Thanks to the new agreement, India to become less reliant on China & Japan for Li-Ion batteries

CSIR lab to give technology for India’s first indigenous Lithium Ion Battery project

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Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for transfer of technology for India’s first Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Battery project. The Agreement was signed in Bengaluru on Saturday (June 09, 2018) by Dr Vijayamohan K. Pillai, Director, CECRI and C. Narasimhan, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of RAASI Group in the presence of  Union minister for Science & Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan.

A group at CSIR-CECRI headed by Dr Gopu Kumar has developed an indigenous technology of Lithium-ion cells in partnership with CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) New Delhi, CSIR- Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI) Kolkata and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) Hyderabad. CSIR-CECRI has set up a demo facility in Chennai to manufacture prototype Lithium-Ion cells. It has secured global IPRs with potential to enable cost reduction, coupled with appropriate supply chain and manufacturing technology for mass production.

Currently, Indian manufacturers source Lithium Ion Battery from China, Japan and South Korea among some other countries. India is one of the largest importers and in 2017, it imported nearly 150 Million US Dollar worth Li-Ion batteries.

“Today’s development is a validation of the capabilities of CSIR and its laboratories to meet technology in critical areas to support our industry, besides other sectors,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan after the signing ceremony. “It will give tremendous boost to two flagship programmes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – increasing the share of Clean Energy in the energy basket by generating 175 Giga Watts by 2022, of which 100 Giga Watts will be Solar and the second, National Electric Mobility Mission, to switch completely to electric vehicles by 2030.”

Dr Harsh Vardhan said, the project is in tune with Prime Minister’s vision of “Make in India”, to turn India into a manufacturing hub and to cut down outflow of foreign exchange.

Raasi Group will set up the manufacturing facility in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu close to Bangalore. “We want to bring down the cost of cell manufacturing below Rs. 15,000/- per KW to replace Lead Acid Battery,” said Narasimhan. “We also have plans to make Lithium Ion battery for solar roof top with life span of 25 years to make it affordable enough to drive the Photo Voltaic segment.”


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Li-Ion batteries have applications in Energy Storage System – from hearing aid to container sized batteries to power a cluster of villages, Electric Vehicles (2-wheeler, 3-wheeler, 4-wheeler and Bus), portable electronic sector, Grid Storage, Telecom and Telecommunication Towers, Medical Devices, Household and Office Power Back (UPS), Powering Robots in Processing Industry. Lithium-ion batteries can power any electrical application without the need of physical wires-means wireless.

Dr Jitendra Yadav, Director, CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Bengaluru, Dr Vidyadhar Mudkavi, Director, CSIR-4PI, Dr. M. Annadurai, Director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru were also present on the occasion. Dr Annadurai stressed, the Li-Ion cells developed by ISRO is primarily for space applications and there is room for convergence.

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India car sales snapshot in April 2018

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Maruti Suzuki India time and again proved that it cannot be dethroned that easily. Despite having around 50% market share it further grew to capture a whopping 55% market share. Every time we think that Maruti reached peaks and it cannot grow further it is proving us wrong, this month it grew by 13.4% compared to the last April.

Tata Motors despite trying hard to reach third position is still having tough time to displace Mahindra. But Tata can make it to third position as we can see it is consistently growing at a healthy rate(this month it grew by 34.4%) owing to the success of Tiago and Nexon.

Biggest loser this April is Honda, it de-grew by 36.9% compared to the April 2017.

Thanks to Jeep Compass that Fiat is able to post better numbers.

Source: Autopunditz

Gaku Nakanishi takes charge as C.E.O & President of Honda Cars India

Mr Nakanishi will take over from Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, who moves to New Business Strategy Division, Business Development Supervisory Unit in Honda Motor Co., Ltd

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Gaku Nakanishi, the new CEO and President of Honda Cars India

Honda Cars India announced senior management changes in February 2018 and the changes came to effect from April 1st.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has appointed Mr Gaku Nakanishi as the new President & CEO of Honda Cars India Ltd and he will take charge from April 1, 2018, consequent to the management changes announced annually by Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Mr Nakanishi will take over from Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, who moves to New Business Strategy Division, Business Development Supervisory Unit in Honda Motor Co., Ltd for accelerating formulation of new business strategy and pursuit of open innovation in the area of future mobility.

During his tenure in India, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno was instrumental in fortifying the premium brand positioning of Honda in India. He spearheaded the introduction of several premium models in India including BR-V, Accord Hybrid, New City and WR-V and laying the foundation for launch of new models including All New Amaze, All New CR-V and comeback of the Civic. Mr. Ueno’s strong focus on new age communication led to many integrated marketing campaigns targeting consumers across age profiles. In his role, he emphasized on achieving operational efficiencies at company and dealership level during rapid market shift from diesel to petrol, Demonetization and GST implementation. He also led several initiatives in the field of sales and service to enhance customer experience and dealer profitability.

Mr. Gaku Nakanishi has been President and CEO of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. since 2015. Mr Nakanishi has been associated with Honda Motor Co., Ltd. for almost 30 years and has vast experience in the automobile industry, having worked in several international markets including North America, Mexico, Japan, Thailand and has worked with overseas division for CIS, Middle East & Africa and Asia & Oceania regions.

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Mercedes-Benz plant Sindelfingen starts production of the Compact SUV GLA

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The ‘Innovation Factory‘ at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant: the Site Manager of the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant Michael Bauer (left) and Ergun Lümali, Chairman of the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen Works Council (right) are celebrating the start of production of the compact SUV GLA with the team.

“With the GLA, the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant is producing a compact model for the first time proving its high flexibility. With the project ‘Innovation Factory’ we are shaping the future of production at Mercedes-Benz Cars. At the same time we are supporting our global production network by providing quickly additional capacities. Our employees contribute a major part with their long-term experience and a high level of motivation”, explains Michael Bauer.

The production of the compact SUV GLA at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant, which is about 20 km away of the company headquarters in Stuttgart, marks the starting point for the pilot project ‘Innovation Factory’. Cutting-edge production technologies which feature the ‘Factory 56’, one of the most modern car productions, are tested previously in the ‘Innovation Factory’: from innovative Industry 4.0 solutions to a work organization with flexible working models, the project covers almost all aspects of a future-oriented production.


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“We do have a highly qualified team that compensates order peaks of the GLA production. Thus Sindelfingen is proving its leading role as an innovation and competence center for new technologies. We, the works councils, are getting closer to our aim producing more vehicles in Sindelfingen. Our effort is to prepare the plant for future challenges and to ensure the employment. I am pleased, that our hard work paid off to make the location strong for the future”, says Ergun Lümali.

The GLA has been rolling off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant since 2013, and also at the Chinese production site of Beijing Benz Automotive Corporation (BBAC) in Beijing since 2015. Since the market launch of the GLA in 2014, more than 500,000 customers have already chosen the compact SUV. Rastatt, the lead plant for the GLA as well as for the A- and B-Class, is running at its full capacity. The production of the vehicle in Sindelfingen creates additional capacities until the end of the product life cycle. For the first time a compact vehicle with front-wheel drive is produced at the Sindelfingen plant, known as the center of competence for rear-wheel drive vehicles in the luxury and upper-range classes.

The GLA is characterized by its sportily dynamic design idiom, light-footed handling and extensive individualization range. As the first compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz it brought a breath of fresh air to its market segment and established itself there as a major player. In 2017 the GLA was most successful in the markets China, USA, Germany and Great Britain. The GLA portfolio meets all individual mobility requirements of its customers.

About the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant

The Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant is the center of competence for upper-range and luxury-class vehicles, and also the lead plant for the production of the S- and E-Class model series. This will also be the location for the prospective production of electric vehicles of the new EQ product and technology brand. Together with the central production organization of Mercedes-Benz Cars, the plant employs a workforce of more than 25,000. The site is the location for the production of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (Sedan and Estate), the CLS, the S-Class (Sedan, Coupé and Cabriolet), the Mercedes-Maybach and the Mercedes-AMG GT family. Around 250 vehicles a day are delivered at the Mercedes-Benz customer center in Sindelfingen.

Source: Daimler Global Media Site

Tata Motors and ASDC certify first batch of trainees in Sanand for skills in automotive assembly

The collaborative skill development program was introduced in 2016 through an MoU between both parties

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Mr. Rajesh Khatri, Vice President, Passenger Vehicle Operations, Tata Motors, Mr. Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Tata Motors and Mr. Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) at the certification ceremony of the first batch of trainees in Sanand, graduating from the collaborative skills development and certification program.

Key Highlights:

  • Tata Motors has partnered with ASDC (Automotive Skills Development Council), NSDC (National Skills Development Corporation) and NAPS (National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme), for various skill development programs in the automotive sectors
  • 168 trainees (154 boys and 14 girls) at Sanand plant of Tata Motors have been awarded the ASDC Certification in automotive assembly skills and similar assessments are being conducted in Tata Motors Sanand Plant. We would be certifying around 1500+ trainees in next 3 years at Sanand plant.
  • Tata Motors plans to skill 40,000 people in next 3 to 4 years across all plants, subsidiaries and dealer network

As part of a unique initiative to promote “Skill India Mission”, Tata Motors and Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) certified the first batch of trainees under their collaborative skills development and certification program. Introduced in 2016, the program is currently training around 4000 apprentices, out of which 168 trainees (154 boys and 14 girls) with over 90% success ratio at Sanand Plant of Tata Motors have been awarded the ASDC Certification in automotive assembly skills. The trainees, after completion of their first-year training at Tata Motors’ Skill Development Center were assessed through an online test, a practical examination and a viva conducted by the external ASDC nominated assessor. Trainees that successfully passed these examinations were felicitated at the certificates award ceremony in the presence of top officials from Tata Motors, ASDC and NEEM partners at Sanand.

The first batch of trainees were awarded the ASDC certification in presence of Mr. Gajendra Chandel, Chief Human Resource Officer, Tata Motors, Mr. Sunil Chaturvedi, Chief Executive Officer, ASDC and Mr. Rajesh Khatri, Vice President – Operations, Passenger Vehicles, Tata Motors.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Tata Motors, said, “Today indeed is a very proud moment for us at Tata Motors, as the first batch of ASDC certified trainees, enrolled under the NEEM program, graduate from the Sanand plant Skill Development Center. This program has been diligently put together by Tata Motors’ Skills Development Center, in association with NEEM service provider and ASDC. It’s a matter of great satisfaction to see a large batch of trainees, both girls and boys, mostly from rural areas and small towns who were inducted through the “Earn & Learn” mode under the ‘National Employability Enhancement Mission (NEEM)’ that’s part of Government’s Skill India mission. With the evolution in automobile manufacturing and service, the need for skilled workforce will continue to increase exponentially, with a huge potential to generate large-scale employment opportunities. However, for the youth to be able to take up these opportunities, it is important they have the mindset of quality, productivity, safety and discipline coupled with right technical skills, which our Skills Development Center as well NEEM partner, imparted very systematically during the program duration. Sowing the seeds of learning has short, mid and long-term benefits, and we at Tata Motors foresee this as the foundation to prepare them as well the Indian Automotive Industry for future growth.”

Adding to this, Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), said, “The automotive industry is a significant generator of employment in India. Till date, the ASDC has contributed to the development of the automotive industry by creating 200 Qualification Packs (QPs) comprising of 363 Unique National Occupational Standards (NOS) and total 946 NOS related to automotive sector. Tata Motors’ partnership with ASDC will further enhance the expertise in conducting research, developing training course curriculums and certification of trainers and students, in consultation with experts from the automotive industry and from academia.”

Tata Motors has been at the forefront in creating the right set of talent pool for the automobile engineering and manufacturing industry. With a first-of-its-kind MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Tata Motors has over the past few years has signed over six such agreements with leading institutes and organisations, to develop skilled & highly competent manpower for being future ready.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited, a USD 42 billion organisation, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, buses, trucks and defence vehicles. As India’s largest automobile company and part of the USD 100 billion Tata group, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 76 subsidiary and associate companies, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and Tata Daewoo in South Korea. In India, Tata Motors has an industrial joint venture with Fiat. Engaged in engineering and automotive solutions, with a focus on future-readiness and a pipeline of tech-enabled products, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles with 9 million vehicles on Indian roads. The company’s innovation efforts are focused on developing auto technologies that are sustainable as well as suited. With design and R&D centres located in India, the UK, Italy and Korea, Tata Motors strives to pioneer new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers. Abroad, Tata cars, buses, and trucks are being marketed in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.

Tata Motors Press Release

Nissan production, sales and exports for January 2018

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced production, sales and export figures for January 2018.

1. Production

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Nissan’s global production in January surpassed year-earlier results, the first increase in four months, setting a record for the month of January.

Production in Japan declined from a year earlier.

Production outside Japan surpassed year-earlier results for the seventh consecutive month, setting a record for the month of January. Production in Mexico and China surpassed year-earlier results, setting records for the month of January.

2. Sales

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Global sales in January surpassed year-earlier results after declining the previous month, setting a record for the month of January.

Sales including minivehicles in Japan surpassed year-earlier results, the first increase in four months.

Sales outside Japan surpassed year-earlier results after declining the previous month, setting a record for the month of January. Sales in the U.S. and China surpassed year-earlier results, setting records for the month of January.

3. Exports from Japan

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Exports from Japan in January declined from a year earlier.

Source: Nissan Global Newsroom

Nissan Serena e-POWER goes on sale in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Feb. 28, 2018) – The Nissan Serena e-POWER will go on sale in Japan on March 1, combining the exceptional driving performance of the e-POWER electrified powertrain with the family-friendly features of the popular Serena minivan. The Serena will be the second model with the e-POWER system, which has been a hit with consumers since it was first introduced in the Nissan Note in Japan in 2016. Nissan plans to launch more e-POWER models globally as part of its Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

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The Nissan Serena e-POWER is both fun and comfortable to drive. The 100% electric motor drive system treats drivers to powerful acceleration, and the vehicle’s e-POWER Drive mode adds the convenience of being able to speed up or decelerate by using only the accelerator pedal1. With optimized engine management and noise reduction measures throughout the vehicle body, the Nissan Serena e-POWER transcends its class in terms of quietness.

Combined with the model’s aerodynamic body, the e-POWER system – which includes a small gasoline engine that charges the battery – ensures exceptional fuel economy. The Nissan Serena e-POWER is rated at 26.2 km/L2 (according to Japan’s JC08 test).

First introduced in 1991, the Serena has evolved to meet the needs of families through the years. The Nissan Serena e-POWER marks a major technological update, with the addition of e-POWER, e-POWER Drive mode and other features such as Manner Mode – which enables the vehicle to drive quietly at night by limiting the use of the gasoline engine that charges the battery. Drivers can take full advantage of Manner Mode by using the vehicle’s Charge Mode to charge the battery in advance.

The Nissan Serena e-POWER also comes with innovative safety features such as ProPILOT autonomous driving technology for single-lane driving on highways. With additional equipment including Intelligent Emergency Braking, Lane-Departure Warning System, High Beam Adjust and Emergency Assist for Missed Pedal Application (optional), the Serena e-POWER adheres to the Japanese government’s highest safety standards.

On the design side, a blue accent symbolizing the advanced nature of e-POWER appears throughout the interior and exterior, including the grille, the electronic shift knob, the large console tray and the dashboard display. Dedicated 15-inch aluminum wheels and roof side spoilers enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamics.

The Nissan Serena e-POWER’s advanced technologies embody Nissan ingenuity and are part of the company’s commitment to delivering more electrification and autonomy under its Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision.

1 e-POWER Drive has both an S (Smart) mode and an Eco mode. In addition to e-POWER Drive mode, there is Normal mode, with traditional acceleration and deceleration operation.

2 Optional features may add vehicle weight, affecting the rating.

Nationwide pricing (in yen; includes consumption tax)
Drivetrain Engine Grade Mission Price
2WD HR12DE-EM57 e-POWER X 2,968,920
e-POWER XV 3,128,760
e-POWER Highway STAR 3,178,440
e-POWER Highway STAR V 3,404,160 ☆Car in photo

Note: Pricing is as on 28-February-2018 company release

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

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