HONEYWELL PARTNERS WITH INDIAN MANUFACTURER TO INCREASE SUPPLY OF LOW-GLOBAL-WARMING-POTENTIAL AUTO REFRIGERANT

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Bangalore, March 23, 2016 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has entered into a supply agreement and technology license with an Indian manufacturer to produce HoneywellSolstice® yf, an automobile refrigerant with a global warming potential of less than 1. 

            Honeywell will license its proprietary process technologies to produce the refrigerant to Navin Fluorine International Limited (NFIL), which will manufacture Solstice yf in India exclusively for Honeywell. Small-scale production is expected to begin by the end of 2016.

This agreement is in line with Honeywell’s commitment to meet growing demand through a robust global supply infrastructure. Honeywell and its key suppliers are investing approximately $300 million to increase global production capacity for Solstice yf, including the construction of a new, world-scale manufacturing plant using new process technology at the company’s existing Geismar, La., refrigerants manufacturing site.

            “More than 8 million cars on the road today safely use Solstice yf. That number is expected to grow to more than 18 million cars by the end of 2016. This agreement reflects our commitment to delivering the supply chain reliability and security that customers can rely upon as they transition to next-generation products that are safe to use, available today and capable of making a significant positive environmental impact,” said Ken Gayer, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Fluorine Products. “Honeywell’s supply agreement with NFIL, one of India’s largest manufacturers of specialty fluorochemicals, represents a first step in our commercial relationship that will help us to meet growing global demand for Solstice yf.”  

            Solstice yf, also known as HFO-1234yf, is a next-generation hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) refrigerant that is a near drop-in replacement for R-134a, a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) with a global warming potential (GWP) of 1,300, for use in in vehicle air conditioning systems globally. Solstice yf is also being used in a growing number of stationary air conditioning and commercial refrigeration applications. The demand for Solstice yf for use in mobile air conditioning is increasing rapidly due to increased global environmental regulations and policies aimed at reducing the global warming impacts of HFCs. These include:

·         The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Solstice yf for use as a low-global-warming replacement for R-134a, which is banned in mobile air conditioning systems in new passenger cars and light-duty trucks starting in model year 2021. 

·         Automakers in the U.S. are also adopting Solstice yf to help comply with Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and vehicle greenhouse gas standards, which aim to improve the average fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with cars and light trucks.

 

·         The MAC directive in the European Union is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions of air-conditioning systems in passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The directive requires that refrigerants in all new vehicle types sold in Europe after Jan. 1, 2013 have a GWP below 150, and that all cars sold in Europe after 2017 must meet the new GWP requirement of less than 150.

            Solstice yf is part of a family ofstationarycommercial and mobilerefrigerants, liquid and gaseous blowing agentssolvents and propellants based on Honeywell’s hydrofluoro-olefin technology, which helps customers lower their carbon footprint without sacrificing end-product performance. Honeywell and its suppliers are in the middle of a $900 million investment program in R&D and new capacity to produce next-generation refrigerants, insulation materials, aerosols and solvents, which have global warming potentials equal to or better than carbon dioxide and at least 99 percent lower than most technologies used today.

Eka Survey Reports Two Greatest Challenges with Analytics Solutions for Commodities Companies are Data Integration and Lack of Suitability

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95% of respondents said either integrating data or lack of suitability is biggest issue with analytics solutions.

 

Stamford, CT – March 23, 2016: Eka Software Solutions, the leading global provider of Smart Commodity Management software solutions, today released the results of a new survey finding that half of commodities companies cite trying to integrate data from multiple sources as the greatest challenge with analytics, and half say the available solutions are not suitable to the business due to either functional or cost reasons.

 

Eka surveyed 42 executives at commodities companies in the agriculture, chemicals, oil, natural gas, and power industries. Results to the research question “What is your biggest issue with analytics solutions?” are as follows:

•             48% said “integrating data from multiple sources”

•             47% said either “expected cost and effort to implement a solution” or “available solutions don’t seem to solve my challenges”

 

“It is telling that half of commodities companies name data integration as the biggest issue with analytics solutions and the other half say the available solutions are either unduly costly or not fit for purpose,” said Michael Schwartz, EVP & CMO at Eka. “There is a fundamental difference in Eka’s approach to providing commodity analytics. What makes Eka’s Commodity Analytics Cloud platform unique is its ability to bring in data from multiple sources and to provide specific apps that target key business issues, at a favorable value point.”

 

Eka’s Commodity Analytics Cloud delivers industry-specific apps that cover P&L, procurement, risk, and supply chain. Unlike generic business intelligence tools, Eka’s advanced analytics platform has been built with the specific needs of commodities companies in mind. Harnessing data from both internal and external sources, Commodity Analytics Cloud brings all the data needed together in one place to answer the most important questions for commodities companies.

 

About Eka Software Solutions

Eka is the global leader in providing Smart Commodity Management software solutions. Eka’s analytics-driven, end-to-end Commodity Management platform enables companies to efficiently and profitably meet the challenges of complex and volatile markets.

 

The company’s best-of-breed solutions manage commodity trading, enterprise risk, compliance, procurement, supply chain, operations, logistics, bulk handling, processing, and decision support. Eka partners with customers to accelerate growth, increase profitability, improve operational control, and manage risks and exposures.

 

Eka is a team of 315 staff with offices in the Americas, Asia, Australia, and EMEA, serving a rapidly growing global client base across multiple commodity segments. For more information about Eka, visit www.ekaplus.com.

 

Enjoy summer with precautions

The mercury level is rising and the days are getting longer. As temperature soars up, there’s no doubt that we’re moving towards the hottest month of the year.  Statistics from the Met Department reveals that the temperatures will touch as high as 37 degrees centigrade. Summer is here to stay and it calls for special attention to your health.
Here are some tips by Dr Aravinda, CMS, Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal to help you sail through the summer in good health.

Stay in the shade
Reduce exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest. Plan your day in such a way that you stay inside, or at least in the shade, during the middle of the day.

Use Sunscreens
Always apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 minutes before going outdoors. Make sure that you re-apply the sunscreen at least every two hours.

Cover yourself
Wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face and neck, and wear loose-fitting cotton clothing to keep cool and to protect your skin from the sun and mosquitoes. Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Chronic exposure to the sun can cause cataracts, and further lead to blindness if left untreated.

Keep yourself hydrated
It is extremely important that you drink enough fluids during the summer season to prevent from excessive dehydration. Keep drinking plenty of water when you’re outside. If you don’t like plain water, try flavoured water or a juice. Don’t consume carbonated soda or alcohol, as these drinks will make you even thirstier. Also, try avoiding too many physical activities that will exhaust you.

Manage seasonal allergies
Allergy to pollen can turn a fun summer outing into an itching, tearing, nose-running affair. Therefore, plan your outdoor activities on cooler, humid days, or after a cleansing rain. Pollen counts tend to be lower then.

Redington India to sell iPhone SE from April 08th

Bengaluru, 22.03.16…Redington will offer iPhone SE, the most powerful phone with a 10. 16 cm display, beginning on Friday, April 8th in 3000 retail outlets across the country. For more information on iPhone, please visit http://www.apple.com/iPhone
About Redington India:
Redington, commencing its Indian operations in 1993, is today positioned as the largest Supply Chain Solution Provider in emerging markets. As a group, Redington is present in India, Middle East, Africa, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and CIS countries.
Redington provides end-to-end supply chain solutions for all categories of information technology products (PCs, PC building blocks, networking, software and enterprise solution products) and consumer and lifestyle products (telecom, digital lifestyle products, entertainment products and digital printing machines) to over 100 international brands.
With its corporate office in Chennai, it has 56 sales locations, 70 owned service centers and 292 partner service centers across India. In addition, through its subsidiaries both in India and overseas, Redington has 78 sales offices, 104 warehouses and 109 own service centres and 310 partner centers. A team comprising of over 2,200 highly skilled and committed professionals helps the company deliver its products and services to every corner of the country. The team is supported by robust IT & Communication infrastructure connecting all the locations of the company and a state of the art ERP and e-commerce back bone. Redington has built its business on very strong ethical and commercial fundamentals which has not only helped it to consistently exceed the industry growth rate, but has also enabled to firmly establish it as the “partner of choice” with most of its vendors and business partners. A compounded annual growth rate of more than 50% over the past 20 years has enabled Redington generate a revenue of over Rs. 24210.38 crores during fiscal 2012-13, underlining the very strong foundation and prudent practices on which the company’s business practices have been built.

Idea Jalsa’ Concert Tour 2016 reaches Bengaluru

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     In its 10th year, the 2016 ‘Idea Jalsa’ concert tour across 12 cities, will showcase more than 150 musicians to the music loving audiences

A talented & globally renowned artists set to enthrall the audience in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, March 22, 2016: ‘Idea Jalsa – Music for the Soul’ is back in Bengaluru and will feature Suma Sudhindra, a renowned Veena exponent of India along with The Legendary Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia on flute followed by a powerful Hindustani Classical Vocal Performance by the living Legend of India Sangeet Martand Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj. The 12 city concert tour commenced from Chennai on February 5, 2016, and will now travel Pune and culminate in Bengaluru on the 26th of March.

Music finds itself at the core of Idea Cellular Ltd.’s brand building and customer connect strategy. Indian Music has the ability to reach out to a cross section of society, with no barriers of language, caste, creed, etc. ‘Idea Jalsa – Music for the Soul’ is a unique project which has been partnered by Idea Cellular Ltd. since its inception in 2006. It has grown from strength to strength and has come to stand for ‘excellence’ & ‘quality’, engaging the large community of music lovers across the country. As always, Idea Jalsa will bring together legends, maestros, stars, young maestros and the rising stars of Indian music, to showcase the rich cultural heritage of India. The Idea Jalsa platform has already presented more than 7,000 musicians across genres! A proud achievement for Idea Jalsa this year, is the support that the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has extended.

“Idea Jalsa is the largest platform for Indian Music across genres, which has been established with the active support of Idea Cellular Ltd. and has crossed many milestones in its journey since 2006, e.g. entering the Limca Book of Records, reaching more than 30 crore audiences through its TV telecasts, being the 1st Indian Music project to be webcast live, telecast in 165 countries worldwide on Zee International and also being on 15 International Airlines’ inflight entertainment. We are very humbled that the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has agreed to support this project with Incredible India.” said Durga Jasraj, Founder & Director, Art And Artistes.

Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Siva Ganapathi – Chief Operating Officer, Karnataka, Idea Cellular,said, “Idea Cellular has always considered music to be one of the important avenues to connect with our customers across the country. Idea Jalsa is one such platform which brings together legends, maestros, stars, and rising stars from the Indian music fraternity, to present a rich & diverse showcase of Indian culture for all music enthusiasts across the country and champion Hindustani classical music. We are happy to bring these unique performers and musicians to Bengaluru and are hopeful that our customers will join us in this celebration of music.”

Date:    Saturday, March 26, 2016

Venue:  Orion Mall, Bengaluru

Time:    6.30 PM

 

 

Passes can be collected from:

 

Passes can be collected from any Idea Exclusive store or by calling toll free No 1800 833 3003 to get the M-Pass via SMS on your mobile phone

About Idea Cellular: IDEA Cellular is India’s 3rd largest national mobile operator, with over 170 million subscribers. With traffic in excess of 2 billion minutes a day, Idea ranks among the Top 6 country operators in the world. Using the latest in technology, Idea provides world-class service delivery through the most extensive network of customer touch points. Idea is listed on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in India.

 

IDEA Cellular is an Aditya Birla Group Company, India’s first truly multinational corporation. The Group ranks Number 4 globally and Number 1 in the Asia Pacific in the 2011 Top Companies for Leaders (TCFL) study conducted by Aon Hewitt, Fortune (the Global Business Magazine) and the RBL Group. It operates in 36 countries, and is anchored by more than 120,000 employees belonging to 42 nationalities. More information on Idea Cellular is available at www.ideacellular.comand on the Aditya Birla Group atwww.adityabirla.com

 

About Art and ArtistesIndia’s 1st Multi-Music Programming Company, Art And Artistes (AAA) was founded in 1999 by Durga Jasraj. Since 2009, Neeraj Jaitly has partnered with her. The company produced more than 400 live concerts across 65 cities in India & 15 countries; Live IP events/ musicals viz. Indian Music Academy Awards, Tiranga, Panchtatva Jai Hind, Idea Jalsa, and many more. AAA conceives customized concepts & has produced 35 Television programs for leading GECs (Star, Sony, Zee, DD, etc.), Regional TV Channels, as well as global TV networks. AAA is the pioneer in providing Music content for in-flight entertainment on 15 International airlines. The company has worked with

more than 10,000 Musicians across more than 200 Indian Music Genres. AAA holds 3 Limca Book Records – for the IP productions of ‘Idea Jalsa’, ‘Tiranga’ and ‘Panchtatva’.

Visit www.artandartistes.com      Follow ‘artandartistes’ on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter & Instagram

 

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Platinum Sponsors:

HDFC

For further information please contact:

Deepa Yadav

Email: deepayadav23989@gmail.com

Handphone: +91 9960496956

 

The Zorba Lifestyle comes to the city of Bengaluru

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The premium yoga chain of Chennai spreads its wings in the garden city with the launch of 4 studios at the Talwalkars Better Value Fitness gyms across the prime locations of the city

Bengaluru, March 22, 2016: Bengaluru today witnessed an exuberant extravaganza organized by India’s pioneer health & fitness chain, Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Ltd (TBVF) through the launch of Zorba – A Renaissance studio at Sadashiv Nagar. Talwalkars a renowned brand name has expanded its footprints in the wellness category by partnering with Zorba a premium chain of yoga studios of Chennai. The Zorba experience can now be enjoyed by the yoga enthusiasts of Bengaluru at four studios located in the premises of Talwalkars fitness clubs at JP Nagar, Basaveshwar Nagar, Ulsoor and the flagship studio at Sadashiv Nagar, Bellary Road.

Hosted by Sarvesh Shashi, CEO, Zorba – A Renaissance studio and Mr. Prashant Talwalkar, Managing Director & CEO, Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Limited, the launch witnessed the presence of crème de la crème of Bengaluru. Former Indian Cricketer, Actor and an ardent Zorba enthusiast Mr. S. Sreesanth graced the occasion with his presence.

It was an event that brought together renowned political personalities and aficionados from the health & fitness fraternity to mark the launch of this premium flagship studio. The audience present at the launch were taken through the journey of Zorba through a new age holographic presentation. The surprise element that elated everyone was when Sarvesh Shashi and S. Sreesanth demonstrated some awesome aerial yoga asanas.

Mr. Prashant Talwalkar, MD, CEO, Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Ltd, shared, said “Talwalkars introduced a lifestyle of fitness in India and now with our partnership with Zorba we aim to provide an enriched lifestyle of holistic wellness to our patrons. Zorba is a niche brand of Chennai and our association with Zorba will further strengthen Talwalkars & Zorbas wellness and fitness offerings in Bengaluru and soon in other metros of India.”

Mr. Sarvesh Shashi, CEO, Zorba – A Renaissance studio, added “Zorba is a distinctive health and wellness institute that helps one empower not only their mind but also their spirit. We offer 6 courses and 8 alternative therapies that help in the overall wellness of body, mind and soul. We are enthusiastic about spreading the Zorba way of life in Bengaluru and look forward to a successful run in the city.”

 Actor & Former Indian Cricketer, S. Sreesanth said, “I truly believe in the Zorba lifestyle and their philosophy of consciousness through yoga. It has helped me personally to evolve spiritually and be mind and body fit through the distinct forms of courses offered here. I strongly recommend the Zorba way of fitness and life to all as I correlate spirituality with happiness. Being spiritually charged evokes happiness and Zorba will help bring out this emotion of happiness within people through their wellness and spiritually inclined offerings.” 

Zorba – A Renaissance studio is situated in the premises of Talwalkars fitness club at Bellary Road, Sadashiv Nagar. The other studios are at JP Nagar, Basaveshwar Nagar, Ulsoor. The studios are open to all from 6 AM to 8.45 PM. The studio offers a range of yoga courses – Hot yoga, aerial yoga, aqua yoga, pre-natal & post natal yoga, vinyasa yoga, hatha yoga, ashtanga yoga, pragya yoga, Kriya yoga, Kundalini yoga and Tantra yoga. Other offerings like divinatory therapies and zumba, dance fitness, kids activities are also available at the studios. Log on towww.wearezorba.com or call on +91 9841132345 for further details.  

About Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Ltd. (TBVFL)

Talwalkars Better Value Fitness Ltd  India’s largest fitness chain with over 160 gyms across 84 cities, offering a diverse set of services including gyms, spas, aerobics and health counseling under the brand ‘Talwalkars’ to an active member base of over 1,66,000 members. Having developed the infrastructure for offering gym facilities across the country Talwalkars is now leveraging this reach to launch several initiatives that offers other fitness alternatives to enthusiasts. It recently launched NuForm studios in Mumbai which are designed to provide twenty minutes a week fitness solution using Electro Muscular Stimulus technology imported from Germany. The launch of Zumba® Fitness is another move towards widening its consumer base while using the team and infrastructure it already has in place, thereby seeking to consolidate its position as the leader in the fitness industry in India. With the launch of Reduce, Talwalkars aims at helping consumers achieve their fitness goals. Reduce is a complete weight loss solution that’s easy, healthy and is designed keeping in mind the busy schedule of the consumers.

 

Talwalkars has pioneered the concept of gyms in India, with their first gym being set up in Mumbai in 1932 by late Shri Vishnu Talwalkar. Madhukar Talwalkar further carried on the legacy and today the brand Talwalkars is synonymous with the word fitness across India. The brand ‘Talwalkars’ has been in an expansion mode by setting up gyms across the country, cities as diverse and spread out as : Aligarh, Aurangabad, Bareilly, Bhavnagar, Bhopal, Dehradun, Jamshedpur, Hubli, Kolhapur, Kolkata, Nashik,Moradabad, Panchkula, Sangli, Surat, Solapur, Rajkot, Ranchi, etc. have been covered.

TBVFL was listed on the BSE and NSE in May 2010 and is the first fitness company to be listed on the Indian stock exchanges.

Fresh To Home Announces Official Brand Launch in India

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·        Launches same-day delivery of fresh chemical-free fish and antibiotic free poultry & mutton throughwww.freshtohome.com in over 100 locations across Bangalore

·        Unveils the Fresh To Home marketplace that connects livestock Farmers and fishermen across South India directly to consumers

·        Raises angel round funding from world’s leading investors including Mark Pincus of Zynga, Rajan Anandan of Google, Paval Ongole, ex-India head Softbank Capital, and Timothy Flaherty, co-founder of Silver Creek Capital Management, amongst others

 

Bangalore, India – 22 March 2016 – Fresh To Home, India’s first e-commerce venture for fresh, chemical-free seafood and meat, today announced the official launch of their brand in India. On the occasion, the company unveiled the Fresh To Home marketplace, a first-of-its kind Internet based market place that will organize and connect fish and meat farmers to consumers directly. The company also announced the launch of same-day delivery operations across two time slots in a day across 100 locations in Bangalore.

 

The India Market is among the largest in the world for perishable food produce with over $ 200 billion of fresh produce consumed in 2014. The non-vegetarian segment has seen a particularly large growth with over 60% of Indians consuming non-vegetarian product. As an example, the poultry and chicken market in India has been growing at a CAGR of over 20% year on year. India is also the second largest producer of fish in the world having produced around $50 Billion worth of fish with over 90% of it consumed domestically. However, in spite of the large market size, less than 1% of the supply chain goes through organized segments. Rest goes through a multitude of middlemen from the farmer to the consumer leading to food safety issues, use of chemical preservatives, wastage and the consumer not getting the best quality produce.

 

Freshtohome.com (www.freshtohome.com) takes a fresh look at solving the problems inherent in the supply chain of perishables in India, by connecting the fishermen & farmers directly with the consumers through the use of some disruptive technology.  The company utilizes innovative supply chain and sourcing methods through the Fresh To Home Market Place technology to provide fresh, chemical-free food produce directly from the producers at the doorsteps of the consumers. Since its soft launch in August 2015, the company has fast become a popular destination for chemical-free fish and antibiotic-free meats sourced directly from the coasts and farm, having crossed 20,000 users in the last 6 months. The company, which clocks in 3 tons of produce per day, has seen 65% month-on-month customer retention. Fresh To Home currently serves customers in Bangalore, Delhi, Kochi, and Thiruvananthapuram.

 

“In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it is important for one to understand and consume fresh and chemical-free food. At Fresh to Home, we take great pride in enabling a first of its kind market place for fish & meat, which will ensure direct procurement from the fishermen or farmers without any middlemen in between.

 

 

We are not Hyper Local but Hyper Fresh as we provide the freshest of fresh food to you straight from the source” said Mr. Shan Kadavil, CEO of Fresh To Home. “This investment is a powerful endorsement of our ability to provide unique and fresh products to our customers. We are delighted to partner with a strong team of investors who can help realize our vision and aggressive growth expectations,” he added.

 

The company is backed by some of the leading entrepreneurs and investors in the world including Mark Pincus of Zynga Inc., Rajan Anandan of Google, Paval Ongole, ex-India Head of Softbank Capital, Walter Kortshack of Kortshack Investments, Timothy Flaherty, Co-Founder Silver Creek Capital, Cadir Lee of Zynga & OhmConnect, and Alex Garden (New Relic, Nexon, MSFT, and Zynga).

 

About Fresh To Home:

The Fresh To Home platform utilizes innovative supply chain and sourcing methods using technology to connect meat farmers and fishermen with the consumers directly. Since its soft launch in August 2015, the company has fast become a popular destination for chemical-free fish and antibiotic-free meats sourced directly from the coasts and farm, having crossed 20,000 users in the last 6 months. The company, which clocks in 3 tons of produce per day, has seen a 65% month-on-month customer retention. Fresh To Home currently serves customers in Bangalore, Delhi, Kochi, and Thiruvananthapuram.

www.freshtohome.com