Category — India Market Expansion

India-made Jeep Compass Now Sold in Japan, Australia

 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, India shipped its first batch of 600 right-hand drive units of the made-in-India Jeep Compass from the Bombay Port Trust facility to Australia and to Japan. The SUVs are produced in the company’s Ranjangaon factory situated near the city of Pune, and have over 65% localized  Indian content. The company will ship more of these cars to other international markets through the ongoing quarter of 2017.

FCA Jeep

Commenting on the defining moment, chief executive of Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited Gurpratap Boparai said, “Our resolve has been to ensure timely delivery of a world-class product, made in India, to Indian as well as our international customers.”

Kevin Flynn, president and managing director of the company said, “We are looking forward to a strong 2018 when production will be at full pace delivering on target domestic and export numbers,” reports

December 7, 2017   No Comments

Maersk To Invest Further in India

In an interview with Economic Times Soren Skou, CEO of  Copenhagen-based AP Moller-Maersk, says the company considers India an investment destination, and that the $35 billion shipping conglomerate will invest more in port facilities.

Lightly edited excerpts of the interview:
On how important India is to the company

Skou: Globally, we have 30,000 people and a third of our employees are Indians. This is our largest location by far, in terms of number of employees. At least for our business we can say we have seen solid growth. The trade to and from India has grown and we have also been able to grow our market share here for the past few years. So, we see the Indian market quite positively.

On where India figures in the company’s plans of transforming Maersk
Skou: We are doing the same things as your government is doing in terms of digitizing our business model. We enable our customers to do more business online. A large part of that work, given that we have our service centers here, is driven out of India. The ownership of a number of global processes are from India and the teams here are driving the transformation.
CEO Soren Skou

Soren Skou Group CEO of A.P. Møller Mærsk

On whether doing business in India has eased
Skou: The government has many good things on the agenda in terms of infrastructure. Infrastructure is crucial to our business: not only ports, but also rail and to some degree also road. We serve the Indian market through 14 ports in the country on both coasts. We have 45 inland container depots. So anything that the government does to build better infrastructure is in our view good news.

Core processes are very positive seen from our point of view, not only because it will make our business easier to do but also because it will make India more competitive.

On investment plans for India

Skou: I do want to highlight that in India, we have a lot of appetite to continue to grow. We are committed to this market and will continue to do so to grow our footprint here: the number of services, the number of ports we call. We are not only looking at mainly container ports but also inland container depots as well. Our long-term plans clearly involve investing in more in these and we would like to build a solid network in India of inland container depots alone.

On issues the government needs to address

Skou: More port infrastructure would be helpful. It’s no secret that we have congestion issues in Mumbai: it’s a combination of port infrastructure, better processes and less bureaucracy that needs to be implemented. And digitization of the core processes is important. We are very supportive of the government’s plans around using inland waterways for transportation.

December 7, 2017   No Comments

India To Invest $108 billion on New Roads

In the next five years, the Government of India plans to build 51,994 miles of roads at the cost of  $108 billion. This is the largest-ever outlay for road construction in India. The country has 59,813 miles of national highways, while the total length of all roads currently is 2 million miles.

The plan involves a highway network of 21,624 miles connecting India’s western border to the eastern end; while the state-run National Highway Authority of India and the ministry of road transport and highways will build another 30,370 miles of roads, reports Quartz.

National Highway No. 1 near Jammu

National Highway No. 1 near Jammu

The federal government decided to increase public sector spending to turn around the economy. Vinayak Chatterjee, chairman at Feedback Infra said, “The road sector has one of the highest economic and employment multiples in the country. In that sense, this is possibly the best stimulus that we can get.”

December 6, 2017   No Comments

DHL Believes the Best Strategy in India is Localization

German DHL Express and Bluedart the company’s pan-India service, think that a diverse market like India can be won only through localization, but, the service standards have to be international. Both these brands have a strong focus on the Indian market.

In an interview with Best Media Info, R.S. Subramanian, country manager, DHL Express India, said, “Our footprint is expanding in India as we are building network. We have, over the years, seen strong and sustained volume growth in the international trade between India and the rest of the world. To support this high growth, Deutsche Post DHL Group has earmarked $268 million toward future investments in India by 2020.”

DHL Logistics

The company plans to increase its penetration in the smaller towns of the country as fast as it can. “In India, you need something that will take you to tier I, II, III towns. You can’t be a metro-only brand,” Subramanian added.  To achieve this aim, the company partners with the Indian Super League, a men’s professional soccer-club league based in India, to give it visibility in the smaller cities and towns in the country. The growth in e-commerce is also helping the courier, parcel and logistics industry to grow rapidly.



December 4, 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