Ford Partners India’s Mahindra to Manufacture eCars

Since the Government of India’s plans to move to an all-electric fleet by 2030, Michigan-based Ford Motor Company will collaborate with Mumbai, India-based Mahindra & Mahindra  to explore joint development of products, especially electric and connected vehicles. The partnership, for an initial period of three years, will expand Ford’s reach in the fast-growing Indian auto market and improve Mahindra’s access to global markets.

Electric car

 “The partnership with M&M will allow us to work together to take advantage of the changes coming in the industry. The enormous growth potential in the utility vehicle market and the growing importance of mobility and affordable battery electric vehicles are all aligned with our strategic priorities,” said Jim Farley, executive vice-president and president of global markets, Ford.

The Business Standard reports that Mahindra  has been losing market share and has not been able grow volumes for more than a year, and Ford has been stuck with a sub-three percent share for a few years, while emerging as the biggest exporter of passenger vehicles from India. Ford has spare capacity which can be used optimally by its new Indian partner.

 

September 18, 2017   No Comments

U.S. Companies to Ship 1.6 million tons of Ethane to India

Planning to replace natural gas and naphtha at its petrochemical plants, Mumbai-based Reliance Industries Limited will procure 1.6 million tons of ethane from three companies in the U.S.

Reliance Industries has three joint ventures in America: one with California headquartered Chevron Corp, in which it has invested $1.7 billion; the second with Houston-based Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc, in which it has invested $392 million; and a third with Dallas-based Pioneer Natural Resources Co., in which it has invested $1.5 billion.

Ethane is expected to be produced in large volumes in North America due to the shale gas revolution, which has generated an abundance of liquefied natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas, reports the Times of India. Amit Mehta, head of Reliance’s gas business, said that the company has contracted ethane supplies for more than 20 years from America.

Reliance Industries will get its requirement from Marcellus Shale a Middle Devonian age unit of marine sedimentary rock in the Appalachian Basin of eastern North America, and from Texas’ Eagle Ford Group a sedimentary rock formation deposited during the Cenomanian and Turonian ages of the Late Cretaceous period.

Reliance Industries

Reliance Industries

August 31, 2017   No Comments

Indian Companies are Source for Game of Thrones Costumes

The popular Game of Thrones  show has an international cast and locations from different countries around the world. India, too, plays an important role in the series.

Since 2011, the fabrics, clothes, and tents used in this production are from a store called Rangrasons in the Lajpat Nagar area of Delhi. The company also supplies the military ceremonial uniforms, braids, embroidery, furniture, trimmings, chain mail, and accessories to the show. Established in 1945, this company has supplied fabric and costumes to many popular shows and movies since 1982, when they made costumes for Gandhi, and later for Captain America, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Wrath of the Titans, and Prince of Persia among others, reports mensxp. Game of Thrones Sets

The Times of India says that the pelt Jon Snow wears is made at the Noida Special Economic Zone.  Here, the factory of RS Windlass and Sons manufactures not just official merchandise for fantasy shows, but has also provided props and costumes to some major Hollywood productions such as Rome, The Tudors, and Batman Begins. Rajiv Goil, partner at the company, says that their unit at Dehradun, Windlass Steelcrafts, manufactures swords, armor, and other metalwork for Game of Thrones. Jon Snow’s sword ‘Long Claw’, Arya Stark’s ‘Needle’ and many others have been made at this factory along with Jon’s suit of armor, Eddard Stark’s ensemble and more. Goil adds, “Now we focus mainly on licensed replicas which are all exported.”

Daenery’s dragons are made in a facility in Mumbai which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Prana Studios.

August 30, 2017   No Comments

Jeep Compass Sales in India Exceed Expectations

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is close to making more revenue in India than it invested in a factory at Pune, 90 miles from Mumbai, due to strong customer response to the Jeep Compass SUV it launched in late July.
“It is expanding into the world’s largest markets such as India that is fueling our growth and accelerating our expansion,” said Paul Alcala, who heads the company’s operations in Asia.
Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass

The Economic Times reports that the Italian-American automaker has so far secured orders for 8,171 units of Jeep Compass 2017 worth $245 million in India; the company has invested $280 million in the factory.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is ramping up production and is working toward a 25% more output than initially planned. The company says it will operate two shifts for six days a week for the first time since the plant was set up a decade ago. Production of export-designated vehicles has not started yet.

August 28, 2017   No Comments

SunTrac Collaborates with India’s Perfect Infraengineers

SunTrac Solar Manufacturing LLC., a Wyoming limited liability company with its office in Tempe, AZ, entered into a collaboration with Mumbai, India-based Perfect Infraengineers.

Perfect Infra now has the license to manufacture SunTrac’s hybrid thermal systems, a proprietary technology, that integrates with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, and refrigeration devices reducing compressor electricity consumption by up to 40%. Perfect Infra will also market and distribute these products under the ‘Perfect-SunTrac’ name.

These panels work on cloudy days, as long as the light available can cast a shadow, with visible light and invisible  ultraviolet-A and ultraviole-B rays. Perfect will provide ready-to-install systems with solar collectors and the necessary smart controls.

SunTrac Hybrid Thermal Systems

SunTrac Hybrid Thermal Systems

Perfect Infraengineers chairman and managing director Nimesh Mehta said that his company will fulfill SunTrac’s global order flow from the Middle East/North Africa regions, Australia and Asia, reports BusinessLine.

August 28, 2017   No Comments