Friday, November 28, 2008

Bangalore-based Easiprocess To Open 500 Seater BPO In Pune

Excited about the expansion, Easiprocess Managing Director, Yogesh Agarwal commented, “We are delighted to announce our expansion and progress that brings a ray of hope in this time of economic distress.”

“The set up of our new office will be completed in May 2009 and we could accommodate up to 1000 employees in two shifts, which we plan to recruit over a period of 2 years. We have chosen Pune over Bangalore for many reasons, the main one being the location and ready availability of SEZ office space,” Mr. Yogesh added. To read more, please, visit - Top News

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Tata Motors To Sack 3,000 Temporary Staff At Pune Unit

Tata Motors, India's largest commercial vehicle maker, said it would dismiss around 3,000 temporary staff at its Pune factory, following its decision a week ago to cut production and dismiss a similar number of temporary workers at its Jamshedpur unit, reports media.

The Pune plant will resume operations from Friday after it was closed from November 21.

Tata Motors has resorted to such limited-period block closures at its commercial vehicles facilities at Jamshedpur (from November 6-8 and from November 25-59), Lucknow (November 10-15) and Pune from November 21 to 26, in order to match production with demand and avoid unnecessary build-up of inventory in the company or with the company's dealers, the spokesman reportedly said.
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Bentley is betting big on the Indian market, with its executives recently meeting executives of auto and auto component companies in Pune

When Volkswagen (VW) starts production at Pune next year, it will be one of its fastest built factory. The German car maker built its facility using virtual 3D tools developed by Bentley Systems, the US-based infrastructure software solutions company.

Bentley Systems, Solutions Executive Factories, Torsten Rohrlack, said, “3D intelligent modeling for factories has solved many problems for auto manufacturers as they need an extremely short time-to-market and their models change very fast.

Companies wasted a lot of time and money in modifying factories to suit the manufacturing of newer models, while the time-to-market also increased significantly. Many have therefore shifted to the use of simulation and visualization tools.” He added, “Our software products allow companies to design and develop fully-working model of their facilities virtually before even a single hole is dug into the ground.”

Our software integrates with product designing software like Catia and Delmia (from Dassault Systems), which allows companies to see their products being manufactured virtually,” General Motors built its plants 25% faster and 10-15% cheaper using Bentley’s software, Mr Rohrlack said. To read more, please, visit - The Economic Times

Volkswagen AG in Pune:


Volkswagen AG is to build a new production plant in Pune in the Indian state of Maharashtra. With investment totalling some 410 million euros, a full production plant with a press shop, body shop, paint shop and assembly lines is to be built on the 230 hectare site in the Chakan industrial park near Pune.

The German brand and Europe’s largest automotive manufacturer will be entering the Indian market to meet the rapidly growing demand for mobility.

Volkswagen will be developing a vehicle in the foreseeable future specifically tailored to the needs of the Indian market offering all the features of a genuine Volkswagen. It is essential to ensure “Volkswagen quality built in India” as a genuine unique selling proposition and a symbol of quality. Read More

Related Stories:

1) Volkswagen to roll out passenger cars from its greenfield plant in Pune six months ahead of schedule

2) Volkswagen will launch its locally produced small car in India by 2009 when its green field plant will be fully operational in Pune

3) Now, Chakan, hot real estate investment destination in Pune, has a new addition - Eiffel City, Boulevard township of 2 and 3 bhk flats and Villas

4) According to Jones Lang Lasalle Meghraj, Nashik is the new 'emerging' investment destination in Indian real estate

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Bajaj Auto to kick-start low-cost, sub-125cc bike priced around Rs 30,000

why is Bajaj ready to peddle low-cost bikes when market leader Hero Honda Motors - which is a well entrenched player in the entry level motorcycle segment - has shied away from this segment till now?

"We just don’t know why Bajaj bikes are not selling!"

Bajaj Auto could be devising a multi-pronged strategy to generate growth in these troubled times. The company, which has seen a significant slowdown in domestic bike offtake over the last several months, may have already developed a low-cost motorcycle even as it works on upgrading the XCD platform for launching a “sports” bike next month.

Though the company has been vehemently denying any such move, industry sources say Bajaj has just begun testing a low-cost product in export markets such as Nigeria. According to these sources, this is a “sub-125 cc” bike and a debate is currently on within the company on whether to price it around Rs 30,000 (lower than the cheapest bike available in the market today) or slightly higher. Sources indicated that the brand name for the new product could be “Steel”, but this could not be confirmed.

Bajaj may be able to price this bike lower than existing, entry level motorcycles by importing many components from low-cost sourcing bases such as China. To read more, please, visit - DNA

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Renault and Mahindra, Bajaj Auto ventures curbed

French major Renault SA has begun to alter its India strategy, keeping pace with changing market realities and also the different partnerships it has forged in India.

Renault has a 49:51 joint venture with Mahindra & Mahindra, besides being part of a three-way partnership with sister company Nissan and Bajaj Auto for manufacturing the ultra low cost car.

On the low-cost car front, Bilaine said the avowed price tag of $2,500-3,000 would be very difficult to maintain in the current global meltdown scenario.

“We are in the middle of a financial crunch. The rupee has plummeted and the inflation is also very high. It (to maintain the price point) is very challenging. We are still working on the principles of $2,500.”

The low-cost car project is initially only for the Indian market, slated for launch in 2011 and eventually 3 lakh units of the car would be manufactured per year. To read more, please, visit - DNA

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Demand slump: Tata Motors may shut Pune unit for 6 days

A day after it announced plans to briefly shut down its heavy commercial vehicles plant in Jamshedpur, Tata Motors appeared to be mulling a similar closure of its passenger vehicle plant in Pune.

'Production will match demand' is all that a Tata Motors spokesperson had to say when asked about reports that the Pune facility would be shut down from November 22-27. He however, neither confirmed nor denied the reports. -The Economic Times

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Obama can't overlook Indian outsourcing industry

Can US president elect, Barack Hussein Obama, afford to lose billion of dollars they get from Indian outsourcing industry in the current financial meltdown by cracking a whip on Indian outsourcing industry? Well, going by the initial trends of the IT sector after the election results in US, the outsourcing industry in India seems assured that the US economy can't overlook them.

Over 80 per cent of the BPOs and call-centres in India are regulated by the US companies--the main pillar of Indian outsourcing industry. To read more, please, visit - -The Economic Times

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