Category — Manufacturing Technology

India’s Largest Medical Device Park Opens for Business

At 250 acres, India’s largest medical devices park started operations in the outskirts of Hyderabad in the state of Telangana. K.T. Rama Rao, Minister for IT, Municipal Administration and Urban Development and Industries, who inaugurated the park, said, “We will provide all the necessary facilities to develop this park into a dedicated ecosystem for MedTech innovation and manufacturing of medical devices.”

With an aim to promote innovation through incubation, the facility will work closely with the Indian Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad, which will provide expertise in medical technology utilization for alloy works, plastics and medical electronics. It will also provide guidance in the use of biotech components such as DNA proteins and reagents, IoT, imaging, voice and data processing, among others, reports Pharmabiz.

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Fourteen companies, including Apollo Hospitals, Cyient Limited, Sandor Medicaids, Healthware Private Ltd, Sanofi Shantha Biotech, and Hetero Drugs have been allocated 50 acres of land in the park, where they will invest over $65 million (Rs 425.59 crore) and create direct employment for nearly 4,000 people.

July 20, 2017   No Comments

India’s Health Ministry to Regulate Prices of Critical Medical Devices

Critical medical devices and diagnostic equipment will be  regulated by India’s health ministry. Under the Medical Devices Rules, 2017, which will come into effect from January 1, 2018, prices of devices such as catheters, stents and orthopedic implants, heart valves, intra-ocular lenses, syringes and needles will be regulated by the government.

“The devices intended for internal or external use in diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of disease or disorder in human beings or animals, as may be specified from time to time by the central [federal] government by notification in official gazette, after consultation with the Board, fall under the definition of drugs,” Drugs Controller General of India G.N. Singh said in a notice, giving out a list of 15 medical devices notified so far .

The new rules will also require critical devices to undergo trials in India before they are approved for launch. Implantable devices such as stents will be part of the high risk category and will be monitored directly by the government regulator, reports the Times of India.

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July 20, 2017   No Comments

Volvo’s Managing Director Says GST Is Good for Business

In an interview with the Economic Times, Tom Von Bonsdorff managing director of Volvo Auto India said that the recently introduced Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a business enabler. “The ease of doing business in India will grow. Now we have just transitioned to GST, give it a few months, it will settle down and will be good for business.”

Bonsdorff told the publication that the company will continue to bring hybrid cars into India despite the higher GST levies on this category of vehicles. Hybrid cars are the crucial first step in helping India achieve its 2030 goal of switching to electric cars for personal transport, he added. In 2019, Volvo will launch its fully electric car globally.

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“We launched our first plug-in-hybrid last fall. We will continue to launch plug-in-hybrids in all the cars that we bring in. We are committed to that,” Bonsdorff said. He also noted that the company had a good start this year and will go forward in its plan to bring in new cars. He was confident of achieving a target of selling 2000 cars and having 25 new showrooms by the end of this year.

July 20, 2017   No Comments

Warburg Invests $100 Million in India’s CleanMax Solar

In its seventh transaction within one year, NYC-based Warburg Pincus will invest up to $100 million in Mumbai-based rooftop solar projects developer CleanMax Enviro Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd. According to VCCEdge, the data research arm of VCCircle, this latest investment takes the total amount Warburg Pincus has committed in India to $1.14 billion.

CleanMax is the first renewable energy company that Warburg Pincus has backed in India since it entered the country two decades ago. According to the company’s website, it has more than 45 MW of installed and onsite projects, and caters mainly to corporate customers across automotive, food and beverage, IT and other industries.

Kuldeep Jain, CleanMax founder and managing director, said that his company aims to use the funds to expand in India and pursue growth opportunities in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

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July 19, 2017   No Comments

India and Israel Sign Defense Agreements Worth $4.3 Billion

Ten agreements worth $4.3 billion were signed during a formal meeting of India-Israel CEOs forum in Tel Aviv soon after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. These include the manufacture of air defense systems, radars, anti-ship missiles, and medium altitude long endurance UAVs in India, under technology transfer.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd., will expand their joint venture to establish a maintenance center for selected advanced air defense systems radars, anti-ship missiles and command & control systems for the Indian armed forces, for $1.54 billion.

Bangalore-based Dynamatic Technologies and Elcom signed a ‘Strategic Teaming Agreement’ to produce, assemble and support UAVs in India with IAI.

Elbit Security Systems Ltd signed a contract with India’s Alpha Design Technologies to increase the scope of their existing joint venture ‘Alpha-Elsec Defense & Aerospace Systems Pvt Ltd’, into areas such as new generation thermal imaging equipment, fire control systems, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), in addition to night vision devices, laser range finders, laser pointers, and reflex sights.

India’s Garware Wall Ropes Ltd., signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel’s Aero-T for manufacturing and supply of advanced aerostats for India’s Defense services, reports Defense World.

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July 11, 2017   No Comments