Dixon Tech to help ramp up ‘disruptive’ COVID-19 test production

Dixon Technologies, the NOIDA-based contract manufacturer of electronics, said it has entered into a contract with Bangalore-based Molbio Diagnostics to manufacture a disruptive RT-PCR COVID-19 test that can give a major boost to India’s Coronavirus containment efforts. It has entered into a Rs 30 cr deal to manufacture 1,000 Qattros, a viral testing machine that […]

Uttar Pradesh completes evacuation of migrant workers

The Uttar Pradesh government has completed the task of bringing back stranded and jobless migrant workers from various places like Mumbai, Delhi and Gujarat, chief minister Yogi Adityanath said today. “The whole country is grateful [for the way in which] decisions were taken by the Prime Minister during the global pandemic, and for the systematic […]

ABB India expects no ‘significant adjustments’ due to COVID-19

ABB India, the local unit of the Swiss-Swedish machinery and equipment maker, said it does not “anticipate any significant adjustments” due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lock down. “The Company has evaluated the liquidity position, recoverability, carrying value of its assets and does not anticipate any significant adjustments at this stage […]

COVID reforms to boost mobile manufacturing – Dixon Technologies

Dixon Technologies, India’s biggest contract manufacturer of electronic items, has lauded the recently announced incentive scheme for mobile manufacturing in India, and said it is already able to sense strong interest from global smartphone manufacturers. From being a consuming state, India has — over the last 10 years — managed to get the majority of […]

Maruti Suzuki announces ‘car cabin separator’ for COVID-19 times

Maruti Suzuki has come out with a range of health-related products and car accessories keeping in mind the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The most interesting of these is the ‘car cabin separator’, a PVC shield that can be kept behind the front seats to seal off the front and back sections of the car. “The car […]

COVID-19 PACKAGE: Govt offers Rs 3 lakh cr worth of MSME loans

The central government has started giving out the details of its 20 lakh crore ($250 bln) stimulus-cum-rehabilitation package announced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the program yesterday, and said that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will announce the details in coming days. Sitharaman said she would announce plans […]

Dabur explores online sales, sees material COVID-19 impact

Dabur, one of India’s largest manufacturers of daily essentials such as toothpastes, nutraceuticals and so on, said it saw a material impact on its its finances from the ongoing COVID-19 impact, and said it was exploring online options to boost sales. “On account of Covid-19 and consequent lockdown since March, the impact on our production […]

CORONAVIRUS: Kerala to allow online sales of liquor

With a 21-day lockdown on people movement coming into place overnight, the Kerala government has taken an in-principle decision to allow the sale of liquor via the Internet. A decision in this respect was taken at today’s meeting of the council of ministers headed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, according to local media reports. Liquor […]

Indian companies shut factories, issue profit warnings

A large number of manufacturing companies in India have informed that they are shutting down their plants in accordance to the government’s action plan to combat Coronavirus COVID 19, with some warning that this will impact earnings. “The domestic industry is being impacted in unprecedented ways with increasing levels of uncertainty,” said Polycab Industries, one […]

Japan-based Kubota takes strategic stake in Escorts

Escorts Ltd, one of India’s oldest motor and equipment makers, said Japan-based Kubota Corporation, one of the top tractor makers in the world, will take a 10% stake in the Indian company for Rs 1,042 cr. The partnership, which will go beyond equity participation, will “integrate and deepen their relationship towards achieving their mutual ambition […]

Dixon Tech starts making TVs for Samsung in India

Dixon Technologies, which commenced making smartphones for Samsung in India in November, has expanded its relationship with the Korean company to now make flat-panel TVs in India for the Korean giant. Dixon is a contract designer and manufacturer of electronic and lighting goods, including LED bulbs, washing machines, TVs and mobile phones. It is famous […]

No proposal to privatize BHEL – Govt

Government of India today said that its list of public sector companies scheduled to be sold to private entities did not include Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. The company, abbreviated BHEL, has with operations in multiple locations such as Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and Trichy in Tamil Nadu and is India’s largest suppliers of heavy electrical […]

Voltas Beko to launch more items; Sanand plant starts output

Turkish durables player Arçelik and Tata Group’s Voltas have started operations at their first production facility in India at Sanand in Gujarat. The facility will be operated by Voltbek Home Appliances Pvt Ltd, the 50:50 joint venture between the two groups, and will gradually be scaled up to 2.5 million units of annual production by […]

Ramco Cements faces demand slowdown in Q3, profit slips

Ramco Cements, one of India’s biggest cement manufacturers, reported poor demand for cement during the three months ended December. The Chennai-based company, which gets most of its revenues from South India and Eastern India, reported a revenue growth of just 6% for the third quarter, compared to a growth of 12.6% for the first half […]

Havells India hit by slowdown, sales down 10%

Havells India, one of the country’s top cable makers, reported a 10% fall in its revenue, blaming an overall slowdown in economic activities in the country. The company, however, managed to maintain margins through cost cuts. “The deterioration in economic macros, sectoral liquidity challenges and slowdown in infrastructure segment has disproportionately impacted demand for industrial […]

Tata Steel Europe reports debt reduction

Tata Steel said its European subsidiary, Tata Steel Netherlands Holdings, has refinanced its bank debt by raising term loan facilities of 1.75 billion euros. In comparison, Tata Steel’s European operations had reported a debt of over 2.2 billion euros as of March. “This represents a reduction of EUR 500 million versus the external debt outstanding […]

Delhi HC grants stay on McLeod Russel’s tea estate sale

In an order that can throw a spanner in the works of tea company McLeod Russel’s debt restructuring, the Delhi High Court has issued an injunction against any asset sale or capital restructuring by the company. The court,”in reference to a matter filed against certain promoters of the company with regard to certain alleged outstanding […]

COLUMN: Why we should welcome a recession

Subramanian Swamy is often accused of propagating outlandish ideas and suggestions, but at least on the issue of addressing a slowdown in India’s GDP growth, he seems to be closer to the truth than India’s ruling establishment. Both Sitharaman and Swamy are united in recognizing the need for a ‘stimulus’ to nudge the economy from […]

Naveen Jindal says slowdown won’t stop JSPL turnaround

Naveen Jindal, chairman of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd, one of India’s biggest steelmakers, today said the country is going through an economic slowdown, but assured investors that his company would continue to improve profits and reduce debt. Like its peers in the infrastructure and construction businesses, JSPL has very high levels of debt. During […]