“Co-Working” Catches on in India

Co-working, a concept where individuals or startups share a common workplace environment, is slowly catching on across prime property markets in India. Across the country, co-working space of 0.73 million sq ft was tenanted last year.

“Though still nascent, this category could prove to be a disrupter as bigger co-working players such as WeWork enter India and more such facilities pop up across cities,” said Ramesh Nair, CEO of JLL India.

With 9,600 seats available at co-working facilities across the country, Mumbai records the highest absorption nationally, followed by Delhi-NCR, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad, reports the Economic Times.

Inside an Office

Sumit Lakhani, CMO at Awfis Space Solutions said, “Companies can make savings of up to 20-30% by working in a co-working space.” The firm’s clientele includes small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups, freelance professionals, consultants, and corporations.

May 30, 2017   No Comments

Warehousing Sector Surges in India

In anticipation of the national Goods and Services Tax roll-out in July, warehousing facilities will increase by 18 percent to 132.5 million sq ft, and this sector is likely to see investments of about $700 million, according to industry experts

Delhi-NCR had the maximum warehousing stock in 2016 at 29.3 million sq ft, followed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai  Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad.

A warehouse

Ramesh Nair, CEO, JLL India, told BusinessLine that in 2016, the Grade A and B warehousing stock touched 111.9 million sq ft from 96.8 million sq ft in 2015, and that the GST roll out will “up-grade warehousing infrastructure.”

According to Nair, Pune and Chennai lead the way in Grade A and B warehouse rentals due to their proximity to manufacturing hubs, and local market dynamics.

 

May 30, 2017   No Comments

India’s Benchmark Index Sets Record

The S&P BSE Sensex climbed to record levels on strong corporate earnings and gains in Asian markets:  the index rose 0.6 percent to close above 30,000 for the first time; while the NSE Nifty 50 Index, advanced 0.5 percent.

BSE Sensex chart

Seven out of the nine Nifty-listed companies have either met or exceeded their earnings expectations for the January-March quarter, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Out of the 13 sector indices compiled by BSE Ltd., fast-moving consumer goods surged the most, rising to its highest level since at least 2005. ITC Ltd., was the top performer on the Sensex, rising to a record high.

“Strong company results show that the market has broken away from the shackles of demonetization,” Jitendra Panda, managing director at Peerless Securities Ltd., in Kolkata said. “This milestone for the Sensex was long-awaited and with companies displaying momentum in the numbers, we expect better days ahead,” he added.

May 18, 2017   No Comments

MIT, Thompson Design to Propose 18 Riverways in India

A joint venture between the Infrastructure Architecture Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Boston-based Thompson Design Group has entered into a contract with the Inland Waterways Authority of India, a government body responsible for the development and regulation of inland waterways for shipping and navigation.

The U.S.-based consultants will identify suitable locations for the construction of 18 ferry terminals in six cities of India: Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Munger, Kolkata and Haldia, and prepare detailed project reports and tender documents for these 18 terminals.

a ferry

The development of waterways is part of the government’s plan to enable transportation of cargo through inland waterways so that road and rail networks are not over burdened. There is also the added benefit that this plan will be cost effective and environment friendly.

“The consultants will take into account commercial and passenger characteristics of each city with a goal of integrating transportation networks and facilities to each city,” the office of the Inland Waterways Authority of India, said.

 

 

 

January 4, 2017   No Comments

Credit Suisse: Commodity-Intensive Growth Has Started in India

Swiss financial services company, Credit Suisse recently spent time in India to ascertain the status of mineral resources and commodities. “India looks to be firing at last,” was one of the headings in the bank’s report. The investigators had meetings with government agencies and companies in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai, focusing on demand for bulk companies such as coal and iron ore,as also fertilizer and aluminum.

The bank remarked that the best opportunity for miners looking for market opportunities in India, was copper since India had limited supplies of the mineral. It  also warned against selling iron ore and coal to India since with problems of bulk commodity distribution being overcome, India was self sufficient in these minerals, reports Forbes.

Coal Excavators

“We came away convinced that India really is on the cusp of a major growth phase,” the bank said. “Companies pointed out the positives they see from government policies; an anti-corruption focus, a level playing field without favoritism, clear high level policies, and government ministries and State-owned companies driving to implement the policies, and overcoming many problems of the past.”

 

September 27, 2016   No Comments