Monday, August 31, 2015

Om Prakash felicitated at Achema 2015

Dr. Kurt Wagemann, CEO of Achema 2015, held in Frankfurt, Germany, recognized the contribution of Mr. Om Prakash, Director – In ORBIT Tours Pvt. Ltd. of India. 

Inaugurating the India Day celebration, Dr. Wagemann said that it was the 12th Achema (36 years) that Mr. Om Prakash has been promoting the Achema Fair for Indian visitors. He appreciated his dedicated co-operation as the “Travel Partner of Dechema” for his success in bringing large groups of Indian visitors to Achema for 36 years without a break. 

He congratulated Mr. Om Prakash for his presence and for being presented the German Award for his dedicated services for over four decades in the promotion of German fairs.

The India Day was celebrated at Achema to honour the Indian visitors and exhibitors. This celebration is organised by Dechema and Chemtech Foundation to project India’s potential to attract foreign investments in India. Eminent speakers from Germany and India addressed the gathering of nearly 400 delegates.

Many visitors and exhibitors present at the India Day celebration complimented Mr. Om Prakash’s services and attributed their success to his sustained efforts.

Mr. Hemant Goel, Managing Director, Goel Scientific Glass Works Ltd., India, commented that it was in 1991 that he had visited Achema with Mr. Om Prakash for the first time. He became an exhibitor and has been participating in it ever since.

Mr. Jaipal Shah, Managing Director, Unipack Machines Pvt. Ltd., also commented that it was Mr. Om Prakash who brought him to Achema and other German fairs. 

Mr. Rakesh Bansal, Director of Uniline Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd., also recalled his first visit in 1992 to Germany, which helped him to establish business contacts with many international companies.

Mr. Neil Karani and Mrs. Poonam Karani, Directors of Tirupati Industries Ltd., said that they are exhibitors at Achema and have found the services of In ORBIT Tours satisfactory. “The personal touch of Mr. Om Prakash make us feel at home”.

Mr. Om Prakash was emotionally overwhelmed with such appreciation and compliments by many successful Indian businessmen and the German Organisors of Achema. He thanked all his admirers and confirmed that their progress was a source of inspiration for him and this is the true Award for him as it amounted to the growth of bilateral economic relations between Germany and India.

Needless to mention that Mr. Om Prakash has been presented Indo German Awards three times and many other Awards, including those from the US, the UK and China. 

TI Cycles acquires Brand Licensing rights for Ridley Bikes Belgium

TI Cycles of India, one of the leading bicycle manufacturers in India, a part of the Rs. 269 billion Murugappa Group, has announced that it has signed up with Ridley Bikes Belgium to acquire the Brand Licensing rights for the brand Ridley for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar for a period of 33 years.

Ridley Bikes Belgium was established in 1990, and today it is considered one of the leading innovators in bicycle technology in carbon and alloy for key segments of road, Cyclocross and MTB. It holds numerous patents for aerodynamic design of frames and forks, and have their products tested in wind tunnels and universities throughout the world. It also supports one of the leading UCI World teams, Team Lotto – Soudal, who’s riders won 4 stages at the 2105 edition of Tour de France.

The licensing rights will strengthen the market share for TI Cycles of India in the Premium Bicycles division and will also establish Ridley as one of the leading global brands in India. With the introduction of Ridley Bicycles in India, both the companies plan to undertake a series of programs in the country to promote the culture of professional cycling and also provide a platform for Indian riders to get global exposure. These super premium bicycles will be available at premium track & trail and Ciclo Café retail outlets and key multi-brand outlets across cities. The company plans to further strengthen its leadership position in the super premium segment by adding Ridley to the existing bouquet of the world’s best bicycle brands like Bianchi, Cannondale, GT, Schwinn, Mongoose & Montra, all under one roof.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Arun Alagappan, President, TI Cycles of India, said: “At TI Cycles, we are committed to bring to Indian consumers the best in innovationand technologies. We are confident Ridley bicycles will infuse fresh dynamism to our commitment to India and the Indian consumers”.

Mr. Jochim Aerts, Chief Executive Officer, Ridley Bikes, said: “With the introduction of Ridley Bicycles to India, TI Cycles has taken a distinctive and progressive approach to the Indian market. Moving forward, our focus will be to grow this segment in line with the needs of the Indian consumers. We, with our partners are sure Ridley Bikes will establish itself as one of the leading brands in India”.

TI Cycles plans to expand its reachof Premium Track and Trail and Ciclo Café stores up to 50 outlets by 2017 from its present 12 outlets. It has a world class domestic and export manufacturing facility in Chennai. TI Cycles being a pioneer in the cycling industry has been constantly introducing new brands of bicycles based on the wants and needs of the Indian consumer. The Company is committed to promoting cycling which provides extensive health benefits for individuals and society as a whole.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New styling for new Passat 3C B8 from JMS Fahrzeugteile GmbH

Tuning specialists JMS Fahrzeugteile from Walddorfhäslach have just released their styling and tuning programme for the newest Passat 3C B8.

Suitable for Saloon and estate versions without the r-line  package, the Racelook Exclusiv Line front spoiler lip with integrated splitter adds a sporting touch. As this lip is just 30 mm lower than the factory spoiler, it makes a perfect visual transition to the standard side sills.

You need no other components for the perfect look.

For the better street performance jms use a KW Variant 3 coil-over suspension. The ride height of the car in the photo ride is set 50 mm lower in front and 40 mm lower at the rear. This conversion is priced from 1,749 euro.

Also JMS Fahrzeugteile offers attractive alloy wheels such as Barracuda Racing black challenge wheel 8,5x19 with 23535196 tyres front and back. Identical sizes for the second wheel. The brandnew crosspoke wheel Barracuda inferno in racing silver.

Wheel and tyre packages starts at 1899 euro.

Accessories such as the JMS Tuning accelerator “Speedpedal”, performance upgrades and sport exhaust systems are included in the JMS programme. All JMS parts are made in Germany and come with full approval.

These high quality JMS products are available through authorised dealers, or directly from JMS Fahrzeugteile ( Email:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Andhra Chamber celebrates 88th anniversary

The Andhra Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated its 88th anniversary in Chennai.

Addressing the members and participants on the occasion, Mr. Y.S. Chowdary, Union Minister State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, who was the chief guest, stressed the importance of involvement of chambers of commerce and trade associations to enhance the role of the youth towards economic development of the nation. Referring to the skill development initiatives of the Government, the Minister stated that the chambers of commerce should impart necessary skill sets to students to be ready for employment from day one of their entry into the industry.

The Minister also inaugurated the Andhra Chamber of Commerce Women Business Forum formed with the objectives of extending all the possible assistance to the womenfolk to grow further as entrepreneurs.

Mr. Chowdary presented Business Excellence Awards to Ms. Sailaja Kiron, Managing Director, Margadarsi Chit Fund Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad, and Mr. Ravi S. Machiraju, President & CEO, Maxima Global Executive Search, Singapore, recognising their excellence in the chosen fields.

Mr. C. Venkatachalam, former President of the Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Hon. Advisers of the Chamber, were honoured by the chief guest for their yeoman service to trade and industry.

Earlier, Ms. V.L. Indira Dutt, President, welcoming the chief guest and the gathering, highlighted the services rendered by the Andhra Chamber of Commerce towards promotion of industry and trade.

Aiana Hotels & Resorts announces new appointment

Aiana Hotels & Resorts L.L.C. has announced the appointment of Mr. Murlidhar Rao as Senior Vice President, Operations. As a seasoned hospitality professional, Mr. Murlidhar joins Aiana Hotels & Resorts with a broad knowledge in the luxury spectrum that complements the brand’s niche positioning and offers a deep knowledge and vision for quality that lends itself to creating a premium lifestyle experience.

Based out of the Qatar Financial Centre in Doha, Qatar, Mr. Murlidhar will utilize his 30 years of expertise in hotel operations, project development, renovation, pre-opening processes and owner relations to support the brand’s growth strategy. 

Mr. Murlidhar brings with him extensive global hospitality experience ranging from pre-opening luxury resorts in the Maldives and Caribbean, to leading operations across South-East Asia, to setting brand standards for a repositioning from mid-market to the premier segment in India across leading luxury hotel brands including Four Seasons, Kempinski, Mandarin Oriental and Alila. His last project was the Sanchaya in Bintan, Indonesia, where he was instrumental in positioning the property as one of the best new luxury resorts in the world, garnering a host of industry accolades.

Ms. Amruda Nair, Joint Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Aiana Hotels & Resorts, said: “It is with great excitement that we welcome Murlidhar to Aiana. Murlidhar’s earnest passion for hospitality, keen eye for detail and extensive experience offers the ideal platform to build upon Aiana’s launch in the Middle East and South Asia. I am confident that Murlidhar is the right fit to lead the charge for defining the brand’s Indian service ethos and creating authentic travel experiences. We look forward to the journey ahead with Murlidhar in the lead to position Aiana as an industry leader for innovation, guest satisfaction and performance.”

Mr. Murlidhar Rao said: “It is a privilege to be a part of a brand with a strong sense of being, honesty and above all innovation. I am here to evoke the true spirt of Aiana Hotels & Resorts and help position it as the brand of choice for the conscious traveller across all destinations.”

Mr. Murlidhar Rao holds a 1st class Honours Diploma in Hotel Management from Bombay’s Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition and an Honours Certification for Intermediate Level of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Kawasaki bike Ninja H2 launched in Chennai

Mr. Shigeto Nishikawa, Deputy Managing Director, India Kawasaki Motors (IKM), launched the new bike Ninja H2 in Chennai on August 10. The new bike will be imported as completely built unit (CBU) from Japan by India Kawasaki Motors and retailed through the exclusive super bikes Kawasaki Showroom in Chennai operated by Jai Autos. 

The Ninja H2 will be priced at Rs. 29,20,000 (ex-showroom Chennai). The Kawasaki showroom retails the Kawasaki range of super bikes, namely, Ninja ZX-14R, ZX-10R, Ninja1000, Z1000, Z800 and Versys1000. This time, the Ninja H2 is targeted to strengthen model line-up as a top end model.

IKM launched one of its top end models, Ninja H2, in Delhi in February 2015. This vehicle was developed with the crossover technologies of the Kawasaki Group. It is equipped with a 998 cm3 liquid-cooled 4-stroke in-line four cylinder supercharged engine, achieving powerful acceleration not seen in existing models. The silver-mirror paint applied to the fuel tank and cowl adds a deep luster to its appearance. 

The Ninja H2, designed for public roads, achieves an engine power of 200 ps. intense acceleration and a top speed in a range that most riders have never experienced.

Advanced technological know-how shared from other group companies is found throughout the innovative engine and chassis designs. Such inter-company collaboration and the level of resultant technology poured into this model is the reason the Kawasaki River Mark* is displayed prominently on the upper cowl.

* The Kawasaki River Mark is a long-time symbol of the KHI Group dating back to the 1870s. As a policy, its use on products is rare and limited to models with historical significance. But for the Ninja H2 permission to use this symbol was granted. 

CPCL achieves highest-ever crude output in first quarter

The Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (CPCL) achieved a turnover of Rs. 11,386 crores for the first quarter ended June 2015 as compared Rs. 14,222 crores in the corresponding period the previous year. The reduction in turnover is mainly due to the sharp fall in prices of petroleum products from the second half of 2014-15. 

However, CPCL earned a higher gross refining margin (GRM) of $10.09 per bbl during the first quarter of 2015-16 as against $1.88 per bbl in the same period last year with improvement in product cracks coupled with continued strong physical performance. It posted a profit before tax of Rs. 924 crores as compared to the loss of Rs. 193 crores incurred during the first quarter of the previous year. Profit after tax increased by 81 per cent on a quarter-to-quarter basis from Rs. 510 crores to Rs. 924 crores.

CPCL achieved the highest-ever crude thruput of 2843 thousand metric tonnes (TMT) for the first quarter as compared to 2819 TMT. The total distillates production was also the highest at 74.3 per cent (71.3 per cent). 

In addition, the company has initiated a number of energy conservation schemes with the objective of reducing internal fuel consumption. During 2014-15, it saved about 13,100 tonnes of fuel by implementing various energy conservation schemes. Towards widening the crude oil basket, the company has procured a new crude – Akpo blend (Nigeria). 

The planned capex for 2015-16 is Rs. 1,392 crores, including non-plan schemes of Rs. 92 crores. The actual project expenditure in the first quarter is almost in line with the target of Rs. 225 crores.

Projects under implementation 

In order to maximize the distillates yield of the Manali refinery and increase the proportion of sour crude processing, the company is implementing a Resid upgradation project at an estimated cost of Rs. 3110 crores. This project involves construction of major units like delayed coker unit (DCU), sulphur recovery unit (SRU) and other utilities & offsite packages as well as revamping of the existing hydro cracker unit for an additional 20 per cent capacity increase. The project is scheduled for mechanical completion by 2016. 

Steps are also taken to replace the existing crude oil pipeline running from Chennai Port to Manali Refinery with a new crude oil pipeline with state-of-the-art technology and safety features, to ensure reliable and faster crude transfer to refinery, at a cost of Rs. 257.87 crores. The new pipeline is aligned along the berm of the Ennore - Manali Road Improvement Project. Statutory approvals from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) were obtained in May last. The tendering jobs are in progress, and the project is scheduled for completion by next year.

As per the Auto Fuel Vision and Policy 2025 of the Government of India, 100 per cent BS-IV quality fuels have to be supplied by the refineries from April 2017 and 100 per cent BS-V/VI quality fuels from April 2020. To comply with this directive, the existing Diesel Hydro-desulphurisation Unit (DHDS) is proposed for revamp from 1.8 MMTPA to 2.34 MMTPA to ensure 100 per cent BS-IV production from Manali Refinery. 

After the revamp, CPCL will be in a position to produce hydro-treated diesel with less than 10 ppm sulphur. Engineering activities are in progress with a target to commission by March 31, 2017.