India amongst world leaders in use of mobile to surf the internet

Mobile internet usage more than double that of UK or US

India number one in G20 for mobile

Indians are amongst the world leaders in terms of internet usage from mobile phones, according to StatCounter, the independent web analytics company.

Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that 79% of internet usage was made by Indians through mobiles in February compared to 49.7% for the world in general. Indian mobile usage to surf the internet is more than double that in the UK (34.8%) or US (37.2%). Of G20 nations, India is the number one user of mobile in terms of internet usage.

StatCounter is one of the leading web analytics firms in the world with a considerable market share in India. StatCounter’s (http://statcounter.com) core business is to provide members with data to measure visitor activity on their website, blog or forum. Key features include a free option, ease of use, independence and ability to view data in real time.

“Our research confirms that Indians adore their mobiles for surfing the internet,” commented Tarak Desai of StatCounter in Mumbai. “Internet usage by mobile in India is striking compared to most other countries.”

He added that the trend was accelerating. “Internet usage in India by desktop and tablet fell from 33.2% in January 2016 to 21% this year. Mobile jumped from 66.8% to 79% over the same time period.”

Desai said that the move by new player Reliance JIO with over a 100 million subscribers to offer free 4G data (1GB per day limit) over the last six months until April 1st was probably one but not the only reason for the acceleration in mobile internet usage in India.

Chart: http://gs.statcounter.com/platform-market-share/desktop-mobile-tablet/india/#monthly-201601-201702

The most popular browser in India in terms of internet usage according to StatCounter is UC Browser (43.3%) followed by Chrome (36.1%). This compares to worldwide, where Chrome (52.4%) leads the way followed by Safari (14.4%).

Reflecting the strong mobile preference, the top operating system in India across all platforms is Android on 62% followed by Windows (19.4%). Worldwide, Windows leads on 38.6% followed by Android (37.4%) and iOS (13%).

When it comes to search, however, Indians behave similarly to the rest of the world. Google on 93.4% is the dominant player in India, little different to worldwide (92.4%) or UK (91.1%).

To analyse further how India compares to other countries in terms of its internet profile go to: http://gs.statcounter.com/

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Editors’ note: For StatCounter Global Stats methodology: http://gs.statcounter.com/faq#page-views-uniques

Semiconductor Solutions from STMicroelectronics Selected by Nintendo for Nintendo Switch

ST motion sensors, touch-screen controller IC, STM32 microcontrollers, and NFC controller IC contribute to gaming innovation

New Delhi, March 27, 2017 – STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, today announced that its advanced semiconductor solutions, including motion sensors, touch-screen controller IC, STM32 microcontrollers, and NFC controller IC, have been selected for Nintendo Switch™ system, Nintendo’s latest innovative gaming device.


Nintendo Switch is a home gaming console that can be played anywhere, and consists of a console, two Joy-Con™ detachable controllers, Joy-Con charging grip and a dock. Several ST products contribute to this unique gaming device by enabling the intuitive user interface as well as through the NFC-connectivity function that enhances gameplay.

· ST’s 6-axis inertial sensors are embedded in the main console and in the controllers of Nintendo Switch, responding to players’ motions to control the games. The inertial sensor comprises a 6-axis IMU (inertial measurement unit) in an ultra-small footprint (2.5mm x 3mm x 0.6mm). The sensor enables increased accuracy and resolution with low noise performance, and also operates on very little power to keep players playing.

· The capacitive touch-screen controller IC from ST is mounted in the main console and features highly sensitive touch detection and low power consumption. Combining an analog front-end and a digital signal processor based on a microcontroller core, the controller IC enables multi-touch and a fast report rate. The touch-screen controller IC supports many types of capacitive touch-panel materials and structures, and can be configured based on the particular touch sensitivity required by consumers.

· Nintendo Switch uses three STM32 32-bit microcontrollers from ST for an ideal balance of processing capability, low power consumption, embedded memory, and package size. A high-performance STM32 MCU in a small package is embedded in Joy-Con (R) controller to manage the IR motion camera and the NFC function. In addition, a low-power STM32 MCU is embedded in the Joy-Con charging grip that attaches the controllers to meet battery-life constraints while performing signal-processing functions. Another STM32 MCU is embedded in the dock of the main console for power management functions.

· The ST NFC controller IC in the Joy-Con (R) controller and the Nintendo Switch Pro controller enable contactless communication using Near Field Communication technology with Nintendo’s amiibo™ accessories. The communication allows adding and customizing characters in supported games, as well as a way to deliver bonus content in such games. ST’s low power-consumption NFC controller ICs embed NFC Forum-compliant firmware and software protocol stacks, and provide high contactless performance for the best user experience.

“Since Nintendo’s launch of WiiTM in 2006, ST has strengthened its close relationship with Nintendo by delivering advanced semiconductors while expanding our product portfolio to best fit new gaming applications,” said Marco Cassis, Executive Vice President and President of Asia Pacific Region, STMicroelectronics. “We are delighted to have contributed to Nintendo Switch, which is an innovative gaming device that offers a unique user experience through an exciting new approach, with our broad expertise in sensing, processing and connectivity.”

Nintendo Switch, Joy-Con, amiibo and Wii are trademarks of Nintendo.

RenewX 2017: UBM India’s Renewable energy mission for South India

A Congregation of the zone’s green economy community by the presenters of Renewable Energy India Expo (REI India)

UBM India, organisers of Renewable Energy India Expo (REI India) announced the second edition of RenewX, a two-day Renewable Energy trade expo on April 7 and 8, 2017 at the Hitex, Hyderabad after the stupendous success of its first edition. Through RenewX 2017, UBM India will provide an industry platform for organizations to capitalize and penetrate into the lucrative south Indian renewable energy market. The expo will witness a congregation of South India’s green economy community to discuss industry trends, challenges and market insights including the Indian regulatory framework.

Bringing together manufacturers, EPCs, distributors and service providers, RenewX 2017 has over 130 participating exhibitors striving to make a difference in the renewable energy domain. These include Renewable Energy Corporation (India) Pvt Ltd., Greenko Group, Cleantech Solar Energy , Amplus Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd. , Zhuhai Gmee Solar Equipment Co., Ltd. MachinePulse , Oriano Clean Energy Pvt. Ltd. Avi Solar Energy Pvt. Ltd, BrijEncapsulants, Phocos India Solar Pvt Ltd.; MECO Meters Pvt Ltd.; Vision Mechatronics Pvt. Ltd, Bergen Associates, Premier Solar Systems Pvt. Ltd, Premier Solar PowertechPvt. Ltd, Archimedes Green Energys Pvt Ltd., Greenvision Technologies , Surana Solar Ltd.; Greentek India Pvt Ltd; Radite Energy; Solar Idea Pvt Ltd.; Nuevosol Energy Pvt. Ltd.; and RenewSys India Pvt Ltd., among others. Chinese delegates will be present at this expo as well.

RenewX 2017 is supported by central nodal agencies such as Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI), the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA), Telangana New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd (TNREDCL) and the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC).

The announcement of the second edition of RenewX comes at a time when renewables continue to increasingly carve a bigger space in the country’s generation sphere, encouraged by government funding. Green power, for instance, is driving the growth in India’s electricity generation as the total installed solar capacity, including rooftop and off-grid projects, has crossed 10 gW, according to latest government and market data. On a pan Indian scale, while Tamil Nadu has the highest installed solar energy capacity, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana follow closely along with Rajasthan and Gujarat. The renewable energy sector has recently got a further impetus with the government announcing an ambitious scheme to double solar power generation capacity under the solar parks scheme to 40,000 megawatts (mW) by 2020, with Rs. 8,100 Crores assistance to fund 30% of the initial project cost of
developers. In 2017 itself, India is expected to add new solar capacity of 8-10 gW, a growth of 137% over last year, a recent report by Bridge To India, a green energy-focused consultant, indicated.

The expo will also hold a two day conference on “Sourcing the Sun” that will talk about integrating Renewables into business, and to find the best solutions and practices that can lead to increased integration of Clean Energy into businesses.

Speaking on the announcement, Mr.Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “Providing energy security to all citizens, more specifically through clean energy sources has been one of the challenges our country is facing despite huge renewable resource availability and potential. The government’s ambitious target of adding 175 GW of renewable power in the country by 2022, has created awareness about renewable energy in the country and will offer massive investment opportunities across the value chain. Telangana, since its establishment has been playing an active role in aggressively supporting solar energy. Along with other states in South India that are also promoting renewable energy, the region holds promise for the sector with its profitable and favourable government and industrial policies. The sector in the region has also been benefitted by investments leading to launch of major projects. After our successful 1st edition in 2015, we are all set for the second edition of RenewX in Hyderabad that aims to accelerate the growth of Renewable Energy Industry in South India and contribute to the country’s sustainable economic development.”

New STM32L4 MCUs from STMicroelectronics Lead Ultra-Low-Power Class in Performance and Efficiency with Top Peripheral Integration

The latest STM32L496 and STM32L4A6 microcontrollers (MCU) from STMicroelectronics extend the unique fusion of ARM® Cortex®-M4F core performance and proprietary ultra-low-power technologies, adding larger memories, enhanced graphics support, extra peripherals, and increased power-saving flexibility.

Bigger on-chip RAM, now up to 320 Kbytes, complements the newly added ST Chrom-ART Accelerator™ graphics engine for smoother display performance in energy-conscious applications such as IoT devices and smart watches. There is also up to 1 Mbyte Flash, an extra CAN interface, a camera interface and crystal-less Full Speed (FS) USB OTG. A new high-pin-count UFBGA169 package option gives extra flexibility to exercise these new peripherals, which join the rich digital and smart analog features shared with the STM32L476/486. The STM32L4A6 with hardware cryptographic acceleration implements SHA-256 and AES-128/192/256 algorithms.

Offering features unavailable in other ultra-low-power MCUs, the new STM32L4™ devices deliver both high core performance and outstanding ultra-low-power efficiency. The EEMBC®[1] CoreMark® score of 273 outperforms other ultra-low-power cores, while the ULPBench™ score of 217 confirms greater energy efficiency. Active-mode current of just 37µA/MHz enables longer runtime on small batteries and extends scope to create energy-neutral products powered from ambient sources.

ST has also extended the flexibility of the STM32L4 power architecture, giving developers the option to power the core from an external DC/DC converter for extra efficiency. The STM32L4 Flex Power Control architecture includes a new shutdown mode for additional energy savings, alongside multiple independent core and peripheral supplies, and a separate VBAT domain with charging circuitry that gives flexibility to utilize or recharge battery energy. The rich selection of seven main STM32L4 low-power modes is also supported, with options such as retaining I/O levels and SRAM contents, each with several sub-modes that allow precision trimming of power consumption as application demand varies.

The new STM32L4 MCU lines arrive with extensive ecosystem support, including STM32Cube tools and software, two Nucleo-144 boards, and the STM32L496 Discovery Kit (STM32L496G-DISCO) with on-board audio/graphics features and Arduino, Pmod and STMod+™ connectivity support. The NUCLEO-L496ZG-P features an on-board DC/DC converter for powering the core directly, which allows developers to easily leverage the flexible power architecture in the most energy-conscious applications. The legacy-compatible NUCLEO-L496ZG is also available, and offers the same features as existing Nucleo-144 boards.

Budgetary pricing is from $4.63 for the STM32L496RET6 with 512 Kbytes Flash and 320 Kbytes SRAM in LQFP64 package, for orders of 10,000 pieces per year.

Prices for development boards start at $19 for the legacy-compatible Nucleo-144 board (NUCLEO-L496ZG), which is available now. The Discovery Kit (STM32L496G-DISCO) is also available now, priced 70$. The NUCLEO-L496ZG-P board with external DC/DC converter will be available to distributors in April 2017.

For further information please visit www.st.com/stm32l4x6

LANXESS filters harmful substances from water

· March 22 is United Nations World Water Day

· Products from specialty chemicals company LANXESS render valuable services in industry and everyday life

· Ion exchange resins from Leverkusen, reverse osmosis membrane elements from Bitterfeld and iron oxide adsorbers form Krefeld remove hazardous substances from this precious resource


Cologne – Water is the source of all life. All the more important it is therefore for us to manage it responsibly, and that means in industrial production too. Nearly one-quarter of global water consumption is attributed to industrial production. The global volume of wastewater is accordingly high. When it comes to wastewater – the subject of this year’s United Nations World Water Day on March 22 – the goal therefore is: to avoid and recycle instead of conventional disposal. LANXESS is leading the way in this field starting with its own production facilities. For example, the volume of process wastewater produced relative to product output has fallen by six percent Group-wide in the last five years.

The “blue gold” is becoming ever more precious to mankind, because many people today have no access to clean drinking water. According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef, some 1.8 billion people resort to polluted water to satisfy their thirst. Every year, nearly 850,000 people die as a result of drinking polluted water or poor hygiene conditions. Population growth, environmental pollution and climate change could greatly exacerbate this situation in the decades ahead.

Solutions for clean water

There is a great deal of potential for using process water sustainably and minimizing wastewater in industry. The chemical industry bears a particular responsibility for water because it can provide key solutions. With decades of experience in water treatment, innovative products and technologies, LANXESS is meeting these challenges head-on. Reverse osmosis and ion exchange in water treatment play a vital role in achieving these goals. The market for reverse osmosis membrane elements is currently projected to grow at an above-average rate of 10 percent annually over the next three years. In the case of ion exchange resins, future growth is predicted to average four percent per year.

Ion exchange resins: tiny beads with a big impact

An efficient technology from LANXESS for treating water is the use of Lewatit ion exchange and specialty adsorber resins. Among other applications, ion exchange resins are used to remove pollutants, such as nickel, nitrate, perchlorate, borate and hydrocarbons, from drinking water.

During the ion exchange process, contaminated water flows through a container filled with ion exchange resin. It filters the contaminants, binding the ions of the pollutants and replacing them with harmless ions. A variety of resins are used, depending on the pollutant. In the treatment of wastewater, the ion exchange resins remove heavy metals, such as mercury or cadmium. In addition, precious metals, such as copper or platinum, can be filtered out and then used for other purposes. Industrial applications include the treatment of water for industrial processes in power plants. These costly facilities need large volumes of cooling and process water, which have to be demineralized to protect the systems against limescale, for example.

The microchip and pharmaceutical industries require water in extremely pure form. Lewatit is used in these industries to produce ultra-pure water, which is a vital manufacturing resource.

Modern membrane filtration technology

The membrane elements in LANXESS’s Lewabrane line of products are spirally wound, thin-film, composite membranes. They filter out undesirable substances from water, such as salts, pesticides, herbicides, viruses, bacteria and particulates. The product line includes elements for all the main reverse osmosis applications, including desalinating seawater, brackish water and low-salinity water. Leading fields of application include the production and treatment of drinking water, but also the treatment of process water, other industrial water, and wastewater.

Among the most important applications for reverse osmosis membranes are the treatment of process water for power plants and the generation of ultrapure water in the microelectronics sector.

Another area of application for reverse osmosis membranes is the production of drinking water from both brackish water and seawater. This method is used on a large scale in cities and municipalities and on a small scale in restaurants, hotels and on cruise ships. The membranes lower the salt and particle content of the water and are often combined with ion exchange resins to form a highly efficient and very powerful demineralization system.

Lewabrane-brand membrane elements are manufactured at a high-tech, fully automated production plant in Bitterfeld. The membrane chemistry depends on a strongly crosslinked polyamide layer that displays high resistance to chemical cleansers, higher rejection of complex salt mixtures and a low surface charge, which reduces the tendency toward fouling. Since their market introduction in 2012, tens of thousands of Lewabrane filter elements have been installed in more than 70 countries.

Arsenic: the invisible threat

Arsenic pollution is one of the most dangerous forms of drinking water contamination. You can’t taste it, you can’t smell it, but the toxic substance accumulates in the body. Some very high concentrations of arsenic occur in the groundwater in many regions of the United States, South America and Asia. Elevated arsenic levels are often found in Europe, too, for example in the United Kingdom. It is estimated that more than 100 million people worldwide drink water with an arsenic content higher than 50 micrograms per liter. Both the European Union and the United States have adopted the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended limit of 10 milligrams per liter of water in new legislation.

Arsenic is a semi-metal that occurs in nature in the form of minerals. Under certain conditions, highly toxic arsenic compounds can be washed out of the stone and pass into groundwater. Numerous medical studies document the chronic illnesses suffered by people who drink water contaminated with arsenic for extended periods, including skin disorders and carcinomas.

The hybrid adsorber Lewatit FO 36 and the iron oxide adsorber Bayoxide E33 are specially designed to remove arsenic from drinking water and wastewater. The core of the Bayoxide system is a solid bed of iron oxide beads. They have finely structured surfaces that adsorb pollutants when contaminated water flows over them. The beads are very stable in water and do not break down. They consist of minute particles that can only be seen under a high-resolution electron microscope. Every gram of these particles has a surface area of around 150 square meters, i.e. the floor area of an entire apartment on one gram of material, and it is on this surface that the arsenic is selectively adsorbed.

Wastewater treatment and rehabilitation in mining

Bayoxide E33 from LANXESS not only helps to treat drinking water. Other fields of application include wastewater treatment, e.g. in mining, or the treatment of contaminated groundwater in the vicinity of abandoned industrial plants.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.7 billion in 2016 and about 16,700 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 54 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.

STMicroelectronics, DSP Group, and Sensory Create Keyword-Smart Microphone for Voice-Controlled Devices

Ultra-low power voice processing and MEMS microphone circuitry enables sound detection and keyword recognition in a miniaturized single package
Combines ST’s MEMS microphone and packaging know-how with DSP Group’s voice-processing expertise and Sensory’s voice-recognition firmware

New Delhi, March 23, 2017 – STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a top MEMS supplier, DSP Group Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG), a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, and Sensory Inc., the leader in voice interface and keyword-detect algorithms, have revealed details for a highly power-efficient, voice-detecting and -processing microphone that delivers keyword-recognition capabilities in a compact package.

The small System-in-Package (SiP) device integrates a low-power ST MEMS microphone enabled by DSP Group’s ultra-low power voice-processing chip and Sensory’s voice-recognition firmware. The solution leverages ST’s advanced packaging technology to achieve a powerful yet lightweight package, extremely long battery runtimes, and advanced functionality.

Although typical wake-on-sound microphones eliminate the need for users to touch the device to wake it from sleep mode, they suffer from limited processing power and wake the main system processor to recognize the received instruction. Using the powerful computation capabilities from DSP Group, ST’s microphone detects and recognizes instructions without waking the main system, enabling energy-efficient, intuitive, and seamless interactions for users speaking to voice-operated appliances like smart speakers, TV remotes, and smart home systems.

The new microphone solution taps DSP Group’s HDClear ultra-low power audio processing chip to significantly reduce energy consumption, extending the lifetime of battery-operated equipment for several years without the need to recharge or replace battery. Responses to voice commands are also faster, because the system acts on the instruction immediately without first having to recognize it.

“Unlike previous existing solutions, this microphone doesn’t just listen to voices – it immediately understands the commands, too, without using the power and computation resources of the main processor,” commented Andrea Onetti, MEMS and Sensors Division General Manager, STMicroelectronics. “This smart integration step is a key enabler for the voice interfaces that are being added to IoT objects and applications, including those contributing to Industry 4.0.”

“As voice becomes the default user interface, more and more innovative products embrace smart voice-processing technology. Our solution combines a small footprint, high integration, and the low-power consumption needed to enable seamless and effective voice user interfaces in battery-operated devices,“ said Ofer Elyakim, CEO of DSP Group. “Collaboration with industry leaders ST and Sensory on this smart microphone brings to market a powerful yet energy-efficient solution with best-in-class performance, which makes it a perfect match for any smart system that needs to incorporate high-quality voice capabilities.”

Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory, added, “Voice activation has the potential to transform the way people interact with all kinds of electronic equipment in the home, while on the go, or at work. ST’s new highly integrated solution, leveraging our latest-generation firmware, is an important enabler for OEMs seeking to deliver a natural and fluid user experience.”

First prototypes of ST’s new command-recognition microphone will be available by the end of Q1 2017 with volume production in early 2018.

Indian Firms steer policy and public attention towards conservation on International Day of Forests

Partners Creative Agency Vertiver and forest conservation firm IORA Ecological Solutions celebrated International Day of Forests in the national capital and across four states of India to highlight the importance of forests to sustainable development in the country.

The campaign titled “Forests are Life” featured a workshop organised jointly with the state forest department in Guwahati Assam where the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, Sri Sarabananda Sonwal in Guwahati unveiled an outdoor campaign, ““Only until trees exist shall human survive”. In his keynote speech, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam Sri Sarbananda Sonowal laid great emphasis on the involvement of youth in forest conservation and said that there is a need to involve students. He mentioned that International Day of Forests must be celebrated in all schools and colleges from hereon.

Launching SACReD he said said, “Majuli is struggling in the midst of massive erosion, therefore to preserve and protect the rich biodiversity of Assam, all stakeholders including Civil Administration, Forest Department and IORA Ecological Solutions should work together as a team to achieve success. The concept of Carbon Neutral Initiative for Majuli should be taken to the local communities of Majuli through regular awareness programs and consultations.”The campaign design, conceptualised by Vertiver, featured Assamese folk weaving and embroidery traditions-inspired craft style to showcase how culture and natural ecosystems are deeply intertwined. The event further featured a launch of the SACReD (Sustainable Actions for Carbon Resilient Development) in Majuli initiative where IORA is supporting the District Administration and the Forest Department through the Assam Project on Forestry and Biodiversity Conservation in developing a strategy and an online project registry to ensure that future developmental investments in the newest district of Assam are low emission and the island remains carbon neutral. At the event, the CM mentioned that biodiversity and forests are key heritage to the state of Assam and that we must ensure that we protect them. “We must work together to ensure the success of the SACReD initiative and also mentioned that the International Day of Forests must be celebrated in all schools and colleges from hereon,” said the Chief Minister.






In Delhi, at an event organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), the Secretary MOEFCC, Mr. Jha released a nationwide outdoor media and online campaign designed by Vertiver and IORA on the theme, “Forests are Energy”. The campaign will be featured on prominent media sites across Delhi and Mumbai through Vertiver and IORAs partnership with JC Decaux.

“For us this was the culmination of a 21-day national level information campaign the “Forestathon” that Vertiver ran through the Indiaforestportal, an information portal on forestry for citizens of India that Vertiver and IORA are jointly developing,” the companies stated in a press release.

Mr. Ajay Narayan Jha, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said “Van hi Jeevan, Van is Urja is our theme for this year’s International Day of Forests. The theme clearly shows the relationship between man and forest. This campaign spreads that message through beautiful graphics and we hope that it inspires people specially our children to engage in forest conservation.”

In Madhya Pradesh, IORA Ecological Solutions and Vertiver worked with the State Government officials in the districts of Hoshangabad, where the District Collector inaugurated the “Forest are Life” campaign while in Mandla, where IORA is implementing its flagship program Innovations in Ecosystem Management and Conservation (IEMaC), a campaign was featured across 5 sites in partnership with the Forest Department.

Swapan Mehra, CEO, IORA Ecological Solutions stated “We have been working extensively on forest conservation and climate action in India for eight years. Bringing a visual campaign to life about forest conservation completes the cycle of our work by communicating this key message to a wide set of stakeholders, all of whom are directly or indirectly impacted by forests.”

He further added, “Not only are forests essential for the survival of several species of flora and fauna that reside in them, they are critical in providing several ecosystem services, including food, fuel, water, clean air, pollination, carbon sequestration, erosion control etc. Conservation of forests is essential to creating resilience in the face of future floods, disasters and diseases and adapting to climate change and accomplishing several Sustainable Development Goals. ”

In Uttarakhand, the organisations participated in an afforestation drive along with the School children and representatives of the Forest Department in a jointly organised event. The event also featured the launch of our outdoor campaign in Haldwani district.

In Sikkim, where IORA has been engaged in a major forestry project for over 3 years, the Forest Department launched and put up the “Forests are Life” campaign outside the premises of their headquarters.

An online campaign, the Forestathon and a special forestsarelife filter that Vertiver created, has drawn several hundred viewers and followers in the past three weeks.

Chhaya Bhanti, Vertiver’s founder said “We are excited about having created the “forests are life” campaign which took months of rigorous illustration and design effort. We wanted to create a visual message with an emotional resonance and depict the intricate relationships between humans and wildlife that exist in India’s forests. Thanks to MoEFCC’s partnership we’re able to bring this awareness to a nation-wide audience.”

Bhanti further added “By launching the outdoor campaign in Delhi as well as in many other states we are able bring extended outreach of the value of forests to the public consciousness using art and design, which makes for good recall in the minds of viewers.”

IORA and Vertiver’s endeavour to highlight the International Day of Forests and promote a celebration on March 21st, stems from the firm’s close work with rural communities and government partners. Through the campaign forests have been rought into the radar of public consciousness for three years in a row starting with 2015.

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launches ‘Forests are Life, Forests are Energy’ campaign

Campaign launched on, March 21st highlights International Day of Forests 2017 theme “Forests and Energy”

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched a new campaign “Forests are Life, Forests are Energy” to celebrate the International Day of Forests in Asola Bhatti Sanctuary in New Delhi. The campaign features beautiful designs that have been conceptualized and created by Vertiver Creative Agency, in partnership with forestry conservation firm IORA Ecological Solutions. The designs highlights the vital energy in inherent in India’s forests in addition to their various cultural, ecological and livelihood benefits.


Through intricate hand-drawn and digital illustrations, each illustration depicts the harmony that exists between humans and wildlife in India’s ecosystems. In three different images, faces of a tiger, a rhino and an elephant are seen gently communicating with a human face, both emerging out of the forest, symbolizing powerfully the inter-dependence between biodiversity and people. Also shown are the cultural aspects of forest life where societies flourish in harmony with nature. Also included is a reference to the link between forests and healthy water cycles through the water illustration in the foreground teeming with marine life. IORA and Vertiver’s expertise in conserving and enhancing forest ecosystems has informed the unique visual content of these graphics. The artistic style of these designs pays homage to India’s traditional folk art styles that have thrived over centuries in close communion with forest ecosystems.

Mr. Ajay Narayan Jha, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change said “Van hi Jeevan, Van is Urja is our theme for this year’s International Day of Forests. The theme clearly shows the relationship between man and forest. This campaign spreads that message through beautiful graphics and we hope that it inspires people specially our children to engage in forest conservation.”

Chhaya Bhanti, Vertiver’s founder said “We are excited about having created this awareness campaign which took our team months of rigorous illustration and design effort. Thanks to MoEFCC’s commitment to creating awareness of forests in India, we were able to create designs that reflect beautifully the intricate relationships that exist in India’s forests.”

Swapan Mehra, CEO, IORA Ecological Solutions stated “We have been working extensively on forest conservation and climate action in India for eight years. Bringing a visual campaign to life about forest conservation completes the cycle of our work by communicating this key message to a wide set of stakeholders, all of whom are directly or indirectly impacted by forests.”

The campaign is being showcased in outdoor sites in Delhi, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim and Uttrakhand, in regional languages to reach an India-wide audience.

Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia 2017 sets new records

More than 30 percent more exhibition space
Growth in exhibitor’s participation by 15 percent
7100+ visitors, an increase of more than 12 percent

Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia, in their second edition as co-located event, set new records by bringing 7,100 trade visitors and 283 exhibitors together at the Gujarat University Exhibition Centre in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, from March 1 to 3, 2017. Exhibitors and visitors were extremely satisfied with the presentation of technologies and the accompanying events. Increases were recorded in all important areas—the number of visitors, the number of exhibitors and the total amount of exhibition space, and companies showcased over 400 brands of machinery, raw materials, innovative solutions and technologies for the ceramics industry. Exhibitors included domestic and international companies such as Ashapura Minechem, Astron Zircon, Cretaprint, Daga Mines & Minerals, De Boer Damle, Imerys, Foshan DLT Technology, Floorex, Monte-Bianco Diamond Applications, Sabo, SACMI, SITI, Sol Inks and Torrecid.

Gerhard Gerritzen, Member of the Management Board at Messe München GmbH, and Amen Liao, President of Unifair Exhibition Service, are encouraged by the success of this event. “Thanks to these results, we have set a milestone. Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia has established itself as number one for the ceramics industry in the Asian region. Increases in all areas do an impressive job of confirming that this is an indispensable platform for the ceramics industry.”
After China, Italy accounted for the second-largest contingent of exhibitors, and Emilio Benedetti, Vice President of ACIMAC (Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machinery and Equipment for Ceramics) and CEO of LB Officine Meccaniche, was very positive about the results of this year’s exhibition: “The cooperation between Indian Ceramics and Ceramics Asia was the right decision and had already fruitful results in the last year. The exhibition is an important showcase to show our technologies to the Indian Market. This year the quality of the trade fair increased and we are satisfied about the number and quality of visitors.”

Most visitors were decision-makers
Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia was larger than ever, occupying 12,000 square meters of space, an increase of more than 30 percent. The exhibition also set a new record in the number of visitors: For the first time ever, more than 7,100 visitors attended the exhibition. According to Igor Palka, COO of Messe München India, and Ken Wong, General Manager of Unifair Exhibition Service: “Significant economic growth in India is the driving force behind these increases. Demand for high-quality products in the ceramics industry is on the rise. Corresponding machines and systems are needed to manufacture these products, and they are available here.” Exhibitors not only praised the further increase in the number of exhibitors, but above all their professionalism and the positions they hold at their companies. “We met the right buyers from the ceramic building material and architecture sector, who attended to witness innovative solutions,” said Dhananjay Singh, Marketing Manager, Torrecid India. He added: “We are happy to present out products at Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia, which proved to be a great platform for all ceramic manufacturers in the country.”

First-rate supporting program
Besides the exhibition, visitors attending Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia also enjoyed a first rate program of conferences and related events about the latest research results, trends and recommendations for day-to-day operations. As a result, Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia further strengthened their role as an expert forum and knowledge hub. The Innovation Exchange Forum received a great deal of attention and was very well received on all three days of the exhibition. Well-known representatives of the ceramics industry made 30-minute presentations and discussed challenges and future concepts for the Asian market. On behalf of the other

speakers and attendees, K.D. Sanghavi from Interkiln Industries Limited summed things up as follows: “We are keen to understand the market dynamics, current trends and meet potential buyers. By participating at Indian Ceramics, we have been able to meet all our participation objectives. We also attended the Innovation Exchange Forum, cfi – Ceramics Forum International and brick industry workshop and found it highly informative and relevant to our business.”

Other new events on the agenda such as the Buyer-Seller Forum, which was organized by Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia for the first time ever, generated huge interest and reported strong participation. Top decision makers conducted over 150 face-to-face meetings with the exhibitors. Among many others, the following companies participated as buyers: Roca Bathroom Products, Kohler India Corporation Ltd., Soka Ukraine, Cera Sanitaryware, Paradise Sanitaryware.

Another popular event was the iBaRT(India Brick and Roof Tile Exhibition) Workshop titled “Mechanization of Traditional Indian Clay Brick Industry: Challenges and Opportunities”, which focused on the current and future significance of the heavy clay sector, one of the industry’s key segments. One of the leading supplier of machinery and installations for Brick Industry, Anand Damle, Managing Director of De Boer Damle Indian Private Limited, said: “At Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia we met potential customers and displayed our new technology. We also attended the brick workshop where we learnt latest trends and market knowledge.”

Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia is organized by Messe München India, a subsidiary of Messe München, and Unifair Exhibition Service Co., Ltd. in China.

The next Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia takes place from March 7 to 9, 2018 at Ahmedabad, Mumbai. All the important information on both exhibitions is available at www.indian-ceramics.com or at www.ceramicsasia.net.

STMicroelectronics and USound Agree to Make World’s First Spectacular-Sounding MEMS Speakers

Miniaturized thin-film piezo-electric-MEMS actuators offer better sound, efficiency

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and USound GmbH, an innovative and fast-growing audio company, today announced their collaboration on the industrialization and production of the world’s first miniature piezoelectric MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) actuators for smart audio systems in portable devices.

The patented micro-speaker technology from USound aims to replace commonly used balanced-armature and electrodynamic receivers for handsets with a small piezo-MEMS actuator. Manufactured using ST’s industry-leading thin-film piezo-electric (TFP) technology, these actuators will improve scalability and cost while assuring lower power consumption and heat dissipation in hearables and smartphones devices, without compromising audio quality.

“USound’s technology and the transition to piezo-MEMS actuators will bring semiconductor reliability, manufacturing efficiencies and – most importantly to the consumer – sound improvements to portable devices,” said Anton Hofmeister, Vice President and GM of MEMS Microactuators Division, STMicroelectronics. “The announcement is a further step by ST, the worldwide leader in consumer and mobile sensors, to expand our MEMS portfolio by leveraging our valuable actuation technology to address large market opportunities with high barriers to entry.”

“With its outstanding semiconductor and MEMS expertise, ST is the ideal partner to bring this never-seen-before technology to the market,” said Ferruccio Bottoni, CEO of USound. “Compared to standard speakers, our piezo-MEMS devices offer unprecedented mechanical precision, improving audio reproduction fidelity and device reliability in very thin form factors. As the first-of-its-kind device, our MEMS “Moon” speaker targets earphone applications, bringing superior performance to the audio world at a competitive price.”

The USound/ST technology will be on show in the ST stand at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Feb 27-Mar 2). The companies anticipate the piezo-electric MEMS actuator will move into production in Q3 of this year and will be shipping in consumer products by the end of the year.