Fair Wear Foundation Reports Improvements in India’s Apparel Industry

A report by multi stakeholder Fair Wear Foundation, a European initiative working to improve workplace conditions in the garment and textile industry, highlights positive factors in India’s garment industry.

Apparel Resources reports that Fair Wear Foundation India Country Study 2016 found no child labor in the garment industry of the country now as compared to the year 2000. Similarly there is no discrimination either on the basis of religion or caste, and women get ‘equal pay’ for ‘equal work’ just as men do.

Fair Wear Foundation

The audit was conducted in garment manufacturing hubs such as Delhi, and Noida in the north, and in Tirupur and in the state of Karnataka in the south, between 2013 and 2016. However, during the time of audit, it was found that 2-3 factories employed workers who were 15 to 18 years old.

 

September 19, 2016   No Comments

Uflex Engineers “Seal of Authenticity” for Nestle India

Flexible packaging  company Uflex Ltd., located in Noida, India, has created a 3-D seal for Nescafe instant coffee manufactured by Nestle India. The ‘Seal of Authenticity’ is an engineered tamper-proof brand protection / anti-counterfeiting solution that does not disturb the retail price coordinates. The seal, among several other features, comprises an innovative 3D reflective lens image using transfer technology, reports beveragedaily.com.

Uflex Holographic Division

 

In a 2015 joint study by KPMG and industry body FICCI,  consumer product counterfeitingwas estimated at $1.4 billion annually in India.

Ashok Chaturvedi, CEO of  Uflex Limited said, “The Seal of Authenticity has imposed an insurmountable technology, application and process know-how barrier, in the brand protection arena. We have raised the bar of competition in the best interest of our clients.”

August 16, 2016   No Comments

Kronos Scales Technology Operations in India

Kronos Incorporated, a multi-national workforce management software and services company headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, will increase its India headcount by around 25 per cent over the next four years. The company’s India R&D center is the second largest outside the U.S. where it employs 700 people, reports The Hindu.

Kronos logo

“India is an emerging market for us and we want to significantly grow the India business. We are scaling our operations in India and localizing our product to make it more relevant to this diverse country,” said Aron Ain, Chief Executive Officer, Kronos Inc. The company is also introducing Hindi language in Kronos InTouch a solution sold in India.

Kronos is also planning to open a customer experience center in Noida, near New Delhi. The live lab in Noida will enable clients to experience Kronos products. The center – the first outside the U.S. – will be set up at a cost of $150,000  and will be launched in the second half of this year. This center will aim to drive engagement between customers and engineering teams enabling Kronos to tailor offerings in line with market expectations in the region.

May 12, 2016   No Comments

India’s Attero Seeks to Recycle E-Waste in U.S.

Latin for “waste”, Attero is India’s largest electronic asset management company which promotes eco-friendly reuse and recycling of electronics. The e-waste recycler and metal extraction company, aims to turn waste into sustainable resources.

Founded by Nitin Gupta in 2008 just after he had finished his MBA from New York University, the company, situated in Noida near New Delhi, has patented a technology which helps remove precious metals such as gold, silver and palladium from electronic waste, such as circuit boards and mobile phones, among others. Attero claims its technology can remove more than 10 precious metals found in used electronics without releasing hazardous chemicals back into the environment reports cips.org.

E-waste

E-Waste

According to Forbes, Attero has won the backing of U.S. investors such as the International Finance Corporation and Draper Fisher Jurvetson to help it expand into the U.S.

Attero’s move into the U.S. market would be the first time the country has its own facilities for extracting precious metals from components such as circuit boards. Currently most U.S. circuit boards are recycled in Europe, Asia and Canada.

April 11, 2016   No Comments

Canada’s Silcotech to Invest $600,000 to Expand India Operations

Based in Ontario, Canada, Silcotech North America which specializes in liquid injection molding announced plans to spend $600,000 on the expansion of its joint venture with India-based Bonny Products Private Limited.

“We would like to triple production for products catering to the expanding segments of automobile and medical and extend our reach in other sectors,” said Silcotech North America Vice President Isolde Boettger. She added that the company is adding capacity for new end markets in India, including packaging and electronics, as well as expand into nearby countries.

Isolde Boettger, VP and Co-Founder of Silcotech

Isolde Boettger, VP and Co-Founder of Silcotech

Plastic News reports that the Indian joint venture, located in Noida near New Delhi, began with a small investment of about $250,000 and one Arburg injection molding machine in 2009. It registered double digit growth in the last two years providing specialized process methods like cold runner process molding, two and multi shot molding, silicone over silicone or thermoplastics, and insert molding.

Silcotech has also developed the capability to mold nine different materials in a single mold, with applications in the manufacture of mobile phone cases. It plans to introduce this technology in the Indian venture.

 

March 27, 2016   No Comments