Category — Manufacturing Technology

India’s Mahindra Opens Michigan’s First new Auto Factory in 25 Years

Already with a large presence in the U.S. tractor market, Mahindra and Mahindra, an Indian multinational car manufacturing corporation headquartered in Mumbai, launched a new manufacturing facility in Auburn, Michigan, where the company plans to build off-road vehicles. The new facility is part of the company’s expansion plans, and becomes a part of its $230 million investment in Southeast Michigan.

“This is an exciting day for Mahindra, our terrific employees and Detroit. I couldn’t be prouder to be here to help open this new facility today,” said Anand Mahindra, chairman, Mahindra Group at the launch. He explained that the company had increased its workforce to three times the original number in the past 18 months and was committed to growing the Mahindra brand in North America and Michigan.

M&M Off-Roader 'Thar'

M&M Off-Roader ‘Thar’

The off-road vehicle will be limited to 45 miles an hour, and will cater to people needing an off-roader for tasks on private property or on lightly traveled public roads, reports the Wall Street Journal.

“It is a great day for my district and my State as this is the first automotive manufacturing facility in 25 years. This comeback is real and exciting,” said Congressman Dave Trott adding that Southeast Michigan is the birthplace of automotive industry.

“We are serious about courting Asian investment, global investment in Michigan,” Tracie Tillinger, an official with the Michigan Economic Development Corp., said.

 

 

 

November 22, 2017   No Comments

India Test Fires Cruise Missile

On November 7, India conducted a flight test of its homegrown  long range  land-attack cruise missile Nirbhay (Sanskrit: Fearless), which can deliver nuclear warheads to a strike range of 621 miles. The sub-sonic missile is designed to carry a 661 pound nuclear warhead.

“The flight test achieved all mission objectives completely from lift-off till the final splash down. The missile cruised for 50 minutes, achieving a range of 402 miles,” said an official from India’s state- owned Defense Research and Development Organization.

Nirbhay Missile

The two-stage missile is 19.6 feet long, 1.7 feet wide with a wing span of 8.8 feet. It can fly at a speed of  0.7 Mach. Its launch weight is about 3,307 pounds, reports The Times of India It is designed to fly at low-altitudes to evade enemy radars and missile defense systems.

November 14, 2017   No Comments

India Develops ECT Robot Manipulator for Nuclear Power Plants

Scientists at India’s Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics have developed a remotely controlled system for inspecting steam generator tube eddy currents in nuclear power plants, which will remove humans from the potentially hazardous job, according to a Sputnik report.

The system is called the ECT Robot Manipulator, which is a “remotely controlled Five-Degree-of-Freedom robotic system used for positioning a probe below the steam generator tube.” A technician with a remote camera is on hand to make final adjustments, if necessary, to position the inspection probe. The camera allows for “automatic visual position correction to compensate for mechanical errors in the system,” the report said.

Image of ECT Robot Manipulator

While robotic systems are deployed elsewhere for steam generator tube work, this is a first for Indian technicians, reports Nuclear Street.

November 13, 2017   No Comments

Exports Look Up for Global Auto Makers in India

According to the latest export numbers released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, Ford India maintained a strong export trajectory for April – September 2017. With 82,347 units (+11.5% growth) Ford has the biggest share, accounting for 22.7% of the shipments. Built at the integrated Sanand plant in Gujarat, the made-in-India Ka+ is mainly exported to Europe. The company also exports the Ka compact sedan and standard sedan along with the EcoSport SUV (made at the Chennai plant) to foreign markets.

Cars

Hyundai India currently exports its vehicles to 87 countries worldwide. The key global markets for the company are Latin America (Mexico, Chile , Peru, Panama); Africa & Middle East (South Africa, Algeria, Tunisia) and the Asia Pacific (Philippines, Nepal).

With export numbers of 50,410 units Volkswagen India recorded a growth of 16.9% . The company, which has for long been benefiting from its make in India growth strategy, exports cars from its Pune plant to over 35 countries across the four continents: Asia, Africa, North America and South America. Mexico continues to be its biggest export market, contributing over 80 percent of its overseas volumes.

GM India, focused solely on export operations from its Talegaon plant since end-April 2017, has shipped 45,222 units (47.7% growth), enough to keep its operations in India running, reports Autocar Professional.  GM will stop selling cars in India next month.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India started local manufacture of its Jeep Compass SUV five months ago.  On October 25, FCA India shipped its very first batch of 600 units of the Jeep Compass from the Bombay Port Trust facility to Australia and Japan. The company says the Ranjangaon-produced SUV with over 65 percent local content will go to other international markets such as the U.K., New Zealand, and South Africa through the ongoing quarter of 2017.

 

 

November 2, 2017   No Comments

HTT Signs MoU with India’s State of Andhra Pradesh

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board, to facilitate the development of HTT’s Hyperloop Transportation System in the state, said CEO and co-founder Dirk Ahlborn.

The proposed route for the Hyperloop is between the city centers of Vijaywada and Amaravati, which will potentially turn a trip of more than one hour into a 6-minute ride. The project will use a Public Private Partnership model with funding primarily from private investors.

This is the first agreement in India to put together a Hyperloop-based system, and will start with a six-month feasibility study starting in October, to help determine the best route between the two cities, reports socaltech.

Hyperloop One in India

October 29, 2017   No Comments