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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

“2018 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France” published Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler welcomes increasing Indian investment in France

sophie Canciani - 29-avr.-2019 08:46:11
New Delhi. April 12, 2019. The “2018 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France”, which was released at a press conference held earlier this month at the French Ministry for Economy and Finance, is a testimony to foreign investors’ renewed confidence in France as a business destination. The report was unveiled by Mr Bruno Le Maire, Minister for Economy and Finance, Mr Christophe Lecourtier, CEO of Business France, and Mr Pascal Cagni, Chairman of Business France and Ambassador for International Investment. A total of 1,323 investment decisions in France in 2018 – at an average of 25 decisions per week – created or maintained 30,302 jobs. Investments at new sites increased by 14% in 2018, with 741 new decisions, thus representing more than half (56%) of total investments. This increase in investment in new sites reflects France’s popularity and attractiveness. There were 500 investments that involved the expansion of existing operations , thereby generating 15,588 jobs in 2018. Welcoming the upsurge in Indian investments in France, Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Alexandre Ziegler said, “W ith 17 investment decisions, recorded in 2018, and more than 150 Indian companies already in France , employing more than 7,000 people, Indian investments reflect the improvement in France’s image as a business hub.” In 2018, Indian projects often involved decision-making centres (59% of projects; 53% of jobs) and production/manufacturing operations (18% of projects; 34% of jobs). Investments were mainly made in the software and IT services sector (24% of projects; 30% of jobs), and the machinery and mechanical equipment sector (12% of projects; 21% of jobs). Sophie Clavelier, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for India, VP of Business France for South Asia , added, “The diversity of France’s regions and cities continues to drive their attractiveness among Indian investors. Ile de France / Paris region (59% of projects; 50% of jobs) , Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (18% of projects) , Grand Est (12% of projects), Hauts de France, Nouvelle Aquitaine and Occitanie were home to the main Indian investment decisions in 2018.” Business France, together with its French regional partners, helped secure major new Indian investments like Samvardhana Motherson Group, which invested €201 million for the acquisition of Reydel Automotive and Rahman Group. Thereafter, it acquired French safety footwear key player, Lemaître Sécurité SAS, in 2007, and is now reinvesting in the Grand Est region through the construction of its first 4.0 production facility. Trade between France and India continues to expand: French companies have today more than 550 Indian subsidiaries (with more local establishments that cover the entire territory) and currently employ approximately 360,000 people, for a cumulative turnover of € 12.1 billion To strengthen trade and investment links between French and Indian companies, Business France organizes a major annual Indo-French Business Forum , Ambition India , which includes sessions on business environment, project’s financing, HR, attractiveness and sectorial roundtables, networking lunch and B2B meetings. The 2019 edition will take place in Paris on 21 st May, at which more than 200 companies , experts, advisors and representatives of government bodies are expected. H.E. Alexandre Ziegler will participate in Ambition India and will also lead a delegation of Indian investors to France in Bordeaux, Paris and Lille the same week. *** Note to Editors Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, is responsible for fostering export growth of 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 destination, and also runs the VIE international internship programme. Business France has 1,500 personnel, in France and in 58 other countries throughout the world, who work with a network of partners. For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr   Business Forum Ambition India: www.ambitionindia.fr

Motherson is now the 1st Indian employer in France

Audrey Lucbernet - 15-mars-2019 10:56:15
Auto component maker Motherson Sumi Systems has acquired an additional French company, last year, the manufacturer Reydel Automotive Group (Reydel) for USD 201 million (over Rs 1,300 crore). Motherson Sumi Systems (MSSL), flagship company of the Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG), said this acquisition through its step-down subsidiary Samvardhana Motherson Automotive Systems Group BV (SMRP BV) will bolster its  offerings in the automotive interiors space.   Reydel’s interiors product portfolio includes instrument panels, door panels, console modules, decorative parts and cockpit modules. The company’s global presence spans 20 plants and 16 countries and is supported by a workforce of around 5,500 associates.   Samvardhana Motherson Group is now the largest Indian employer in France with 2,300 employees.     Check the video of Mr. Sehgal, Chairman of Samvardhana Motherson Group talking about his success story in France.      https://youtu.be/-KDNBOCZKIE              

Ashok Leyland adopts Dassault Systèmes GVPP Platform for improved manufactoring

Aurelien Sostaponti - 18-févr.-2019 08:00:44
    Ashok Leyland adopts Dassault Systemes’ GVPP platform for improved manufacturing   Taking Indian automotive manufacturing to next level, Ashok Leyland has adapted the 3D Experience industry solution platform of the French company Dassault Systemes. Global Validation Proven Performance (GVPP) as a solution on the 3D Experience platform,  will reduce Ashok Leyland’s product development cycle from three years to 18 months and bring down the cost by 5%.

India’s growth picture is as clear as glass for Saint Gobain

Purva Marwaha - 15-févr.-2018 11:23:20
Saint Gobain, the French maker of plasterboard and glass, is betting big on the Indian market and is aiming to triple revenues in the next ten years to ₹20,000 crore, its chairman said. “India is one of the fastest growing countries for Saint Gobain. India is the number one country for us — even more than China,” Pierre-Andre De Chalendar , chairman of the Saint-Gobain Group, told ET in an interview recently. About €130 million, or 10% of Saint Gobain’s investment capex, find their way into India that contributes only 2% of its sales. The share of India in total manufacturing is around 4%, he added. The last three years have seen the French company plough back all the profits it made in India to grow its business here. Chalendar is encouraged by the proactive reforms undertaken by the Indian government. “There has been a progressive reduction in bureaucracy. The tax reforms of last summer have been good. So, I am positive about the economic climate in India. It’s improving and I am confident that it will continue to improve.” Saint Gobain was set up in France in 1665, and made glass for the French King Louis XIV. It is present in India through three entities. “…at the moment in terms of growth capex, India is the number one country for us, even more than China,” Chalendar said.   Recommended By Colombia The company has grown by 19% since 1996 when it started operations in India through its listed company Grindwell Norton BSE 0.78 % (GNO). Over the years, capital expenditure for growth in the country has been the highest in all the countries that it has businesses in, amounting to around $100 million in the last few years. “Most of our investments in India have been funded by our existing company in India. It is a sign of the strength of our Indian business. So, we plough back all our profits in India. We haven’t sent money out of India for the last few years now. The cash that we generate, we invest back,” Chalendar added. In India, its biggest investment is in the glass business. It is the market leader in making glass for buildings, automotive windshields etc, and value-added glass like coated glass. The other business is gypsum plasterboard which is in the materials space and abrasives, refractories, high-performance plastics etc. “It is a sign of the strength of our Indian business,” Anand Mahajan, chairman of Saint Gobain Group in India, told ET in the same interview. Mahajan has been steering the group since its inception in India and leads a wholly Indian team in a French company, a fact that Chalendar takes pride in while talking about the glassmaker’s key successes in India. What gives Chalendar the confidence to bet on India is the rising demand that the company is seeing from its glassmaking segment. It makes flat glass that is used as windshields in automobiles and in buildings, where demand for green alternatives is pushing the sales up for its coated glass.        Source:  Economic Times,  http://bit.ly/2o1vtoj

AXON’ CABLE INTERCONNECTS EVERY PART OF A VEHICLE

Purva Marwaha - 01-févr.-2018 08:24:44
Axon Cables, a manufacturer of custom design wires, composite cables, flat flex cables, will be a part of a delegation of 21 French suppliers of the automotive and electric mobility industry from 5th to 9th February 2018. The company will visit Auto Expo Motor and Components show in Delhi & will go to Chennai as well as a part of a delegation of French companies hosted by Business France -The French Trade & Investment Agency, Federation of French Vehicle Equipment Industry (FIEV) & the European Association for Electromobility (AVERE).   SHOWCASING AXON EXPERTISE IN THE CONTEXT OF AUTO EXPO, NEW DELHI   Auto Expo will be a good opportunity for the Axon’ group to highlight the expertise of its Indian subsidiary Axon’ Interconnectors and Wires based in Bangalore since 2010 in the area of cable assemblies for challenging environment. Space and weight saving, flexibility, temperature resistance, power transmission, EMI protection are some of the many challenges Axon’ India will have to cope with. Especially designed for the automotive market, Axon’ cable proposes Flat Flexible Cables for board-to-board interconnections, flat flex shielded cable assemblies, custom-designed electromagnetic interference protected cables and connectors, flat display connections for infotainment, PTFE wires resistant to high temperatures (-200°C/+260°C) and many others. Axon’ Interconnectors and Wires produces state of the art wire and cable harnesses using “made in axon’” micro D connectors or any type of connector available in the market.   FRENCH TECHNOLOGY “MADE IN INDIA”   India being a strategic market in terms of rapid development, it was decided to build a new plant in 2 phases: 2500 m² in 2018 and a 1500m² additional building in 2020 at Devanahalli Aerospace Park close to the international airport in Bangalore. Axon’ India employs 65 staff in 2017 expects to hire 100 people by 2021 to reach 150 staff in total at that time with a total turnover of 5 million € by 2021.       Innovation is one of the priorities of the group which invests 10% of its turnover in Research & Development. Over 200 technicians and engineers are specialized in manufacture and plating of precision conductors, plastics technologies, and electronics. The advanced Interconnect expertise of the Axon’ group allows its Indian subsidiary to produce state of the art Wires, cables and harnesses using any type of connectors available in the world or custom designed following customer needs. The company draws its experience in space and defense to offer reliable dedicated solutions in automotive industry; All sites involved in the manufacture of automotive products are ISO 9001/TS16949 certified. Axon’s 13 integrated manufacturing sites in Asia, Europe and America can handle all orders from small and medium size volumes right up to mass production.   « We want to build a long-standing company » this illustrates both history and vision of Axon’ long-term strategy, says Joseph Puzo, President and CEO of AXON’ Group     The Auto equipment manufacturers market in India is estimated to be 35 Billion € in 2015-16 representing 41% of automotive sales. India now has more than 500 suppliers and 10,000 subcontractors. Participating in the auto expo would be one step ahead for the company as the Indian equipment manufacturers and sub-contracting SMEs are looking for foreign partners (JV, technology transfer, R & D centers, equipment modernization and production lines) to overcome their technological gap, particularly in the face of BS-VI challenges, the evolution of safety standards & the electric vehicle.

“Choose France!” summit focusing on France’s attractiveness to business

Purva Marwaha - 23-janv.-2018 07:30:22
  The President of France will be attending the “Choose France!” summit at the Palace of Versailles on Monday January 22, where distinguished guests will include nearly 140 business leaders representing some the world’s biggest businesses in a wide variety of sectors, from the automotive industry to new technologies, agri-food, financial services and healthcare. The “Choose France!” summit is another key stage in the promotion of France’s attractiveness as a business location after several months of far-reaching economic reforms by the French government. The aim of the event is to highlight how France stands up as an attractive business destination, underpinned by the announcement of various investment projects in France and the presence of 140 business leaders, many of whom are on their way to the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland), who will discuss their ambitions in France with the President, Prime Minister and 16 ministers. Five multinational firms will use the summit to announce major investment projects in France. Each of these will serve as a symbolic illustration – due to either their size, the sums being invested, growth or jobs being generated, or their excellence and significance for sectors of the future. A handful of smaller projects will also be announced during the event. As part of a day largely given over to France’s attractiveness to business, the President of France will also pay an early afternoon visit to Toyota’s industrial plant near Valenciennes (north-eastern France), where the Toyota Yaris is made (3.5 million units produced since opening in 2001) and 3,800 people are employed at a site driving employment in the local area. It is also the 25th largest factory in France, turning out 30% of Toyota’s total output in Europe. Following his visit to Valenciennes, the President will travel straight to the Palace of Versailles, where he is scheduled to arrive around 6pm. He will take part in several bilateral meetings, including with Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google Inc., Vasant Narasimhan, CEO of Novartis, Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP and John Chambers, formerly Executive Chairman of Cisco. The bilateral meetings will be followed by a dinner, preceded by an introductory speech from the President and a question-answer session with the invited business leaders. 1. “Choose France!” summit agenda and participants       140 business leaders from nearly 30 countries are taking part in the “Choose France!” summit, including: Sundar Pichai (Google), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Dominic Barton (McKinsey), Stuart Gulliver (HSBC), Jesper Brodin (Ikea), Bill McDermott (SAP), Lloyd Blankfein (Goldman Sachs), David Abney (UPS), Guido Barilla (Barilla), Jason Chen (Acer), Alexandre Dayon (Salesforce), Warren East (Rolls Royce Plc), Michael Evans (Alibaba), Jeffrey Harmening (General Mills), Lars Fruergaard Joergensen (Novo Nordisk), Joe Kaeser (Siemens), Martin Lundsdedt (Volvo Group), Antonio Neri (Hewlett Packard), Shunichi Miyanaga (Mitsubishi), James Quincey (Coca Cola Company), Young Sohn (Samsung Electronics), Richard Liu (JD.com) and Jonas Prising (Manpower Group).   Various French business leaders will also be in attendance, including Thomas Buberl (Axa), Jean- Laurent Bonnafe (BNP Paribas), Ross McInnes (Safran) and Emmanuel Faber (Danone).   There are four parts to the schedule for the afternoon at the Palace of Versailles:       1.00pm-2.30pm: Arrival of business leaders for lunch with the French Prime Minister 2.30pm-6.00pm: Bilateral meetings and topic-based workshop sessions held in parallel: Tony Estanguet - “Paris 2024: sharing optimism!” Bruno Le Maire - “Economic reform in France” Cédric Villani - “Artificial intelligence” Mounir Mahjoubi - “Digitalization of the French economy” Muriel Penicaud: “Social transformation in France” John Chambers: “Innovation and start up ecosystem” 6.00pm: Arrival of the President of France and bilateral meetings 8.00pm: Dinner, preceded by an introductory speech from the President of France           KEY FIGURES FOR THE “CHOOSE FRANCE!” SUMMIT:       More than 30 countries represented (approx. 50% from Europe, 25% from the United States, 25% from Africa, the Middle East and Asia).   ·                 A dozen job-creating investment projects.   The President and Prime Minister of France joined by 16 ministers: Jean-Yves Le Drian (Europe and Foreign Affairs), Bruno Le Maire (Economy and Finance), Muriel Penicaud (Labour), Agnès Buzyn (Solidarity and Health), Gérald Darmanin (Government Action and Public Accounts), Florence Parly (Armed Forces), Nicole Belloubet (Justice), Françoise Nyssen (Culture), Stéphane Travert (Agriculture and Food), Elisabeth Borne (Transport), Laura Flessel (Sport), Mounir Mahjoubi (Digital Affairs), Brune Poirson (Ecological and Inclusive Transition), Delphine Geny-Stephann (Economy and Finance), Nathalie Loiseau (European Affairs) and Benjamin Griveaux (Government Spokesperson).   ·                 Around 300 bilateral meetings scheduled during the afternoon at the Palace of Versailles, between business leaders and:   Members of government. Institutional participants (French telecoms regulator ARCEP, France’s public investment bank Bpifrance, French state investment fund Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, French government Treasury Directorate DG Trésor, etc.). Meetings are also scheduled between French and foreign business leaders.  
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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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