Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Honda 2Wheelers India is fast becoming the First choice in shared Mobility

Announces latest deal with last mile self-drive rental service Drivezy for 3,000 two-wheelers in Hyderabad and Bengaluru




Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI), the most preferred brand in South and West India, announced its latest business deal with Drivezy – a leading last-mile self-drive rental service.

Honda’s fleet of 3000 scooters including India’s largest selling two-wheeler Activa 5G and CLIQ will now serve as new options for metro commuters in Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Announcing this business deal at the mega delivery in Whitefield Area of Bangalore were Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Ashwarya Pratap Singh, CEO and Co-Founder, Drivezy, and Mr. Mohammed Hafeez, Director, Sapphire Honda.

In India, rapid urbanization and limited public transport infrastructure is leading to increased traffic congestion in cities. Shared mobility on two-wheels is fast evolving and fuelling this demand are the young demographics including more women entering the workforce.



Elaborating on the customer trends in the shared mobility segment, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria said: “Driving the shared mobility story in India is the young and digital savvy generation who is looking for convenient last mile connectivity solutions for their daily commute. In our understanding, high utilization of the asset – that is the two-wheeler itself, is the key for the success of this business model. Scooters with universal acceptance due to their unisex appeal, comfort and convenience and are the most preferred choice of customers availing shared mobility services. As a result, more and more shared mobility companies are inducting Honda scooters – the undisputed first choice of scooter customers in their fleet. We thank Drivezy for trusting in Honda for their latest fleet expansion of 3,000 units and wish them the very best.”

From initial business with 10 shared mobility players in 2014, Honda is now the first choice of over 30 shared mobility players operating in key towns like Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon, Goa, etc.

Honda’s products are preferred by shared mobility players across all 3 types of operations – be it aggregators, two-wheeler rentals or even the digitized self-ride rentals.

Making Honda even more desirable is the high trust that the consumers of shared mobility providers repose in the brand. Further on, Honda 2Wheelers is aggressively supporting these mobility players with value additions and insights on increasing customer satisfaction while giving high quality two-wheelers which give the low operating and maintenance cost benefit over the long term.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ashwarya Singh said: “The sharing economy in recent years has attracted significant attention due to its potential to generate new markets and employment by making use of idle assets. The future of world belongs to shared, connected and zero waste mobility and we look forward to working closely with Honda Motorcycles and Scooters are driving towards this mission.”

Monday, 3 September 2018

Ashwin hangs on to slender lead after Round 2 of 21st JK Tyre-FMSCI National Racing Championship

Vishnu, Joseph dominate on Day 2 too, 14-year-old Tijil wins life’s first race; Jerome books trip to Spain




Chennai’s Ashwin Datta emerged as the hero of Round 2 of the JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship in Coimbatore recently, setting the stage for a thrilling three-way tussle for supremacy in the Euro JK 2018 category.  

Chennai’s Vishnu Prasad and Joseph Mathew continued to hold sway in the LGB 4 and Suzuki Gixxer categories while 14-year-old Tijil Rao jumped into the spotlight by winning his life’s first race.

Aizawl’s Jerome Vanlalrengpuia booked his trip to Spain for the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup qualifiers next month. Jerome posted the fastest timing in the qualifiers over the two rounds of Red Bull Road to Rookies. 



He finished on 32 points along with PC Andy Lalhmangaihsanga, who clinched Race 2. 

The Euro JK races had the packed stands on the edge of their seats as Ashwin Datta, Nayan Chatterjee and Karthik Tharani went all out for the top position on the championship leaderboard. 

Level on 43 points each before the weekend’s final race, Ashwin proved to be the man with nerves of steel. He won the morning race and claimed the second place in the afternoon to take a wafer thin lead of one point, with 50 points in his kitty.

Mumbai’s Nayan Chatterjee surged to the second place by amassing 29 points over the week-end. He struggled with his car but still managed to finish second in Race 3. He began on P10 in Race 4 and moved to the fifth before inching up to the third place. He now has 49 points after his two victories on Day 1.

Karthik Tharani is right on their tail with 48 points.




Seasoned racer Vishnu (MSport) began with yet another command performance in the LGB 4. Starting from P7, thanks to the reverse grid, he quickly made his way past the traffic to clinch Race 2 with 5.9 seconds to spare.

He was, however, up against it in Race 3, with teammate Raghul Rangasamy and Rohit Khanna (Dark Don Racing) outmanoeuvring him early on. Vishnu went for the kill in the final lap and dislodged Rohit but couldn’t deny the wily Rangasamy a much-deserved victory.

Rohit took the third place in both the races.

The JK Tyre Novice Cup saw a thrilling finish, with the safety car foiling Vishwas Vijayaraj’s (DTS racing) attempt for a double in virtually the last lap. As the cars regrouped and went for broke, Ashwin Nair and 14-year-old Tijil Rao sandwiched Vishwas, and left him in their trail.

But Ashwin was slapped a 10-second penalty for avoidable collision, which saw him tumbling down to the eighth place. It gave Tijil, a young racer who was born with clubfoot and had to be operated upon twice just to walk normally, grabbed his first ever victory at this level.

Chennai’s Joseph Mathew continued his unbeaten run in the Gixxer Cup, winning his fourth race on the trot. Syed Muzammil Ali and Malasawmdawnglama took the other two places on the podium.
 
Results (Provisional)

Euro JK 18:
Race 3: 1. Ashwin Datta; 2. Nayan Chatterjee; 3. Karthik Tharani
Race 4: 1. Brayan Perera; 2. Ashwin Datta; 3. Nayan Chatterjee

LGB 4:
Race 2: 1. Vishnu Prasad (Msport, Chennai); 2. Raghul Rangasamy (MSport, Chennai); 3. Rohit Khanna (Dark Don Racing, Delhi)
Race 3: 1. Raghul Rangasamy; 2. Vishnu Prasad; 3. Rohit Khanna

Suzuki Gixxer Cup: 1. Joseph Matthew; 2. Syed Muzammil Ali; 3. Malasawmdawnglama

JK Tyre Novice Cup: 1. Tijil Rao (Momentum Motorsports, Bangalore); 2. Huzaifa Tinwala (Prudent Motorsports, Ahmedabad); 3. Yokeshwaran Krishnavelu (MSport, Coimbatore)
Red Bull Road To Rookies: 1. PC Andy Lalhmangaihsanga; 2. Jerome Vanlalrengpuia; 3. Eshaan Shankar

Mahindra & Mahindra unveils the Marazzo – Globally Engineered with a Bold Design

Attractive launch price starting at Rs. 9.99 lakhs (ex-showroom) across India




Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M), India’s premium SUV manufacturer, launched the much awaited Marazzo. The Marazzo has been engineered for excellence and comes with a smooth ride, agile handling, quiet cabin, fastest cooling and luxurious interior space. The Marazzo will be available at Mahindra dealerships pan-India starting now, at an attractive launch price of Rs. 9.99 lakhs (ex-showroom) for the M2 variant.
                                                                                                           
Mr. Anand Mahindra, Executive Chairman, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., said: “The launch of Marazzo is a defining moment in the automotive journey of Mahindra not only within India but globally as well. Being the first joint product development effort between Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) & Mahindra Research Valley (MRV), the Marazzo aptly represents our ‘Rise’ philosophy in action.  Our development teams have used alternative thinking and challenged the limits to deliver a vehicle that is poised to be nothing less than a game changer for us. We are entering a new orbit and hope to deliver yet another iconic offering.”

Speaking at the launch, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said: “The Marazzo embodies Mahindra’s new, increasingly global approach to product development, having been engineered in Detroit for excellence, designed by our in-house team in collaboration with Pininfarina, Italy, with the entire package coming together at MRV, our state-of-the-art R&D centre near Chennai. Marazzo also represents a bold new direction for our automotive products, one that offers our customers an unmatched quality and a truly refined user experience.”

Mr. Rajan Wadhera, President - Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., mentioned: “This is a very proud moment for us, as the Marazzo turns a new leaf in Mahindra’s evolution in the UV segment. It has always been our endeavour to offer breakthrough products and category creators. With the Marazzo, we will continue our legacy. I am sure that Marazzo, with its excellent proposition of distinctive styling, plush ride, agile handling, luxurious space, refined NVH levels and attractive launch price is poised to emerge a winner”.

Suzuki Motorcycle India posts its highest-ever domestic sales, sustains 41% Y-O-Y growth



Powered by a strong performance in the 125cc premium scooter segment, Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Ltd. (SMIPL), a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading two-wheeler manufacturer, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, clocked its highest-ever monthly domestic sale of 62,446 units during the month of August 2018. While this represents a growth of 31% over August 2017, with a domestic tally of 2,67,888 units during April-August 2018, Suzuki Motorcycle India has sustained an overall domestic growth of 41% during FY 2018-19.

Mr. Sajeev Rajasekharan, EVP, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd., said: “We owe this tremendous growth to our flagship brand Suzuki Access 125 and the newly launched Burgman Street 125, which have contributed to more than 55,000 units this month. The 125cc scooter segment is thriving in India, and as a market-leader in this segment, it augurs well for us. Not only have we managed to sustain a 41% growth this year, but with the festive season looming, we are confident of maintaining this growth curve in the coming days as well.”

Cumulatively, Suzuki Motorcycle India recorded overall sales of 70,067 units (domestic + exports). The cumulative sales for April-August 2018 period stood at 2,98,975 units with a growth of 34%. The company is targeting an annual sale of 7,00,000 units for the FY 2018-19.

SMIPL is a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, wherein they have the same manufacturing philosophy of PRODUCTS OF SUPERIOR VALUE right from the inception. It manufactures two-wheelers best suited for the valuable Indian customers. The company started its India operation in February 2006.

Friday, 31 August 2018

LANXESS plans to sell remaining 50 per cent stake in joint venture ARLANXEO to Saudi Aramco



Specialty chemicals group LANXESS plans to sell its remaining 50 per cent stake in ARLANXEO to its joint venture partner Saudi Aramco. The two companies, that founded ARLANXEO in 2016 as a 50:50 joint venture for synthetic rubber, signed a respective agreement recently.

The transaction is still subject to approval of the relevant antitrust authorities. At the same time, information or consultation of the competent employee representative bodies will take place. The parties expect to complete the envisaged transaction by the end of 2018. The total joint venture ARLANXEO is valued at EUR 3.0 billion. LANXESS expects to receive approximately EUR 1.4 billion in cash after deducting debt and other financial liabilities for its 50 percent share. LANXESS plans to use the proceeds to strengthen its financial basis and reduce net financial debt.

Originally, LANXESS and Saudi Aramco agreed on a lock-up period until 2021 for both partners. “With the envisaged transaction we would complete another important milestone of our strategic transformation earlier than originally planned. This should allow us to even better focus on our position as a leading player in mid-sized specialty chemicals markets,” said Matthias Zachert, Chairman of the Board of Management. “At the same time, we increase the resilience of our business, strengthen our financial basis and gain additional strategic flexibility for further growth.”

Headquartered in Maastricht/Netherlands, ARLANXEO generated sales of around EUR 3.2 billion in 2017 and employs about 3,800 people at 20 production sites in nine countries. The company produces high-performance rubber for use in, for example, the automotive and tire industries, the construction industry, and the oil and gas industries.

Back in 2016, the transfer of the business with synthetic rubber into the joint venture ARLANXEO was the foundation for LANXESS’ strategic realignment. Since then LANXESS has been focusing on growth in mid-sized specialty chemicals markets and made various acquisitions in this area – with the takeover of the US chemical company Chemtura in 2017 as the biggest one.

LANXESS provides wings






Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, have undergone rapid development over the past few years. Whether as a toy for children and adults or – in top quality – as support for rescue operations and in farming, drones are becoming increasingly common. 

Market research institute Gartner estimates that around three million drones were sold worldwide in 2017 – almost 40 per cent more than in the previous year. Gartner also predicts that drones will be one of the strongest-growing sectors in consumer electronics over the coming years. Corporate consultants at PwC expect a global market of almost US$130 billion for drone-based services, for example in infrastructure, transport and security. Due to the diverse range of applications that can be carried out using the devices, demands on drones are increasing. This opens up new opportunities for growth for material manufacturers, for example in high-performance plastics.

More flight time thanks to lightweight solutions

One challenge facing manufacturers is the limited flight time of drones. As well as improving battery capacity and investigating new sources of energy, manufacturers can also reduce the energy consumption of drones and thus increase their flight time by taking advantage of lightweight solutions, like in the automotive industry. Here, specialty chemicals company LANXESS is able to draw on its experience in the lightweight construction business for the automotive sector and now also offers lightweight solutions for the drone industry using its high-performance plastics.



At Chinaplas 2018 in April this year, the LANXESS High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit presented a range of high-end material solutions, including a drone propeller made of short glass fibre-reinforced Durethan (Polyamide 6). Thanks to its balanced material properties, the injection molded parts are lighter while offering good strength and rigidity. The material is resistant against aging by UV rays and therefore well-suited for use outdoors. As a result, drone propellers made of LANXESS plastics convince with their attractive appearance and their longevity. 

As well as wings and propellers, the high-performance plastics can also be used for drone bodies and landing gear. The materials help to reduce the weight of the aerial vehicle and thus enable longer flight times, as well as reducing vibrations and noise. What is more, the materials improve impact resistance, reduce any interference of metal materials with radio signals, simplify the production process and increase the flexibility of the product structure design.

“In light of the rapid development of the high-tech industry and the increasing popularity of electric drives, LANXESS sees significant, additional potential for the use of its products. Based on LANXESS products PA6, PA66 and PBT, we have developed innovative solutions to meet the demand for high-quality products,” says Dr. Axel Tuchlenski, Head of Global Product and Application Development at LANXESS’s business unit High Performance Materials.

Lightweight materials from LANXESS

LANXESS high-performance plastics are used in a wide range of areas, such as in electrical and electronic applications, in lightweight design, in charging equipment, battery solutions, sensors for automated driving, in motor housings and in e-mobility infrastructure, such as charging stations. The engineering materials under the Durethan brand withstand mechanical stress over a wide temperature range and offer benefits with regard to strength, toughness, heat resistance, durability and aging resistance. As well as the polyamide materials of the Durethan series, LANXESS offers high-performance materials under the Pocan (PBT, Polybutylenterephthalate) and Tepex (thermoplastic fiber composites) brands.