Category — Industrial Goods

Electrolube Sets Up Manufacturing Plant in India

Leicestershire, U.K.-based Electrolube, maker of electro-chemicals, established a new manufacturing facility in Bangalore, offering the advantages of shorter lead times and reliability of supply. Electrolube India has run a successful technical sales operation in the city since 2012, reports EMSNow.

The new factory, which will start operations in August 2016, will have an initial focus on the production of encapsulation resins, conformal coatings and thermal management materials. Electrolube managing director, Ron Jakeman, commented, “India is poised to become one of the world’s prime electronics manufacturing regions. Both export and local markets are booming and demand for specialized services and products, such as those provided by Electrolube, is growing rapidly.”

conformal coating remover gel

Electrolube India’s sales manager, Padmanabha Shaktivelu, added, “Electrolube’s business and reputation have grown exponentially since our initial opening in India four years ago. There is enormous potential for growth in India with endless opportunities for Electrolube’s specialty products to help customers find new solutions to old problems. We have also discovered that local manufacturers are keen to enhance their green credentials and we will be investing further in promoting our eco-friendly, aromatic-free conformal coatings and water-based cleaning solutions, as well as the full range of coatings, greases, resins and cleaning products.”

July 11, 2016   No Comments

India Supports Acceleration of Dry Bulk Cargo Processing

To increase the efficiency of major ports, a new berthing policy for dry bulk cargo will be in place from August 20, the government announced. According to India’s Ministry of Shipping, the new policy will provide a standardized framework for calculation of norms, specific to the commodity handled, and the infrastructure available on the berth. It will reduce berthing time and overall turn-around time of ships, and drive higher cargo throughput using the available infrastructure in major ports.

International Container Transshipment Terminal in Cochin, India

International Container Transshipment Terminal in Cochin, India

The Economic Times says that the policy aims at increasing competitiveness of major ports by creating value for the trade through reduced logistics costs as also by reassessing the capacity of the berths based on the expected performance of the berth equipments and vessels derived from performance norms. Currently performance norms are not being used optimally to improve productivity at many major ports.

India’s 12 major ports — Kandla, Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Ennore, V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia) —  handle approximately 61 percent of the country’s total cargo traffic.


July 8, 2016   No Comments

Tata Develops Crop-Dusting Drones

Tata Sons’ Group Technology and Innovation Office (GTIO) aims to rollout the first of the four high-tech products it is working on in the next two years, says Group Technology Officer Dr. Gopichand Katragadda.

Dr. Gopichand Katragadda

Dr. Gopichand Katragadda

He said GTIO is working on four specific products — a smartwatch for industrial workers being tested on Tata Steel’s workforce, a drone-based pesticide spraying system, a factory and fleet analytics system, and an allotrope of carbon called graphene, which he said will take longer (about five years) , reports Silicon India News.

The Tata Group is India’s  biggest spender on research and development, and last year, it spent 2.7 per cent of its $110 billion revenue on R&D and innovation.

“When you are doing business incubation, the tech risk has been retired. We are in an area where the tech risk is not retired. GTIO is in the business of identifying those risks which are worth taking and retiring the technical risks.

“Once the technical risks are retired, we will try to find an avenue to incubate the business. The fun part of it is that you get to work with latest technologies in an environment where there is a lot of creative freedom,” Katragadda added.

May 23, 2016   No Comments

DSM Inaugurates Plastics Research and Technology Center in India

Royal DSM N.V., the global life sciences and materials sciences company, headquartered in the Netherlands, inaugurated its research and technology center for engineering plastics in Pune, 90 miles east of Mumbai in India.

Inauguration of DSM's Research and Technology Center in Pune

Inauguration of DSM’s Research and Technology Center in Pune

“The launch of this new research center is in line with DSM’s strategy to support and grow its business, not only with customers in India, but globally,” said Roeland Polet, president DSM Engineering Plastics. “The capabilities now available to our customers in this facility enable us to reduce further the time to market for DSM innovations.”

In the new center, DSM will work closely with customers in supporting new product development using a wide variety of equipment for material and application testing, including injection molding, polymer characterization, physical property testing, and thermal analysis. The center is capable of providing test data for DSM’s wide portfolio of engineering plastics. Additional services include a laboratory scale twin screw extruder for new product development and trial runs. The facility has further scope to grow and add new testing equipment and capabilities as required, reports Polymerupdate.

“I am proud of this milestone. The new center is a great asset to research and development which will aid us in supporting the needs of our customers in Pune and globally” said Sanjay Jain, Business Director DSM Engineering Plastics India. “This is our company’s next phase in India, moving from Make in India to Develop in India. Starting with 5,000 sq. ft., we have the capacity to expand to 20,000 sq. ft.”

May 12, 2016   No Comments

Cummins to Invest $160 Million to Expand R&D Unit in India

Columbus, Indiana-based diesel engine maker Cummins Inc., plans to invest anotehe $160 million  in the expansion of its research and development center in India. This technical center in Pune, 90 miles east of Mumbai, is the company’s biggest outside of the U.S., and has 1,500 engineers currently. Cummins India aims to add 500 more over the next year, reports the Economic Times.

Cummins Engines

Cummins Engines

Anant Talaulicar, chairman at Cummins Group India said, “India is among our top five markets and tech capabilities available here will grow significantly once the investment is completed.” He added that Cummins has technology for Euro Stage VI diesel and natural gas commercial vehicles, and once the Indian government notifies the norms for Bharat Stage VI, the company will step up research and development for localizing the solutions for the Indian market.

April 15, 2016   No Comments