Friday, 15 June 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, 14 June 2018

LANXESS launches new PBT compound for battery components in electric cars

Extremely low warpage and particularly high flame retardance

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

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

Low tolerances

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

UL 94 5VA- and UL f1-listed

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

Low volatile and condensable emissions

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

Good resistance to common battery electrolytes

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

Comprehensive HiAnt services

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

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

BASF and Xerion partner to advance personalized nutrition in Asia Pacific

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Honda’s 2018 Gold Wing deliveries commenced

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Nissan India launches more advanced and intelligent NissanConnect

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

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

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

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

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

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

NissanConnect: Key features

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

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

Tata Motors electrifies Madhya Pradesh after Maharashtra

Following success in Maharashtra, Tata Motors now comes one step closer towards automotive electrification in Madhya Pradesh

Tata Motors Ltd., with EESL, handed over two Tigor Electric Vehicles (EVs) to the Madhya Pradesh Government through the hands of the Chief Minister, Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who graced the occasion with his presence.

This development comes to light closely after Tata Motors signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra State Government for deployment of 1000 Electric Vehicles (EV) across its range of passenger and commercial vehicles in the State.

With Tigor EV, Tata Motors has marked the beginning of their journey in boosting e-mobility and will soon offer a full range of electric vehicles to Indian customers. The company’s collaborative working operations are dedicated towards boosting the adoption of EVs along with building a sustainable future for India.

Tata Motors is committed to the Government’s vision for electric vehicles by 2030 and will work in a collaborative manner to facilitate faster adoption of electric vehicles and to build a sustainable future for India.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Hyundai Motor India's ‘New 2018 CRETA’ receives overwhelming response

With 14,366 bookings and over 70,000 enquiries since 10 days of its launch

Hyundai Motor India received an overwhelming response for its recently launched Most Preferred Perfect SUV - The New 2018 CRETA. With over 14,366 bookings and 70,000 enquiries. The New 2018 CRETA is all set to break existing milestones and emerge the segment leader.

Launched in 2015, the Perfect SUV Hyundai CRETA won 26 Awards including Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) 2016 and became India’s most loved and recognized SUV with over 4 lakh happy customers globally and became a shining beacon of Hyundai’s manufacturing excellence and commitment to Make In India. The New 2018 CRETA has created excitement with its Bolder and Stronger Exterior Design and Hyundai’s signature Cascade Design Front Grille that commands Strong Road Presence.

Mr. Y.K. Koo, Managing Director and CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said: “We would like to thank our customers for the overwhelming response and love to The New 2018 CRETA. As a Modern Premium Brand, we have created a Brilliant Ownership Experience of New 2018 CRETA by introducing many first and best in segment features along with Unmatched Safety. The New 2018 CRETA will create new benchmarks in the SUV segment”.

Best in class high performance, powerful and refined engine of the New 2018 CRETA makes the drive pleasurable and fun-filled. The 1.6 Petrol generates segment best power of 123 ps while the 1.6 CRDi diesel engine generates segment best power of 128 ps. A more fuel efficient 1.4 Diesel engine with 90 ps is also on offer. The New 2018 CRETA is available with 7 Exterior single tone colour options and 2 Dual tone colour options. Additionally, two new colours have been added – Marina Blue and Passion Orange along with new Dual Tone Passion Orange and Black.

Honda 2Wheelers India shares exciting preview of Honda India Talent Cup – CBR 250R class

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. is all set to charge up the domestic motorsports season which begins this week-end. This year, 6 Honda riders will be participating across various categories of Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship.

Honda has already kick-started the 2018 motorsports season with 1st Indian team (IDEMITSU Honda Racing India by T Pro Ten10) in Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC). The team includes second timer Rajiv Sethu and Anish Shetty who scored his first ever international points in Round 2 (Australia). In the 3rd round in Japan both riders finished in top 25. With 3 rounds to go Honda 2Wheelers India riders are all set to enthral the spectators in the next round in Chennai.

Identified for his performance in Honda One Make Race – CBR 150R Novice class 2017, 17-year-old Senthil Kumar from Coimbatore, is a part of the Pro Stock 165 class of Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship. Participating in the Thai Talent Cup, Senthil showcased promising talent, finishing in the top 12 in the first round itself.

Speaking about Honda’s preparation for national championship and Honda India Talent Cup, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President, Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said: “Followed by a major direction shift towards motorsports, 2018 has started as a cracker of a motorsports season for Indian riders with a strong performance in Asia Road Racing Championship and Thai Talent Cup. Local boy Senthil will be joined by 5 other riders as a part of Honda Ten10 Racing team and are all set to fight for the podium in the opening round of national championship. In the Honda India Talent Cup – CBR 250R class, this time the focus is not only on the riders but also on the technicians training as a part of overall motorsports development. We will very soon have an exciting announcement for a second class of Honda India Talent Cup.”

Leading Honda’s campaign in the SuperSport 165 class will be Rajiv Sethu (Runner-up in 2017 national championship). Along with him will be Sarath Kumar (India’s first Moto3 rider) and Mathana Kumar (winner of 1st ever AVT Gold Cup Million Endurance Race in February 2018). In Pro Stock 165 class, Honda won the championship last year. Honda’s charge will be led by Anish Shetty (3rd in Pro Stock 165 class in 2017 season), joined by youngsters Senthil Kumar and Mithun Kumar.

IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup – CBR 250R class is a part of Honda 2Wheelers India’s vision to promote motorsports in the country. With 26 registrations received, 20 riders will race for podium glory in Round 1 this week-end. Growing in stature since the CBR 250R Cup was introduced in 2012, 2018 will be the first season where 2 Sri Lankan riders are participating as a part of support to develop motorsports in neighbouring countries.

iBall Guard introduces Eagle’s Eye Vigil with 2.0 MP HD ‘Panoramic Camera with Fish Eye lens’

iBall, a brand known for its innovative and latest technology products, introduces the advanced technology to security (CCTV) with its newest Panoramic Camera that’s equipped with Fish eye lens. It is the most economical solution, where iBall Guard Fish Eye camera suffices to capture the entire area instead of multiple traditional cameras set up. This new technology will revolutionize the CCTV landscape for entry-level and SOHO requirements.

The Camera offers eagle’s view that brings 360 degree coverage with the 1.44 mm Super-wide lens that no details can escape. With ordinary cameras, number of subtle details are missed out in the 2D surveillance; the innovative Fish-Eye camera offers an interactive 3D panoramic view to keep an eye on every minute corner. Every angle will be monitored with multi-views, even could be zoomed in and out of the visuals in various modes such as fish eye mode, cylindrical mode, grid mode, tile mode, split mode and top mode.

Guaranteeing superior quality images, its 2 MP high-resolution performance keeps you worry-free about the image quality. The 3 Mini Matrix IR LEDs have been fitted to assure the best of visibility and clarity, even in the low light and dark conditions. Its H.264 Video Compression feature compresses the videos seamlessly, saving lots of space. Moreover, with a Micro SD support of up to 64 GB, it has the capacity to store bountiful of data. 

View all the happenings directly on your Smartphone, Tablet PC, and stay tuned all the way. It is engineered for easy-installation and easy-configuration that you do not need any technical expertise. Tiny and discreet in design, it occupies the least space and blends with the surroundings well.

The fish-eye camera is one of a kind, that innovates to bring you the two-way live audio conversation, and motion-based alarm that registers every motion and immediately triggers the alarm and notifying on the phone itself. 

The product is already available in the leading stores across India at just Rs. 6,590/-.

Yamaha organizes ‘Pre-Monsoon Check-up Camps’

With the rains already marking its presence in various parts of the country, India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. is all set to start ‘Pre-Monsoon Check-up Camps’ in dealerships across the country. Such fortnightly check-up camps held in the month of June 2018 will offer ‘14 essential points-based’ free check-up to strengthen vehicle care during the monsoons.

The customers owning Yamaha two-wheelers can avail ‘14 essential points-based’ vehicle check-up at nearby dealerships in respective cities and can also avail lucrative discounts on helmets, accessories, ‘periodic service labor charges’ and ‘periodic service genuine parts’.

Mr. Ravinder Singh, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Planning, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd., said: “As a responsible two-wheeler manufacturer, the company is committed to ensure high standards of safety. While Yamaha vehicles are equipped with minimal risk features, the check-up camps will help to further enhance the overall riding experience during rainy season. A safe-riding experience, particularly during monsoon will only square with the customer satisfaction of Yamaha two-wheelers.”

Delta Electronics India launches DC Fast-Charger station for Electric Vehicles at Maharashtra Mantralaya

Delta, Powering Green Mobility installed 15 kW DC Fast-Charger EV Charging Station at Maharashtra Mantralaya

Delta Electronics India Pvt. Ltd., a leading Power and Energy management company, launched Mumbai’s first DC Fast-Charger station at Maharashtra Mantralaya. 

The EV Charging Station was launched by Dr. Harsh Vardhan Union Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Government of India, and Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Mr. Akshaye Barbuddhe, Business Head of EV Charging Solutions business of Delta Electronics India, said: “With our new range of electric vehicle charging solutions, we intend to support the GOI’s mission to drive electric mobility. Our entire suite of solutions in EV Charging including the Bharat Chargers will complement the Indian e-mobility initiative providing a reliable technology and backing of the Delta brand. The DC Fast Charger station that is provided by Delta at Mantralaya has the capacity of 15 kW and is made based on the Bharat EV specifications standard. Delta’s comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient advanced EV charging stations will offer solutions to all kind of e-buses, e-cars and commercial electric-vehicle (EV), including the newly launched e-cars such as Tata Tigor and Mahindra Verito. Once fully charged the car battery is able to sustain up to 100 to 120 km. ARAI certified these chargers are designed and manufactured locally further supporting GOI’s ‘Make in India’ initiative”.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Hyundai joins hands for ‘Beating Plastic Pollution’ on World Environment Day 2018

Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) announced its initiatives supporting the cause  ‘Beating Plastic Pollution’ on ‘World Environment Day 2018’ along with free PUC, Emission check and Dry Wash for Hyundai Cars on June 5.

Commenting on the initiatives, Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Director - Sales & Marketing, HMIL, said: “Being a socially responsible caring brand, Hyundai believes in raising awareness about environment conservation, towards building a sustainable future for conducive growth. In accordance, this year’s theme is ‘Beating Plastic Pollution’, for which we are exploring green alternatives to reduce the usage of plastics across all our offices, dealers and service networks. Hyundai will be observing June 2018 as Environment Preservation Month by integrating several sustainability initiatives towards water conservation and pollution check through Free Dry wash technique, PUC and Emission Check for Hyundai cars.”

In-line with the global theme of ‘Beating Plastic Pollution’, Hyundai’s initiatives will focus on reducing the usage of plastics at its manufacturing plant in Sriperumbudur near Chennai and across all its 493 Hyundai Dealerships and 1,309 Service Workshops. Hyundai along with its vendor partners will also opt for alternate packaging material for spare parts and usage of water-borne paints. Alongside, Hyundai Dealer Workshops will conduct environment friendly activities to engage and create awareness among the customers & employees for the reduction in use of plastics, usage of LED’s that consume up to 80% less energy and proper disposal of waste material.

Hyundai encourages its valuable customers to opt dry wash for their Hyundai car during service thereby saving approx.120 litres per car. Last year, Hyundai launched a 45 days campaign – ‘Save Water, Share Water’ across India thus saving 40 lakhs litres of Water through Dry wash and distributed the same in drought affected areas in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.  Hyundai has introduced these initiatives to conserve water Hyundai has introduced these initiatives to conserve water, control pollution and conserve energy across its network. Hyundai offers – Free Dry wash for cars, Free PUC and Emission check on 5th June 2018 for customers at workshops across India.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan launches Exicom’s AC Charger on World Environment Day

The Chief Minister, Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, inaugurated an electric car and Exicom’s AC Charger run by solar energy at the Mantralaya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on World Environment Day. With this, the operations of e-vehicles and charging stations have begun in the State.

The Central Government started the National Electric Mobility Mission to promote electric vehicles for environmental protection. Under this, it has now decided to buy e-cars and set up charging infrastructure in Madhya Pradesh, after Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi.

Mr. Chouhan said: “The temperature of the earth is increasing each day. Pollution caused by increasing number of vehicles is destroying the environment of the cities. He said the solar-run electric vehicle is a step to check pollution. Such an eco-friendly technology is welcome”. 

Anant Nahata, Managing Director of Exicom, said: "We are very happy and honored to play a leading role in the electric mobility evolution in the country. We are committed to building an efficient EV charging infrastructure across the countryfor creating an enabling ecosystem for EVs to operate smoothly. The Madhya Pradesh Government’s progressive stand on EVs will surely contribute to a meaningful expansion of the electric ecosystem in the months and years ahead. Our solutions are capable to deliver the performance needed for anxiety free transport at the lowest cost while also helping to solve many problems like reducing pollution and oil import. Exicom’s comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient advanced EV charging stations provide charging solutions to all kind of e-buses, e-cars, e-rickshaws, e-scooters and commercial electric-vehicles (EV), including the newly launched e-cars such as Tata Tigor and Mahindra Verito”.

Exicom EV AC Charger supports latest BEVC-AC001 specifications. It is designed with 3 sockets to charge up to 15A per socket (or 3.3KW). It is suitable for installation at wide range of places including parking, service stations, commercial and residential through pedestal mount/wall mount or pole mount.

The Exicom DC charger comes with a single vehicle charging, and two connector architectures where connector A can charge at 48V/60V/72V at 3.3 kW and connector B can charge at 48V/60V/72V at 15 kW using GB/T 20234.3 connector. Whereas, AC charger comes with three outputs of 230V, 15A each using IEC 60309 Industrial sockets. The Exicom charger is Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) compliant, which offers a stable solution for communication between charge point and the central system. These chargers allow consumers to pay through multiple options (Debit/Credit Card, BHIM – cashless payment system, Bharat QR or UPI compliant mobile payment).

Kerry Logistics acquires majority stake in Saga Italia S.p.A.; strengthening project logistics capabilities

Kerry Logistics Network Ltd. has acquired a majority stake in Saga Italia S.p.A. as part of its ongoing global expansion strategy. With the acquisition of the Milan-based logistics company, Kerry Logistics strengthens its overall service portfolio by adding Saga Italia's specialised know-how in the fields of project logistics, heavy lift services, and material management.

The acquisition will also add three new countries to Kerry Logistics' network, namely, the Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Egypt, as well as new offices in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Russia, and the US.

Founded in 1985, Saga Italia provides end-to-end solutions tailored to its customers' project requirements. More than 150 logistics professionals manage projects for multinational corporations across the globe, particularly for customers in the oil and gas industry. Saga Italia's comprehensive range of services also includes a complete suite of international freight forwarding services covering air, ocean, and overland transportation. 

Thomas Blank, Managing Director of Europe, Kerry Logistics, said: "With this step, we continue to build upon our expertise in project logistics which currently spreads across China, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and India. Saga Italia's specialised knowledge further strengthens our activities and will support us to tap into the immense business opportunities as more Belt and Road projects get off the ground. With Saga Italia on our team, we are able to provide a platform to consolidate our project logistics capabilities across the globe."

Marco Oriolo, owner and Managing Director of Saga Italia, added: "By joining Kerry Logistics our services are leveraged by an extensive network in Asia and Europe. We are looking forward to a successful future as part of the Kerry Logistics team, driving the businesses of our customers through innovative logistics solutions."

Honeywell appoints Mike Banach as Regional General Manager of Honeywell UOP India

Honeywell announced the appointment of Mike Banach as Regional General Manager – Honeywell UOP India. Honeywell UOP is the leader in the supply of process technology to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.

In his new role, Mike will be responsible for spearheading Honeywell UOP business in India to sustain the growth in the region and continue to build upon UOP's work in developing and licensing process technologies used in refining, petrochemicals and renewable fuels.

Vikas Chadha, President, Honeywell India, said: “Mike brings an extensive technology and managerial experience in natural gas, petrochemical, and renewable gas industries, critical to help address the unique needs of our customers in India. Honeywell UOP has enjoyed a strong market position and brand equity for more than 80 years in the country, and we are confident that Mike’s appointment will enable us to drive sustained growth for the business in an important Honeywell market.

With more than 25 years of experience, Mike is an industry veteran who joined Honeywell UOP in 1990 as a development engineer. He brings diversified experience in technical services of field operations and has worked in several countries including India, China and far east regional service groups. Mike’s vast experience will help UOP to further strengthen its business in India as the country is undergoing a paradigm shift towards a clean fuel regime.

Banach said: “I am looking forward to my new role to drive the business forward in India and achieve sustainable growth, as we continue to invest in new technologies. India is among our top high-growth regions globally and we see opportunities in the refining and petrochemical sectors due to the opportunities laid by the Indian Government in BS-VI fuel transformation.”

Banach earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago. He succeeds Steve Gimre, who served as Regional General Manager – Honeywell UOP India from 2014 until this month.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Honeywell's new migration tool facilitates quick and easy upgrades of obsolete PLCs

ControlEdge Transition addresses the risks of aging plant infrastructure and equipment while increasing plant uptime and cyber security of industrial facilities

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) announced ControlEdge Transition, a tool that makes it easy to migrate obsolete, risk-prone PLCs to Honeywell ControlEdge PLCs. This transforms them from liabilities into productive assets that can enhance process uptime and strengthen the security of an industrial site.

If not addressed, outdated PLCs can lead to increased cybersecurity risk or even trigger unplanned site shutdowns. Through a fast, automated conversion process, ControlEdge Transition supports upgrades to Honeywell ControlEdge PLCs, which can then be integrated into a SCADA or DCS system. Additionally, the speed and efficiency of the conversion procedure saves systems integrators and project engineers significant time, cost and risk compared to a manual migration effort.

“Industrial sites around the world are challenged by aging infrastructure and equipment that are not being maintained properly, or which are simply no longer supported, with outdated PLCs proving particularly troublesome,” said Andrew D’Amelio, General Manager and Vice President of HPS’ Process Measurement and Control Business. “ControlEdge Transition makes migrating to up-to-date, cybersecure PLCs easy and fast.”

ControlEdge Transition can be deployed over mobile devices to survey and document the number of obsolete PLCs at a site while capturing relevant data that can be used for accurate upgrade planning. The tool’s bidding and engineering reporting capabilities can simplify the development of proposals and reduce engineering effort by 50 per cent. In addition, pre- and post-migration reports provide extensive support for design, installation and commissioning of new PLCs.

For more information, visit:  ControlEdge PLC.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Mahindra Electric & Auroville join hands to pilot India’s first integrated sustainable mobility solution for a community

On the occasion of World Environment Day, Mahindra Electric, part of the US$20.7 billion Mahindra Group, inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Auroville, an experimental township established in 1968 in Tamil Nadu, to pilot India’s first integrated sustainable mobility ecosystem for a community. This unique ecosystem will be an extension to Auroville’s several e-mobility initiatives over the last few decades. This is aligned with its endeavour to encourage lifestyle choices in quiet mobility, optimal sharing of resources and reduced carbon footprint, hop-on-hop-off shuttles and smart parking.

Under the aegis of the MoU, the two parties will work with IISc (Indian Institute of Science), Puducherry Smart City Development Ltd., GoGreen BOV, and numerous initiatives at Auroville itself to develop a holistic ecosystem encompassing Mahindra’s electric vehicles, smart parking systems, charging infrastructure and its software integration platform NEMO. It also aims to enable mobility models like ride sharing, ride hailing, self-drive rentals, etc. The Town Planner, PSCDL, supported by the French Government, will also play a key role in this initiative.

Mahindra Electric also unveiled its energy storage solution which will play a key role in enabling the ecosystem including charging infrastructure, EV parking, and an EV Support Centre. It will also help harness renewable power, thus becoming an end-to-end green solution.

Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric, said: “On World Environment Day, we at Mahindra are happy to join hands with Auroville, IISc and other partners for India’s first initiative to develop an integrated sustainable mobility ecosystem for a community. Mahindra has been working for close to a decade in developing the electric eco-system in India. The evolution of a common platform integrating mobility, energy storage and charging for an entire community is an important step to ensure quick scalability in future. There is great synergy between Auroville’s vision to create a green mobility system and our initiatives to help more people adopt EV technology. We are confident that Mahindra Electric’s NEMO, will prove to be the most suitable platform to develop a sustainable mobility ecosystem for any community.”

Minhaj Ameen, Coordinator, Integrated Transport Services, Auroville, added: “After two decades of experimenting with mobility solutions for public and private transport for the community, Auroville believes that the innovation in technology and support from partners such as Mahindra Electric, IISC and Go Green will enable Auroville to start prototyping end-to-end sustainable mobility solutions which can then be replicated across other cities”.