service support to its affected Nissan and Datsun customers in the State. Special emergency repair teams have been set up and additional trained manpower will be deployed from dealerships in neighbouring States to expedite turnaround time for the repairs. Free towing service is being offered and repairs will be carried out under the guidance of Nissan technical experts.

Nissan India has also issued an essential safety advisory through customer care and has set up a 24*7 special desk (Helpdesk Support Number: 022-62613360) for faster insurance claims and settlement for flood-affected vehicles. In addition, exclusive bays have been assigned for customers across Nissan and Datsun workshop in Kerala. For more details and support, customers can call the 24*7 toll-free helpline number 18002093456.

Mr. Sanjeev Aggarwal, Vice President (Aftersales & Supply Chain), Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd., said: “We empathize with the current situation in the State of Kerala and are taking necessary measures to extend support to our customers in the State. Along with our dealer partners, we have activated a comprehensive service support network to help the affected customers in their hour of need.”

Thursday, 16 August 2018

BASF India closes acquisition of vegetable seeds business from Bayer



BASF SE closed the acquisition of Bayer’s global vegetable seeds business, mainly operating under the brand Nunhems. The transaction adds a well-recognized brand with a very successful business track record to BASF’s portfolio.

The acquired vegetable seeds business comprises 24 crops and about 2,600 varieties. It also includes well-established, strong R&D and breeding systems with over 100 unique breeding programs in more than 15 crops.



The addition of the vegetable seeds business enhances BASF’s global offer to farmers. It strengthens BASF’s seed platform and complements the recently expanded agricultural solutions portfolio, which includes seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming.

This closing completes BASF’s acquisition of a significant range of businesses and assets with combined 2017 sales of €2.2 billion, which Bayer offered to divest in the context of its takeover of Monsanto. The all-cash purchase price amounts to a total of €7.6 billion, subject to certain adjustments at closing.

TVS Motor Company contributes Rs. 1 crore to Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund



TVS Motor Company contributed Rs. 1 crore to the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF), in lieu of the distressing flood situation in Kerala. The cheque was handed over to Kerala Chief Minister, Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan, by Mr. Swaran Singh, CEO, Srinivasan Services Trust (SST), the social arm of TVS Motor Company in Thiruvananthapuram.

Commenting on the contribution, Mr. Swaran Singh said: “TVS Motor believes in supporting the communities around us especially in difficult times. Our contribution is a step towards this. Our prayers are with the people of Kerala and we sincerely hope that the situation will improve.”

Honda NAVi-lution spreads across 1 lac FUNtastic customaniacs



Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) announced the FUNtastic NAVilution spreading across 1 lac happy customaniacs. Honda disrupted Indian 2Wheeler industry with the launch of NAVi amongst huge fan fair at Auto Expo 2016. The ‘most talked about’ two-wheeler of the country - Honda NAVi is the first 100% indigenously developed model by Honda R&D India, i.e., from the concept development to commercial production.

Spreading the FUN element not only in India but around the world, Honda NAVi will be available in two new international markets - the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica within this year. Currently, NAVi is exported to 10 countries.

Speaking on the stupendous achievement, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said: “The trendy NAVi is a style statement and trendsetter for the youth. The unconventional design, looks and endless possibilities of customization has helped us to engage young 2Wheeler enthusiasts not only in India, but around the world. They all are enjoying the NAVi fun ride & exploring unique customisation options.”

NAVi is a design statement in its standard form and is FUN TO SEE, absolute pure FUN TO RIDE and FUN TO CREATE with customization options. The 2018 edition now comes with more exciting features like new stylish fuel gauge and metal muffler protector which provide for extra convenience. It is also available in two new vibrant colours - Ranger Green and Ladakh Brown with new body coloured elements - grab rail, headlight cover, rear view mirrors and sporty red colour cushion spring adding to its FUNtastic looks.

Honda NAVi is powered by 109cc engine which makes 8PS at 7,000 rpm and delivers a peak torque of 8.96Nm at 5,500rpm gets tubeless tyres. It gets upside-down telescopic forks at the front and a hydraulic monoshock at the rear. The NAVi is available at an attractive price of Rs. 44,775 (ex-showroom Delhi)

The standard NAVi is available in 6 colour options: Patriot Red, Shasta White, Sparky Orange, Black, NEWRanger Green, NEWLadakh Brown.

Gurumurthy appointed to the Board of RBI



The Centre appointed RSS ideologue S. Gurumurthy and Satish Kashinath Marathe as part time non-official Directors on the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India for four years. 

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) issued their appointment notification after the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved their names as recommended by the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

FARO Design ScanArm 2.5C brings color to 3D scanning

High resolution color scanning capabilities for 3D design professionals




FARO, the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for product design announces the first arm-based solution to include high resolution, 3D color scanning capability. This exciting introduction includes full color 3D scanning as standard, out-of-the-box functionality in the new FARO Design ScanArm 2.5C (DSA 2.5C) (http://www.faro.com/DesignScanArm/in).

The Design ScanArm 2.5C is compatible with the FARO 8-Axis FaroArm system, which effectively doubles the arm reach and substantively improves the ease of use, is specifically designed to address design challenges across a range of industries including Computer Graphics, Industrial Machinery, Auto Manufacturing and Engineering Services. A color 3D representation is the perfect baseline for product visualizations and special effects.

Live demonstrations can be scheduled at: http://www.faro.com/demo/in.

This innovative leap forward enables parts and objects to be reconstructed and visualized as vividly as they appear in the real world. The true-to-life functionality not only allows design professionals to proceed with an even higher level of confidence but also, as a result, accelerates the completion of important projects. Faster end to end project cycle time is also supported and enhanced by rapid scanning color capability of up to 240,000 points per second.

Consistent with the FARO commitment to optimizing ease of use through advanced ergonomics, the Design ScanArm 2.5C, like its predecessor the Design ScanArm 2.0, is available in three highly manoeuvrable arm lengths – 2.5m, 3.5m and 4m. This ensures that end users can select the option that optimally fits with the specific design objectives for their projects. Furthermore, hot swappable batteries ensure that the user can bring the scan to the project rather than needing to bring the project to the scan.

Greater efficiency with 3D color

The DSA 2.5C significantly exceeds the baseline expectations that FARO documented from prospective users during an exhaustive product development process. Not only do the vividness and sharpness deliver spot-on representation of the color of the real-world object, but now finer details including texture, and even text, can be clearly extracted for product visualization, computer graphics or identification of key features during the product design or reverse engineering processes. Finally, greater efficiencies can be realized as full color can be captured in a single scan, removing any need to take pictures or apply texture in the post scanning process.

“FARO continues to be laser focused on optimizing the productivity of design professionals,” stated Thorsten Brecht, Senior Director - Product Design. “By integrating exceptional quality color into the design process, we have created a best-in-class 3D reality experience by allowing users to capture more information, in true-to-life detail richness and color, in less time than ever before. The DesignArm 2.5C is yet another example of FARO pushing the boundaries of innovation and accepting the challenge to lead the market.”

Friday, 10 August 2018

Toyota offers environment-friendly concept of ‘ECO Car Wash’ service to customers



In line with its endeavor to create ever better sustainable society, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) further drives an environment friendly car cleaning solution, thus reducing the water consumed for washing cars through their new Eco Car Wash service. This eco initiative essentially supports to maximize the reduction of water utilization to an extent of 95% for every single car cleaned at Toyota’s service outlets.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor, was the first in the industry to introduce Eco Car Wash in the year 2014, have always been the forerunners of eco awareness and sustainable solutions towards conservation of natural resources. Toyota has been striving relentlessly to conserve the scarce water resource by introducing the eco car wash across its dealership over the years.

Till date, 100 plus dealerships have adopted this eco concept of car wash to offer best-in-town vehicle servicing experience to its customers in the region. Toyota has developed video manuals and standard operating procedures to train the technicians on this unique car wash technique, offering quality service while achieving 100% customer satisfaction.

Globally, Toyota takes inspiration from the ‘Toyota Earth Charter’, and has formulated environment friendly policies for its business operations, which have been followed since 1992. The company remains committed on the vision of greener tomorrow and have announced long term eco-initiatives towards the society and environment through their Global Environment Challenge 2050 which is in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Out of the total 17 challenges, 12 are directly linked to the six environmental challenges declared by Toyota. Toyota India is declared as the ‘Model Plant’ leading two of Toyota’s Environmental Challenges 2050, in the Asia Pacific region [out of 6 global environmental challenges], representing Zero CO2 emission plant and minimum water consumption.



Under the collaborative approach, TKM has also designed unique initiatives to raise awareness among its stakeholders and inspires them to be future change agents. With this waterless car wash at dealerships, Toyota contributes to around 253 million litres of water savings annually, while ensuring 100% cleanliness of the cars. ECO wash is a unique concept which gives a fine finish with zero water usage, by cleaning the vehicle with eco-friendly products without affecting the environment and preserving the most valuable natural resource - Water.

The ECO wash products used at Toyota dealerships are ready to use water-based formulation designed to effectively clean dirt & grime from vehicle painted surface without damaging the surface. Easy to use, dry wash is a water-based product. This new eco product delivers to the customers the perfectly cleaned cars at no extra cost and no extra time over the traditional water wash.

Commenting on the eco-concept service at dealerships, Mr. N Raja, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said: “At TKM, eco initiatives have always been the top priority. In progression with India’s ‘National Water Mission’, we have been steadily implementing desirable measures towards conservation of water, taking the local operational needs into account. We, at Toyota, have adopted varied methodologies to effectively minimize the water consumption and usage of recycled water in our manufacturing operations, while ensuring lower impact on ground water levels.”

In addition to reduction in water consumption, this eco method of car washing at our service outlets helps to avoid possible contamination of soil channels that occurs with the use of alkaline solutions in shampoos under conventional car wash.

The ECO wash method of cleaning cars consumes just about 5% of the water as compared to traditional car wash. An accumulative benefit that we see from this key change will, we hope, make a huge impact on the water conservation endeavors in the region we operate in. Moreover, through this eco initiative, we widely promote and develop eco conscious minds amongst our customers, who now opt for such eco car wash over the traditional washing of vehicles while enjoying our quality service with 100% cleanliness.”

Going forward, TKM plans to expand the eco car wash to its other service dealerships, as a part of their green initiative with a view to outreach larger number of customers availing this eco service and contribute to enhanced water savings.  On the other side, customers are also excited to be a part of this new initiative, and have been appreciative of this excellent eco based car service offerings of Toyota with even better cleanliness of their cars.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor has undertaken several unique environment friendly initiatives to preserve the Mother Nature. Many eco-initiatives are being implemented in the manufacturing operations to reduce water consumption to almost ZERO by adopting sustainable methodologies. On fresh water consumption, 92.8% of TKM’s water demand for manufacturing is met by rainwater harvesting and recycled water. The purchased fresh water consumption in overall manufacturing is only @ 7.6%.

By 2025, TKM aims to be SURPLUS on water with ZERO fresh water consumption at plant, while also focusing to cater to the local community water requirements with such surplus water generation through rain water harvesting & other water conservation methodology adopted at our manufacturing facility.

Apart from the above plant initiative, TKM has also undertaken community based eco initiative through rejuvenation of the Lingegowdanakere Lake spread across 3.5 acres [Ramnagara District, Karnataka] to enhance ground water levels, catering to water requirements of the local community in Bidadi region during water scarcity period owing to low rains, sustain the rare bird species from extinction in the region & contribute to increase the agricultural produce of the region.