Youzu Interactive Sets Up India Operations

Shanghai headquartered Youzu Interactive will invest $10 million to set up its India operations in Pune, 90 miles east of Mumbai, from where it plans to launch local-to-India casual strategy games this year. Media and entertainment industry analysts said Youzu Interactive is the first international entity to enter the Indian gaming industry.

CEO Anuj Tandon said, ” This year we will be looking at social casino, cricket, shooting games for the Indian market, but as we wait for the market to mature we will have role-playing games, mid and hardcore strategy games that we will introduce too.”

Mobile gaming

The company will cater to individuals in the 18-40 year age group who own smartphones worth over $150; (Rs 10,000) they will also cater to users at the lower end of the smartphone spectrum in smaller cities. App purchases and reward-based videos will also be offered, reports the Economic Times.

March 5, 2017   No Comments

In India, Investments by Logistics Companies Surge

Logistics companies — both from India and globally — are actively making investment plans for the coming fiscal  year.

According to Kuwait-based Agility’s Emerging Markets Logistics Index published in February,  India, for the second consecutive year, was picked as the country with the most potential to grow as a logistics market. The report, referenced by Business Standard, surveyed more than 800 supply chain and logistics professionals. It stated that GST would be the potential game-changer and companies will have to re-gear themselves to adjust to the new tax regime. Surveyed entities also indicated that India was the leading emerging market destination for investment by their companies over the next five years.

In 2016, France’s FM Logistics entered the market in India by acquiring Pune-based Spear Logistics, and  Stephane Descarpentries, the company’s director-strategic projects and director operations Asia said, “We see a good growth potential for warehousing segment in the domestic market and would have invested even if GST was not round the corner.” The company plans to invest $50 million over next three years to strengthen its warehousing base across the country. “With the e-commerce segment growing in India, we see the need for better warehousing across country and hence this acquistion,” explained Descarpentries. In the short-term, the company plans to invest $5 million over next 8 months on ramping up the custom-built warehouses of Spear Logistics.

Logistics

Gurgaon-based e-commerce logistics firm SSN Logistics Pvt. Ltd, which owns the brand Delhivery, is in advanced talks to raise $100 million led by private equity firm The Carlyle Group with participation from China’s Fosun, according to a media report cited by VCCircle. If the deal works out, it will mark the largest funding round in the e-commerce logistics space.

 

March 2, 2017   No Comments

Blackstone Puts Big Money in Indian Real Estate

New York City-based Blackstone Group is in advanced talks to acquire over 360,000 sq ft spread over six floors in the First International Financial Center (FIFC) Tower at Bandra-Kurla Complex, a business district in Mumbai, for over $125 million.

Real Estate

With rising income levels of India’s consumers, Blackstone has started focusing on retail spaces in India. The company has acquired properties across major markets in India in deals that are turning out to be benchmarks in the real estate sector. It owns India’s biggest portfolio of income producing office assets totaling over 30 million sq ft worth over a billion dollars across Noida, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore says ET Realty.

 

February 13, 2017   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

India’s Bharat Forge Acquires Walker Forge Tennessee

Auto components major Bharat Forge, based in Pune, and part of the Kalyani Group in India, will buy U.S.-based Walker Forge Tennessee LLC for $14 million. The proposed acquisition is aimed to increase the company’s product offering in its automotive segments as well its industrial sectors such as construction and mining, the company said.

Kalyani Group Logo

The U.S. firm supplies complex, steel and high-alloy steel, engine and chassis components to customers across automotive and industrial sectors, and is expected to record revenues of $28 million this year, reports VC Circle.

November 22, 2016   No Comments