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Covestro Automotive Solutions

Covestro India is creating a pull with its high-tech polymer materials. Prateek Pardeshi draws attention to the diverse automotive applications. Polymers govern the automotive industry followed by various metals and alloys. Be it the bumper, headlights, mirrors, and so on in the exterior. In the case of the interior, on the dashboard, instrument cluster, and so on and so forth.[Read More…]

by January 6, 2022 Upfront
The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead

Upfront |   The Road Ahead   In an upfront conversation Manav Kapur, Executive Director, Steelbird International speaks to Sumesh Soman about the road ahead for safety and business.  How did the company cope up with the adversities caused by the pandemic? We probably had the highest sales in the pandemic year. Even in the following year, we are building on[Read More…]

by December 17, 2021 Upfront
Augmenting safety in everyday driving with 3M

Augmenting safety in everyday driving with 3M

In a discussion with 3M India on how safety is being integrated into daily driving, Pawan Kumar Singh, Country Business Leader, Transportation and Electronics Business Group at 3M shared the following. 1. Elaborate the product 3M Vehicle Conspicuity Retroreflective Tapes? How is it made? In India alone, over 150,000 people are killed in road traffic accidents annually. Many of these road traffic[Read More…]

by December 13, 2021 Upfront
Paint Protective Solutions

Paint Protective Solutions

Permagard India is eyeing expansion. Deepti Thore looks at the scope of growth through the company’s paint protective solutions. Emerging as a fast-growing ‘Surface Paint Protection’ and ‘Car Care Treatment’ company, Permagard India is eyeing expansion. Specialised in protective coatings which are designed to perform in harsh environments, Permagard offers protective coats and solutions that are claimed to have gained[Read More…]

by November 10, 2021 Mobilised, Upfront
EV Aspirations

EV Aspirations

In an upfront interaction, Shrikant Shinde, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GoGoA1 shared with Prateek Pardeshi the company’s disruptive plans and EV aspirations. Q. Give us an insight into the business of EV conversion kits. How did GoGoA1 handle Covid-19? A.We started working in the supply and manufacturing of electric components industry in 2011. There was no awareness on[Read More…]

by November 9, 2021 ACI Initiative, Upfront
Opportunity In Adversity

Opportunity In Adversity

In an upfront interaction, G.S. Ramesh, Founder and Chairman of the Layam Group shares with Ashish Bhatia the need to scout for your opportunity in adversity, referring to the employment landscape in the automotive manufacturing and services sector. Q. Give us an insight into how the Layam Group business has evolved over the years and how have you aligned to[Read More…]

by June 8, 2021 Upfront
Complete Overhaul

Complete Overhaul

In an Upfront interaction, Rohit Saboo, President and Chief Executive Officer at National Engineering Industries (NEI), talks about using the Covid-19 induced slowdown for a complete overhaul and finding ways to delight the customer. Q. How did the company pace itself through the pandemic marred FY2021 on a QoQ basis? Give us a sense of the impact on production and[Read More…]

by May 3, 2021 Upfront
Time To Increase Supply

Time To Increase Supply

In an Upfront and exclusive interaction, Parag Satpute, Managing Director at Bridgestone India opines that its time to increase the supply to meet the rise in demand. Ashish Bhatia with bureau inputs highlights the changes in tyre manufacture and business for the company. Q. How will tyre retail evolve with the new Bridgestone Select + store? A. Bridgestone India has[Read More…]

by March 15, 2021 Upfront
A Positive Outlook

A Positive Outlook

In an Upfront and exclusive interaction, K M Mammen, Chairman, Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association (ATMA) speaks highly of the close-knit approach of tyre manufacturers taking along raw material partner suppliers and the OEMs. Ashish Bhatia gauges the sectoral impact on the coming quarters. Q. You’ve been a proponent of the ‘Tyre Industry’ leading the march of India manufacturing for the[Read More…]

by March 15, 2021 Upfront
Collaborative Innovation

Collaborative Innovation

In his new role as Director at Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Dr Reji Mathai has his task cut out. He shares with Ashish Bhatia, his focus on collaborative research and development with the industry. Q. You’ve come at a very critical time with the automotive industry grappling with the broad choices of innovation, sustenance, localisation and compliance. How[Read More…]

by March 13, 2021 Upfront