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Peugeot Buys India’s Iconic “Ambassador” Car Brand

French automobile conglomerate PSA Peugeot Citroen (also known as the PSA Group), finalized a $12 million  deal to acquire Hindustan Motors from parent company the C.K. Birla Group.

Once known as the ‘King of Indian Roads’, the Ambassador car brand is the most iconic car of India. Modeled after the British car Morris Oxford III, this car was first manufactured in 1958, and in 2014 production was shut down.

Ambassador Car

The PSA Group, which owns the Peugeot, Citroen, and DS Automobile marques, established a partnership with the C.K. Birla Group in January 2017 to enter the Indian automobile market. The joint venture, with a reported initial investment of $112 million, will see the French company set up a factory in Tamil Nadu to manufacture around 1,00,000 vehicles each year, reports Your Story.

February 16, 2017   No Comments

Tata Motors Launches Fuel Cell Powered Bus

Headquartered in Mumbai, India’s largest automobile maker, Tata Motors, showcased its most recent vehicle: the hydrogen powered “Starbus”, a zero-emission mass transport solution, for inter-city commutes.

Fuel Cell Bus by Tata Motors

This bus, developed in partnership with India’s Space Research Organization, works by combining hydrogen and oxygen in a fuel cell. The fuel cell produces electricity to power the electric motor; water and heat are byproducts. This is the first time an Indian manufacturer has ventured in this direction, reports carandbike, a unit of NDTV.

Ravindra Pisharody, Executive Director – Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors said, “We have consistently been developing and manufacturing products that can contribute to CO2 reductions across all road transport segments and with early investments in new technologies, we are geared up to further strengthen our market leadership.”

 

February 10, 2017   No Comments

India’s GreyOrange Offers Warehouse Automation

Engineers Samay Kohli and his colleague Akash Gupta have created GreyOrange a robotics supplier whose products support online retailing not only in India, but internationally too. Based in Gurgaon, India, GreyOrange says it has 90% of the warehouse automation market in India, and it works with leading e-commerce and logistics firms in the country, reports the BBC. The company has eight offices in five countries and employs more than 650 people.

GreyOrange has two kinds of robots that help warehouses become more productive: Butler, an artificial intelligence-powered robotic system, can pick products from shelves in the warehouse. ”A single person would pick about 100 to 120 items in one hour. With our Butler robot, he is able to pick 400 to 500 items every hour,” Kohli says.

Sorter, automates the sorting of outgoing packages in a distribution center, and the pair of robots can potentially sort three million packages every day. The founders say, “It’s [AI] a trillion-dollar opportunity, that’s the space we’re fighting in.”

GreyOrange Sorter 1500

GreyOrange Sorter

Some of their clients are Kerry Logistics, Jabong, Flipkart, Aramex and Gojavas.

 

January 24, 2017   No Comments

India’s Property Market May Flourish in 2017

Word on the street was that India’s November 2016 demonetization of high value currency notes would have a significant impact on the real estate price; here is what the experts say:

Forbes reports that 2017 will be a bumper year for India’s real estate market as well as for its economy. The country tops the list of preferred destinations for investment in property by institutional investors.

High Rise Apartments

The middle class in India, the driver of the surge in domestic consumption, has very little household debt and is looking for suitable housing. The finance industry is supportive and India’s central bank has repeatedly cut interest rates. All these factors are promising trends for investors in the realty market, and for 2017 Bangalore and Mumbai are the top-ranked cities for both investment and development, according to the 2017 version of Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific, put out by Washington D.C.-based Urban Land Institute.

India is seeing a boom in business-park development, and suburban development is creating new business and residential neighborhoods. Blackstone of New York City, the Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management, privately-held Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda are seriously interested in property assets in India.

Anuj Puri, chairman and country head of Jones Lang LaSalle India says: 2016 saw the biggest changes in decades, especially on the policy front – the Goods and Services Tax and the Real Estate Regulatory Authority bill cleared hurdles, and are on their way to implementation. REITs will help smaller investors to invest in Grade-A commercial real estate across India. India’s first REIT listing will happen in 2017.

India’s Tier-I cities moved up to the 36th rank in JLL’s biannual Global Real Estate Transparency Index in 2016 due to improvements in structural reforms and liberalization of the foreign direct investment policy. India came 4th in developing Asia in terms of Foreign Direct Investment inflows per the World Investment Report 2016 by the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development. Thanks to a proactive government keen on improving India’s ranking on different indices and strengthening public institutions, the country is poised to become a modern economy.

As the real estate market achieves higher transparency, the mismatch of demand/supply can offer opportunities for developers and investors alike. Indian real estate is on its way to becoming a consolidated and moderately efficient  sector over the next few years.

 

December 30, 2016   No Comments

Data Migration Resources Sets Up Product Development Center in India

Mission, Kansas-based Data Migration Resources (DMR), a company that deals in data conversion, data quality and data governance, inaugurated its product development center in the southern city of Hyderabad, India. Managing Director Vijay Garud said, “This is a leased facility and after two to three years, we might consider building our own office”

Data Management

The five-year-old, privately-held DMR helps companies migrate data when they implement SAP. Going ahead, DMR will also build competencies in data governance (which is mainly about ensuring data quality). The company has around 150 employees globally, reports the Times of India.

December 29, 2016   No Comments