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.

Orolia Awarded $34 Million Contract to Deliver Personnel Recovery Devices to the US Army

Sophie CANCIANI - 03-mai-2018 06:03:18
  Sophia-Antipolis, France, April 11st, 2018 – Orolia, a world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions with a significant presence in the Asia Pacific region, announced today that its subsidiary McMurdo Inc. was awarded a $33,986,800 contract to manufacture Personnel Recovery Devices (PRD) for the US Army. This PRD is a dual-mode, MIL-SPEC Personal Locator Beacon that will be integrated into the Army’s Personnel Recovery Support System (PRSS). The PRD will be capable of transmitting both open and secure signals (training-combat dual mode) to alert and notify that a soldier has become isolated, missing, detained or captured.    This innovative positioning device will optimize a successful rescue operation for soldiers in a distress situation through secure enhanced capabilities. It has been designed to meet military standards and specifications, and has improved accuracy, decreased size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements.    “We are extremely proud and honored to have been selected by the US Army as the provider of this critical positioning device for the safety of US warfighters. Easy to incorporate into Personnel Recovery operations, the PRD is based on Orolia’s new rugged and small PNT platform dedicated to Combat Search and Rescue (C-SAR) and other dismounted soldier Assured PNT applications. This award, which follows the 2016 contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to produce 16,000  FastFind 220  personal locator beacons, is a testimony to Orolia’s world leadership in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing,” said Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of Orolia.    The Personnel Recovery Support System, Personnel Recovery Device contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland on behalf of the Army Air Warrior Product Management Office at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama with an estimated completion date of March 6, 2022.    About Orolia Orolia is a world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions that improve the reliability, performance and safety of critical, remote or high-risk operations. With expertise in government, maritime, aviation and enterprise applications, Orolia provides virtually fail-safe GPS/GNSS and PNT products and solutions for their customers’ most mission critical needs. Orolia’s European headquarters is in France, with a commercial presence in more than 100 countries worldwide.   Orolia US Press Contact: Elodie Cally – PR / Communications Director  

Orolia Fortifies Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing Solutions

Purva Marwaha - 04-juil.-2017 08:44:07
Orolia Fortifies Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing Solutions     Strategic Alliance includes product development, go-to-market activities of PNT solutions independent of GPS/GNSS satellite signals to Military, Defense, Government and Commercial customers worldwide   New Delhi, India – February 2017 – Orolia, the worldwide leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, announced that it has formed a strategic alliance, including an equity investment, with Satelles Inc. to develop, market and sell PNT solutions based on Satelles’ Satellite Time and Location (STL) signal technology. STL is a unique space-based PNT technology that provides location and timing data independent from traditional GPS and other GNSS satellite signals. By using STL, Orolia’s proven Spectracom and McMurdo branded solutions will be less susceptible to vulnerabilities – spoofing, interference and jamming – associated with GPS/GNSS.   Many highly sensitive military, defense, government and commercial applications and operations including maritime/aviation, fleet/asset tracking management, search and rescue and data center management require accurate and reliable PNT data. Today, these applications rely on signals from GPS/GNSS satellites SBAS GAGAN or Regional Satellite Navigation Systems such as the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite system (IRNSS). There are instances, however where GPS/GNSS/IRNSS signal strength and security are not sufficient and prone to signal disruption. For these cases, STL can be used as a secure signal of opportunity to complement GPS/GNSS making the application more accurate and secure and less prone to interference attack.   Furthermore "Orolia has provided India with positioning and timing technologies for critical applications for many years. In the field of Search & Rescue, Orolia is a long-term partner with India since we equip the ground stations with the international satellite search and rescue system called "cospas-sarsat", the first generation was commissioned in 1989. These stations are used to detect the emission of distress signals and to calculate the position of beacons triggered in the event of danger to human life. Our aeronautical distress beacons are used by major Indian airlines. We are also being tested with the ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) for our military distress beacons used by fighter pilots. In the field of ultra-precise time, we equip Indian satellite navigation satellites (IRNSS) with atomic clocks and have been supplying high-performance time and frequency references to the Indian defense industry for many years. Example for telecommunication or radar applications "explains Rohit Braggs, VP Networks & Sources of Orolia. "The strategic partnership with Satelles, which allows us to expand our portfolio of highly robust positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies, is an opportunity for Indian government players (armed forces, internal security, defense industry) and (E.g. marine, aviation, banking, IT, etc.) to have GPS / IRNSS signal curing technology interfered with by jamming and thus an additional level of reliability in accessing critical PNT data, their applications need. "     “In today’s increasingly dynamic and mobile world, there is a growing need for precise and robust positioning, navigation and timing information especially in business-crucial, high-risk and life-saving operations,” said Dr. Jean-Yves Courtois, Orolia CEO. “By augmenting Orolia’s market-leading GPS/GNSS-based solutions with Satelles’ STL technology, we will have the industry’s first truly fail-safe, resilient PNT solution.   This breakthrough offering will be ideal for mission critical applications in which the smallest of discrepancies in PNT data accuracy, availability and stability can result in a network outage, a system crash or a loss of life.”   Based on the Iridium® satellite constellation, STL signals are up to 1000 times stronger than GPS/GNSS which helps to prevent jamming and allows easier signal reach into buildings and other hard-to-reach locations. STL’s additional cryptographic security also ensures the highest levels of performance, productivity and security.   “Satelles’ pioneering role in STL technology is a perfect fit with Orolia’s proven Resilient PNT strategy,” said Dr. Michael O’Connor, Satelles CEO. “We look forward to working together to introduce new products and solutions that will provide our customers with the utmost confidence that their positioning, navigation and timing data is accurate, secure and accessible.”   For information on Orolia, please visit For information on Satelles, please visit .   A press kit is also available at   About Orolia   Orolia is the world leader in resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions that improve the reliability, performance and safety of customers’ critical, remote or high-risk operations. Through its leading Kannad, McMurdo, Sarbe, Spectracom and Spectratime brands, Orolia has more than 400 employees and sales presence in over 100 countries worldwide. Leading organizations including Airbus, NASA, Thales, and Raytheon rely on Orolia for fail-safe GNSS and PNT products and solutions for their mission critical needs. Founded in 2006, Orolia has a global presence with offices in China, France, Russia, Switzerland, the U.K., the U.S.A. and further plans to expand its global footprint in 2017.   About Satelles   Satelles has developed and deployed the world’s first real-time PNT service based on Low Earth Orbit satellites. Satellite Time and Location (STL) signals are highly secure, penetrate deep indoors, and are available anywhere on Earth. These features make the service perfect as an independent augmentation for GPS/GNSS and other location-based technologies. With offices in Redwood City, California, and Fairfax, Virginia, Satelles works in partnership with recognized industry leaders to deliver these secure time and location capabilities to government and commercial users worldwide.       About Business France   Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E international internship program. Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: and   Orolia and Satelles Press Contacts: Elodie Cally Orolia Communications Director Email: Mobile: +33(0)       Bart Ferrell Satelles Communications Director Email:   Mobile: +1 618-920-9434       Business France India Press Contact:   Julian Hoarau-Bouaziz Marketing and Communication Trade Officer Email: Mobile: +91 837 689 50 05  

Meru Cabs and eCab forge a global alliance to launch international taxi app in India !

Thomas ILHE - 21-oct.-2015 08:48:53
Meru Cabs, India’s most preferred radio cab service today announced a global alliance with eCab, a global mobile app by Europe’s leading taxi service provider Taxis G7, to provide high-quality cab services to foreign travelers in India and t o Indian travelers going abroad with eCab mobile app. Headquartered in France with services across Europe, Taxis G7 is a global leader in the taxi industry with a fleet of more than 13,000 affiliated taxis. Through this strategic partnership, Meru Cabs and Taxis G7 customers will be able to book cabs and travel with ease through a global network of taxi providers handpicked for the quality of their services.   As a member of the eCab alliance and its exclusive partner in India, Meru Cabs now offers a seamless experience to international travelers and Indian people alike, with a single app eCab, wherever eCab is operational (Currently major cities in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, and now India). International travelers can now enjoy Meru Cabs services through their eCab mobile app when travelling to India and vice versa when domestic travelers visit the above countries they can avail eCab partners cab service using eCab App. With this global tie-up, the international travelers will be able to book taxis, track taxis and make cashless payments by using the Meru and eCab mobile App.    Commenting on the announcement, Siddhartha Pahwa, CEO, Meru Cabs said, "Meru has been a pioneer in the radio cab industry, committed to providing reliable customer service backed by latest technological enhancements. We are proud to become the first Indian radio taxi player to forge a global alliance and become a part of eCab alliance, driven by prestigious Taxis G7 which enjoys strong presence across key international markets. With this alliance, Meru Cabs will now extend its array of services to international commuters visiting India through the eCab mobile app".    Commenting on the strategic alliance , Laurent Kennel, CEO, eCab said, "We are delighted to partner with Meru Cabs, one of the most reputed and experienced Indian players in the category. With our shared commitment towards customer centricity, technology and innovation, we believe there are synergies between the companies. Through this partnership, international passengers can now avail a global, affordable and convenient taxi travel experience via our international network of partners."   >   Meru Cabs becomes the first Indian player in the radio taxi service industry to enter a strategic international alliance     >  Meru Cabs becomes the exclusive Indian partner for eCab, the global mobile app by Taxis G7    About Meru:  Meru Cabs, a world class cab service was launched in Mumbai (April 2007) in association with India Value Fund, a premier India centric private equity fund. Meru Cabs has pioneered the concept of GPS/GPRS enabled cab service in India. Since its launch, Meru Cabs has continued to receive an exceptional response from the customers and is consistently distinguishing itself as a provider of superior quality transport. In December 2013, Meru Cabs launched its MeruGenie service in Hyderabad, followed by Bengaluru, Pune, Delhi, Chennai & Mumbai. Now, Meru Cabs offers its world-class cab service across 23 cities in India under consumer proposition of Reliability, Safety & Transparency. Recognized by ‘The Limca Book of Records’ as the largest fleet taxi operator in the country, Meru has completed more than 35 million trips across India. Meru has been voted as India’s Most Favourite Cab Service by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice for 2 consecutive years 2013 & 2014; and also won various other esteemed awards like, Times Travel Award 2011, IT User Award 2008, 2009 & 2010.    About eCab and Taxis G7:  eCab was born from the international alliance of taxi companies that wish to build a leading service in urban and digital mobility, combining the best of digital innovation and local expertise. eCab serves increasingly demanding customers, with values as simplicity, reliability, proximity, honesty, and service. The eCab smartphone application is available in major cities in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland and Canada. By the end of 2015, eCab will expand to cover 50 cities, in 9 countries, and 3 continents, with 40,000 taxis. eCab is incubated by Taxis G7, Europe’s leading radio taxi hub, with a fleet of 13000 affiliated taxis, and 20 million passengers transported annually. Taxis G7 launched their first smartphone app in 2008, and was awarded TripAdvisor Travellers’Choice in 2013 & 2014. The only European company in its sector to be awarded ISO 9001 quality certification, Taxis G7 promotes a sustainable and environment-friendly policy.  

French plastics companies showcasing their expertise at the PLASTINDIA trade show (February 5th to 10th, 2015 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat)

Thomas Ilhe - 28-janv.-2015 05:15:16
Business France, the French Agency for International Business Development, in partnership with the Plastipolis innovation cluster, is organising a French pavilion at the PLASTINDIA trade show to be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from February 5th to 10th, 2015. This major event in the plastics sector is eagerly anticipated by French experts as it takes place once every 3 years only. The Indian market is of particular interest to stakeholders all over the world because of its significant potential for development. It is estimated that the plastics industry will grow by over 50% by 2015. Plastic consumption per person and per year in India remains well below the global average (9.7 kg versus 26 kg). This results in an increased demand for high-quality, high-technology equipment. The French plastics industry is 2nd in Europe in terms of sales and 5th worldwide. The 5 companies present in the French pavilion represent different sectors of the industry. Attracted by the Indian markets high growth rate, they will present their technologies and expertise to authorities in order to establish or strengthen business contacts. Come and meet them in hall n°. 11.     An expert in waste recovery and recycling, GAVAND assists plastics companies to fulfil their legal obligations regarding waste recovery. Its operations include the collection, storage, crushing and regeneration of plastics. - booth 11-C22         Since 1988 the trading company PLASTDECOR has specialised in second-hand equipment for plastic transformation: injection presses, blowers, extruders, peripherals and moulds by major brands. - booth 11-C19         One of the world leaders in manufacturing moulds, PLASTISUD is a specialist in the production of moulds that combine high precision and high performance. More than 4,000 of its moulds are in use worldwide. Fields of application: Closures (40%), Packaging (30%), Medical (30%) - booth 11-C22         PROVENCALE SA is Europes number 2 producer and distributor of calcium and other industrial minerals. Fields of application: paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants, cements for civil engineering, plastics, food, paper, agriculture, decoration. - booth 11-D19           For more than 30 years , SPOOLEX – DECOUP + has been successfully designing and manufacturing standard and custom solutions for continuous ultrasonic cutting and welding of textiles, non-wovens, PP fabrics and plastic films. More than 5,000 of its machines are in operation worldwide. - booth 11-C20       About the French Trade Commission Business France in India Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. The French Trade Commission in India has 4 offices located in the business hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai, with a total dedicated multicultural team of over 30 experts. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public and private-sector partners. For more information:   Business France Pascal GALLI Industry/Plastics Technology, Technical Textiles, Composite Materials Project Manager Phone: +33 (0)1 40 73 35 53 E-mail:

French companies to present their expertise in nuclear energy 6th to 8th of November 2014 – Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai

Thomas Ilhe - 29-oct.-2014 11:16:14
UBIFRANCE India in partnership with G.I.I.N and AIFEN (French Nuclear Industry Associations) is organising for the 5 th consecutive year a French pavilion at the India Nuclear Energy (INE) exhibition, the leading event in the nuclear sector in India. The French delegation would represent almost 40% of the total participating companies like in the previous editions . French expertise in the nuclear sector is globally acknowledged. This expertise is the fruit of the constant commitment and investment of French industrial groups and SMEs for the past 60 years in the nuclear field. The French nuclear sector is currently the leader in the domain of the fuel cycle (manufacturing, processing and recycling) and in nuclear power plant construction and maintenance, with 2,500 companies which employ 220,000 persons and generate a €46 billion turnover, including €5.6 in exports. 58 nuclear reactors are currently in operation in France. India Nuclear Energy 2014 will serve as the platform for the civil nuclear energy industry to interact and work towards the fulfillment of the power and electricity requirements of the Indian economy. The French pavilion had brought under its banner 18 companies at INE 2013. Thus, the French Pavilion was the biggest country pavilion with the maximum number of participating companies. In addition to these 18 companies, 5 other French companies exhibited directly through their Indian subsidiaries. Visit the French Pavilion at INE 2014 from 6 to 8 November on the ground floor ( please check the plan here ) at Nehru Centre in Mumbai to find out more about the French expertise in nuclear energy! A networking dinner will be organised at the Acres’s Club on 7 November thanks to the support of our partners AREVA and FERN residency, Mumbai (only persons carrying invitations will be allowed entry). ****************************** Considering the importance of nuclear energy in the growth of any country, the French Pavilion at the INE 2014 will gather 11 renowned companies offering high added-value solutions: ACPP - CTI GROUP, APAVE SUDEUROPE SAS, AREVA, DAHER VANATOME, EDF, FIVES FOREST LINE, FIVES NORDON, IST FRANCE MIRION TECHNOLOGIES, JACOMEX, REEL and WEIR. The main objective of these French companies is to showcase their latest technological developments in their area of expertise while setting up partnerships with key Indian stakeholders. Please find more details on the companies which will be present at the French companies on our dedicated website: About UBIFRANCE and the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India: UBIFRANCE is the French agency for international business development, a key public partner in export for French companies. Its complete range of services includes providing information (on markets, legal, regulatory, international financing, calls to tender, sector watch), export consulting, sales actions (prospecting missions, partnership meetings, trade events abroad, communication in the international press, etc.). To support French companies of all sizes and all sectors in their development on foreign markets, UBIFRANCE mobilises the expertise of 1,400 persons in France (Paris and Marseille) and in 70 other countries through its French Trade Commissions UBIFRANCE and a network of Press Offices. The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India has 4 offices located in the business hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai, with a total dedicated multicultural team of over 30 experts. UBIFRANCE’s know-how and experience are globally recognized with a worldwide network of 80 Trade Commissions.   Press contact:                                                                           Mr. Thomas ILHE Press Officer French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in   India Embassy of France, New Delhi Tel.: + 91 (0)11 43 19 63 03 Email: For further information, please contact:   Mr. Kushal SENGUPTA Trade Advisor Industry, Transport and Infrastructure Department French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India Consulate General of France, Mumbai Tel.: +91 (0)22 66 69 40 27              Email:     Our partners:      
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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