Friday, 15 June 2018

Kia Motors plan to produce world-class cars from Anantapur district facility

Kia Motors, headquartered in Seoul, is the sixth largest producer of cars and SUVs. The company is entering the Indian market with an investment of $2 billion and with production capacity of 300,000 vehicles per year from the world-class manufacturing facility in Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh.

Crescendo Worldwide, an international trade & FDI generating organization, has joined hands with Kia Motors for manufacturing cost-efficient cars in India.

Executing this vision, Crescendo Worldwide organized Kia Motors Supplier Meet in New Delhi on May 29, where over 200 Tier-1 and Tier-2 companies and suppliers from various cities of India met the Kia Motors India Team. The event was in line the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ vision.

The event was addressed by Mr. Lee Sanghwa, Chief Procurement Officer of Kia Motors India, Mr. Vishal Jadhav, President, and Ms. Nidhi Shree, Head - Strategic Global Business Expansion, Crescendo Worldwide.

A total of 25 Korean Tier-1 suppliers of Kia Motors participated in the event. Indian companies also got an opportunity to see the latest models of Kia Motors and to know more about parts, components and assemblies.

Crescendo Worldwide of India with a team of 70+ experts from various sectors and with presence in 21 countries globally, is supporting companies for joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, technology transfer, outsourcing, supplier development, distribution network formation, global subsidiary formation, facilitation of inward and outward FDI, etc.

India and Korea share long history of trade & FDI, and this event would take the relations to new heights.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

LANXESS launches new PBT compound for battery components in electric cars

Extremely low warpage and particularly high flame retardance

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has developed a new compound called Pocan AF4130 in collaboration with HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co., based in Lippstadt, Germany. It serves as a housing material for a battery management unit (BMU) and two cell monitoring units (CMU). The blend of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and acrylic ester-styrene-acrylonitrile (ASA) contains 30 per cent by weight glass fibers and a halogen-based flame retardance package. “The particular advantages of the material are its extremely low warpage and shrinkage, combined with its high flame retardance. We see great potential for application in precision components for vehicle battery systems,” says Marc Marbach, head of Sales Segments E&E in the LANXESS High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit. It took just two-and-a-half years to go from the initial idea to extensive testing and finally to use in full-scale production.

HELLA fabricates the BMU and CMUs for a German manufacturer of battery systems for motor vehicles. The very flat devices currently are used in the lithium-ion battery system of a German compact car.

Low tolerances

The housings of the BMU and CMUs have large, flat surfaces as well as complex geometries along the edges and on the inside. Thanks to their innovative design, they can be injection molded cost-effectively as single components. The contact pins for the connectors must not bend when the housings are mounted on the printed circuit boards. The tolerances for the spacing between the connector mounts and the cut-outs for the pins are therefore extremely close. “This is precisely where the outstanding dimensional stability of our blend Pocan AF4130 pays off,” explains Marbach.

UL 94 5VA- and UL f1-listed

As required for this application, the material achieves the best classification of V-0 (0.75 millimeters) in UL 94 fire testing by the U.S. testing organization Underwriters Laboratories Inc. It further is listed on the UL Yellow Card with a good classification of UL 94 5VA (1.5 millimeters). The material is destined for the injection molding of flame-retardant housing components. It additionally has been given a UL f1 listing for use in outdoor applications involving exposure to UV light and water. “Our compound thus has a good chance of also being used for electrical components such as photovoltaic plugs and sockets,” says Marbach.

Low volatile and condensable emissions

Surfaces made of this thermoplastic are very low-emission, as demonstrated by thermal desorption analyses conducted by LANXESS in accordance with VDA 278 (German Association of the Automotive Industry). “It is therefore also suitable for many motor vehicle applications requiring very low volatile and condensable emissions, such as components for the automotive interior,” says Marbach.

Good resistance to common battery electrolytes

The blend is highly resistant to typical media used in motor vehicles, such as fuels, oils, cleansers and car care products, as proven in extensive media storage tests conducted by LANXESS for HELLA in accordance with the supply specification LV 124, used by many automotive manufacturers. It also displays good resistance to an electrolyte widely used in lithium-ion batteries. The corresponding test was additionally conducted under load in compliance with DIN EN 22088-3. “No cracks were evident in the samples even after 1,000 hours of exposure,” explains Marbach.

Comprehensive HiAnt services

LANXESS provided HELLA with extensive support in developing the housing components. These services are part of its HiAnt customer service package. For example, HPM delivered suggestions for optimal component design, provided all the characteristic material data required for the computer-aided design of the housing parts to meet expected loads and for the mold flow analyses, and supported the initial injection molding trials. The specialty chemicals company further determined the blend’s halogenide content for HELLA by means of ion chromatography and conducted odor testing to VDA 270.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.7 billion in 2016 and about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 75 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.

BASF and Xerion partner to advance personalized nutrition in Asia Pacific

BASF and Xerion have entered into a three-year agreement to take personalized nutrition to the next level in Asia Pacific. In this collaboration, BASF’s human nutrition brand, Newtrition, will have the exclusive distribution rights to market PUFAcoat Omega-3 Index test kits, Xerion’s proprietary dried blood spot technology.  

One of the major limitations in ascertaining omega-3 levels in populations is the difficulty in stabilizing long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids prior to analysis. Xerion’s technology stabilizes eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on a solid matrix for up to nine weeks at room temperature and up to two weeks at 40 degrees Celsius, allowing for highly accurate readings. The technology has been successfully used in numerous clinical trials worldwide and these kits can provide personalized fatty acid profiling directly to consumers in major supplement markets initially covering China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.  

“BASF has consistently demonstrated leadership and dedication to personalized nutrition with strategic partners who share the same vision to deliver the right nutrients to the right people at the right time, while meeting consumer needs. Partnerships are central to our personalized nutrition strategy and this collaboration with Xerion reinforces BASF’s commitment to personalized nutrition,” said Fran├žois Scheffler, Senior Vice President, BASF Global Human Nutrition. “PUFAcoat is an important innovation designed to improve the omega-3 index deficit and advance personalized nutrition in Asia Pacific and globally.” 

The omega-3 index is defined as the total concentration of EPA and DHA in red blood cells, expressed as a percent of total fatty acid content. It was developed in 2011 by Professor William Harris and Professor Clemens von Schacky as one of the key biomarkers in tracking cardiovascular health. Globally, more than 17 million deaths a year are caused by cardiovascular disease, thus making it a key concern for consumers worldwide. 

Xerion’s technology allows for highly accurate readings of omega-3 index, empowering consumers to make informed choices on improving their omega-3 levels by increasing their intake through food or supplements. 

“We believe that partnering the PUFAcoat technology with BASF, a global leader in human nutrition, is the fastest way to address this omega-3 deficit,” said Daniel Goldman, Managing Director of Xerion Ltd. 

Strong scientific evidence supports the benefits of dietary EPA and DHA for maintaining and optimizing heart and metabolic health. In particular, having a higher omega-3 index has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular events. Knowing an individual’s omega-3 levels is, therefore, fundamental to reaching the optimal concentration in the body by increasing the intake of omega-3, and thus improving cardiovascular health.   

Despite being supported by robust scientific research, the omega-3 index in many parts of the world, including countries in Asia Pacific, remains low at less than 6%. An index greater than 8% is regarded as optimal, with strong correlation to lower cardiovascular risk.  

The collaboration between BASF’s Newtrition brand and Xerion adds to BASF’s strong scientific know-how and innovation capabilities in omega-3 to remain at the forefront of personalized nutrition. 

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Honda’s 2018 Gold Wing deliveries commenced

First customer rides to Gold standard of touring in the royal city of Jaipur

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. commenced the deliveries of the King of Tourers-Gold Wing at a grand event in Jaipur, Rajasthan. 2018 Gold Wing made its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo.  

2018 Gold Wing is lighter, more powerful and extremely nimble. Revolutionary technologies in the flagship tourer include a newly-developed horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine, 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and is the first Honda to get a double wishbone front suspension.

Speaking on the momentous occasion, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said: “2018 Gold Wing was the showstopper of Honda 2Wheelers India Auto Expo pavilion. After receiving an overwhelming response and over 35 bookings, we are pleased to announce the first delivery of the 2018 Gold Wing. The revolutionary model is fully loaded with features including ‘Apple CarPlay’, first on any motorcycle in the world, which can be accessed on the swanky new 7-inch TFT display.”

The 2018 Gold Wing will be available in Candy Ardent Red colour and is priced at Rs. 26.85 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Suzuki Motorcycle India introduces Access 125 with Combined Braking System (CBS); also unveils new Access Special Edition

Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Ltd. (SMIPL), a subsidiary of two-wheeler manufacturer, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, introduced the new Access 125 with Combined Brake System (CBS). Along with the CBS upgrade, the Access 125 Special Edition also receives a new colour option - Metallic Sonic Silver with Beige Coloured Leatherette seat; reflecting the premium appeal of the portfolio.

Talking about the launch, Mr. Sajeev Rajasekharan, EVP, Sales and Marketing, SMIPL, said: “The Access 125 has been one of the best-performing scooters not only in its segment, but is also a pioneer in the industry. It offers a blend of power, economy and premium appeal. The new CBS update on the Access 125 further improves the value proposition. Suzuki is committed to improving and innovating its products to offer best quality products to our customers. We are confident that with the new enhancements, we will be able to add many more customers to the Suzuki family.”

The Access 125 is powered by cutting-edge SEP technology, which boasts of impressive fuel efficiency without compromising power and performance. The CBS on the new Access 125 enables operation of both brakes from the left brake lever, helping in maintaining a good balance between front and rear brake forces. Combined brake reduces the braking distance under certain conditions.

Suzuki Access 125 CBS guarantees a comfortable ride by offering a long and relaxed seat, enlarged floorboard, large under seat storage, a convenient front pocket, optional DC socket and dual convenient utility hooks. It additionally offers steel front fender and leg shield for added protection and comes with highly rigid frame layout, which results in excellent straight-line stability and cornering performance.

The new Metallic Sonic Silver Special Edition also comes with the special black-coloured alloy-wheels & grab rail combined for a sporty image, and a special round shaped chrome mirrors, which give a distinctive appearance to the scooter. The Special Edition logo emblem lends the Access 125 a further unique identity.

Besides Metallic Sonic Silver, the Access 125 Special Edition will be available in existing colours - Metallic Matte Black and Pearl Mirage White. The Access 125 CBS will be available in all existing six premium colours - Pearl Suzuki Deep Blue, Candy Sonoma Red, Glass Sparkle Black, Metallic Fibroin Gray, Metallic Sonic Silver and Pearl Mirage White. The new Access 125 CBS starts at INR 58,980 (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and the Special Edition is priced for INR 60,580 (Ex-showroom New Delhi).

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Cooper Corporation conferred with Jaguar Land Rover Quality (JLR-Q) Award for Quality Excellence

Cooper set to see double the sale in less than five years

Cooper Corporation, one of the leading manufacturer of engines, auto components and gensets based out of Satara was recently conferred with the Jaguar Land Rover Quality (JLR-Q) Award for Quality Excellence. The Award was presented to Mr. Farrokh Cooper, Chairman and Managing Director of Cooper Corporation by Mr. Blair McCallum, Director, Supplier Development at Jaguar Land Rover, UK, along with Mr. Govind Patil & JLR India team at Satara, Maharashtra. The Award is in recognition of Cooper Corporation’s excellence in consistently delivering quality products as per international standards. Cooper was rewarded for consistent quality & delivery, conforming to global parameters set by the company.

Expressing his view, Mr. Farrokh Cooper said: “It’s a proud moment for all of us at Cooper Corporation to receive this award. It reiterates our relentless commitment to quality, service and product innovation which has consistently kept pace with the changing market needs worldwide. Our rapid strides in the global market bear testimony to this fact. With highly skilled and qualified employees coupled with the most modern technology, I m confident that we will continue to produce world class quality products at all our facilities in Satara for both domestic and international markets.”

Cooper Corporation today employs over 3,000 people. Over the years, the company has consistently invested in the latest state-of-the-art technology across 11 plants in Satara harnessing technical expertise from all over the world. The company supplies cylinder liners to many automotive, locomotive, marine engine OEM manufacture like Jaguar Land Rover, Nemak-Ford, Kawasaki, Maruti Suzuki, Renault, Harley Davidson, Wartsila, GE Transportation, Waukesha, Mahindra & Mahindra, Royal Enfield, Hero Motocorp, Cummins, etc., to name a few. Cooper Corporation manufactures 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 cylinder engines in diesel. CNG & LPG variants. It also has wide range of Generator sets from 5 kva to 250 kva poised to expand to 500, 750 & 1000 kva very soon.

Today, Cooper Corporation supplies auto components to many leading manufacturers in India and across the world from Japan to Europe and the US. Cooper has a technical collaboration with Ricardo UK for the design of its state-of-the-art family of engines in 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 cylinder configurations.

“I want to make my city, Satara, to be known for world class manufacturing facilities & products and want to continue contributing our bit towards putting ‘Made in India’ firmly in the world map. We are making Components, Engines & Gensets in Satara using contemporary technology and processes. Cooper Corporation has witnessed consistent and aggressive growth for the past five years across sectors because of our reputation for technology, after market support and commitment to quality and service. Going forward we intend to expand all our capacities and double our current turnover of Rs. 700 crores in the next five years”, concludes Mr. Cooper.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Nissan India launches more advanced and intelligent NissanConnect

Nissan India introduced the more advanced and intelligent version of NissanConnect – an integrated information and communication platform. NissanConnect, that embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision, now comes with additional 18 features based on its key pillars control, convenience, safety & security and social sharing. Nissan Intelligent Mobility is the company’s vision for changing how vehicles are powered, driven and integrated into society. The more advanced and intelligent NissanConnect comes at zero subscription charges for three years and is available across the Nissan range of cars – Micra, Sunny and Terrano.

The exciting 50+ features of NissanConnect promises to address the rising concerns regarding the safety & security of car users along with the control & well-being of the vehicle. Key features such as SoS, Track & Trace, Tow-Away Alert, Vehicle low battery Alert, Automated Impact Alert including Harsh Acceleration Alert, Sudden Turn Alert and Sudden Brake Alert Curfew Alert and Geofencing with multiple entry/exit provide robust safety & security solution to the vehicle. Idling Run Time, Smart Drive Score, Quick Reference Videos and Intelligent Route Guidance give a superior fuel-efficient driving experience with a close check on the health of the vehicle. In addition, the ‘Way to My Car’ feature is convenient and helps save time on searching for one’s car at the parking lot.

Peter Clissold, Vice President - Marketing, Nissan Motor India Private Ltd., said: “The future of mobility lies in bringing innovative technologies. At Nissan, our vision is not just about bringing in better technologies but also enabling our customers to have a safe and stress-free car ownership experience. The more advanced and intelligent NissanConnect, will enable our customers to be more confident and in control of their vehicles even when they are not in it. NissanConnect enables 24x7 vigilance and keeps you updated on your car’s whereabouts so you can relax and go on with your life.”

Launched in 2017, NissanConnect is developed specifically for the Indian market by Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre India (RNTBCI). It enables NissanConnect user to be connected to his or her family through the car. Conceptualized to solve the challenges that Indian car owners face daily, NissanConnect is a factory fitted Connected Car Technology solution with an embedded Telematics Control Unit. It is paired with an inbuilt SIM for every car and operates on a dedicated server for safe & secured data.

NissanConnect customers can also reach out to the Nissan call centre and dealerships to access services like service booking and Roadside Assistance (RSA) at the touch of a button.

The recently conducted Nissan Connected Families of India Survey (in partnership with Kantar IMRB), found that 53% respondents wanted to stay connected to their families, even while driving. It also revealed that there was a significant demand for the features offered by NissanConnect. From over-speeding notifications to geo fencing, consumers want to be aware of the status of their car.

NissanConnect: Key features

The more advanced and intelligent NissanConnect
  • Way to my Car
  • Last 15 Minutes Trace
  • Quick Reference Videos
  • Smart Drive Score (Eco + Driving)
  • Intelligent Route Guidance
  • Idling Run Time
  • Drive Time @ Night
  • Vehicle Battery Alert
  • Curfew Alert (Time fencing) with multiple entry/exit
  • Geo Fencing with multiple entry/exit
  • Tow away Alert & Track
  • Track & Trace (Chauffer)
  • Manual SOS (Panic Button)
  • Automated Impact Alert
  • Safety Alert - Harsh Braking
  • Safety Alert - Over Acceleration
  • Safety Alert – Sharp Turn
  • Nissan Community – Advanced including Group Trips
  • Smart Drive Grand Prix

Customers can download the advanced NissanConnect App from the app store of their respective mobile platforms across Android and iOS. Then they simply have to contact their nearest Nissan dealer to activate the NissanConnect app on the purchase of their new Nissan car. Customers who do not have NissanConnect setup, can upgrade their car through dealer fitment. NissanConnect users can monitor and customize their app settings from