Monday, 8 May 2017

Godrej launches Bambusa - bamboo frame bicycles

Godrej & Boyce, the holding company of the Godrej Group, has launched Bambusa, its premium range of bicycles built from bamboo. These bicycles can be exclusively bought via the crowdfunding platform

The frames of the Bambusa bicycles are entirely bamboo, giving them a durability and lightness unmatched even by conventional steel and aluminum-frame cycles. Moreover, they are more sustainable to make as bamboo is a fast-growing grass and therefore very sustainable. Their manufacturing process is not reliant on electricity from coal-burning power plants, and the economic benefits of their manufacture are spread along every step of the process, from sourcing-to-sale.

Commenting on the launch, Vijay Crishna, Executive Director, Godrej Lawkim, said: “At Godrej & Boyce, we are constantly striving to come out with ever more innovative products that our customers find useful for their needs. But innovation, married to sustainability. The launch of the Bambusa bicycle marks a major leap in this direction for us as we seek to push the boundaries of what’s possible in an environmentally and economically sound manner. Bamboo has a greater tensile strength (or resistance to be pulled apart) than steel, while its attribute of being 4 times as absorbent as carbon fibre gives a smoother ride even on bad roads. Bamboo’s strength is its ability to bend – that’s its miracle! We selected a special bamboo species called ‘Pseudo-Oxytenanthera Stocksii’ which grows near our factory site and is particularly well-suited for building bamboo-frame bikes. No two bamboo stalks grow the same way, so each special, organically aesthetic frame is unique to your bike!

“Our Bamboo bike-frames are beautifully hand-crafted, each frame being “one of a kind”! We have a carefully laid-out process to identify suitable bamboo stems, select these to use on our frames, treat them appropriately to protect them from insects and the environment – only after which do we build the frame. The entire capability has been developed in-house at our factory located outside Pune.

“Having travelled 4400 km across the length of India during the monsoons, the bike has proved its strength and sturdiness on the road under the toughest conditions”.

Godrej Bambusa Bicycles are currently available in white and brown saddle options.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Shobana Kamineni is new CII President, Rakesh Bharti Mittal takes charge as President Designate and Uday Kotak is new CII Vice President

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) announced new office-bearers for 2017-18. Ms. Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. (AHEL), has assumed office as the new President of CII. She takes over from Dr. Naushad Forbes, Co-Chairman, Forbes Marshall Ltd.

Ms. Kamineni helms the Apollo Global Projects Consultancy, which steers the planning, design and execution of new projects. She also heads Apollo Pharmacy, presently the fastest growing business within AHEL. AHEL is Asia’s foremost integrated healthcare organization.

In addition, Ms. Kamineni is Vice-Chairperson of the KEI Group, a diversified logistics, leisure & infrastructure business. She is an active member of CII and has been a recipient of prestigious national awards for Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

Ms. Kamineni holds a B.A. in Economics from Stella Maris College, Chennai, and an accelerated Diploma in Hospital Administration from Columbia University, New York.

Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, is the new President Designate, CII.  Bharti Enterprises is one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, agri and food business, financial services, retail, realty, and communication & media devices.

Mr. Mittal is the Vice Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, Chairman of Bharti AXA Life Insurance, Bharti AXA General Insurance, FieldFresh Foods and Centum Learning. He is also a member of India – Canada CEOs Forum and India Pakistan Joint Business Forum (IPJBF) and several Government Committees and Governing Councils of Institutions of Excellence like ICAR.

Mr. Uday Kotak, Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd., is the new Vice President of CII. Mr. Kotak has several Awards to his credit and recently he won ET’s Business Leader of the Year Award. He is the Co-Chair of the India-UK Financial Partnership (IUKFP) with Sir Gerry Grimstone as the other Co-Chair.

Mr. Kotak holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

Honda Cars India continues growth momentum registering over 38% growth in April 2017

Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), leading manufacturer of passenger cars in India, registered monthly domestic sales of 14,480 units in April 2017 against 10,486 units in corresponding month last year, registering a growth of 38.1%. The company has received overwhelming customers’ response for newly launched Honda WR-V and new Honda City 2017. HCIL has received over 25,000 bookings for Honda City since its launch in mid-February, and 12,000 bookings for WR-V since its launch in mid-March.  

Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, President and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd., said: “HCIL sales continue to grow positively and we registered our higher ever April numbers backed by strong demand for New City 2017 and Honda WR-V. The new fiscal year has begun on a positive note and we hope to continue the growth momentum.”

HCIL also exported a total of 442 units in April 2017.

Model wise sales break-up for April 2017:
Accord Hybrid*
Domestic Total
Grand Total

*Import of Accord Hybrid in Mar’17: 30 units
*Mar’17 sales – 28 units; April’17 sales – 1 unit

BMW Group signs an international agreement with Aditya Birla Group

BMW Group has entered into an international alliance with the Aditya Birla Group for preferred mobility solutions. The agreement spans globally across several countries such as India, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, France and the UK. The association comprises of a wide variety of privileges on the extensive product portfolio of the BMW Group such as preferential pricing, customized financial services and the state-of-the-art aftersales support.

Mr. Rene Gerhard, Director - Sales, BMW Group India, said: “The BMW Group has been a pioneer in automotive excellence and has successfully created outstanding premium mobility solutions for its discerning customers. Our alliance with Aditya Birla Group is yet another step to bring the immersive BMW experience closer to our exclusive clientele. With the fascinating choice of products at attractive prices, customized financial solutions and unparalleled service offerings, Aditya Birla Group employees across the world will now be able to experience the ‘Sheer Driving Pleasure’ in its greatest form.”

Mr. Subrato Sarkaar, Joint President - Corporate Administration, Aditya Birla Group, said: “Aditya Birla Group is happy to be associated with an innovative, aspirational brand like BMW. This initiative is a first of its kind and will give our employees an enhanced user experience & service benefits, globally. It is an excellent reflection of our collaboration and partnership with BMW Group internationally.”

iBall introduces ‘iBall Slide Wings 4GP’

iBall, known for its innovative technology, announces its newest addition to the Tablet PC category – iBall Slide Wings 4GP that lets you unleash every possible task on-the-move with 4G VoLTE support; enables HD Voice Call, Video Calling and improved efficiency between simultaneous Voice and 4G data, when at use.

iBall Slide Wings 4GP comes with stunning 20.32 cm (8) HD IPS multi-touch display. Its resolution of 1280*800 combined with Mira vision Technology offers life-like visuals from every angle. Designed for users who are always on-the-move, this Slide is powered by Quad core 1.3GHz processor backed by 2GB RAM and a battery backup that lasts almost a day with 4300mAh at your disposal. It is a dual SIM device which offers voice over 4G LTE technology and runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, to ensure that you stay ahead of the curve.

Keeping your pictures, videos and entertainment intact, iBall Slide Wings 4GP features a 5MP AF Rear camera with LED flash and 2MP Front facing camera. It also supports mp3, HD Video Playback, Auto Call recording, FM Radio & Recording and 3.5mm Audio Jack for Stereo Sound. It further supports G-Sensor for Auto-rotate screen and an in-built iBall Care for online software updates. All this and much more with 32 GB additional space via Micro SD card + 16GB built-in storage for all your apps, documents, photos so that you can never run out of space. The additional features include pre-loaded apps like Excel, PowerPoint and Word and 9 Indian regional system languages support along with 21 Indian regional languages for read/write support.

Great for browsing, shopping, and watching videos, iBall Slide Wings 4GP boasts multi-user functionality and mammoth battery that keeps going and allowing you to Fly higher and Do more! Available in dazzling Silver Chrome colour, the product is available across India for just Rs. 9,999/-.

FARO introduces PointSense 18.0 Suite for Construction and Architecture

Seamless Integration of 3D Scanner Data with Autodesk 2018 Design Tools

FARO, the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology, construction BIM/CIM, product design, public safety forensics, and 3D solutions, announced the availability of the FARO PointSense 18.0 software suite (  This robust software platform evolution delivers seamless integration into the latest 2018 AutoCAD and Revit design tools, a better user experience, improved software handling, and enhanced efficiency in processing software data.

The suite includes:

• PointSense basic/Pro for AutoCAD

• PointSense Building for AutoCAD

• PointSense Heritage for AutoCAD

• PointSense Plant for AutoCAD

• PointSense for Revit

The one stop bundle and compatibility across the broad range of Autodesk architecture, engineering, construction and surveying products makes this the most cost effective solution of its kind currently available.

Seamless Integration and Enhanced User Experience

PointSense 18.0 resets the bar for “ready to go”. It includes the same high value, beneficial use features and functionality with which savvy AutoCAD and Revit users are already familiar. The addition of a new, step by step guidance screen assures that even less familiar users can get up to speed quickly and optimize their workflow. 

Improved Confidence in Accuracy

PointSense 18.0 for Revit is the first software platform to incorporate Levels of Accuracy as defined USBID (U.S. Institute of Building Documentation) standards. This enhanced analysis tool enables users to more confidently validate the accuracy of the as-built model compared to the relevant point cloud, i.e., the set of data points acquired by a 3D laser scanner.

Workflow Enhancement

The improvement in scan navigation functionality was driven by direct user feedback, supports greater efficiency and assures that the user is able to get to a result faster than ever before. With just a double click, users can move from one scan perspective to another inside a given point cloud.

“We continue to push forward in our commitment to creating even more value for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction market segments,” states Andreas Gerster, Vice President Global Construction BIM-CIM business unit. “PointSense 18.0, used in combination with 3D laser scanners such as the industry leading FARO Focus3D is a direct reflection of this commitment, as it delivers a powerful new set of easy to use software solutions in a single package. We are both excited and validated about the unique value that PointSense 18.0 delivers not only to AutoCAD and Revit users in general, but also as a tightly integrated, high performance bundle for FARO Focus3D Scanner users.”

PointSense 18.0 is available for ordering today.