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

Global Finance Firms to Add Office Space in India

Even as they downsize their retail operations worldwide, Barclays Plc, Credit Suisse Group AG, Standard Chartered Plc and Citigroup Inc., are among global financial firms looking to add office space in India.

Barclay Technologies Center India Ltd, an offshore unit of the London-based financial services firm, is planning to add 100,000 sq. ft in Pune, 90 miles east of Mumbai, where it currently operates. At Panchshil Realty Ltd’s IT parks in Pune, approximately 35% of the total space is occupied by the captive technology businesses of Deutsche Bank AG, MasterCard Inc. and Credit Suisse, while Swiss bank UBS leased around 400,000 sq. ft at K Raheja Corp.’s IT park at Navi Mumbai.

Inside an Office

“Captive banking, financial services and insurance clients, which were outsourcing earlier, prefer to do the work themselves, given the cost optimization. Instead of paying third-party operators, it’s better to have your own offshore unit,” said Gautam Saraf, managing director (Mumbai region), of global property consultant Cushman and Wakefield.

Mike Holland, chief executive officer of Embassy Office Parks, Bangalore said, “The BFSI industry is a strong demand driver, especially in Pune and Bangalore. We are also doing transactions in Chennai and Hyderabad in that segment.”

March 22, 2017   No Comments

Youzu Interactive Sets Up India Operations

Shanghai headquartered Youzu Interactive will invest $10 million to set up its India operations in Pune, 90 miles east of Mumbai, from where it plans to launch local-to-India casual strategy games this year. Media and entertainment industry analysts said Youzu Interactive is the first international entity to enter the Indian gaming industry.

CEO Anuj Tandon said, ” This year we will be looking at social casino, cricket, shooting games for the Indian market, but as we wait for the market to mature we will have role-playing games, mid and hardcore strategy games that we will introduce too.”

Mobile gaming

The company will cater to individuals in the 18-40 year age group who own smartphones worth over $150; (Rs 10,000) they will also cater to users at the lower end of the smartphone spectrum in smaller cities. App purchases and reward-based videos will also be offered, reports the Economic Times.

March 5, 2017   No Comments

In India, Investments by Logistics Companies Surge

Logistics companies — both from India and globally — are actively making investment plans for the coming fiscal  year.

According to Kuwait-based Agility’s Emerging Markets Logistics Index published in February,  India, for the second consecutive year, was picked as the country with the most potential to grow as a logistics market. The report, referenced by Business Standard, surveyed more than 800 supply chain and logistics professionals. It stated that GST would be the potential game-changer and companies will have to re-gear themselves to adjust to the new tax regime. Surveyed entities also indicated that India was the leading emerging market destination for investment by their companies over the next five years.

In 2016, France’s FM Logistics entered the market in India by acquiring Pune-based Spear Logistics, and  Stephane Descarpentries, the company’s director-strategic projects and director operations Asia said, “We see a good growth potential for warehousing segment in the domestic market and would have invested even if GST was not round the corner.” The company plans to invest $50 million over next three years to strengthen its warehousing base across the country. “With the e-commerce segment growing in India, we see the need for better warehousing across country and hence this acquistion,” explained Descarpentries. In the short-term, the company plans to invest $5 million over next 8 months on ramping up the custom-built warehouses of Spear Logistics.

Logistics

Gurgaon-based e-commerce logistics firm SSN Logistics Pvt. Ltd, which owns the brand Delhivery, is in advanced talks to raise $100 million led by private equity firm The Carlyle Group with participation from China’s Fosun, according to a media report cited by VCCircle. If the deal works out, it will mark the largest funding round in the e-commerce logistics space.

 

March 2, 2017   No Comments

Blackstone Puts Big Money in Indian Real Estate

New York City-based Blackstone Group is in advanced talks to acquire over 360,000 sq ft spread over six floors in the First International Financial Center (FIFC) Tower at Bandra-Kurla Complex, a business district in Mumbai, for over $125 million.

Real Estate

With rising income levels of India’s consumers, Blackstone has started focusing on retail spaces in India. The company has acquired properties across major markets in India in deals that are turning out to be benchmarks in the real estate sector. It owns India’s biggest portfolio of income producing office assets totaling over 30 million sq ft worth over a billion dollars across Noida, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore says ET Realty.

 

February 13, 2017   No Comments