Thursday, April 28, 2016

Zebronics launches ‘DOT Bluetooth Speakers’



No matter where you’re headed this summer, set the mood with some tunes. Zebronics, India’s leading supplier of IT peripherals, audio/video and surveillance products brings its latest ‘DOT Speakers’ that can travel from the park to the beach, but work just as well perched on a shelf in the living room only for Rs. 777/-. 

Ergonomically designed with the rubberised ‘peek-a-boo’ exterior, the cylindrical shaped DOT speaker is small enough to fit in your palms and is also a convenient grab-and-go Bluetooth speaker that's ready for any rough and tumble feat you may throw at it. With the size roughly the dimension of a can, it’s the portable design for you to bring your music anywhere outdoors. 

With ‘DOT’ it’s an art in simplicity, which packs big punch in a small package. The sound on this outdoor Bluetooth speaker is insanely wholesome, with a loud 360-degree sound fidelity – the mids and highs are crisp and clear and the bass isn’t muddy at all. It puts out a rich, clean, clear sound which is quite the characteristic of Zebronics products. 

In terms of functionality, the portable speaker seamlessly pairs up with mobile or any Bluetooth compatible device. Add to that, there is a built-in microphone that also allows the user to make and receive calls via a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone at the press of one button. Usable within as far as 10 meters of range, it comes with a 3.5 mm audio cable and a micro USB charging cable.

Power packed with a lithium battery the dot speakers also features a built in mic which allows user to answer calls from mobile phones. With FM radio as the handy option, the speaker lets you enjoy your favourite channels on the move and also with its micro TF card slot supports music in MP3 and also WMA formats for uninterrupted entertainment.

With the long lasting battery, colorful audio experience and several enhanced features, its time to afford the Bluetooth luxury. The product is already available with leading retail stores and ecommerce portals. 

Shanthi Gears net up 96%



The turnover of Shanthi Gears Ltd. (SGL), a subsidiary of Tube Investments of India Ltd. (TII) of the Murugappa Group, for the year ended March 31, 2016, was higher by 7% in comparison to the previous year, at Rs. 162.42 crores. The net profit for the year was 96% higher at Rs. 18.24 crores against Rs. 9.32 crores in the previous year.

The company turnover for the quarter was Rs. 40.52 crores against Rs. 38.56 crores in the same quarter last year. Net profit for the quarter was Rs. 5.33 crores against Rs. 1.43 crores.



The company offered products to substitute imported gear boxes through strong engineering and product development capabilities. Production increased by 14% through focus on order execution. This, in turn, helped in providing better service to customers. The company has a good entry into the Defence sector and the overall order booking went up by 11% to Rs. 195 crores. 

SGL’s current order book is at Rs. 106 crores. Cost optimization, efficiency improvement and cost reduction initiatives ensured enhanced performance for the year. The company will continue to pursue opportunities to grow the customer base and enhance product offerings.

Frank Moraes Oration Lecture in Chennai on May 24



Under the auspices of the United Writers' Association (UWA) and Frank Moraes Foundation, the distinguished Second Frank Moraes Oration Lecture will be held in Chennai on May 24.

The Oration Lecture will be delivered by Dr. R. Chidambaram, Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister, on “Leadership Paradigms in our Progress to a Knowledge Economy – the Changing Landscape”. Eminent intellectuals and erudite scholars will be gracing the occasion.

The prestigious Celebrity Champion Honour instituted by the Community Welfare Foundation, India, will be presented to Chevalier Dr. K. Thiagarajan, Founder, UWA, in recognition of his pioneering birth-control and outstanding community service rendered for over four decades.

The Memorial Lecture Function will also be manifested by the presentation of UWA Effulgent Star of the Decade Award to 25 outstanding persons in their own field of specialization and the recipients of various awards will be receiving their mementoes from the hands of chief guest.

The United Writers’ Association has the ubiquitous distinction of concluding three and half decades of organizing the distinguished Frank Moraes Oration Lectures in our country and invited eminent intellectuals to deliver bi-annual Lectures in the hallowed memory of eminent journalist who was known for having extended the realm of journalism to socio-political dimensions of development, fearless comment of the highest in the land and a broader vision of India, both within and outside the country.





Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lanxess makes Honda’s FCV “Clarity Fuel Cell” zero emission vehicle lighter



The lightweight solution from German specialty chemicals company, Lanxess has been featured in FCV (fuel cell vehicle) Clarity Fuel Cell, the latest model of hydrogen electric vehicle from Honda Motor Co., which recently has been introduced in the market. Using Tepex, continuous- and long-fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites with PA 6 matrix from Lanxess subsidiary Bond-Laminates, in combination with Durethan, a PA 6 high-tech plastic grade from Lanxess, Honda has introduced the world-first development of hybrid-molded rear bumper beam in the model using one-shot molding technology enabled by Lanxess. 

“It is our great honor to feature our light weight solution with our Tepex and Durethan in Honda’s latest model of FCV,” said Martin Klocke, Head of Technical Marketing and Business development Tepex Auto in the High Performance Materials business unit at Lanxess about the project. 

The worldwide automotive industry is facing increasing restrictions on CO2 emissions and therefore automakers actively develop zero emission vehicles such as EV (electric vehicles) and FCV. These trends have been driving the demand for innovative materials and new technologies to make cars lighter. Lanxess has been offering lightweight solutions and technologies to the automotive industry which have proven themselves in various applications worldwide. This has resulted in developing a one-shot hybrid molding process for making large components out of its plastic and glass fiber composite. The result is approximately 50 percent weight reduction compared to the metal solution and a significant streamlining of the production process.

“With this application, we not only realized the first rear bumper beam made out of Tepex and Durethan material, we also have the first serial automotive production in the Asia Pacific region for our composite material Tepex,” said Deniz Guerkan, Manager Technical Marketing and Business Development Tepex Auto in the High Performance Materials business unit at Lanxess Hong Kong Ltd.

In the development, the materials are uniquely composed in several layers in combination with Tepex dynalite, continuous long glass fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite sheets, and Tepex flowcore, random long glass fiber reinforced composite sheets. This combination enables an easy material flow in the molding process to fill out complicated part geometry, and a greater mechanical strength with a superior characteristic of dynamic energy absorption in such a critical application as a rear bumper beam.

Through its HiAnt custom-made services for lightweight design, Lanxess provides automakers and parts suppliers with property testing services. It also supports the development all the way to the mass-production. The series production of the Honda rear bumper beam is done by Takagi Seiko Co., a leading plastic parts manufacturer in Japan, with advanced plastic molding technologies. Sunwa Trading, Lanxess’s distributor for Tepex composite sheets in Japan with long experience in composites, further assisted the development process.

Tepex is a light yet strong state-of-the-art composite material made from a thermoplastic matrix and continuous fiber reinforcements such as carbon or glass. As one of Lanxess’s lightweight solutions, it is used worldwide for automobile structural components such as front ends and seat shells, as well as in numerous mass-produced items like smartphones and sporting goods. Tepex boasts cycle times of around 15 to 60 seconds, has reinforcing fibers and thermoplastic base material that provides excellent mechanical properties, and is light enough to reduce component weight by more than 50 percent. The result for automobile applications is better gas mileage and fewer CO2 emissions. Tepex is the flagship brand of Lanxess’s wholly-owned subsidiary Bond-Laminates GmbH.

Mahindra YUVO new technology tractor launched



Mahindra & Mahindra’s Farm Equipment Sector (FES) has raised the bar in farm technology with the launch of the Mahindra YUVO, a new age, superior technology, range of tractors in the 30-45 HP category which will be added to the company’s existing range of highly successful 15-57 HP tractors.

The YUVO range comes in five models – 265 DI (32 HP), 275 DI (35 HP), 415 DI (40 HP), 475 DI (42 HP) and 575 DI (45 HP) respectively. It will be available in 15 States and the prices will start at Rs. 5.35 lakhs for 265 DI (32 HP) ex-showroom Chennai. 



Built on a new platform with a unique and industry first 12F + 3R full constant-mesh gearbox in the category, Mahindra YUVO is extremely versatile and can be used across more than 30 different farming applications. The advanced technology of the YUVO range helps serve the diverse needs of farmers - from land preparation to harvesting as well as post-harvesting requirements, helps them do more, faster and better.

Speaking at the launch, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said: “The YUVO will cater to the evolving needs of the progressive farmer. The YUVO range of tractors is developed at our state-of-the-art R&D facility, Mahindra Research Valley at Chennai and has set a new benchmark in pioneering new technology and providing huge value to customers. YUVO demonstrates the commitment of Mahindra to enable farmers to improve their yield and productivity and Rise in life. We are delighted to launch the YUVO, a definitive technology leader.”



Mr. Rajesh Jejurikar, President & Chief Executive - Farm Equipment & Two Wheeler Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said: “YUVO is designed based on consumer insights from varied farming applications across the country. A very extensive testing and validation process has been followed. The launch of the Mahindra YUVO, in the very major 30 to 45 HP segment will further strengthen our position in the tractor market.”

The YUVO is the result of an extensive research and development program by Mahindra’s project team who collected feedback from customers across 12 States. More than 7,000 inputs went towards developing YUVO which was then put through 140,000 hours of lab and field testing across 12 States covering relevant applications.



Mahindra YUVO offers many new technology features to Indian farmers looking for tractors in 30-45 HP range. It is designed to deliver superior performance in farming operations in any soil condition & offers versatility to carry out over 30 applications, thus making it ideal for using in any part of India.

The new YUVO’s powerful engine will deliver uniform and consistent power with minimum RPM drop across all application and soil conditions. It offers more back up torque making it unstoppable even while working on hard soil. YUVO comes with industry best 400 hour service interval, thus reducing the cost of ownership and giving more time for operations by reducing visits to service station. Enhanced engine cooling allows farmer to work longer hours in operations like threshing without running the engine hot.

It also possess high lift capacity hydraulic systems, making it suitable for various farming and haulage operations. The precision hydraulic armed with high tech control valve gives superior control & maintains accurate depth of implement, so critical in applications like potato digging.

YUVO’s advanced transmission offers unique 12F x 3R gear box, giving multiple speed choice to farmers while using any implement. Full constant mesh gear box along with ergonomically designed, car like side shift gear system makes driving effortless. Planetary reduction in YUVO makes it a very robust tractor.

YUVO is designed to set a new benchmark in style, operator comfort & convenience. The operator platform & deluxe seat, levers & pedals designed for easy reach & minimum efforts, will allow long hours of fatigue free working for the farmers.

YUVO will be available across 15 States which are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telengana, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Orissa.

IGTC Convocation for graduates largely attended



The Indo-German Training Centre (IGTC) recently organized the Convocation for Partnership Companies and Young Grads under the auspices of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) for the 27 students who were conferred degrees and diplomas in PGPBA Batch 2014-16 & EBMP Batch 2015-16, a two-year full time / residential programme for working executives and young graduates. 

Dr. Jochen Stallkamp, Managing Director, BMW India Private Ltd., Chennai Plant, in his address on the occasion, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative would further promote development of Indo-German relations and mutual sharing of talented technology. This would also help India emerge as a manufacturing hub. As a head of the manufacturing unit, it is essential to keep the right person at the right place to ensure efficiency and quality production. 

He also referred to the centenary of BMW cars, which are the embodiment of precision and perfection. With 1,20,000 employees worldwide, BMW has constantly developed and upgraded employee skills and talents. 

In his keynote address, Mr. Achim Fabig, Consul General, Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, Chennai, said Germany is keen on partnering India in different fields, including renewable energy and urban development. German companies are also exploring opportunities arising out of the Government’s smart cities programme.

Mr. Raju Venkatraman, Managing Director & CEO, Medall Healthcare Private Ltd., Chennai, complimented the youngsters who were conferred degrees for their keeping abreast of developments. Constituting a brand themselves, they should strive to become successful entrepreneurs and promote start-ups of their own, though the risks involved are high. It is also essential for them to get out of their comfort zone and explore opportunities in different sectors. 

Mr. Bernhard Steinruecke, Director-General, IGCC, said the German companies operating from Chennai have sent their employees for the IGTC Courses. He also lauded the coming together of Indo-German companies for development of trade and commerce. 

Earlier, in his welcome address, Mr. S. Raj, Regional Director, IGCC, Chennai, congratulated the students on their coming out successful in the 2-year degree course. He also wished them a bright future in their career.  With this rich educational background, they would also contribute their mite for the overall development of society. 

The representatives from different partnering companies like BMW, Schwing Stetter, Bosch, DB Schenker, Deutsche Bank, DHL, Dorma, Durr, Ernst & Young, Frost & Sullivan, Rane Brake Linings and BGR Energy attended the Convocation in large numbers and wished the successful students well. 

The success of the entire Convocation programme is due mainly to the hard work and perseverance of Mr. Raj who has been steering the IGTC fortunes at the global level.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Shamana Spa triumphs at AsiaSpa Awards 2016



Receiving another two accolades of excellence, Shamana Spa at Grand Hyatt Goa has received two Awards for Best Spa Interiors and Readers Choice – My Favourite Spa at the Annual AsiaSpa Awards held recently in Mumbai.

It was a night of glitz and glamour, as Asia's Spa community came together to celebrate its finest in the world of wellness. The reader’s choice Award comes from a contest that AsiaSpa magazine conducted over four months, which resulted in Shamana Spa being voted by the readers as their favorite Spa in India. The Awards honour current trends, consistent performances and the movers and shakers of the burgeoning industry.

Shamana Spa at Grand Hyatt Goa is the resort’s temple of wellness that offers a peaceful and serene retreat. The essence of Shamana Spa is to create a perfect balance between well-being and lifestyle for a youthful you. Being the largest Spa in the region, Shamana Spa houses 19 Spa treatment suites. Designed to enrich a guest’s experience, the treatment suites comprise six couple suites with a sunken bath space, an Ayurveda treatment suite and single suites. The ultimate destination in well-being and lifestyle, Shamana Spa offers treatments with a contemporary approach, yoga sessions, Spa bridal showers, body slimming and firming treatments and anti-aging facials. The Spa also features a beauty salon, fitness centre, lifestyle studio, indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools and wet areas with sauna and steam.



Commenting on this achievement, Alejandro Leo, Director of Spa and Recreation, said: “It is indeed a great honour to know that our Spa is well-liked and admired by our guests. Getting recognized as an AsiaSpa India Award winner is a perfect boost to Shamana Spa’s credibility. The entire team at Grand Hyatt Goa is in high spirits on receiving this honour”.

Speaking on the occasion, Betty Remedios, Director Sales & Marketing, said: “We are elated to be a part of such a prestigious ceremony such as the AsiaSpa Awards 2016, to be among the presence of so many notable luxury Spa professionals. This Award has further encouraged us in our quest to achieve our vision of Wellness India.”