IFSEC India: An invaluable congregation of policy makers, regulators and key decisions makers

Global interest, analysis of industry best practices and technological breakthroughs to mark the 11th edition of IFSEC India; South Asia’s largest Security event by UBM India

New Delhi, 30 November, 2017: The International Fire & Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) India Expo, South Asia’s largest security, civil protection and fire safety show by UBM India, is gearing up for its 11th edition which is slated for December 6th – 8th at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Supported by Asian Professional Security Association(APSA), American Society for Industrial Security(ASIS) , Electronic Security Association of India(ESAI) , Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) and Overseas Security Advisory Council(OSAC), along with Assocham as Strategic Partner and PwC as knowledge Partner, the show brings together internationally renowned exhibitors, consultants, business experts and key government officials under one common platform.

The South Asia region, which the IFSEC India Expo brings within its radar, is an especially vulnerable as well as progressive zone when it comes to security and surveillance in a three pronged manner.

1) Safety issues in a terror prone region: The constantly evolving cities in this geographical region face higher criminal activities, war and terrorism threats that are a source of critical concern for citizens in terms of disaster preparedness and prevention.
2) Crowding up of cities: A United Nations study revealed that about 66% of the global population will be living in cities by 2050, up from 53% today. Ninety percent of that increase will be accounted for by Africa and Asia, with the latter’s urban population set to reach 2.7bn. As cities absorb thousands of new arrivals every year, Asian governments are increasingly turning to technology to cope with the strain – more specifically, ‘smart’ technology.
3) The need for data security and privacy in the South Asian IT hub: The South Asian region, and India specifically, is rightly perceived as an IT hub with ambitious digital programmes, that while having tangible benefits, often struggle with issues like networks resiliency, privacy and data security. An IDC study projects that the threat of some form of major breach over IoT networks in the coming two years at no less than 90%.

Significantly, in an industry where upgradation of technology is the very key to surviving competition, the IFSEC India Expo provides high-impact, informative demos and a wealth of opportunities for the visitors to network and learn about cutting-edge technologies, industry best practices and trends, challenges, market insights and discover the best solutions to keep their business and clients secured.

IFSEC India will include in its already formidable repertoire, products and technologies pertaining to biometrics, transport, access control, in addition to surveillance for the knowledge of end users and providers by global brands & distributors such as Aditya Infotech, Dahua, eSSL, Globus Infocom, Hanwha Techwin, Hikvision, Mark Electronics, Realtime,Roadpoint, Secureye,Techsmart, Tenda, TVT, Uniview,& Zkteco as Premier Plus partners. Premier partners include — Advik, Axestrack, Biomax, Delta, Dlink,Face ID, Hifocus, Idemia, Mantra Softech, Orbit, Panasonic, Seagate, Slingshot, Tansa, Timewatch,Unique Electrovision and Western Digital amongst others. The expo will see participation of over 300 brands from 20+ countries such as UK, USA, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Lithuania, South Africa, Russia and Turkey to name a few from the security and fire domain.

Speaking on the announcement of the 11th edition of IFSEC, Mr Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “As per estimates, about 25–30 people are migrating every minute to major Indian cities from rural areas in search of better livelihood and better lifestyles. With this momentum, about 843 million people are expected to live in urban areas by 2050. To accommodate this massive urbanization, India needs to find smarter ways to manage complexities, reduce expenses, increase efficiency and improve the quality of life. Consequently, Public safety has emerged as an important function for governments across the world. With challenges such as criminal activities and terrorism, cities are expected to manage and control the change to allow their communities to have a standard of living that meets modern-day expectations and induce a feeling of safety among the citizens. In the age of smart technology and to match the pace of smart cities, the need for smart security is of utmost significance..”

“The growing awareness in the retail and enterprise segment too is giving security solutions a cult status. Under these circumstances, IFSEC India will act as catalysts for the progress and vision of the industry, as we provide a platform for industry players to collectively ideate, innovate, and spot trends like the shift in India’s security paradigm from a preventive approach to a monitoring and response strategy.” he further added.

With the increasing focus on Homeland security in India, IFSEC India, 2017 has decided to proactively decipher relevant insights gained in the global security market by conducting a one day conference with the theme ‘Secure Nation and Safer Environment’ alongside the exhibition. The expo is supported by Assocham & PWC as ‘Strategic’ and ‘Knowledge Partners’, respectively. The conference will witness eminent personalities delivering special address and key note, to name a few — Shri G K Pillai –Member of the National Security Advisory Board, Ministry of Home Affairs and Shri Nagendra Nath Sinha, Managing Director, National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation. Some interesting topics that will be discussed at the conference are — Smart Border Management – Comprehensive Strategies for Challenges and Threats to Land Borders, Coastal & Maritime Security Challenges.

This year, IFSEC India is all set to bring back the 2nd edition of IFSEC India Awards. The Electronic Security Industry in India is proliferating and the awards are crafted to specially get the minds behind electronic security in various industry verticals like BFSI, Retail, Manufacturing, Energy, Healthcare, PSUs, IT & ITES and Infrastructure in the limelight. The awards will recognise the excellence and innovations of CSOs & Security officers who continuously work behind the scenes to ensure robust security. The process advisors for the IFSEC India Awards will be Ernst and Young.

IFSEC India owes its rich legacy to the 40-year-old IFSEC Global and success to the way the Indian edition has modified itself to suit the specific needs of this region. Recommended by industry experts as the pre-eminent authority on the global security and fire industry, the expo has has nudged us on the path to a completely secure, smart and digitally enhanced world.

Women in Pharma: A path-breaking initiative to close in on the gender gap in the burgeoning sector

An exclusive summit by UBM India under the aegis of the India Pharma Week

Mumbai, November 29, 2017: The 2nd edition of the celebrated India Pharma Week, a UBM India initiative — introduced last year to celebrate a decade of CPhI & P-MEC, UBM’s flagship engagement platform, and the world’s leading Pharmaceutical networking event — witnessed one of its most inspiring and scintillating initiatives, ‘Women in Pharma : Aspire, Lead, Inspire’.


The event saw a congregation of some of the most sought-after women leaders in senior-management levels, entrepreneurs, and mentors from the pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical industry to celebrate the significant contribution of women in this industry and share their inspiring stories, experiences and knowledge. Encouraged by the overwhelming response it got last year, the 2nd edition of ‘Women in Pharma’ came with a broader, all-encompassing agenda that also included deliberating discussions by involving senior male leaders from the industry as well.

With several global studies pointing to the fact that gender diversity promotes stability and sustainability of the business achieving long-terms goals for the organization. Hence organizations are increasingly channelizing their efforts towards building a gender rich workforce, with a special focus on women in leadership roles. According to Grant Thornton’s global survey report on Women in Businesses 2017, India is the third lowest country in having women in leadership roles. The survey conducted includes 5,500 businesses in 36 economies across the globe also says that 41% of the Indian businesses have no women in leadership roles. The percentage of women executive directors in the pharmaceutical industry is only 7.69%. However, with the latest SEBI guidelines on board representation along with an increasing number of women inspired to make a difference, these figures are slowly changing.

Marina Wyatt, CFO, UBM plc, observed: “The issue of gender sensitisation and diversity at the workplace is no longer about ‘why’, but about ‘how’ — how we get the systems and structure in place to drive the same. Similarly, it’s not as much about work-life balance nowadays in the digital world, as much as it is about work-life blend and the opportunity to do so — where one can seamlessly transition from one to the other, where the personal and professional may merge and enhance the other. We’ve had similar platforms in other parts of the world such as Women in Engineering, Women in Cruise, Women in Technology etc.

She added, “What we are noticing is this ‘pipeline’ where at the entry level, there is not much of a gap, but gradually, as the seniority level increases, so does the gender gap. At UBM plc, we are getting more proactive on the gender issue from the grass-root level and some of the key themes we are focusing on is ‘recruitment’, ‘development’ and ‘compensation’ and, linking it to the concerned teams’ KPIs.

Some of the best-in-class professionals of the industry who were a part of the by-invitation only interaction included Sindhushree Khullar, former Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog, Former Secretary-Planning Commission, Government of India; Savindu Kudrigikar, Business Head (South Asia), Pharma, Food and Medical, Dow Chemical International Pvt. Ltd.; Aparna Thomas, Senior Director – Communications & CSR (India & South Asia), Sanofi; Deepshikha Mukerji, Regional Human Resources Director, Established Pharmaceuticals, Abbott; Pratima Reddy, Director – R&D Portfolio, Governance and Strategy Merck Consumer Health (CH), Merck; Rajiv Oza, HRBL – Global Manufacturing & Supply (GMS) , South Asia, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd.; Dr. Sofia Mumtaz, President-Portfolio and Legal, Lupin Ltd.; Ameera Shah, Promoter & Managing Director, Metropolis Healthcare Ltd.; and Kanchana TK, Director General, Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India along with an inspirational talk by Vasu Primlani, Corporate trainer and stand-up comedian.

Speaking on the occasion of ‘Women in Pharma: Aspire, Lead, Inspire’, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “Diversity and inclusion, especially gender diversity is a granted principle in the workplace today, but unfortunately still not well-executed. One of the major reason why ‘Women in Pharma conference’ is an integral part of India Pharma Week is to address and raise the key issues of lower women leaders in the pharma sector. Given the upsurge in the pharmaceutical sector in India with over 25,000 companies, there is a tremendous potential for jobs for women in leadership positions and otherwise. However, according to the Skill India Report, while the industry-wise hiring targets for women in pharma and healthcare sectors currently is about 38.67 per cent, the total employability of women is only about 28.28 per cent.”

He added, In spite of the obvious benefits, most sectors are failing to hire, retain and promote qualified women. What would make a vital difference then would be to spread awareness, education and a can-do attitude. It is for women leaders – and their male counterparts – to share their experiences as well as encourage and inspire other women to take the lead and a platform like Women in Pharma provides just that.”

Landmark Celebration of UBM India’s 11th edition of CPhI & P-MEC India gets underway today

Inaugurates at MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) on 27th Nov
To inaugurate at Bombay Exhibition Centre on 28th Nov
CPhI & P-MEC India 2017 at a glance:

– South Asia’s largest Pharma event
– Held at two different venues i.e., MMRDA Grounds (BKC), Mumbai – 27th to 29th Nov ; the Bombay Exhibition Centre (Goregaon) – 28th to 30th Nov
– 1,500 + exhibitors, a 40+ countries’ participation
– Salient features include Supplier-Finder Desk, Innovation Gallery and Exhibitor Showcase

Mumbai, November 27th 2017: UBM India, India’s leading B2B exhibition organizer saw the launch of the grand 11th edition of the signature event, CPhI & P-MEC India 2017, one of the world’s leading pharma networking expos. The marquee expo is being held at two venues in Mumbai – MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex (27th to 29th November) and Bombay Exhibition Centre (28th to 30th November).


This year’s marquee event has more than 1,500 + exhibitors, 40 + countries’ participation. The inauguration of CPhI-P-MEC 2017 occurred at MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex today in the presence of an august gathering of industry leaders including Shri. Satish Wagh, Chairman, Chemexcil, Mr. Rahul Deshpande, Group Director, UBM India, Mr. Jime Essink, Chief Executive Officer, UBM Asia Ltd, Mr. Aasif Khan, Director, Fabtech Technologies, Mr. Rajendra Khimsaria, Director, Khimsaria Associates, Mr. Khaja Nizamuddin, Director, Pharmapack Packaging Equipment, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India and other key dignitaries

Alongside the expo, UBM India launched the second edition of the India Pharma Week (IPW), an attractive platter of more than ten trend-setting events that got off to a flying start on November 25. Focusing on the pillars of business, knowledge, leadership, innovation, recognition and networking in the pharma domain, the IPW includes a Plant Visit, Pharma Leaders’ Golf, Pre-Connect Congress, Women in Pharma – Power Breakfast, the India Pharma Awards, Networking Evening, a closed door CEO Roundtable and many more activities. The IPW has transformed the CPhI & P-MEC exhibition from a wall-bound show to one with considerable intellectual value addition.

Originating from CPhI Worldwide, the CPhI & P-MEC India was first introduced in 2006. Today, it has become South Asia’s leading pharma meeting place, covering every step of the supply chain, from drug discovery to finished dosage. CPhI India is an industry platform encompassing CROs, CMOs and manufacturers of API, Generics, Excipients and Drug formulation, Fine chemicals, Biosimilars, Finished Formulations, Lab chemicals and Biotechnology. P-MEC, on the other hand, includes manufacturers of Pharma Machinery and Equipment, Analytical Equipment, Automation & Robotics, Packaging Equipment & Supplies, Plant/Facility Equipment, Automation & Controls, Processing Equipment, RFID, Tableting / Capsule fillers, Clean room equipment, Filling equipment and Laboratory products.

The show has grown exponentially over the years, with domestic and foreign exhibitors and visitors engaging over significant levels of business. This year, the expo comprised exciting facets such as the Supplier-Finder Desk (a digital floor plan that enabled visitors find exhibitors based on services or company names), Innovation Gallery (an arena where participating pharma companies were encouraged to showcase innovations on an international platform) and Exhibitor Showcase (a platform where exhibitors demonstrated how their new product launches are going to be efficacious.)

The key companies exhibiting in the 2017 edition at CPhI include Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., Granules India Pvt. Ltd., Hetero Labs Limited, Signet Chemical Corporation Pvt. Ltd, DKSH India Pvt. Ltd., Morepen Laboratories Limited, N V Organics Pvt. Ltd. amongst others. On the other hand, some of the leading companies such as West Pharmaceuticals Packaging India Pvt. Ltd., Cadmach Machinery Co. Pvt. Ltd., Brothers Pharmamach (I) Pvt. Ltd, NPM Machinery Pvt. Ltd., Jekson Vision Pvt. Ltd., ACG Worldwide Solid Dosage Consumables and Machinery, Ace Technologies & Packaging Systems Pvt. Ltd, Fabtech Technologies International Ltd., Jagson Engineers, Bosch Limited, Agilent, Food & Pharma Specialities amongst others will exhibit at P-MEC.

Renowned as the pharmacy of the world, the Indian pharma economy has been lauded for its rapid growth in recent decades. This has cooled down in recent years, but the industry is again growing strongly. Compounded annual growth is 17.6%; Indian pharma is expected to be worth 55 billion USD by 2020. In line with this, the life science sector in India is also expected to employ close to 3.5 million people by 2022, a 100% increase in under a decade. The Indian pharma industry owes its success to its bold, ambitious approach, history of innovative and an ability to constantly adapt to the dynamic global market.

Over the past five years, India has become the leading API and finished dose drug exporter to the Western markets and has rapidly moved up the pharmaceutical value chain. Drug approvals given by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to Indian companies have nearly doubled from 109 (2014-2015) to 201 (2015-2016), stimulating further growth in exports to the United States and Western economies. Additionally, the Indian government is now providing more support working hand-in-hand with its businesses to develop incentives to further boost growth.

More generally, the country is now rapidly emerging as a major contributor across the pharma supply chain from R&D through to generics.

Speaking at the inauguration of CPhI & P-MEC India 2017, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “India is among the fastest-growing pharmaceutical markets in the world and has established itself as a global manufacturing and research hub. A large raw material base and the availability of a skilled workforce give the industry a definite competitive advantage over other countries. A platform like CPhI & P-MEC India provides a most comprehensive industry platform for every company that deals with pharmaceuticals in India. This year too, we have the expo held at two venues, commencing at BKC today. CPhI and P-MEC India is widely used as a barometer of Pharma’s overall health in India. Being the only platform that brings together Indian and global companies, the mammoth expo is a strong event reflecting and enhancing the value of the prosperous pharma industry.”

OSH India 2017: Enhancing safety and well-being of the Indian workforce

South Asia’s largest trade show for Occupational Safety & Health industry in Mumbai by UBM India

· South Asia’s largest trade show for Occupational Safety & Health industry in Mumbai by UBM India
· A congregation of 140 renowned Indian and Global brands
· OSH India Safety Awards & Industry conference mark the 6th edition of the expo

Mumbai, 23rd November, 2017: UBM India today launched the 6th edition of the Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) India (23rd – 24th November 2017) safety show at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. The show brought together internationally renowned exhibitors, consultants, business experts and key government officials under one common platform, to discuss global best practices and seek solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the field of workplace safety and health.

The inaugural ceremony of OSH India, 2017 took place in the presence of Key Dignitaries, Shri. Sudhakar Prabhu Rathod, Director, Directorate Industrial Safety & Health, The Department of Labour, Government of Maharashtra, Mr. Santosh Warri k, CFO & Advisor, MIDC, Government of Maharashtra, Mr. Arvind Mandke, Chief Fire Officer, CIDCO, Government of Maharashtra Mr. Pankaj Jain, Group Director, UBM India Pvt Ltd and Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India amidst an august industry gathering.

The participation of leading exhibitors from across the industry reaffirmed the need and focus of OSH India as an industry event. These include, ‘Premier Partner’ – Dickies, ‘Platinum Partner’- Euro Security, ‘Gold Partner’- Udyogi, ‘Silver Partner’- Venus, ‘Safe Escape Partner’- Prolite , AutoGlo, ‘Gas Detection Partner’- Drager, ‘Registration Partner’- Jayco, ‘Lanyard Partner’- Allen Cooper, ‘Badge Partner’- UVIRAJ, ‘Delegate Kit Partner’- PIG , New Pig, ‘Occupational Safety and Health Partner’- Eurock, ‘Visitor Bag Partner’- Heapro and others such as Motorola Solutions India Pvt. Ltd., Superhouse Ltd., ID Overseas Private Ltd., Jayco Safety Products Pvt. Ltd., Saurya HSE Pvt. Ltd., Continental Manufacturing Co., Draeger Safety India Pvt. Ltd., Uviraj Global (P) Ltd., Teijin India Pvt. Ltd., Bata India, Unicare Emergency Equipment Pvt. Ltd., Acme Safetywears Ltd., NEBOSH Ltd., SATRA Technology Centre Ltd. and Rahman Industries Ltd. amongst others. This year, the show has a presence of over 140 brands and is witnessing international participation from countries such as USA , Germany, UK, UAE, Japan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Italy.

Speaking at the inauguration of OSH India 2017, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “Approximately half of India’s 1.2 billion people are under the age of 26, and by 2020, it is forecasted to be the youngest country in the world, with a median age of 29. Recent reports say, 250 million people are set to join India’s workforce by 2030. As a big chunk of the population belongs to the working age group, organisations need to look at the safety and health along with emotional well-being of these employees on priority to retain the best of talent and ensure good productivity. Companies in manufacturing and allied sectors such as automobile, oil and gas, construction etc. in particular are becoming aware of occupational hazards and are working towards creating a safer working environment. Governments for their part are through regulations emphasising on developing infrastructure and providing resources centred around workplace safety, coupled with increasing global investments. Despite a greater focus on occupational safety and health, there is still inadequate education at various levels and public awareness is still absent, as managements and workforce don’t always place safety as a top priority. Although, many organisations have taken the initiative to organize training sessions to create awareness, a concentrated and cohesive strategy is clearly not in place. UBM India’s OSH India is geared to filling this vital gap.”

“Also, this year we are glad to have a gender sensitive approach to safety and health as one of the topics at the conference seminar. A broad stratagem for the enhancement of women workers’ safety and health has to be built with an increasing number of women at the workplace, enhancing productivity and breaking the glass ceiling.” he further added.

OSH India is the country’s definitive annual exhibition for the safety industry that attracts brands worldwide and facilitates ways to incorporate best practises at the workplace, especially to promote health and safety within it. The expo is supported by DISH ( Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health ) – Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu ; Gujarat Safety Council; Indian Technical Textile Association; Taloja Industrial Association; Thane Manufacturer Association and Indian Society of Ergonomics.

The expo included an Innovation Zone, platform for exhibitors to promote and showcase innovative products to benefit the occupational safety and health industry at large. It also included a dedicated two day knowledge sharing classroom session on Powered Access conducted by The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). This session promotes the safe and effective use of powered access in India.

The IPAF promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense — through providing technical advice and information, influencing and interpreting legislation and standards, its safety initiatives and training programmes. It is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members that include manufacturers, rental companies and contractors.

This year’s two –day OSH conference shared global best practices with delegates whilst the accompanying exhibition will helped identify solutions to the most pressing challenges in workplace safety and health. The key sessions and panel discussions at the conference were attended by industry experts from across the country and leading international organizations. Topics of discussion at the conference included: ‘Promoting a Broader Ownership of Health and Safety in India’, ‘Benchmarking Current Industry Practices for handling high Toxic Chemicals’ , ‘Accident Prevention: Hazard and Operability Analysis’, ‘Fire Safety Management and Audits, ‘Redefining Health and Safety Metrics: Tackling Occupational Disease,’ ‘Construction Safety: Design and Management’, ‘Emotional Intelligence to Create a Safer Workplace’, ‘Gender Sensitive Approach to Workplace Health and Safety,’ ‘The Role and Need for Accreditation in HSE’ and ‘Disaster Management/Crisis Management.’ The conference also aimed to influence organisations to take a gender-sensitive approach and ensure employers implement risk management and protective measures addressing gender differences.

OSH India 2017 will also witness the ‘OSH India Safety Awards 2017’ on the evening of Day 1 which is open to Indian operating businesses, organizations, alliances and individuals in the public or private sector with a workplace health and safety initiative. This year, OSH Awards received a total of 120 nominations from across industry verticals that include construction, pharma, chemicals, FMCG, BPO, Banking, refineries, oil & gas, automobiles, logistics & transport, power, SME’s, Agro, Healthcare, food, iron & steel, IT, Rubber industry and more. These Awards have been instrumental in building competitiveness among applicants, in encouraging innovation and have been able to promote and establish thought leadership within the Occupational Safety and Health industry in India. The Awards Night will be a celebration of the coming together of the luminaries and forerunners of the industry, marked by a night of glamour and entertainment.

The ‘India Pharma Week’ returns with a week full of avant-garde events alongside CPhI and P-MEC India

· South Asia’s largest Pharma event
· CPhI and P-MEC India to be held at two different venues i.e., MMRDA Grounds (BKC), Mumbai – 27th to 29th Nov ; the Bombay Exhibition Centre (Goregaon) – 28th to 30th Nov
· 1500+ exhibitors ; 40+ countries
· More than 10 eclectic events across Mumbai throughout the India Pharma Week

Mumbai, November 2017 – UBM India, India’s leading B2B exhibition organizer, is all set to bring in the second edition of the widely appreciated India Pharma Week, a week-long celebration packed with avant-garde events from 25th to 30th November alongside its flagship expo CPhI and P-MEC India. In its 11th edition, the marquee expo will be held at two venues in Mumbai – MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex (27th to 29th November) and Bombay Exhibition Centre (28th to 30th November).

Celebrating 11 years of CPhI and P-MEC India, the India Pharma Week will organise more than 10 events and activities taking place across the city of Mumbai pertaining to the streams of business, knowledge, leadership, innovation, recognition and networking in the field of Pharma.

Speaking on the announcement of the IPW, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “I am delighted to announce the second edition of the India Pharma Week, an unrivalled offering to the world of exhibitions along with CPhI & P-MEC India, UBM’s flagship engagement platform, and the world’s leading Pharmaceutical networking event. An epitome of India’s strength in the Pharma industry, the expo has consistently grown to serve as an exclusive congregation of key global players across the pharmaceutical sector. Further, the expo would deliberate upon Government of India’s ‘Pharma Vision 2020′ to make India a global leader in end-to-end drug manufacturing in boosting investments.

“The India Pharma Week stems from the proactive role it plays in driving key Governmental initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Start-Up India, Stand Up India’, and ‘Skill India’ connecting the global community to eke out solutions to challenges, and establishing superior standards within it. With the recent proposal by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to make it mandatory for all employees in pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities to get skill certification, a notable congregation of industry experts and knowledge sharing, such as IPW provides becomes even more significant,” he further added.
The week will commence with a Plant visit followed by a series of engagements such as Pharma Leaders Golf, Pre-Connect Congress, Women in Pharma – Power Breakfast, India Pharma Awards, Networking Evening, the CPhI & P-MEC India Exhibition, a closed-door CEO Roundtable and many more activities.

CPHI provides global platform for the Indian Pharma industry to know and have the exposure of the latest technology available. In the past, Indian Pharmaceutical decision makers had to travel to international exhibitions to get to know new innovations on the technology front, however CPHI & P-Mec has brought this information to Indian pharma’s doorsteps”, said Mr. Damanjit Singh, CEO, Food & Pharma Specialities.

Ms. Saloni Wagh, Marketing & Business Development – Asia Pacific, Supriya Lifescience also shared her past experiences of the CPhI conference and said, “CPhI is one of the leading Pharma events in the world where the entire Industry comes together to discuss and get updated on the current trends, information and issues. CPhI Worldwide exhibitions do play an important role in our marketing strategy as it is a platform for us to meet all our customers from across the globe under one roof. It is also a great platform to launch new products and to identify potential customers, she further added.”

Incepted in 2006, the CPhI & P-MEC India exhibition has grown remarkably larger over the years with exhibitors and visitors engaging over significant levels of business. It has been approved and comprehensively assisted in its endeavours by governing bodies such as Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil). Spread across two locations, this year’s edition will see more than 1500 exhibitors and participation from over 40 countries.

Infosys Bangalore DC Concludes 10th Rajyotsava Sambhrama

Infosys Bangalore Development Center (DC) successfully concluded the 10th ‘Rajyotsava Sambhrama’ between November 8 and 16, 2017. The week-long event, organized by the Sirigandha volunteer group at Infosys, was planned on a grand scale at its Electronics City Campus.

The celebrations commenced with Karnataka food festival organized at the food courts with delicacies from various parts of Karnataka were served. Karnataka Darshana – a glimpse of Karnataka, were stalls representing brand Karnataka which included Mysore sandal soaps and perfumes, Dharwad Mishra Pedha, Channapattana toys, Kodiyala sarees among others. Karnataka Parichaya Exhibitions featuring the rich folk heritage of Karnataka was also exhibited.

To commemorate the celebrations, two 15 ft. tall statues of Channapattana dolls adorned the campus lawns. The statues were made by Sirigandha volunteers out of scrapyard materials, as a testament of their responsibility towards eco-sustainability.




The week-long celebration concluded with two evenings of extravagant cultural programs on November 15 and 16, 2017. The cultural event was inaugurated by Mr. Narayana Murthy, Mrs. Sudha Murthy and Mr. Deepak Padaki, Group Head – Corporate Strategy, and Chief Risk Officer, Infosys, who jointly felicitated Dr. Malathi Holla, recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri Award, Arjuna Award and a Doctorate from Women’s University, Bijapur, Karnataka. The inaugural ceremony was followed by a motivational speech by Dr. Holla about her journey as a four-time paralympian. The evening also witnessed a live art show by Vilas Nayak – Asia’s quickest speed painter, a skit by Drama Juniors – Achintya and Praneeth and Standup comedy by Narasimha Murthy and Gundu Rao.

The second day of the cultural event began with a musical evening anchored by Raghavendra Kanchan and singers Dhanush, Abhinav, Deeksha and Sanvi Shetty of the Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa fame, and followed by a dance performance by team Parichay and a comedy play by team Maskiri.

Telit Certifies NB-IoT Modules with Global Mobile Interoperability Regulator, Global Certification Forum (GCF)

· NE866B1-E1 and NL865B1-E1 modules are among the first to comply with GCF’s new NB-IoT certification guidelines recently ratified by global mobile network operators

· The two LTE Category NB1 modules are the first to pass lab and field testing under four networks by two of Europe’s largest mobile operators

· Voluntary GCF certification ensures cellular devices operate across mobile networks around the world

New Delhi, November 7, 2017 – Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that its single-mode, NE866B1-E1 and NL865B1-E1 modules for European and Chinese markets, received LTE Category NB1 (NB-IoT) GCF certification upon conclusion of extensive laboratory and field testing under multiple networks by two of Europe’s largest mobile operators. GCF certification is voluntary and means that IoT integrators and providers looking to deploy cellular-connected devices are assured modules will inter-operate across the vast landscape of mobile networks worldwide. The modules are also on final stages of Radio Equipment Directive (RED) and China Compulsory Commission (CCC) certifications, mandatory for deployment in European and Chinese markets respectively. For more information on the NE866B1-E1 and NL865B1-E1 visit: https://www.telit.com/products/cellular-modules/standard-industrial-grade/

“This certification is a testament to Telit’s commitment to quality in a market increasingly crowded with low-cost, high-risk modules.” said Yosi Fait, Interim CEO, Telit. “The NE866B1 and NL865B1 are the first modules in the market to undergo the full breadth of testing and evaluations under the now-mature guidelines and specifications for NB-IoT interoperability by GCF. They were evaluated in labs and field trials under different major networks in Germany, Spain and UK. NB-IoT is in such demand in Europe and China that the ecosystem has been pushing through products and approvals somewhat ahead of full maturity just to meet this demand. We are pleased to be the first to deliver modules that are full standard and interoperability compliant. Eliminating unnecessary technology risk for our customers is a major part of our mission, particularly as commodity products continue to flow into developed markets like Europe and China.”

The dual-band NE866B1-E1 and NL865B1-E1 modules, for use in Europe and China, are ideal for new space constrained products and also to extend the life of existing xE866 and xL865-powered devices in market with the extended longevity of the LTE Cat NB1 standard. Typical application areas well suited for the compact modules include smart buildings and cities, smart agriculture, waste collection, healthcare and remote monitoring including smart meters in the utilities sector. When used as an upgrade for existing applications designed in 2G, 3G, or LTE Cat 1, the target device can be NB-IoT revitalized with little to no redesign impact.

Telit has the broadest portfolio of certified IoT LTE LPWA modules in the industry. For more information about the Telit portfolio of Cellular Cat M1 and Cat NB1 modules, click http://info.telit.com/nbiot.

ATP and Infosys Launch ‘Second Screen’, Offering Real-Time Insights into Player Performance

Combining multiple data sources in real-time, players, coaches and fans are now able to analyse and interact with player and match information seconds after points are played

London – November 16, 2017: Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, and ATP, the governing body of men’s professional tennis, today announced the launch of Second Screen, a new feature providing player performance insights within seconds of a point being played.

The Second Screen capability offers valuable information on the strengths and weaknesses of players, enabling them and their coaches to review strategies and improve performance. Additionally, for the first time, fans will be able to look at the data of their favourite tennis stars during the match, interact with it and detect subtle changes in player strategies, such as variations in ball speed, spin, placement and player positions. The increased story telling potential that the Second Screen brings to tennis will be a huge benefit to broadcasters and commentators. Access to player activity in real-time will enable them to provide more insights to the fans watching in stadia, online, or on TV.

Implemented for the 2017 Nitto ATP World Tour Finals, the Second Screen feature has been built by Infosys in under three months using its Artificial Intelligence platform, Infosys Nia. The technology allows for multiple sources of data – chair umpire, player and ball tracking, as well as historical data – to be presented to players, coaches and fans. In doing so, users get foresight into player and match performance, resulting in a much more immersive experience.

Infosys and ATP have built the Second Screen feature primarily for tennis, but the potential uses of the technology powering it are vast, with the ability to impact the world of sport and completely change how players, coaches and fans consume content.

Rajesh Krishnamurthy, President and Head of Infosys Europe, said, “This year, Infosys is taking machine-learning in sport to a new level. Our work with the ATP in building the Second Screen using Infosys Nia, showcases the power of AI technology in delivering real-time insights, and more importantly, foresights. We are now able to help players and coaches reach new levels of excellence, while giving fans a more interactive, and immersive experience. We believe this has huge potential not just in tennis and other sports, but in every other business sector.”

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said, “The Second Screen feature will provide greater insights into our sport, as we look to leverage data to enhance engagement in the ATP World Tour on our digital platforms. This is an exciting new development in our partnership with Infosys, and it’s great to work with such a dynamic organization that understands our sport and can deliver advanced analytics.”

Infosys Bangalore DC Concludes 10th Rajyotsava Sambhrama

Infosys Bangalore Development Center (DC) successfully concluded the 10th ‘Rajyotsava Sambhrama’ between November 8 and 16, 2017. The week-long event, organized by the Sirigandha volunteer group at Infosys, was planned on a grand scale at its Electronics City Campus.

The celebrations commenced with Karnataka food festival organized at the food courts with delicacies from various parts of Karnataka were served. Karnataka Darshana – a glimpse of Karnataka, were stalls representing brand Karnataka which included Mysore sandal soaps and perfumes, Dharwad Mishra Pedha, Channapattana toys, Kodiyala sarees among others. Karnataka Parichaya Exhibitions featuring the rich folk heritage of Karnataka was also exhibited.

To commemorate the celebrations, two 15 ft. tall statues of Channapattana dolls adorned the campus lawns. The statues were made by Sirigandha volunteers out of scrapyard materials, as a testament of their responsibility towards eco-sustainability.




The week-long celebration concluded with two evenings of extravagant cultural programs on November 15 and 16, 2017. The cultural event was inaugurated by Mr. Narayana Murthy, Mrs. Sudha Murthy and Mr. Deepak Padaki, Group Head – Corporate Strategy, and Chief Risk Officer, Infosys, who jointly felicitated Dr. Malathi Holla, recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri Award, Arjuna Award and a Doctorate from Women’s University, Bijapur, Karnataka. The inaugural ceremony was followed by a motivational speech by Dr. Holla about her journey as a four-time paralympian. The evening also witnessed a live art show by Vilas Nayak – Asia’s quickest speed painter, a skit by Drama Juniors – Achintya and Praneeth and Standup comedy by Narasimha Murthy and Gundu Rao.

The second day of the cultural event began with a musical evening anchored by Raghavendra Kanchan and singers Dhanush, Abhinav, Deeksha and Sanvi Shetty of the Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa fame, and followed by a dance performance by team Parichay and a comedy play by team Maskiri.

LANXESS offers new mixed-bed exchanger for demineralizing water

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has developed the Lewatit NM 3367 mixed-bed ion exchange resin to demineralize the water used to charge and top up modern hot water heating systems. “The custom-designed mixed-bed system not only prevents scale formation in the parts of a heating system that convey water but also provides lasting protection against corrosion,” explains Hans-Jürgen Wedemeyer, Manager Technical Marketing at LANXESS Deutschland. “This can’t be achieved simply by softening the water,” he adds.

Details of the innovation

Lewatit NM 3367 differs from other mixed-bed systems on the market in several respects. The specific mixing ratio takes into account the fact that anion exchange resins generally have a lower capacity than cation equivalents. Were this not allowed for, further anions could react with the hydrogen ions released by the still active cation exchange resin after total loading of the anion exchanger. Carbonic acid would thus be generated from hydrogen carbonate anions, and even more aggressive mineral acids from chloride, nitrate or sulfate. “The higher proportion of anion exchange resin ensures a long service life and thus highly efficient demineralization with the new mixed bed,” explains Wedemeyer.

The system also owes this high efficiency to a special process for reloading the anion exchange resin used, which results in a hydroxide ion loading of over 90 percent. “Because this high loading cannot be reproduced during conventional mixed-bed regeneration, we advise against using regeneration,” continues Wedemeyer.

To ensure this high OH–loading is maintained over a long period during transportation and storage, the anion exchange resin must be protected against carbon dioxide, as bound hydrogen carbonate would otherwise form. Toward the end of the exchange cycle, this would then be displaced by anions with a higher binding affinity, which in turn would enable acid to form. “We use special gas-tight aluminum-coated film packaging to prevent any such subsequent formation of bound hydrogen carbonate. We also offer the mixed-bed system in a handy, relatively small container size of 12.5 liters,” says Wedemeyer. Once containers are opened, the contents can thus be quickly transferred to smaller gas-tight units such as cartridges or used in their entirely to fill a standard exchanger container.

Effective demineralization

The main advantage of demineralization for treating water in the heating circuit is that it removes not only the hardening alkaline earth cations but also their counterions, thereby producing salt-free water with a very low residual conductivity. “Even in the presence of oxygen, there is normally no significant corrosion with conductivities in the 1 µS/cm range,” reveals Wedemeyer. With such low conductivities, however, pH measurements are no longer meaningful because most pH meters require the medium to have a minimum conductivity that would no longer be achieved in this case. Furthermore, even the tiniest quantities of carbon dioxide or ions – from the sides of the glassware, for example – would significantly interfere with any measurement in open systems. “Conductivity is clearly the all-important evaluation criterion in this range,” says Wedemeyer.

If the conductivity increases to a typical switch-off point of 100 µS/cm toward the end of an exchange cycle, however, relevant standards such as VDI 2035 stipulate that a pH window of 8.2 to 9.5 must be complied with to prevent any corrosion. “Our tests revealed that this is ensured when using Lewatit NM 3367,” confirms Wedemeyer. If the parts of the heating circuit conveying water are made of aluminum, this pH window is even smaller, extending from 8.2 to just 8.5. In such cases, the switch-off point would need to be brought forward to a conductivity of around 5 µS/cm so as to remain within the pH tolerance referred to.