Category — Manufacturing Technology

Panasonic Localizes Washing Machines for India

After two years of testing experiments, Japanese multinational electronics corporation Panasonic, headquartered in Kadoma, Osaka, has launched a washing machine especially for India’s consumers.

Panasonic said the introduction of a ‘curry’ button followed complaints from customers struggling to fully get curry stains off their clothes. Panasonic researchers analyzed what went into a typical Indian household’s curry dish, and then tried to establish the optimal time and water temperature required to remove the stains.The machine has five other cycles aimed at the Indian consumer, including one to remove traces of hair oil, reports BBC News.

Panasonic Washing Machine

5,000 ‘StainMaster’ machines priced at $330 were sold so far.  The company is planning similar machines for other Asian markets too, tackling stains specific to those countries.

March 20, 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.

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 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

India Participates in Hyperloop One’s Global Challenge

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One‘s chief executive officer Rob Lloyd, senior vice-president global field operations Nick Earle, and executive chairman and co-founder Shervin Pishevar were in New Delhi end February to showcase their ‘Vision for India’ to mark their official launch in the country.

Hyperloop One in India

The event convened India’s five semifinalist teams from the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, along with a roster of government officials, media, urbanists, and transportation specialists. The teams shortlisted from more than 100 applications, were AECOM, LUX Hyperloop Network, Dinclix GroundWorks, Hyperloop India and Infi-Alpha. Each put forward a comprehensive and commercially viable transport plan covering economic and policy aspects of their respective cities and regions, reports Mint.

Shervin Pishevar, executive chairman of Hyperloop said, ‘India is an extremely important geography for developing Hyperloop networks and re-imagining how cities and regions work. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for transforming India and the role he sees for technology in driving this change is indeed remarkable,’ he added.

 

March 3, 2017   No Comments

Merck Announces Research Collaboration with India’s Steer Engineering

German life science and technology firm Merck announced a partnership for collaborative research on processing special effect pigments with Bangalore-based STEER Engineering, a company that has 60 global patents for its innovations.
STEER will contribute process know-how, the technology platform, and its expertise in materials transformation, while Merck brings to the table its understanding of pigments and their behaviors and core research work in plastics to create a c0-rotating twin screw extruder technology to process special effect pigments that are used to add glitter in cosmetics, the fashion industry, apparels and paints.

Color Master Batch

Both companies will validate the tests before launching the tech platform, according to Babu Padmanabhan, STEER managing director & Chief Knowledge Officer, says the Economic Times.

March 1, 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   No Comments