Category — Manufacturing Technology

India’s Mars Probe Completes 1,000 Days in Orbit

Originally designed to last only six months, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, also known as Mangalyaan, completed 1,000 earth days in orbit around the Red Planet, exceeding all expectations of the $74 million mission.

Launched by state-owned Indian Space Research Organization on November 5, 2013, Mangalyaan entered Mars’ orbit on September 24, 2014, in its first attempt.

The color camera on the satellite has produced more than 715 images, the Indian Space Agency said, adding that data from the orbiter mission’s first year, released last September, is available for public use.

Regional dust storm activities over Northern Hemisphere of Mars - captured by Mangalyaan's color camera

Regional dust storm activities over Northern Hemisphere of Mars – captured by Mangalyaan’s color camera

The other 4 scientific payloads on board the orbiter are: A methane sensor; an experiment that helps to gauge the solar forcing on the Mars atmosphere; one that measures emitted thermal infrared radiation; and another one that helps to calculate the deuterium to hydrogen ratio (D/H ratio) in the planet’s atmosphere, reports the Hindustan Times.

June 19, 2017   No Comments

Coca-Cola Brings its ‘Fruit Circular Economy’ Concept to India

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, its bottling partners, fruit suppliers, and processors in India, will invest $1.7 billion in India’s agricultural ecosystem over the next 5 years, according to the company. The company’s Fruit Circular Economy concept will span the entire supply chain from fruit orchards to the final product. “The investments announced today by Coca-Cola will further catalyze economic growth and create new opportunities for farmers and local suppliers,” said T. Krishnakumar, president, Coca-Cola India and Southwest Asia

Mango orchard

$800 million will be reserved for procuring fruit pulp and fruit concentrate for the company’s juice and juice drinks and carbonated drinks with juice products. The remaining will be invested on manufacturing lines, bottling infrastructure, fruit processing plants and equipment, and agriculture interventions that facilitate sustainable agriculture. Coca-Cola’s technology and production methods will conserve soil, water, energy and biological resources, reports the Business Standard. The company says that over 200,000 farmers will benefit from this plan of sourcing fruit pulp and fruit concentrate out of 2.10 million tons of fruit.

The company also procures and exports raw materials and ingredients worth $280 million from India to 44 countries.

 

June 19, 2017   No Comments

India’s Proklean Tech’s Probiotic Products Find Global Markets

Chennai, India-based Proklean Technologies, has an exclusive license from Kansas City’s SCD Probiotics for using its certified mother culture to manufacture and market products that are natural, non-toxic, and  bio-degradable. These products are used in variety of industries, including leather and textile processing. “Wherever chemical surfactants are used, we have an opportunity to develop a replacement,” says Sivaram Pillai, the CEO of the company.

BusinessLine reports that according to the agreement, SCD Probiotics will sell the product made in India for the leather industry globally, while Proklean will sell it in the Indian market. For the textiles processing industry, Proklean will sell the products in India and globally too. “We are selling in Bangladesh, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and we are starting Indonesia,” says Vishwadeep Kuila, director, Proklean.

Proklean Products

This year, Proklean will launch products for the paper and pulp industry. “We are ready with the first product for the paper industry, which will help reduce the usage of chemicals, or with the same chemical consumption, increase the brightness of paper,” Pillai said. These products help bring down water consumption by 20 percent, reduce pollution by 30 percent and processing time by 10 percent, added Pillai.

 

June 15, 2017   No Comments

India Aspires to Sell Only Electric Cars by 2030

A Government of India-led initiative – the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan – targets annual sales of 6-7 million EV/Hybrid vehicles by 2020. The government hopes that by 2030, all vehicles sold in India will be electric-powered says a blog post from India Energy.

Speaking on “Changing Energy Economics and India” at New Delhi, India’s minister for energy, Piyush Goyal, said that the country will help facilitate the electric car effort by offering subsidies for a couple of years. “After that,” he said, “the cost of electric vehicles will start paying for themselves,” reports CNN.

Elon Musk tweeted: India commits to sell only electric cars by 2030. It is already the largest market for solar power. https://t.co/EGBNTPzmE5 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017

India’s government is pushing to expand its solar energy capacity.

Modi tweeted: Paris Agreement reflects our duty towards protecting the Earth and our natural resources. For us, this is an article of faith: PM pic.twitter.com/8cnSqClBPf — PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 3, 2017

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June 12, 2017   No Comments

Samsung to Expand in India with $760 Million Investment

Samsung announced an investment of $763 million in India to expand its plant at Noida in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where it manufactures smartphones, refrigerators, and TVs.

Android Authority reports that the company added an additional 35 acres of land adjacent to the current facility to double the production capacity of both mobile phones and refrigerators. The new site was inaugurated with a ground-breaking ceremony and traditional puja (prayer) in the presence of officials from the Indian government along with JK Shin, CEO, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and HC Hong, President & CEO, Samsung Southwest Asia.

Ground breaking of new Samsung Facility

Hong said, “This new investment is a testament to our continuing commitment to ‘Make in India’ and to Uttar Pradesh, which has been our partner right from the day Samsung’s journey in India began.”

Once the factory is fully operational, it will be able to produce approximately 10 million smartphones every month. Samsung in India is set to make Noida the manufacturing hub and also starting exporting from the plant to U.S.A., and Europe by 2020.

 

June 12, 2017   No Comments