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New Jersey based ATCS Sets Up Innovation Lab in India

New Jersey-based IT solutions company Advanced Technology Consulting Service (ATCS) expanded its operations in India by recruiting new staff and setting up its first Innovation Lab (I-Lab) in Jaipur, in the western state of Rajasthan. The company also opened a new office in Bangalore.

“The I-Lab not only serves as a functional space for approaching ideas and concepts in an alternative setting but also embeds a spirit in our team that ATCS is expected to think differently, creating solutions beyond one’s peripheral views,” said Jason Castellani, partner at ATCS.

The company provides strategic guidance to and implements software solutions for several Fortune 500 companies, and has offices in China, Germany and Canada, reports NDTV Profit.

Manish Krishnan, Global CEO, ATCS, said, “For our customers, innovation is a big drive. Having such a lab in our India office helps us in delivering more inventive ideas to our clients.”

ATCS Press Conference in Jaipur

ATCS Press Conference in Jaipur

July 13, 2017   No Comments

Tesla Seeks Import Duty Waiver Till it Can Make in India

Founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla is pushing for import tax waivers to launch its vehicle in India.

Musk  has shown support for India’s plans to have only electric cars on its roads by 2030. According to BusinessLine, India’s government is willing to talk to Tesla while also clarifying that the local sourcing norms don’t apply to cars.

Import duty of cars in India is as high as 125%. Completely-built electric cars priced less than $40,000 attract 60 percent customs duty. However, if assembled in India, the duty on a completely knocked down unit is 10 percent.

Tesla Cars

June 19, 2017   No Comments

Over 50 Global Retailers to Set Up Shop in India

More than 50 mid-rung global retailers are planning to enter India within the next six months, according to data compiled by Franchise India. The majority of the brands are from the United States and Singapore, and they will invest $300-500 million in India.
The Economic Times reports that the latest brands are mostly smaller ones that rely on the franchise system for global expansion. These companies want to focus on smaller and untapped markets such as Tier 2 and 3 cities. Of the incoming brands, 18 are in the food and beverage space followed by 13 each in apparel and lifestyle products and education products.
Retail Marketing
Recently, India replaced China as the most promising retail market in the world, according to an AT Kearney report. The report said, “Government efforts to boost cashless payments and reform indirect taxation with a nationwide goods and services tax are expected to accelerate adoption of modern retail.”

The Indian retail market is expected to reach $1.6 trillion by 2026, growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 10%, according to the India Business of Fashion 2017 report. With food and grocery retail just 3% of the overall market, several global food chains sense an opportunity in India.

June 19, 2017   No Comments

Dassault Brings Largest Defense FDI to India

Dassault will emerge as the single largest FDI investor in the defense sector. The cumulative FDI in the defense sector in India till date is $6 million,” Rajesh K. Dhingra, president, Reliance Defense & Aerospace, said at an interview with the Economic Times.

France’s Dassault will manufacture a significant part of Rafale aircraft in India. The first tranche of $29 million  intended for the manufacture of aircraft components for global markets is likely to come into the Dassault-Reliance Aerospace Limited joint venture by July. The investment is part of Dassault’s obligations on Make in India commitments against the $9 billion Rafale fighter jet deal.

Rafale Jet

The JV will create infrastructure at the Mihan facility in the state of Maharashtra. The plan is to set up a 100-acre facility that will integrate a supply chain for the Rafale fighter jet in India. The ground breaking ceremony is planned for the end of July.

June 9, 2017   No Comments

Clean Motion Expects India Largest Market for its Electric Rickshaws

Clean Motion India, a subsidiary of Clean Motion AB, Sweden, rolled out its three-wheeled electric  rickshaw or  “pod” called the Zbee in 2016. Certified in the L5 category by the International Center for Automotive Technology, these electric vehicles are gaining acceptance in India.

Business World interviewed Anil Arora, Country Head, Clean Motion India who shared his insights into the future of this e-vehicle in India:

Arora said that the third generation of this vehicle are used in malls in Gurgaon, and Noida, near Delhi. “We would like to be integrated as a connected electric vehicle for Greenfield smart cities. We will go for subscription-based models and are in talks with five-star hotel management in multiple cities to operate our vehicles. Yes, we do have such plans for South East Asian markets. We are starting our shipment to Nepal and Sri Lanka,” said Arora.

Zbee the elctrical vehicle

Currently most of the 230 components for building this vehicle are imported from Sweden, and the company is localizing the product at their  manufacturing facility at Faridabad in India’s northern state of Haryana. “We are aiming for a 70 percent localization which will enable us to bring down the price of the vehicle. The automotive ancillary industry even for e-vehicles is very good in India,” mentioned Arora.

By 2020 the company aims to have a valuation of $150 million. “The key growth drivers will be widespread expansion and mass acceptance of our products. In fact, India is expected to be the biggest market for us globally,” Arora added.

June 8, 2017   No Comments