Saturday, November 17, 2018

Canon India Reaffirms Commitment to the Country with ‘Vision 2025’

Canon India, one of the leading imaging organisations in the country today announced its vision for 2025 in the presence of Mr. Hideki Ozawa, President, Canon Asia Marketing Group (CAMG) and Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO, Canon India. Riding on the organization’s commitment to the country, its vision for 2025 charts the company’s next phase of growth.

With about 25% contribution to the overall revenues of Canon, CAMG has emerged to be amongst the best performing regions, with India becoming the second highest contributor to their growth trajectory in Asia, after China. With their continued focus on innovation and customer delight, the imaging leader has shared their target for Canon Asia to reach the 10 billion US$ mark by 2025.

In 2017, Canon India reported sales of Rs 2,614 crore, marking a double digit growth of 11 per cent (including impact of GST). With Canon India continuing to grow at a double digit growth, Mr. Ozawa also shared his vision of seeing Canon India as the leading contributor for CAMG, by 2025. With its extensive, input to output product portfolio, the organization has seen equal contribution from both B2B and B2C segments. The imaging leader in India is envisioning to close the year with a double digit growth as well. As part of their way forward strategy for India, the organization plans to expand to new domains like medical imaging, surveillance and industrial equipments.

Further, the company has grown steadily in the country to make its presence felt across the nation through its robust regional expansion startegies. With more than two decades in the country, Canon has carved for itself a name that resonates excellence and innovation in the industry. Focussing on regional penetration into Tier-II, Tier-III and Tier-IV cities, Canon is strengthening its retail footprint to spread delight across the country with its experiential retail stores across divisions.

Societe Generale Announces Completion of CATALYST SUMMER 2018

The 10-week global accelerator program showcased innovative creations from 20 startups developed in areas of strategic interest to the banking industry

Societe Generale today hosted the Demo Day of the Catalyst Summer 2018 program with 20 startups who developed solutions to address 20 business challenges identified across the Bank. The Catalyst Summer 2018 program, witnessed the largest participation since its initiation in 2015, spanning 16 countries.

Fintech companies, technology start-ups and academic institutions were invited in July 2018 to participate in the 10-week open innovation challenge. The program aims to assimilate interesting business challenges from across the globe in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) BOTS, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Compliance and Automation.

The Catalyst platform has been highly collaborative in bringing together innovation experts, enterprise-relevant technology startups, fintech, incubators, funds and academic institutions with Societe Generale business leaders to deliver actionable solutions and insightful research, in areas of strategic interest to the banking industry.

Rathnaprabha Manickavachagam, Director, Innovation & Digital Transformation, Societe Generale Global Solutions Centre, says, “We onboard many with an Innovative platform to co-create a minimum viable product (MVP) that aims to solve business challenges. We adopt a highly participative and co-creative approach extending multiple dimensions of interventions within the ecosystem. We provide systematic design engagement with our in-house technology experts in alignment with the business, and also ensure the MVPs are easily connectable to our IT system. These MVPs are then converted into contracts with Societe Generale”.

Says Sunil Shah, CEO & Global Head, Societe Generale Global Solution Centre and Global Head, Societe Generale European Business Services, “The Catalyst program participants have the

opportunity to collaborate on a daily basis with a large financial services company, such as Societe Generale, thereby understanding the complexity of navigating across large structures’.

Catalyst is a performing platform to realise innovation ambitions and design disruptive solutions which can benefit Societe Generale’s end customers. The Catalyst partnership can lead to potential progressive steps, such as investments via funds, business partnerships and experimentations, investment in capital or acquisitions in the interest of better serving customers.

This is in line with the commitment to anticipate fast-changing customer demands and continued focus on Societe Generale Group innovation strategy by experimenting with disruptive technologies and increasing its interaction with the digital ecosystem in a spirit of open collaboration.

Toyota Awarded for Excellent Safety Standards and Continuous Safety Improvement

Commemorating high achievers in vehicle safety for the ASEAN region, the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) held its third bi-annual awards ceremony, the ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix 2018, at Karawang in West Java, Indonesia. Toyota bagged four awards at the occasion which includes ASEAN NCAP Excellence Award for the Most 5 Star Brand (2017-2018), ASEAN NCAP Excellence Award- Continuous Safety Improvement for the Toyota Vios and the Toyota Rush and the Best Adult Occupant Protection Award for the Toyota C-HR. The ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix commemorates the achievement of vehicles that have participated in the ASEAN NCAP assessment over the last two years.

Recognising its excellent standards for safety, Toyota was presented with the Most 5 Star Brand Award (2017-2018) for its efforts at enhancing safety standards in the ASEAN region with its vehicles. Toyota is the only brand to have received the highest number of 5-Star vehicle safety rating in evaluations conducted by the ASEAN NCAP in 2017-2018.

The Toyota Vios & the Toyota Rush were presented with the ASEAN NCAP Excellence Award of Continuous Safety Improvement. The previous generation models of both the Vios and the Rush had received 4 stars. However, with the addition of new and enhanced safety features, both the Vios and the Rush have been able to receive 5-star rating from ASEAN NCAP in the year 2017 and 2018, respectively. This achievement stands a true testimony to Toyota’s continuous efforts to improve the occupant protection and associated safety standards offered in the vehicles.

The Toyota C-HR was also presented with an award for the Best Adult Occupant Protection among all other vehicles evaluated by ASEAN NCAP in 2017-2018. This evaluation is based on frontal and side crash tests conducted by ASEAN NCAP on vehicles which are fitted with crash test dummies that represent adult occupants. During the crash test, the damage sustained by the vehicle and the crash test dummies are carefully assessed and quantified. This assessment is then translated into a numerical score. Based on this, the vehicle with the highest score is awarded the Best Adult Occupant Protection (AOP). Toyota is proud to achieve these awards from ASEAN NCAP and will continue to work with its stakeholders in the ASEAN region. 

Toyota considers safety as one of its top priorities. Be it vehicle safety or road safety, Toyota is fully aware that safety does not rely solely on the quality of vehicles on the road but on a host of other interrelated components of road traffic safety as well. Toyota’s holistic view to safety stems from its Integrated Three-Part Initiative: Vehicles, People & Traffic Environment.

In terms of vehicle safety, Toyota has been developing safety features and conducting extensive R&D which involves crash tests and simulations on its own, and then analysing the results to continually enhance its safety features. In addition to that, Toyota has also been raising public awareness about safety in the region. To take its commitment to safety a step further, with its first ever global corporate initiative, Start Your Impossible (SYI), Toyota is working towards its ultimate goal of zero traffic fatality. It is through these initiatives that Toyota is committed to achieving a safer, more sustainable and mobile world for everyone.

In India with Yaris, Toyota Kirloskar Motor [TKM] has underpinned commitment to safety by being the first in the segment to offer 7 SRS airbags – (D+P airbags, Side airbags, Curtain Shield Airbags (CSA) and knee airbag) across all variants in the new Yaris. Loaded with other best- in-class safety features such as Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Start Assist control, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Disc Brakes on all 4 wheels, Tire Pressure Monitoring System & ISOFIX Child Seats, yet again set new safety benchmark in the Indian car industry.

Testament to its unbeaten safety features, Toyota Yaris recently received 5-star safety ratings from the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP).

The Made-in India Etios bagged 4-Stars at a crash test campaign organized by Global NCAP the international body that is involved in new car assessment in association with AA South Africa in 2017. It has also been recognized as “Most Dependable Car” in the Entry Mid-Size Segment award by JD Power 2017 India Vehicle Dependability study, for three consecutive years.

Aligning with Toyota’s global philosophy - Toyota Kirloskar Motor being a Safety Leader, have implemented various safety initiatives by engaging with our stakeholders – Employees, Dealers partners & Supplier partners through a 3-dimension concept of Manufacturing Safe Cars, Developing Safe Drivers & Building Safer Environment.

B’lore Boy from Whitecaps Finalist at Cake Masters Awards 2018 in London

Samie J Ramchandran from Whitecaps International School of pastry Bangalore was the finalist in the “Rising star” category at the Cake master awards 2018 London. This annual event is popularly referred to as the cake Oscars. He has been the top four in the cake masters category since the inception of the award.  The awards were first established in 2014 and are the longest running and largest in the cake industry. Cake Masters Magazine Awards are where artists are recognised and celebrated across certain categories in cake decorating and sugar artistry. Now in their 5th year, following an astounding 2017 event with over 65,000 nominations, the 2018 awards event took place during Cake International show weekend at the National Conference Centre on 3rd of November 2018.

Chef Samie, a computer engineer by qualification, fell in love with cakes. His short but blessed journey of the past 5 years has earned him many accolades. Awarded as one of the top 10 cake artists in India by Cake Masters Magazine London. His awe-inspiring 22x7 feet London bridge garnered him a whole lot of media attention. He is also the finalist for Cake Master aka Cake Oscars for 2018. He has been on the panel of Judges for various Cake competitions held across India.

He imparts this passion to his students, teaching them to challenge creative frontiers in cake art as an advanced sugar art instructor at Whitecaps Bengaluru.

Chef Samie can be attributed as the new Viking of Whitecaps.

Chef Samie says “it’s been an honor participating in this prestigious contest held every year I have been associated with cake masters since inception, with this association I get to meet a lot of International chef and bring their expertise to India and pass my learning’s through Whitecaps”. 

Established in November 2016, WHITECAPS International School of Pastry was founded with the vision to create an environment in which people from all walks of life could indulge in their passion, by joining Whitecaps courses and honing their baking and chocolate-making skills. WHITECAPS International School of Pastry is amongst India’s premier cooking institutes, scaling new heights in the patisserie and chocolate arts scene, every day. Over 150 students have successfully completed the course and have been placed strategically at various corporate houses. WHITECAPS is an educational institution providing an unsurpassed platform for the students to bring out their best talent and hone them with suitable skills to match the requirements of the global patisserie industry.

Sri Kumaran Children’s Home Bengaluru Emerge Winners of the UL National Safety Science Campaign 2018

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing public safety,has successfully concluded the first edition of the National Safety Science Campaign (NSSC), a proprietary multi-dimensional programme that seeks to impart the science of safety in the school ecosystem of the country. Held across ten cities in India – Bengaluru, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad and Jaipur, UL’s NSSC 2018 saw the participation of over one lakh students around the country.

As a sustained commitment from UL to groom the next generation of Indians as safety ambassadors, NSSC was scheduled as an all-year agenda. The three-tiered campaign included the National Safety Science Quiz for grades 9 – 12, a  poster and slogan contest for grades 5 – 8 and a unique ‘safety club’ programme. The creative and intellectual potential of the young participants were harnessed to  instill curiosity and increase their awareness about the facets of safety that are relevant to everyday life such as electrical, road, fire, cyber, environment and food safety.

The city finalists of the Safety Quiz faced off each other in a tough fight at the grand finale of the NSSC held at Bengaluru on November 16.  The Bengaluru team of Siddhartha .G.V and Aditya . K . Murthy from Sri Kumaran Children’s Home emerged as winners of the Quiz while Vansh Navin Bagadiya_and Raghav Himanshu Gupta  representing Nath Valley School , Aurangabad , Rwitick  Ghosh and Qasim Ahmad representing City Montessori School , Station Road and Anish Kumar Arun and Aritra Kar representing South City International , Kolkata bagged the first, second and third runners-up positions respectively. Students were eligible for the Quiz after successful completion of an online preliminary test, followed by a zonal round in each city.

The online Poster and Slogan contests received over 3500 entries nation-wide. The top 20 posters and slogans were displayed for public voting at the venues of the Quiz zonal rounds in Bengaluru, New Delhi and Mumbai. Among the final entries, slogans like ‘safety first, because life has no reset button’ and ‘it is better to lose one minute of life than lose life in one minute’ were brought to life by students with admirable artistic skill.

Given that the purpose of the NSSC involves creating a marked change in the approach toward safety amongst several stakeholders in the school set up – teachers, principals and parents and eventually, policy makers in the education sector, the third leg of the campaign pertained to the establishment of safety clubs in schools. UL will pilot the School Safety Club program over the next three months in New Delhi and Bengaluru, where teachers from nearly 40 schools signed up in a teacher training initiative for promoting safety education in their institutions. Through a combination of theoretical and experiential learning, the safety clubs will train members to view safety as a science. 

Drawing on UL’s over a century old expertise in safety science, as part of the tool kit, the teachers  will be given well-researched worksheets designed to spark and strengthen critical thinking and analytical abilities of the students about various aspects of safety. In the subsequent editions of the campaign, UL plans to gradually increase the scope of the safety club, where students will be trained to conduct safety audits and gain hands-on experience in basic emergency procedures like operating a fire extinguisher etc.

Suresh Sugavanam, vice president and managing director for South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa at UL, said, “We are delighted with the immense response we have received from schools for the maiden edition of the National Safety Science Campaign and astounded by the creativity and intellectual prowess that all participants have demonstrated. With the positive influence of the internet and social media, today’s students are well informed and also possess multiple avenues of expressing their thoughts. Our efforts are geared toward honing their understanding safety as a science, so that they can become proponents of safety culture in the country”. 

Cara Gizzi, vice president, education and outreach at Underwriters Laboratories said, “As a part of UL’s mission,  promoting safety education globally  among children is one of our most significant priorities. Considering the high population of youngsters in the country and the importance accorded to education in the Indian society, we are certain that by including awareness of safety from a school level, we can create a sustained movement to improve the way the next generation thinks about making safety culture a part of everyday life.”

Vidya Guruprasad, Principal, Ryan International School,  Kundalahalli, a participant school in the safety club initiative, commented, “NSSC is taking safety beyond being a text-book topic. The safety club is aiming at making safety an integral part of science.  I believe that the set of children who will be part of the safety club will be given hands-on training to engage themselves in crisis management in areas of road and fire safety. This is exactly what we need to do to make safety a part of the curriculum.”

Friday, November 16, 2018

On 20th Anniversary, Intel India Announces Innovation Awards, D&I Initiative and Opens New Design Facility in Bengaluru

Furthering its commitment to advancing research & development (R&D) and innovation in the country, Intel India marked its 20th anniversary today with the inauguration of its latest state-of-the-art design house, SRR4, at its Bengaluru campus. It also announced key initiatives to promote innovation in the technology ecosystem and support inclusive participation of women in the industry.

Built with an investment of approximately INR 1100 crore, the newest facility located at Intel’s 44-acre campus on Sarjapur Ring Road (SRR) in Bengaluru, has 620,000 sq. ft. of space including 100,000 sq. ft. of world-class lab infrastructure.  Extending Intel’s R&D presence in India, it will house technologists who work on cutting-edge engineering across hardware and software.

A smart and green building, SRR4 is the second building in India to be constructed with the innovative ‘One Storey High Technology,’ with each floor being built on the ground, then lifted and attached to the top of the building. This technology resulted in the reduction of scheduled construction time by up to 60% compared to traditional methods.

The new building is equipped with IoT-based smart features, including smart lights and real-time occupancy management, as well as innovative energy harvesting tiles installed at the entrance of the building that generate and store energy as people walk into the building. In addition, it uses renewable energy sources like solar and fuel cells for power generation, which is expected to meet 40% of the building’s power demand and reduce CO2 emissions by 37%.

The state-of-the-art design facility was inaugurated by Manoj Sinha, Minister of State (IC) for Communications and Minister of State for Railways, Government of India, and Bob Swan, CFO and interim CEO of Intel Corporation in the presence of many other delegates from the government, industry and academia.

Bob Swan, CFO and interim CEO, Intel Corporation, said, “This year Intel celebrated its 50th anniversary, marking a half-century of innovation that has profoundly changed the world. This milestone is an opportunity to embrace a new Intel, a different, fast-paced, global company that’s adapting, growing and building the future. Intel India has grown tremendously over the past 20 years to become a strategic site and a key growth engine for Intel as it transforms to a data-centric company. The inauguration of the new research and development (R&D) facility reinforces our commitment to India. We have robust collaborations with the vibrant and mature technology ecosystem in India and look forward to the next 20 years of innovation.”

“Over the last 20 years, Intel India has been relentlessly focusing on advancing technology development and innovation in the country by working closely with the vibrant ecosystem in India. Intel India plays a strategic role in Intel’s growth by making significant contributions to Intel’s technology and product portfolio in areas such as Cloud, Client, Graphics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G and Advanced Driver Assistance System.,” said Nivruti Rai, Country Head of Intel India and VP of Data Center Group, Intel Corporation. “Our newest design facility, initiatives to promote the culture of innovation, Diversity & Inclusion, reinforce our long-term commitment towards technology advancement in the country. We are excited about the tremendous opportunities to innovate, collaborate and contribute towards a better India and a better world, specially the work we are doing in the area of urban and rural connectivity, AI and enabling the manufacturing ecosystem in India,” she added.

Intel Technology Awards in honor of the late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

In an effort to accelerate innovation and research, Intel India in collaboration with the Government of India is instituting national-level awards named in honor of former President of India and eminent scientist, the late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. These annual awards have been introduced with the intent to recognize and celebrate the pioneering work and contributions made by distinguished scientists and innovators across three categories:

Intel Product Innovation Award in honor of Dr. Abdul Kalam
Intel Technology Advancement Award in honor of Dr. Abdul Kalam
Intel Research Award in honor of Dr. Abdul Kalam
The first recipients of these awards will be honored for work that has created significant impact to society, businesses, environment and livelihood over the last 20 years. The awards are part of Intel India’s ongoing efforts to inspire Indians to actively pursue technology and research, making India a hub for technology advancement, research and innovation.

Framework for WISE initiative to promote inclusive participation of women in the industry

Intel India is part of Women Innovators, Social Leaders and Entrepreneurs (WISE), a collaborative initiative with key women leaders who offer leadership, mentoring, and development opportunities for women entrepreneurs and innovators in an effort to increase women’s participation in growing India’s economy.

As part of the initiative, Intel India has developed the WISE-Readiness (WISE-R) framework that enterprises can use to accelerate inclusive participation of women in the industry. With a goal to have 500 enterprises WISE-Ready over the next 5 years, the framework includes key parameters like gender diversity representation and retention in the organization, number of women who have rejoined work after a career break, benefits for women in the workplace that promote work-life balance, number of women-led businesses in the supply chain, women-led startups being supported by them, and number of girls/women trained in STEM by enterprises.

Bangalore Hosts Roadshow of bauma CONEXPO INDIA in NCR from Dec 11-14, 2018

The first roadshow of bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2018 is the international trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles will be held from December 11–14, 2018 at HUDA Grounds, NCR.

The key dignitaries at the roadshow were Surat Mehta, Head-Marketing and Retail Development, Volvo East Asia (Pte) Ltd., Sathish GP, Communications Manager,Caterpillar India Pvt Ltd, Rajdeep Mitra, National Product Head, Liugong Machinery Co., Ltd and Tushar Alekar, Commercial Director, Messe München India Pvt. Ltd.

The trade fair will be bringing together around 700 Indian and global suppliers, manufacturers, importers, dealers, influencers, service providers, catering to the requirements of industries like Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles, and also provide a professional platform for networking, investment and exchange of ideas, latest trends and technologies.  bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2018 is expecting over 40,000 participants from 30 countries with exhibition space of 195,000 square meters. bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2018 will comprise a number of panel discussions, informative sessions, seminars and international pavilions which will dwell upon various challenges of the industry and deliberate on the solutions, opportunities, the availability of the latest technologies and the upcoming trends in the industry at this event. The conference topics will focus on “Transportation Infrastructure”, Skill development workshops and industry awards.

The Buyer – Seller Program will be debuting at bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2018. It will help with potential matchmaking of the exhibitors and the visitors.  The DEMO Area will provide a platform to demonstrate the performance of exhibitors’ machinery and equipment live at the show.

Bhupinder Singh, CEO of bC Expo India said, “bauma CONEXPO INDIA has become the industry’s key meeting point in India in recent years. There is a positive trend in all sectors of the construction machinery industry in India for the years to come and we are expecting this good development on the Indian market being reflected at the trade fair.

He added, “The aim of our regional roadshows is to involve the industry and gain valuable insights from our key participants. We are also thankful to all participants who have taken out the time to join us for the roadshow.” The expo is supported by Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (ICEMA) and Builders Association of India (BAI). bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2018, the International trade fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles will be held from December 11–14, 2018 at HUDA Grounds, Delhi.

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