RLE INTERNATIONAL announces aggressive expansion plans for India

· Celebrates completion of 10 years in India

· Plans to scale up its revenues from 5 Million euros to 20 Million euros in India by 2020

· To increase headcount from 250 to 1000 employees by 2020 in India

· To set up new Centers of Excellence in core automotive areas

· Appoints Vijay Machigad as the new Managing Director, India

· To offer end-to-end engineering solutions by leveraging “Global Capabilities” at a “Local Cost” in India

RLE INTERNATIONAL, one of the world’s leading development, technology and consultation service providers, today announced their aggressive business expansion plans for India. Operating since 2005, RLE India celebrated the completion of 10 years of business with key Automotive Manufacturers and the Automotive Supplier Industry. The company’s current revenue in India stands at 5 Million Euros and is expecting to reach 20 Million Euros by 2020. The company is also looking to scale up its employee strength in India from 250 to 1000 by 2020.

RLE India is the only pure-play Automotive Engineering player in India offering end-to-end services in Body in White services (BIW), Interior, Exterior, System Integration, Powertrain & Chassis, Computer Aided Engineering and Data Migration. The company currently has offices in Bangalore and Chennai and is investing heavily on setting up Centers of Excellence (CoE) in core areas of automotive engineering.

Over the past 10 years, the company has strengthened business relations with key Indian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Suppliers and is now looking to scale up their business in the country with an expectation of 30% YoY growth. In order for the business in India to grow in the right strategy and be at par with its global customaries, the RLE Group has appointed Vijay Machigad as the new Managing Director, RLE India Pvt. Ltd.

Commenting on the occasion, “When we initially launched in India, the aim was merely to be an offshore delivery Centre catering to some of our global customers. But over the years this market has proven itself to be much more promising and it is one of the high-performing markets today catering to crème customers with quality services. For our global customers we develop and manage commodities and total vehicle projects from design to production and are heading to become one of the markets leaders in India within the next five to eight years. The market is challenging but we have the right expertise, the right experience and the right investment strategy to grow further”, said Robert P. Rupa, Managing Director & COO, RLE INTERNATIONAL.

RLE INTERNATIONAL is planning to make significant investments on skill development and to set up several Centers of Excellence in the next five years in India which would support the RLE Group’s overall business across the geographies. RLE India is creating two focused growth engines in India – Product Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering and is also planning to invest 10% of its revenues annually towards expansion of its business portfolio. The company’s focus in India currently lies in building innovative solutions in Lean Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Automotive Electronics, Light Weight Materials and Vehicle Safety.

“We aim for RLE India to become a leading player in 2-3 niche segments in India, to become one of the top 3 players in transportation segment and to broaden its footprint into Indian market, adding more Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 customers in transportation segment. Going by the global standards, we have already added new service lines like Automotive Electronics, Body in White (BIW) and design using lightweight material to support the new needs of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers and our goal is to grow further in India”, said Darren Gowland, Group Vice President International Operations, RLE INTERNATIONAL.

As compared to other players in the market, RLE India brings in “Global Expertise” and more than 30 years of experience to deliver higher value to the customers. It also carries the benefit of global capabilities to “Follow the Customer” and support them in multiple geographies. Unlike the otherwise popular “Resource Augmentation” model, RLE India has developed the “Managed Staffing Solution” to support customer’s in-house engineering requirements. The Managed Staffing Solution ensures lowest Total-Cost-of-Ownership (TCO) to the clients.

On his appointment and new role at RLE India, Vijay Machigad, Managing Director, RLE India Pvt. Ltd. said, “India is a booming market for automotive engineering industry and RLE India has already come a long way since 2005 where we have established strategic partnerships with many global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and established the brand as a strong player in niche areas. During the next few years, we aim to grow multiple folds not only in terms of revenue but also in terms of our service portfolio, business footprint and customer relations.”
Speaking about the challenges in the Indian market, he added, “There seems to be a lack of availability of high-end skillset. RLE plans to invest on skill development as well as leverage its global expertise to offer niche solutions in India. While RLE India’s key focus is on quality, the highly cost competitive Indian market poses a huge challenge, as cutting on price means compromising on quality and safety. Our “Follow the Customer” and “Global Capability at Local Cost” strategies would help us build strong relationships with our customers and deliver high value”

IIM Calcutta Honours Sunil Sood, CEO & MD Of Vodafone India With ‘Distinguished Alumnus Of The Year’ Award

In recognition of his notable contributions as a corporate leader in the Indian telecommunication industry, Sunil Sood, MD & CEO – Vodafone India has been named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM, CALCUTTA). The award was recently presented to Sunil Sood at a gala function at IIM Calcutta in Kolkata. Sunil is an IIM Alumnus who graduated from IIM Calcutta in the year 1984.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honour of the management institute for its alumni and has been awarded to Sunil acknowledging his corporate leadership and accomplishments.

Sunil has been associated with Vodafone India for the past 15 years in different capacities and has played a pivotal role in establishing the organization as not only one of the largest players in the Indian telecom industry, but also the most loved and admired brand. During his tenure, Vodafone India revenues have grown exponentially from Rs 400 crores to Rs 42,000 crores and today is the second largest MNC in the country. Serving over 188mn customers, Vodafone India is playing a pivotal role in supporting the vision of Digital India and Financial Inclusion.

The success of Vodafone India in terms of the revenues, large subscriber base, expanded network coverage, innovative products and enhanced customer experience can be attributed to a large extent to the services and process improvements brought about by Sunil. In addition, to his responsibilities at Vodafone, he is also serving as a Director on the board of Indus Towers, the world’s largest telecom tower company, besides being a member of several reputed industry policy forums such as CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM and COAI.

Committed to the cause of “good for society is good for business”, Sunil has ensured Vodafone becomes a value based organisation where giving and sustainability is part of the culture. He conceptualized ‘Project Drishti’, an award winning initiative in which visually impaired people are given training in Braille and employed as telesales agents so that they can become financially independent. He was also instrumental in leading Vodafone India to partner with the Indian Academy of Paediatrics and launch the world’s largest vaccination reminder free of cost SMS service for its flagship programme ‘Immunize India’ to reduce infant and child mortality rate in India.

Speaking on the occasion Sunil Sood, MD and CEO, Vodafone India said: “I am humbled and delighted to receive this award. It is a big honour and will always be close to my heart since it comes from my own alma mater. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my mentors, colleagues and team members who have been part of this journey and this award is a recognition of their contribution over the years.”

Morpho and Telit contribute to IOT-based emergency response project to save lives on Russian roads

Morpho (Safran), a global leader in identity and security solutions, and Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that the specialized embedded SIM developed by Morpho has been successfully tested with Telit’s high performance 2G, 3G, and 4G cellular IoT modules for deployment in an Emergency Road Assistance project in Russia.

The ERA GLONASS (Emergency Road Assistance based on Global Navigation Satellite) project has been launched to introduce a sensor-based in-vehicle emergency call system that in case of an accident automatically dials an emergency number linked to the nearest emergency center. Basic data – including the location – is sent to the local emergency services, meaning that the response can be faster, the size and scope of an incident can be assessed early and time can be saved in critical life-and-death situations. These life-saving measurements are made possible by the integration of a specialized embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC)* into the telematics control system of vehicles.

Morpho has been working closely with the IoT enabler Telit to test special robust eUICCs that are developed specifically for the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) sector and additionally implement ERA GLONASS services. Extensive tests have now proven the seamless interoperability between Morpho’s ERA GLONASS eUICC and Telit’s cellular IoT modules to ensure that the unique requirements of the system are achieved.

“For the automotive market, flexible and secure ways of connecting cars to networks are mandatory. Our embedded security solutions meet exactly these requirements and will enable a whole new set of services for customers,” explained Yves Portalier, Vice President and General Manager, Telecom Business Unit at Morpho. “With our expertise in digital security, Morpho actively supports initiatives to enable cars to become part of the Internet of Things.”

“Telit is ideally placed to meet the high-performance, multi-constellation requirements of ERA GLONASS and the Russian OEM** automotive and aftermarket sectors. In fact, besides having the broadest cellular IoT modules portfolio in the marketplace, the company markets a comprehensive range of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) modules that provide fast, accurate position fixes even in harsh environments and challenging urban areas,” said Felix Marchal, Chief Product Officer, Telit. “In addition our GNSS offer is based on a winning combination of strategic partnerships with leading-edge chipset companies and our global manufacturing expertise.”

New GSMA Study Highlights Role Of Mobile In Delivering A Digital India

India Surpasses 500 Million Unique Mobile Subscribers; Mobile Industry Accounts for 6.1 Per Cent of India’s GDP

India is on track to surpass half a billion mobile subscribers by the end of the year, according to a new GSMA study published today, signaling the start of a new era for the country’s mobile economy. The new report, ‘The Mobile Economy: India 2015’, finds that 13 per cent of the world’s mobile subscribers reside in India and that subscriber growth is forecast to outperform the regional and global averages over the coming years as the country cements its position as the world’s second-largest mobile market behind China. The study also highlights how the Indian mobile industry is rapidly migrating to new mobile broadband networks, services and devices, and becoming a key enabler of the government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative aimed at providing broadband connectivity to all.

“India is a unique mobile market and one where the mobile ecosystem is playing a hugely influential role in transforming the lives of its citizens, and driving economic growth,” said Alex Sinclair, Acting Director General and Chief Technology Officer at the GSMA. “The market is now rapidly migrating to mobile broadband technology, which is providing a platform for India to transform into a digitally empowered society and connect many millions of unconnected citizens to the internet over the coming years.”

Headroom for Growth and a Growing Contributor to the Indian Economy
India had 453 million unique mobile subscribers at the end of 2014. It is forecast to surpass 500 million by the end of this year and add a further 250 million subscribers by 2020 to reach 734 million, accounting for almost half of all the subscriber growth expected in the Asia Pacific region over this period. This strong growth is linked to India’s relatively low mobile subscriber penetration rate, which stood at 36 per cent of the population at the end of 2014, compared to a 50 per cent global average. The subscriber penetration rate in India is forecast to reach 54 per cent by 2020 as many millions more are connected by mobile.

Although India only launched 3G services in 2009 and 4G deployments are at an early stage, the move to mobile broadband networks is set to gather pace over the coming years. Mobile broadband networks (3G/4G) accounted for only 11 per cent of Indian mobile connections[i] in 2014, but are expected to make up 42 per cent of the total by 2020. In a little over five years since the launch of the first commercial 3G networks, Indian mobile operators have extended 3G network coverage to three-quarters of the population.

One factor driving the migration to mobile broadband networks is the increasing adoption of smartphones, which has been fuelled by a raft of low-cost smartphones from both international vendors and, increasingly, via a homegrown smartphone manufacturing ecosystem. Several international device vendors have set up manufacturing facilities in India, supporting the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative aimed at boosting local manufacturing. More than half a billion new smartphones connections[ii] are expected in India between 2015 and 2020, bringing the total to 690 million, up from 149 million in 2014.
India’s mobile industry is also a key driver of economic growth and job creation. The industry made a total contribution of INR7.7 lakh crore (US$116 billion) to the Indian economy in 2014, equivalent to 6.1 per cent of India’s total GDP[iii]. This contribution is forecast to almost double to INR14 lakh crore by 2020, which would represent 8.2 per cent of projected GDP by that point. The industry directly and indirectly supported 4 million in jobs in the Indian economy in 2014, a figure predicted to rise to 5 million by 2020. It also makes a highly significant contribution to the funding of the Indian public sector, contributing approximately INR1.1 lakh crore (US$16 billion) in 2014 in the form of taxation and spectrum auction payments.

Mobile Internet Key to Delivering a Digital India
India’s mobile industry is playing a key enabling role in the Digital India initiative, launched in July 2015, which aims to transform India into a digitally empowered society and provide broadband connectivity to all. Due to the relative lack of fixed-line infrastructure in the country, mobile is already the dominant platform for internet access. The number of individuals accessing the internet over mobile devices has grown from less than 100 million subscribers in 2010 to nearly 300 million at the end of 2014.

However, network coverage and digital literacy remain key barriers to further extending mobile internet access, as many of India’s unconnected communities reside in rural or remote areas. The report outlines a number of strategies that will help close this ‘digital divide’ and support the cost-effective deployment of mobile broadband across the country. These include an increase in the availability of harmonised spectrum at a reasonable price, as well as a reduction in mobile-specific taxation that will serve to make mobile broadband more affordable for consumers and maximise the ability of mobile operators to invest in their networks. The report also highlights the need to adapt regulatory frameworks to reflect the new market dynamics that have brought changes to traditional mobile communication services.

“The Digital India programme is a unique opportunity for India’s government and mobile industry to work together on a common agenda to transform the country into a digitally powered society and economy,” added Sinclair. “Ensuring high-quality, widely available and affordable mobile broadband will be critical to delivering this ambitious vision, which will require a regulatory framework and approach to spectrum that encourages investment and innovation.”

To access the full report and related infographics please visit: http://www.gsmamobileeconomy.com/india-new/.

News Corp’s VCCircle.com to offer exclusive Wall Street Journal digital subscription package in India

Aimed at rewarding premium content subscribers of VCCircle.com as it celebrates its 10th anniversary

NASDAQ listed News Corp today announced it will offer annual subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal’s premium digital journalism at WSJ.com bundled with subscriptions to VCCircle.com, an online platform which acts as a pre-eminent source of information, data and analysis for the Indian investment ecosystem.

VCCircle.com, which tracks M&A, venture capital, private equity, investment banking, and emerging companies and sectors, operates under the aegis of VCCircle Network that was acquired by News Corp earlier this year.

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With this development, Indian subscribers of VCCircle.com will now also have access to global WSJ.com content in combinations deals for up to 76 per cent savings on value (approximately Rs. 22,730). Subscribers to this offer can also get access to VCCircle premium content for up to three years and WSJ.com subscription for one year, depending on the plan they opt in for as part of the offer.

“It is VCCircle’s 10th anniversary year starting this month and we wanted to celebrate it by offering VCCircle.com subscribers the opportunity to access the best of global business news coverage, leading opinion and insightful analysis from the Wall Street Journal, along with the pioneering and premier source of deals and investment news and insights in Indian business from VCCircle.com at an attractive combo price” said Raju Narisetti, Senior Vice-President, Strategy, News Corp.

VCCircle.com premium content can be accessed through the web browser and through its mobile apps available on iTunes and Google Play as free downloads. WSJ access is available through a web browser both on desktop and mobile.

Ergonis Black Friday shopping: Save 25% on PopChar, Typinator, and KeyCue

it’s that time of the year again and Ergonis Software announces a Black Friday promotion for their award-winning productivity tools PopChar, Typinator, and KeyCue.

Customers visiting the company’s online store at https://store.ergonis.com during the Black Friday weekend, i.e., before December 1st 2015, can enter the coupon code “BlackFriday15A” during checkout to get a 25% discount.

Most of today’s fonts contain thousands of characters, many more than you can access from the keyboard. PopChar makes it easy to explore these fonts, search for characters by their names, find fonts that contain certain characters, collect your favorite characters, insert characters and HTML symbols, and more. Starting with PopChar 7, the new “Shape Finder” even allows you to simply draw the shape of a character on the screen to tell PopChar what you are looking for. With PopChar, you can also take a look at fonts from a designer’s perspective – see a font preview, check out what a given text fragment looks like in a certain font, and print beautiful font sheets. PopChar is available for Mac OS X and Windows.

Typinator is a powerful, yet elegantly simple solution that boosts your productivity by automating the process of inserting frequently used text and auto-correcting typing errors. Across all applications, it detects specific sequences of typed characters and automatically replaces them with text snippets, graphics, URLs, dates and special characters. Typinator comes with a list of built-in predefined sets, like autocorrection for English, German, and French, DOuble CApitals correction, Auto-Capitalize Sentences, Inline Calculation, Clipboard conversion, Subscripts, Superscript, and HTML snippets with over 100 abbreviations for elements of the HTML standard. Besides that, you can download many additional useful sets for free from the company’s web site.

KeyCue is a tool for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts are supposed to provide quick access to frequently used menu commands. Honestly though, how many shortcut keys do you know by heart? KeyCue helps you to use your Mac OS X applications more effectively by displaying a concise table of all currently available menu shortcuts. You no longer need to memorize and remember key combinations; just press the command key and KeyCue tells you what you want to know. Over time, you will automatically remember frequently used shortcuts and start working more efficiently.

Availability and Ordering:
Orders can be placed securely on the Ergonis Software online store https://store.ergonis.com. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company’s web site http://www.ergonis.com.

OnePlus Mobiles Partners with Oxxy for a Healthier India

Focusing on awareness and testing camps against sexually transmitted diseases

OnePlus, a fast growing global technology startup, has partnered with Oxxy, India’s largest healthcare network to bring forth to India’s youth to educate on STD (sexually transmitted diseases) and invites youth for check-ups at camps which will be held in different parts of the Country under this partnership.

Oxxy has been under the process to providing Indians with affordable and transparent healthcare and has put in a lot of effort and work with its Swastha Bharat initiative. Now it is educating the youth about STDs and in the coming months a number of initiatives have been planned through the partnership with OnePlus. Existing OnePlus users wishing to avail the free medical tests shall also be provided with a chance to get themselves tested at these medical camps. One Plus has always been into demand because of its “Invites”, now the partnership offers free Invites to all who care and support in the awareness campaign for HIV/ AIDS.

Speaking on Oxxy’s efforts towards providing better healthcare opportunities, Pankaj Gupta, Founder Oxxy said, “We at OXXY have always been working towards the aim of a healthier nation. Awareness and education on STD’s is still lacking in the country. We are glad that companies like One Plus who are so popular amongst the youth is an integral part of the campaign to educate the masses. Oxxy is working as a monitoring unit for controlling health care prices throughout the country”.

India has one of the highest numbers of people infected with STDs and yet people are shy of getting them tested for fear of stigma where some of them cannot afford it. This is a first-of-it’s-kind of partnership, pushing the society to come out of its shell and talk about STDs, which is becoming a rampant problem and a silent killer of sorts. Most people are still uncomfortable discussing STDs, but with such alliances to attract the youth through technology and healthcare with incentives that interest them, the situation will surely look up for the betterment of the society.

“OnePlus sincerely believes that the only way to a healthy life is to be aware of possibilities of contracting the disease and therefore we are facilitating this opportunity free of cost to the youth. We are happy to partner with Oxxy and do our bit to ensure we create a healthier society.”adds Mr Karan Sarin, Head of Marketing – India, OnePlus on this novel initiative.

GODOFWORLD chain of Hospitals has also partnered in the initiative for bringing awareness to masses about STDs. Sheetal Kapoor, Founder OXXY added “We are glad to extend our support to the initiative with our 40 hospitals spread across the country and will be soon screening for STD’s free of cost for the youth and masses.