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Mumbai metro line 1: one year of success and already 100 million journeys

David Beaudlet - 15-juin-2015 16:33:42

Transport Companies & professional organisations ( 13 posts )       Download the video transcript   Download File         Download the transcript              The Mumbai metro line 1 entered service on 8 June 2014 and is about to celebrate its first anniversary by crossing the symbolic threshold of the 100 millionth passenger. This is a fine achievement for RATP Dev and Transdev which run the line jointly.  RATP Dev and Transdev teamed up in their joint venture in Asia to win a five-year contract to operate and maintain the infrastructure for the Mumbai line. Mumbai’s line 1, at 12 km in length with 12 stations all overhead and built on a viaduct, is the first in the city , the fifth most populated conglomeration in the world with a population of 22 million. The line is part of a global project that includes at least three other lines totalling 90 km .   The line connects the city’s eastern and western suburbs and has radically changed the daily life of people who previously depended on a bus network that suffered from traffic congestion. Some passengers have saved up to two hours a day.  Average line patronage is now up to 260,000 passengers per day , which should continue to rise in parallel with the increase in the city population, estimated at 4% per year. The line is a fine achievement and a clear reference for RATP Dev and Transdev in India , where public transport will expand. The country is likely to become one of the world’s leading markets for metro services; 500 km of lines are scheduled in the next five years. About RATP Dev Transdev Asia RATP Dev and Transdev field a joint venture in Asia, RATP Dev Transdev Asia, to increase their development potential. The company was established in in 2009 and is owned in equal parts by the two companies. It is intended to increase their development potential in Asia, initially targeting China, South Korea and India. In addition to Mumbai metro line 1, the company runs the historic tramway in Hong King (30 km and 118 stops), the Shenyang tramway (four lines and 60 km), 130 lines and 2,000 buses in Nanjing and environs as well as the Seoul metro line 9 (27 km and 25 stations). www.transdev.com Source : French Rail Industry  

Alstom to hire up to 1,000 engineers in India in 3-4 yrs

Thomas ILHE - 15-juin-2015 10:22:16

    Milan, Jun 14 (PTI) French engineering major Alstom plans to hire 200-250 engineers annually in India over the next 3-4 years as it looks to double business to 800 million euro (about Rs 5,700 crore) in the country.   "We love doing business in India. We are finding good business environment in India. We are looking at doubling the order book in the next three to four years. Currently, we have an order book of Euro 400 million," Alstom (Transport) President Henri Poupart-Lafarge told reporters here.   Speaking highly about the Modi governments Make In India initiative and the thrust on industrial corridors and smart cities, he said, business environment in the country has improved in the last one year.   Alstom, he said, is looking at increasing the skilled workforce in India to strengthen manufacturing and R&D capabilities and also to introduce the latest signalling systems for the metro rail projects.   The Indian arm of Alstom, he added, would be hiring about 200-250 engineers every year for the next three to four years depending on the growth in business.   The French company has about 800 engineers on its rolls presently in India.   Poupart-Lafarge said Alstom will bid for projects in the urban transport sector which is expected to witness rapid growth with more and more cities demanding metros services.   "There will be more demand for metros in different cities and also for expansion of the existing ones," he said, adding that the scope of work would increase substantially with the government developing smart cities.   "We are very much interested in smart cities...though there is no definition of smart cities as such, it does mean better life for people to work and live," he added.   On whether Alstom was worried about delay in passage of the land acquisition bill, Poupart-Lafarge said: "These are sensitive issues and every nation faces such problems. It is not something peculiar to India."   According to Jojo Alexander, Vice President-Business Development, Alstom Transport (Asia-Pacific Region), the company is keen to participate in the Dedicated Freight Corridor project, the largest railway infrastructure project currently in the country creating a freight quadrilateral across India.   "We have recently bid for the electrification and signalling package of the Khurja-Bhaupur (343 km) section of the Eastern Corridor and are optimistically awaiting the result. However, we cannot say much until the contract is formally awarded," he said.   As regards the main challenge faced by MNCs like Alstom in the metro business in India, Alexander said, is the lack of standardisation across metro projects.   "Presently the metro system in each city has its own specifications calling for unique solutions. The execution of metro projects could be faster and more cost-efficient if there are uniform standards. The efforts of the Ministry of Urban Development in this direction are welcome" he added.   India, he said, should also be looking at implementing modern light rail systems such as an elevated tramway as another mode of public transport.   "Light Rail will suit smaller towns and cities where the roads are narrower and passenger volumes are lower. They can also act as feeder networks for metros in large cities," he added.   Alstom is currently associated with metro rail projects in Delhi, Kochi, Jaipur, Chennai and Bangaluru. For Indian Railways, Alstom has provided the initial coaches and the technology for the LHB (lightweight all-metal) coaches used on Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.  

To survive on the global market, producing the best wine is not enough

Thomas ILHE - 11-juin-2015 14:32:59

"In 2015, the global wine and spirits market is still good and France remains one of the best wine producers and exporters in the world", according to Christophe Commeau, head of the wines and spirits department at Business France, interviewed this week by Business France Radio.   France at the heart of a global competition France has more and more competitors like Italia and Spain but also Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It’s a worldwide competition; "to survive on the global market, producing the best wine is not enough", asserts Christophe Commeau, even if "in the future, consumers will drink less but much better". The best wine at the best price That’s why over the past few years, French companies, producers, makers and traders, have started to increase the quality of their products and now export the best wine at the best price. France three main strengths To face this competition, France can rely on many strengths from its variety to its quality and its price. With Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, South of France, Alsace, Champagne, sparkling or sweet wines, France has "so many wines for a small country at (so) many prices". Development of the organic wine market Also, French companies have been developing one main novelty, underlined by Christophe Commeau: "800 hundred French wine makers are now doing organic wine". A necessary new trend, as so many countries now want to import this type of wine. New wines for Asia and Champagne for the UK A strategy linked with France ability to find new opportunities and create wines for new markets like Asia, and especially China. "We have to prospect and organize wine tastings in Asia but not only". USA remains a big consumer and our closest neighbors are our biggest clients; especially the UK, France first market, thanks to the Champagne demand. "French wine on this market is more and more sophisticated".   France role on the wines and spirit global market goes beyond. Every year, France organizes wine tours in the biggest trade fairs, master classes and training for cellarmen and sommeliers to learn how to pair correctly French wines with local food. "Exporting and promoting wine abroad is good but we need to train as well the professionals of the sector." More information about French companies here

Bengaluru startups on Airbus radar

Thomas ILHE - 04-juin-2015 07:10:48

For the first time in its 46-year history, European plane-maker Airbus is starting to take external ideas from start-ups across the world for its aircraft programmes. Its first stop outside of its French base is Hamburg, Germany, while the second will be Bengaluru, making it the latest global company to cash in on growing number of entrepreneurs in Asias third largest economy. The initiative is part of Airbus business accelerator programme called BizLabs, under which the company will select business ideas from across the world and mentor companies that are giving them. Till now, it has only scouted for ideas within the group. The only level where it has engaged with other companies is for supply of plane parts or technology. "What is the weakness of a big group like Airbus when we talk about innovation? We believe that we have better ideas than the rest of the world. We believe that we know because we control the technologies and platforms. The world has shown us in the car industry, the space industry and the hi-tech industry that this is not true. And we need to be open to others ideas and others innovations," said its global CEO Fabrice Bregier recently. "I think in Bengaluru -- with what we know and what we have already invested, especially on systems innovations -- we can come up with very good ideas," he said, adding the platforms in both locations (Hamburg and Bengaluru) may be set up in 12 months. Airbus has an engineering centre in Bengaluru. Airbus move signifies the growing importance of entrepreneurship in India which has been attracting massive global attention and investor interest. Technology start-ups in the country attracted investments of over $1 billion in January-March, up twofold from the same quarter last year. "Its a great initiative. Lots of airline processes are still done manually, and can be replaced and optimised through digitisation. Large industrial companies like Airbus can develop breakthrough innovations by tapping into the energy and disruptive ideas of young entrepreneurs around the world," said Udayant Malhoutra, CEO of Dynamatic Technologies the biggest Indian private sector aircraft parts supplier to Airbus. Companies the world over have acted as business incubators, taking companies under their wing and often imbibing business ideas into their own programmes. The Lufthansa Innovation Hub started in 2014 and plans to invest Eur 500 million in Europe by 2020. Other carriers such as American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Turkish Airlines have had programmes to help startups. Airbus has a total of 196 planes flying in India, and has firm orders of 252 and an MoU signed for another 250. Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47507116.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Airbus considering increasing A320 production by third

Thomas ILHE - 29-mai-2015 09:04:49

Toulouse, May 28 (AFP) Airbus is considering increasing production of its medium-haul single-aisle A320 family of aircraft by nearly a third from current levels within three years to meet the strong demand, a senior executive said today.   Airbuss chief operating and commercial officer, John Leahy, said there was sufficient demand to justify raising production to 63 of the aircraft per month, up from 42 currently.   Medium-haul aircraft are the workhorses of the airline industry, and Airbus is offering from next year a remotorised A320neo promising at least 15 percent fuel savings that has led its order book for that class to swell to 5,144.   Airbus operations director Tom Williams said 2018 was a reasonable target to raise output to over 60 per month, but not before.   Airbus is expected to begin production in its first factory in the United States, in Mobile, Alabama, over the summer. The facility will turn out four A320s per month, helping raise production 50 per month in 2017.   Airbuss factory in Hamburg, Germany will be turning out 25 per month, the one in Toulouse, France 17 per month and a facility in Tainjin, China four per month.   Leahy said a decision on stepping up production to 60 aircraft or more per month should be taken by the end of this year. An A320neo equipped with LEAP motors from US-French joint venture CFM International made a first test flight earlier this month.   A test flight with Pratt & Whitney engines is scheduled for September.   Airbus plans to start delivering the A320neos to clients next year. (AFP)  

Sustainable urban development and smart cities: France strongly increases its financial support after PM Modi’s visit to Paris

Thomas ILHE - 28-mai-2015 13:02:36

During Prime Minister Modi’s visit to France (9-13 April 2015), President Hollande decided to increase France’s line of credit from €1bn ($1.09bn for 3 years) to €2bn ($2.18bn) to support projects related to sustainable urban development and smart cities in India. France’s public financial institution “Agence française de développement” (AFD) will now be able to engage in a variety of projects across India. AFD’s total commitment in India already represents €1bn ($1.09bn), half of which is dedicated to two high-profile metro projects: the construction of the metro in Kochi and Bangalore. On the occasion of the annual consultations between the Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India and Agence française de développement (27-28 May 2015), the French Embassy organized a public event in the presence of H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, on Wednesday, 27th May 2015. Agence française de développement (AFD) in India / French Embassy in India: “Agence française de développement” (AFD) is France’s bilateral financial institution. Operating on four continents via a network of 72 offices, AFD finances and supports projects related to economic growth and sustainable development. In 2014, AFD earmarked €8.1 billion to finance projects abroad and in overseas France. An intergovernmental agreement on Indo-French cooperation signed on 29 September, 2008 materializes AFD’s mandate in India, which consists of a financial and technical assistance to the Government, the regional States, the city councils and public enterprises (PSUs), in three main sectors: clean energy, sustainable urban development and protection of biodiversity. Photo credit : Kochi Metro Rail Limited  

Alstom Bharat Forge begins production at Sanand plant

Thomas ILHE - 27-mai-2015 08:21:50

  Alstom Bharat Forge Power Ltd, a joint venture of Frances Alstom and Bharat Forge, has commenced production at its new Rs 1,350-crore manufacturing facility at Sanand in Gujarat for making supercritical turbines and generators.   Set up over an area of 185,000 square meters, the site boasts of an annual capacity of 4000 MW and producing equipment for several major power projects in India, the company said in a statement here.   Alstom holds 51 per cent share in the joint venture while Bharat Forge holds the remaining 49 per cent.   The factory employs more than 250 highly skilled manpower and plans are afoot to ramp it up to 650 in the near future.   "The start of production at Sanand in a record time of 17 months, after the first excavation works, were kicked off in November 2013 and is a major construction and commissioning achievement in greenfield manufacturing facilities.   "The manufacturing facility incorporates stringent manufacturing processes and practices to ensure high level of reliability, performance and quality for the goods supplied out of the factory," the statement said.   The first production from the new plant will be related to major power projects in India with the first deliveries planned in current calendar year, it said.   Baba Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge Ltd, said, "The commencement of operations of the facility in Gujarat is the first of many milestones for the Joint Venture and we believe it will be a cornerstone in the Make In India initiative of the Government of India. This reaffirms our commitment to strengthening Indias infrastructure backbone in the years ahead."   Alain Spohr, CEO & Managing Director, Alstom-Bharat Forge Power Ltd, said, "Alstom and Bharat Forge are delighted to be announcing the commencement of operations at its manufacturing facility in Gujarat and support the Indian Governments vision to promote supercritical and ultra-supercritical technology."   Alstoms supercritical technology uses steam with very high temperatures and pressure, resulting in a much higher efficiency than conventional subcritical coal-fired plants.   This means that a supercritical unit burns much less coal, generating less emission per megawatt of power output.   Alstom is already engaged in the evolution towards ultra-supercritical technology, with 10 ultra-supercritical units operating worldwide. Such machines, manufactured in Sanand, are now offered by ABFPL for future Indian power projects, the statement added. Source: PTI

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