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India witnesses growth in Kidswear retail

Brinder Rault - 30-avr.-2019 12:44:37

The kids’ fashion segment has registered the fastest growth in the last year. In 2017, the Indian Kidswear market was estimated at 67 000 crore INR (€ 858 Mn) and accounted for 20% of the apparel market share. This segment is expected to growth at 8.1 % to reach 145 445 crore INR (€ 1.9 Mds) in 2027. Boy’s wear is slightly capping girl’s wear (53 % of the market share). Kidswear market in India is benefiting from the same consumer habits changes witnessed in the adult wear. Parents are more “brand aware” and incline to spend money for child’s apparel since they are more concern by their own appearance and the trends. The growth of nuclear families (along with social recognition) has given more purchase power to the family, with parents willing to buy the trendiest cloth for their child. E-commerce plays a crucial role in this growth by increasing accessibility all over the country. µ Another growing segment is “infant wear” dedicated to the age-group new-born babies to 4 years old kids. This segment has huge opportunities considering that India is home to an estimated 120 million babies from 0 to 4 years of age.   Looking at consumers behaviour, one finds that parents are well informed: they demand quality and ethical products, respectful of their child and the environment. The coming years would probably witness an increase of organic wear and materials that are sourced from fair-trade. The kids themselves are considered as consumers by the brands. These latter target children at an early age, playing with their centre of interests, presenting children in their advertisement campaigns to create a sense of belonging and make them chose their own apparels.

The French brand Olivier Claire at The Westin, Gurgaon

Brinder Rault - 30-avr.-2019 12:36:57

The French luxury brand skin care, Olivier Claire launched its products at The Westin, Gurgaon on Sunday, 28 th April, 2019. The brand, founded by Olivier Couraud in South West of France, entered the Indian market a year ago, collaborating with the Roseate Hotels & Resorts.   It was now the turn of the spa “Heavenly” at The Westin Hotel to enter in a collaboration with the brand. The Olivier Claire products and treatments are made in France with natural and vegetal essences which are a great value addition and powerful asset for the brand. Customers would be able to enjoy treatments of high quality, thanks to the vegetal skin care products offered by Olivier Claire. Treatments are available in the spa and are given by professionals trained in France. Products can also be purchased for daily skin care routines. Olivier Couraud is delighted to witness the increasing interest in his products. Although India is a demanding market, he found amazing partners and skilled spa managers to tie-up with. He also stressed the awareness of Indian customers and their growing concern for their skin and qualitative products to apply. So far, the journey for the brand has been successful in India. Nonetheless, Mr. Couraud stays humble and plan to go incremental on the Indian market, building a strong ground base first.  

, India ranked 17 among 100 countries for the strength of its startup ecosystem in 2018-19

Jean-François Ambriosio - 30-avr.-2019 06:44:14

According to StartupBlink, India ranked 17 among 100 countries for the strength of its startup ecosystem in 201 8-1 9. The country gained 20 positions compared to 2017. Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai were ranked as the top 3 cities in India. The top 3 spots remained unchanged with the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, reached the 11 th spot on the Cities Global Ranking, just behind Moscow, Seattle and Chicago, but in front of Paris, Austin or Tokyo. San Francisco, New York and London remained in the top spots.    

• The Indian music streaming market is getting more competitive with the recent launches of Spotify and YouTube Music in India.

Jean-François Ambrosio - 30-avr.-2019 06:42:11

The Indian music streaming market is getting more competitive with the recent launches of Spotify and YouTube Music in India . Both companies will compete with the Indians JioSaavn and Gaan as well as other international players Amazon Music and Appel Music. The Indian market is quite small (213 M USD in 2019 for 90 M users) compared to the US (4,4 Billions USD) and China (820 M USD), but is growing quickly. Gaan has already 80 M users. Apple Music just announced price cuts with a new plan starting at 49 INR per month for student, down from the earlier 60 INR per month. Individual plans are now 99 Inr per month at par with YouTube Music Premium, Gaana Plus, Wynck and JioSaavn Pro, and a few roupies cheaper than Spotify (119 Inr per month).

India’s first semi-high speed train

Aurélien Sostaponti - 29-avr.-2019 09:13:38

On 15 February 2019, India’s first semi-high speed train was officially put into operations by the Indian Railways. The train, earlier referred as Train-18, is renamed Vande Bharat Express and it has been deployed on the Delhi-Varanasi route (776 kms). This is a fully made-in-India engineless train and it is propelled through electric traction (like a metro train). During trial runs it attained a maximum speed of 180 kmph. It is currently the fastest train of the Indian Railways and will operate at a speed of 160 kmph covering the Delhi-Varanasi route in 8 hours (reducing by 15% the present travel time on this route). Train 18 is manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Chennai, Tamil Nadu and the cost of the first train is INR 100 crore (~13 M EUR). The objective of the Indian Railways is to eventually replace the entire fleet of its Shatabdi Express trains with this new semi-high speed train. The modern design includes improved passenger amenities; on-board WiFi, GPS-based passenger information system, touch-free bio-vacuum toilets, LED cabin lighting, mobile charging points and an automated climate control system that adjusts the temperature according to the weather and occupancy of the coaches. Two coaches – one on either end – are provided with disabled-friendly passenger bays and disabled-friendly toilets. Train 18 has 2 Executive Compartments with 52 seats each and 14 Chair Car coaches with 78 seats each. The premium "Executive Class" has rotating seats to match the direction of train’s movement. Ticket prices have been kept higher than those of the Shatabdi Express trains on the same route: the Chair Car (CC) fare is increased by 1.5 times and the premium "Executive Class" fare is increased by 1.4 times. Overall, the passengers will pay 30-40 % higher fares than they do for the previous Shatabdi Express trains. Technologically, the Indian Railways did not have a self-accelerating train set with specially designed undercarriage for 160 kmph speed operation and multi-featured couplings. Developing motorized bogies with fully suspended traction motors and under-slung propulsion system was their principal challenge. The train is capable of a faster acceleration and deceleration rate which makes it much more energy-efficient, more maintenance-friendly with lower life cycle cost. Most of the major equipment like car body, propulsion system, interior furnishing items, bogies etc. are made in India. Import content is mainly in brake system, automatic doors, seats and air springs. In the long-term, the Indian Railways plans to manufacture some of these items also in India.

Smart Manufacturing – India rises to the challenges of the industrial revolution

Nidhi Somani - 29-avr.-2019 09:11:29

Factory of the future, Smart Factory, Industry 4.0, cyber-factory or connected factory: Regardless of what it is called, this transformation of industry represents a revolution in manufacturing processes based on new technologies and innovative concepts. Why is it called Industry 4.0? It is being called Industry 4.0 to represent the fourth revolution that has occurred in manufacturing. From the first industrial revolution (mechanization through water and steam power) to the mass production and assembly lines using electricity in the second, the fourth industrial revolution will take what was started in the third with the adoption of computers and automation and enhance it with smart and autonomous systems fueled by data and machine learning. What is Industry 4.0 for India ? According to IBEF, the Government of India has set an ambitious target of increasing the contribution of manufacturing output to 25 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2025, from 16 percent currently. IoT, being one of the most important aspects of Industry 4.0 for India, is expected to capture close to 20 percent share in global IoT market in the next five years. Furthermore, the IoT market in India is projected to grow at a CAGR of more than 28 percent during 2015-2020. Major Indian states are taking initiatives to adapt to Industry 4.0. Andhra Pradesh has taken an initiative to capitalise on the IoT potential in the country. The state government has approved the first-of-its-kind IoT policy with an aim to turn the state into an IoT hub by 2020 and tap close to 10 per cent market share in the country. India’s first smart factory, moving from automation to autonomy, where machines speak with each other, is being set up in Bengaluru. It is making progress at the Indian Institute of Science’s (IISc) Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM) with an investment from The Boeing Company. Various Indian companies are increasing their focus and partnering with other companies for developing new IoT and M2M solutions, the Digital India initiative from the Government of India is expected to enhance the focus on IoT in tackling the domestic challenges. In line with India’s focus on automation in manufacturing, Business India is organising a seminar & roadshow called In2France Smart Factory 2019 in December 2019 . This event will focus on 5 industries : Automotive, Steel, Textile, Pharmaceutical & E-commerce. If you wish to collaborate with us for this event, please write to nidhi.somani@businessfrance.fr

Frehindi - an educational & cultural exchange bridge between India & France

Audrey Lucbernet - 29-avr.-2019 09:01:06

 Le Frehindi is an Indian SME which has set up an office in France last year. The name ‘Frehindi’, as it suggests, is derived from the languages ‘French’ and ‘Hindi’. The company is working for the benefit of students, aiming to help them become global citizens by providing them opportunities through languages, cultural exchange programs, competitions and access to international education opportunities, perfectly in line with the wish of the French President, Mr. Macron who would like to double the number of Indian students to France by 2020.   In India, “Le Frehindi” is in direct contact with twenty thousand (20,000) students who learn French language, and who participate in various competitions, events and exchange programs organized between India and France by Le Frehindi. Since its inception in France, the company has entered into partnership with various French Schools and Universities and hence bringing groups of French students to India to explore the Indian culture and heritage and vice-versa to introduce Indian students to French culture. After setting-up in Paris, Le Frehindi has opened successfully a new office, in Lyon (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), in 2018. Check the video of Mr. Haru Mehra, Founder of  Le Frehindi talking about his success story in France https://youtu.be/pA6WTFhbAwI   

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Sophie Clavelier, Country Head   Welcome to the French Trade Commission Business France in India!     Our key mission is to promote trade relations between France and India. We assist French- based companies seeking potential partners and new markets in India, while helping Indian businesses to identify potential French suppliers, commercial and technical partners.   In India, our 4 offices are located in business hubs, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. We have a dedicated multicultural team of 38 experts in the following growing sectors: Agrofood Industry Industry and Cleantech Lifestyle and Healthcare Tech & Services Our Trade Commission also has a Press office in charge of helping French companies to communicate in India as well as a Market Access Department enabling them to better understand and adjust to the Indian regulatory and fiscal framework. In

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