Friday, February 17, 2017

Mahindra Supro Brings Out 11 New Passenger and Cargo Vehicles in Diesel, CNG and Electric Variants.

Mahindra n Mahindra Ltd., a part of the US $17.8 billion Mahindra Group, today introduced 7 new products simultaneously under its Supro platform. The company launched 4 new variants of its stylish and spacious Passenger carrier, namely Supro Minivan, Supro Minivan VX, Supro Minivan CNG and Supro School Van and 3 new variants of its modern load carrier, Supro Minitruck, Supro Minitruck CNG and Supro Cargo Van. Priced competitively, the Supro Minivan starts at Rs. 4.61 lac (ex-showroom Bengaluru, BS4) while the Supro Minitruck starts at Rs. 4.33 lac (ex-showroom Bengaluru, BS4).

Today, the Supro platform boasts India’s widest range of Passenger and Cargo vehicles with 11 offerings which are available in Diesel, CNG and Electric Variants.

In the small commercial load category, the company expanded its range with the launch of Supro Minitruck, Supro Minitruck CNG and Supro Cargo Van, additions to the already existing Supro Maxitruck, making it a complete range of powerful, profitable Small Cargo vehicles.

In the passenger category, the company expanded its range with the launch of the Supro Minivan, Minivan VX, Supro Minivan CNG and Supro School Van to the already existing Supro, resulting in it a complete range of spacious, comfortable Minivans.

The Supro platform was conceptualised to effectively cater to the needs of multiple segments in the passenger and cargo movement categories, while delivering a superior value proposition.

Speaking on the launch, Pravin Shah, President and Chief Executive (Automotive), Mahindra n Mahindra said, As the leader in the small commercial vehicle load segment with a market share of 51% in less than 3.5T category, we are always aiming to understand and address the evolving needs of our customers. The roll out of an entire range of 7 new variants from the Supro platform with their superior value proposition is a strong step in this direction.”

Shah further added, “The Supro brand is synonymous with Superior performance, Superior operating economics, Superior style and Superior comfort. With the launch of the Supro Minitruck and Minivan, we will further strengthen our portfolio under the “Supro” brand umbrella. I am sure that the Supro platform will go a long way in helping our customers prosper in life, in line with our Mahindra Rise philosophy”.

Built at Mahindra’s state-of-the-art plant in Chakan, Maharashtra, the Supro platform has undergone rigorous and full test cycle runs and has been validated on all performance, safety and reliability parameters. It also comes with a class-leading warranty of 2 years/60,000km (whichever comes earlier).

At the launch of the Supro platform in October 2015, the company had introduced two products, namely the Supro Maxitruck (aimed at customers upgrading from the mini truck segment) and the Supro Van (aimed at Personal, Dual usage and Low end Tour and Travel customers). In October 2016, two more variants, namely the eSupro Van and the eCargo Van were launched.

Sasken Communication Technologies Limited Renamed to Sasken Technologies Limited to Reflect its Broad Range of Services

Sasken Technologies Limited, (formerly Sasken Communication Technologies Limited), announced that it has changed its name to Sasken Technologies Limited effective February 14, 2017 to reflect its broad range of services.

The Company had earlier changed its name from Silicon Automation Systems Limited to Sasken Communication Technologies Limited in 2000 in order to cater to the growing opportunities in the telecommunication space around the world. Today, the nexus of forces such as computing, communications, mobility, cloud, social media and analytics has transformed communications into a core ingredient across all business verticals. Sasken’s expertise therefore now serves businesses ranging from automotive, smart devices and wearables, industrials, enterprises, satellite, and retail, among others. Therefore, Sasken’s new name is a true reflection of its current vast opportunity landscape.

Rajiv C. Mody, Chairman, Managing Director and CEO, Sasken Technologies Limited said, “We see a whole new world unfolding in front of us where new services are getting launched which were hitherto unheard of. The key drivers that are making this difference are advances in silicon, embedded systems, cloud computing, and cognitive technologies.

“Sasken has been at the helm of enabling technologies that touches and betters lives. Over the past two and a half decades, we have enabled our customers to build cutting-edge solutions that have been breakthroughs in their respective markets. We are working with technology leaders to enable cognitive technologies that help define the world of tomorrow in areas such as car, home, wearables and devices, industrials, and retail. We are very proud of our heritage and are continuing to build a new future which is really going to make a difference in the new world we are embarking on.”

Thursday, February 16, 2017

IESA Launches Hyderabad Chapter; To Make Hyderabad an ESDM, Aerospace and Defense Hub

IESA, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry has announced the launch of their Hyderabad Chapter. The key objectives of setting up an office in Hyderabad is to widen the eco-system, acquire new members and strengthen the supply chain in the region.  This move will boost the electronics, hardware and semiconductor startups and firms in the state with the required support and information. There will also be a large thrust on the Aerospace & Defense manufacturing too.

Telangana contributes to 6% of the electronics production in the country and aims to reach a revenue of more than $10Bn and provide employment to 1.75L citizens. The Telangana Government is planning to make Hyderabad as the hub of ESDM and is pursuing to attract investments into the two ESDM clusters at e-City Manufacturing Cluster and Maheshwaram Science Park. With a view to facilitating investments in the electronics manufacturing industry, IESA has gearing up to strengthen operations in Telengana this year.

Excited with this announcement, K. Krishna Moorthy, Chairman, IESA said, “This is a proud moment for us as we have now expanded our presence across the major technology hubs of the nation. With this launch, we now have an even more strengthened support to bring India into the global radar for manufacturing innovation. Several policy initiatives have been approved in last few months which include providing very attractive financial investment in electronics manufacturing and providing preference to domestically manufactured electronic goods in all Government procurement as well as all those electronic goods whose use has security implications for the country. This expansion has put us in the right path for the fulfilment of our objectives and aiding the government of India to digitally empower the nation. We are certain that, with the right mix of trained professionals and regional expertise we will make our vision of making India the global hub for innovation a successful reality very soon.”

Spearheading and strengthening ties with the local industry, MosChip Semiconductor has joined hands with IESA. Speaking at the launch of the IESA Hyderabad chapter, Ram Reddy, CEO and  Chairman, Moschip Semiconductor, said “We are delighted to be a member company of IESA Hyderabad. We strongly believe that this collaboration will be an impetus to start-ups and engineering/ research students to promote the country’s top design engineers and buyers with the best degree of technical knowhow and help bring the Government and ecosystem together on the same platform.”

Commenting on this move, M.N. Vidyashankar, President, IESA added, “We are delighted to announce the launch of the new IESA Chapter in Hyderabad. We need to improve the supply chain. We could achieve innovation-led design in the semiconductor space. But, what we lack is design-led-manufacturing. With the recently announced Chennai chapter and this launch, we have further expanded our reach to enrich the supply chain and make significant inroads in making the country the next manufacturing hub. We strongly believe that this expansion will fast-forward our operations and enable us to achieve the common goal of giving a boost to design-led-manufacturing.”

Forthcoming events from IESA:
This year, Hyderabad will be the host city for DEFTRONICS 2017, the fourth edition of the annual Aerospace, Defence & Internal security focused event. This will be an additional fillip to the Aerospace & Defence sectors. The Indian Aerospace and Defence industry is one of the most lucrative industries with a booming market and an ocean of opportunities for engineering design and manufacturing companies. India’s current requirements on defence are largely catered to by imports. The Global OEM and Indian companies alike are keen to leverage the opportunity of defence contracts, which reflects the success of initiatives like ‘Make in India’

IESA Vision Summit 2017
The 12th edition its annual flagship event, IESA Vision Summit 2017. Powered with global and Indian audiences to discover, innovate and bring together a stellar line-up of thought leaders & robust speakers. Scheduled on February 21 and 22 at The Leela, Bangalore, it aims to steer India closer to its goal of Design led Manufacturing – Redefining the future of India’s ESDM.

Telangana is the hub of Electronics Manufacturing Clusters with Districts of Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Medak being the base for the state. With an aim to give a fillip to the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector of Andhra Pradesh, the India SME Forum has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the State government for two industrial parks and an incubation centre in the State. As part of this, an industrial park for multi-sectoral MSME units is being proposed to be set up either at Vijayawada or at Visakhapatnam or Tirupati. As favourable Government policies and conducive growth opportunities exist in the state, Telangana became as one of the most preferred destination for the IESA’s expansion.

Julian Quinn Named as Regional Vice President (APAC) of Qlik

Qlik, a leader in visual analytics has announced the appointment of Julian Quinn as Regional Vice President for Qlik in Asia Pacific (APAC). Quinn will be responsible for leading and expanding Qlik’s operations throughout the region including ASEAN, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan markets.
With over 30 years of experience in the IT Industry, Quinn has extensive knowledge of APAC markets and has a distinguished track record of sales success. Prior to joining Qlik, he held senior leadership positions at various companies, including but not limited to: Vice President Asia and Japan at Veeam Software, Vice President APAC at Adobe Systems, Vice President APAC at Borland, and Managing Director at Netscape.
“We’re delighted to welcome someone of Julian’s calibre onboard to helm Qlik’s operations in Asia Pacific. Under his leadership, even more organisations in the region will be empowered with self-service analytics to see the whole story behind their data,” said Mark Thurmond, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Services, Qlik.
Last year, in Asia Pacific, customers across different industries – such as Akindo SushiroBaiduLazadaLupin Limited and Teachers Mutual Bank – started to harness Qlik’s platform-based approach to derive actionable insights.  
“There’s no better time to join Qlik, as we continue to witness the upward surge of embedded, self-service and visual analytics in every sector. I look forward to further strengthening Qlik’s position as the leader in APAC in the Business Intelligence and Analytics market segment,” said Quinn. 

HAL Push to Include HALOld Airport in Regional Connectivity Scheme

Hopeful that some commercial operations can start from the HAL Airport in the next few months, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has appealed to the Civil Aviation Ministry to include the airport on the list for regional connectivity.

 At the Aero India 2017, HAL CMD T Suvarna Raju said when the regional connectivity policy was announced, the HAL Airport was not even on the list. The Kempe Gowda International Airport (KIA) has already achieved the passenger traffic projected for 2020. It grew by 22.5% in 2016, recording a footfall of 22.18 million passengers.

Raju said, “Normally, a state or city will be proud to have two airports.” However, through an agreement with the government, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) had mandated that no other commercial airport should be allowed within a radius of 150 km from KIA.

HAL Airport, which was the city’s sole domestic and international airport for decades, was shut in 2008. All operations, barring VIP flights, were stopped at the old airport once KIA opened at Devanahalli. However, there have been demands from several quarters to at least operate short haul domestic flights from the old HAL Airport.

‘Trump Can be a Blessing for IT Cos’; They can Solve India’s Problem: Mukesh Ambani

Even as the IT industry keenly awaits the impact of protectionist measures by the Trump government in the United States, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani believes that his victory could be a blessing in disguise for Indian IT companies.

“It has been a great journey till now (for the Indian IT industry)....Trump can actually be a blessing in disguise. The Indian talent and IT industry will focus on solving problems in India,” Ambani said while speaking at Nasscom’s India Leadership Forum 2017. “I think the opportunities are immense, and we now have the infrastructure to do for own market and make India one of the largest software markets in the world,” he said.

According to Ambani, the key for companies to succeed is to have partnerships and be open and be always connected. “It is very important to be open, it is very important to have partnerships and not be close. That is really a strength for India and we should build on this strength, continue to be open and never think whatever the world changes,” Ambani said.

“The world might want to build walls around. I think it is very important for us not to be influenced by that, to make sure that we are always open, always connected,”Ambani added. He had some words of advice for budding entrepreneurs as well. “An entrepreneur has to figure out what he has do. This is something that I learnt from my father. Besides, it is very important to find a problem you want to solve, that you are passionate about,”Ambani said.

“Also, two more important things are that investors’ money should be treated more carefully than your own money and you cannot do anything without the right team,” Ambani added. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Another Successful Launch for ISRO; PSLV-C37 Deploys 104 Satellites in a Single Flight

In its thirty ninth flight (PSLV-C37), ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 714 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 103 co-passenger satellites today morning (February 15, 2017) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty eighth consecutively successful mission of PSLV.  The total weight of all the 104 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C37 was 1378 kg.
PSLV-C37 lifted off at 0928 hrs (9:28 am) IST, as planned, from the First Launch Pad.  After a flight of  16 minutes 48 seconds, the satellites achieved a polar Sun Synchronous Orbit of 506 km inclined at an angle of 97.46 degree to the equator (very close to the intended orbit) and in the succeeding 12 minutes, all the 104 satellites successfully separated from the PSLV fourth stage in a predetermined sequence beginning with Cartosat-2 series satellite, followed by INS-1 and INS-2.  The total number of Indian satellites launched by PSLV now stands at 46.
After separation, the two solar arrays of Cartosat-2 series satellite were deployed automatically and ISRO's Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bangalore took over the control of the satellite. In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration following which it will begin to provide remote sensing services using its panchromatic (black and white) and multispectral (colour) cameras.
Of the 103 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C37, two – ISRO Nano Satellite-1 (INS-1) weighing 8.4 kg and INS-2 weighing 9.7 kg – are technology demonstration satellites from India. 
The remaining 101 co-passenger satellites carried were international customer satellites from USA (96), The Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1), Israel (1), Kazakhstan (1) and UAE (1). 
With today’s successful launch, the total number of customer satellites from abroad launched by India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has reached 180.