Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia opens on a high note

· Record number of trade visitors on opening day – 15 percent increase
· Industry influencers and key dignitaries attended the inauguration ceremony
· Accompanying programs: Innovation Exchange well received; cfi – Ceramic Forum International and brick industry workshop on day two and three

Leading international trade fairs for suppliers to the ceramics industry, Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia opened on a high note as the event welcomed 15 percent more trade visitors on the opening day as compared to the past edition. 2017 marks as a strong year with 300 exhibitors showcasing over 400 represented brands.

Taking place from March 1 to 3, 2017 at Gujarat University Exhibition Centre, Ahmedabad in Gujarat, the grand opening of Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia saw presence of industry influencers and dignitaries such as Mr. G G Trivedi, President of Indian Ceramics Society; Mr. K Muraleedharan, Director – Central Glass & Ceramics Research Institute; Mr. Hakimuddin Ali, Chairman – Indian Refractories Makers Association; Mr. K G Kundariya, President, (Vitrified division) – Morbi ceramics Association; Dr. Francesco Pensabene, Trade Commissioner – Embassy of Italy; Mr. Gerhard Gerritzen, Dy. Managing Director – Messe Muenchen GmbH and Mr. Amen Liao, President – Unifair Exhibition Service Co. Ltd.

Igor Palka, COO of Messe Muenchen India says: “We are delighted to receive such overwhelming response on the opening day. With live technology on display, high-knowledge conferences and networking programs, there is so much to experience at the trade fairs. The energy at the show floor is very positive and we expect the momentum to continue for the next two days as well.”

Ken Wong, General Manager, Unifair Exhibition Service Co., Ltd. adds: “We are pleased to see a tremendous visitor growth as compared to the past edition. Our participants will be able to explore more business opportunities in the coming days too.”

Technology on display
Spread over 11,000 sqm. of total space, the trade fairs bring more machinery and raw materials for the ceramics industry. Concurrently, India Brick and Roof Tile (iBaRT) and India Engineering & Technical Ceramics trade fairs are taking place. About 300 global and domestic exhibitors from countries like Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and India are showcasing innovative solutions for the ceramics industry.

Networking and educational programs
Day one saw attendees engaging in the Innovation Exchange where new-to-market technologies and solutions are being showcased. Buyers got the chance to interact with participating exhibitors and enquire about their new offerings.

Interested in exploring newest technologies, buyers attending from across India participated in the Buyer-Seller Forum which is one of the new attractions of the event. Over 100 meetings were conducted at the Buyer-Seller Forum and 40 buyers participated in the program.

With more networking programs and knowledge rich conferences lined up for the next two days, the trade fairs look promising for the coming days. Palka concludes by adding: “It is great to see that the trade fairs began on such a high note and will continue to offer value to the attendees, by combining knowledge, technology and networking opportunities.

Additional information about both exhibitions is available at or at

Home Credit unveils exciting festive campaign offering borrowers a chance to buy products of their choice

– Campaign to cover over 30 cities across 13 states for purchase of home appliances, laptop/tablets, mobile phones and two-wheelers

Home Credit India Finance Pvt. Ltd., one of India’s fast-growing Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFC), aiming to provide consumer finance to all, has announced an exciting campaign during the festive season. The unique festive campaign offers customers, especially first-time borrowers in over 30 cities across 13 states, a chance to buy products of their choice at customized EMIs. The company’s offerings primarily consist of providing in-store financing (direct non-cash loans in retail outlets) to qualified customers looking to purchase home appliances, laptop/tablets, mobile phones and two-wheelers.

Home Credit India services its growing customer base of over 4 lakh through a strong network of over 2,500 Points-of-Sale (PoS). The company is a part of Home Credit B.V., an international consumer finance provider with operations in 11 countries across Europe, Asia and North America. The integrated marketing campaign will run across channels such as radio, OOH and others. Customers can also give a missed call at the phone number 9004690046 to speak to a Home Credit Loan Expert.

Announcing the campaign, Mr. Manu Pal, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Home Credit India said “Through our unique festive campaign, we at Home Credit hope to brighten up the festive season for everyone, even those who traditionally do not have access to organized financial institutions, by offering them a chance to buy their dream products through a customised EMI plan. India is a critical growth market for us and our long-term objective is to become the first and most trusted choice for consumer credit in the country.”

The company is currently operating in Delhi NCR, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Lucknow, Pune, Bhopal, Indore, Kanpur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Jodhpur, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kota, Jabalpur, Kochi, Agra, Nagpur, Raipur, Surat, Nashik, Mysore, Madurai, Vizag and will soon be present in many more. Home Credit India is headquartered in Gurgaon and total employee strength is over 4,500 and growing.

Panasonic India and IIM Ahmedabad’s collaborative “Cross Value Innovation-Case Study” receives tremendous response

o 800 entries received from top 25 B-Schools across the country

The recently launched ‘Cross Value Innovative- Case Study by Panasonic India in collaboration with IIM Ahmedabad has kicked off on a successful note with 800 applications from prestigious 25 B-schools in the country. The competition focuses on encouraging students to develop solutions to cater to the increasing demand of Lithium-Ion in smaller applications. This mega event has been organized to encourage students to develop critical thinking skills and produce efficient solutions for the market expectations across industries.
The competition will unfold in three interesting rounds and the teams will be a mix of candidates irrespective of their college or year of study. In the final round, the top 5 teams will present their case studies to Panasonic India, and after a competitive round of evaluation the winner will be declared.

Expressing his views on the new initiative, Mr. Manish Sharma, Managing Director-Panasonic India & South Asia said, “Panasonic’s collaboration with IIM Ahmedabad in this initiative will give an opportunity to the young minds to develop their insights about the industry requirements. We at Panasonic value innovation and desire the engagement of more minds in creating new high- tech solutions. We have received a positive response from the top 25 B schools across the nation and are looking forward to it with great hope to experience some great solutions.”

The competition has received entries from renowned management colleges like IIT Delhi, XLRI Jamshedpur, MICA, IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore etc.

Intuit rewards INR 25 lakhs to Indian SMBs through the Small Business Local Buzz Programme

Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU), a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, has rewarded 10 Indian small businesses with INR 2.5 lakhs each. These businesses were the winners of the first of its kind pan India small business social campaign called Small Business Local Buzz. This initiative further strengthens Intuit’s commitment of fostering the small business ecosystem in India by enabling them to use the money to grow their business.

The campaign witnessed participation from more than 500 small businesses across different sectors in India such as Information Technology, Education, F&B, Travel & Tourism, Handicrafts, Sports and Fitness. While a large number of entries were received from the four metro cities, small businesses from Patna, Coonoor, Hyderabad, Dehradhun and Ahmedabad also participated actively.

The winners were selected based on voter preferences and the verdict of a select jury comprising of Nikhil Arora, Vice President and Managing Director of Intuit and Vijay Anand, Vice President, India Development Center, India. The 10 winners of the Small Business Local Buzz programme in India are:

· Buzzing Books – A Noida based online book store
· Ruby J Consulting – An image consulting firm
· Routofy – A travel portal that specialises in itinerary creations
· Gambolla – A children’s club that encourages learning through play
· Bell Peppers – A restaurant the delivers great food at your doorstep
· Sunkalp Energy – An online platform that helps schools raise funds to install solar panels on their rooftops
· Ecoscapes – A landscaping business focused on creating a healthy balanced future

ISEED – International School of Entrepreneurship, Education & Development, is a unique initiative totally focussed towards entrepreneurship education and development.

Patisserie Nitash – An online bakery store

Indian Yards – Reviving the dying art of patch work quilting and empowering women in rural areas

Nikhil Arora, Vice President and Managing Director of Intuit India said, “Intuit has solely focused on small businesses in India and this contest helped address the marketing challenge that small businesses face. We instituted this program to help Indian small businesses boost their business and succeed in a dynamic environment. I congratulate the winners for their innovative marketing ideas and wish them success for the future.”

The Small Business Local Buzz programme is a part of Intuit’s larger, ongoing commitment to support the financial success of small businesses worldwide. This was Intuit’s largest social campaign and was run in 4 countries simultaneously, including US, Canada, UK and India.

Maruti 800 no longer on sale in major cities from today

Maruti 800 no longer on sale in major cities from today

Maruti Suzuki India would stop selling their Maruti 800 model in major Indian cities from today.

This model is no longer in compliance with the latest emission norms. It would still be sold in rest of the country.

Maruti 800 would not be on sale in 13 cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Surat and Agra.

Maruti 800 no longer on sale in major cities from today

Some other models that are in the same category from other car manufacturers: Ford Ikon (1.3 petrol), Fiat Palio, Skoda Fabia (1.2 petrol) and Octavia (1.9 TDI engine) and Chevrolet Tavera (2.5DI).

Maruti is still considering if they want to upgrade the engine in Maruti 800 to make it compatible with Bharat Stage IV so that it can be sold in these cities.

Industry sources say that Suzuki is working on bringing in their Suzuki Cervo model to replace Maruti 800 in the country.

Maruti 800 would soon disappear from 13 cities in India

Maruti 800 would disappear from 13 cities in India

Maruti Suzuki India has confirmed that they have no plans to update their M800 model with a new engine to make it compliant with the latest emission norms.

This means that Maruti 800 would no longer be on sale in around 13 cities in India from April this year.

These cities would come under the latest Bharat Stage IV norms. The cities where Maruti 800 would no longer be legal for sale are: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Surat and Agra.

India would implement these emission norms countrywide by 2015-16. Maruti 800 could be sold in the rest of the country till that time in its current form.

This could turn out to be a bad new development for the company as Tata Nano would still be on sale in these 13 cities and it is much cheaper than Alto which would now become the cheapest hatchback on sale here.

Bharat Stage IV Emission Norms

Bharat Stage IV Emission Norms

India would get the latest Bharat Stage IV emission norms from April 2010.

These emission norms would be applied to 11 cities:

Delhi NCR (Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonepat, Alwar, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad)
Kanpur and

Tata Nano production at Sanand would begin soon

Tata Nano production at Sanand would begin soon

Tata Motors has good news for those who want to get their hands on their Nano small car.

Tata has announced that they would begin trial production of the Nano model in the near future.

The company is currently working on setting up their new manufacturing plant at Sanand (near Ahmedabad).

The project was delayed after the company had to move the location of their plant from West Bengal to Gujarat.

Tata said that the production could start in full flow within 6-8 months. The company is currently manufacturing only around 3-4000 units per month at their other plants.

This new plant would have an initial manufacturing capacity of 2.5 lakh units per year.

Audi Q7 launched in India in three options

Audi Q7 launched in India in three options

Audi Q7 is now on sale in India. The company has made available three versions.

The car is available in as many as 11 color options!

The three variants are priced at: Rs 55.2 lakh, Rs 53.4 lakh and Rs 29.9 lakh (Maharashtra).

The company said that this new model would help them sell more than 1500 cars this year.

Audi India is also working on boosting their dealerships in the country.

They already have dealers located in cities like Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Kochi. The new dealerships would be opened in Jaipur, Lucknow, Nagpur and Coimbatore.

Reliance Jewels comes to Gurgaon

Reliance Jewels comes to Gurgaon

Reliance Jewels is the latest retailing chain arriving in the Gurgaon city.

Reliance Jewels is part of the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Retail Limited.

This new chain now has an outlet in the Gold Souk mall in Gurgaon.

It has been built over 6,000 square feet retail space.

Bijou Kurien, president and chief executive, Lifestyle, Reliance Retail Limited spoke about their latest high profile outlet: “We offer consumers an unparalleled range of jewellery in Reliance Jewels, backed by the assurance of hallmarked gold and certified diamonds, in an unmatched shopping ambience. We are confident that the experience will be appreciated by our customers in this region as well.”

Reliance Jewels already has existing outlets in Bengaluru, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Hyderabad, Vizag, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Jodhpur and Jalandhar.