Mahindra to launch 37 new light-weight tractors with Mitsubishi

Mahindra & Mahindra, one of India’s largest automobile and tractor makers, announced the production plans for a new series of advanced tractors being made with the help of its joint venture with the Mitsubishi Group of Japan. While the collaboration was announced earlier, it today unveiled further details about the production roadmap, as well as […]

V-Mart starts inventory purchases after six months

V-Mart, India’s largest chain of smaller-sized fashion stores, said it has started purchasing fresh stock from its suppliers after nearly six months of freeze on garment procurement. The company was hit hard when a nationwide lockdown was imposed by the central government in late March to control the spread of COVID-19, particularly as it had […]

Apple-supplier Wistron starts expanding India plant

Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Wistron Infocomm has started carrying out a significant expansion of its existing facility in Kolar near Bangalore as Apple Inc continues to source more assembled-in-India iPhones. The information was revealed in a regulatory filing related to an order win by air conditioning equipment provider Blue Star today. “Wistron is a Taiwan based […]

Titan Co’s jewelry business almost back level in Q2

Titan Company, India’s largest jewelry retailer and a part of the Tata Group, said second quarter revenue from its mainstay jewelry division was almost at the same level as what was seen in the same quarter last year, while its eyewear and watches division continued to suffer from the impact of the pandemic. The jewelry […]

Cochin Shipyard to partner global shipbuilding giant Fincantieri

Cochin Shipyard Limited, India’s largest shipbuilder, has signed a partnership agreement with Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilders. Besides ship-building, the two will co-operate in the areas of ship design, repair, marine equipment manufacturing and training & skill development, the Kochi-based company said today. Italy-based Fincantieri has over 230 years of history and more […]

Domestic textile market to remain subdued in 2020 – Arvind Ltd

Arvind Ltd, one of India’s biggest textile and garment manufactures, said its business revenue was down about 37% in August compared to the previous year due to the impact of the Coronavirus lockdown and it expects domestic market to remain subdued till early 2021. Revenue in August was at Rs 414 cr in August, compared […]

No COVID impact: Fertilizer maker Coromandel posts strong quarter

Coromandel International Limited, which makes the famous GROMOR brand of fertilizers, reported strong financial performance for the Apr-Jun quarter, indicating that farming activity in South India continued apace even during the COVID-19 lockdown. The company reported a whopping 51% jump in its revenue for the Apr-Jun quarter compared to the same three months of 2019. […]

HUL Q1 ad spend down a third, merger protects top line

Hindustan Unilever, the biggest advertiser in India, protected its profit margins during the Apr-Jun period by slashing its advertising budget by about 32%. Given that this is after merging GSK’s consumer healthcare business with itself, the actual decline in advertising is likely to have been in the 35% range. Even after adding GSK CH numbers, […]

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 […]