Saturday, 17 November 2018

Singapore Tourism Board launches second wave of Passion Made Possible brand campaign in India with #PartyLikeInSG

Singapore’s noted artiste Yung Raja performiing at the event.

‘This wave throws the spotlight on three tribes; Socialisers, Culture Shapers and Action Seekers’

Chang Chee Pey- Assistant Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board

Mumbai, Nov 16, 2018: The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) launched the second wave of its Passion Made Possible brand campaign in India with an evening of fun and entertainment for the travel trade, media and influencers - focusing on the Socialiser tribe offerings available in Singapore. Held at Verbena Brewpub & Skygarden in Kamala Mills, the event featured performances by Singapore’s noted artistes – Wayne Liu aka DJ KoFlow, the turntablist icon and Yung Raja, popular rapper signed to M03 Records, a division of Kartel Records, who mixes his lyrics in both English and Tamil. The event also showcased the original Singapore Sling mixed by bartender Andy Lim from the Raffles Hotel while culinary expert Ruqxana Vasanwala, founder of Cookery Magic which conducts cooking classes, provided her unique twist on local Singaporean delicacies such as Pisang Goreng (Fried Bananas) and Onde-Onde (Pandan-flavoured Glutinous Rice Balls with Palm Sugar) tapas-style.     

The STB launched the new brand identity ‘Passion Made Possible’ in August 2017 to showcase the destination’s unique attitude and mindset; a passion-driven, never-settling spirit of determination and enterprise that constantly pursues possibilities and reinvention. As part of this, the STB introduced the concept of Passion Tribes and unveiled four specific tribes, namely Foodies, Collectors, Explorers and Progressors. For its second wave, the campaign will shine spotlight on the Socialiser, Action Seeker, and Culture Shaper Passion Tribes to encourage Indian travelers to indulge their passions in Singapore.

GB Srithar, Regional Director (SAMEA), Singapore Tourism Board

Speaking at the launch, Mr GB Srithar, Regional Director, South Asia, Middle East & Africa, highlighted the importance of why the Socialiser tribe would be appealing to Indian consumers, “We are keen to engage the young and fun-loving Indian travellers. Show them a different side of Singapore, in addition to being a great family destination.  From the coolest indie gigs and the biggest international concerts, to eclectic music festivals, raves and jazz nights, Singapore has a diverse and vibrant music and event scene. This will appeal to the lifestyle and entertainment seeking travellers. As we launch Wave 2 of our brand, we invite our Indian visitors to come make new friends or re-connect with old ones through the myriad of nightlife and entertainment offerings in Singapore.”
During their visit to India, Wayne Liu - DJ KoFlow & Yung Raja (Singer-Rapper) jointly commented, “Singapore’s nightlife is multi-faceted, there are all kinds of party spots for many different likings including a diverse thriving music scene. It’s an experience you will not want to miss out on!

As a pre-buzz to the Wave 2 launch the STB collaborated with Vh1 India for its first-ever music video in India titled ‘Unstoppable’. The music video which has garnered almost 2.6 million views on YouTube. Featuring the GRAMMY Award-nominated Indian-American rapper, singer and songwriter Raja Kumari, the Chemical Brothers of India ‘Midival Punditz’ and popular Singaporean B-Boying crew ‘Radikal Forze’, the music video highlights their unique talents and common passion for creativity, music, sounds, dance and entertaining audiences. The music video was shot against well-known locations in Singapore such as the Marina Bay area, Chinatown precinct including the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Gardens by the Bay as well as Henderson Waves.

The second wave will witness a series of consumer events and industry partnerships rolling out by mid-2019.

In 2017, Singapore recorded 1.27 million visitors from India, making India the 3rd highest contributor of visitor arrivals to Singapore. India also register the highest growth at 16 % in visitors to Singapore and continued to be the leading source market for cruise travel. 

India’s first electric vehicle tourism initiative at the Paryatan Bhavan, Panjim.

Goa Tourism
launches India’s first Electric Vehicle Tourism Initiative

 Panjim, November 16th, 2018:  The Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar  and Hon’ble Chairman  of GTDC ,Mr. Dayanand Sopte today launched  India’s first electric vehicle tourism  initiative at the  Paryatan Bhavan, Panjim.  Present  at the event  included Board of Directors of GTDC,  officials  from the Department  of Tourism & GTDC and  other dignitaries.

The ‘Electric Vehicle’ (EV) tourism initiative of Goa Tourism  Development  Corporation through B: Live in partnership with Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd is    a significant step towards sustainable tourism giving tourists an all new medium to explore and experience  Goa in an eco-friendly and   trendy style.

Mr.  Manohar Azgaonkar, the Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Govt.  of Goasaid, “We are proud to announce the launch of India’s first Electric Vehicle tour initiative, B: Live with Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd. Sustainable tourism is the core of our efforts and we are happy to take the lead in creating the EV ecosystem in India, setting an example for the others. We encourage and support technologies and enterprises which bring about a positive environmental change. Goa spearheads several ecotourism initiatives in the country and our association with Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd. is another step towards achieving our sustainability goals. More often than not, you find initiatives that have a strong intent but rarely do they help empower locals and improve community engagement. EV tours offered by B: Live directly involve the local communities, making the association more meaningful for them.”

Mr. Dayanand Sopte, Chairman, Goa Tourism Development Corporation Limited (GTDC) said, We are glad to partner with Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd to launch India’s first Electric Vehicle (EV) tourism initiative, B: Live. Understanding the risks of vehicle emissions and their contribution to air pollution in Goa, the introduction of EV tourism will help reduce our carbon footprint. It’s a revolutionary initiative that provides a clean mode of commute while offering an immersive travel experience. It will help empower our local communities andcreate a greener tomorrow for everyone around us.” 

Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd is the pioneer of ‘Electric Vehicle Tourism’ in India and has partnered with GTDC to build the country’s first EV Tourism ecosystem. B: Live, offers the joy of effortless riding on E-bikes while exploring the local culture, history and heritage of Goa.   These E-bikes are equipped with state-of-the-art features like GPS trackers, battery powered motor for speeds up to 25kmph and electronic disc brakes for enhanced safety.  The tourists and locals can now explore Goa in a clean and non-polluting way. 
 “We are grateful for the support offered by GTDC to launch B: Live. Pollution and congestion caused by tourist vehicles have been a concern in Goa and there is a need to introduce sustainable tourism practices which are easy to emulate. Through B: Live, we aim to encourage people to adopt a cleaner way of commute while helping them discover authentic local experiences. Each experiential tour offered by B: Live engages the local communities and allows tourists to soak in the milieu of authentic Goan culture,” said Samarth Kholkar,CEO & Co-Founder, Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd.

Emphasizing on the technology aspect of the service, Sandeep Mukherjee, COO & Co-Founder, Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd. said, “What makes B: Live unique is the smart use of technology. The allows the guests to seamlessly book the tours using digital currency. A web app provides real-time tour related info to the riders. The E-bikes are state of the art delivering 50 km range per charge with digital screens for multi info display and electronic disc brakes for safety. The E-bikes come with an accelerator and pedal assist mode for effortless riding. Our command center monitors the riders through GPS trackers embedded on the bikes. This makes B:Live not only the cleanest but also the smartest tour in the country.
Salient features:
      E Hubs made of recycled shipping containers serve as charging points and tourist community centers. These are solar powered, eco friendly, smart hubs which offers Free Wi-Fi, tourist services and an insider guide to Goa.
      Smart & digitally connected electric cycles have been deployed for the tours and rental purpose at major tourist destinations ensuring the safety of the passenger.
      Curated experiential tours which provide an authentic and immersive experience of Goa with the help of a local tour buddy.
      Connect with B:LIVE– log on to Mail , call at 8669600373

Friday, 16 November 2018




#HarGharSurakshit nationwide campaign aims to drive awareness around home safety

Mumbai, November 15, 2018: To commemorate National Home Safety Day on November 15, Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems (GLSS), launched #HarGharSurakshit, a nationwide campaign to promote home safety across India. GLSS also released ‘Har Ghar Surakshit 2018 Report: India’s Security Paradox – Home Safety Vs Digital Safety’, which focusses on people’s perception of home safety in comparison to digital safety.
Homes in India are not just a place to stay but are also considered as safe abodes for families. An Indian home accounts for one of the highest investments made by citizens. However, it is also a treasure trove for anti-social elements and if unattended or unprotected will invite misfortune. Nuclear families leave their home and valuables behind, whereas, others have their loved ones as well at home. There is a lot to protect, but Indians seem to be lagging behind in adopting the available technologieseven in the primary source of protection of their homeslocks.
#HarGharSurakshit campaign by GLSS aims to drive awareness around home safety and why it needs to be prioritized. Safety begins at home as 98.5% Indians feel the safest in their homes as per a recent joint study with a reputed Indian media company. GLSS #HarGharSurakshit report states 64% Indians are not equipped to handle home safety threats. Surprisingly, 70% of all thefts in India are home thefts while only 30% are digital thefts. This emphasizes that home safety requires equal or more attention that is enjoyed by digital safety as 61% people don’t want to upgrade to high tech safety for homes.
Acknowledging this need and commenting on #HarGharSurakshit initiative, Mr. Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman and Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd, said, As a responsible player in this space, it has been our responsibility and endeavour to create awareness around home safety. Last year on November 15th, a day we call the ‘Home Safety day’, we unveiled the yearlong #HowSafeAreYou campaign with the objective of changing the way people look at home safety. This campaign witnessed a huge support an reached out to millions via traditional and digital media.  Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems have been at the forefront of providing safe and secure locking solutions for homes across India. With the faith reposed in us by our countrymen, we are embarking on the second year of this campaign with our nationwide initiative called #HarGharSurakshit. We are confident that this initiative will bring about a behavioural change and promote the larger cause of enhancing safety across homes of people in urban and rural India.”
“As a brand that is synonymous with trust and safety, GLSS’ purpose is to make people aware of importance of home safety. Last year, we unveiled a yearlong campaign, #HowSafeAreYou with the objective of changing the way people look at home safety. #HarGharSurakshit, the latest initiative by GLSS, will address a nationwide concern of home safety. We want every Indian to take a conscious note of their home safety, especially in today’s day and age. We, at GLSS, will focus all our efforts towards driving offline and online activities aimed at bridging India’s personal security gap and aspire to make every Indian home safe by 2021. I am happy to share that we will be committing INR 100 crore over the next 3 years towards this endeavour” added Mr. Shyam Motwani, Executive Vice-President and Business Head, Godrej Locking Solutions & Systems.
Discussing the gravitas of the situation was an esteemed panel of Mr. Sachin Patil, DCP (Head Quarter – I) Mumbai Police, Mr. Prakash Borgaonkar, Director, Helpage India, RJ Archana Pania, Mr. Shyam Motwani of GLSS and moderated by Mr. Sujit Patil, Vice President & Head- Corporate Brand and Communications, Godrej Industries.
#HarGharSurakshit campaign reflects the need of the hour. In 2016 alone, 1,20,000 homes were robbed and these were just the reported cases. As per estimates, 90% thefts go unreported. Today, people need to be more conscious of vulnerabilities in their home safety preparedness, and take necessary measures to address them. As it embarks on this journey towards making #HarGharSurakshit, GLSS is confident that this initiative will see collective participation of Indians from across the country.    


Thursday, 15 November 2018

BLS International Registers Remarkable PAT Growth of 23% In the Second Quarter

Description: BLS Internation Services Ltd

Reports net profit of Rs. 32.99 crore in Q2 FY19
Highlights of the Results
For the Quarter ended on 30th September, 2018 (Q2 FY19 viz Q2 FY18):
  • Total Income stood at Rs. 191.2 crore, q-o-q growth of 2.0% 
  • EBITDA of Rs. 45.4 crore; q-o-q growth of 2.8% 
  • Net Profit stood at Rs 32.9 crore; q-o-q growth of 23.1% 
  • EPS for Q2 FY19 stood at Rs 3.22 as compared to Rs. 2.62 in Q2 FY18 for the corresponding period
For the half, yearly comparative from April to September FY19 viz FY18:
  • Total Income stood at Rs. 393.4 crore in H1 FY19, up by 2.7% from Rs. 383.2 crore in H1 FY18
  • EBIDTA of Rs. 95.9 crore in H1 FY19, up by 8.8% from Rs. 88.2 crore in H1 FY18 for the corresponding period
  • PAT of Rs. 67 crore in H1 FY19, up by 20% from Rs. 55.85 crore in H1 FY18
  • EPS for H1 FY19 stood at Rs 6.54, as compared to Rs. 5.45 for H1 FY18

New Delhi, 14th November, 2018: BLS International Services Limited (BLS), a specialist services provider of Visa, Passport, Attestation and Citizen Services to the Governments and diplomatic missions globally, declared its financial results today for the second quarter ended 30th September, 2018.
The company reported Net Profit of Rs 32.9 crore for Q2 FY19, up by 23.1%, as compared to Rs. 26.8 crore in the corresponding quarter of last fiscal. The company’s Q2 FY19 PAT margin stood at a robust 17.3%, as compared to 14.3% in Q2 FY18.
Total Income for the quarter ended September 2018 stood at Rs. 191.2 crore, up by 2.0%, as compared to Rs 187.4 crore in the same period last year. The company’s earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) in Q2 FY19 stood at Rs. 45.4 crore, up by 2.8% as compared to Q2 FY18 which stood at Rs 44.2 crore. Its EBITDA margin improved from 23.6% in Q2 FY18 to Rs. 23.8% in Q2 FY19.

Earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter ended Q2 FY19 stood at Rs. 3.22, as compared with Rs. 2.62 for the quarter ended Q2 FY18.

Commenting on the financial performance of the company Mr. Shikhar Aggarwal, Joint Managing Director, BLS International Services Limited said, “We are happy to report another quarter with strong results. The encouraging performance in the Q2/H1 FY19, is led by timely and quality deliverables of our contracts in domestic and international market. We are proud that during this quarter BLS International not only got listed in Forbes Asia’s ‘Best Under A Billion’ company list but also received Spain Esquema Nacional de Seguridad (ENS – National Security Framework) accreditation after rigorous assessment and audits by ENS Certification Entity from Spain.”

He further added, “Being the face of government across the globe, we will continue to rally our focus on execution, operation and swift rollouts of projects for our client governments across globe and we believe that we are well positioned for sustainable growth in the current year and future”. 

Growth trend:
The Spain global contract that BLS International bagged in December 2016 also yielded strong results for another quarter in a row. Since the roll out of the project, the Visa application centres have regularly been fortified with wide range of Value Added Services (VAS) for the applicant’s convenience, such as SMS, Photocopy, Photo-booth, Form filling, Courier and Premium lounge, Flexi hours, Travel Insurance, SIM cards (Telecom), Prime time, Internet kiosk and Mobile biometric services.
The company also commenced operation of its new contract of citizen services by the Punjab Government in this quarter. The fresh contract is for a period of 5 years under which BLS International is operating 352 facilitation centres for providing 169 citizen centric services covering 16 districts of Punjab and working with 22 departments. 

Contracts and Awards: 
BLS International commenced servicing the French Embassy in Jordan from August 2018, and is providing key deliverables under the contract which will support processing of approximately 25 thousand France Visa application(s) in Jordan in strategic alliances with its partner. This strategic association is aimed to help strengthen our presence in Europe and Middle East.

In this quarter, the company also paved its way in the Forbes Asia’s ‘Best Under A Billion’ list of top 200 publicly listed companies in the Asia-Pacific region out of 24,000 companies and were selected on sales/revenue and earnings growth.

The company received the Spain Esquema Nacional de Seguridad (ENS – National Security Framework) accreditation. BLS International is the first Visa Outsourcing ESP (External Service Provider) to have conformed to ENS compliance and is one of the only 69 Organizations in the world who are ENS Certified, sharing the space with companies like Google, Microsoft, Oracle, to be naming a few.

BLS International Services Limited also signed an agreement with Vision Box - Soluções de Visão por Computador, S.A in this quarter to cooperate in connection with specific projects or opportunities in the Territory of Portugal.

Another agreement was signed with Any Security Printing Company Plc., a company existing under the laws of Hungary and engaged in providing consultancy support in Server Operations, to collaborate and pursue the Tenders of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hungary, globally.

The company also signed an agreement with Speed Identity AB to cooperate in connection with a specific projects or opportunities for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. Speed Identity AB is a company existing under the laws of Sweden which is expert service provider of Biometric Hardware and Software product and services.

During this quarter, BLS was also conferred with two prestigious awards first for the “Excellence in the Travel Sector” award at the CMO Asia's Best CSR Practices Awards. and Mr. Shikhar Aggarwal, Joint Managing Director, BLS International won the “Young Achiever Award of the Year” at Times Network’s National Award for Marketing Excellence in Travel and Tourism industry.

Seventh Edition of Bajaj Electricals Pinkathon Mumbai 2018


Seventh Edition of Bajaj Electricals Pinkathon Mumbai 2018 presented by COLORS to be held on Sunday, 16th December 2018 at MMRDA Ground, Next to One BKC Building, BKC

Mumbai, November 13, 2018The seventh edition of Bajaj Electricals Pinkathon Mumbai 2018 presented by COLORS, India’s biggest women’s run to be held on Sunday, 16th December 2018 at MMRDA Ground, One BKC Building, BKC, Mumbai. Online registrations for the multi-category run are open at for the VWash Plus 3km, 5km & 10km run and for the 21km distance drop a mail on

Bajaj Electricals Pinkathon - Empowering Indian Women, India's biggest women’s run to encourage and promote fitness & health among women and create awareness for Breast Cancer and other issues relating to women’s health is supported by United Sisters Foundation and promoted by Maximus MICE & Media Solutions. Super model, actor, Ultraman and Pinkathon founder Milind Soman formally announced the launch of the seventh edition of Bajaj Electricals Pinkathon Mumbai 2018 presented by COLORS at a press conference hosted by The Farzi Cafe, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

Bajaj Electricals Ltd., a globally renowned and India’s leading consumer products company has come on board as title sponsors of Pinkathon, India’s biggest run for women after being the inspiring partners for last 4 years. Hemal Vadera, Head - Advertising, Digital & Branding of Bajaj Electricals Ltd. said, “Bajaj Electricals Ltd. has always collaborated with platforms that have worked towards women empowerment. We strongly feel that empowerment goes far beyond giving equal rights to women. It is about making women confident enough to trust themselves, act independently and most importantly to take control of one's own health and wellbeing.

While Our association with Pinkathon transcends the basic role of title sponsor, rather it gives us the opportunity to act as a catalyst in empowering women, to embrace, who they are both internally and externally.”

Present at the conference were eminent dignitaries like 103-year-old Mann Kaur, world champion and an Indian track – and – field athlete, she holds the world record in the over 100 years old category, Mr. Hemal Vadera from Bajaj Electricals, Head – Advertising, Digital & BrandingDr. Shishir  Shetty from Apollo Foundation along with four Bajaj Electricals Pinkathon Mumbai mascots who expressed their wholehearted support for the noble cause.

Pinkathon has won several national and international awards such as WOW Awards for Best Festival of the Year & Best Sports Event of the Year and EEMAX Global for Best Public Event of the Year for ticketed and non-ticketed category.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Hershey India expands its ‘Better For You’ snacking portfolio with launch of delicious Sofit Protein Cookies

India is the global company’s first market for ‘Better For You’ cookies

Mumbai, 13th November 2018: Hershey India Pvt. Ltd, a part of The Hershey Company, one of the world’s leading snacking giants, is set to foray into the premium, ‘Better For You’ segment in the biscuit category with the launch of Sofit Protein Cookies.

Delicious Sofit Protein Cookies is a distinctive product that provides the goodness of protein, omega-3, fibre and vitamins. It has no trans-fat and maida (refined wheat flour). The crunchy cookie is made from multi-grains including wheat, oats, soy and includes ingredients such as flax seeds, almonds, raisins, cocoa and mango. With the launch of tasty protein cookies, Sofit intends to offer today’s health conscious consumer a ‘Better For You’ snacking option.

India is a critical part of The Hershey Company’s international business and is one of its focus International markets. Hershey India is focusing on key brands like Hershey’s and Sofit to enter and build relevance across different snacking occasions in the country. Sofit is a clear market leader in the soy milk category. Hershey India’s strategic intent is to drive strong future growth on Sofit by building a `Better For You’ snacking portfolio that spans different categories.

Commenting on Hershey India’s foray into a new category, Herjit Bhalla, Managing Director, Hershey India said, “Bringing a unique and consumer-relevant product such as a cookie with the goodness of protein, into this $2.8 billion biscuit category, is a perfect next step for the Sofit brand.  Sofit is well-regarded among consumers as a brand that provides protein and other nutrients.  Sofit Protein Cookies makes it easy and convenient to have a crunchilicious snack that is better for you.”

Commenting on the launch of Sofit Protein Cookies, the brand ambassador of Sofit, John Abraham said, “I have been proud to represent Sofit because it cares about providing protein and nutrients to consumers who seek better ways to snack. The launch of Sofit Protein Cookies continues this journey. As more people seek to lead an active and healthier lifestyle, I am happy that Sofit has introduced a tasty way to consume nutrients in the form of crunchy cookies which can provide them the energy to do more.”    
The launch of protein cookies aligns with Sofit’s promise of ‘Energy to do More’, by providing dietary nutrients in a delicious range. These ‘Better For You’ cookies will be available in distinct range such as natural cocoa with healthy flax seeds; delicious mango with real almond bits; refreshing raisins with healthy flax seeds.

Targeted at working adults residing in the country’s large metro cities, Sofit Protein Cookies will benefit such individuals who are keen on leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Sofit Protein Cookies will be available in Modern Trade, Large General Trade stores and E-Com in the big cities of the country. The product will be sold at an attractive price point of Rs 45 for the small pack (100g) and Rs 65 for the Take Home Pack (150g).

Friday, 2 November 2018

Lotte appoints Anindya Dutta as Managing Director for Havmor Ice Cream

Mumbai, November 01, 2018: Havmor, India’s leading ice cream brand and a wholly owned subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate Lotte Confectionery, has announced the appointment of Anindya Dutta as its new Managing Director. He will be the first MD after Lotte acquired Havmor Ice Cream in Dec 2017.

Anindya will be taking forward Lotte’s vision of expanding its business footprint in India. His mission will be at one end to leverage the legacy, the category expertise and brand equity that Havmor enjoys in the ice cream category to rapidly scale up the business towards a national leadership position and at the other end to evaluate and build synergistic expansion into adjacent categories.

Anindya brings 20+ years of leadership experience in the food industry across business verticals and categories including Bakery, Dairy and Confectionery. Prior to joining Havmor, he was with Britannia for the last 17 years in roles of increasing impact in sales, marketing, strategy and P&L Management.  In his past assignments at Britannia he was heading the Dairy and Bread business and more recently he was leading the International expansion of Britannia as the Vice President- International Business

Mondelēz International Unveils its global Research, Development and Quality Center in India

India facility is part of the company’s $65 million investment in its worldwide
Technical Center network to accelerate growth and innovation

INDIA, 31st October 2018: Mondelēz International today inaugurated its newest global Research, Development and Quality Technical Center in India located in Thane, Maharashtra. The India Technical Centre has been set up with an investment of $15 million and will support new products and technologies for the company’s global brands in Chocolate and Beverages. The Technical Center will also focus on consumer science, packaging and productivity. This is part of the company’s strategy to invest $65 million in developing a global network of state-of-the-art technical hubs strategically positioned around the world.
“Our mission at Mondelēz International is simple – to offer consumers the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way. And our global Technical Center network is crucial to support this,” said Maurizio Brusadelli, EVP and President AMEA (Asia, Middle East and Africa). “Our AMEA region hosts three global technical centers – the other two being in China and Singapore – demonstrating that our dynamic markets are at the heart of the company’s growth strategy. Our investment in the Thane Technical Center further emphasizes the importance of India to our global business.”
“With these Technical Centers, we’re focusing our investment in research, equipment and capabilities, driving innovation to accelerate our growth,” said Rob Hargrove, EVP, Research, Development and Quality. “Our RDQ hubs will improve speed, efficiency and effectiveness, while increased scale will enable us to address evolving consumer needs more quickly. We are delighted that one of our global technical centers is based in India, which has one of the best technical and scientific capabilities in the world.”
“As we accelerate consumer-centric growth across both our global and local heritage brands, innovation plays a crucial role,” said Deepak Iyer, Managing Director, Mondelez India Foods Pvt. Ltd. “The Thane Center will collaborate on innovations with multiple countries within the company network. We are proud that some of the most unique and cutting-edge innovations will be created right here at our Thane Technical Center. This investment is just another example of the importance of India to Mondelez International – as we continue to make, sell and innovate in this market for over 70 years.”
Spread across an area of 12000 sq meters, the Thane Technical Center will be equipped with multiple technical capabilities, such as a pilot plant, a packaging creative studio and a range of laboratories for technical research and development. The team of around 150 scientists, developers, engineers, analytical chemists and other specialists will closely collaborate on innovations across the globe. The site is a zero water discharge facility, zero waste to landfill and has 100 percent rain water harvesting.
The India hub joins nine other Mondelēz International Technical Centres around the world that are already in operation, including – East Hanover, New Jersey, in the United States; Curitiba in Brazil; Bournville and Reading, both in the UK; Wroclaw in Poland; Singapore; Suzhou in China; Saclay in France and Munich in Germany.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Internationally acclaimed artist Bose Krishnamachari inaugurates IndianOil’s ‘The Canvas Code’

(L-R)- Subodh Dakwale, Executive Director, Corp Comm & Branding – IndianOil (IOC), artist Bose Krishnamachari, Gurmeet Singh, Director (Marketing) – IOC, Sadhana Mittal, CH. GM, Corp Comm – IOC

~ A philanthropic initiative in its 22nd year, IndianOil’s art exhibition is aimed at promoting young talent in the art fraternity and will showcase the work of 12 masters, 35 eminent sculptors and painters, and 38 upcoming artists~
~Scheduled from October 24–29, 2018, ‘The Canvas Code’ will be held at the Jehangir Art Gallery~

October 24th, 2018 – IndianOil’s biennial art exhibition titled ‘Canvas Code’ was formally inaugurated by internationally acclaimed artist Bose Krishnamachari at Jehangir Art Gallery today where he unveiled the work of 12 masters, 35 eminent sculptor artists and painters and 38 upcoming artists. A wide array of paintings by over 90 artists from across the country will be showcased at Jehangir Art Gallery from October 24 to 29, 2018.  It will also present a diverse range of artworks by artists of different age groups, styles and categories.

What began as an eclectic art display in 1987 at IndianOil’s head office in Bandra, has today, become a significant event on Mumbai’s art calendar. This philanthropic initiative of IndianOil is organized with a view to support and promote young budding talent in the art fraternity and provides them a prestigious platform to exhibit their work alongside established artists. It will also present a diverse range of artworks by artists of different age groups, styles and categories. IndianOil has also collaborated with NGO Nanhi Kali to ensure that 10 per cent of sale proceedings will be contributed to charity.

The name ‘The Canvas Code’ stems from the fact that a canvas denotes a platform or stage that would be given to artists, irrespective of their stature or standing. Since the artists will range from masters to rising stars to beginners, the word ‘code’ has been used to denote the sense of community that they share. The code unites them for one cause – spreading the light and igniting the passion of art in the very fabric of our society where young minds are the creative catalysts of a vibrant future.

Speaking about the event, internationally acclaimed artist Bose Krishnamachari said, I am very happy to officially inaugurate the 22nd edition of the IndianOil Art Exhibition, ‘The Canvas Code’. When we were growing up we did not have many patrons who always supported practitioners of art. This is a great initiative by IndianOil to support art. Enthusiasm, commitment and passion are important for young artists to grow in their career. IndianOil is doing a very good job in encouraging young artists.”

Speaking about the event, IndianOil’s Executive Director, Corporate Communications & Branding, Subodh Dakwale said, It’s a privilege to organize the 22nd edition of the IndianOil art exhibition. We have come a long way from 1987 where we exhibited in our head office in Bandra. With each year, we’ve improved and today we have come of age with paintings of over 100 artists, masters as well as upcoming artists. IndianOil also supports sports, music and culture. This is a great platform for all young artists who otherwise don’t get a place to showcase their work. Mumbai is a city of art lovers and we are looking forward to them attending and supporting the exhibition.

Commenting on the exhibition, IndianOil’s Marketing Director, Gurmeet Singh, said, “I would like to compliment all the artists as we continue to support and promote them. Introducing the paintings by the hearing and visually impaired for the first time at the exhibition along with senior artists should provide them the opportunity to do some good work. We are thankful to Mr.Bose Krishnamachari for inaugurating the exhibition.”

The exhibition has, for the first time, given an opportunity to hearing and visually impaired artists like Sudarshan Manse and Gaurav Dhamija. Senior artists such as Shrikant Jadhav,  J. K. Chillar, eminent artists such as Geeta Parmar, Deepak PW, Abhang and Manoj Sakale along with acclaimed artists such as Suhas Bahulkar, Achyut Pallav, Shobha Broota, VG Andani, David Prem, Mohammad Iqbal, Pankaj Ghelot, Niti Yogi are amongst many others will be participating in the show, fortifying the unique position that the exhibition has been claiming ever since its inception. The art show is being organized with assistance from senior artists Pratibha Wagh and Bapusaheb Zanje. This year’s mega show includes an eclectic mix of works telling a unique story of life’s experience. The works on display include abstract, semi-abstract paintings and sculptures in diverse media such as oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, pen & ink, mixed media, ceramics, terracotta, sandstone, etc.

IndianOil is celebrating 2018 as the ‘Year of Trust’ with ‘trust’ being the currency of creativity. Pioneering the spirit of creativity is important to IndianOil’s heritage. As an Indian energy major, this art show truly symbolizes the mindful support IndianOil extends to the Indian art-loving community.

Aware of the need to be perceived not just as corporate behemoths that exist for profits, but as wholesome entities created for improving the quality of life of the communities they serve, Indian Oil supports a variety of endeavours in arts, culture, music and dance, apart from organising programmes on its own under the banners of IndianOil Art Exhibition, IndianOil Sangeet Sabha and IndianOil Kavi Sammelan.