Bosch Home Appliances to invest 100 mn Euro to expand in India

Bosch Home Appliances to invest 100 mn Euro to expand in India

Bosch Home Appliances will invest 100 million Euros over the next 3-4 years towards personalizing solutions, brand building, strengthening its technology centre, and setting up a robust refrigerator factory to bring its best-in-class German technology in India and magnifying India’s role globally, the company said in a statement.

In the coming years, Bosch will take its offerings from conventional to digital and transform businesses beyond mobility, by focusing on connectivity and new digital business models for customer value, as well as extending new employment opportunities in the space.

According to the company, India’s household appliances market is expected to grow at 14.5 percent annually (CAGR 2018-2022), resulting in a market volume of USD 2,028 million by 2022. Bosch India expects its business in this sector to grow significantly over the coming years. In line with this insight, Bosch has steadily expanded its product portfolio, with a major focus on localized offerings and India-first innovations built with the highest quality of German engineering, the company said.

BSH Household Appliances which started operations in the country in 2010, has launched new categories like fully automatic top loader washing machines, small appliances, and freestanding microwave ovens here this year. The company has also launched its luxury range Gaggenau in India this year which includes an entire range of built-in home appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, cooking appliances.

“We want to remain the consumers’ first choice. Innovation and technology are the key pillars at BSH Household Appliances and we are constantly working towards simplifying the day-to-day lives of consumers by reinventing and regionalizing solutions and accessories including branded detergents for washing machines and dishwashers,” said Gunjan Srivastava, Managing Director, and CEO, BSH Household Appliances.

BSH sells its products through 55 exclusive Bosch outlets, 25 Siemens outlets, large format stores like Croma and Vijay sales along with hundreds of direct dealers. The company is still in the process of building its distribution channel and expanding its retail presence. BSH currently manufactures front-loading washing machines in its 42-acre facility around Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The company will soon start manufacturing other appliances in this facility as well.


NASA’s Kepler Discovers Nearly 100 New Exoplanets

NASA's Kepler Discovers Nearly 100 New Exoplanets

An international team of scientists have confirmed the discovery of nearly 100 new exoplanets — planets located outside our solar system.

The discovery was based on data from the second mission of NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope or K2 released in 2014.

K2 searches for exoplanet transits by registering dips in light caused by the shadow of an exoplanet as it crosses in front of its host star.

The researchers found that some of the signals were caused by multiple star systems or noise from the spacecraft.

But they also detected planets that range from sub-Earth-sized to the size of Jupiter and larger.

One of the planets detected was orbiting a very bright star.

“We validated a planet on a 10 day orbit around a star called HD 212657, which is now the brightest star found by K2 missions to host a validated planet,” said lead author Andrew Mayo, doctoral student at the National Space Institute (DTU Space) at the Technical University of Denmark.

For the study, appearing in the Astronomical Journal, the team started out analysing 275 candidates of which 149 were validated as real exoplanets.

In turn 95 of these planets have proved to be new discoveries, Mayo said.

The Kepler spacecraft was first launched in 2009 to hunt for exoplanets in a single patch of sky, but in 2013 a mechanical failure crippled the telescope.

However, astronomers and engineers devised a way to repurpose and save the space telescope by changing its field of view periodically. This solution paved the way for the follow up K2 mission.

Adding the newly discovered exoplanets brings the total number of exoplanets by K2 mission to almost 300, the study said.

The first planet orbiting a star similar to our own Sun was detected only in 1995. Today some 3,600 exoplanets have been found, ranging from rocky Earth-sized planets to large gas giants like Jupiter.


DuPont launches landmark low-emission alternative to Delrin 100 for gear applications

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The launch of DuPont™ Delrin® 100CPE NC010 marks a landmark moment in DuPont’s offering to the automotive sector as well as non-auto gear applications. For sixty years Delrin®100 was the resin of choice for major OEMs and Tier 1’s in high performance gears and particularly in automotive actuators such as window lifters, steering support, safety restraint systems, wipers, and many more. Now, with the launch of this new grade, DuPont can provide its customers with superior environmental performance. In collaboration with a major industry partner, DuPont developed and is implementing the new grade in large scale commercial production.

DuPont is constantly working closely with leading automotive actuator companies on developing innovative solutions. Delrin® 100CPE NC010 is the result of one of these fruitful and longstanding collaborations, out of which was created a new, low-emission resin that outperforms high viscosity polyacetal resins. The thermal properties and high-temperature tensile creep performance of Delrin® 100CPE NC010 are comparable with the state of the art product, and when it comes to low-emission- and molding productivity performance, Delrin® 100CPE NC010 exceeds all expectations.

In this regard, one of the key benefits of Delrin® 100CPE NC010 is its level of

formaldehyde emissions, which is below 2 ppm according to the VDA 275 testing method. This allows compliance with current and future toughest emissions industry norms.

Delrin® 100CPE NC010 is the only high-performance resin with formaldehyde emissions below 2 ppm and strong molding productivity performance, enabling continuous molding for several thousand shots. Using Delrin® 100CPE NC010 leaves a very clean surface with a step change improvement in mold deposit performance versus incumbent solutions resulting in a cost reduction for manufacturers. The smell of formaldehyde during molding is also significantly reduced with the use of Delrin® 100CPE NC010. Its excellent molding performance combined with low emissions renders Delrin® 100CPE NC010 an attractive product for high load and high productivity gears in appliances, furniture and consumer segment.

“Mutual trust is at the heart of sustaining rewarding relationships with customers. They know that we can help them formulate new resins that combine the highest performance requirements for most demanding gear applications. Customers know that they can also rely on our global production capability”, says Lukas Bartek – Global Gears Segment Leader, DuPont Performance Materials.

DuPont is committed to developing innovative solutions for their customers’ main challenges.  By directly working together with customers throughout the entire value chain, and by sharing expertise and pooling resources, DuPont continues to turn out of the box ideas into concrete offerings.

To demonstrate the commitment to its customers and partners, DuPont is an active contributor to the 7th International Conference on Gears 2017, held in Garching near Munich at the Gear Research Centre (FZG) of the Technical University of Munich from September 13th to 15th, 2017.


Navigating the Storm: 100 Days to Cloud with Microsoft Partner Network

Navigating the Storm: 100 Days to Cloud with Microsoft Partner Network

There was heavy snowfall in and around Seattle for the first time in years, but the weather-watch didn’t stop 50-plus attendees and 10-plus speakers from engaging in Microsoft Partner Network’s 100 Days to Cloud workshop.

Navigating the Storm: 100 Days to Cloud with Microsoft Partner Network

The future of technology as a whole, and IT is in the cloud and the workshop was geared to help individuals and companies align themselves with the shift in market.

Organizations are more than aware they need to transition to the cloud. ‘We need to get on this cloud thing’ can be heard from conference rooms across the country, coupled with a collective shrug to the question of ‘how.’

We know what we have to do, but how do we get there?

That’s where the Microsoft Partner Network comes in, fully equipped with the infrastructure and mentorship to guide an individual’s/company’s transformation to the cloud.

What’s cloud ready? What needs to be cloud enabled? Are we dealing with any cloud-native applications? What do we currently have that’s definitely not cloud ready?

Simply put, it starts with a self-assessment to understand where you’re at.

“Start with the assessment. It’s what they had me do and I was fortunate to gain an objective view of where we’re at currently,” said Sujit Ghosh, owner of 3S Global, who went on his 100 days to cloud journey in 2016. “Cannot go where you need to be if you don’t know current state.”

Navigating the Storm: 100 Days to Cloud with Microsoft Partner Network

According to a report released by Bitglass in November 2016, there’s an incredibly high rate of adoption happening for cloud applications in general. This report found that over 59 percent of organizations worldwide either use Microsoft’s Office 365 or Google Clouds’ G Suite.

Why’s this 59 percent figure significant?

It’s over a 10 percent increase since 2015 (48 percent), indicating a rapid growth in deployment.

From the very first segment of the workshop, the goal was clear: not only understand what it takes to reach a certain level, but also how to be successful there. As Todd Nelmes, Karen Fassio, Sharon Lee and other Microsoft employees alluded to, companies have had proven success following the cloud-readiness model offered through the Partner Network. Complex ideas and processes — like this one in question about steps to cloud readiness — get broken down and laid out in an easy-to-follow manner, with other Partners’ journeys acting as the cornerstone of a growing ecosystem.

Navigating the Storm: 100 Days to Cloud with Microsoft Partner Network

Peer Mentorship

With the figures and trends all supporting rapid growth, the only hesitation lies in the individual’s willingness to take the leap and adopt.

Friday’s #CloudReady workshop featured six individuals who had gone through Microsoft’s 100 Days to Cloud transformation, essentially acting as guinea pigs to gauge the efficiency and quality of the program.

A job ‘well done’ would be an understatement.

The individuals — equipped with real life examples from their own journeys — provided highly-valuable tips and information to help break down any doubts about the journey to cloud adoption.

“You’re not selling Power BI, you’re selling a solution,” said James Farhat, CEO of ACTS, Inc., and tech visionary. “Today’s the day an individual can build a business around all of this.”

Navigating the Storm: 100 Days to Cloud with Microsoft Partner Network

Local Impact

What stood out specifically about Friday’s workshop was the focus on Washington state’s local economy, aimed primarily at helping smaller-to-mid-sized business to become cloud ready.

In the current infrastructure, it’s approximated that 37 percent of small businesses (US SMBs) are cloud-ready; that figure is projected to be at 78 percent by 2020.

Inspired by the Ignite Washington presence at the workshop, a portion of Friday’s discussion honed in on making sure smaller local businesses are taking advantage of the shifts in technology. Whether it was a specific on banking, or inquiries about HIPAA-related processes, the conversation allowed for these individuals to have their voices heard and solutions presented.

As Chaitra Vedullapalli of Meylah pointed out, it’s not just a matter of building on the cloud. 98 percent of small business are not mobile ready; 70 percent cannot transact online.

Those not grouped in with the 78 percent by 2020 will be left out of the stitches in this solution fabric that’s being developed.

Pitch Competition

Quite possibly the most rewarding aspect of the workshop was the cloud-ready pitch competition near the end of the day. By discussing one’s company and pitching its potential IP, individuals were able to not only get real-time feedback and guidance, but also receive five hours of free consultation directly from Microsoft’s technical consultants.

Attendees were given some time to jot down notes and highlight what makes their IP a true solution to a problem in the market. By having an open forum to discuss ideas — all received without judgement, but plenty of critique — attendees were able to properly understand what ultimately makes someone successful in the cloud.

“I don’t care if I win or not, I just want the chance to share my idea with you,” one attendee said before sharing an idea for his company’s IP. “To feel like the dream is alive again.”

The dream is more than alive; it can be a reality in the cloud with a little bit of guidance from the Microsoft Partner Network.

This article was co-developed with  Rohit Ghosh. Rohit has been working with IT Staffing for four-plus years, based out of Los Angeles, and is a content consultant for a variety of industries including IT, tech and sports. He has worked with major outlets including Yahoo! Sports, CBS, and Time Warner Cable.

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