Truetzschler and Voith jointly develop flushable wipes for hygienic disposal

Due to COVID 19, dry or wet wipes are widely used today. However, disposal of wipes can be difficult as they can clog sewage systems due to their failure to disintegrate in water. Voith Group and Truetzschler Nonwovens have developed flushable wipes that can disintegrate into individual fibres in agitated water. Read more...

Freudenberg’s car cabin air filters offer protection against Coronavirus

Thanks to a sophisticated dual mode of action, micronAir proTect line filters - manufactured by the German firm for car makers - present a viable option next to other available cabin filter solutions, including the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters Read more...

Flexible packaging and medical are biggest drivers

With the plastic industry taking a hit last year due to restrictions over the single-use plastic citing a threat environment, Satish Godase, Director, Nu-Vu Conair believes that the plastic industry in India will grow. In this interaction with Pushkar Oak, Satish Godase discusses recent trends in plastic auxiliary equipment and industries that will drive demand for their products. Read more...

$4 billion petrochemical complex in India put on hold due to COVID-19

The decision was taken by JV partners - Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Adani Group, German chemical firm BASF, and Borealis AG - after a feasibility study of the project which comprised a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant, a polypropylene (PP) production and an acrylics value chain complex. Read more...

Automation is key to mitigate risks and raise productivity: Rajat Kishore

In this interaction with Rakesh Rao, Rajat Kishore, MD & VP Process Automation India Hub, Schneider Electric, explains the importance of automation for the Indian process industry and the effect of COVID 19 pandemic on the production processes in the near future. Read more...

NTPC ranks first among Indian PSUs in Forbes World's Best Employer 2020

The final list comprised 750 multinational and large corporations headquartered in 45 countries. The employers were also judged based on their Covid 19 responses, image, economic footprint, talent development, gender equality and social responsibility. Read more...

The new normal in manufacturing sector

COVID 19 pandemic has profoundly changed the approach towards manufacturing. With hygiene and safety taking precedence, companies are looking to adopt collaborative robots (Cobots) and IIoT-based intelligent devices in production plants. So, will this be the new normal? Read more...

Fuji Electric donates 4 UPS units to Sassoon Hospital for COVID fightback

These UPSs will be used to support the emergency lighting as well as all the critical medical equipment in the specially designated wing set up in the hospital for treatment of COVID-19 patients. Read more...

India cannot become $ 5 tn economy without MSMEs: Sanjeev Chawla

In this interview with Rakesh Rao, Sanjeev Chawla, Director, Office of Development Commissioner (DC) MSME, Ministry of MSME, discusses challenges faced by MSMEs and probable solutions. Read more...

Enable MSMEs to fight competition

The clamour for boycott of Chinese goods in India is growing due to the heightened tension at the Galwan border in Ladakh where 20 Indian soldiers were killed in action on the night of July 15. Read more...

Energising power sector

Indian electrical & electronics industry has been going through a rough patch even before COVID 19 struck the country. Read more...

AVEVA expands new program to heavy and discrete industries

With AVEVA Select, partners will be able access the entire AVEVA portfolio. Read more...

Government reduces burden on companies with relaxations

Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of State, Finance & Corporate Affairs, stated this in a written response to the Lok Sabha recently. Read more...

IEEMA to host virtual expo Digielec Bharat for electrical industry in Sept

Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ & Association (IEEMA) wants to promote exports and position India’s indigenous electrical industry as an alternative to China through Digielec Bharat, which will be held virtually from Sept 24-27, 2020 Read more...

IEEMA aims for $ 25 bn electrical & electronics exports by 2024-25: R K Chugh

After June 15, 2020, the Government took many steps to curb imports of electrical and electronics (E&E) products from China into India. In this interview with Rakesh Rao, R K Chugh, President of IEEMA, explains the benefits of these steps and road ahead for the industry. Read more...

Why rugged tablets are needed in harsh factory environment

Factories have harsh operating environments that normal devices would not survive in. Rugged tablets are engineered to withstand drops, shocks, spills, vibration, dust as well as oil and grease found in manufacturing floor space, say Rick Hwang. Read more...

Be prepared for Tax Collected at Source from 1 Oct 2020

Any seller of any goods whose turnover in the preceding financial year exceeds Rs 10 crore is liable to collect TCS at 0.1% of the sale value (0.075% for Oct 2020 to Mar 2021 period) from the buyer if the buyer purchase goods for the value exceeding Rs 50 lakhs. Read more...

SLR Metaliks invest Rs 60-70 crore to raise alloy steel manufacturing capacity

Despite COVID 19, the company - one of the leading suppliers of alloy steel to automotive and other industries - has increased the capacity from 0.3 million tonne to 0.4 million tonnes. While SLR Metaliks is pinning hopes on automotive industry’s revival, it is also holding talks with DRDO for suppling alloy steel Read more...

Bright Beginings launches UV-C devices to fight COVID 19

These UVC devices - which included UVC baggage conveyer, UVC sterilizer cabinets and UVC room sterilizers - were launched to prevent surface-to-human transmission of coronavirus that causes COVID 19. These devices are certified and approved by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Read more...

Genus Power supplies 1.5 mn smart meters to EESL

Creates history by becoming Asia-Pacific’s first company to supply 1.5 million smart meters to Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), which is playing a vital role in implementing India’s ambitious plan of rolling out 240 million smart meters in next 3 years. Read more...

Honeywell starts N95 face mask production in India for healthcare workers

The company to produce to produce approximately 24 million face masks annually at its Fulgaon facility in Pune. Honeywell’s Fulgaon factory specialises in providing automation solutions and field instruments. Read more...

Boosting demand will be more beneficial than just monetary help: Amit Ghaisas

In this interview, Amit Ghaisas, MD, Minilec Group, focuses on the importance of quality, exports, and Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative. He also highlights on demand drivers for control and monitoring relays and effect of COVID 19 on the industry. Read more...

Disposed PPEs can be transformed into biofuel: Observes study

The research team reviewed many related research articles as they looked to explore the current policies around PPE disposal, the polypropylene content in PPE, and the feasibility of converting PPE into biofuel. Read more...

LANXESS disinfectant kills coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in just 60 seconds

Test by Microbac Laboratories Inc in accordance with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), broad spectrum disinfectant, Rely+On Virkon, is a powder disinfectant concentrate diluted in water for application as a spray on hard surfaces and equipment (non-medical). Read more...

FLIR unveils TG165-X Thermal Camera with MSX image enhancement feature

This new spot thermal camera has improved diagnosis for electrical and inspection maintenance. Read more...

Mitsubishi Electric helps to automate manual ventilator amid COVID 19 pandemic

Mitsubishi Electric’s Graphic Operation Controller (GOC) products have been tested successfully at Government facilities. The integrated controller and display help in maintaining the compactness of the ventilator, reports Rakesh Rao. Read more...

Elmeasure joins COVID 19 fight by launching EL-CLEAiR UV sanitiser

El-CLEAiR, developed jointly by Elmeasure and Rockforest, acts as an air purifier by eliminating dust/odor/germs, bacteria, viruses including Covid 19 thus sanitising & purifying the air in the room in a matter of a few hours. Read more...

Alfaa UV’s Stero 360 UV sanitizer sees rise in demand amid COVID 19 pandemic

STERO 360 is conveniently portable from one room to another, due to its suitable dimensions. Surface disinfection happens without directly touching any object, thus ensuring the least chances of the machine being contaminated in any way. Read more...

OMRON launches UVC disinfection robot to fight infectious diseases

With rise in importance of sanitisation and disinfection in the post COVID 19 era, UVC disinfection robot - co-created with Techmetics Robotics - will give organisations less labour-intensive and long-term solutions to ensure their premises are safe and germ-free Read more...

Ingersoll Rand to roll out new products in India in coming months

The company has launched 2 compressors in India. The current and upcoming launches will primarily be from small-scale sector, automotive and light industry - catering to the needs of painting, fabrication, and maintenance industries Read more...

MSV-India develops UV disinfection conveyor to fight COVID 19 in public places

UVT Conveyor, which uses UV disinfection lamps that emit UV-C rays, is capable of killing 99.99% of all the germs (including viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens) present on the surfaces of everyday objects that people use Read more...

CARE Ratings estimates GDP degrowth of 6.1 per cent

These are revised observations, considering the lockdown reinstated even in July across many states and manufacturing units operating at half of its capacity. Read more...

Wendt India provides total grinding and honing solution: Rajesh Khanna

In this interview with Rakesh Rao, Rajesh Khanna, Executive Director and CEO, Wendt India, explains why Indian machine tool industry needs to focus on high-end precision machines, and how process automation & additive manufacturing are reshaping machine tools industry Read more...

CEAT forays into PPE business with GoSafe S95 face mask

The mask - priced at Rs 249 - can be washed and reused up to 30 times. They are available across CEAT Shoppes (exclusive branded stores) and on leading e-commerce websites such as Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, Seniority and many more. Read more...

Machine tools expo IMTEX 2021 rescheduled to June 17-23 due to COVID 19 pandemic

ToolTech - a trade fair for parts, accessories and systems for machine tools and manufacturing technology - and “Digital Manufacturing” will also be hosted along with IMTEX 2021, organised by the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) Read more...

Intech’s metal 3D printers will serve entire spectrum of industry: Sridhar Balaram

In conversation with Rakesh Rao, Sridhar Balaram, MD and Founder of Intech Additive Solutions, shares the advantages of additive manufacturing and the roadmap to make 3D printers a part of the industrial production line. Read more...

German firms more pessimistic about India than 6 months back, says VDMA survey

2019 was not necessarily the best year for the mechanical engineering sector in India. Many German companies were hoping for a better year in 2020, but COVID 19 pandemic shattered all such hopes. Read more...

Demand for automation in India to rise due to COVID 19 pandemic

VDMA India organised a virtual panel discussion to understand the readiness of Indian manufacturers to adopt automation. By monitoring only two variables (temperature and vibration), MSMEs can reduce maintenance cost by 45% throughout the life of the machine. Read more...

Five key learnings from COVID 19 for Indian logistics sector

Logistics and supply chain sector, although active through-out the national lockdown, has suffered a series of challenges. Aditya Vazirani shares a few learnings that one needs to implement to be more prepared in the furture. Read more...

Fever detection products have kept us busier than usual: Rajendra Chodankar

In conversation with Rakesh Rao, Rajendra Chodankar, Founder of RRP S4E Innovations Pvt Ltd, highlights the potential of electro optics market in India and how the company produced fever detection systems to fulfil the growing demand amid COVID 19 pandemic. Read more...

COVID Impact: Machine tools industry may recover in Q3

The spread of COVID-19 has delivered a severe blow to the global economy. Due to the disruption caused by COVID 19 in the first half of the year, the recovery of the machinery industry has been delayed Read more...

All industries today use compressed air: KS Natarajan

In this interview, KS Natarajan, Managing Director, Trident Pneumatics, speaks on the rising demand for medical oxygen plants due to Covid 19 pandemic, and how they are meeting this growing demand. Read more...

Siemens launches digital solution to maintain social distancing at workplace

Using proven software and hardware, Siemens has developed a unique workplace distancing solution that helps manufacturers to simulate and manage employee exposure risks while enabling productivity throughout their facilities Read more...

Toyota Kirloskar Motor hands over Mobile Medical Unit to scale up COVID-19 testing

The MMU will be used as a molecular diagnostic laboratory for Coronavirus tests and provide results quickly, reducing turnaround time. Read more...

Valeo ClimSpray for vehicle cabin receives Virucide certification

The product is effective particularly against coronaviruses (COVID 19) Read more...

igus feels a pinch due to turnover decline

Company’s sales declined in the first four months due to the Corona situation. Incoming orders have so far remained almost stable. Read more...

Ethernet tops industrial network market, fieldbus decline continues, says HMS Networks

While industrial Ethernet increases its market share to 64 per cent (from 59 per cent last year), fieldbuses drop to 30 per cent (from 35 per cent). The leading networks EtherNet/IP and PROFINET share first place at 17 per cent each. Read more...

Detroit Engineered Products develops Garuda drone to protect aerial territory assets

Drones are being used in diverse industries including defense, entertainment, agriculture. Recently, drones were used to manage on ground situation for COVID 19 and for spraying of pesticides to rid large tracts of agricultural lands of locust infestation Read more...

HP partners with Redington in India to produce ventilator parts using 3D printing

Two companies partnered to produce 3D printed 120,000 parts for AgVa Ventilators used in the treatment of COVID 19 patients. HP 3D printing technology reduces manufacturing time from 4-5 months to 24 days Read more...

Paint makers launch sanitiser products as demand grows due to COVID 19

The market share of the top 3 sanitiser brands fell to 39 per cent in March from 85 per cent in January and February. Over 150 new manufacturers have started making sanitisers in March and now account for 61 per cent market share, says Rakesh Rao. Read more...

Control humidity to stop COVID 19 spiral as Unlock 1.0 begins

Companies should invest in humidity & indoor air quality tracking devices like hygrometer, humidity controller, air quality monitor, etc, as WHO has linked maintaining optimum temperature, indoor air quality and moisture to the spread of coronavirus. Read more...

WED Special: Let environment bounce back

In the absence of human activities due to COVID 19, environment is bouncing back. As we celebrate World Environment Day (WED), industry leaders voice their concerns and suggest some sustainability measures. Read more...

India to attract Taiwanese smart machinery firms

Taiwan’s smart machinery solutions to reduce human intervention and boost safe manufacturing. With stress on quality, price and service, the industry is known for its significant precision technology and massive ICT integration. Read more...

ENGEL and Hack Formenbau join hands to fight against COVID 19

Two companies are helping plastics processors to launch high-volume production of two-component test swabs used for nasal and throat swab tests in Covid 19 patients Read more...

With Scrappage Policy auto industry can revive faster

The Covid 19 pandemic is having enormous effects globally. The global economy has been hit hard, even worse than the Great Depression in 1930. Read more...

Practical tips to minimise COVID 19 impact on auto sector

COVID 19 pandemic has severely affected automotive businesses globally. Sharadhi Babu, CEO, AXISCADES, suggests some practical measures to mitigate the impact COVID impact. Read more...

Grind Master offers cost-effective surface finishing solutions globally: Mohini Kelkar

Through this interview with Rakesh Rao of IPF, Mohini Kelkar, MD, Grind Master Group, shows how SMEs can also leverage on automation to make a global mark in the highly knowledge-intensive machine tools industry. Read more...

Elgi compressors help industries in saving significant energy: Dr Jairam Varadaraj

In this interview with Rakesh Rao, Dr Jairam Varadaraj, MD, Elgi Equipments, elaborates on the dynamics of compressors market and why it is necessary for companies to recalibrate and reorient their business strategies amid COVID 19 challenge. Read more...

Digitalisation: Reshaping future of manufacturing

Organisations have started a step towards digitalisation, looking at the benefits like increase in sales & profitability due to increased reach, increase in market share, creating & building brand awareness with less cost,, etc. Read more...

Rise in automation will see growth in pneumatics demand: Nimesh Purohit

In this interview with Rakesh Rao, Nimesh Purohit, Director, B S Hydro-Pneumatic, raises concerns of the SME sector and how COVID 19 is changing the way businesses are operating. Read more...

Govt’s relief measures focuses on MSMEs to reduce COVID 19 impact

Govt’s relief measures focuses on MSMEs to reduce COVID 19 impact Read more...

Lot of global firms are looking to relocate from China: Sunil Rallan

In this interview, Sunil Rallan, Founder, J Matadee Free Trade Zone, explains the importance of SEZs for India and how COVID 19 will impact the operations at SEZs and warehousing zones. Read more...

Gates is fully committed to India: Rajesh Bhandari

In this interview, Rajesh C Bhandari, Sr MD Commercials, India, Gates Corporation, highlights on changing customer needs and how Gates is fulfilling them Read more...

After Vizag gas leak, govt issues guidelines for restarting manufacturing industries

NDMA has advised that all the responsible officers of the district will ensure the Industrial On-Site Disaster Management Plans are also in place for safe re-starting of the industries during & after Covid 19 lockdown Read more...

PSUs will play a major role in current situation

The Covid 19 pandemic has put Indian MSMEs in a tight spot with issues like liquidity, manpower shortage, delayed payments and others. Nirag Chokshi, Director, Techno Industries in a video interaction with Industrial Product Finder (IPF) discuss about current status of material handling equipment (MHE) industry and way ahead for the MSMEs. Read more...

Focus on sanitation and communication key to restart manufacturing

IPF Webinar focused on challenges before manufacturers as they restart their production plants and also offered probable solutions to mitigate Covid 19 problem Read more...

MAHLE Group steers steady despite Covid 19 crisis

MAHLE recorded its largest volume of orders in the history of the Group. These orders ran into billions in the field of new technologies. Read more...

Automation will see a big rise due to Covid 19: P L Muthusekkar

In this interview, P L Muthusekkar, MD, NORD Drivesystems Pvt Ltd, focuses on gear boxes industry and how automation will lead to rise in skilled jobs in India. Read more...

Sawalka KEL is first to make Nitrile-dipped gloves in India

In this interview, Avinash Sawalka, Director, Sawalka KEL, focus on safety gloves market and readiness of the company to resume operations after lockdown, due to Covid 19, is lifted. Read more...

After MHA’s Guidelines, how to restart business in different states?

With Covid 19 pandemic reaching 'community transmission stage' in India, the key challenge before state/UT governments will be reviving economy by adhering to the stringent guidelines Read more...

India should be ready to scale up footwear production to tap exports: Adesh Gupta

In this interview, Adesh Gupta, CEO of Liberty Shoes, highlights challenges before footwear industry and explores new opportunities before India due to Covid 19 effect Read more...

Liquidity risk would also need urgent attention: McKinsey

Covid-19 has triggered a deep economic crisis globally. The global economic impact could be broader than any that we have seen since the Great Depression, observes McKinsey & Company in a report. Read more...

HARTING supplies cable assemblies for medical devices to fight Covid 19

The German firm has been manufacturing complete connectivity system solutions for medical devices on which patients and doctors are urgently dependent in the coronavirus pandemic. Read more...

What could be right recovery strategies for SMEs?

SMEs have been severely impacted by Covid 19 pandemic. IPF webinar elaborates on relief measures that they can avail and also suggests long term growth plans. Read more...

LANXESS India donates 1-ton disinfectant to Maha Government

The product is being delivered to the Government of Maharashtra relief co-ordination center at the Haffkine Institute in Mumbai. Read more...

Exempt chemical industry from lockdown due Covid 19: ICC

Chemicals are key ingredients for essential commodities like pharmaceuticals, foods, medical devices, PPE, etc. Manufacturers are not able to produce chemicals even if permitted to operate Read more...

Ministry suggest increase in credit guarantee for MSMEs to Rs 5000 bn

MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari urge industry to look upon the present crisis as opportunity especially as some countries are looking to move away their investments from China. Read more...

Siemens’ 3D printers to help produce medical devices to fight Covid 19 threat

The company opens its Additive Manufacturing Network to enable the efficient execution of design and printing of medical equipment in response to COVID-19 pandemic. Read more...

IIT Guwahati team develops LED-based disinfection system to fight Covid 19

IIT Guwahati will collaborate with Excel Tech and Ultimate Aeroaqua Filter Pvt Ltd to develop the technology. Read more...

MSME technology centres help govt in fight against Covid 19

While CFTI Chennai has escalated the production of masks and medical gowns, MSME Technology Centre, Hyderabad, is developing a prototype of ventilator. Read more...

Amid coronavirus pandemic Foreign Trade Policy extended for one year

Exemption from payment of IGST and Compensation Cess on the imports made under Advance/EPCG Authorisations and by EOUs etc has been extended up to March 31, 2021 Read more...

RBI’s measures to mitigate Covid 19 risk should help lift spirit of economy: FICCI

Decision to put a temporary stop on payment of term loans and interest rates on working capital loans will provide relief to the companies, says Dr Sangita Reddy, President, FICCI Read more...

RBI takes steps to reduce COVID 19 stress on financial system

RBI has decided to reduce the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 75 basis points to 4.40 per cent from 5.15 per cent with immediate effect Read more...

Top four tips to manage supply chain in the times of COVID 19

COVID 19 pandemic has forced companies to adopt a new supply chain model that is more agile, with a focus on optimisation and non-linear operations, says Aditya Vazirani. Read more...

HP and partners use 3D printing to produce critical parts to battle Covid 19

Initial applications being validated and finalised for industrial production include face masks, face shields, mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands-free door openers, and respirator parts Read more...

Govt urges distilleries to maximise hand sanitizer production to combat Covid 19

About 45 distilleries and 564 other manufacturers have been granted permission to produce hand sanitizers; more than 55 distilleries are likely to be given permission in one or two days Read more...

How Covid 19 is impacting key Indian industries

Impact of coronavirus pandemic will vary with sectors, and will be influenced by the extent of trade disruption, social distancing and the resultant economic slowdown, says CRISIL report. Read more...

Coronavirus outbreak positions India as a production alternative to China

The virus outbreak in China is expected to intensify production disruptions and relocation away from China, and India could reap gains with the right set of policies, says Neha Anna Thomas. Read more...