Category — Automobile

Shell Inaugurates Technology Center in India

British-Dutch oil and gas multinational Shell opened a new major technology hub in Bangalore — a 52 acre, custom-built facility – that can house up to 1,500 scientists and engineers, who will  work on worldwide innovative energy projects.

This third center, which is similar to those in Amsterdam and Houston, will have specialists who will work closely with experts from external industrial partners, universities, and institutes. In India, chemistry and catalysis research is done in collaboration with the Indian Institutes of Technology.

“Collaboration is essential to meet our biggest challenge: timely development and deployment of the best and affordable energy solutions, for today and for the future as the world transitions to a low carbon energy system,” said Harry Brekelmans, Shell’s Projects & Technology Director.

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Using its IH2 (waste to fuel) technology, this center will help pioneer efforts to turn forestry, agricultural and city-generated waste into transportation fuels, with a new demonstration plant built at the site, reports the Economic Times.

“The center is slated to play a prominent role in Shell India’s aspiration to custom-build a portfolio of new energy solutions specifically suited to India’s energy challenges,” Nitin Prasad, Chairman of Shell Companies in India, said.

June 8, 2017   No Comments

Clean Motion Expects India Largest Market for its Electric Rickshaws

Clean Motion India, a subsidiary of Clean Motion AB, Sweden, rolled out its three-wheeled electric  rickshaw or  “pod” called the Zbee in 2016. Certified in the L5 category by the International Center for Automotive Technology, these electric vehicles are gaining acceptance in India.

Business World interviewed Anil Arora, Country Head, Clean Motion India who shared his insights into the future of this e-vehicle in India:

Arora said that the third generation of this vehicle are used in malls in Gurgaon, and Noida, near Delhi. “We would like to be integrated as a connected electric vehicle for Greenfield smart cities. We will go for subscription-based models and are in talks with five-star hotel management in multiple cities to operate our vehicles. Yes, we do have such plans for South East Asian markets. We are starting our shipment to Nepal and Sri Lanka,” said Arora.

Zbee the elctrical vehicle

Currently most of the 230 components for building this vehicle are imported from Sweden, and the company is localizing the product at their  manufacturing facility at Faridabad in India’s northern state of Haryana. “We are aiming for a 70 percent localization which will enable us to bring down the price of the vehicle. The automotive ancillary industry even for e-vehicles is very good in India,” mentioned Arora.

By 2020 the company aims to have a valuation of $150 million. “The key growth drivers will be widespread expansion and mass acceptance of our products. In fact, India is expected to be the biggest market for us globally,” Arora added.

June 8, 2017   No Comments

Porsche Unit Partners with India’s Invilogic Software

Germany headquartered MHP, in which Porsche holds an 81.8% stake, entered into its first global partnership with Hyderabad, India-based design automation startup Invilogic Software and its German arm, ENIT Invilogic GmbH.

The partnership will help integrate design automation technology to automate product development with a seamless integration into Computer Aided Design, Product Lifecycle Management and Enterprise IT tools, reports the Times of India.

Michael Kirchgassner, head of R&D transformation at MHP said, “We believe Invilogic’s design automation capabilities, both in India and Germany, will complement our growth and customer consulting strategy across markets and industries.”

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Siddharth Durairajan, CEO, Invilogic Software,  said that the company had invested $1.5 million on product development programs in India in the last 36 months, and will continue to invest in growing its software services research and development capabilities in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune and Germany. Currently, the company has a portfolio of 38 products and aims to add 10 more in the next 2 years.

June 5, 2017   No Comments

India’s Motherson Sumi Expands Internationally

Noida, India-based auto component maker Motherson Sumi Systems consolidated net profit stood at $108.81 million in the quarter ending March 31, 2017, a better-than-expected 20 percent growth. Motherson Sumi’s net sales outside India rose over 14 percent to 94.76 billion rupees (GB Please convert to USD)

CFO of Motherson Sumi Systems, G. N. Gauba told Press Trust of India, “We have earmarked $300 million capex for the current fiscal. The investment will mainly go into the upcoming nine manufacturing plants across the world.”  The company will set up three plants in India, three in Hungary, one each at South Korea, Mexico and the United States, he added.
Auto parts from Motherson Sumi Systems
Currently, the company operates over 180 facilities across the globe catering to various automobile OEMs including Mercedes- Benz, Audi, Toyota, Ford and Suzuki, reports the Economic Times. It has set a target of achieving a turnover of  $18 billion by 2020 through global expansion.

May 22, 2017   No Comments

GM Makes India an Export Hub

While closing down sales of its automobiles in India, Michigan-based General Motors will continue making vehicles in India, primarily as an export hub for Mexico, Central America and South America. The company also plans to maintain its technical center, R&D facilities, and sourcing components.

“As the industry continues to change, we are transforming our business, establishing GM as a more focused and disciplined company,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “We are committed to deploying capital to higher return initiatives that will enable us to lead in our core business and in the future of personal mobility.”

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In addition to ending sales in India, GM will also pull out entirely from South Africa, and the Chevrolet brand will officially exit India and South Africa by the end of 2017, reports FOXBusiness.

May 22, 2017   No Comments