India Sets Up the 5G India 2020 Forum

The Government of India set up a high-level 5G India 2020 Forum to roll out 5G in India by 2020.

The committee will have on board three secretaries, one each from the Department of Telecommunications, IT and Electronics, and Science and Technology Ministries. Other members of the forum will include Dr. A. Paulraj, professor emeritus, Stanford University; Gururaj Deshpande, chairman of Sycamore Networks, U.S.A.; CEOs from India’s ICT industry; officials from the Telecommunications Standards Development Society of India; and professors from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras, Mumbai, Delhi, and Hyderabad, the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore; as well as stakeholders from industry associations.

The primary goals of 5G India 2020 Forum are: an early deployment of 5G in India, which will require a rapid overhaul of basic infrastructure and a focus on substantial growth of India’s technical ecosystem, and a globally competitive product development and manufacturing ecosystem.

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Gizbot suggests that a vibrant ecosystem of research built around 5G that encompasses industry, government and academia will further strengthen the Make and Design in India initiatives to enable design and manufacture of 5G technologies, products, and solutions in India.

September 28, 2017   No Comments

India is a Winner in Hyperloop One Global Challenge

A panel of experts in infrastructure, technology, and transportation, announced ten Hyperloop One winners from five countries — Canada, India, Mexico, U.K. and the U.S. — which were  chosen from among hundreds of applicants.

The two Indian companies that made it to the winning list are Hyperloop India and AECOM India. The former proposed a Mumbai-Chennai route that would provide an east-west connection across India. The 685-mile stretch will take passengers and goods from Mumbai to Chennai in just 63 minutes. AECOM India proposed the 208-mile Bangalore-Chennai Industrial Corridor that would take passengers and goods in just 23 minutes, reports The News Minute.

“The winning teams of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge represent the best innovation and creativity from government agencies, engineering firms, academics, infrastructure experts and more,” said Josh Giegel, co-founder and president [Engineering] of Hyperloop One. “We look forward to working closely with all the winners, their partners and local authorities to examine the feasibility and scope of these routes and, ultimately, build the first Hyperloop routes around the world,” he added.

September 22, 2017   No Comments

Ford Partners India’s Mahindra to Manufacture eCars

Since the Government of India’s plans to move to an all-electric fleet by 2030, Michigan-based Ford Motor Company will collaborate with Mumbai, India-based Mahindra & Mahindra  to explore joint development of products, especially electric and connected vehicles. The partnership, for an initial period of three years, will expand Ford’s reach in the fast-growing Indian auto market and improve Mahindra’s access to global markets.

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 “The partnership with M&M will allow us to work together to take advantage of the changes coming in the industry. The enormous growth potential in the utility vehicle market and the growing importance of mobility and affordable battery electric vehicles are all aligned with our strategic priorities,” said Jim Farley, executive vice-president and president of global markets, Ford.

The Business Standard reports that Mahindra  has been losing market share and has not been able grow volumes for more than a year, and Ford has been stuck with a sub-three percent share for a few years, while emerging as the biggest exporter of passenger vehicles from India. Ford has spare capacity which can be used optimally by its new Indian partner.

 

September 18, 2017   No Comments

U.S. Companies to Ship 1.6 million tons of Ethane to India

Planning to replace natural gas and naphtha at its petrochemical plants, Mumbai-based Reliance Industries Limited will procure 1.6 million tons of ethane from three companies in the U.S.

Reliance Industries has three joint ventures in America: one with California headquartered Chevron Corp, in which it has invested $1.7 billion; the second with Houston-based Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc, in which it has invested $392 million; and a third with Dallas-based Pioneer Natural Resources Co., in which it has invested $1.5 billion.

Ethane is expected to be produced in large volumes in North America due to the shale gas revolution, which has generated an abundance of liquefied natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas, reports the Times of India. Amit Mehta, head of Reliance’s gas business, said that the company has contracted ethane supplies for more than 20 years from America.

Reliance Industries will get its requirement from Marcellus Shale a Middle Devonian age unit of marine sedimentary rock in the Appalachian Basin of eastern North America, and from Texas’ Eagle Ford Group a sedimentary rock formation deposited during the Cenomanian and Turonian ages of the Late Cretaceous period.

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Reliance Industries

August 31, 2017   No Comments

Indian Companies are Source for Game of Thrones Costumes

The popular Game of Thrones  show has an international cast and locations from different countries around the world. India, too, plays an important role in the series.

Since 2011, the fabrics, clothes, and tents used in this production are from a store called Rangrasons in the Lajpat Nagar area of Delhi. The company also supplies the military ceremonial uniforms, braids, embroidery, furniture, trimmings, chain mail, and accessories to the show. Established in 1945, this company has supplied fabric and costumes to many popular shows and movies since 1982, when they made costumes for Gandhi, and later for Captain America, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Wrath of the Titans, and Prince of Persia among others, reports mensxp. Game of Thrones Sets

The Times of India says that the pelt Jon Snow wears is made at the Noida Special Economic Zone.  Here, the factory of RS Windlass and Sons manufactures not just official merchandise for fantasy shows, but has also provided props and costumes to some major Hollywood productions such as Rome, The Tudors, and Batman Begins. Rajiv Goil, partner at the company, says that their unit at Dehradun, Windlass Steelcrafts, manufactures swords, armor, and other metalwork for Game of Thrones. Jon Snow’s sword ‘Long Claw’, Arya Stark’s ‘Needle’ and many others have been made at this factory along with Jon’s suit of armor, Eddard Stark’s ensemble and more. Goil adds, “Now we focus mainly on licensed replicas which are all exported.”

Daenery’s dragons are made in a facility in Mumbai which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Prana Studios.

August 30, 2017   No Comments