Category — Manufacturing Technology

Ford India Sales Up 15 Percent in March

Michigan-based auto major Ford India reported a 15% increase in domestic sales at 7,560 units for March. “We continued to delight Indian families with products that promise safety and compelling value for money,” said Anurag Mehrotra, executive director, marketing, sales & service at Ford India.

In the first quarter of 2017, the combined domestic wholesale and exports grew to 63,117 vehicles compared to 51,338 in the first quarter last year, reports the Economic Times.

Ford's Ka+

April 12, 2017   No Comments

India’s Manufacturing Sector Recovers from Demonetization

Nikkei India reports that due to new domestic and export orders in India, the Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index for March 2017 scaled up the chart to fourth place, ahead of China.

Most Asian economies had scores above 50, indicating expansion from the previous month, reports Livemint.

Bar Graph

The rise in the Indian Purchasing Manager’s Index indicates the manufacturing sector has fully recovered from the demonetization setback. This data will further support the upbeat stock market.

 

April 5, 2017   No Comments

Emma Watson Wears Indian Bodice

In Beauty and the Beast, Disney‘s film set in France, Britain’s Emma Watson, starring as Belle, wears a beautiful, delicately hand embroidered bodice created by India’s artisans. “They used a technique called ‘Aari work’ which is a very fine chain stitch traditional to the Kutch area of Gujarat,” said assistant costume designer Sinead O’Sullivan. She went on to mention that the style of embroidery “lent itself very nicely to eighteenth century French floral design.”

Aari Embroidery from Kutch

CNN reports that Anaita Shroff Adajania, fashion director for Vogue India and a stylist in the Indian film industry said, “It’s not just the film industry that’s turning to India. Some of the biggest names in fashion get their work done in the country.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama wore the creations of Mumbai-born designer Naeem Khan on two occasions while Bibhu Mohapatra from India’s eastern state of Orissa has created outfits for Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow.

March 28, 2017   No Comments

Israel Aerospace Industries Inks 3 Deals in India

Israel Aerospace Industries, (IAI) the nation’s largest aerospace and defense firm, signed three cooperation agreements with Indian companies at the Aero India exhibition held last month in Bangalore.

The agreement between IAI and India’s Bangalore-based Dynamatic Technologies Limited calls for the Israeli company to transfer technology and production capabilities to Dynamatic that will enable the production of local mini UAV systems for Indian end-users.

Israel-India flag

Separately, IAI said its Golan Industries Division, signed a memorandum of understanding with  Taneja Aerospace & Aviation Ltd., based in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu, to cooperate in the development, production, marketing and sale of civil and military aircraft crashworthy-seats.

IAI also signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a joint venture with India’s Pune-based Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd., the defense arm of Kalyani Group. As part of the accord, IAI and Kalyani will together aim to expand their activities in the Indian defense market and to build, market and manufacture air defense systems and ground-to-ground and ground-to-sea munitions, reports the Times of Israel.

March 25, 2017   No Comments

India Creates Medical Caesium-137 from Nuclear Waste

India’s scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center in Trombay, near Mumbai in the western state of Maharashtra, recover caesium-137 from radioactive waste to protect babies and vulnerable patients from adverse reactions to blood transfusions.

A rare and usually fatal complication from blood transfusion is Transfusion-Associated Graft Versus Host Disease, which is a major risk for fetuses and very premature newborns, as well as patients with suppressed immune systems, says World Nuclear News.

Doctors normally irradiate donated blood either with x-rays or gamma rays sourced from cobalt-60. However, cobalt-60 has a short half-life of 5.3 years which means technicians have to regularly make, transport and install new sources. Though Caesium-137 offers a longer-lasting alternative with a half-life of 30.2 years, it is usually presented in powdered form as caesium-chloride that has the potential hazard of dispersal if not properly handled and managed.

Making Vitrified Caesium Pencils at BARC

Making Vitrified Caesium-137 Pencils at BARC

Researchers at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center created a solid form of caesium-137 (from the stream of reprocessed spent fuel from India’s nuclear power plants), with the benefits of long life, reduced handling and no risk of dispersal. The same product will replace cobalt-60 for applications such as food irradiation, brachytherapy and sterilization of medical equipment.

 

March 21, 2017   No Comments