Friday, 29 June 2018

Nissan to launch its first global Digital Hub in India

Agreement with Government of Kerala paves way for new center to drive Nissan’s digital transformation

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Kerala to establish a new global center for digital operations in India.

The Nissan Digital Hub will be the first of a number of software and information technology development centers in Asia, Europe and North America. These will comprehensively transform Nissan’s business by placing digital technology at the heart of key operations and services.

The hubs will allow Nissan to provide best-in-class user experiences, product development capabilities, security and connectivity as the automotive industry evolves, with growing use of autonomous, connected and electric vehicle technology. The first center will initially be in Technopark – a technology park owned by the Government of Kerala in Trivandrum – before moving to a permanent location in the city. Once fully operational, it will provide a range of in-house services to strengthen Nissan’s digital capabilities in India and other global markets.

“The new Digital Hub in Kerala will serve as an important engine to drive Nissan’s global digital transformation,” said Tony Thomas, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Nissan. “This hub will help us develop and maintain a talented workforce in-house, to improve the way we serve our customers around the world.”

The investment to build the new Digital Hub adds to Nissan's commitment to India. Together with its Alliance partner Renault, Nissan already has a large manufacturing plant outside Chennai with a potential annual capacity of 480,000 vehicles for the domestic market and exports. A global Alliance R&D center, also in Chennai, employs 7,000 engineers working on projects including vehicle and technology development. Nissan's sales company for India is based in Gurgaon.

“Today, this landmark announcement marks the arrival of the first global brand to Kerala,” said Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister for the Government of Kerala, who also holds the information technology portfolio and attended the MoU signing. “The center brings a great opportunity for both Nissan and the region. It will not only provide Nissan access to a skilled and dedicated workforce but also allow Kerala to showcase its significant potential as a base for global business."

Peyman Kargar, Chairman of Nissan’s Africa, Middle East and India region, added: “The creation of Nissan’s first global Digital Hub in India reflects our commitment to this growing market and our belief in investing in India for the long term. Harnessing the skills and talents of the workforce in India is another way that Nissan is working to capture the full potential of the region.”

LANXESS: New blocked, one component urethane systems for large or complex elastomeric parts

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS announces new blocked products for cast elastomers at UTECH Europe 2018. Marketed under the brand name Adiprene K the blocked systems are based on LANXESS’s leading Low Free (LF) isocyanate technology. They offer three key benefits: Improved industrial hygiene, controlled curing and excellent performance for broader range of applications.

“A particular focus is placed on solvent- and monomer-free systems,” explains Dr. Markus Eckert, Head of the LANXESS Urethane Systems business unit, a leading innovator in the development of urethane prepolymer systems for elastomers, coatings, adhesives, and sealants. “For example, we have developed new blocked technology that offers controlled curing with higher performance and reduced hazardous classifications.”

Excellent industrial hygiene for improved worker safety

Adiprene K blocked systems have inherently good industrial hygiene, due to the incorporation of low hazard ingredients and the blocking of already low levels of residual isocyanate. As a one-component system, workers do not have to handle a separate curative, improving productivity and worker safety.

Controlled curing for large and complex parts

Adiprene K blocked systems are available as fully-formulated reactive systems. Curing of these prepolymers is triggered at a precisely defined temperature resulting in a controlled cure. “With these systems, we are targeting large and complex parts and manual processing, which is used for very low volume production,” says Eckert.

Performance for broader range of applications

Compared with traditional blocked systems, Adiprene K blocked systems provide better performance for a wide range of applications. “Now that we can control the cure and achieve higher performance,” Eckert continues, “these products open the door to new applications for urethane prepolymers.”

Potential applications include the impregnation of fabric belts, the coating of industrial rollers, and extremely large parts for the industrial, mining and oil and gas industries. These blocked systems also extend the use of urethane prepolymers into rotational molding and liquid injection molding applications.

Last but not least, LANXESS’s scientists support customers to select the best system or customize a special formulation for their needs.

The LANXESS Urethane Systems business unit is one of the world’s leading suppliers of polyurethane systems for elastomers, coatings, adhesives and sealants with special focus on solvent-free and monomer-free systems, and provides its customers decades of urethane chemistry know-how, comprehensive application expertise, and deep manufacturing experience.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

TCS ranked as top 100 US brand for fourth consecutive year by Brand Finance

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, announced that it has been ranked as one of the top 100 most valuable US brands for the fourth consecutive year by Brand Finance, the world’s leading brand valuation firm.

Brand Finance’s annual 'Top 500 US Brands' study ranked TCS 58th among America’s most valuable brands across all sectors, rising five places from last year’s analysis. This follows TCS being listed in March 2018 as one of the top three most valuable brands in the global IT services sector, according to Brand Finance’s 15th Annual IT Services report. TCS’ brand value of $10.391 billion represented a 14 per cent growth from $9.081 billion in 2017, making TCS the fastest growing brand in IT services.

“TCS recently consolidated its position as a top three global IT services brand by adding more than $1.3 billion to its value, which is a huge achievement for the company and its relatively new CEO,” said David Haigh, CEO, Brand Finance. “TCS’ deep expertise across industries, leading approach to digital business transformation, employee re-skilling, investments in notable academic research partnerships, and platforms such as the TCS New York City Marathon have helped to significantly grow its brand value.”

“Our customer-centric approach and commitment to helping American businesses and communities transform and grow, are key drivers of TCS’ brand strength in the US,” said Surya Kant, President of North America, UK and Europe, TCS. “We are proud to be recognized for the fourth consecutive year as one of America’s top 100 most valuable brands, and remain steadfast in re-skilling our employees, this nation’s future talent and, of course, helping our customers in their digital transformation journeys to become Business 4.0 enterprises.”

TCS has invested nearly $3 billion in the US over the past three years, being among the top two IT services job creators in the country and one of America’s 50 most community-minded organizations. It will have engaged more than two million Americans through its extensive nationwide STEM education programs by 2020, such as goIT, TCS’ signature program that inspires underserved youth to explore app development, design thinking and technology careers, and its partnership with Discovery Education to create a first-of-its-kind program, Ignite My Future in School, which embeds computational thinking and digital problem solving into mainstream curriculum subjects.

The strength of the TCS brand was further augmented in the US over the past year with the groundbreaking of TCS Hall at Carnegie Mellon University, as part of a $35 million endowment, and the inauguration of the Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech, following a $50 million investment to spur joint industry and academic digital research and ongoing campus expansion. Furthermore, TCS’ marquee marathon and community health platform, the TCS New York City Marathon, won numerous awards for its record breaking mobile app that significantly enhanced the race experience.

Brand Finance evaluated 500 US brands by calculating the values of the companies using the ‘Royalty Relief’ valuation method. This involved estimating the likely future sales that are attributable to a brand and then calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for the use of the brand, (i.e., what the owner would have to pay for the use of the brand - assuming it were not already owned).

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Sundaram AMC elevates Sunil Subramaniam as MD

Mr. Sunil Subramaniam, Chief Executive Officer, has been elevated as Managing Director of Sundaram Asset Management Company Ltd. His elevation takes effect from June 26.

Mr. Subramaniam succeeds Harsha Viji. Mr. Sunil is also on the Board of Sundaram Asset Management Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Mr. Subramaniam said: “We are growing on all fronts but my focus going forward will continue to be the retail investor.” 

Mr. Subramaniam joined Sundaram Asset Management Company in September 2005. In his tenure spanning over twelve years, he has held crucial positions and played a key role in the growth of the company.

LANXESS: Price adjustment for PA 6.6 compounds

LANXESS is raising its prices for Durethan A (polyamide 6.6) compounds in Europe, Middle East and Africa by EUR 0.60/kg with immediate effect.

The overall tight market situation with extremely limited availability of raw materials in the PA 6.6 value chain has led to further severe price increases for PA 6.6 base resin. As there are no signs of a relief, a price adjustment is unavoidable. 

The High Performance Materials business unit offers support in exploring opportunities to replace PA 6.6 applications by PA 6 or PBT grades.

LANXESS completes ten years of support to educational initiatives worldwide

For the specialty chemicals company LANXESS, social commitment, particularly with regard to exceptional education and training, has been one of the main areas of focus of its corporate policy for more than a decade now. The company launched its global education initiative in the middle of 2008 and will continue its commitment into the future. This year alone, the group is supporting at least 10 projects in India and 35 projects in Germany, with nearly 40 further projects worldwide.

“Education is the basis for the future viability of our country. The development of young people is therefore vital for us,” Rainier van Roessel, member of the board at LANXESS AG, explains the commitment of the group. “To continue to expand our position in global markets in the future, we need skilled and motivated human resource. Consequently, we want to stir enthusiasm for education at school. With our commitment, we want to encourage children and young adults to shape the future of business and their own futures.”

The specialty chemicals company has invested around eight million euros in education initiatives since 2008 to improve education and knowledge services for young people, including investments of more than rupees five crores in India. Around 700,000 students have benefited from the program in total, globally. The company has worked on over 500 education projects over the past decade, including around 22 in India. “These significant figures also highlight our commitment to India”, says van Roessel.

Focus on educational infrastructure

As part of its continual commitment towards educational initiatives, LANXESS India extended its support to Teach For India (TFI) by pledging a five year commitment to support the non-profit organization’s efforts towards providing quality education to children. The company has so far contributed an amount over INR 3,70,00,000 in the past seven years.

Push on digitalization of educational resources

LANXESS India asserted its commitment for technological intervention in educational empowerment by setting up e-learning tools in Government College, Nagda, in 2017. This project was in line with LANXESS’s vision of a digital future and also finds resonance with the current Government’s focus on creating a digitally empowered nation. Similar tools were provided to seven other municipals schools in Jhagadia & Thane. The e-learning tools will help in familiarizing students with the technological advances in education that the students from urban regions enjoy. These tools have pre-loaded content for students that is mapped with the education board. They are loaded with virtual activities like 2D and 3D graphics, voice overs and interactive content among others and helps the students as well as the teachers in explaining and understanding basic concepts. This initiative is expected to benefit over 4,000 students every year.

The company also supported computer literacy by assisting in setting up a computer training center for students and working professionals. The initiative taken by the company was to provide access to the latest computers to the workers in Nagda where they contributed computers along with electrical accessories and initial infrastructure necessary for setting up the center.

Various forms of support for education sector

In Fulwadi and Selod in Jhagadia, LANXESS India undertook initiatives to renovate the municipal school building and play area for children and incorporated various facilities like watercoolers, ceiling fans, toilet blocks, repairing of school gate and painting the boundary walls among others.

LANXESS has collaborated with the local municipal body in Nagda and set up a fully functional library equipped with textbooks, reference books, journals, magazines in order to assist in the education of students studying in secondary school, high schools and colleges.

And while supporting with teaching aids is critical, making the commute to access education smoother is another area that needed serious focus. Taking note of the difficulties students faced in travelling, LANXESS India donated a 42-seater bus to the municipal corporation for the students of the Government College in Nagda which provided a reliable transport facility and made travel easier for the students.

With its motto – “Good for Business. Good for Society” LANXESS views education as an area that has the maximum potential to benefit the lives of citizens of tomorrow. Quality education in every sense plays a significant role in achieving sustainable economic development and no country can secure economic and social progress without substantial investment in education. LANXESS believes it is its natural responsibility to ensure that it works toward conducting initiatives that can facilitate the growth of education which will bring positive and meaningful change in the lives of the people.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.7 billion in 2017 and about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 74 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 Europe) and FTSE4Good.

CarZ opens First Center at Karimnagar in Telangana

To open 20 more Multi-Brand Car Service Centers in Telangana by June 2019

CarZ, one of India’s most reputed multi-brand car repair and maintenance services company, announced the opening of its brands’ first Franchisee Owned Franchise Operated fully automated center in Karimnagar, Telangana, under its strategic franchise partnership with Mr. Bethelli Abhinandan Reddy, a renowned name in the lift & elevators business in the State of Telangana.

Shri Etela Rajender, Finance Minister, Government of Telangana, inaugurated the center. Shri Gangula Kamalakar, MLA Karimnagar, Smt Tulla Uma, Chairperson - Zilla Parishad, Karimnagar District and Shri Sardar Ravinder Singh, Mayor, Karimnagar, also graced the occasion.

The new service facility is the first of the 20 planned CarZ service centers in various cities of Telangana State over the next 12 months. The facility, situated at Plot No. 3, Survey Number 223, Rekurthi, Karimnagar, is spread across 9,000 sq. ft., with 7 service bays with a capacity to service over 350 cars of various brands per month.

As part of the partnership, CarZ will provide the service expertise and train the workforce on quality service, on-time delivery, procurement of quality & innovative service products, customer care supports, etc. CarZ currently has a network of 17 centers across the States of AP, Telangana. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Gujarat.   

While inaugurating the center, Shri Etela Rajender, Finance Minister, Government of Telangana, said: “This is a great initiative by CarZ and will go a long way in engaging talented youth and generating more employment in the State. We thank Mr. Venu Donepudi, MD, CarZ, and Mr. Abhinandan Reddy, Franchise Owner, for bringing such an hi-tech multu-brand car service & repair center to Karimnagar, and to other districts of the Telangana State in the coming months."

"I am honored to officially be part of the CarZ family, and open the first center in Karimnagar, a city that has a strong economy with over 2 lakh cars and is rapidly expanding," said Mr. Bethelli Abhinandan Reddy, Karimnagar Franchise Owner. "My goal is to provide the highest level of service and value that CarZ is renowned for, to our customers. With our tailor-made service packages, we can cater to any vehicle; budget or requirement.”

“We are extremely excited to open this first center in Karimnagar and committed to growing the brand, serving communities across the country and putting our customers first," said Venu Donepudi, Founder & MD, CarZ. “This state-of-the-art facility will provide everything a car owner needs for an enriching car ownership experience under one roof and can trust that CarZ will always be transparent, reliable and affordable.” 

The center is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and will provide a range of services including routine and preventive maintenance, electrical & mechanical repair, suspension system, AC diagnostics and service, tyres and services, battery, variety of styling and performance accessories, interior and exterior detailing, automated car wash and more. The centre also has an accident repair facility with latest collision repair system and paint booth. The centre will also offer value added services like 24x7 road side assistance, pre-owned car inspection, insurance, extended warranty & easy EMI payments. As the preferred partner for many leading insurance companies, the center will also support cashless service for accident repair vehicles, giving our customers total peace of mind.

iBall announces ideal device for Aadhaar authentication with Integrated Fingerprint Sensor – ‘Imprint 4G’

iBall, a brand known for its innovative and latest technology products, announced an extension to its extensive range of Tablet PCs with ‘iBall Slide Imprint 4G’ that comes with the unique integrated Fingerprint Sensor – having one of the most secured biometric authentication, literally at the tip of your finger. Equipped with the very unique fingerprint scanner, this Tablet is STQC certified for Aadhaar Verification. Not only does it serves the purpose of scanning and recording but also verifying the identity of a person. Additionally, this device cannot be unlocked with this Fingerprint scanner.

This device have been engineered to simplify the ease of use and portability for various segments such as banks, government offices, RTOs, Educations, Sales Automation and B2B.

Designed for Terrific performance, Imprint 4G runs on AndroidTM 7.0 Nougat & is powered by Quad core 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex A53 64-bit processor and 1 GB of RAM (optionally 2GB) allowing users to multitask with superfast speed, i.e., heavy-duty multitasking such as using multiple apps, working on presentations and calling can be done with utmost seamlessness. The Slide comes with 8 GB (optionally 16GB) built-in memory which is further expandable up to 32 GB. 

Enjoy to carry out the tasks at its best on this 7-inch beauty with full capacitive multi-touch display & 1024*600 IPS HD resolution that provides clear viewing of content at every angle. The device also comes with an impressive 5MP AF Rear & Front Camera with LED Flash to give crisp and clear photos for the instant clicked candid moments or even capture photographs for identity purposes. It is also very useful to click, store or email your documents.

In terms of uninterrupted connectivity, the iBall Slide Imprint 4G supports dual band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), 4G with VoLTE, Multiple USB Ports (1x Micro USB Port, 1x Normal USB Port), USB OTG, Micro HDMI, Cast Screen, Bluetooth 4.0, USB tethering, etc. It also comes with optional LAN port. This Tablet sports DC charging port for charging purpose so that USB ports are free to be used for peripherals connections and data transfer.

It is supported by a massive 5000 mAh battery that serves all day needs. To overcome language barriers, the Slide is pre-loaded with multi-language keyboard containing 22 regional languages with read and write support. Also, it comes with 22 regional System languages that allows to operate the Tablet in language of your choice.

The Dual SIM device, priced at MRP Rs. 18,999, furthermore comes with several additional features which includes GPS, A-GPS, Phone Calling, G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Magnetic Sensor, etc. The product in its rugged build and Black colour is also available with STQC Certified Iris Scanner.

Quantum Hi-Tech launches its ‘10000mAh’ with 3 USB ports, priced for Rs. 1,599/-

Yet, another extension to its successful Power Bank portfolio, QHMPL, a leading frontrunner of consumer electronics and IT peripherals, announced the launch of its portable and durable QHM ‘10000mAh Power Bank’ equipped with 3 USB Ports, bringing elegance paired with functionality.

The high capacity 10000mAh, sports a sturdy and durable finish. The Power Bank comes with 3 USB power outputs that lets you charge max devices at one go. Integrated with LED Indicator, the power bank keeps your battery status in check.

A BIS certified product, the power Bank is fortified with several safety features such as over voltage protection, short circuit, over discharge and overcurrent protection. The high-powered Lithium-ion battery ensures faster charging, with 10W output. It offers a maximum output of 5V-2AMPS, a conversion rate of up to 80 per cent and adjusts the output as per the connected device. The device supports over 500 times of charge/discharge cycles.

Speaking on the launch, Mr. Ashish Mutneja, Director – Quantum Hi Tech, says: “Our dynamic lifestyle brings the need to carry more than one device. Understanding the needs, the Power savior also needs to move away from traditional and bring multi-tasking worry free. The newest with 3 USB Ports, massive battery and lightweight design answers all”.

The Powerbank is now available in shades of white and black, with the leading retail and online portals across India.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Mahindra launches the All-New TUV300 PLUS

Attractively priced at Rs. 9.47 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai) 

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.), a part of the US$20.7 billion Mahindra Group, announced the introduction of the TUV300 PLUS, targeted at customers who are looking to upgrade their lifestyle with a premium and bold true-blue SUV with spacious interiors and a pleasurable driving experience.

Priced at Rs. 9.47 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai), the TUV300 PLUS will fill the gap for a contemporary, powerful & flexible 9-seater true-blue SUV under the 10-lakh price point in the Indian auto industry. The TUV300 PLUS is powered by the proven 2.2 litre mHAWKD120 engine which delivers 88 kW (120 BHP). It comes with a 6-speed manual transmission for enhanced driving pleasure on highways. It also makes a stylish & powerful statement with its bold design and true-blue SUV stance. The interiors, designed by legendary Italian design house, Pininfarina, and the faux leather seats give the TUV300 PLUS a premium feel. It also offers high-tech features such as the 17.8 cm touchscreen infotainment with GPS navigation, ECO mode & Micro Hybrid Technology, to name a few.

According to Veejay Ram Nakra, Chief of Sales and Marketing - Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.: “The TUV300 has enjoyed a successful run since its launch in September 2015, with close to 80,000 vehicles on road. We are now pleased to introduce the TUV300 PLUS for customers who are looking for a true-blue SUV with more space & more power. The TUV300 PLUS will appeal to buyers looking for an SUV that compliments their aspirations and lifestyles.”

About the TUV300 PLUS

Plus on Power 

TUV300 PLUS is equipped with the proven and reliable mHAWKD120 engine, that delivers superior drivability both in city traffic as well as on highways with 88 kW (120 BHP) power, 280 Nm torque and a 6-speed manual transmission.

Plus on Space

The TUV300 PLUS is a spacious & comfortable SUV that offers luxurious space to seat 9 people with the flexibility to fold the rear seats & create a large storage area.

Plus on SUV quotient

The TUV300 PLUS makes a powerful and stylish statement with its imposing stance, big footprint (length 4400 mm, width 1835 mm & height 1812 mm) and its real SUV character defined by the aggressive front grille, large alloy wheels (215/70 R16) and rear wheel drive.

Plus on Comfort & Premiumness

Equipped with Cushion Suspension Technology, the TUV300 PLUS delivers a superior ride experience on all type of roads. The interiors are designed by legendary Italian design house, Pininfarina, and the faux leather seats give the TUV300 PLUS a premium feel. It also comes with steering mounted audio & phone controls, a rear defogger along with wash & wipe, a driver seat height adjuster, armrests for the front row, a convenient storage tray below the driver’s seat and lead-me-to-vehicle & follow-me-home headlamps.

Plus on Technology

The TUV300 PLUS offers a host of hi-tech features, such as the 17.8 cm Touchscreen Infotainment System with GPS navigation and 4 speakers + 2 tweeters, Bluesense App, ECO mode, Micro Hybrid Technology, Brake Energy Regeneration Technology, Intellipark Reverse Assist, AC ECO mode and Driver Information System.

Plus on Safety

The TUV300 PLUS comes with a toughened high-strength steel body along with chassis derived from the Scorpio. It also comes with dual-airbags and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution. Additionally, the hazard lights also switch on in case of panic braking.

Attractive Finance Options

TUV300 PLUS will be available with customizable finance options with low down payment & attractive EMIs as low as Rs. 11,999.

Attractive Service Plans

TUV300 PLUS will come with customised AMC options starting from Rs. 0.31/km and extended shield warranty (up to 5 years) for complete peace of mind. 

Quick Service and Turnaround Time

Nothing matters more than customer convenience. The efficient servicing teams ensure a quick turnaround time for a hassle-free service experience.

Customers will have the option to choose from five attractive colours, namely, Majestic Silver, Glacier white, Bold Black, Dynamo Red and Molten Orange, and three variants - P4, P6 and P8.

Honeywell kicks off largest industrial customer gathering with a focus on digital transformation

Emerging Connected Plant technologies were the highlight today when Honeywell kicked off its largest annual gathering of industrial customers, with a focus on showing manufacturers how digital transformation can help them achieve new levels of consistently high performance.

The ability of Honeywell Connected Plant’s offerings to deliver higher levels of safety, reliability, efficiency and profitability will continue to be the primary discussion point at the Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas symposium, which runs through Friday. More than 1,300 delegates from across the oil and gas, chemical, pulp and paper, and metals and mining sectors are attending the event, which features numerous displays of the newest technologies along with dozens of Honeywell- and customer-led sessions and technical discussions.

Throughout the conference, Honeywell will showcase how turning data into actionable insight requires more than just upgrading technology; it requires a system for capturing, retaining and sharing knowledge that allows both the plant and its workers to perform at their best every day. Honeywell Connected Plant enables this through proven industry solutions based on decades of domain knowledge and controls experience.

“Digital transformation has to be about more than just moving data into the cloud,” said John Rudolph, President of Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS). “It ultimately has to be about the outcomes, including driving increased productivity and savings for our customers while allowing them to increase knowledge capture, knowledge sharing and knowledge retention among their employees.”

Rudolph was named President of HPS on May 31, 2018, succeeding Vimal Kapur, who was named President and CEO of Honeywell Building Technologies. Rudolph led the Projects and Automation Solutions, and Lifecycle Solutions and Services businesses for HPS over the past six years, driving significant growth. Rudolph also has held leadership roles with TAS Energy, General Electric and Ingersoll Rand.

HUG attendees will be able to see and experience the company’s ongoing transformation into a software-industrial provider. As part of this transformation, several technologies that have been launched in 2018 will be displayed and demoed in the Knowledge Center, including:

* Thermal IQ – Enables maintenance engineers and plant managers to more effectively monitor and manage their thermal process equipment, minimizing unplanned downtime and maximizing uptime.

* Uniformance Cloud Historian – This software-as-a-service cloud hosting solution for enterprise-wide data capture, visualization and analysis helps customers improve asset availability, optimize processes and increase plant uptime.

* Asset Performance Management – Integrates asset and process data for actionable insights to improve asset performance and plant profitability.

* Immersive Competency – This cloud-based simulation offering uses a combination of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to train plant personnel on critical industrial work activities, empowering them to directly improve plant performance, uptime, reliability and safety.

* Personal Gas Safety – This solution integrates with Honeywell’s leading plant control system to protect workers and speed emergency response in case of hazardous leaks or worker injury.

* Intelligent Wearables – This hands-free, wearable technology allows industrial workers to more safely, reliably and efficiently accomplish their tasks in the plant or the field. It uses a head-mounted visual display that responds to voice and brings live data, documents, work procedures, as well as health and safety information into view and can connect field workers with remote experts in real time.

* Experion Batch – Combines Experion distributed control, batch automation, and new visualization technology for improved efficiency, quality and throughput.

* Measurement IQ for Gas – Provides measurement under control by transforming metering operations with 24/7 real-time condition-based monitoring.

For more information about these and other new technologies and services being showcased at the Honeywell Users Group Americas conference, visit: Honeywell Users Group.

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Honda 2Wheelers India kick starts ‘IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt’

Aims to develop Indian Iconic Riders for National & International Motorcycle Racing Championship

Following its new direction to develop ‘Iconic Indian Riders’ for National & International Championships, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. kicked off the ‘IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt’ identify, select and mentor young talented riders to compete in national and international racing championships.

The IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt, kicked off from Bengaluru will further travel to other cities, namely, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar, Aizwal (Mizoram), Delhi NCR, Bhopal, Vadodara, Pune and Coimbatore. The eminent jury members include Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President - Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, Mr. Koji Takahashi, Deputy Director - Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, Mr. Yusuke Teshima, Director - T Pro Innovations Japan (Ex-MotoGP rider), and Mr. Ramji Govindrajan, Director - Ten10 Racing.

Special selection of 20 riders across 10 cities who possess mettle and passion to create a name in racing will receive professional training at Honda Ten10 Racing Academy. These riders will get an opportunity to compete with each other in the CBR 150R Novice category in the subsequent rounds of IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup 2018.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President - Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said: “The IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt is a part of our new motorsports direction and building a structure to develop young talent. With a dream to represent India in the world Grand Prix Racing, this platform is the beginning of a clear development path and structured approach to nurture riders from a young age. Two of our Indian riders - Rajiv Sethu and Anish Shetty have become center of attraction for the whole world in Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) and we want more riders to represent Indian motorsports to the world. With this round in Bengaluru, we are delighted to see the level of focus and clarity present towards motorsports among the young participants. Honda will provide all support and guidance to the best 20 riders selected in the Talent hunt.”

The participants need to be in the age group of 13 to 18 to register for the talent hunt. To be selected in the final few from each location, riders will undergo a strict and strenuous process. The evaluation for each would be on the basis of below parameters:

* Physical Strength – Physical stamina and agility through various activities

* Riding Test – Handling and manoeuvring capability

* Interview Session – Rider interview & additional parent counselling session

IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt - Bengaluru

The opening leg of the conducted in Bengaluru received a total of 33 registrations ranging in the age group of 13-18 years. The top shortlisted candidates will be trained at the Honda 10Ten Racing Academy further to which they will get an opportunity to compete in the CBR 150R Novice category in the IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup 2018 Round-2 at Madras Motorsports Race Track in Chennai.

Honda started conducting "HONDA ONE MAKE RACE" in 2008. IDEMITSU Honda India Talent is a part of Honda 2Wheelers India’s vision to promote motorsports in India. The races give a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to gain track experience with support from Honda 2Wheelers India.

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).