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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], February 17 (ANI/PRNewswire): The Chennai Metro takes the planned urbanization agenda a step forward with the opening of the 9-km-long extension.
The new line will allow passengers to travel from the northern part of the city to Chennai International Airport in the south in around one hour, and will play a key role in easing the road traffic and enhancing public transportation.
ABB solutions are part of this fourth largest metro system in India with the supply of ACH580 and ACS880 active front end drives to support the metro line’s ventilation system and platform cooling. These drives are a part of ABB’s HVAC offering designed to meet the highest level of safety, reliability and energy efficiency requirements.
“This is yet another significant milestone for ABB in contributing to India’s booming infrastructure and we are proud to be associated with yet another metro rail project in India,” said Sanjeev Arora, President, Motion Business, ABB India Ltd.
“Spotlight on ‘Make in India’ initiative is back in the wake of a pandemic that disrupted supply chains. With reforms being charted out for various sectors for improving ease of doing business, we are aligned towards making India a strong and self-reliant nation. Leveraging our strong local manufacturing footprint, we are able to provide customized solutions for these key infrastructure projects,” he added.
HVAC drives features for increased safety and reliability
Rail and road tunnels mandate rigorous ventilation standards for air quality and fire safety features. ABB drives are used together with electric motors for the effective control of tunnel ventilation fans. They are integral in the operation of advanced air exchange systems in the stations and tunnels, ensuring passengers’ comfort and saving energy in normal operation as well as contributing in safe evacuation, smoke extract and fire fighting in case of emergency.
The dedicated voltage boost feature of ABB’s HVAC drives addresses voltage-drop issues caused by long cables in the tunnel network. With this feature, fans are always able to provide a nominal air flow without a need for any external equipment to compensate voltage drop. This brings enormous cost benefits to the project.
Almost non-existent harmonics, thanks to the drives’ active front end design, mitigate the risk of the network overload, ensuring continuous ventilation and efficient power supply.
The ‘fireman’s override’ feature allows VSDs on smoke extraction and pressurization fans to maintain safe escape routes for the passengers, ignoring non-critical faults and warnings e.g. due to too high temperature. In the event of a fire, this mode is usually triggered with a special key at the fireman’s control station.
Strong partnership for critical infrastructures
ABB India has partnered with Sterling Wilson, one of the leading EPC companies, to provide our HVAC solutions for the Chennai metro project. ABB has long standing association with Sterling and has partnered on several critical infrastructure projects in India, the major one being Asia’s longest road tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir.
The 10.8 kilometre Chenani-Nashri tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir is the longest highway tunnel in Asia, featuring a state-of-the-art ABB ventilation control system.
ABB has played a key role in transforming the intra-city metro transportation system in the country by providing an extensive array of products and systems for wayside power and onboard requirement.
About 50 per cent of the Indian metro lines run on ABB technologies like medium voltage Uni-gear, LV ArTuK and gas insulated switchgears. Current operational metro lines in Kochi and Bengaluru uses the support of ABB solutions to transport millions of passengers safely every day.
From building the world’s most powerful ventilation system for the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland to powering the world’s tallest tower – Burj Khalifa in Dubai, ABB has been a part of some of the iconic infrastructure projects around the world. These projects not only improve transportation affecting the lives of people, but have become icons of development, creating an equilibrium of human, machine and nature for sustainability.
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.
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KEC International wins new orders of Rs 1,140 cr

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 1 (ANI): Infrastructure major KEC International said on Monday it has secured new orders of Rs 1,140 crore across its various businesses.
The company secured orders of Rs 963 crore for transmission and distribution (T&D) projects in the Middle East and Africa.
Its railways business secured an order of Rs 113 crore for 2×25 kilovolt overhead electrification and associated works for speed upgradation in India.
Besides, the civil business secured an order of Rs 64 crore for infra works in the hydrocarbon segment in India. Vimal Kejriwal, Managing Director and CEO, said the new order wins come amid global uncertainties.
“The orders secured in international T&D along with orders in domestic markets announced earlier have significantly enhanced our order book in our core businesses,” he said.
“The railway business continues to expand its presence in emerging areas with its first order in the area of semi-high-speed rail. The entry of civil business in hydrocarbon segment opens up a large opportunity for us in this growing area,” he said in a statement.
KEC International is the flagship company of four billion dollar RPG Group. It is currently executing projects in over 30 countries and has a footprint in 100-plus countries. (ANI)

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Maruti Suzuki’s sales up 11.8 pc in Feb at 1.64 lakh units

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New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Maruti Suzuki on Monday reported total sales of 1.64 lakh units during February, up 11.8 per cent from 1.47 lakh units year-on-year.
The country’s largest carmaker said total sales included domestic sales of 147,483 units, sales to other OEMs 5,500 units and exports of 11,486 units.
Maruti Suzuki’s domestic sales increased by 8.3 per cent to 1.44 lakh units last month as against 1.33 lakh units in February 2020.
Meanwhile, Bajaj Auto said its sales last month totalled 3.75 lakh units against 3.54 lakh units year-on-year, marking a growth of 6 per cent.
Two-wheeler sales jumped 7 per cent at 3.3 lakh units against 3.1 lakh units in February last year while commercial vehicle sales went down 5 per cent at 42,454 units against 44,691 units.
Domestic sales dropped by 2 per cent at 1.64 lakh units against 1.68 lakh units. Exports grew by 13 per cent at 2.1 lakh units against 1.86 lakh units year-on-year. (ANI)

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India Feb manufacturing sees new orders expand sharply: IHS Markit

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New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): February Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data showed further improvement in the health of Indian manufacturing sector as firms responded to increases in new work intakes by lifting production, input buying and stocks of purchases.
However, employment decreased further amid coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) restrictions related to shift work, according to the latest IHS Markit Manufacturing PMI released on Monday.
Strengthening demand for raw materials and semi-finished items exerted upward pressure on input cost inflation, which picked up to a 32-month high.
Factory gate charges also rose albeit at a modest and softer pace. Posting 57.5 in February, the seasonally adjusted IHS Markit India Manufacturing PMI highlighted a strong improvement in operating conditions that was broadly similar to that recorded in January (57.7).
The headline figure remained above its long-run average of 53.6. Better demand conditions and successful marketing campaigns reportedly underpinned a further increase in new orders during February.
Although easing from January, the pace of growth remained sharp in the context of historical data. New export orders also rose halfway through the final quarter of fiscal year 2020-21 albeit at a modest rate that was softer than in January.
The Covid-19 pandemic restricted international demand for Indian goods. In response to another robust increase in total new orders, production was raised again in February.
The pace of expansion eased from January but was nevertheless sharp and among the quickest seen over the past nine years. February data pointed to the strongest increase in input inventories in the survey history as firms reacted to rising production needs by lifting purchasing activity.
The expansion in input buying was the fastest in almost a decade. In turn, robust demand for inputs led suppliers to hike their fees.
“Once larger parts of the population are immunised against Covid-19 and restrictions start to be lifted, companies expect a gradual improvement in economic conditions which they hope will translate into output growth,” said Pollyanna De Lima, Economics Associate Director at IHS Markit.
“The overall degree of business optimism was the joint-highest for three months,” she said adding the upbeat mood supported the fastest increase in input buying for almost a decade as companies focused on rebuilding theirs input stocks to fulfil demand growth.
The IHS Markit India Manufacturing PMI is compiled from responses to questionnaires sent to purchasing managers in a panel of around 400 manufacturers. The panel is stratified by detailed sector and company workforce size based on contributions to GDP.
IHS Markit is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government. (ANI)

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Air passenger traffic still down, cargo continues to climb: AAPA

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Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], March 1 (ANI): Preliminary January air passenger traffic figures released on Monday by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed that airline operations are still depressed as the spread of Covid-19 variants resulted in tighter border restrictions in international as well as domestic markets.
Meanwhile, air cargo demand keeps improving as world trade starts to gain renewed momentum.
Asia Pacific airlines carried a combined total of 1.3 million international passengers in January, just 3.9 per cent of the same month last year when 33.5 million passengers flew on the region’s carriers.
Offered seat capacity was 12.1 per cent of the January 2020 volume while the international passenger load factor averaged 27 per cent for the month, a significant 54 percentage point decline from the 81 per cent achieved in the corresponding month last year when traffic volumes were still relatively unaffected by Covid-19 pandemic.
Growth in e-commerce sector in the midst of further recovery in global manufacturing sector lent support to air cargo markets.
In January 2021, air cargo demand as measured in freight tonne kilometres recorded a marginal increase of 0.3 per cent, the first year-on-year growth in many months, partly boosted by higher demand for air shipments ahead of the Lunar New Year celebrations.
Offered freight capacity fell by 25 per cent year-on-year, reflecting the prevailing capacity crunch as a result of the decline in passenger bellyhold space. The international freight load factor averaged 71.6 per cent, an 18 percentage point increase compared to the same month last year.
“Renewed efforts to contain Covid-19 through lockdowns and border restrictions have again affected international passenger demand which remains close to a standstill,” said AAPA Director General Subhas Menon.
“The uneven roll-out of vaccinations across the world will only delay the full reopening of borders. In this extremely challenging operating environment, airlines are struggling to survive,” he said.
While some airlines are receiving financial support, further assistance will be needed for most airlines to stay afloat, given that international borders remain largely shuttered, said Menon.
Meanwhile, the industry is working with several stakeholders to prepare the ground for sustained resumption of air travel, notably on contactless digitalised tools and passenger facilitation protocols to ensure a safe and seamless journey for travellers.
“The Asia Pacific aviation industry is committed to playing its part in the Covid-19 pandemic through the carriage of time-sensitive cargo supplies especially vaccines and safe repatriation of residents,” said Menon.
Collectively, the region’s airlines carry 1,623 million passengers and 23 million tonnes of cargo, representing over one-third of global passenger and air cargo traffic. (ANI)

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SmarterBiz Technologies launches VOIZ – voizworks.com, India’s first remote workforce marketplace for customer support & telesales

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 1 (ANI/PRNewswire): SmarterBiz Technologies is a leading provider of technology and solutions for the future of remote work in the CX space.
SmarterBiz provides large and medium enterprises with its SaaS-based suite of products defining technology segment called Next Generation CX as a Service (NGCXaaS) for omnichannel customer interaction management.
The SmarterBiz suite of products use a set of IPR led technology capabilities that include AI-enabled Intelligent classification and distribution workflow management, advanced vision and audio processing, analytics and dashboarding.
SmarterBiz is announcing today the official launch of VOIZ an additional offering in the CX space focussing on the gig economy. Built on the innate capabilities of the SmarterBiz suite of products. VOIZ brings together companies, contact centres and remote workforce for CX delivery related to customer support, technical support, chat support, email support, telesales and telemarketing.
VOIZ – The enabler for the gig economy and job creation
The post-pandemic business landscape looks considerably different. Now, organizations understand that having a remote workforce alongside their mainstream workforce offers immense benefits both functionally and economically plus a range of possibilities to scale their business. Through 2020, several companies launched gig/remote workforce platforms for white collared jobs such as designing, software development, digital marketing, content writing, accounting, teaching, etc.
While these platforms have found reasonable success, they are restricted to only certain job categories that require specialised skill sets. The broader and more widely available generic talent pool, like the stay-at-home mom/dads, people amid career breaks, retired professionals, moonlighters, students etc., remains unemployed. They do not possess one of the ‘specialised skills’ required to land work on these platforms.
This is the exact talent pool, VOIZ is looking to bring on board by offering them ‘easy to do’ customer support and telesales jobs in the CX (customer experience) industry.
Freshers to retired, across any educational qualification and domain experience, anyone with English proficiency can be upskilled in no time to land a CX job. VOIZ is bringing this segment into play via short format jobs related to customer support, technical support, chat support, email support, telesales and telemarketing. VOIZ connects businesses and contact centres with a remote workforce that is skilled and readily employable for customer support and telesales work.
VOIZ, the first to launch a marketplace for CX (customer experience) could potentially offer remote work to thousands of people and transform the entire white-collared gig economy space.
Unique Capabilities of VOIZ
VOIZ has evolved to handle the bigger challenges in the remote workforce models such as team collaboration, performance monitoring and governance by implementing technology and tools blended into one seamless, powerful remote workforce platform, the very constraints because of which the entire CX industry was indecisive on adopting remote work.
With VOIZ, companies can now hire, onboard, train, manage productivity, audit quality and the entire lifecycle of the gig workforce in a single platform through a self-service or a managed service model. In the former, companies manage their CX process in-house and in the latter, companies can have one of the VOIZ pre-approved contact centres manage their CX process. VOIZ enables companies to cut the contact centre operations costs by up to 40 per cent, increase scalability by up to 10X, manage seasonal demand and business continuity plans seamlessly.
“CX delivery at VOIZ is completely commoditized with the help of technology. A remote CX professional on VOIZ can resolve a customer issue working from the comfort of their home or anywhere else. Companies and contact centres can now hire a highly scalable and quality workforce that costs less, is easy to manage and delivers an outstanding customer experience. I am happy to be at the forefront of this democratization,” said Vineet Patil, the Chief of Business.
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FlowerAura launches special Women’s Day gifts for 2021

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Gurgaon (Haryana) [India], March 1 (ANI/PRNewswire): FlowerAura aligns with the message of women empowerment and acknowledges their impact through gifts.
FloweAura’s Women’s Day gifts are the epitome of thoughtfulness, grandeur, and emotion, which cannot be described in words.
International Women’s Day is celebrated to honour every woman for her achievements, no matter how big or small. This day commemorates the hard work and sacrifice made by women in their day-to-day lives. FlowerAura is a reputable online store that offers a vast array of Women’s Day gift ideas that will make every woman feel special.
International Women’s Day is around the corner and this is time to pay honour and respect for the persistent efforts and contributions provided by women in all areas of the workplace and business.
Whether one buys a present for a mother, wife, sister, friend or daughter, it should be beautiful and extraordinary just like a woman. Gorgeous women’s day cake flower arrangements, luscious women’s day cake cakes, fancy hampers, air-purifying plants, one will find everything on the website.
FlowerAura has a large personalised gift collection. From Mugs, cushions, kitchens, lamps, photo frames to watches, clocks, fridge magnets, plants, accessories, caricatures, calendars, and an endless list of options. Thus, FlowerAra has something for everyone.
FlowerAura has added a new dimension to the culture and tradition of celebrating special occasions. The increasing participation of women in the corporate world has not only to broaden their horizons but has also helped them to secure their place among others and fight for their rights.
Celebrating Women’s Day in offices and business places makes women feel appreciated for their efforts and their status and contribution to the development of the organization is valued. Gift women at the workplace with unique business gifts and branded corporate gifts from FlowerAura and bring a big smile to their faces.
“A woman is a game-changer in every aspect so let’s celebrate her by giving her a gift that makes her feel that you respect her empowerment and value her in your life. This Women’s Day, make your women happy and honoured by giving them something close to their heart and which enhances their daily lifestyle,” said Himamshu Chawla, CEO.
So, there is no more website hopping. Stop by FlowerAura’s website to shop and send Women’s Day gifts online across India. It doesn’t matter in which state she resides, FlowerAura will reach their doorstep with the chosen gift. FlowerAura delivers Women’s Day flowers, cakes, and gifts in 400 plus Indian states and approximately in 160 plus hyperlocal cities.
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