Valvoline adds R&D and training center to its manufacturing location

Valvoline Cummins Ltd. (VCL), a joint venture between Ashland Inc. and Cummins India Limited, opened a center for R&D and Product Development along with a training facility at its Ambernath plant, close to Mumbai according to Dr. Frances E. Lockwood, Senior Vice-President and Global Chief Technology Officer, Ashland Consumer markets.


The new R&D facility services the Valvoline Global R&D facility at Lexington, Kentucky.  This facility will undertake research and development for futuristic products and technologies according to   Sandeep Kalia, Chief Executive Officer, Valvoline Cummins Ltd. Last year, Valvoline inaugurated its own toll blending facility automotive lubricants for the consumer, industrial and heavy-duty markets.


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WABCO opens second Application Engineering Center in India

Maker of brake systems for commercial vehicles, WABCO  has  opened a new Application Engineering Center in Pune, the supplier’s second such facility in India. The new center will allow WABCO’s team of application and test engineers to work closely with global commercial vehicle manufacturers in India to jointly develop customized products and solutions across a broad range of vehicle platforms, the company said. The engineers will provide system design, application engineering, and project management support.

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Ohio State advises AIMS on regenerative medicine.

India’s top public healthcare establishment, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, is in talks with Ohio State University (OSU) to set up the country’s first comprehensive regenerative medicine facility. Regenerative medicine deals with the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage or congenital defects.


In partnership with OSU’s Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies (CRMCBT), this initiative will introduce a new discipline of medicine to India’s premier seat of academic medicine.  There is a substantial need for regenerative medicine in India,” sad Director Chandan Sen, Professor of Surgery and Executive Director of OSU’s Comprehensive Wound Center. Regenerative medicine involves injection of stem cells or progenitor cells, the induction of regeneration by biologically active molecules administered alone or as a secretion by infused cells and transplantation of in vitro or lab grown organs and tissues.

Dr. Amit K. Dinda of the AIIMS Department of Pathology is spearheading the project,  and said the focus would be on amalgamating various disciplines including stem cell technology, biomedical science, tissue engineering and material science. ”The demand is huge in India… one example is burns and acid attack victims.  We are working towards an alliance of physicians, surgeons and scientists.”

It will be funded by the India’s Department of Biotechnology and the Indian Council for Medical Research. Dinda explained that the establishment of such a center would also foster the debut of technologies such as 3D bio printing. “In addition, wound management, as in the case of bedsores and diabetic foot ulcers, is another part of regenerative medicine” said Dinda, also president of the Indian Society of Renal and Transplant Pathology.

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Xiaomi to open its R&D and design facility

XiaomiXiaomi of Beijing China has identified Indian market as a potential place to grow its business. The company is now ready with a new strategy to set up an R&D center in India focused on local users, designing and customizing the devices according to them.

Hugo Barra, Vice President of the company said that Xiaomi had some issues and concerns in relation to the production of smartphones for Indian market because antenna calibrations and hardware are quite distinctive for the Indian market. So the stocks of other countries like Taiwan or China might not be redirected to India. Indian market is a potential and heterogeneous market with different requirements from network perspective.

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MediaTek opens second R&D location in India

Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek already runs a tech center in Noida, outside New Delhi and had now expanded to southern India.

MediaTak The company will invest $200 million in India over the next few years to boost R&D capabilities towards developing affordable solutions for the  super-mid market. “MediaTek Bangalore R&D center caters to the growing needs of millions of consumers in the South-East Asian region,” according  to Grant Kuo, managing director, MediaTek India.

The 100 person R&D center in Bangalore will develop solutions for wireless communications such as LTE and establish MediaTek’s presence in other  core segments such as connectivity and home entertainment devices. “With our strong expertise in the IC design industry,  over the next few years, we  look to grow to over 500 in number,” Akshay Aggarwal, general manager, MediaTek Bangalore, said.

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