The largest trade show for environmental technologies

IFAT India 2017 will be held at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Center, Goregaon from 26th to 28th September 2017. After successful openings at Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Delhi, the organizers will be making a final stop at Mumbai on September 8, 2017 for a promotional tour of the trade show to raise awareness about various environmental issues in the region as well as the discuss latest solutions and innovations which are in the market.

IFAT India 2017 is a three- day trade show which is expecting over 170 participants from 18 countries. Among them are market leaders like L&T, Thermax, Ion Exchange, Ramky, Aqseptance Group, Endress+Hauser, Excel, Kirloskar Brothers, Kishor Pumps, Tata Projects, Wilo, Siemens, Lanxess, Astral Poly, Xylem, CRI Pumps, LG Chem, Wipro Water and many more. The 2017 edition will also feature country pavilions from China, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The trade fair will witness technical presentations, panel discussions and tutorials, where industry experts – both from India and overseas –will share their knowledge with the audience at the Innovation Exchange. There will also be a dedicated area for training, live demonstrations, product presentations and skills contests, running parallel to the show. The aim of the Active Learning Center is to promote talent and combat the shortage of skilled workers in the Indian environmental sector.

Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe Muenchen India, said: “The Government of India is extensively focusing on the environmental sector and the steps to counter issues deterring it and this edition will discuss issues related to air pollution. IFAT India is an apt platform where innovative technologies providing solutions towards the Indian environmental issues will be showcased. I am glad to announce 2017 edition of the IFAT India is completely sold out with the overwhelming response from across the globe.”

According to the experts, with the increasing population, the management of municipal solid waste (MSW) in the country has emerged as a severe problem because of the sheer quantities generated every day. According to the Annual Report of State Pollution published in 2015-16, the state of Maharashtra comprising of 262 local bodies generates around 21,867 tonnes of MSW every day of which 86.7% is contributed by class-A cities. Air pollution is also emerging out as a key concern in a developing economy like India; more than 80% of Indian cities violate the prescribed standards of air quality.

Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, said, “Today, climate change is a real threat and its manifestations are becoming apparent. In today’s globally interconnected society, it is more important than ever to build a policy framework that can evolve and adapt rapidly to this growing threat. Trade fairs like IFAT India help in creating awareness about the environmental issues and address these challenges.”

The trade show will also provide an opportunity to industry experts, policy makers and business leaders to discuss regional strategies on numerous environmental challenges and seek solutions through formal interactions.

Along with the trade exhibition IFAT INDIA with its partners will concurrently organize multiple interactive programs, to name a few – Air Quality Management Workshop by SDG (Sustainable Development Goals Foundation); Workshop on entrepreneurship in waste management by ISWA (International Solid Waste Association); Biogas Panel by GIZ, German Biogas Association and Indian Biogas Association; Water Skills Competition by Skill Council for Green Jobs, GIZ and DWA.

IFAT INDIA will also host an Environmental Technologies Conference in association with TERI, which will focus on issues related to Air Pollution, Solid Waste Management and Urban Water Management in the context of Sustainable Development.  This edition will also witness a new initiative Business to Government Forum that will provide states an ideal platform to announce new projects, to find matching solutions for new tenders and to inform participants about the latest policies in the environmental sector.

More information on the trade fair as well as the supporting program is available online at

electronica India 2016 and productronica India 2016 return to become the biggest ever trade fairs in the Indian ESDM industry

electronica India 2016 and productronica India 2016, the leading trade fairs for electronic components and manufacturing technologies take place from September 21-23, 2016 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bangalore. This edition is set to be the biggest edition of the trade fairs marked by over 400 exhibitors representing 650 companies from 16 countries including Japan, France, Korea, Malaysia, Switzerland to name a few. The trade fairs will also see country pavilions from six countries, Germany, UK, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The participation of leading exhibitors from across the industry reaffirmed the need and focus of electronica India 2016 and productronica India 2016 as an industry event. These include Murata, Rohm, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Bosch, NXP, Master Instruments Corporation, Juki India, NMTronics, Panasonic India, Samsung, Maxim SMT, Kaynes Technologies, Sahasra, Transtec, Mycronic, Komax, Atotech, Leaptech, SGS Tekniks, and many more.

Concurrent to the trade fairs, there will be various conferences, a buyer-seller forum, a B2G (business to government) forum, and exclusive pavilions from IPC India and CLIK (Consortium of Electronic Industries of Karnataka).

The trade fairs for the first time will have participation from various Indian states including Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh in the State Pavilion. ELCINA and Messe München India have jointly organized Invest India – a CEO forum, wherein the states will bring in attractive investment opportunities in the Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) space to domestic as well as global manufacturing firms.

The electronics market in India is expected to reach USD 400 billion by 2020 and PCB, being the backbone of almost all electronics product – hold huge growth potential in India. As per ELCINA’s research, the PCB industry in India is expected to grow up to USD 6 billion by 2020. Messe München India and ELCINA are jointly introducing ‘India PCB Tech’, which will showcase the PCB technologies from the best manufactures and their suppliers from across the globe to cater to the growing demand of PBCs in various industry segments. The joint initiative will bring the entire PCB industry eco-system and related supply chain together.

The trade fairs are largely supported by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), and leading national and international associations such as the Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA), India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA), the Consortium of Electronic Industries in Karnataka (CLIK), the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association (ZVEI) and many more, resulting in the outstanding quality of electronica India and productronica India.

According to Mr. Bhupinder Singh, CEO, Messe München India, “electronica India and productronica India have been promoting electronics manufacturing in India by attracting the leading electronic companies from across the globe to showcase their latest technologies in the Indian market and partner with the domestic manufacturing companies. This year, we have reached an important milestone by being the biggest ever edition and to ensure return on our exhibitors’ investments, we will be organizing the largest ever buyer-seller forum wherein India’s largest manufacturing companies from various segments viz. EMS, automotive, consumer electronics, defense and aerospace, industrial electronics etc. will make their sourcing decisions. Considering Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative to encourage domestic manufacturing and to invite the investors, we are organizing the biggest ever investor summit in the ESDM segment with the participation from 10 states, creating tremendous business opportunities for the stakeholders”

electronica India and productronica India 2016 will showcase latest offerings in categories including semiconductor and display manufacturing, soldering technology, PCB and other circuit-carrier manufacturing, test and measurement, quality assurance, Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS), production materials/equipment, environmental technology and clean-room technology, organic and printed electronics etc with exhibitors from across the industry. The trade fairs will be held in conjunction with LASER World of PHOTONICS INDIA 2016 and creating attractive synergies and added value for visitors.

Telit acquires wireless communications assets to boost capabilities in low-power Internet of Things market

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has agreed to acquire Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)and Near Field Communication (NFC) assets in hardware and software from Stollmann Entwicklungs und Vertriebs Gmbh (“Stollmann”)in Hamburg, Germany. Stollmann is a global player in the Bluetooth and NFC business,designing, developing and manufacturing cutting-edge, low-power Bluetooth modules and highly sophisticated software solutions for short range wireless communications. Assets in acquisition include among others, Stollmann’s Bluetooth and NFC software stacks, ready-to-use modules and other intellectual property (IP) in wireless communications. Thirty-five Stollmann employees, mainly R&D engineers, are to be transferred to Telit.

The acquisition of the Stollmann assets represents another strategic step for Telit in its expanding vision of connecting an ever broader range of things to cloud. Industry analyst firm MarketsandMarkets estimates the global Bluetooth Smart and “Smart-Ready” market to be worth $5.6bn by 2020 with Bluetooth Smart shipments to surpass 1.2 billion units in five years, up from just 49 million units in 2013.

The integration of Bluetooth, BLE and NFC technologies into the Telit portfolio brings considerable consumer value as businesses are able to accelerate innovation based on Bluetooth and NFC,leveraging the full spectrum of enabling, synergizing elements from Telit, including cellular and GNSS modules, mobile network connectivity and IoT platform services. These ready-to-run hardware and service combinations will enable the enterprise to move quickly from idea to business with minimal effort or investment, bringing to market a much wider range of consumer solutions than would be possible otherwise.

“IoT devices are increasingly being integrated into every aspect of the consumer’s life, in application areas from health & wellness to retail and smart homes. The acquisition of these assets is a key development in the execution of our IoT vision of connecting enterprise edge assets – sensors and other remote devices – to the cloud using our tools such as the Telit IoT portal,” said Oozi Cats, Telit’s Chief Executive Officer.“The IP we are acquiring will provide us with valuable expertise in additional short-range technologies including BLE, which is set to become the de-facto standard for local area and personal area IoT wireless connectivity. As one of the IoT’s fastest growing wireless technology areas, this IP will enable us to expand our market reach with a more comprehensive end-to-end connectivity solution.”

Medical Fair India 2015 To Give A Fillip To Indian Medical Industry

21st Edition of Medical Fair India 2015, the much awaited event for the Indian Medical Industry to take place from 21st-23rd March in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Medical Fair India 2015, the most influential trade fair for medical products, pharmaceutical products, medical technological products and health care service facilities; in its 21st edition will showcase the latest technological advancements in a vastly diversified medical sector. Medical Fair India 2015 the flagship brand of Medica- the world’s largest annual medical event held in Düsseldorf, Germany. The event will be flagged off from March, the 21st to 23rd, 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi and would prove to be the bellwether amongst the medical events in the country. The current edition of Medical Fair India comes with a special focus on Hospital Infrastructure and planning, witnessing participation from over 20 countries with dedicated country pavilions from the U.S and the U.K, Germany, Taiwan, Korea, Belgium, China, Italy, Malaysia and Singapore.

The event will have nearly 500 exhibitors from India and abroad showcasing their products and services which will help visitors to identify new providers, new agents and joint venture partners. It is aimed at sourcing out new products and technologies and to find new suppliers for stakeholders in the medical industry. Medical Fair India 2015 will be attended by a wide spectrum of experts in the medical field like doctors, practicing physicians, veterinarian, dentists, physiotherapists, ergo-therapists. The visitor profile will also include professionals like hospital directors/ managers, hospital owners, hospital administration managers and staff, medical specialists and superintendents, service providers. Biologists, microbiologists, biochemists from the research community along with general service providers like process engineers, NGOs for rehabilitation aids, distributors, visitors from academics and universities and visitors from government and international agencies will also be a part of the event.

Medical Fair India 2015 will have special features like the co-inciding of the 5th edition of Medgate Today Healthcare Awards. The coveted award platform evaluates hospitals, companies and healthcare professionals on their outstanding performance in healthcare and life sciences sector. Also, for the first time in the country, the event will have specific conferences on Hospital Infrastructure and Planning with the theme of Challenges and solutions in hospital planning and the second conference will be on Medical Device & Technology with the theme of Connect, Engage and Explore.

Indian healthcare expenditure is amongst the lowest globally and there are significant challenges to be addressed both in terms of accessibility of healthcare service and quality of patient care. A significant portion of the Indian population is unable to access healthcare service because of inadequate healthcare infrastructure. Accessibility to healthcare infrastructure on an overall basis is relatively imbalanced and is extremely limited to rural areas of the country. The existing healthcare infrastructure is unplanned and is irregularly distributed. Further, there is a severe lack of trained doctors and nurses to service the needs of the large Indian populous. Healthcare infrastructure (majorly hospitals) requires necessary attention for India to revolutionize its medical and healthcare industry.

The event serves as a perfect platform to network with thousands of healthcare professionals along with generating business and increasing sales. The conference topics and Speaker sessions will provide valuable insights on new trends which could widen the customer base and help companies to stay ahead of competition. With participation from international companies and other countries, building relations to gain access to India and the sub-continent will be facilitated. Some of the key associations supporting the event are Indian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Association of Healthcare Providers (India), ADMI – Association of Diagnostic Manufacturers of India, MSAHITA – Medical Surgery and Healthcare Industry Trade Association, Apollo Hospitals Group, Indian Association of Sports Medicine, Fortis Healthcare Limited along with other associations from the U.K, Germany, Korea.

“Medical Fair India would act as an enabler in bringing the entire medical fraternity on one platform where suppliers and buyers from different segments of the industry will congregate and do business. The 2-day technical conference shall bring together eminent speakers from the medical fraternity who shall deliberate on vital issues being faced by healthcare industry professionals.” said Udo Schürtzmann, Managing Director, Messe Düsseldorf India Pvt. Ltd.

He further said, “India has embarked on a of healthcare services transformation. The present Indian Government has introduced structural reforms and has re-emphasized its vision to create the access for improving healthcare services and to provide affordable healthcare for all.”

The private healthcare sector, in particular has witnessed unprecedented growth in the recent years and this holds immense business opportunities for companies interested to explore this huge potential. India’s health challenges, though unique and complex, also offers remarkable opportunities. The coming years will witness major expansions & progress in the direction to consolidate the India healthcare sector.

The City Of Munich Joins The Document Foundation Advisory Board

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces that the city of Munich has joined TDF Advisory Board, where it will be represented by Florian Haftmann. Back in 2003, the city of Munich – the third largest in Germany – has launched Project LiMux to migrate their software systems from closed-source, proprietary products to free and open-source software. The project was successfully completed in late 2013, which involved migrating 16,000 personal computers and laptops of public employees to free and open-source software. The City of Munich has hosted a LibreOffice HackFest since 2011, to improve features targeted to enterprise environments.

“The city of Munich is a healthy reference for every migration to free software, and as such will add a significant value to our Advisory Board, where it will seat side by side with MIMO, representing the migration to LibreOffice of French Ministries, and with other companies providing value added services on top of LibreOffice,” says Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of The Document Foundation. “Florian Haftmann will be introduced to other members of TDF Advisory Board during next planned meeting, on January 15, 2015.”

TDF Advisory Board has 17 members: AMD, CIB Software, City of Munich, CloudOn, Collabora, FrODeV (Freies Office Deutschland), FSF (Free Software Foundation), Google, Intel, ITOMIG, KACST (King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology of Saudi Arabia), Lanedo, MIMO (Consortium of French Ministries), RedHat, SPI (Software in the Public Interest), Studio Storti and SUSE.

QSC Partners with Axiros for Cloud Data Management Platform Services

German ICT provider brings advanced management to its latest products

Axiros, the technology leader in open device management solutions for service providers and enterprises, today announced that QSC, a leading provider of information communications and telecommunication services in Germany, has selected Axiros’ Cloud data management platform. Under the terms of the partnership, Axiros is providing QSC an easy cloud-based standardized managed service solution perfectly tailored to their needs that only takes a fraction of the time and investment to implement.

“We needed a management and provisioning solution to support our existing network. The Axiros system turned out to be the ideal solution for reliable remote management of the customer premises equipment for our NGA-Clients,” said Jörg Mügge, director of Plusnet, a subsidiary of QSC and responsible for managing its next generation network. “Axiros rose to the challenge, and their history in the TR-069 market, existing Cloud products, and roadmap for future development convinced us that they were the perfect match for our market’s needs.”

“Germany is an ideal place to roll out next-generation services,” added Kurt Peterhans, CEO of Axiros. “QSC is a prime example of a partner who understands customer needs and is committed to staying ahead of them by putting the necessary technology place now to support a robust network in the future. We are thrilled to be working with QSC and know that with the strength of their network and the field-tested resiliency of our management software, QSC will have a competitive advantage in the market.”

Axiros’ standardized AXCESS.ACS offering is perfect for small- and mid-sized service providers, ISPs and telcos that are looking for a provisioning solution but do not have the resources necessary to support a full on-site implementation for device management. Axiros understood that there was a very real market need for these providers to compete, especially with home automation and Internet of Things offerings, and introduced an easy cloud-based standardized managed service solution perfectly tailored to their needs that takes a fraction of the time and investment to implement.

To learn more about how Axiros helped QSC, plus to see AXCESS.ACS and Axiros’ portfolio of device management products and services, please visit the Axiros website.

Google Chromecast goes on sale in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K

Google launched their Chromecast device in 11 new markets this week. These new countries are:

Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K

The company said:

In addition to your favorite apps like YouTube, Google Play Movies, Google Play Music and Netflix (where available), we’re working with local content providers to bring even more of the movies and TV shows you love to Chromecast. Apps will start rolling out today, and include BBC iPlayer in the U.K.; France TV Pluzz and SFR TV in France with CANALPLAY coming soon; and Watchever in Germany with Maxdome coming soon. So instead of huddling around your laptop to watch Sherlock solve the next crime or getting caught up on all the workplace drama in Stramberg, you can cast it, sit back, and watch together on the big screen.

More: Official Google Blog: Chromecast: now casting in 11 more countries

Surprising, India is not part of the list. The device recently gained support for Indian languages which indicated that the company might launch it in India as well.

Microsoft Surface now on sale in 17 new markets through business channels

Microsoft Surface now on sale in 17 new markets through business channels

Microsoft has announced that they are expanding the availability of their Surface and Surface Pro Tablets through business channels in 17 new markets. Most of these are in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

Microsoft added:

In addition to offering Microsoft’s extended warranty and accidental damage, resellers bring a variety of additional value-added services to the Surface family, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection. But we’re not stopping here. We’re committed to authorizing a select set of additional partners in these markets in the coming weeks.

The company has already indirectly admitted that Surface has been a massive financial failure for them. Microsoft is also facing a lawsuit that claims that they kept the investors out of loop resulting in financial losses for them.

Google Play Music All Access comes to most European countries

Google Play Music All Access comes to most European countries

Google has silently expanded their All Access music streaming service to a bunch of European countries.

Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and the UK are now included in the official list where All Access should be available.

Germany is the surprising missing entry. It is now the only market where Google Play Music is available but the streaming service is not.

The service is priced at 7.99 Pounds in UK and 7.99 Euros in rest of the European countries. This is an introductory pricing which is expected to rise to 9.99 Pounds/Euros after a few weeks. A 30 day trial is available to interested consumers.