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Cisco Launches its First ‘Made in India’ Router

California-based Cisco handed over its first Made in India product, a network router, to Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s Minister for Electronics and IT.

“We are proud to deliver on our promise to Make in India and accelerate India’s journey to become a global leader in electronics manufacturing. India is an incredible country for Cisco as it represents a 360 degree value, a great growth opportunity, world-class talent, and is now an integral part of our global supply chain,” John Kern, SVP, Supply Chain Operations of Cisco, said.

Ravi Shankar Prasad Receiving Made in India Router from Cisco

Photo Credit: Ravi Shankar Prasad/Twitter

 

Targeted for the use of small and medium businesses across multiple industry verticals, this router costs less than $1500 and is among the popular products of Cisco’s core switching portfolio worldwide, reports NPR. Recent surveys state that the internet usage in India is constantly rising. There are nearly 23 billion connected devices and the number is expected to double to over 50 billion by 2020.

 

March 29, 2017   No Comments

Emma Watson Wears Indian Bodice

In Beauty and the Beast, Disney‘s film set in France, Britain’s Emma Watson, starring as Belle, wears a beautiful, delicately hand embroidered bodice created by India’s artisans. “They used a technique called ‘Aari work’ which is a very fine chain stitch traditional to the Kutch area of Gujarat,” said assistant costume designer Sinead O’Sullivan. She went on to mention that the style of embroidery “lent itself very nicely to eighteenth century French floral design.”

Aari Embroidery from Kutch

CNN reports that Anaita Shroff Adajania, fashion director for Vogue India and a stylist in the Indian film industry said, “It’s not just the film industry that’s turning to India. Some of the biggest names in fashion get their work done in the country.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama wore the creations of Mumbai-born designer Naeem Khan on two occasions while Bibhu Mohapatra from India’s eastern state of Orissa has created outfits for Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow.

March 28, 2017   No Comments

India’s HCL Technologies to Provide IT for Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race owned by Volvo Cars and the Volvo Group hosts a round-the-world yacht race once every three years. This race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, sailing’s toughest team challenge, and one of the sport’s Big Three events, along with the Olympics and Americas Cup.

HCL Campus in Noida

Noida, India-based HCL Technolgies is the official IT services provider, developing and delivering IT solutions for the 2017-18 edition of the 45,000 nautical mile race around the world. The IT infrastructure will form the backbone of Volvo Ocean Race’s streaming and TV production, and  will include vital features such as inter-site connectivity at the race’s global stopovers, digital content delivery, mobile data centers and infrastructure with full redundancy, Wi-Fi networks, and multimedia facilities for media centers and race offices, reports the Economic Times.

Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner said, “The upcoming edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will be more digitally focused than ever before. Building the complex IT infrastructure that we use for this around the world is a huge challenge, and we’re confident that this partnership with HCL Technologies will allow us to provide fans, media and stakeholders with a more connected experience than ever before.”

March 22, 2017   No Comments

Global Automakers Seek Partnerships and Mergers in India

Germany’s Volkswagen and India’s Tata Motors signed a memorandum of understanding to develop components, and possibly new vehicles. Volkswagen’s Skoda Auto AS will join the project on behalf of the German automobile group. Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller said the partnership would help it “achieve sustainable and profitable growth in very different parts of the world.”

Toyota is in talks to form a business partnership with Japan’s Suzuki, in areas such as green vehicles, safety and information technologies, and mutual supply of products and components. Toyota President Akio Toyoda and Suzuki chairman Osamu Suzuki met with Prime Minister Modi. According to a statement from the prime minister’s office, the executives discussed manufacturing opportunities in India, and the possibility of exporting cars from the country, reports CNN Money.

a hand shake

 Toyota has taken full ownership of small car specialist Daihatsu Motor Co., and the latter’s products are expected to be introduced in India in 2019.

March 14, 2017   No Comments

Magellan Aerospace to Construct Manufacturing Facility in India

The Mississauga, Ontario-based Magellan Aerospace announced plans to construct a manufacturing and assembly plant in India. The 140,000 sq ft building will be constructed on seven acres in the Aerospace Special Economic Zone near the Bangalore International Airport. The company provides complex assemblies for aircraft and engine manufacturers, and defense and space agencies.

Phillip Underwood, president and chief executive officer said, “Magellan’s expanding footprint  in  India,  and increasing  spectrum  of  capabilities, reflects  the  company’s commitment to provide competitive solutions for major commercial customers.”

Magellan Aerospace Logo

The CDN $28 million manufacturing and assembly plant will be constructed in three phases, and Magellan plans to break ground for it in June reports Canadian Business. The unit  will  support  the  production of larger work  packages  for  major structural  assemblies,  fabrications,  and  machined components  for  the  global market, the company announced.

 

February 22, 2017   1 Comment