Panasonic To Establish an India R&D Center

Panasonic Corporation, the Japanese manufacturer of consumer electronics & home appliances, will set up an India R&D center consisting of two technical divisions – a design division of appliances (focusing on India) and an offshore development division.

The design division will focus on product development processes for India and its neighboring countries, while its offshore development project will be in partnership with Tata Elxsi, at Bangalore. Through this division, it will develop technologies for artificial intelligence and robotics applicable to appliance products not only for India, but also for Japan and global markets, reports Business Standard.

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“Globally, India has been identified as one of the strategic regions for growth. The prospering economy, increasing buying power and a conducive environment for manufacturing has transformed India into a growth magnet for the world, said Tetsuro Homma, president of appliance company and senior managing director, Panasonic Corporation.

 

December 26, 2016   No Comments

Horiba Opens a New Technical Center in Pune, India

Japan’s HORIBA Group that deals in advanced engineering, research and product development, has further expanded its worldwide automotive engineering and testing capabilities with the opening of a new  India Technical Center in Pune, a city 90 miles west of Mumbai in India.

Air pollution and safety have become key concerns for leading automobile manufacturers in India, and the country has introduced the Bharat Stages emissions standards. Together with Horiba’s Portable Emissions Measurement System and Horiba MIRA’s engineering capabilities, the new facility will provide vehicle manufacturers with test services to support them to meet Bharat Stage VI compliance, reports Autocar Professional.

Horiba's Tedhnical Center at Pune, India

Declan Allen, chief operating officer at Horiba MIRA, said, “Growing our global operation is a key part of our long-term strategy, and we’re incredibly pleased to open our new facility in Pune. The site presents an exceptional platform for us to deliver a broader portfolio of test and development capabilities in support of our key customers in India.”

December 26, 2016   No Comments

4G Subscribers in India Close to 70 Million

Reliance Jio claims to have signed up 52 million 4G subscribers since its official launch in September, while Airtel added nearly three million 4G users in the second half of the year, taking its total to 7.4 million. Idea Cellular at number 3 is forecast to have 4.2 million 4G subscribers by the year-end; Reliance Communications 3.6 million; Aircel 1.7 million and Vodafone India 1 million, reports Mobile World Live.

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Together all these companies mentioned above are expected to have at least 70 million 4G connections by the end of the year. Currently India is the third largest 4G market in Asia, behind China (704 million) and Japan (128 million). The U.S., with 215 million 4G subscriptions, stands first globally.

There is little doubt India will surpass Japan in 2017 to become the third largest 4G market worldwide.

December 16, 2016   No Comments

India and Japan Sign Civil Nuclear Energy Pact

On Friday, November 11, Prime Ministers Modi and Shinzo Abe signed an agreement whereby Japanese nuclear companies will be allowed to sell their technology to India.

The deal, though limited to peaceful commercial use, is controversial because India has not ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It has raised concerns in Japan that India might use the technology to boost its nuclear weapons program. However, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had told Prime Minister Modi at a meeting in New Delhi way back in December 2015, “We will discontinue cooperation should India conduct a nuclear test,” newspaper Asahi Shimbun had reported. Abe reaffirmed this statement.

Prime Ministers Abe and Modi

Bloomberg reports that India’s nuclear power market is estimated at $150 billion and the country aims to boost energy generated from atomic plants to a quarter of its the total by 2050 from about 3.5 percent now, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Energy-hungry India wants to increase nuclear power generation to support its strong economic growth. The country has signed similar nuclear agreements with France, Russia, Britain and the United States. Modi said this pact is “a historic step in our engagement to build a clean energy partnership” that will help India “combat the challenge of climate change,” reports LA Times.

The New York Times says that this deal is timely for Japan’s nuclear power industry: With the domestic market moribund, Japanese companies had been pursuing deals abroad, but success was elusive. With 20 new reactors over the next decade or so, and as many as 55 more having been proposed, India does look a rare opportunity for trade, the publication said.

In addition to the nuclear agreement signed on Friday, Abe and Modi will explore plans to build new high-speed rail lines in India based on Japan’s Shinkansen bullet-train technology.

 

 

November 11, 2016   No Comments

India And Japan Review Final Steps of Nuclear Energy Agreement

India and Japan hope to sign a nuclear energy agreement when Prime Minister Modi visits Japan this week. The agreement, the first by Japan with a country that has not ratified the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, will enable Japan to export its nuclear energy technology for private-sector use in India, reports Defense World.

Prime Ministers Abe and Modi

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had told Prime Minister Modi at a meeting in New Delhi in December 2015, “We will discontinue cooperation should India conduct a nuclear test,” newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported. Japan has long pushed for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

Bloomberg reports that India’s nuclear power market is estimated at $150 billion and the country aims to boost energy generated from atomic plants to a quarter of its the total by 2050 from about 3.5 percent now, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Westinghouse Electric, a Pennsylvania-based company owned by Toshiba, is building six reactors in India; however, this project isn’t contingent on the bilateral treaty between Japan and India, a Toshiba spokesperson said.

 

November 7, 2016   No Comments