Coca-Cola Factories in India Go Green

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages said that all three of its factories that it operates in India’s southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be using solar power as the primary source of energy for manufacturing operations. The company has signed agreements with Vibrant Energy, a Hyderabad-based green energy solutions company, to procure 2.7 million units of solar power for these manufacturing facilities.

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Christina Rugiero, CEO, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages said, “Ensuring the well being of the planet is a shared goal. As one of India’s top manufacturing company, preserving and protecting the environment is a responsibility that we take seriously. We are inspired by India’s ingenuity and the government’s vision of achieving 40% cumulative electric power capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030.”

February 6, 2018   No Comments

Cargill Develops its Aqua Feed Business in India

Minnesota-based Cargill opened its first feed plant dedicated to fish species in India, enabling fish farmers across the country access to high-quality feed this year. The company has invested more than $10 million  in the plant.

The plant produces fish feed products for carp, tilapia, and other warm water species. Cargill currently sells about 30,000 tons of fish feed a year; the new plant, with a capacity of 90,000 tons annually, enables it to increase its fish feed threefold.

India is an important and fast growing aquaculture market, and we are excited to better serve farmers across Andhra Pradesh, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Odisha,” said Chad Gauger, managing director of Cargill aqua nutrition in South Asia. “The new facility positions us to better meet their demand, as the country will soon become the most populous in the world.”

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January 29, 2018   No Comments

NY-Based IFF Establishes Fragrance Factory in Andhra

New York-based International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.(IFF), broke ground on a flavors and fragrances plant located in Sri City, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Part of a larger investment into the Greater Asia region, the plant is expected to be commercialized in December 2019. The new facility will be the largest manufacturing facility in India as also the largest IFF site in Greater Asia and will occupy a 32-acre plot to serve IFF customers across India and the region.

Andreas Fibig, chairman and CEO of the company said, “In this economically vibrant country, it is critical that we invest to provide our customers with winning tastes and scents. This new facility will be fitted with capabilities tailored for our customers’ needs.”

Andreas Fibig

Andreas Fibig, Chairman and CEO, IFF

Managing director for India, M.G. Prakash said, “IFF India has a rich talent pool that provides cutting-edge solutions to our customers for their flavor and fragrance needs. We are proud to be a part of the growth of the Indian economy and the communities where we operate. “

January 28, 2018   No Comments

Alphabet’s X Will Provide Internet to Rural Andhra Pradesh

Alphabet Inc’s X research division said that the state government of Andhra Pradesh in India will buy its newly developed technology that has the potential to provide high-speed wireless internet to millions of people without laying cable.

Andhra Pradesh currently has a population of 53 million  people, of which only 15 million have access to the internet, and its government wants to connect an additional 12 million households by 2019. This partnership will also boost the state’s digital infrastructure and help overcome hindrances in terms of connecting isolated and difficult terrain, forest areas, river crossings, and railway crossings.

Map of Andhra Pradesh

Map of Andhra Pradesh

 

2,000 boxes  will be installed as far as 12 miles apart on posts and roofs to bring a fast internet connection to populated areas. Reuters reports that X plans to deploy free space optical technology which transmits data through light beams at up to 20 gigabits per second between the rooftop boxes.

Baris Erkmen, who is leading the effort inside X, said his team is “piloting a new approach” to overcome the challenges, but he did not specify the software and hardware advancements. X plans to set up a local office with the help of the Government of Andhra Pradesh in order to provide real time support to the project.

December 15, 2017   No Comments

Three of India’s States Consider Hyperloop Installations

In October, I blogged about Hyperloop Transportation Technologies first agreement with India’s eastern state of Andhra Pradesh‘s Economic Development Board, to facilitate the development of HTT’s Hyperloop Transportation System in the state.

In November, Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One entered into a partnership with the government of Maharashtra for exploring the possibility of connecting Mumbai and Pune with the hyperloop transportation system. The distance of 92 miles between the two cities would take just 14 minutes, a journey that currently takes up to three hours by car, reports BusinessLine.

Virgin Hyperloop One LogoVirgin Hyperloop One has also approached the government of the southern state of Karnataka to conduct a preliminary study to understand hyperloop’s feasibility and economic impact in the region. The state’s minister for IT, Priyank Kharge, said, “We are happy to partner with Virgin Hyperloop One for its preliminary study in our region and we hope to bring out some concrete solutions for the state swiftly.”

Nick Earle, senior vice president for global field operations, Virgin Hyperloop One, said, “India is one of the most important geographies for developing hyperloop networks and re-imagining the complete transportation system. With this preliminary study, we are excited to initiate the build-up of a strong foothold that we foresee in future throughout the state,” reports the Economic Times.

December 2, 2017   No Comments