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BIC Cello to set-up Rs 210 crore facility in Gujarat

Purva Marwaha - 08-nov.-2017 10:43:21

  BIC Cello to set-up Rs 210 crore facility in Gujarat   Writing instruments firm BIC Cello today said it is setting up its largest manufacturing unit at Vapi, Gujarat , at an investment of Rs 210 crore. The new unit, which will become operational by end of 2018, will manufacture 400 million units of pens. "Post completion of phase I in 2018, the new manufacturing unit in Vapi will produce over 400 million units of ball point pens and gel pens every year," it said in a statement issued here. Currently, the company has eight plants operational in India , of which seven are located in Daman and one in Haridwar, Uttarakhand . These factories manufacture about 1.3 billion units of writing instruments per year. "We at BIC Cello have an ambitious plan for India and are excited to locate the largest stationery manufacturing facility in Asia in Gujarat. This new facility will introduce world class manufacturing technologies to India and reinforce our position as number one writing instruments brand in the country," BIC Cello India General Manager Ratanjit Das said.     Source: Economic Times  

The “French Tech Tour to India 2017”, a platform to bridging the French and Indian Tech ecosystems

Purva Marwaha - 30-oct.-2017 10:57:25

Business France, the Trade & Investment Commission of France in India, is organizing, with several stakeholders and partners, the second edition of the “French Tech Tour to India”, a multi-purpose and multi-format platform to run over Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Hyderabad & Bangalore from the 13 th  to the 17 th  of November 2017.   The “French Tech Tour to India 2017” will consist in an immersive mission to India for 9 innovative “French Tech” startups and SMEs and 1 of France and the World biggest car makers . The program for these companies will include customize business meetings with Indian start-ups, investors, partners and clients as well as pitch sessions and curated networking cocktails across the 4 cities. The first edition of the event in 2016 pitch sessions and networking and networking event was a tremendous success and recorded a footfall of more than 150 participants in each city.   France is eager to develop strong partnerships with the Indian start-ups ecosystems.  Therefore, the “French Tech Tour to India 2017” will also include meetings with several incubators in the 4 cities, and more specifically  T-Hub in Hyderabad , Indian leading start-ups incubator, and one the biggest in the World. The “French Tech Tour to India 2017” will finally have a strong participation  at the Bangalore ITE.Biz 2017  (Bangalore, 16th to 18 th  of November 2017), with the objective of strengthening reciprocal awareness between the French and Indian Tech ecosystems, and of promoting France as a leading Innovation and Business Hub in Europe for Indian Tech Companies. In the years to come, Business France looks forward to take these initiatives to greater scale.  The French Tech initiative fits in the with the goals and objectives of the “Startup India” and “Digital India” initiatives  by the Government of India. We hope that this spirit of reciprocal learning and collaboration between India and France strengthens in the following years.     *     *     *     *     * For some years now, the French Tech ecosystem has enjoyed a steady and strong development, driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers and other talented people. Like India, France has emerged as a leading Startup Power, home to vibrant Tech Hubs and talents, and imbued with a strong entrepreneurial culture. With 100,000 Engineers trained yearly, 6,000+ Tech startups, 200+ Tech startup incubators / accelerators, 100+ VC funds active, more and more large companies and Mid-Caps involved into startup initiatives, not to mention our Innovation Clusters, France stands among the leading ecosystems globally when considering Tech-related Entrepreneurship and Innovation; as ascertained by the fact that France led -for the 6th consecutive year- the race in the “Deloitte Fast 500 2015 EMEA” ranking with 87 laureates. The “French Tech” is benefiting from both Software and Hardware-centric capabilities. Also, while France has been historically known for Telecommunications and Media technologies for instance, the country has nurtured a growing number of World market leaders emerging in domains such as Big Data & Analytics (with Success Stories such as Criteo, Scality, Talend or Teads…), IoT and Connected Devices (over 25% of all startups exhibiting at the CES 2016 were French), eCommerce and Sharing /On-demand Economy, or BioTech and MedTech (No. 2 in the World for BioTech and No. 1 for MedTech IPOs over 2011-2015). In addition to public supportive programs, private initiatives such as the StationF to open in early 2017 in Paris (consisting in the retrofit of the Halle Freyssinet, to make it the largest business incubator worldwide with over 1,000 startups spread over 33,000 sqm), shall contribute to sustain this dynamic. Also noteworthy is the fact that many MNCs (Cisco, Facebook, General Electric, Google, Huawei, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung…) have implemented R&D and Innovation centers in France and are increasing the scale of their operations in this domain.   The “French Tech Tour to India” finds its origin in the statement that with over 5,000 and 6,000 Tech startups respectively, and many large corporates involved in Open Innovation and Acceleration programs, India and France both belong to the Top 5 of the Tech startup ecosystems in the world. Yet, further initiatives need to be developed to exploit the true potential for synergies and value co-creation between the 2 Startup Powers. Hence, in addition This French Tech Tour to India 2017 is part of the larger  French Tech  initiative spearheaded by the French Government and associated public and private stakeholders to promote innovation and the growth of startup ecosystems in France. These initiatives look at bridging the French and India Tech ecosystems, creating reciprocal awareness between the two ecosystems and enabling participating French Tech startups and SMEs to find their future partners and clients and develop in the Indian market   About the “French Tech” initiative: Launched in 2013, the “French Tech” is an initiative spearheaded by the French Government in association with public and private stakeholders in order to nurture the densification, the growth and internationalization of Tech startup ecosystems in France, and to accrue the positioning of France as a leading European Innovation and Business Hub towards any Tech company. It consists in: -  a set of programs (grants to entrepreneurs, access of entrepreneurs to IT and research resources, fund of funds, acceleration fund, “French Tech Ticket”, etc.) designed to achieve these objectives; - networks of labeled ecosystems located throughout France; - a brand and logo, this pink rooster to which any “French Tech” entrepreneur associates itself. The "French Tech" eventually refers to all the stakeholders and individuals contributing to the Tech startup ecosystem in France or abroad. The initiative is sector-agnostic and relates not only to the Digital economy or ICTs, but also to BioTech, CleanTech, EdTech, FinTech, FoodTech, MedTech, etc. For further information, you can log on to the Website of the “French Tech” initiative:   About Business France: Business France is the National Agency for the Internationalization of the French Economy, responsible for fostering the international expansion of French businesses as well as promoting and facilitating international investments in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E scheme (an international internship program). Business France has 1,500 staff members, both in France and over 70 countries throughout the World.   In India, Business France maintains offices in New Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore and Chennai, with a multicultural team of French and Indian experts who work intensively to strengthen the relations between French and Indian companies. For further information, please visit:  and .    Press contact: Ms. Purva MARWAHA and Mr. Julian HOARAU Business France - Trade & Investment Commission of France in India Trade Officers Tel.: 011 43 19 63 06 / 03 @: @:               MEET THE 10 !   Delegation of the 10 participating “French Tech” enterprises, selected by our esteemed Jury: ORGANISATION : REPRESENTED BY : COMPANY PROFILE : DXO Labs Mr. Nicolas TOUCHARD Vice President Marketing and Product Management DXO Labs is a team of Scientist and Engineers that are revolutionizing the camera component in smart phones and tablets. DXO possesses world-class expertise on applied Mathematics for image processing, camera design and image quality optimization.           Giroptic Mr. Pierre JEANNIN Sales Manager Giroptic is a pioneer in 360 degrees live streaming and virtual reality imaging technologies and services. Its mission is to enable people to communicate, capture and share their experiences in an immersive way.  Lyra Network Mr. Christophe MARIETTE Global sales Director Lyra Network offers services that are developed and implemented to secure and manage payments and data. Areas of expertise include proximity payments (POS services), e-commerce (PayZen solution), connected objects (optimal security and performance solutions for online data transfer) and e-invoicing solutions. MediaWen Mr. Erwan DE KERAUTEM Chief Executive Officer Mediawen International provides secure, cloud based platforms and tools for video content localization including Closed Captioning, Multilingual Subtitling and Automatic Dubbing across Web, mobile and TV. Their solutions incorporate cognitive AI technologies to automate labour intensive work in the following industries: M & E, e-learning, education, health, finance. Moskitos Mr. Bertrand MASSON Chief Executive Officer Moskitos publishes Crosscut®, a scalable and modular integration platform for quickly and totally secure connection of data, APIs and applications and fast digital innovation. Crosscut® gives companies the means to connect applications, devices, IoT, Cloud services and B2B partners by quickly deploying a secure platform that is easy to implement and learn. Patnering Robotics Mr. Ramesh CAUSSY  Founder & Chief Executive Officer Partnering Robotics creates self-learning, mobile and autonomous robots, who’s primary objective is to take care of people and the environment.  A key player in the French Robotics Industry has succeeded in creating a Made in France disruptive technology dedicated to well-being and energy efficiency, and that keeping Humans at the center of the robotic Paytweak Mr. Thierry MEIMOUN Chief Executive Officer Paytweak offers Universal Secure Payment Links and accepts all credit cards and issues electronic SEPA direct debit authorizations, receiving payments directly into one’s bank account with no delay, no intermediaries and no commission charges. Easy to setup, plug and play and accessible in expert or simplified mode, the Paytweak interface enables the whole solution to be controlled from the cloud, importing and exporting data and connecting it to one’s CRM and business software in one click.  StreamMind Ms. Christina LANGER   Head Marketing and Communications  StreamMind has developed a unique, transversal digital platform (TIME™), adaptable to all sectors, that combines everything that is common in your information systems (without impact), and facilitates agile, scalable innovation. StreamMind has developed the software behind the European inter-banking network, SEPAmail™ (present in + 280 European banks). Torskal Nanosciences Dr. (Ms.) Anne-Laure MOREL Founder & Chief Executive Officer  Torskal Nanosciences is a biotechnology company, based in Reunion Island. The company’s purpose is the design & development of metal (gold) nanoparticles by ecofriendly processes. Torskal is currently specializing in the Treatment of Cancer using Nanoparticles. PSAGroupe Mr. Joël VERANY  ‎ Vice President Distribution Strategy and Network Development India PSA is one of the biggest car makers in the world, with renowned brands Peugeot, Citroen and DS. The Group recently bought the iconic Indian name Ambassador and will shortly start to produce and sell cars in India.  PSA plans to develop partnerships in India with Tech start-ups to promote innovation in Sales, Marketing, Customers experience or Mobility.   

A delegation of French suppliers travel to India for the 9th edition of "India Nuclear Energy 2017" Exhibition

Julian HOARAU - 25-oct.-2017 08:30:40

    Press Release – October, 2017     A delegation of French suppliers travel to India for the 9 th edition of “India Nuclear Energy 2017” exhibition   Under the impetus of His Excellency Mr. Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, Business France – The French Trade & Investment Agency and GIIN – French Nuclear Suppliers Association, the French suppliers of the nuclear industry will take part in the India Nuclear Energy exhibition for the nineth consecutive year to be held on 9th and 10th November 2017 at the Nehru Centre, Worli in Mumbai. 20 French suppliers will exhibit at the INE 2017 exhibition, showcasing the whole range of expertise that France can offer to meet the needs of countries seeking to build new nuclear facilities and take advantage of experienced suppliers and already proven technologies in the nuclear sector.   India has evolved into a leading market for the nuclear sector, given the sheer size of its program. NPCIL and EDF are currently involved in discussions for the supply of six EPRs (1650 MW X 6). Special addresses will be given by H.E Alexandre Ziegler and by Mr. Gérard Kottmann, President of AIFEN (The French Nuclear Industry Exporters Association), during the opening ceremony of the conference organized by UBM on 9th November in the morning, titled “Showcasing the renaissance in the Indian nuclear energy sector”. Mr. Philippe Anglaret, President of the GIIN, will also be a speaker in the “Supply Chain” round table that takes place on 9th November, in the afternoon. He will provide an overview of the experience France has accumulated over the years in the design of the various types of reactor that exists across the world. He will also highlight the importance of strengthening Indo-French collaboration through the “Make in India” initiative for the development of new projects. Senior officials from EDF and the institutional public agencies of France that work in the nuclear field such as the CEA, INSTN, I2EN and ANDRA will also be present as distinguished speakers during the first day seminar organized by UBM.   Please come and visit us on the French Pavilion to meet the representatives of the French delegation and to learn more about their expertise.       Following are the French companies exhibiting at the INE 2017 (French Pavillion):   Company Stand n° Website ANDRA G52 ASSYSTEM G47 AXON CABLE G54    CEA G53 EDF G51 EGIS G40 ERMES G32 FUJI ELECTRIC G48 GEORGIN G39 GIIN G30 HOWDEN G55 INSTN G52 I2EN G53 JST TRANSFORMATEURS G32 NOVINTEC G37 NUVIA (Outside French Pavillion) G28                                               OAKRIDGE G38 PYROCONTROLE (Groupe Chauvin Arnoux) G39 REED EXHIBITION G31 REEL G38 SEGAULT G33 VELAN G33 BUSINESS FRANCE G29                                                 French companies like AERO-SOLUTIONS, BOCCARD, NAVAL GROUP, SEFTIM, SITES, THERMOCOAX, VSL, CORYS, DAHER, EKIUM, NEOTISS, QUIRI, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, SOGETI, EMERSON, MATIERE and VALLOUREC will also be present as visitors during the India Nuclear Energy Exhibition and can be reached on the French Pavillion during the exhibition. The French Nuclear Industry, AIFEN and the federation PFME will also be present at the exhibition on the stands of Reed Exhibition/WNE and EDF respectively.   Hospitality partner : Taj Lands End, Mumbai   Main sponsor of the event :   AIFEN and the Nuclear Expertise from France (NEF)   Other sponsors : Core Energy & Systems Private Limited, Precifab Engineers Private Limited Supported by :   EDF, Indo-French Technical Association, GIIN, AIFEN, NEF and PFME The French Pavillion, the B2B meetings and the conference during the INE 2017 exhibition has been organized by Business France under the guidance of Dr. Philippe Montarnal, the Nuclear Counsellor of the French Embassy, India.   For more information please contact:   Business France - The French Trade & Investment Commission   Shilpa PATIL (Head of Dept – Marketing & Communication) Ph: +91 22 66 69 40 83 E-mail:   Kushal SENGUPTA (Trade Advisor – Industry & Cleantech) Ph: +91 22 66 69 40 27 E-mail:   To know more about Business France India      

Le bureau Business France de Bangalore recrute 1 Chargé(e) de Développement au sein de son pôle Industries & Cleantech

Purva Marwaha - 27-sept.-2017 12:59:59

                F o n c ti on pr i n c i p a l e :   S ou t enir l es en t r e p r is e s f r ançai s es d ans l eur d é v elo p pement co m me r ci a l en Inde   S e c t e u rs c o n c e rnés : In d ustri e s and Cl e an t e c h ( I&C)   D ate de recr u t eme n t   : 16 oct o b r e 2 0 17. CDI so u s c on t r at l o c a l.   E n v i ron n eme n t de t ra v ail : L e s b ureaux B u s i n e s s F r a n c e s o nt l es r e l a i s à l ’ é t r a n g e r de l ’ A g e n c e f r a n ç a i s e p o u r l e d é v e l o p p e m e n t i n t erna t i o n al d es e n tre p r i s e s . I l s o nt p o u r v o c at i on : •   l e   r e c u e i l   et   l ’ a n a l y s e   d ’ i n f o r m at i o n s   s ur   l es   é v o l u t i o ns s e c tor i e l l es e t ré g l e m e n ta i r es ; • l ’ a cc o m p a g n e m e n t d e s e x p o r ta t e urs et d e s i n v e s t i ss e u r s f r a n ç a i s s ur l es m ar c h é s e x tér i e u r s ( d i ff u s i on d ’ i nf o r m at i o n , orga n i s at i on de m i ss i o n s d e pro s p e c t i o n, m i s e en c o nt a c t a v ec d e s p a r t e n a i r es p o te n t i e l s , r e c h e rc he de d é b o u c h é s) , un s o u t i e n s p é c i f i q u e ét a nt a p p or t é a u x P ME ( p e t i tes e t m o y e n n es e n tre p r i s e s ) ; • l a pro m ot i o n de prod u i t s et de tec h n o l o g i es au t r a v ers de l’ or g a n i s at i on de p av i l l on F r a n c e s ur d e s s a l o n s i n t e r n a t i o n a u x , de c o l l o q u e s , m a i s a u ss i pa r d e s a c t i o n s de c o m m u nic at i o n d a n s l a p r e ss e étra n g è r e s p é c i a l is é e . • l a pro m ot i on d e l ’ a t tra c t i v i té de l a F r a n c e, de s es e ntreprises e t de s es ter r i t o i r es et f a v o r i s e l’ a cc u e i l e t l ’ a cc o m p a g n e m e n t d e s i n v e s t i ss e u r s i nt e r n at i o n au x .     Mi s s i o n s p rop o s é es : L e C h ar g é d e D é v e l o pp e m ent e s t p ri n ci p al e m ent et sa n s qu e cela s o it l i m itatif en ch a r g e d es s ec t eurs d e l’i n d u strie (en p artic u l i er l’aé r o n a u ti qu e, le sp a tial, les i ndu stri e s m écani qu es, les m i n es et m a t ériel d e Tra v a u x P ub lic s ) e t d u s ec t eur d u Bâti m ent.   Ce p ér i m è t r e s ec t o riel et s o n c o n t e n u p o u rr o n t ê t r e mo d if i és, sur d écisi o n d u D ire c t e u r p ays, p o u r o p t i m i s er l’ o r g a n isati o n g énérale de Busi n ess Fra n c e I nd e.   P o s i t i onne me n t dan s l ’o rg an i s a t i o n B U S I N E S S FR A N C E I nd e    Ce p o s t e est b asé au bu re a u B u si n ess F r a n ce d e Ba n g alore m ais n éc e ssi t era d e tr a v ai l ler a v ec l es éq u i p es d e D el h i, B o m b ay e t C h en n ai. L e ch a r g é ( e) d e d é v e l o pp e m ent s e ra rattac h é f o n ct i o nn ell e m ent au D i r ec t eur d u B u reau d e B a ng alore et h iérarc h i qu e m ent au chef d e p ô le I&C b a s é à D e l h i . I l / elle ra pp o rtera d irec t e m ent a u C h ef d e p ô le et au D i r ec t eur d u bu reau de Ba ng alo r e.   C on te n u du p o ste   L e C h ar g é de D é v e l o pp e m e n t d e v ra :   Traiter t o u t es les d e m a nd e s entra n t e s d es ent r epr i ses fra n çaises s’i n t é res s a n t a u x se c t e u rs c i - d essus m ent i o nn és. Y a pp o r t er la ré p o n se a pp r o p riée en f o n c ti o n d e la d e m a nd e, d es caract é r i stiq u es d u m ar c h é i nd ie n , et d u ca t alo gu e d es p res t at i o n s B u si n e s s F r a n c e . I d entif i er    d es    o pp o r tu n i t és    d ’affa i res   p o u r    l es    e n trepr i ses fra n çaises d a n s l es s ec t eurs qu ’il o u elle su i t . Po u r c ela, il o u elle d e v ra c o n stru i re et ent r e t en i r u n rés e au d e c o n ta c ts     a v ec     l es     i ndu striels     i nd ie n s,     les     a ss o ci a ti o n s p r o fess i o nn elles, les ac t eurs pub lics, au ni v eau l o cal e t f é d éra l . S u r   la   b ase   d es   o pp o rt u n ités   d é t e c t é e s,   i l / el l e   d e v ra   ê t r e p r o acti f / v e p o u r susc i t e r la d e m a nd e d es ent r epr i ses fra n çaises d a n s les s e ct e u rs q u ’il suit. Po u r c ela, il o u elle d e v ra c o n stru i re et ent r e t en i r u n rés e au d e c o n ta c ts en F r a n c e a v e c les a s s o ci a ti o n s p r o f e ssi o nn elles c o n cer n é e s, les relais en rég i o n s ( CCI, D I R - D R), l es p ô les d e c o m p é t it i v i t é et cl u s t ers, l e s ent r epr i ses en d ire c t i d e n tifiées v i a S I COM (base d e d o nn é es B u si n ess F r a n c e ), v ia les c a t a l o gu es d es salo n s fra n çais et i n t ern a t i o n a u x d u se c t e u r, v ia les m iss i o n s en F r a n ce (sa l o n s, SI S , j o u r n é e s pays , … ). Av o ir un e v i si o n str a t é g i q u e d es s ec t eurs qu ’il su i t et ê t r e en m esu r e d e p r o p o s er à s o n chef d e p ô le un e p r o g r a m m at i o n p ertine n te   d es o p érat i o n s d e   p r om o t i o n  c o l l ec t i v e d e   l’ o ff r e fra n çaise. I l / elle d e v ra parf a i t e m ent m aîtri s er l es o u tils i n f o r m a ti qu es, en p artic u lier S I C O M (base d e d o nn é e s B u si n ess F r a n c e ), respec t er les p r o c e ssus p r é v u s p ar la Qu a lit é , renseig n er s o u s S I COM t o u te la relat i o n cl i ent, y v er se r t o u t e la c o nn aissa n ce qu ’il a d es sect e u rs qu ’il su i t (f i ches sur les o p ér a t e u rs i nd ie n s , c o m p t e - ren du s d ’ent r e t ie n , d e v is i t e s d e sa l o n s , … ), p a r fa i t e m ent m aîtri s er les règ l e s d e c o n structi o n budg é t ai r e d es op érati o n s c o lle c ti v es et l e p r o c essus d e p r o g r a mm a ti o n / réalisat i o n d e ces o p érat i o n s c o ll e cti v es ( l a n ceme n t, i t érat i o n d es budg e t s, cl ô tur e ).   P il o t e r   en   d ir e ct   l es   o p é r ati o n s   c o l l ec t i v es   p r o g r a m m é es,   d e m a n ière au t o no m e e t sur l a base d’ u n r é tr o - p la nn i n g p récis. Ca p acité   à   r ecruter   les   e n treprises   fra n çais e s   p art i ci p a n t e s : c o n stit u ti o n d e b ases d e p r o spect i o n effica c es, ar g u m entai r e c o m m ercial      p ercuta n t      et      la n ce m ent      d es      o p ér a ti o n s su f fisa m m ent t ô t. Ass u m er   l es   o b j ec t ifs   f i x é s   et m e t tre   t o u t   en   œ u v re   p o u r   y p arv e n ir. Entret e n ir u n d ia l o gu e nou rri et c o n stru c tif a v e c s o n chef d e p ô le, s o n d i r ec t eur d e bu r eau, ses c o rres p o nd a n ts d e la fi l i è re I&C   à P a ris (c h efs d e p r o je t, chefs d e se r v ice p ri n ci p ale m ent) et ses c o llèg u es C h ar g és d e d é v e l o pp e m ent sur les s e c t e u rs qu ’il su i t.     C omp é t e n c e s e t prof i l re c h e rch é s : - H i n d i c o u r a n t e t b on n i v e au de f r a n ç a i s et d ’ a n g l a is , à l’ é cr i t c o m m e l ’ oral ; - K a n n a d a co u r a nt à l ’ oral s era i t un a to u t . - A p p ét e n c e p o ur l es a c t i vi t és c o mm er c i a l e s . F o rce d e p r o p o sit i o n , d y n a m i s m e, p r o act i v i t é ; - S e ns d u r e l a t i o n n e l et g o û t p o ur l e c o n t a c t a v ec l es e n tre p r i s es ; - i ss ue d ’ u n e fo r m at i on s u p éri e ure e n é c o l e de c o m m e rc e et / o u d ’ u ne f or m at i on d ’ i n g é n i e u r , de m ê m e q u ’ u n e e x p éri e n c e r é u ss i e au s e i n d ’ u n e e ntrep r i s e ; - M a îtrise du p a c k O ff i c e ( W o r d, E xc e l , P o wer P o i nt, e t c .) ; - Cur i o s i t é e t esprit d ’ i n i t i at i v e ; - Cap a c i t é d e t r a v a i l l er e n é q u i pe ; - Cap a c i té d ’ org a n i s a t i on et de g é r er d e s asp e c ts l o g i s t i q u es l ors d ’ é v è n e m e n ts et d ’ a cc o m p a g n e m e n t d e d é l é g a t i o n s . - Ca p acité à tr a v ai l ler v i t e e t à gé r er p l u sieu r s d o ssie r s d e fr o n t ; - A u t o no m i e ; - Ca p acité à se m o u vo ir d a n s deux e n v iron n e m ents c u lt u rels, fra n çais e t in d ien ; - Ca p acité à m a n a g er d e s p r o je t s ; - De v o i r d e ré s er v e .   C o n t a c t p o u r p o s t ul e r :  j e r o m e . j u lli a n d @ bu s i ne ssfr an c e .f r    

India Gets Its First High Horse Power Locomotive From France

Julian HOARAU (repost from NDTV) - 22-sept.-2017 12:47:08

New Delhi:  India’s dream for high horse power locomotive moved closer to reality with the arrival of the first bodyshell of 12000 HP loco from Alstom France at Kolkata port on Wednesday. This first-of-its-kind high-power electric locomotive will be used to haul freight trains at twice the existing speed by next year. The bodyshell for the fleet of the twin-section electric locomotives which Alstom is to supply to Indian Railways was unloaded at Haldia, ready for delivery to the factory at Madhepura where it will be assembled. In November 2015, the public transporter inked a contract with the French company to manufacture 800 such train engines over the next 11 years in a joint venture at the Madhepura locomotive factory in Bihar.   This is the first major FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) project in the rail sector. The first such locomotive, estimated to cost about Rs. 30 crore, will be assembled with components brought in from Alstom’s factories in France and will have its trial run by February next year.   Ads by ZINC   The contract allows for the first five locomotives to be imported, but the remaining 795 are to be manufactured locally in support of the government’s Make in India campaign.     The total contract is worth above three billion euro. This project includes the set-up of a plant at Madhepura (Bihar state) and two maintenance depots at Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh state)and Nagpur (Maharashtra state). The delivery of the locomotives will spread between 2018 and 2028. The locomotive will run at a speed up to 120 km/h. The Railways is currently using 6,000HP locomotives for freight services. The increase in speed would also result in improving line capacity in the rail network, a railway official said. As per schedule, 35 locomotives would be rolled out from the factory by 2020, 60 in 2021, followed by 100 every year till the target of 800 is completed.  

Heritage Foods forms JV with French company Novandie

Purva Marwaha - 16-août-2017 13:51:05

Heritage Foods forms JV with French company Novandie Heritage Foods today formed a joint venture with French firm Novandie to set up a green field manufacturing plant for fruits and flavoured yogurt with an investment of Rs 16 crore.  The 50:50 joint venture will have an initial annual capacity of 20 tonnes per day and will manufacture and market fruits and flavored yogurt, as well as Western type desserts, Heritage said in a statement.  The JV will invest around Rs 16 crore for the first plant and the commercial production is expected in 2018, it added.  Its executive director Nara Brahmani said the joint venture with Novandie, a leading yogurt player in France is one of the steps we have taken on the path to achieving Rs 6000 crore revenue by 2022.  In the June quarter its net profit fell 40 per cent to Rs 10.33 crore, despite a 32 per cent jump in revenue to Rs 618.27 crore. PTI GDK BEN NP   Source: India Today,

Delhi To Chandigarh In 2 Hours With New Train, Help From France

Purva Marwaha - 01-août-2017 11:28:27

Delhi To Chandigarh In 2 Hours With New Train, Help From France   SNCF, the French railways, has been assigned the task of submitting the execution strategy and implementation model with detailed cost of the semi-high speed project involving upgradation of the Delhi-Chandigarh route.    The Indian Railways is going full steam to achieve the target of covering the 245-km long Delhi-Chandigarh distance in flat two hours despite many curves on the proposed semi-high speed route. The Delhi-Chandigarh corridor, one of the busiest routes in north India, is slated to be first semi-high speed project being taken up by the state-owned transporter to run trains at maximum speeds of 200 kmph with French help.   There are about 10 major curves spanning over 32 km on the existing Delhi-Chandigarh rail route. The public transporter will not go for land acquisition required for straightening up several curves on the Delhi-Chandigarh semi-high speed corridor and instead opt for slowing down while negotiating the track, according to the railways. The earlier plan was to straighten up these curves to facilitate uninterrupted speed on the semi-high speed route, said a senior Railway ministry official involved with the semi-high speed project. However, since it requires acquiring land for the purpose which is a time-consuming process, railways decided not to go for land acquisition to avoid delay.   In a recent review meeting with the French team, it was decided to avoid land acquisition and instead make some adjustment on curves as much as possible on the existing railway land, he said. However, the official said, despite curves, the target of reaching Chandigarh in two hours will be achieved. SNCF, the French railways, has been assigned the task of submitting the execution strategy and implementation model with detailed cost of the semi-high speed project involving upgradation of the Chandigarh route. The French team will submit the final report with details of cost analysis and technical parameter by October. According to a rough estimate, it is likely to cost over Rs. 10,000 crore with about Rs. 46 crore per kilometre for running trains at 200 kmh, which includes rolling stock and signal and track upgradation on the Chandigarh corridor. Currently, the Shatabdi Express covers the 245 km distance in about three hours and 30 minutes travelling at a maximum speed of 110 kmh.   Source: NDTV, 

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