Friday, 30 March 2018

Suzuki Motorcycle announces a price cut for its big bikes

Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of two-wheeler manufacturer, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, has announced a price-cut on the big bikes, in the wake of the new policy announced by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) on custom duties for completely knocked down (CKD) and completely build units (CBU) units in India.

The ‘Superbike’ GSX-R1000R, which is available for Indian customers in a CBU will now be available for Rs. 19,80,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi), while the legendary Hayabusa, which is a CKD, is now priced at Rs. 13,59,000 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

Commenting on the revised prices, Mr. Sajeev Rajashekharan, EVP, SMIPL, said: “Considering our focus on offering a premium range of products to our Indian customers, both the CKDs and CBUs form a key component of our existing and upcoming motorcycle line-up. Suzuki Motorcycles India plans to pass on the benefits of government’s decision to reduce the customs duty on CBU and CKD units, to its customers. Conducive policies will encourage manufacturers like us to bring more products and support the emerging big-bike culture in India.”

Suzuki Motorcycle India is keen on bringing its global flagship products to the country in sub-1000 big bike segment, starting with the soon to be launched GSX-S750. The GSX-S750 will be Suzuki Motorcycle India’s second ‘Made-in-India’ big bike after the Hayabusa.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

BMW Group India celebrates the 11th Anniversary of Plant Chennai

SKILL NEXT», a technical skilling initiative launched 

BMW Group Plant Chennai recently celebrated its 11th Anniversary at a memorable event. Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and students from the College of Engineering of Anna University, launched ‘SKILL NEXT»’, a technical skilling initiative. Together, they assembled a BMW engine and transmission at the main assembly line of BMW Group Plant Chennai to commemorate the beginning of the project.

Aiming to act as a major catalyst in developing automotive talent in the country, ‘SKILL NEXT»’ will reach educational institutes and students in every State and Union Territory in India. Through the initiative, 365 BMW engine and transmission units will be provided for learning purposes to engineering and technical institutes at no cost. ‘SKILL NEXT»’ will present an opportunity for engineering and technical students to get hands-on training on advanced technologies of BMW engine and transmission. BMW Group India will also deliver the engine and transmission units to campuses of Engineering Colleges / Industrial Training Institutes / Polytechnics at no cost by end of 2018. 

The handover of demonstration units will be done on a first-come-first-serve basis after due undertakings are submitted by the institutes. The undertakings will ensure that the engine and transmission units are used inside the laboratories on campuses of the institutes for learning purposes only.

Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India, said: “The luxury automotive segment in India has witnessed tremendous growth in the last decade and with the growing number of cars on road, there is a high requirement of good technical talent in the industry. ‘SKILL NEXT»’, will strongly promote the development of technical competencies in students across the country by enhancing their practical knowledge of advanced automotive technology. This initiative will also contribute in increasing the availability of skilled technical staff required at automotive dealerships in India.” 

The state-of-the-art engineering unit, including the BMW TwinPower Turbo in-line 4-cylinder diesel engine and the BMW eight-speed steptronic automatic transmission, will serve as a valuable learning tool for students. Since 2007, this engine has proved its mark in India by powering close to 50,000 units delivered to customers. 

The engine presently powers six cars locally-produced at BMW Group Plant Chennai –  BMW 3 Series (320d), BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo (320d GT), BMW 5 Series (520d), BMW X1 (xDrive 20d), BMW X3 (xDrive 20d) and the upcoming MINI Countryman Cooper D. The BMW eight-speed steptronic automatic transmission is presently featured in five cars locally-produced at BMW Group Plant Chennai – BMW 3 Series, BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, BMW 5 Series, BMW X1 and BMW X3. 

Post-handover, a ‘Train the Trainer’ module will be devised for institutes where 40 Aftersales Master Technicians will conduct extensive workshops at BMW dealerships in more than 20 cities. The module has been devised by professional trainers from BMW Group India Training Centre and BMW Group Plant Chennai. The workshops will be a combination of classroom sessions and hands-on practical sessions using detailed training materials.

Dr. Jochen Stallkamp, Managing Director, BMW Group Plant Chennai, said: “For BMW Group Plant Chennai, skilled workforce is the foundation to make finest cars of outstanding quality. The know-how of advanced technology and the confidence to work with state-of-the-art machinery and complex processes is a great asset in engineering field. ‘SKILL NEXT»’ initiative will facilitate development of talent in the future generation of engineers. These skills will open up new doors for a workforce that wants to make a successful career in automotive industry in India.” 

During extreme rain and weather conditions in Chennai in the past, a considerable number of engine and transmissions were water affected. As per BMW quality standards, these parts could not be used in the vehicles. The parts were insured and Bharti AXA General Insurance honored the claims. BMW India proposed providing the engines and transmissions to educational institutes at no cost as they could be used as a learning resource to impart theoretical and practical knowledge to students. Bharti AXA General Insurance played a vital role by giving special approval to allow realisation of the project.

Mr. Sanjeev Srinivasan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Bharti AXA General Insurance, said: “When BMW Group India approached us with the innovative idea of ‘SKILL NEXT»’, we were excited to be part of it. We at Bharti AXA General Insurance are always willing to explore ways that allow us to contribute towards the betterment of the society we live in. The contribution of engine and transmission units for educational purposes was a marvelous opportunity to do so. Vehicle insurance premiums amount to nearly 45% of Gross Written Premium (GWP) recorded by the General Insurance industry and is considered to be a growth generator for the category. We strongly believe that as leading players in our arenas, we have both the responsibility and the means to bring about change for good and upskill our future leaders to deliver efficiently. It is a pleasure to initiate this rare opportunity that can make a meaningful difference to the society.”   

The students from College of Engineering, Anna University and Mr. Sachin Tendulkar assembled the BMW TwinPower Turbo in-line 4-cylinder diesel engine with the eightspeed steptronic automatic transmission for a BMW X3 being locally-produced at the main assembly line of BMW Group Plant Chennai.

Dr. T.V. Geetha, Dean – College of Engineering, Anna University, who was present at the event, said: “In engineering, clarity of concepts is fundamental for creation and innovation. In a fast moving world where technology is constantly progressing, experiential learning plays a very important role. Reading about refined technology in books and getting a chance to experience it first-hand are completely different. With ‘SKILL NEXT»’, students will be able to use the BMW engine and transmission units to observe, practice, absorb knowledge and use it effectively in actual scenarios. This initiative will go a long way in motivating students and making them passionate about real and practical engineering aspects.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar said: “I strongly feel that initiatives like SKILL NEXT» will promote development of automotive engineering skills in our country. It is an opportunity for technical students in every State and Union Territory to get directly trained on BMW engine and transmission. I could have never played cricket by just reading about it, I had to be hands-on with the game. Similarly, SKILL NEXT» will make it easier for the students to understand automotive technology through first-hand experience.”

Range Rover Velar named most beautiful car in the world

The Range Rover Velar has been judged the most beautifully designed vehicle on the planet, winning the World Car Design of the Year title at the 2018 World Car Awards.

Bringing glamour, modernity and elegance to the Range Rover family, Velar offers a unique combination of design excellence and engineering integrity.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said: “The Range Rover Velar is an outstanding, superior SUV. Compelling modernity, eye-catching design, innovative Touch Pro Duo infotainment technology and a clear focus on sustainability – what a combination. This product speaks for itself.

"F-TYPE, Evoque, F-PACE and now the Range Rover Velar wins the World Car of the Year Design Award. This means a lot to us. I feel very honoured and I want to thank all jury members for their trust and support in encouraging the Land Rover team to continue on their unique path.

"I also want to thank our Velar team for their passion and commitment, for going the extra mile to move boundaries for extraordinary solutions.”

The distinctive design of the Range Rover Velar features perfectly optimised proportions and a stunning silhouette. Its super-slim Matrix Laser-LED headlights, flush deployable door handles and sleek Touch Pro Duo infotainment are all hallmarks of Range Rover’s reductionist design philosophy.

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: “The continued evolution of our design philosophy is driven by a relentless focus on creating highly desirable vehicles our customers will love for life. The Range Rover Velar brings a new dimension of modernity to the Range Rover family with an abundance of innovative technologies, all making this vehicle a joy to drive and be driven in.

“We’re honoured that the jury recognised the tireless endeavours of our designers and engineers in delivering a vehicle with compelling design, tailored technology and relevant innovation which come together to create a vehicle of instant desirability.”

The luxury SUV overcame the Volvo XC60 and the Lexus LC 500 to take the World Car Design of the Year award, as voted for by the World Car Awards jury, comprising 82 influential motoring journalists from 24 countries.

Velar’s success follows the 2017 double win for the Jaguar F-PACE. Launched last year and named after the codename for the original concept Range Rovers of the late 1960s, the Velar fills the space between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport.

Designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, the Velar delivers the practicality, connectivity and capability expected from the Range Rover family. With the latest technology and the inclusion of more sustainable materials, this luxury SUV is designed to go Above and Beyond.

The Range Rover Velar is available in three powertrain options with prices starting from Rs. 78.83 lakhs (ex-showroom, India).

More information on the Range Rover Velar can be found on

LANXESS improves the performance of its plastic metal hybrid technology

Hollow profiles instead of sheet metal

Plastic metal hybrid technology is an established method for manufacturing lightweight structural components developed by the specialty chemicals company LANXESS. This technology systematically combines the advantages of metal and plastic. It has been used for many years to manufacture automotive parts like front ends, pedal boxes and brake pedals. This hybrid technology includes glass fiber reinforced polyamide 6 for injection molding as well as a steel or aluminum sheet as metal component. LANXESS has now extended the use of its hybrid technology to metallic hollow profiles with round or rectangular cross sections. “Compared to sheet metal, hollow profiles show significantly higher dimensional stability as well as increased torsional strength and stiffness,” explains Lukas Schröer, project manager for lightweight structures in the High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit. “We believe that this new ‘Hollow Profile Hybrid Technology’ enables the manufacturing of components such as cross car beams, which up until now were not resilient enough using classic plastic metal hybrid technology.”

Simple and affordable manufacturing process

For its hollow profile hybrid technology, LANXESS developed an economical, one-step process that has to meet multiple challenges: “It needs to be possible to smoothly and fully automatically place the metal inserts into the injection molding tool. Due to their production process, these metal inserts exhibit dimensional tolerances, which can damage the tool. In case of undersized inserts leaks in the tool system may result,” explains Boris Koch, hybrid technology specialist in the HPM business unit’s technical application development. Additionally, in order to avoid the profile to collapse due to the high levels of melt pressure during the injection molding process, the metal insert has to be supported. Another challenge was creating a long-lasting, form fitting bond between the plastic and the metal in all directions.

According to Koch: “The result of our development work is a process that is suitable for large scale production, only requires an investment in standard injection molds and machines, makes short cycle times just like standard injection molding possible, and is just as simple as the classic hybrid technology using metal sheets.”

A wide range of applications

In addition to cross car beams, this new hybrid technology offers significant potential for use with other structural components with high mechanical demands. “With respect to lightweight automotive components, we’re thinking about seat structures, front ends, tail gates, and mirror brackets in trucks. But we also see potential for this technology in the manufacture of furniture, ladders, and strollers,” says Schröer.

LANXESS offers customized polyamide compounds as injection molding materials for its hollow profile hybrid technology. “This includes particularly easy-flowing material varieties for complex ribbed structures and shapes as well as highly filled types of polyamide 6 that, thanks to their outstanding mechanical properties, take the structural performance of hybrid components to a higher level,” explains Koch.

Outlook: use of die-cast and extrusion molding inserts

LANXESS is currently working on expanding hybrid technology to simple and competitive die-cast or extrusion molding inserts. “Even hollow profile inserts made of fiber-reinforced composite can be used in the new hybrid technology,” says Koch. “This allows manufacturers to achieve further weight reductions in the mass production of structural components.”

All-new 2018 Nissan LEAF named ‘2018 World Green Car of the Year’

The all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, was named the “2018 World Green Car” at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. LEAF is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

The first all-electric vehicle to win the World Green Car award since the category’s inception in 2016, the 2018 Nissan LEAF has been reinvented for its second generation. Available in showrooms today, the new Nissan LEAF combines greater range1 with a dynamic new design and the latest Nissan Intelligent Mobility features including ProPILOT Assist, e-Pedal, automatic emergency braking and more.

“We’re very proud that since Nissan LEAF launched in 2010, we’ve been able to put more than 300,000 zero-emission electric vehicles on the road worldwide, helping to reduce carbon footprints around the globe,” said Daniele Schillaci, Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales, Zero Emission Vehicle and Battery Business; Chairman of Management Committee for Japan / A&O (Japan, Asia, Oceania Business); Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.: “We’re honored to be recognized by this esteemed jury and proud to continue to expand the vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”

The 2018 Nissan LEAF rose to the top among a list of five initial category entries and was the stand-alone EV in the running. Jurors considered the vehicle’s overall environmental impact including tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption upon selecting the overall winner.

The previous-generation Nissan LEAF was named “World Car of the Year” in 2011 and remains the only pure electric vehicle to win that award in its 14-year history.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

R. Dinesh, Sanjay Jayavarthanavelu elected CII SR Chairman, Dy Chairman

Mr. R. Dinesh, Joint Managing Director, T V Sundram Iyengar & Sons Private Ltd., Chennai, has been elected as Chairman of CII Southern Region for the year 2018-19.

Mr. Dinesh is closely associated with the CII and is the Chairman of CII Institute of Logistics Advisory Council and Chairman of Logistics Sector Skill Council. He is also a member of CII National Council. He was the Deputy Chairman of CII Southern Region during 2017-18.

Currently, the companies under his management have a turnover of around US$2 billion and employ more than 25,000 people. Mr. Dinesh has been instrumental in expanding his companies’ operations globally. He won many awards including, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award for ‘Services’ category by Ernst & Young in February 2017. He was also the recipient of TiECON’s ‘Next Gen Entrepreneur of the year 2014’ Award and ‘Emerging Entrepreneur’ Award by CII in 2010.

Mr. Sanjay Jayavarthanavelu, Chairman and Managing Director, Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd. (LMW), Coimbatore, has been elected as the Deputy Chairman of CII Southern Region for the year 2018-19.

Mr. Jayavarthanavelu is an active member of CII and is a Member of CII Southern Regional Council. He was the Chairman of CII Tamil Nadu State Council during the year 2006-07 and was the Chairman of Textiles Sub-Committee, CII Southern Region for the period 2002-2004.

LMW is one of the three leading Textile Machinery Manufacturers in the world, manufacturing the complete range of textile spinning machinery.

Honda WR-V achieves 50,000 unit sales in first year

Accounts for 28% of total HCIL sales in FY’18

Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), the leading manufacturer of premium cars in India, announced that its premium Sporty Lifestyle Vehicle Honda WR-V has crossed 50,000 cumulative sales milestone in India in one year since its launch. Launched in March 2017, the Honda WR-V has witnessed great success in Indian market and accounted for 28% of total HCIL sales during the past 12 months.

Commenting on the success of the Honda WR-V, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd., said: “This is a very proud moment for us. Honda WR-V has witnessed great success in the Indian market and the 50,000 sales milestone validates its strong presence. It has emerged as a strong volume model in Honda’s model line-up striking the right chord among young urban customers who are looking for status, comfort and have an active lifestyle.”

WR-V has gained popularity across markets with its sales, fairly distributed across regions. In line with    WR-V’s premium product offering with segment leading features like Sunroof, Tier-1 markets, comprising of large cities, contributed to 38% of its nation-wide sales. The model has found equally strong resonance from Tier-3 markets due to its aspirational value and product strengths like high ground clearance.

1st year sales trends for Honda WR-V

Honda WR-V
First introduction
Other market
Launch in India
March 2017
Cumulative sales in India (as on date)
50,000 units and counting
WR-V contribution to HCIL sales in 2017-18
Highest selling grade
Top grade (VX) – 80%
Petrol: Diesel ratio
42% (petrol)
58% (diesel)
Sales contribution – zone wise
North - 30%, West - 28%, East - 15%, South - 27%
Sales contribution – market wise
Tier-1 - 38%, Tier-2 - 30%, Tier-3 - 32%

Honda 2Wheelers India signs MoU with DTTE to create skilled workforce

ITI students in Jaffarpur & Nand Nagri to train in service workshops set-up by Honda on Activa & CB Shine

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Directorate of Training and Technical Education (DTTE) which is Delhi Government’s nodal body for providing technical manpower. Honda and DTTE will now collaborate to provide industry specific job oriented education to students of two Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in Delhi at Jaffarpur and Nand Nagri.

Under the MoU, Honda 2Wheelers India will provide units of India’s largest selling two-wheeler, Activa and CB Shine, India’s best-selling 125cc motorcycle. Additionally, Honda is investing fully functional service workshops with tools in the two ITIs. The benefit of this MoU is to empower youth with industry relevant infrastructure and quality skills.

Speaking on MoU signing with DTTE, Mr. Prabhu Nagraj, Vice President - Customer Service, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said: “Indian automotive industry’s contribution to GDP is set to almost double by 2026. Industry needs to contribute in generating skilled manpower to realize this growth. With Honda’s MoU with DTTE, students can now have more industry relevant skills and increase their employability chances. Contributing to further boost the industry, Honda 2Wheelers will be collaborating with more ITIs in India in the next financial year.”

Since 2016, Honda is actively working to support education of students on an industry focused curriculum. Honda has so far trained more than 3,000 technicians across India at its 5 existing Honda Technical Centres of Excellence. These centres are located in Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Bangalore and Karnal.

On completion of training, Honda will also provide recruitment opportunities to candidates at Honda 2Wheelers India dealerships.

Nippon Paint ‘Whistles’ for IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, becomes Associate Sponsor

Nippon Paint, Asia’s leading paint manufacturer, announced a sponsorship alliance with leading Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket franchise, Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Nippon Paint riding the wave of yellow, makes its debut as a sponsor in support of IPL's comeback kings – CSK. Releases new TVC “Yellow Podu, Whistle Podu”, featuring some of the CSK cricketers; Murali Vijay, Kedhar Jadav, Ambati Rayudu, with the brand mascot – the Blobbies painting Tamil Nadu yellow to make Nippon Paint a household name. 

CSK is one of the most sought-after franchisee of the Indian Premier League. This deal with the two-time IPL champions, adds to Nippon Paint’s growing portfolio of sports sponsorship in India. The agreement will see Nippon Paint’s logo appear on the arm of the player’s shirts.

Talking about the sponsorship, Mr. S. Mahesh Anand, President - Decorative Paint, Nippon Paint India, commented: “We are extremely excited to team up as associate sponsors for IPL’s comeback kings, the Chennai Super Kings. As a brand, we have always celebrated cricket with passion. As the most-loved CSK is back, Nippon Paint is excited to ‘DoubleTheGethu’ and celebrate with the much-loved ‘WhistlePodu’. Our New TV commercial “Yellow Podu, Whistle Podu”, is aimed at celebrating the spirit of CSK, which will also feature the much adored Blobbies, as we are all set to paint Tamil Nadu Yellow.”

Land Rover launches India's first luxury SUV Convertible – the Range Rover Evoque Convertible

Jaguar Land Rover India announced the launch of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible at Rs. 69.53 lakhs ex-showroom, India. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is India’s first luxury convertible SUV and delivers an extremely high level of design, capability and driving comfort. Available in the HSE Dynamic variant, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is powered by the latest 2.0 l Si4 Ingenium petrol engine producing 177 kW.

Mr. Rohit Suri, President & Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd. (JLRIL), said: “We are excited to launch India’s first luxury SUV convertible today. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible combines the bold design and refinement of Evoque with a sophisticated folding roof. It adds another dimension to the Land Rover family, further enhancing its desirability and appeal.”


The convertible takes the Range Rover Evoque’s inherent capabilities and superb looks to the next level. The vehicle utilises a fabric Z-folding Convertible Roof System that lays flush with the rear bodywork for a sleek, uncluttered appearance when lowered.

The configurable ambient interior lighting and the perforated Windsor leather seats ensure comfort and personalisation. Adaptive full LED headlights complement the vehicle’s design cues by combining a distinctive look with enhanced light output for better visibility and safety at night.

Capability & performance

The ‘Torque Vectoring by Braking’ system enhances the vehicle’s agility and stability during cornering. The All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) is a state-of-the-art system that enables drivers to set and maintain a steady speed in challenging conditions. The lightweight, compact 9-speed Automatic Transmission is extremely robust and perfectly complements the vehicle’s all-terrain capabilities while delivering exemplary levels of refinement and efficiency.


The Range Rover Evoque Convertible has a host of advanced technologies and innovative solutions that cater to the comfort and convenience of passengers. Head-up Display presents key vehicle data such as vehicle speed, gear position and navigation directions on the windscreen, without the need for the driver to take their eyes off the road.

The Wi-Fi Hotspot uses a customer sourced SIM to provide in car access to a hotspot for up to eight devices. This allows passengers to simultaneously stay connected, work or be entertained throughout the journey.

A range of additional services that further enhance the vehicle’s infotainment capabilities have been included under ‘InControl – Pro Services’ to deliver an even richer and more connected experience. Advanced InControl technologies ensure seamless connectivity between the vehicle, your smartphone and the rest of the world. The Surround Camera System uses cameras placed around the vehicle to offer a near -360° view.

More information on the Range Rover Evoque Convertible can be found on

Land Rover product portfolio in India

The Land Rover range in India includes the Discovery Sport (starting at Rs. 42.48 lakhs), Range Rover Evoque (starting at Rs. 50.20 lakhs), Range Rover Evoque Convertible (starting at Rs. 69.53 lakhs), New Range Rover Velar (starting at Rs. 78.83 lakhs), All-New Discovery (starting at Rs. 71.38 lakhs), Range Rover Sport (starting at Rs. 93.82 lakhs), and Range Rover (starting at Rs. 166.42 lakhs), and all prices mentioned are ex-showroom prices in India.

Land Rover retailer network in India

Land Rover vehicles are available in India through 27 authorised outlets in Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kochi, Karnal, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Noida, Pune, Raipur, Surat and Vijayawada.

Monday, 26 March 2018

FARO introduces BuildIT construction software platform for AEC professionals

The first complete solution for continuous construction verification

FARO, the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology and construction BIM/CIM applications, announced the release of BuildIT Construction by FARO (, a comprehensive verification software solution that enables confident management of all quality assurance and quality control processes throughout the building and facility lifecycle. For the first time, construction professionals are fully empowered to continuously monitor a project with real time comparisons against CAD designs with complete 3D data from the FARO focus laser scanner.

Accelerate the project and minimize the waste

FARO BuildIT Construction, with FARO 3D laser scanning, is the first consolidated software and hardware solution designed from the ground up as an end-to-end, fully integrated Building Lifecycle Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) management tool. As such, in addition to measuring aspects such as floor flatness, levelness and wall plumbness, BuildIT Construction enables accurate comparisons to the original design files or Building Information.

Model (BIM) documentation, including as-built positional changes to floors, steel beams, walls, columns, windows and doors. This ensures that the actual building is being constructed to the correct specifications and as a result allows construction professionals to detect errors at every stage of the project lifecycle and reduce expensive scrap and rework.

Measure with confidence

BuildIT Construction leverages our cutting-edge 3D metrology capability derived from 20 years of proven expertise in delivering best in class measurement solutions to the manufacturing industry.

While BuildIT Construction is optimized for the FARO Focus Laser Scanner and the TracerM laser projector, it can also seamlessly be used with other third-party hardware. In addition to measuring virtually any feature against digital designs, more examples of BuildIT Construction’s unique workflows include:

Validate to Design - Ensure that buildings are being constructed to design specifications

* Verify accuracy of design models to scan data

* Detect incorrect placement or missing features such as walls, columns, beams, pipes, etc.

Tolerance Evaluation - Keep the project on schedule while reducing scrap, time and resources

* Perform important measurements accurately and quickly

* Inspect construction for adherence to building standards (floor flatness/floor levelness, beam camber, cut & fill, wall plumbness, etc...)

Position and Monitor - Establish liability documentation, risk mitigation and quality prefabrication

* Verify shifts and movements within structural performance over time with 4D analysis

* Perform real time monitoring of adjacent structures throughout the project

“Construction sites are becoming remote factories in need of build and verify solutions,” stated Andreas Gerster, Vice President of FARO’s BIM-CIM Business Unit. “Historically, the tolerance level for scrap and rework has been very high because it’s considered part of the normal business and until now no one had stepped forward to address the challenge in a meaningful way. BuildIT Construction Software from FARO uniquely enables laser scanner users to perform immediate, real time build and verify analysis throughout the entire project and facilitates a new level of cost management and operational efficiency.”

FARO introduces VR-enabled FARO Zone 3D 2018

New virtual reality capabilities for forensics and security planning

FARO, the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology and public safety forensics, announced the availability of the next generation of the FARO Zone 3D software platform (, FARO Zone 3D 2018. The platform is specifically designed to enable investigators and security professionals to enhance the quality of site and evidence capture, documentation, reconstruction, and analysis, for crime, crash, fire, and security applications.

FARO Zone 3D 2018 is the first VR-enabled software solution for law enforcement and forensics professionals that provides a comprehensive platform for documenting, analyzing, and reconstructing scenes that includes powerful forensic analysis, 3D diagramming and animation tools.

Additionally, with integrated virtual reality, FARO Zone 3D 2018 enables a completely immersive first-person environment. Users can now revisit and walk through the scene, analyze the events leading up to the scene and create full animated reconstructions of the scene just as if they were there when it happened.

Virtual reality analysis

* Build a repository of training scenarios by turning every scene into a real-world training environment

Visual impact

* Create stunning diagrams and animations with new smoke, fire, and explosion animations, shadows, moving wheels, and trailer articulation

* Create dynamic videos with Total View, a unique presentation tool for fly-throughs and walk-throughs of scenes that are ideal for courtroom presentations, classroom training, and security debriefings

Advanced smart tools

* Dramatically increase productivity with the enhanced blood spatter analysis smart tool that detects edges of blood droplets and automatically creates trajectory lines through FARO Zone 3D’s artificial intelligence engine

* Automatically generate courtroom ready reports detailing each trajectory with the enhanced bullet trajectory smart tool that makes bullet trajectory analysis easier than ever, now featuring elliptical trajectory cones and the ability to extend trajectory lines beyond the plane of impact

Extensive training support

* Optimize the beneficial use and return on investment of FARO Zone 3D through unlimited access to live instructor-led online training as well as self-paced training modules through the FARO Academy learning management system

Sharing and collaboration

* Easily share 2D, 3D, and 3D point cloud scenes and videos in the courtroom, across the street, or around the world with the new free, stand-alone, FARO Zone Viewer application

“FARO Zone 3D represents another step forward in our focus to create complete solutions for investigators in the crime, crash, fire, and security markets,” stated Jeff Ruiz, Vice President - Public Safety Forensics. “Integrated virtual reality makes investigators’ analysis more powerful, more persuasive and more real than ever.”

Friday, 23 March 2018

MFC Services introduces ‘A Date with your Car’

Service Your Own Car & Empower Yourself !

Mahindra First Choice Services (MFC Services), India’s largest chain of multi-brand car service workshops, and part of the US$19 billion Mahindra Group, has launched a unique initiative ‘A Date with your Car’ that will set free the car enthusiast in you. This one-of-a-kind experience will give car owners an opportunity to service their cars themselves. The idea behind ‘A Date with your Car’ is to give customers a hands-on experience of their cars under the guidance of MFCS technicians and to empower them with the information they need when making car-servicing decisions in the future.

Talking about the initiative, YVS Vijay Kumar, CEO, Mahindra First Choice Services, said: “Being a car enthusiast is all about feeling a connection with your car. The aim behind this initiative is to encourage car owners to come and service their cars themselves under MFCS’s guidance. With our skilled technicians, genuine MFC spare parts and state-of-the-art equipment we are committed to delivering the best car service. This initiative is also an endeavour to educate and empower our customers and is yet another step in our mission to build trust and transparency in the highly fragmented and unorganized car service industry.”

The car owners can come to the workshop on an appointed day and service the car themselves. Throughout the session, trained MFCS crew will be available for consultation and help customers fix their car. Customers will also get access to all the tools and equipment needed for undertaking the service job (under MFCS guidance) and no labour cost will be charged. This program will only undertake regular and basic work. To participate in this exclusive appointment-based activity customers can log on to for registration.

Mahindra First Choice Services is equipped to offer complete car maintenance & service solutions, from body repairs to wheel alignment and balancing to periodic maintenance services and it offers branded generic spares. The franchisee workshops have skilled technicians to handle service needs of all cars especially those of Maruti, Hyundai, Tata and Mahindra which constitute approximately 79% of the car services market.

With over 340 workshops across 24 States, MFC Services is steadily marching towards its vision to be amongst the top 3 service providers for out of warranty cars by 2018. The company is constantly enhancing the customer experience through digitization and has launched CARWORKZ a car servicing workshop aggregator. It is also exploring partnerships with insurance companies and fleet operators to increase the inflow of customers into franchisee workshops. It aims to grow its network to 1,000 workshops across the country.

The company also provides cashless insurance facility with leading insurance companies and a convenient booking service for customers. Car owners can book a service either by calling the workshop or the toll-free number 1800-22-4008 or through the website The website offers a host of features like car dent estimator, roadside assistance and warranty beyond warranty.