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MG Group bags order from Ethiopia for its luxury coach, ‘Mammoth’

MG Group (Alma Motors Belgaum) bags order from Ethiopia for its luxury coach, ‘Mammoth’ built on MAN Chassis


The total order MG Group received from Ethiopia is 32 coaches, out of which, the first batch of 5 coaches were flagged off. Prior to this, a few vehicles have also been exported to Maldives and the company has several enquiries from other countries in Asia, Africa and The Middle East.

The Chief Guest for the occasion was the Honorary Consul General, Ethiopian Consulate, Mumbai, Mr. Mesfin Gebremariam Shawo. Mr. Shawo expressed his heartiest congratulations to MG Group for bagging a sizeable order from Ethiopia. He wished MG Group a long and successful business relationship with Kaleb Services, the importer of the Mammoth buses in Ethiopia, and hopes that through this association, the existing ties between India and Ethiopia only grow stronger.

The ‘Mammoth’ has been developed and conceptualized by MG Group, in a strategic partnership with MAN Trucks India. This alliance will ensure an optimum delivery on sales and services that the two Companies will closely work on.

Built on the state-of-the-art MAN CLA 16.220 chassis, the customers are assured of one of the finest coaches. To enhance the riding experience, the chassis is made of rugged high strength steel, which caters to more rugged operating conditions with increased driving safety, while significantly reducing body vibrations and movements for best ride comfort.

At the Flag off ceremony held in MG Group’s Belgaum plant, Mr. Anil Kamat, Executive Director, MG Group said, “’Mammoth’ is a landmark achievement for MG Group in India. This product in partnership with MAN firmly positions MG in the Indian luxury coach Segment. The introduction of this luxury coach is even more special as it is designed and developed in India and has global technology. The coach has been developed keeping in mind the evolving customer, passenger and driver needs in India and other emerging markets. The’Mammoth’offers a range of features to help improve fuel efficiency, drive comfort and overall passenger experience.”

MAN is globally acclaimed for its safe products and it configures the chassis with maximum safety features. The fuel tank is safely positioned in the center of the chassis. The central position of the fuel tank improves passenger safety while also providing additional luggage space. The coach also addresses the problem of uneven load distribution by adjusting the air pressure in the bellows, thereby achieving uniform load distribution, which leads to better handling, good road stability and increased tyre life.

The MAN chassis offers one of the safest and most effective braking systems on the road, consisting of service brakes with ABS, the MAN patented Engine Exhaust Valve Brake coupled with Hydrodynamic Retarder for smooth and safer braking, increased tyre life, fuel saving, long brake liner life, low heat generation and a fatigue free journey. Keeping in mind the road conditions in India and other emerging countries, a 2ndRide Height System has been installed, which raises the chassis height by 50 mm for increased ground clearance. In addition to the regular Cruise Control, the coach is equipped with Downhill Cruise Control that maintains constant speed while driving downhill, without using service brakes or downshifting gears, which ultimately minimizes driver fatigue and increases passenger safety.

Furthermore, the vehicles are powered by the robust, quiet, efficient, reliable, state-of-the-art, time tested and renowned electronic controlled 6 cylinder MAN diesel engine, with optimized Power and flat Torque Curve over a wide engine rpm. The well configured driveline allows the driver to cruise at higher speeds at lower engine revs for high efficiency. It has significantly low noise levels inside the cabin, and the wider radial tubeless 295/80R22.5 tyres offer better standards of road stability and fuel efficiency and increased tyre life.

With an aerodynamic exterior design and a body that is fully engineered for serviceability and maintenance, the ‘Mammoth’promises to take driving and passenger comfort to the next level. Its full driver partition option gives passengers a private, saloon like experience blessing them with two essentials while travelling – peace and quiet. With opulent push back seats and cushiony padding alongside the window rail, providing a comfortable armrest for passengers, passenger comfort is assured. Every one of the lavish seats comes attached with personalized reading lamps, as well as mobile and USB charging ports. A centre head rack console provides an equal and well distributed flow of cool air for all passengers, while a pillar less head rack allows easy access to the spacious head luggage compartment above.

The ‘Mammoth’ has been built with the focus of being one of the safest luxury coaches in India. The coach is fully bus code compliant and comes equipped with an on-board safety instructions card for each passenger. A total of eight emergency exits including the EM-Secure (Emergency Management – Secure), a patented feature of MG Group, makes evacuation safe and panic free, in case of an emergency situation. Other safety measures include no sharp corners, seat belts for every passenger, and the full driver partition acts as an additional barricade in case of any frontal impact.

Equipped with MG’s EM-Secure, the coach is revolutionalising road safety and setting new benchmarks as far as the wellbeing of its passengers is concerned. Traditionally, the emergency exit is always on the right hand side wall towards the rear end blocked by a row of two seats in front of it, making it time consuming and hazardous to use in the unfortunate event of an emergency. EM-Secure provides a clear and well-marked emergency exit located at the rear end of the ‘Mammoth’, which is easily approachable and unhindered by any obstructions. A manually ejected stairway built with assist handles to provide support while descending, allows passengers of all age groups to evacuate the coach unharmed as the height between the last step and the pavement is less than two feet. This feature is further unique because the same stairway can be used to go back into the coach to assist other passengers to exit in emergency.

MAN has plans of expanding the product range with a 280 HP front engine and also Rear Engine in the near future.

MG – Alma Motors Pvt. Ltd.

To further the Vision and Mission of MG Group, Alma Motors Pvt. Ltd. was established in 2004, at Belgaum, Karnataka. It is spread over 18,000 sq. metres having an annual capacity of 4,500 buses. The company employs 800 people and its esteemed clients are Ashok Leyland Ltd. (Domestic and Export), Ashok Leyland – Nissan JV, MAN and Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles Ltd. apart from various leading Fleet Operators, Schools and Institutional clients.

MG Group has produced over 98,000 buses since its inception and is on track to complete 1,00,000 buses by end of financial year 2015 – 2016, making it a formidable player in the Indian Bus Building industry. MG Group offers its esteemed clients a one-stop shop solution for buses through its own integrated endeavours:
 

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ACE Micromatic Group does Rs 20 crore biz at IMTEX 2017


Leading machine tool manufacturer, the Ace Micromatic Group has bagged orders worth Rs 20 crore by selling 120 machines at the recently concluded IMTEX 2017 exhibition in Bangalore.
The company is looking to increase automation levels on its machine, develop more intelligent and smarter machines with IoT, and develop a stronger connect with its customers for training and education purposes. To help its clientele make the right choice, the company has got in place to help with finance, tooling, stabilisers, coolants and hydraulics.
Speaking to Autocar Professional at the IMTEX expo, T K Ramesh, CEO, Micromatic Machine Tools, said, “The sentiments in the market has been quite upbeat. We are receiving positive feedback from our customers as they are looking to invest in new projects. We have sold nearly 120 machines worth Rs 20 crore, making this very successful show this year."
Ace Micromatic, which displayed nearly 32 different machines at IMTEX, had the largest stall spread across 1,700 square metres. The company, which has been in the tooling business since 30 years, is a major supplier of CNC machines in India and has the highest market share. According to market figures, the domestic market accounted for 9,000 machines last year of which Ace Micromatic supplied nearly 3,000 machines.
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The automotive industry is one of the key sectors for the company, which also caters to other industries including general engineering, aerospace and medical manufacturing. Given the need for large volumes, the machine tools industry is highly dependent on the auto sector to deliver critical and high-value parts. “Automotive used to be 80 percent of our total business. However, as a de-risking strategy, today that business contributes nearly 65 percent,” says Ramesh.
The company is actively engaged with OEMs, Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers in India. It has also helped small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in a big way by enabling adoption of automation to manufacture quality products.
Ace Micromatic has a total of 11 manufacturing plants located in Bangalore and Belgaum, Karnataka and one plant for grinding machines in NCR. The company currently gets nearly 14% of its business from exports and is looking to tap greater opportunities in overseas markets. Five years ago, the company set up a manufacturing plant in China, where it sells nearly 200 machines each year.
The company also exports to its key markets that include Germany, Italy, France, Turkey and Russia. “China offers tremendous opportunities where we can sell nearly 1,000 machines every year in the future as the metal cutting market in China is 17 times the size of India,” says Ramesh.
 

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Lieutenant General Ravi Thodge, AVSM, SM, VSM, Master General Ordnance, Indian Army (Retd.), at an interactive meeting, jointly organized by All India Association of Industries (AIAI) and World Trade Centre Mumbai*said that Ministry of Defence was developing a testing center for Defense Procurement Assistance Center in Belagavi, Karnataka.
 

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Actuators built in Belagavi used in Agni-V launch

BELAGAVI: It's another feather in the cap of Belagavi. The actuators for fin control actuation (for navigation and guidance) used in Agni-V missile has been designed in Belagavi-based Servocontrols.
Speaking to TOI, proprietor of the company, Deepak Dhaduti said that Servocontrols had supplied 10 actuators in which two were used for the launch of Agni-V.
The nuclear capable Agni-V, an intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully test-fired from Wheeler Island off Odisha on Monday.
Servocontrols, which works on aerospace technology, had supplied position sensors for Isro's Mars Orbiter Mission in 2014.
 

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QuEST keen to double its headcount in India

BENGALURU:Singapore-headquartered QuEST Global Engineering is in talks with Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to explore possibilities to work on India’s aero engine project.

With many opportunities in the Indian defence sector opening up, the company, which is mainly into design and development of high technology products for defence and aerospace sector, plans to double its headcount in India in the next 3-4 years.
Of its 8,200 employees working from 11 countries, 4,500 work from three centres in India — Bengaluru, Belagavi and Thiruvananthapuram.

According to Raman Subramanian, Senior Vice President-- Strategic Initiatives and Marketing, QuEST Global always encourages local talent. “In next three to four years, we will be focusing more on India,’’ said Raman, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore.
Bengaluru-based Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), a DRDO laboratory, had worked on developing the aero engine Kaveri which was meant to power the indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. However, it failed to met the requirements and DRDO had to opt for an US-made aero engine.
 

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Quest joins hands with Siemens to offer digital manufacturing

Quest Global, an engineering services and solutions provider, on Tuesday announced its partnership with Siemens to offer digital manufacturing solutions* across diverse verticals.

Interacting with DH, Quest Global Chief Operating Officer Ajay A Prabhu said this partnership underlines QuEST’s continued commitment to its customers as they foray into their connected enterprise journey.

“We will now be able to provide comprehensive digital manufacturing solutions to marquee global manufacturers, enabling their smooth transition into Industry 4.0,” he said.

By adding the Siemens Digital Twin offerings to Quest portfolio of Connected Enterprise solutions, the company can now showcase a complete range of connected manufacturing solutions.

“This will be further bolstered by the establishment of two ‘Digital Factory Innovation Labs’ in Bengaluru and Belagavi,” he said.

Prabhu also pointed out that the customers will now be able to leverage the benefits of digital transformation, by virtually replicating their designs and manufacturing processes in real time.

Commenting on the development, Siemens PLM Software India Managing Director & CEO Suman Bose said Siemens is happy to partner with QuEST Global to offer the complete suite of digital manufacturing solutions built on the Siemens Digital Twin portfolio.

“The Digital Factory Innovation Labs will support proof-of-concepts and illustrate how enterprise-wide digitisation is transforming the global manufacturing industry. The goal is to give customers a unique environment to build and test digital solutions using the world’s most advanced PLM, Digital Manufacturing, MOM and Quality Management Solutions software technology,” he said.
 

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Vega Auto Accessories setting up Rs. 100-cr unit at Belgaum

KOCHI, OCT 9:
Vega Auto Accessories Pvt Ltd, a leading helmet manufacturer, is setting up a new production unit at Belgaum at an investment of ₹100 crore.

The new plant, which would commence operations by 2020, would take production to 20,000 to 22,000 helmets per day, thereby, making Vega the world's largest helmet manufacturer, said Girdhari Chandak, Managing Director, Vega Auto Accessories.

At present, the company has three production units – two in Uttarakhand and one in Belgaum – with a total production capacity of 12,000 helmets per day, he said.

Chandak was in Kochi to launch a series of internationally certified helmets in the Kerala market.

Of the estimated ₹1,000-crore helmet market in the country, majority share is in the unorganised segment. Vega has 35 per cent share in the organised helmet market. But the share is much higher in South India, at 50 per cent. Vishal R.Gite, national marketing manager said.

The company also caters to the export market and of the total production, around 40 per cent goes to the US, Europe and Asian countries. Vega is a major OEM and contract manufacturer and it does contract manufacturing for several international brands, he said.

Vega Auto Accessories also plans to double its dealer network to 800 by 2020, he added.
 

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Prosperity Textile Processors is planning a ₹196.79-crore investment for a project for finishing of cotton and blended cotton textile at Managutti village Hukkeri in Belagavi.
 

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MG Group plans to launch airport coach in January, eyes Rs 500 cr turnover

MUMBAI: Belgaum-based MG Group, the country's largest bus body-maker, is entering bus manufacturing with its in-house offering called Columbus, an airport coach, by January.

"For the past two decades, we've been a bus body maker only. But we've decided to move on and develop a bus fully in-house, including the engines. Our first product is called the Columbus, which is a premium airport coach or tarmac bus," managing director Anil Kamat told PTI.

He hopes to commercially launch the tarmac bus by January next. It is fully designed, developed, including the engines, and engineered by the MG Group, he said.

The Columbus is also the country's first monocoque/ chassis-less coach bus, he claimed, adding that it is solely conceptualised, designed and manufactured by the MG from scratch by his own in-house team. Asked about the sales potential and prices, he said the company is in talks with airports and airlines both in the country ..

On the overall business, Kamat said the company has set an internal target of doubling annual revenue to over Rs 500 by March. He also expects most of the incremental revenues to come from their recently sewed up contracts with the state transport undertakings (STUs).

"We've already signed with Maharashtra, Andhra, Telangana and Karnataka STUs, which together account for 50 per cent of the national bus volume of around 90,000 units a year. These contracts should help us double the revenue to over Rs 500 crore this year," Kamat said.

With Maharashtra the initial contract is for 250 buses.

Kamat said the annual bus volume is around 90,000, making the country the second largest bus market after China. Of this, the MG group enjoys around 10 per cent of the market share.

The MG Group has an annual installed capacity of 16,500 buses at Zaheerabad in Telangana and Belgaum in Karnataka, and since inception in 1996 it has built over one lakh units which are exported to 25 markets. It has multi-year contracts with OEMs like Mahindra & Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, Eicher Motors, Tata Motors, MAN of Germany and Scania of Sweden, Kamat said, adding that the group employs over 1,100 people.



Source https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/indl-goods/svs/engineering/mg-group-plans-to-launch-airport-coach-in-january-eyes-rs-500-crore-turnover/articleshow/59939198.cms
 

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Inland container depot Desur recommences its operations

The Container Corporation of India Limited, Navratna company under the Ministry of Railways started its terminal at Desur way back in 2004, but was not operational for the couple of years. Now the same has again recommenced its operations.
The main aim of the Inland container depot is to promote Domestic movement (commenced) , Exports and Imports movement (Commencing shortly).

CONCOR facilitates world class infrastructure and to promote the Trade of Northern Karnataka, has commenced the Containerized Rail services from

Desur to Chennai via Bangalore is planned

Desur to Salem (to cover Interior Tamilnadu)

Desur to Tughlakabad (Delhi) under consideration

Desur to Kolkatta under consideration

All the above services are subject to Full rake load movements( piece meal traffic will be accepted on case to case basis).
 

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Move over Bengaluru; here is how Belagavi, Udupi and Mysuru are charting their own startup success

Uma Bondada vividly recalls the time she shifted to Belagavi, a city in north Karnataka, 500 km from Bengaluru. “It didn’t stop raining for three months, till September. People still speak about the monsoon of 2006,” says Bondada, cofounder of embedded software tool provider Vayavya Labs. She and her husband had just relocated from the US and the relentless rain and the difficulty in finding a good house in the city of 6,00,000 nearly made her regret their decision to shift. But, 10 years down the line, they are glad they stuck it for the sake of Vayavya Labs, which got $1 million from Indian Angel Network in 2011.

“Two of our cofounders are from here and I had also worked here for 13 years earlier as a professor. We knew that the burn rate would be much less than in a big city,” says Bondada’s husband and Vayavya chief architect Venugopal Kolathur. Since they were developing the software from scratch, there was no real need to be based in Bengaluru, he adds.

Belagavi, a former British cantonment, which is the headquarters of the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment and which Karnataka is promoting as the state’s second capital, seemed a better alternative. Good infrastructure, improving internet speed and an airport with flights to and from Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chennai also helped.


Abhishek Latthe, cofounder of wearable devices startup SenseGiz, also zoomed in on his hometown of Belagavi as the headquarters for his company, which exports 80% of its products to the US and Japan. “We considered Bengaluru, but since most of our sales were overseas, it didn’t make much of a difference where we were located,” says Latthe, 28. SenseGiz, set up in 2013, has sold 35,000 units of its flagship product Find, which lets you keep track of the object it is attached to (or even your pet) via your phone’s Bluetooth. It has snagged $5,00,000 in pre-series A funding from Karnataka Semiconductor Venture Capital Fund.

Four-hundred kilometres to the south, in the coastal town of Udupi, Rohith Bhat, Robosoft’s founder, had a very pragmatic reason for shifting from Mumbai. “There were two reasons. In the first two years of our business, we never saw our customers even once. So there was no reason to continue in Mumbai.

Also, in those days, VC funding was difficult and I knew I’d never get a bank loan in Mumbai. Since I hail from Udupi, I knew I could get it here,” says Bhat. From its initial business of being a developer for Apple, Robosoft has seen resounding success in building mobile apps and games. Last year, the firm raised $12 million from Ascent Capital and Kalaari Capital.

While Bengaluru continues to be the startup capital both in terms of the number of startups and funding, in Karnataka such as Belagavi and Hubballi-Dharwad in the north, Udupi and Mysuru are seeing some traction, albeit at a slower pace. At least a few have secured funding, while incubator cells have come up to foster entrepreneurship in these cities, such as Deshpande Foundation’s Sandbox in Hubballi, which has also opened a branch in Belagavi.

The Indus Entrepreneurs also has a chapter in Hubballi, apart from Bengaluru. Entrepreneurs who chose to headquarter their ventures from these cities invariably have strong personal ties with that particular place. The biggest lure is almost always the slower burn rate of capital. “I was clear I didn’t want to take VC funds, having seen the effect in Silicon Valley.

And I can survive for much longer with the same amount of money in Belagavi,” says Hitesh Dharamdasani, founder of network security startup Informant Networks. Dharamdasani was with Silicon Valley-based firm FireEye for two years before deciding to strike out on his own from his hometown.

With 25 customers in eight months, consultation work for the state police department, and plans to expand to more cities later in the year, the 26-year-old has no intention of shifting to Bengaluru. “That’s the whole point: to be headquartered here and have support offices where we have our customers,” he says ..

The talent pool, especially from local colleges, is another big attraction, whether it’s Belagavi with eight engineering colleges or Udupi, with the Manipal Institute of Technology and the National Institute of Technology in Surathkal in the vicinity. “I think the most underrated factor about Mysuru is the talent available here,” says Raghu Srinivas, founder of automated drop-shipping platform Blu Ember, set to launch soon from the city, 120 km from Bengaluru.

If the company is working in a niche area, talent also comes to them through lateral hiring. Pradeep Singh, a native of Rajasthan, says he did not mind shifting to Belagavi after his engineering degree because of the work he would get to do at SenseGiz. “I liked the product and contacted them, and they hired me,” he says.

Others spot opportunity in local markets. Like Jeethesh Shah, who launched Belagavi’s first food-tech venture, FoodBuddy. The company, which processes 60 orders a day, broke even in eight months and is close to completing a year of operations. “I had the first-mover advantage and signed exclusivity contracts with a few hotels.” says Shah, who is looking to raise his first round of capital to fund expansion. But local markets can also come with its brand of problems.

Shah, for instance, had an attrition crisis when his delivery executives did not want to deliver food to their relatives. “They had to quit because of family pressure. So I replaced them with college students from other states, who could work part-time.”

A common challenge when starting up outside Bengaluru, though, is a lack of good mentors and networking opportunities. “The right mentor might have told us how to pitch our product, how to position ourselves and market it, which took us years to realise,” says Vayavya’s Bondada. “If we knew someone else who had executed a methodology change, which is essentially what we are attempting, he would have told us it would take 10 years.

We estimated four,” says Kolathur. “Once we see more startups from these places getting funded, I think we would see a trickledown effect,” says Srikrishna Ramamoorthy, partner at Unitus Seed Fund, which actively scouts for startups in smaller cities. Cities like Mysuru and Belagavi might then emerge as feasible alternatives to Bengaluru, beset by infrastructure woes, rising pollution and cost of living.
 

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Belgavi based Bus manufacturer MG Group turns OEM for SCANIA


Story by: Bhushan Mhapralkar
Link http://commercialvehicle.in/mg-group-turns-oem/

The MG Group is looking at an exciting time ahead with new projects up its sleeve.

Post the launch of tarmac coach Columbus and the sleeper version of Mammoth premium front-engine inter-city bus at Busworld India 2016, Mumbai-based MG Group is looking at tapping growth on various fronts. Keen to turn OEM by ‘productionising’ the Columbus, the Group is increasing its thrust in the OEM business by inking an agreement with Scania to build sleeper coaches on its 14.8 m chassis. Achieving a major milestone of 100,000 buses last year (100,000 buses were built in twenty years), the Group, according to Anil M. Kamat, Managing Director, MG Group, is aiming high. Announcing that the Columbus complies with the tarmac coach manual overall in terms of specifications, dimensions, etc., Kamat mentioned that a lean manufacturing system has been installed to produce the coach. Planning to launch the Columbus in January 2018, the Group is looking at supplying 50 to 60 tarmac coaches a year. “The tarmac coach niche,” explained Kamat, “befits the company’s bandwidth.” We are confident of supporting this product in the market, he mentioned.

Driving the Mammoth

Exporting the Mammoth to Africa, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives, The MG Group will soon deliver four Mammoth coaches to KPN Travels. These will be in the sleeper coach guise. Based on a MAN bus chassis (procured as per an agreement with MAN Trucks India), it took almost a year for the Alma Motors business vertical of the MG Group to develop the (front-engine) Mammoth. To attain the status of a premium offering, particular attention was paid to the design and NVH. Both, the MG Group and MAN worked on the NVH of Mammoth. While the 220 hp Mammoth is specific to the Maldives market, the rest of the markets are catered to by the 280 hp version. Competitively priced in the range of Rs.60 and Rs.62 lakhs, the Mammoth helped the Group to bag the Scania venture.

Paying attention to business areas that were not looking lucrative until now, the Group has begun pursuing the STU business with a hope to make it big. This confidence stems from the order bagged from Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) for 250 ‘Shivshahi’ mid-premum inter-city AC coaches based on a 180 hp Tata LPO chassis. Stated Kamat that the ‘Shivshahi’ bus has been designed by them. As per the agreement between MSRTC and the MG Group, the design will be transferred to MSRTC, said Kamat. With 55 to 60 per cent of the STU sales originating from Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, and APRSTC, the Group is finding it advantageous with its facilities at Belgaum and Zaheerabad. Strategically situated according to Kamat, the Zaheerabad unit is already catering to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The MSRTC buses are being built at the Belgaum plant. Responding to private hire orders from MSRTC, the Group is hoping to close the deal soon. The private hire buses are expected to operate on a BOT basis. Confident that the agreement to transfer the design may not rob it of its advantage of building buses in less time, the Group, according to Kamat is a mass producer of bus bodies. he opined that MSRTC may not be able to match the Group’s body building speeds.



Crediting OEMs for the capabilities it has come to possess, Kamat mentioned that the future looks exciting. Supporting OEM clients as they embark on new projects and increase their market reach, it was Scania that identified and certified the Group to partner with them, Anil averred. The MG Group, through its facility at Belgaum, which has been renamed as MG Automotives Bus and Coach Pvt. Ltd. from the earlier Alma Motors, will deliver sleeper coaches on Scania’s 14.8 m multi axle bus chassis beginning January 2018. “There are some other products that we are working upon with Scania, the details of which cannot be shared now,” said Kamat. Marketed by Scania, the engineering and product development of the premium sleeper coaches will be done by the MG Group. The sleeper coaches will be co-branded, and the IPR rights will be owned by the MG Group according to Kamat. Describing the development as a feather in the hat, Kamat expressed that they entered the premium bus market with the Mammoth. The Scania development marks the next phase of the strategy. In-line with the development, the Group has revised its manufacturing footprint. The unit-one at Belgaum is being expanded, refurbished and restructured. It will be dedicated to the building of premium buses, and was recently quality certified by Daimler Buses as well. The unit-two will cater to smaller buses that were earlier being built at unit-one.

Flexibility and versatility

To continue to build buses for fleet operators, the MG Group may build some premium coaches on Ashok Leyland and Tata Motors’ chassis too. Focus would be on MNC business as far as the premium coaches are concerned. It will entail a different style of working according to Kamat. It will also entail a different culture of working, and a totally different manufacturing process. Not a big player in the fleet operator bus building market, the Group, Kamat mentioned, will continue to pursue school and staff buses as its primary business. Growth will come, said Kamat, as OEMs seek to increase their market reach and market share. “As far as the mid-segment AC coaches are concerned, we were never that big. It will not be our top-most priority. We will be concentrating on the premium end of the bus spectrum with the Mammoth, the Scania coaches, and coaches for other OEMs apart from our very own Columbus,” Kamat explained. The expansion of unit-two at Belgaum should enable the Group to build 4000 bus units per annum. In discussion with Tata Motors for their export business, the Group is well aware of the flexibility and versatility that is essential to succeed in the industry. Kamat is confident of working up to the expectations of his clients. He cited an example of the Group building 1500 refuse trucks on the Jeeto platform for Mahindra’s Value Added Products (VAP) business division in a short span of three months. “The VAP division bagged the order under the ‘Swach Bharat’ scheme for GHMC, Hyderabad. We displayed immense flexibility and versatility by developing as well as delivering 1500 refuse trucks in three months from our Zaheerabad plant,” mentioned Kamat. To cater to higher volumes, the Group is expanding its Zaheerabad facility. The plan is to turn out more variants from this plant.


Growth from allied business

Setting up a modern facility for its business vertical MG Composites vertical at Zaheerabad, the Group is eyeing the advanced composites space. Supported by a R&D center, and technology secured from UK, the Group is keen that MG Composites expands its product portfolio to nasal covers for wind mills and other non-automotive parts. The current product range of the company includes bus front and rear fascia, dashboard, interior trim parts, etc. Expected to be operational by the end of the second or third quarter this fiscal, the new MG Composites facility is expected to reflect upon the change in skill sets that the Group is experiencing. Attention is being paid on team building. Team building is also on at the Group’s MG Grey Engines business vertical. The company will break even this year according to Kamat. Plans are being chalked out to double the turnover. Supplying wiring harness, passenger announcement systems, destination boards, LED saloon lights, and more, the company is developing new products. Like MG Composites, it is also independent of the bus and coach business of the Group. It is free to offer its products to other players, and will soon increase its thrust in the ITS and telematics space. To drive out of red this year, MG Grey Engines will aim higher, and innovate. The company will support the Group’s plan to play a role in connected CVs.

Looking at 100 per cent growth this year on the basis of the STU business, the Group hopes to maintain that mark, and progress at 10 to 15 per cent year-on-year. Currently employing 2300 people, the Group hopes to hire 700 to 800 more people by 2020. With the first Scania bus slated to roll out of the Belgaum plant by January 2018, the Group is looking at launching an electric version of the Columbus tarmac coach next year. It is keen to build electric bus bodies as well.
 

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French aircraft firm to set up plant in Aequs Special Economic

Bengaluru, June 19 Aequs Special Economic Zone today said it has expanded further by bringing Toulouse based Latcore Groupe to set up its production facility at Belagavi, over 500 km from here.

Latcore Groupe is said to be ranked second worldwide in onboard aircraft wiring.

Initially, the first production runs would commence in the existing 1300 square metre unit in Q3, 2018, pending constructionof a new facility in Aequs special economic zone, a releasesaid.

It said the company planned to construct a new 4000 square metre manufacturing facility within the SEZ tobenefit from the existing aerospace ecosystem at Aequs.

"The new plant is designed to make the Group more competitive and will help us to support our customers in their development initiatives," Latcore CEO Yannick Assouad said.

Aequs SEZ is a full-fledged aerospace ecosystem, hosting separate facilities for machining, surface treatment, assemblies and fabrication warehousing, supporting theentire manufacturing process, thereby reducing time-to-marketon projects.

"Aequs has developed a thriving ecosystem that would facilitate every occupant, who is a part of this SEZ, to grow exponentially by leveraging interrelated capabilities, difficult to find in one location elsewhere in the world," Aequs Group Chairman & CEO Aravind Melligeri said.
 

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Aerostructure Supplier Latécoère Shows New Wiring

Latécoère manufactures components for its Boeing 787 doors in Prague, but ships them to its factory in Hermosillo, Mexico, for final assembly. The company is now also offering high-tech wiring harnesses.
Airbus and Boeing's French component supplier Latécoère (Hall 4, Stand 41454) will showcase a new product for wiring in severe environments at Farnborough 2018. The high-resistance cables are mainly used in conjunction with an aircraft's engine and landing gear. That's where enhanced insulation is often needed instead of composite materials such as kevlar. "What we will show is a new technology, not based on composite materials as usual, but based on new material fitted for severe environments, lighter and cheaper," explained Yannick Assouad, CEO of Latécoère. Latécoère will also showcase its Next Generation Equipped Door (NexGed) at Farnborough. This passenger door is electrically powered and was released at the Paris Airshow last year.

The Toulouse-based supplier, more known for its aerostructure activity, is also a specialist in wiring and harnesses for aircraft through its Latécoère Interconnexion Systemes (LIS) business unit. This activity accounted for 39 percent of the company's €652 million ($754 million) in revenues last year. Airframe work accounted for the rest of the revenues. "Now we are present in all the wiring systems," said Assouad. So, LIS designs and produces wiring, racks, and interconnection systems for all parts of an aircraft: the cabin (since 2017), flight deck, and so on. The French supplier works for OEMs such as Airbus (its first customer), Dassault, Bombardier (Global 7000), ATR, and Mitsubishi Regional Aircraft (MRJ).

Latécoère, which employs more than 4,450 people, is in a transition phase called "Plan de Transformation 2020." Since 2012, its revenues have been relatively flat, but last year, the supplier won some new contracts, such as the door of the Global 7000, and the cabin surveillance cameras of the Boeing 777.

To increase its competitiveness, the group made three major industrial investments. One amounted €35 million ($40 million) in a new factory at Montredon, near Toulouse. This 6,000-sq-m (645,845-sq-ft) facility inaugurated May 22 is dedicated to producing aluminum parts for fuselages and doors with an almost fully automated process. The factory employs 100 people. The company plans to implement a surface treatment process at Montreredon by 2020, a move that will add 50 employees. It will need a €10-million ($11.6-million) investment.

The second investment (€15 million/US$17.4 million) regards Bulgaria, where Latécoère opened a new factory last March in Plovdiv. This 5,000-sq-m “low-cost” facility, employing 200 people, is manufacturing small assemblies for passenger doors, a process that cannot be automated. The new facility is mainly dedicated to Airbus. It will assist the Latécoère Czech Republic factory located near Prague, which produces aerostructures for Airbus and Boeing. “We have to ensure [success of] the A320neo ramp-up, and our Plovdiv factory is part of this goal,” said Assouad. Regarding Boeing's 787 Dreamliner passenger doors, Latécoère manufactures the primary parts in Prague and then ships them to its Mexican factory of Hermosillo, where all of the 787 doors are assembled. Latécoère also invests in India, in a new electrical wiring facility located in Belagavi (Karnataka state), which will be operational in the third quarter. This 4,000-sq-m factory will assemble electrical harnesses for Dassault Aviation and Thales, representing an annual turnover of €25 million ($29 million).
 
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