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Evolving Electronics

Evolving Electronics

Text : T Murrali Vehicles, irrespective of the segments they operate in, are developing and progressing day by day due to many factors that include performance improvements, safety, emission regulations and increased comfort and convenience. Vehicle manufacturers achieve this largely by the increasing use of electronics. While this phenomenon creates immense potential for the electronics, semiconductor and software industries, there[Read More…]

by October 29, 2014 Cover Story
Trade Pacts: Tread Carefully

Trade Pacts: Tread Carefully

Text : T Murrali Partners for Trade Agreements have to be chosen carefully considering the potential for mutual trade and economic co-operation. Economic factors should be the basis for any decision on Free Trade Agreements (FTA). Decisions based on factors other than business and economics would be inequitable, benefiting only one partner. The FTA partners should be complementary and not[Read More…]

by October 29, 2014 Cover Story
Culture Challenges

Culture Challenges

Text: T Murrali   The auto industry and the auto components industry in particular are saddled with several issues ranging from fluctuating cost of inputs, increasing operating cost, lack of steady policy, unfavourable economy, etc. Irrespective of the situation they have to maintain the key parameters such as quality, cost and delivery as their customers’ (OEMs) customers have been very[Read More…]

by August 7, 2014 Cover Story
Energy Saving: Proactive or Reactive?

Energy Saving: Proactive or Reactive?

T Murrali With rising competition coupled with ever increasing operating cost the challenge for any component manufacturer to stay afloat is to contain the cost of manufacturing. This is gaining significance since these issues directly hit the bottom line and may even pave the way for organisations to exit the business. However, options to contain variable costs are falling due[Read More…]

by July 28, 2014 Cover Story
Should SMEs Automate?

Should SMEs Automate?

T Murrali With the expectations of vehicle end-users ever increasing, OEMs are under constant pressure to retain market share, let alone increase it. They eventually exert pressure on the component manufacturers whose challenges are snowballing in terms of cost, quality and delivery. While these expectations are managed by large companies, they may appear humongous for SMEs.      In the[Read More…]

by July 28, 2014 Cover Story
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Is Deming Exclusive?

Story: T Murrali Component manufacturers in India have qualitatively evolved over a period of time due to a range of factors, the prime one being the drive from OEMs. When vehicle manufacturers raised the bar in terms of quality, cost and delivery, vendors had to rise to the occasion and match expectations; The impetus came with opening up of the[Read More…]

by June 11, 2014 Cover Story
The Tech Centre revolution!

The Tech Centre revolution!

Story: T Murrali   With opening up of the economy, global auto majors migrated to India to capitalise on the accessible market potential. Developing affordable, hightech India-specific products eventually made the country emerge as a hub for small cars and smaller commercial vehicles. Suppliers have also made India a focal point to develop and manufacture cost competitive parts for domestic consumption and for their respective plants worldwide. Development in India is[Read More…]

by June 2, 2014 Cover Story, Web Exclusive
Can counterfeit be contained?

Can counterfeit be contained?

Story: T Murrali Technological advancement is always welcome as it minimises the efforts of human beings – be it in services or manufacturing. While innovation, in the field of application engineering and rapid prototyping, helps in faster product development, it has simultaneously fortified the parallel economy by way of fake parts manufacture. Rapid prototyping aids copycats in making spurious parts[Read More…]

by February 7, 2014 Cover Story
Visctronic drives BorgWarner

Visctronic drives BorgWarner

 The electronically-driven fan drive promises to optimise fuel-economy while ensuring compliance with increasingly stringent emission norms. This development is the latest symbol of BorgWarner’s multifaceted presence in India. BorgWarner Cooling Systems India, the wholly-owned subsidiary of BorgWarner Thermal Systems based in the US, is currently working on about ten projects for different OEMs in India to deploy the Visctronic –[Read More…]

by January 30, 2014 Cover Story