Ford To Invest in Global Technology and Business Center in India

Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford Motor Co. said it will invest $195 million and create 3,000 jobs over the next five years for a new global technology and business center in Chennai, India. The site will feature 2.5 million square feet of floor space which will house engineers, IT, finance, accounting, data analytics and manufacturing engineering personnel. Ford said it will include a wide range of labs and testing facilities for complete vehicle and component testing.

The company has plans to consolidate its 9,000 existing employees across six India operations at the six-building, 28-acre campus. When complete in early 2019, the Chennai campus, with some 12,000 employees, will become Ford’s second-largest employment center after its  campus in Dearborn which is undergoing a 10-year renovation, reports the Detroit News.

“India is not only a vibrant market for cars and new mobility ideas, it also is rich with talent, technical expertise and ingenuity,” Bill Ford Jr., Executive Chairman at Ford, who was in India for the announcement, said.  “This new center will help us attract the best and brightest, and make Chennai a true hub of innovation for Ford around the world.”

William Clay Ford Jr.,

Ford makes small cars and engines in India, and exports them to other global countries.

 

December 23, 2016   No Comments

Clariant’s Healthcare Packaging Facility in India to Start in 2017

Clariant, a specialty chemicals company headquartered in Muttenz, Switzerland, will commence its new greenfield production facility in Cuddalore in the southern state of Tamil Nadu by the second semester of 2017.

“The new site will serve the Indian pharmaceutical industry with state-of-the-art desiccant products produced under the strictest quality and compliance standards, and within a secure, truly global manufacturing network. We are extremely excited that facility construction, and production plans are moving at full speed ahead, according to schedule. The production capabilities at this new facility will add significantly to our global dessicant canister production capacity during 2017,” said Matthias Brommer, head – Clariant Healthcare Packaging.

Clariant's Dessicant Canisters

 

This factory joins existing production facilities in the U.S., France and China, and it is strategically located within the Bangalore-Chennai biopharmaceutical cluster, one of India’s busiest pharmaceutical hubs, reports Business Standard.

 

December 18, 2016   No Comments

Innovation from India Gives Speech Disabilities a Voice

Chennai, India-based Invention Labs has created a multilingual augmentative and alternative communication ipad app, Avaz (voice) for people with speech disabilities.  It is priced at  $200 in the U.S. and $100 in India.

“Until the launch of Avaz, all augmentative and alternative communication devices available in the U.S. were monolingual. The U.S. has a large Spanish speaking and Asian population so the product was a natural fit for them. Even today, there is nothing in the market that is as easy to use as Avaz,” says Lucas Steuber, a speech pathologist and co-founder and development director, Aim High Ignite.

About 35,000 children with varying degrees of speech dysfunction use this app, with more than 60% of them in the U.S., 15% in Denmark, 10% in India and the rest spread across the world, reports Outlook Business.

Avaz and FreeSpeech

Based on feedback from therapists that students using this app were able to articulate one word only and not a sentence, Invention Labs created FreeSpeech in which a computer generates the language and helps users communicate in complex sentences. Priced at $10 for the overseas market and $3 in India, this app is more immersive claims CEO Ajit Narayanan, who adds, “We got into this business to give children who had speech disabilities a voice. We have used technology to cater to a larger audience and solve the problem of learning a language, helping people achieve a better standard of living. Language is the best thing that we humans have created. It entertains, enlightens and most importantly empowers.”

 

December 5, 2016   No Comments

Ford India Makes the Ecosport SUV for U.S. Market

The updated 2017 Ford EcoSport, meant for the American market, will be made at Ford’s plant in India, in the southern city of Chennai.

Changes envisaged are a revised tail gate, bumper and tail lamps. The front grille is chunkier with chrome slats, while head lamps and the front bumper have changed too.

Ford Ecosport

On the inside, 2017 EcoSport gets a new dashboard and steering wheel; a more advanced SYNC3 infotainment technology; a new 8-inch screen working in tandem with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto commands; as well as B&O Play audio settings.

The EcoSport is one of the most prominent models for the company iacross the world, reports IndianCarsBikes.In

 

 

 

November 23, 2016   No Comments

BMW To Make Small Motorcycle in India for Global Sale

Frank Schloeder, president of the German subsidiary BMW India, told the Times of India that, “While India is a big market in itself, we have plans to position the G310R as a global product. The India-made bike will be sold in Germany, the U.S. and many countries in Europe.”

BMW G 310 R

The company will launch the BMW G310R in the Indian market in the first quarter of next year. The first sub-500 cc bike to be offered from BMW is made in collaboration with Chennai-based TVS at the latter’s production plant in Hosur, in the southern  state of Tamil Nadu.

Currently, there are no BMW Motorrad showrooms in India, but these will be launched next year, according to IndianCarsBikes.in.

October 28, 2016   No Comments