Saturday, 30 December 2017

Indonesian bid to attract more Indian tourists

There has been a substantial increase in the number of Indian tourists visiting Indonesia since last few years. Hence the Indonesian Tourism Board (ITB) is keen on sustaining the growth momentum. As part of its program for the Indian market, ITB arranged a special co-ordination and synchronization session related to the tourism program in Chennai on December 29. 

In the last three years, Indian tourists visiting Indonesia have increased beyond all expectations. In 2015, a total of 271,252 visitors came from India, and in the following year the number increased to 376,802. Meanwhile, the number of tourists in 2017 is almost touching a figure of 500,000.

The tourism session in Chennai was attended by  Mr. Sanjay Sondhi, Country Manager, VITO – India, New Delhi, Mrs. Giri Adnyani, Director, Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia, Office of the Deputy for International Marketing, Mr. Kumar, Hon. Consultant, Indonesia Consulate, and Mr. Sidharto Suryo Dipuro, Indonesian Ambassador to India, based in New Delhi. 

The main objective of the session was to enable Indian tourists to share the actual and factual conditions of tourism in Indonesia, particularly Bali, after the eruption of Mount Agung. The Indian tourists can see the beauty of the beach and the mesmerizing sea “10 New Bali Destinations” such as the Komodo Island of East Nusa Tenggara, the splendor of the UNESCO cultural area of Borobudur Temple in Magelang and various other natural wonders of the Indonesian archipelago.

It was observed during the discussion that Indian tourists love exotic destinations in Indonesia with its rich, exotic and unique culture. India has a similar culture like Indonesia. 

The major points highlighted at the session were that the ITB is organising a road show after successful launches in New Delhi and Mumbai and now in Chennai to cover the southern markets. 

Connectivity from India to Jakartha and Indonesian cities is still a major challenge because there is no direct flight from India till this day, whereas Garuda, Indonesia Air, Air Asia, Cathay Pacific, Silk Air, Batik Air, Thai Air, all are operating to select cities. 

The Indonesian carrier Garuda will start a direct flight from Mumbai to Bali from March 12 next. It will initially be thrice a week and will be raised to four in due course. The airline will deploy its latest Airbus A-330 on the route. The next possibility is to connect Chennai to Bali.

The meeting emphasized the need to sort out various other issues between the Indian and Indonesian Governments. Travel agents in both India and Indonesia have to give priority consideration for better safety, security, comfort, happiness and easy VISA formalities at both the ends.

India launches major digital drive for promoting engineering exports

Seeking to capitalise on promising growth potential of the world trade, the Commerce Ministry recently launched a major digital drive under the aegis of EEPC India for promoting the country's engineering exports through the 'Brand India' initiative, reaching the major export destinations through technologies like E-Catalogue.

Launching the E-Catalogue in New Delhi on December 29, Ms. Rita Teaotia, Commerce Secretary, said E-Catalogue is among the pivotal components of Brand India Engineering initiative which intends to showcase India’s leading manufacturer suppliers with globally certified quality manufacturing credentials such as ISO, CE, ASI, DIN, etc., in select sectors.

 "The E-Catalogue is aimed at overcoming a major hurdle for Indian exporters in global quality engineering markets by enhancing their credibility and providing an easy one stop access to establish contact for supply of engineering products," she said in the presence of EEPC India leadership, including the Chairman, Mr. Ravi P. Sehgal.

Covering four major sectors – medical devices, textile machinery and accessories, electrical machinery equipment, pumps and valves, the E-catalogue would be compatible on different devices like Laptops, Tab and Mobile phones. The potential buyers, anywhere in the world, will be able to use features like Advanced Search with City, End Use Sector, Certificates and Product Categories.

It will have an option to download profiles of individual companies. There would be dedicated kiosks at major engineering exhibitions globally participated by EEPC India, besides back end support to circulate overseas sourcing queries, media publicity & promotion and digital promotion and SEO.

Mr. Sehgal said one of the sectors to be promoted through Brand India digital drive is the textile engineering.

It has the potential to be the largest manufacturing hubs for the world, second to China. There are over 1,600 textile machinery makers in India though the manufacturing facility of many of the existing units in the MSME sector need to be upgraded. The industry needs a Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) for modernization of the manufacturing facility/infrastructure like the textile industry.

Likewise, with state-of-the-art technology in most sub-sectors at par with global standards, the major export markets for Indian electrical equipment are the US, Germany, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, France, the UK, Nigeria, China, Kenya and Brazil. Given the need for electrical machinery and equipment and the current thrust of the Indian Government, this sector has naturally lent itself as a priority for ‘Make in India’.

In medical devices, India is well placed in some segments such as outsourced contract design, development, and manufacturing.

In the pumps and valves, Indian vendors are competing directly with global players, and have competitively positioned themselves by establishing wide distribution channels. The exposure to global competition has prompted Indian industry to work with good foresight and resilience to adapt to emerging trends.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Honda2Wheelers India educates over 1 lakh people on road safety in a single month

Building on its commitment towards making road safety a priority, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. has educated more than 1 lakh Indians in a single calendar month of November 2017. Spread across India, the series of activities included new as well as experienced riders, kids, women and college students.

Honda’s massive education drive empowered 1,20,859 people, sowing the seeds of making them responsible riders in the future. Placing a special emphasis on ‘Catch them Young’, Honda 2Wheelers India educated nearly 55,000 kids. November also saw a unique ‘Be Seen Be Safe’ Campaign for primary school children to commemorate Children’s Day.

More than 2,600 females were gifted the joy of riding via the Dream Riding initiative in November 2017. Operational since 2009, under this scheme, women can learn how to ride an automatic scooter in just 4 hours. This FREE OF COST initiative has empowered nearly a 1 lakh females to be independent and empowered riders since inception.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said: “Honda 2Wheelers India is committed towards road safety in India. Both theory and practical experiences were extended on road safety to the participants. The month of November was special to us as we educated more than 1.2 lakh Indians. I express my sincere thanks to the Government authorities across States for providing Honda an opportunity to extend our road-safety awareness activities via the 12 traffic parks.”

Key initiatives of Honda 2Wheelers mega road safety drive includes:

Learning becomes fun with Honda’s Proprietary 2Wheeler Riding Trainer – The Honda 2Wheeler Riding Trainer is a state-of-the-art, compact, computer driven machine that puts riders in real life road traffic situations through a variety of options. The Riding Trainer can reproduce various traffic situations that occur on roads, offering a safe way to experience hazardous situations. It also gives beginners a chance to practice the use of clutch and other motorcycle operations before riding an actual motorcycle.

Dream Riding: This unique initiative allows women above the age of 18 learn how to ride an automatic scooter in just 4 hours at their convenience. The dedicated task force of skilled women safety instructors first undertake a theory class followed by a session on Honda’s proprietary 2Wheeler Riding Trainer. Summing up the teaching is a practical session in the practice track of a0 traffic training park.

*  Customized road safety modules for children – Honda has specially imported CRF50 motorcycles for kids in the age group of 9-12 years. Kids can experience the joy of riding a motorcycle in a safe and restricted environment while understanding the importance of wearing appropriate riding gear. Kids will also act as a check on parents and inculcate safe riding habits in them. Honda also regularly conducts activities like ‘Stop Before Stop Line’ and ‘School Bus Safety Championship’.

*  The Traffic Training Parks are also equipped with narrow plank and gymkhana activities for adults. A Smart Classroom is present in each park to educate the visitors about the various road signs and safety tips.

Road Safety commitment of Honda:

For Honda 2Wheelers India, road safety comes first. Till date, Honda has educated more than 15 lakh Indians on road safety. Honda has adopted a total of 12 traffic parks in Delhi (2), Jaipur, Chandigarh, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Yeola (Nashik), Hyderabad, Indore, Ludhiana, Coimbatore and Karnal.

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IEI’s 32nd Indian Engineering Congress in Chennai proves a grand success

The 32nd Indian Engineering Congress organized by the Institution of Engineers (IEI), Tamilnadu State Centre in Chennai, on December 21-23 was largely attended. The 3-day Conference and symposium witnessed paper presentations and enlightened speeches by various chapters of the Institution as part of the technical sessions.

The theme of this Conference was Innovation and Engineering Competitive Strategy Perspective, covering all aspects of innovation and engineering aimed at better understanding and knowledge sharing among the engineering fraternity.

Mr. Er. T.M. Gunaraja, Council Member, IEI, TNSC, in his opening address, said the theme chosen for this Congress was of topical interest since engineers are really the brain behind the new inventions based on technologies to make human life more comfortable and secure.

He said: “We have excellent potential to grow in diversified areas and excel in engineering. We need an enormous number of engineers to write the next story of success. The essence of engineering education, now spreading fast in India, is a very positive sign as it not only caters to the emerging needs but also provides manpower to the country to enable it to march further ahead. IEI is a venture contributing to this endeavour. It endows fresh graduates with a vision and mission based on transparency, accountability and accessibility.”

Mr. Sarat Kumar Acharya, Chairman, NLC India Ltd. (Neyveli Lignite), in his special address, referred to India’s power sector, which was earlier handicapped with poor quality, registering an unprecedented turnaround, particularly in the past three years. Today, the country is in a comfortable position with adequate power available at affordable rates on a real time basis round the clock.

He also stressed the need for reforms to ensure enhanced power availability, projected power requirement fuelled by rapid pace of development, etc.

Mr. M.C. Sampath, Tamil Nadu Minister of Industries, who inaugurated the 3-day Conference, assured all Government support to the engineering fraternity. Welcoming the august gathering during the inauguration, Dr. G. Ranganath, Principal, Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, and Chairman, IEI, Tamil Nadu State Centre, Chennai, gave an overview about the 32nd Indian Engineering Congress and extended his wholehearted gratitude to all those who have supported the mega event.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Banwarilal Purohit, Tamil Nadu Governor, said that the deliberations at the technical sessions would surely have generated more awareness and promoted newer ideas for greater innovation and creativity in various engineering disciplines.

The valedictory session was addressed by Mr. Ram Nath Kovind,  President of India, who said the topics selected for discussion were of great relevance today, and the emerging innovative techniques and trends would positively help the society to advance further. This Congress would also provide opportunities to the delegates to exchange their views and ideas with the objective of involving the student community in making higher technological achievements.

Dr. G. Ranganath, Principal, Adhiyamaan College of Engineering, and Chairman, IEI, Tamil Nadu State Centre, Chennai, Er. T.M. Gunaraja, Co-Chairman, Er. R. Ramdoss, Honorary Secretary, IEI, Dr. R. Velraj, Professor & Director, Institute for Energy Studies, Anna University, and IEI, Chennai Chapter, Dr. P. Rajamani, Head of IEI - Madurai Chapter, and Dr. R. Selvaraj, BHEL, and Head of IEI, Trichy Chapter, together worked hard to make the 3-day event in Chennai a grand success.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Honda creates a new milestone in South India

Led by Activa Honda is the 1st choice of 2wheeler buyers in South India

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI), the No. 1 two-wheeler brand in South India has created new a milestone. Honda 2Wheelers India announced that its sales in the five southern States has crossed a phenomenal 1 crore units since inception in 2001.

Thanking customers for their trust and talking about this landmark feat, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President - Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, said: “It is worth mentioning that in the year 2001 Honda sold its 1st 2wheeler in South India. In a span of just 16 years our customer base has crossed 1 crore mark in the region. Such is the importance of the market that Honda’s world’s biggest two-wheeler factory has strategically come up in South India.  Once again we assure our valued customers that Honda will continue to raise the bar of its products and services, delighting them and exceeding their expectations.”

Reinventing itself with changing times, Activa continues to be the preferred ride in the region. In fact, every 2nd Honda sold in South India is an Activa. With a portfolio of 7 automatic scooters, Honda 2Wheelers India will continue to serve new customers with speed while increasing the quality of experience of existing customers.

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Honda City celebrates 20 glorious years in India

Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), the leading manufacturer of passenger cars in India, recently kick-started its celebrations to commemorate 20 successful years of Honda City in India. Honda City started its journey in India in 1998, and now in its fourth generation avatar, has remained one of the longest running nameplates in the Indian automotive history. India is the largest and most important market for Honda City accounting for over 25% of the car’s current worldwide sales. The car continues to be an aspirational brand for many and enjoys huge brand loyalty amongst its customers.

Speaking about the milestone achievement for Honda City in India, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd., said: “We are extremely delighted and proud as we celebrate incredible two decades for Honda City in India, having created new benchmarks ever since its first launch in 1998. With a strong legacy of 4 generations, the Honda City has re-invented each time according to the needs and aspirations of customers.” “Each generation of Honda City has offered a new design, latest automotive technology and new-age infotainment experiences. We thank all our City customers for their patronage of the brand” he added.

Outstanding Legacy of Honda City

1998      First Introduction of Honda City in India; First Honda model to be sold in India
              Two engine options – 1.3L and 1.5L in Petrol
2000      VTEC engine introduced in Honda City
2001      No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2003      Second generation of Honda City launched in India
              Engine – 1.5L i-DSI
   New family car benchmark in India – Spacious, comfortable, fuel efficient
   Introduction of CVT variant – a first on an Indian car
   No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2004      No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2005      Launch of City ZX with new looks and new 1.5L VTEC engine
              No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2006      No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2007      10th anniversary edition of City with ABS launched
              No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2008      Third Generation of Honda City launched in India
              Engine – 1.5L i-VTEC introduced
   Safety equipment – ABS and Airbags as standard offering
              No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2009      Honda City bags the Indian Car of the Year Award 2009
              No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2010      No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2011      First in Segment Sunroof introduced in new Honda City
              No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2012      CNG ready version of Honda City introduced
              Touch screen AVN introduced
   No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2013      World Premiere of 4th Generation of Honda City in India
              No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2014      Launch of 4th Gen City in India – Most successful Honda City ever
              Engine options – 1.5L i-VTEC petrol and 1.5L i-DTEC diesel
              First time introduction of Diesel engine in Honda City
             Introduction of new generation CVT offering more fuel economy than manual variant
2015     No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2016     Safety equipment like ISO FIX introduced in Honda City
             No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study
2017     New Honda City launched           
             Achieves cumulative sales of 7 lakh Honda City in India
             No.1 in JD Power Initial Quality Study

Generation-wise sales of Honda City in India 

Honda City was developed as an Asian model, which became a global brand with presence in 60 countries and has registered cumulative sales of 3.6Mn units globally. The Honda City has been a leader in Quality, being ranked No.1 in the JD Power Initial Quality Study for 15 times during its presence in the Indian market. Product quality, matched by excellent after-sales service at the dealerships, has generated strong positive word of mouth for Honda.

Expansion of Honda business strongly led by Honda City sales
Dealer Network
1998 – 12 dealers in 11 cities
2017 – 349 outlets in 234 cities

Tier 1 Supplier Network
1998 – 57 suppliers
2017 – 221 suppliers

Tier-wise market distribution of Honda City sales (generation wise)

Strong penetration of Honda City in Tier 3 markets in 4th generation due to large scale Dealer expansion and availability of Diesel variant.

HCIL was established in December 1995 with a commitment to provide Honda’s latest passenger car models and technologies, to the Indian customers. HCIL has two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at Greater Noida, UP and Tapukara, Distt. Alwar, Rajasthan.

The company’s product range includes Honda Brio, Honda Jazz, Honda Amaze, Honda City, Honda WR-V, Honda BR-V and Honda CR-V – which are manufactured in India. The Accord Hybrid is being sold as a CBU imported from Thailand. Honda’s models are strongly associated with advanced design and technology, apart from its established qualities of durability, reliability and fuel-efficiency. The company has a strong sales and distribution network with 349 facilities in 234 cities across spread across the country.