Thursday, 27 April 2017

Gates unveils new East Asia & India headquarters and APAC Customer Experience Centre in Singapore

Gates Corporation, a leading manufacturer of power transmission and fluid power products, has officially opened a new regional headquarters in Singapore. The company has also made significant investment in a state-of-the-art Customer Experience Centre designed to give customers and visitors a hands-on understanding of Gates product innovations.

“Gates Corporation is making major investments in product research and development and this Customer Experience Centre is our way of showcasing the breadth of our capabilities to our regional business partners,” said Ivo Jurek, CEO of Gates Corporation.

Gates has established a strong presence in the Asia Pacific region over the last 40 years while becoming a leading product and system supplier in automotive and industrial market segments.

“We cordially invite our regional customers to visit this Customer Experience Centre to learn more about our product innovation and how to effectively apply Gates’ solutions to satisfy ever-evolving business trends,” said Mr. TS Khoo, Gates President for East Asia and India. “Higher efficiency, more reliability, better value, and time to market – the Gates product solutions are made with the APAC customers’ needs in mind.”

In addition to the opening of its headquarters and Customer Experience Centre, Gates has introduced an exclusive retailer program in Southeast Asia focused on Gates fluid power products for the construction, mining, and agricultural sectors. This go-to-market program will roll out to the whole region starting with 96 Gates Shoppes in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand over the next 18 months.

With over 14,000 employees across 106 locations in 30 countries and 50 manufacturing facilities worldwide, Gates Corporation is committed to advancing the science of motion performance by developing safe, forward-thinking products, services, systems, and solutions. 

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GNFC wins the Golden Globe Tigers Award for Excellence & Leadership in CSR 2017

Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilisers & Chemicals (GNFC) won the prestigious Golden Globe Tigers Award for Excellence & Leadership in CSR in the category of ‘E-Payment Leadership’ for implementation of digital transactions in its township. The Award recognizes "TIGERS" in marketing, branding CSR & social innovation, education & academic across leadership levels in individual and organisation that believes excellence is infinite, perfection has no limit and targets are milestones; not an end of the journey. A week ago, GNFC won the Golden Peacock Awards in the category of Innovative Product/Service for its cashless innovation.

GNFC won from among 214 applicants including SMEs, Public, Private, Government Enterprises and NGOs for 2017. The Golden Globe Tigers CSR Award was given to GNFC at a gala ceremony of Golden Globe Tigers Night 2017 organized at the Pullman City Centre Hotel & Residences, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 24. The event was attended by global CSR leaders from over 43 countries.

The Golden Globe Tigers CSR Award was established by World CSR Institute. It follows a rigorous 3 level procedure of short listing and selection. The selection is done by independent assessors comprising experts in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility. This is followed by evaluation by academic council. A total of 30 applications were shortlisted, from which the executive council consisting of CMOs, HDRSs, COs, and VPs decided on the winners based on the impact, scale and replicability of the CSR initiatives. Among these, GNFC was selected as the winner for its outstanding leadership in the field of cashless payments.

GNFC emerged as the first fertilizer company in India to transition to cashless economy successfully. Company’s township in Bharuch, Gujarat became the first 100% cashless township of India. Township’s transition to cashless is a classic example of capturing value in a new way through steady transformation. It followed three precise and concise steps that began with trainings and digital literacy campaigns far and wide, followed by building and adapting infrastructure, and concluded with cross functional task force deployed for implementation, outreach and support. Knowledge sharing and cross silo functioning of GNFC Township and (n) Code, GNFC’s IT wing optimized results. It is an example to be emulated in corporate-led transformation by laying a strong foundation for digital economy.

Under the auspice of NITI Aayog, the apex planning body of India chaired by the Prime Minister, GNFC’s cashless township model has been implemented in 81 integrated townships across 12 States. On April 14, Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, launched these townships in a grand ceremony in Nagpur, and expressed hope that in the near future many more townships will become cashless.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. launches much-awaited TAL Brabo robot

TAL Manufacturing Solutions, a subsidiary of Tata Motors Ltd., has launched its much-awaited TAL Brabo robot in two variants, with payloads of 2 kilos and 10 kilos, priced between Rs. 5 – 7 lakhs. Indigenously developed, the TAL Brabo is a ‘Made in India’ solution, developed to cater to micro, small and medium enterprises, as well as for large scale manufacturers who require cost competitive automated solutions in manufacturing.

Designed and styled in-house at TAL Manufacturing and Tata Elxsi respectively, Tata AutoComp manufactured some of the critical components of the robot. Conceptualised to complement human workforce and perform repetitive, high volume, dangerous and time consuming tasks, the TAL Brabo robot, can be deployed across industries.

Having successfully tested the TAL Brabo in over 50 customer work streams so far, TAL Manufacturing is ready to supply these robots to several sectors including Automotive, Light Engineering, Precision Machining, Electronics, Software Testing, Plastics, Logistics, Education, Aerospace and Engineering among others, simplifying industrial manufacturing, improving quality and productivity.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. R.S. Thakur, Non-Executive Director & Chairman, TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd., said: “With the TAL Brabo, we have taken a quantum leap in revolutionizing industrial manufacturing in India. It is clearly a positive outcome from a well thought out “vision” and a meticulously planned and executed “task”, a result of focused innovation, targeted primarily at micro, small and medium enterprises, where not only large but businesses of all sizes can upgrade their operations by deploying robots, complementing their respective work forces. We call it ‘Robolution’, because of its power to revolutionise industrial manufacturing and with the TAL Brabo, we welcome our customers to join us on this journey.”

Mr. Thakur added: “We at TAL Manufacturing will continue to develop and leverage innovative technologies, out of the box thinking and breakthrough ideas to stay ahead, achieve market leadership and further our ‘Make in India’ story. Having said that, I am proud to announce a new partnership with R.T.A. Motion Control Systems, a leading Italian-based group, for critical components in the TAL Brabo robot. As we move forward, we will further collaborate with R.T.A. Motion Control Systems to further indigenize the TAL Brabo robot and churn out newer variants and applications for various applications across industries.”

Mr. Amit Bhingurde, Chief Operations Officer, TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd., said: “We are delighted to launch the TAL Brabo, the first Indian made, conceptualized and designed industrial robot. A unique product, the TAL Brabo is suited not only for India, but for manufacturing units across the world. As we move ahead, we will continue to innovative not only in product development, but also in sales, marketing, customer service and in all aspects of our business, to deliver best-in-class manufacturing solutions. We thank our early customers for having entrusted their faith in us, by testing the TAL Brabo in their work streams, for some great business results.”

The TAL Brabo is an innovative new concept, developed from an industrial user perspective to automate enterprises. Designed indigenously the TAL Brabo can be used to bring in efficiencies right from raw material handling, until packaging of finished products, and can be programmed to operate 24/7 in all situations, for continuous production, with a high degree of flexibility and even perform complex functions cost effectively. The TAL Brabo can be used for varied applications for tasks like pick & placement of materials, assembly of parts, machine & press tending, as a sealing application, camera and vision-based jobs, etc. The TAL Brabo can also complement human workforce by taking over dull, dangerous and monotonous jobs.

The TAL Brabo complies with essential requirements relevant to European health, safety and environmental legislation, permitting export of the robot to customers in Europe. TAL Manufacturing is also developing the all-important IP certification for the TAL Brabo robot, which will represent a degree of protection provided against the entry of foreign objects, especially water in the machine. This will give customers further more opportunities to deploy robots at their workplace, for different kinds of applications.

The current list of TAL Brabo customers include Mahindra & Mahindra, Diebold, CPG Industries, Hydromatik, SGK Industries, BITS Dubai Campus, Suparna Plastics, Micromax Systems, Twin Engineers, AM Ecosystems Kaziranga University and TATA Motors Ltd.

Trane India launches “Cooling Super Hero” radio campaign across six centers

Trane, a global leader in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC), launched “Cooling Super Hero” radio campaign which focuses on Trane’s air-conditioning solutions for residential segment. The radio campaign emphasizes on the Trane interactive next generation air-conditioner series. The series offers interactive features that will optimize performance and enhance comfort, while providing energy savings, reliable indoor air quality and overall superior system performance.

The radio campaign will go live across six cities including Delhi-NCR region, Ahmedabad, Indore, Chennai, Cochin and Calicut from April 11, 2017.

Mr. Sanjeev Seth, Country Leader – HVAC and Transport, India and SAARC Markets, said: “Our new radio campaign ‘Cooling Super Hero’ emphasizes comfortable and healthy living in your home with the Trane air-conditioner products in an interactive and inverter series. With Trane interactive ACs, this summer customers can control their air conditioners from anywhere in the house using a smart remote that displays energy meter and Trane mode that sets temperature intelligently to ensure customers are comfortable. Trane being an established commercial partner with a strong presence across airports, commercial building, malls, theatres, hospitals, etc., will now focus on the residential segment with its next-generation products. We hope to be an integral part in transforming Indian homes.”

The new radio campaign is being promoted through leading social media platforms such as Facebook, Google, etc. The commercial can be heard in the following time slots 7:00 hrs - 11:00 hrs and 17:00 hrs - 22:00 hrs.

Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has been named America’s most trusted Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC) system by Lifestory Research for the third consecutive year.

LANXESS invests EUR 100 million in its intermediates production network

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS continues to target growth. During the next three years, its business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates will be investing some EUR 100 million in expanding production facilities for chemical intermediates. Around EUR 40 million each will be invested in the Leverkusen and Krefeld-Uerdingen sites in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The rest will be used to expand the facilities in Brunsb├╝ttel (federal state of Schleswig-Holstein), and Antwerp (Belgium). The expansion project is scheduled for completion by 2020.

“Organic growth is a key success factor as new LANXESS heads forward. This investment program accompanies the dynamic development of our customers and their sectors. A high proportion of the planned new capacities is already backed by customers’ orders. At the same time, we are also strengthening our sites,” said Hubert Fink, Member of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG.

 At the Krefeld-Uerdingen site, the plan is to expand production facilities for trimethylolpropane, hexanediol,  benzylalcohol and menthols to accommodate growing demand on global markets.
Trimethylolpropane and hexanediol are important for products in the automotive, furniture and construction industries, for example.

Benzylalcohol is used in a broad range of applications, e.g., Construction, Soap, Coatings, Seals & Adhesives, Agro and Pharma Besides Krefeld-Uerdingen, Lanxess manufactures Benzylalcohol at its Nagda site in India.

“Benzylalcohol is one of the key products in the business unit Advanced Industrial Intermediates’ portfolio where LANXESS holds global market leadership positions. We service customer demands around the world from our production sites at Krefeld-Uerdingen in Germany and Nagda in Madhya Pradesh, India”, said Mr. Neelanjan Banerjee, Senior Executive Director, LANXESS India Private Ltd., and Senior Vice President, Business Unit-Advanced Industrial Intermediates (AII).

Synthetic menthol is a key component of many aromas and pharmaceutical products. LANXESS had already started gradually increasing the capacities for these products in recent years. Now the company is planning new expansion measures. Construction work is set to commence during the coming year.

At the Leverkusen site capacity expansion for special amines is scheduled to start this year. Special amines are mainly used as intermediates for further processing and ultimately in the automotive sector.

LANXESS will considerably increase the capacity of the MEA plant at Brunsb├╝ttel in the course of the year and will invest up to EUR 15 million for this purpose. The abbreviation MEA stands for 2-methyl-6-ethylaniline, which is required mainly as a precursor for crop protection herbicides.

At the Kallo/Antwerp site in Belgium, LANXESS will be investing a mid-single digit euro million figure to expand its production capacities for rubber chemicals.

Aromatics network hallmark

The Advanced Industrial Intermediates business unit employs around 2,100 workers and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality industrial chemicals. Aromatic compounds play a prominent role in the product range. The aromatics network forms the core of production and is regarded as the largest of its kind worldwide.

LANXESS’s high-quality intermediates are primarily used in the manufacture of agrochemicals, polymers, paints, coatings and pigments. Further important applications include cosmetics, flavorings, fragrances, fuel additives, lubricants, tires, technical rubber goods and construction chemicals.

The business unit is part of LANXESS’s Advanced Intermediates segment, which recorded sales of around EUR 1.74 billion in fiscal 2016.

SAIL receives SCOPE Award for Best HR Practices from the President

Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), nation’s largest steelmaker and a ‘Maharatna’ public sector enterprise, has been Awarded with the prestigious SCOPE Award for Best Practices in Human Resource Management for 2014-15. 

Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, presented the Award to Mr. P.K. Singh, SAIL Chairman, in the presence of Mr. Anant G. Geete, Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, and Mr. Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises. Earlier, SAIL was awarded in the same category for 2011-12. The Award was presented at the Public Sector Day function organized by SCOPE at Vigyan Bhawan recently.

While accepting the honor, Mr. Singh dedicated the Award to SAIL collective and said: “Each one of SAIL’s 80,000+ employees is a world class leader who strives to bring excellence in every process and product of the company and achieve higher growth & efficiencies. The firm resolve of our employees keeps SAIL moving forward and motivates us to bring in and adopt the best industry practices in Human Resources.”

He also recognized the constructive and important role played by employee’s associations and unions in synergizing the company’s priorities among the wide workforce across the organization. This recognition is a reflection of the company’s special efforts to design highly motivational work environment and employee focused initiatives to nurture best in class talents.

SAIL management has repeatedly emphasized on the value of human capital in providing the competitive advantage and identified the potential of a high performing team. The company believes in guiding organizations’ investments in people through things like leadership development, job design, and knowledge sharing through systematic & focused interventions and policy of Learning and Development. Employees are provided meaningful opportunities to acquire new knowledge through different types of workshops / programmes / competitions. ‘LEO’ (Learning from Each Other Workshops), skill knowledge transfer and collaboration with premier technical / management institutions, business simulation games, and flagship programmes such as Chairman’s Trophy for Young Managers are some of the benchmark practices. The company is also focusing on developing high impact leadership amongst its ranks to drive the top management’s agenda of ‘change’ and for transforming SAIL into a vibrant organization.  

SAIL recognizes the importance of internal communication for creating a shared vision across the organization. Towards this Chairman has so far interacted with cross section of more than 25,000 employees and at all plants various interactive programmes are organized at regular intervals with the CEO. New online Executive Performance Management System (EPMS) has been implemented with a view to reinforce a performance oriented culture. To prepare managers for assuming greater role and responsibilities in future, thrust has been given on succession planning for which SAIL has formed an Assessment and Development Centre (ADC). 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group inaugurates new manufacturing facility in Mexico

Global Automotive Component manufacturer ‘Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group’ announced the inauguration of its new manufacturing plant located at Queretaro Industrial Park, Mexico. The new facility Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. is a part of Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions, Germany (“Minda KTSN”) which was established in 2007 to oversee the European operations.

The greenfield plant at Mexico specializes in manufacturing of Interior automotive components such as Glove Box, I Panel Parts, etc., for our esteemed Customer Volkswagen Group.

The new facility at Queretaro which is Minda KTSN’s 5th unit has a total area of 8,500 sq.mtrs. with manpower strength of around 130 employees. The plant has an additional 5,000 sq.mtrs. space in the similar premises for further growth and is targeting annual sales of 450 Mio Pesos ($24 Mio) from 2017-18 onwards.

Mr. Ashok Minda, Chairman & Group CEO, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, said: “Our presence in Europe goes back to 2007 when Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions was acquired to oversee the European operations. The support we have received from all the stakeholders in Europe has encouraged us to start manufacturing facility in North American Region.  The new manufacturing facility at Queretaro, Mexico, marks a significant milestone in the history of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group. This investment shows the clear commitment of our Group to the expansion of our activities here in the region.”

Mr. N.K. Taneja, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, said: “The new facility has been set up with intent to serve our customers through our advanced technologies and services. This will also further strengthen our strategic presence as we reach out to OEs to supply quality automotive components and also offer state-of-art & future technological solutions to our esteemed customers in whole continent. We endeavour to give our customers the best of our services in the future as we always have been doing.”

Mr. Vinayak Hegde, CEO, Minda KTSN, said: “Minda KTSN is proud to share the moment of opening of its new manufacturing facility at Queretaro, Mexico. Queretaro today has emerged as a leading strategic commercial hub in the region, with world-class infrastructure and a highly competitive business environment. Our new facility will enable us to meet the fast-growing demand we anticipate in this region, even opening opportunities for us to export. The project has not only been completed on schedule – but also met all customer requirements. It has met the targets, using the best industry practices, in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner.”

Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Minda Corporation Ltd. (a flagship company of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, India and listed on Indian Stock Exchanges), produces high quality Interior products such as Glove box, I Panel Parts, Storage boxes, Cup holders, Steering column covers, Oil panel, Cylinder heads and Structure parts for VW Group, BMW, Daimler, as main customers. Minda KTSN in Europe has state-of-the-art of injection moulding, automated assemblies, and internal tool manufacturing facilities.

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group’s legacy goes back to 1958 when the first operation was set up in India. Today, 60 years later, Spark Minda has 36 manufacturing facilities world-wide, and provides direct employment to approximately 16,000 people and indirect employment to several thousands more. Over the past few years, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group has done strategic acquisitions in Germany & Poland along with green-field project in Indonesia, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Czech Republic and now in Queretaro, Mexico.

“We have also made fruitful and successful relationships with the best of the automotive industry players around the world in the domain of designing and manufacturing, namely, Stoneridge of USA, VAST of USA, SBHAP of China, SILCA of Italy, Furukawa of Japan & UzAvto of Uzbekistan as our JV partners. We are privileged to serve global players such as VW Group, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Nissan and so on. In India, our prestigious customer names include the leading OEM’s such as TATA Motors, Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, Honda, Renault Nissan, Maruti Suzuki, Bajaj, Yamaha, TVS, etc. Our growth oriented initiatives and relationship with some of the most reputed OEM manufacturers have enabled us to report strong growth over the year.”

Friday, 7 April 2017

Tata Motors brings a new era of Style with Tata TIGOR

Tata Motors announced the commercial launch of its new ‘StyleBack’, Tata TIGOR, meant for the young and fast-paced generation. With its stunning, break-free and revolutionary design, the Tata TIGOR is set to build on Tata Motors’ existing passenger vehicle portfolio and address needs of the ever evolving customer. At a starting price of Rs. 4.82 lakhs for the Revotron 1.2L (petrol) variant and Rs. 5.74 lakhs, for the Revotorq 1.05L (diesel) variant, ex-showroom Chennai the TIGOR will be available across the country.

In just over two months of the HEXA launch, Tata Motors is launching yet another innovation and an exciting offering in a new segment. The Company has trained around 6,000 sales consultants to cater its new generation products like Tiago, Hexa and now the TIGOR, across 650 sales outlets and more than 500 service touch points. Tata Motors plans to add 200 sales touch points in FY17-18.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors, said: “India’s first ‘Styleback’, the Tata TIGOR is designed to usher in a new era of style to the segment. High on the bravura quotient, the TIGOR is a result of the company’s relentless focus on design and technology. We are confident that this complete package will break the clutter and redefine the highly competitive segment.”

With a renewed focus on design, Tata Motors is recapturing the consumer mind space, which is helping the Company to strengthen its brand proposition. Creating an immediate and lasting impact, Tata Motors has worked intricately on the styling of the TIGOR, the 3rd vehicle based on the IMPACT Design philosophy. The TIGOR is smartly designed on the outside with ‘Expressive’, ‘Exciting’, and ‘Extraordinary’ exterior features. Its lively and dynamic stance exudes the feeling of youthfulness. On the inside, the TIGOR makes ‘INtelligent’ use of space and has ‘INviting’ interiors and connectivity features that will make owners feel ‘INtouch’ with the world inside and outside.

The car is intelligently engineered with superior legroom and 24 utility spaces to provide ample storage to carry one’s world along. The stylish design is complemented by enhanced performance and driving dynamics. The TIGOR will be available in both petrol and diesel variants – Revotron 1.2L (petrol engine) and Revotorq 1.05L (diesel engine), with class-leading driving dynamics. Both engines are available with multi-drive modes – Eco and City.

Understanding the constantly evolving needs of customers, connectivity forms the core of Tata Motors’ infotainment experience. The company has worked closely with HARMANTM to design and engineer an acoustic audio and infotainment system, certified by the globally renowned Golden Ears and tuned by seasoned Harman audio experts.

Available in 8 variants (with 2 optional variants) XE 1.2 P, XT 1.2 P, XZ 1.2 P, XZ (O) 1.2 P, XE 1.05 D, XT 1.05 D, X Z 1.05 D and XZ (O) 1.05 D, the TIGOR will come in six exciting colour options – Copper Dazzle, Espresso Brown, Pearlescent White, Platinum Silver, Striker Blue and Berry Red. TIGOR will come with a standard warranty of 2 years or 75,000 km, whichever is earlier, with an option to further extend.

Tata Motors has built a strong pipeline of new products, which come with the IMPACT design language and leading technologies to make the new product line-up an exciting proposition.

Tata Steel is the first steel producer to receive Volvo Cars Quality Excellence Award

Tata Steel has picked up the Volvo Cars Quality Excellence (VQE). The Award was handed out at the 60 year anniversary marking the cooperation between the companies. The VQE Award recognises suppliers who achieve excellence in areas such as capable manufacturing and quality processes, continuous improvement and customer endorsement. Tata Steel fulfilled all the relevant criteria and is the first steel producer ever to obtain this prestigious prize.

The main driver for the award is Tata Steel’s commitment and capacity of producing galvanized steel with high and “stable” quality that fully complied to Volvo Cars’ high quality standards. By enhancing the characteristics of their steel, Tata Steel researchers and engineers were able to improve Volvo Cars’ manufacturing as well. Volvo Cars sources mainly galvanised steel plates for exterior parts of cars including bonnets, doors and trunk lids Among the products delivered by Tata Steel are MagiZinc Auto, an advanced hot-dip zinc coating offering superior corrosion protection, and DP800 HyperForm, a ductile, high-strength steel that allows lightweighting of complex, structural components.

“It’s the first time that Volvo Cars has given this award to a steel supplier. This is recognition of our significant efforts to meet demanding requirements in production, quality control, continuous improvement and levels of service at all stages,” said Johan Casparsson, Global Account Manager at Tata Steel. “It is crucial for us to consistently focus on the high quality of our steel, alongside the exceptional levels of our technical support. That is our highest priority.”

The Award was presented at a dedicated ceremony in IJmuiden, The Netherlands, where Volvo Cars representatives took the chance for a tour through Tata Steel’s state-of-the-art steelmaking site.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Hyundai Motor India announces 23rd Free Car Care Clinic

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL), the country’s largest passenger car exporter and the second largest automobile manufacturer, with its continuous commitment towards extending excellent services to its valued customers, announced the 23rd edition of the nationwide ‘Free Car Care Clinic’. The customer connect program will be held from March 29 - April 8, 2017 at all service outlets across the country.

Announcing the 23rd Free Car Care Clinic, Mr. Y.K. Koo, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said: “Hyundai is a Customer Centric brand and strives to deliver new values to its customers with advanced products and convenient services. Hyundai’s Free Car Care Clinic program has always received overwhelming response from customers. We ensure enhanced ownership experience along with customer delight and hope to see more participation in the clinics across the country. Under Experience Hyundai initiatives Free Car Care Clinic will strengthen the Service Brand Image of Hyundai as a Caring Brand with a promise to be the Lifetime Partner in Automobile and Beyond.”

Free Car Care Clinic will offer comprehensive 90 Point Car Health Check-up with examination of the engine, transmission, electrical system, under-body, AC, exterior, etc. Customers can also avail following benefits along with the Car health check-up:

* Attractive discounts on spare parts, labour charges and other value added services.

* Exciting discounts on extended warranty along with excellent offers on exchange of old cars.

* To value the long term relationship with its customers, additional attractive discounts for the customers owning vehicles more than 3 years old is offered.

* Daily customer gratification through lucky draws to offer 100 free extended warranties.

* Shell India as the prime sponsor is also offering attractive schemes and gifts during the camp.
The previous Free Car Care Clinic held in September 2016 benefitted more than 1.9 lakh customers across the country and made it a successful campaign under Experience Hyundai programs.

BMW Plant Chennai scores a decade of “Sheer Driving Pleasure” in India

BMW Plant Chennai recently celebrated 10 years of production excellence in India. The plant started operations on March 29, 2007. Since then, the BMW Group has strengthened its commitment to the Indian market and has continuously increased the number of its locally produced car models. Up to eight car models can be locally produced on two assembly lines at BMW Plant Chennai. Presently, the BMW 1 Series, the BMW 3 Series, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, the BMW 5 Series, the BMW 7 Series, the BMW X1, the BMW X3 and the BMW X5 are locally produced at BMW Plant Chennai. Till date over 57,000 cars have been locally assembled.

Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India, said: “It is a day of great joy and pride for all of us at BMW Group to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BMW Plant Chennai. The sheer driving pleasure of our customers has been shaped with the fascinating portfolio of products built at the BMW Plant Chennai, which has laid the foundation for BMW Group’s success story in India. The precision in quality achievements perfectly complement the advanced technology in the cars and the multiple facets of the luxury brand. In the years to come, BMW Plant Chennai will play a crucial role in fostering BMW Groups ambitions in India.”

Celebrating the ‘Make in India’ initiative, BMW has further strengthened its commitment to the Indian market by increasing the level of localisation at BMW Plant Chennai to over 50 per cent.

Dr. Jochen Stallkamp, Managing Director, BMW Plant Chennai, said: “BMW Plant Chennai is proud to complete a decade of production excellence in India. I congratulate the team for producing cars with more than 50 per cent localisation content and achieving the high international quality standards as any of the BMW production facilities globally. Highly qualified employees, remarkably refined systems and the most modern technology ensure that our production quality creates new benchmark in manufacturing of luxury cars in India.”

Located in Mahindra World City, about 40 kilometre northwest of Chennai, BMW Plant Chennai hosts state-of-the-art systems engineering, more than 500 highly qualified employees and sophisticated manufacturing processes which are the prerequisites for the production of premium cars in keeping with supreme quality standards.

TII’s incubation cell launches India’s first online-only Bicycle brand

Tube Investments of India (TII), a part of the Murugappa Group, launched India’s first exclusively-online bicycle brand, a new initiative of the company’s Corporate Strategy Group (CSG). 

Branded ‘Brooks’, the range offers city, off-road and kids bicycles and will be available for sale on the e-store, To begin with, nine models have been launched in the price range of Rs. 5,299 - Rs. 10,625 for both sexes across age-groups. The brand will also be made available through horizontal e-commerce portals – Flipkart to begin with.

The e-commerce initiative is aimed at accelerating bicycle sales in the country by targetting the millennial population, who show a strong preference to shop through online portals.

Mr. L. Ramkumar, Managing Director, Tube Investments of India, says: “Bicycles are a high-involvement product category. We are aiming to provide a seamless online buying experience to the new-gen consumer who prefers shopping online, and has so far been enjoying hassle-free, doorstep delivery of high-value purchases, like furniture, jewellery and electronics. Through our initiative, we are providing ready-to-roll products for those who want to take to cycling to lead an active lifestyle.”

Brooks has been launched in the three southern metros of Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad to begin with, where consumers have been identified as exhibiting this buying behaviour. has been developed as a full-fledged purchase and service e-store. An option to gift bicycles, a ‘bike guide’ which helps the customer choose a suitable model, free home delivery, complete assembly and a repair service by Jeeves Consumer Services (the after-sales service provider), are among the features which provide a complete online buying experience.

Nissan registers 45% growth in India in fiscal year 2016

Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. (NMIPL) announced total domestic sales of 57,315 units in FY2016, registering growth of 45% over the previous financial year. This fiscal year also marked the highest-ever volume achieved by the company in India. With this growth rate, Nissan India was the second-fastest growing auto company in the country in FY2016. The company registered sales of 5,309 vehicles in March 2017, an increase of 21% over the same period last year.

Mr. Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations, said: “FY2016 has been a remarkable year for Nissan India. We are delighted by the progress and the acceptance of our products and services by our customers. We have remained focused on sustaining and accelerating our performance and the team has worked hard to reach closer to our customers. On the products front, Datsun redi-GO has been our most significant new model launch in the last year and has been a key driver of our success and raising brand awareness. Looking ahead, in the medium-term Nissan India plans to launch 8 new products in India by 2021 with an aim to achieve 5% market share in India.”

The company began FY 2016 on a high note by unveiling Datsun redi-GO in April. Officially launched in June 2016, Datsun redi-GO has been well received by consumers in India. Nissan also introduced its ‘Halo Model’ strategy to bring the very best of Nissan’s global technologies to Indian consumers and help strengthen the brand. The launch of the Nissan GT-R supercar in December 2016 was the first in the series of global Nissan models to be launched in India.

Mr. Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motors India Ltd., said: “The positive year-end results signify our efforts to engage with more customers by strengthening our sales and after sales network across India. Additionally, we have significantly raised our customer and sales satisfaction scores.”

As a comparatively new entrant to the market in India, NMIPL has enhanced its core business functions to further strengthen the company’s profile in India. Currently, Nissan has a robust sales and service network with 279 customer touch points across 174 cities in India, offering added convenience to customers of both the Nissan and Datsun brands.

To support its growing business, the company also opened a new regional parts distribution centre in Pune – Nissan’s third such facility in India, and part of a strategic expansion initiative to strengthen aftersales service.

Nissan is also focused on improving the experience of customers. These customer-focused efforts were recognized in August 2016 when Nissan was ranked in 2nd place in the annual J.D. Power India Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) study, with a score of 831 out of the 1000-point scale. Additionally, this year Nissan India achieved the milestone of exporting over 700,000 cars in the span of seven years from Chennai.

Nissan offers a diverse product range in growing segments in India, currently with eight models on sale under the umbrella of the Nissan and Datsun brands across six segments.

Mahindra Tractors sells 17,973 units during March 2017

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.’s Farm Equipment Sector (FES), a part of the $17.8 billion Mahindra Group, announced its tractor sales numbers for March 2017. 

Domestic sales in March 2017 were at 17,973 units, as against 13,931 units during March 2016. Total tractor sales (domestic + exports) during March 2017 were at 19,337 units, as against 14,682 units for the same period last year. Exports for the month stood at 1,364 units.

Commenting on the month’s performance, Mr. Rajesh Jejurikar, President - Farm Equipment Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said: “We have sold 17,973 tractors during March 2017 with a growth of 29% over last year. With continued Government support to agriculture and expectation of bumper rabi crop, we expect market sentiments to remain positive. In the exports market, we sold 1,364 tractors with a growth of 82% over March 2016.”

Malaysian PM’s call to conclude RCEP negotiations by this year-end

The Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak, exhorted the business community to impress upon the negotiators of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to conclude the agreement by this year-end or early next year. Dato’ Razak was speaking at a special business session of the India-Malaysia Business Forum jointly organized by FICCI, CII and ASSOCHAM.

At the meeting, B2B MoUs and agreements worth $36 billion were signed and documents exchanged between Indian and Malaysian companies.

The Prime Minister said: “I am delighted that Indian investors continue to have confidence in Malaysia, as is shown by their decision to expand and diversify their existing operations in our country.” In 2016, India was ranked the ninth largest investor in Malaysia, with total approved investments of nearly $300 million in eight manufacturing projects.

Indian Malaysians, he said, have played a key role in the building of our nation. They have always been at the forefront – within the government, civil service, business, entertainment, education and food.

The Malaysian Prime Minister urged Indian business to experience for themselves the conducive business environment in his country and forge partnerships with Malaysian companies which have proven themselves as world leaders. 

He said Malaysia’s registered a growth of 4.2 per cent in 2016 and the economy was expected to clock higher rate of growth this year and even higher in 2018. He added that international rating agencies had given a thumbs up to the Malaysian economy, with the IMF confirming that the economy continues to perform well, despite headwinds, and has made significant progress towards achieving high income status. 

“Our ambitions do not stop at achieving high income status. Under a new plan that we are currently putting together – TN50 or National Transformation 2050 – our new goal is for Malaysia to be a top 20 country by 2050,” Dato’ Razak added.

As one of the leading countries in the ASEAN region, Malaysia is well poised to provide businesses with a profitable location to leverage on the growing trade and investment opportunities in the Asia Pacific.

Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, expressed confidence that Malaysia with its expertise in infrastructure development and India with its $1 trillion of infrastructure commitments will turn the bilateral economic engagement into a win-win situation.  

She said once RCEP negotiations are concluded and with India’s engagement with the Southeast Asian countries there will be greater understanding of the business prospects in both countries in a spirit of give and take in both countries.    

Mr. Pankaj Patel, President, FICCI, and Chairman & Managing Director, Zydus Cadila - Cadila Healthcare Ltd., spelt out FICCI’s roadmap for Indo-Malaysian co-operation through collaboration on the regional platform, preparation of knowledge papers on key economic sectors, SMEs and diaspora connect.  

Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice President, CII, and Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, Malaysia’s expertise in project management, he added, had come to the fore. Malaysian companies can be strong partners in India’s ports, roads and highways, and urban rejuvenation campaigns under India’s Sagarmala and Smart Cities campaigns. Malaysian companies, he said, are well-integrated into vibrant supply chains. India as a global leader can build new connectivities in Malaysian knowledge sectors. 

Mr. Sandeep Jajodia, President, ASSOCHAM, and Chairman and Managing Director, Monnet Group, expressed Indian industry’s gratitude to Prime Minister Razak for outlining the contours of Malaysia-India co-operation. The signing of B2B MoUs signifies the success of the visit of the Prime Minister and the business delegation to India.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Suzuki two-wheelers sales vrooms ahead with 74% growth in March 2017

Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Ltd. (SMIPL), a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading two-wheeler manufacturers, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, has concluded the fiscal on a strong note by registering a whopping 74% increase in their March 2017 sales figure as over the corresponding period last year. Suzuki Motorcycle has clocked a sale of 36,029 units in March 2017 as opposed to 20,673 units in March 2016, recording a sustained growth in its overall sales.

A comprehensive product portfolio and consistent double digit growth in sales has enabled Suzuki to cross the annual sale mark of 350,000 units in FY 2016-17, indicating a growth of 12% over last year.

For FY 2017-18, Suzuki will be targeting sale of 500,000 units for which it is gearing up its product line-up, expanding dealership networks and also becoming aggressive on exports. Suzuki has a stronger positive outlook for the future and expects to maintain its growth momentum in the fiscal 2017-2018.

Bajaj Capital appoints Rahul Parikh as new CEO

Bajaj Capital has appointed Mr. Rahul Parikh as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Parikh has almost 17 years of experience in financial services companies like Aditya Birla Money MyUniverse, Birla Sunlife Asset Management Company and ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund. Besides, Anil Chopra has been elevated to Group Director – Corporate Affairs of the company. Earlier, he was Group CEO and Director of the firm. In his new role, he will be working with the shareholders to develop new lines of business.

Brand USA inspires travelers to plan their USA trip now

Brand USA, the destination-marketing organization for the United States has unveiled a new consumer campaign and website,, as the organization works to increase inbound tourism to the United States. Through this new interactive campaign, Brand USA illustrates the diversity of the United States and invites travelers to share their own unique experiences. 

The consumer campaign spans a variety of advertising and media platforms, including online videos, out-of-home signage, high impact online display ads, and social media posts that will drive awareness of the new campaign and inspire visitation to the USA.

The campaign launches with an innovative social-first approach, concentrating on shareable and relatable imagery and video content whose first person viewpoint will draw consumers into the frame and make them feel like they could have captured the shots themselves. Music will also play a significant role in the new campaign, with music tracks tailored to individual personas and reflective of sounds distinct to the USA.

In an era of likes, tweets and #latergrams, social networks are one of the most influential forces driving travel planning today. The campaign, which will run across Facebook, Instagram, and various digital networks, will help potential travelers discover the variety of experiences, hidden gems, and off-the-beaten-path destinations available throughout the USA.

“As storytellers, we want to provide prospective travelers with the most compelling content that not only inspires them to visit, but also motivates them to plan a trip,” said Christopher L. Thompson, President and CEO of Brand USA. “Our new campaign meets travelers where they are and challenges them to see how far they can go on their USA experience.”

The new [] website features vibrant videos, loads of content, and cutting-edge mobile functionality. Travelers can swipe through to explore itineraries that start in gateway cities, such as New York City, New York or San Francisco, California and end up to five hours away. These expanded itineraries help travelers understand how many unique destinations and attractions they can experience in a single trip to the United States.

Brand USA produced 15 versions of the new website in eight different languages, with each international market having a customized version in the home country language. The site encourages users to plan your USA trip through a personalized online experience, engaging with others, and receiving and sharing content across social media that is localized uniquely to them. Its gaming section, “Choose Your Adventure” tailor-makes the visitor experience by recognizing search patterns of the user to provide intuitive trip recommendations. 

Additionally, Brand USA worked with its destination partners to ensure the website had extensive local content for visitors to have a one-stop location to explore their passions, desires, and their spontaneous side instead of a checklist.

“Brand USA’s new digital experience is built to be relevant to the right person at the right moment, serving as a starter point where prospective visitors can receive a taste and feel for the United States,” said Tracy Lanza, Vice President of Integrated Marketing for Brand USA. “The site has key functionality such as the ability to personalize the user experience. It also has modular capabilities that provide us with the ability to measure which sections are performing well and adjust sections that are less frequented to ensure the user experiences content that’s most relevant to them every time.”

The USA means so many different things to different people in different places, and this campaign puts the unifying experience of travel at the heart of it, allowing travelers to see what choosing their own US adventure may look like. Prior to creating the campaign, Brand USA conducted research into India’s key motivations when choosing their travel destinations. They found that Indian travelers are predominantly looking for excitement meaning they are interested in fun, indulgence, and to escape the routine.  

The consumer campaign is meant to welcome prospective travelers to come explore the endless opportunities in the USA, and show how far they can go – geographically, spiritually, and emotionally.  The new consumer campaign will be supplemented by a number of marketing platforms and programs that each year, Brand USA deploys to increase international visitation to the United States and drive tourism dollars to communities in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the five territories.

According to a study released by Oxford Economics, over the past three years, Brand USA’s marketing efforts have generated more than 3 million incremental international visitors to the United States, benefiting the US economy with nearly $21 billion in total economic impact, which has supported, on average, 50,000 incremental jobs a year.

As the number one services export for the United States, tourism to the United States currently supports 1.8 million American jobs (directly and indirectly) and benefits virtually every sector of the US economy. Since 2011, Brand USA has significantly increased the effectiveness of its consumer campaigns that helped drive increase in international traveler intent to visit the USA from an average of 52 per cent in FY2013 to 60 per cent from FY2014 through FY2016. 

VitrA introduces the Modern and Authentic Outline series

VitrA, the leading bathroom solutions brand of Eczacibasi Building Products Division, introduces outline series that makes it possible to completely change the look of washbasins. This series is characterized by distinctive design and cerafine material that gives a fresh look to bathrooms. Keeping in mind the ongoing trends this collection showcases modern and contemporary look which is an ideal design for all tastes and bathroom interiors.

These washbasins comes in 5 different forms – Tv, oval, square, pebble and round, are also available in 5 colors matte black, matte mink, matte taupe, matte white and white. This series caters to people who want bathrooms to make a fashion statement. Hence, the distinctive design and durable material makes the washbasin looks more aesthetic and gives a modern look to the bathroom.

Give your bathroom distinctive look with the stylish, new series in different shapes and colors from VitrA.

VitrA is a leading brand of Eczacibasi, a prominent Turkish industrial group. Eczacibasi, core sectors are building products, healthcare and consumer products. VitrA manufacturers 5 million units of sanitary ware, 350,000 bathtubs, 370,000 units of bathroom furniture, 3 million faucets and 2.5 million bathroom accessories every year. 50% of production is exported to over 75 countries worldwide for sale in 150 exclusive showrooms and 2,000 sales points across the world.

Founded in 1942, Eczacibasi is a prominent Turkish industrial group with 41 companies, 11,730 employees. Eczacibasi, core sectors are building products, healthcare and consumer products. Globally, Eczacibasi has established itself among the world’s top providers of bathroom and tiling solutions for homes and commercial venues with its VitrA, Burgbad, Villeroy and Boch (Tiles) and Engers brands.

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