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Alstom and NASL to retrofit steam turbines at Ukai and Wanakbori power stations in Gujarat, India

Thomas ILHE - 20-mai-2015 13:02:10

Alstom and NASL to retrofit steam turbines at Ukai and Wanakbori power stations in Gujarat, India 20/05/2015 Alstom and NASL have been awarded a contract worth approximately €26.6 million (INR 2067 million) by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) to renovate and modernise two steam turbines at the Ukai and Wanakbori thermal power stations, both situated in Gujarat, India. Alstom will perform full shaftline retrofits of the 200 MW BHEL-supplied LMZ design steam turbines at unit 4 of the 1350 MW Ukai power station and unit 3 of the 1470 MW Wanakbori power station. The retrofits will increase turbine efficiency by around 14% from existing operating conditions thereby reducing coal consumption and CO2 emissions. The scope of each project includes engineering, supply, erection, commissioning and testing. Equipment will be manufactured at Alstom’s facilities in India and Poland. The projects are scheduled to be commissioned in 2017. Commenting on this contract, Steven Miller, Managing Director Thermal Services Middle East & India said , “T his contract clearly demonstrates the customer’s confidence in Alstom’s leading retrofit solutions. Improving efficiency of aging coal power plants not only boosts the competitiveness of these units, but because coal is the largest fuel in India, is also key to limiting climate change.” There are more than 50 similar, BHEL-supplied LMZ design, 200/210MW steam turbine units in India that can benefit from modernisation. Such projects contribute to India achieving its goals under the ‘National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency’. 1   Press Contacts Sapna Lalwani (Alstom India) Tel +91 120 473 1676 Christopher English (Alstom Thermal Power) Tel. +33 1 41 49 26 85 Website     1 National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE) is an Indian government initiative proposed to address national problems of inefficient energy use. It is one of eight proposals created by Indias National Action Plan for Climate Change.


Thomas ILHE - 20-mai-2015 12:31:21

Jacadi is a French children’s boutique specialising in authentic and timeless children’s fashion and nursery items. Jacadi interprets traditional French dressing, continually adapting to the spirit of the times and seasons as with their summer collection which was showcased during the store launch. The range boasted of fresh and joyful colours, each capsule of colour amalgamated in trendy and bold prints. Sheetal Sharma, a well-known fashion choreographer, hosted the store launch on behalf of the luxury brand. Mothers and their kids were the guests of the themed summer carnival event; the mothers were taken through the summer collection and given the opportunity to dress their children in their choice of clothes. The children were entertained with a number of games that had French elements; for e.g. Pin the donkey’s tail had a French twist wherein the children had to find Paris by pinning the Eiffel Tower on a world map etc. The summer collection was the highlight of the event, casual cotton pieces perfect for school or play with sun hats, swimsuits, socks and booties in a rainbow of cheerful colours took everyone’s breath away. The cute quotient rose with the display of every garment; liberty prints in bright blue hues and cotton linen essentials in neutral colour palettes with pops of playful iridescent trims. The collection is elegant, fashion forward in style and expertly crafted with an element of delight and surprise. Hand stitched smocking; ruffled accents showcased the brand’s attention to details. The ballet flats and open toe sandals are dressed up and dazzled with details like bows and scalloped trims, the classic loafers and moccasins for boys perfectly complemented the range of suits and dressy separates that were available in the collection. Furthermore, bloomers, flounces and ruffles added to the charm of the new range. The strength of the collection comprised of retro shapes, the new line of sweat shirts for boys, broderie anglaise and a chic sporty line for girls. The entire range showcased revitalised emblematics highlighting the brand prestige. Not to mention, the essential range offers an affordable option to the brand. Mrs. Veena Satish, CEO Raavee House of Chic, added, ‘when my daughter was born, I received a Jacadi gift set from a friend, after that I’m afraid there was no turning back. I noticed a gap in the market when it came to children’s clothing; it was difficult to find branded kids wear that was superior in quality and in design. We’re very excited about bringing Jacadi to Bangalore,  many of our customers have expressed their gratitude and are looking forward to improving their children’s wardrobes’. A mother who attended the event, commented, ‘ I loved the collection, their designs are very tasteful and great attention has been paid to details. My kids were ecstatic when I asked them to try on some of their clothes.’ Jacadi is indeed a brand that has been deprived from our market. The brand’s ambition is to revitalise their prestige by making their range more modern and accessible to a large number of customer. The store’s entry into the garden city of Bangalore has definitely made a lot of parents happy. The new store spreads across 2500 sq. ft and houses a wide range of kids’ clothing, accessories, shoes and nursery things. The store has the support of well trained staff, a plush ambience, an elegant kid’s area and a spacious trial room, offering an exceptional shopping experience for kids and their parents. Store address: “Paladio” 4th Cross, Lavelle Road, Bangalore 560001   Contact number: 080 42076677   About Jacadi: Raavee House of chic franchise, Jacadi is situated in Lavelle Road in the heart of Bengaluru. Jacadi is a French children’s boutique specialising in authentic and timeless children’s fashion and nursery items. As an enduring children’s fashion brand, Jacadi looks to history to reinvent the present and re-enchant the best of our childhood. From 0 to 12 years, Jacadi reinterprets traditional French dressing, continually adapting to the spirit of the times and seasons. Timeless cuts and refined tailoring are enhanced by sophisticated materials and exquisite prints. Their collections and nursery ranges are designed with skill, experience and expertise to suit the growing needs of children during their precious moments of discovery and learning. SOURCE:


Thomas ILHE - 07-mai-2015 13:50:26

  A delegation of world renowned French architects will come to India from May 20 th to 25 th to visit a series of cities including Delhi and surrounding areas (Noida, Gurgaon), Chandigarh and Navi Mumbai. As part of their visit, the delegation will meet potential partners: local authorities and decision makers, experts in urban development, investors and real estate developers. The architects will also present their expertise during the “ The French approach to the Sustainable City ” seminar, which will be held at Pragati Maidan in Delhi, on 21 st May, as part of Smart Cities India 2015 .    In June 30th 2014 in Delhi, Mr. Laurent Fabius, the French Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development announced that France will be proposing one billion euros over the next three years (2014-2016) for sustainable infrastructure and urban development in India through AFD. This has been confirmed during the visit to France of the honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, early April.     Furthermore, during this official visit, the two countries launched a range of cooperation initiatives to promote and preserve the unique heritage of the two countries including an arrangement for training of Indian heritage professionals related to museums, exchange of best practices, training and deployment of experts in the area of underwater archaeology, inclusion of heritage preservation as an area of cooperation within the ambit of the JWG on Urban Development, an arrangement for twinning of historical monuments and sites and finally, arrangements for cooperation between architecture schools for training, joint research and exchange of students and faculty.     In this context of mutual alliance and assistance, the biggest French architecture offices, supported by Business France – the French National Agency for the Internationalisation of the French economy – and AFEX – the French Architects Association for Export – will elaborate on their most important projects executed in India until now. Some of these offices have entered the Indian market. Their visit in late May aims at showcasing their expertise to Indian decision-makers, to meet the needs of infrastructure, which can cater to the growth of urban population in India (estimated to reach 590 M by 2030). For more information:     Vanessa PRETEUX Head of mission - Business France Paris Tél. : +33 1 40 73 36 41   Brinder RAULT Trade Advisor – Business France Delhi Tél. : +911 43 196 324   Press contact:   Thomas ILHE Trade Officer – Business France Delhi Tél. : +911 143 196 303           List of French architects delegation - Thursday 21 ST May 2015 at Pragati Maidan, Delhi :   Seminar “The French Approach to the Sustainable City”   Name of the Architecture Firm Internet Site   Subject URBAN DESIGN ATELIERS 2/3/4 The Issue of Density in the Sustainable City ENIA ARCHITECTECS City on the Move GREEN ARCHITECTURE   TERRENEUVE ARCHITECTES Sustainable development in a plural city SAMYN & PARTNERS Architecture and Engineering for Joyful and Economical Buildings latelier. architectes Architecture in tropical environment, a bioclimatic approach LANDSCAPE   FLORENCE MERCIER The Perspective of Landscape in Urban Planning phytolab Man in the City, City in the Nature  

Cosmetic 360, the first exhibition dedicated to know-how and innovation in Perfumery and Cosmetics

Thomas Ilhe - 30-avr.-2015 12:00:42

Cosmetic Valley is launching Cosmetic 360° (innovations and solutions), the first exhibition dedicated to know-how and innovation in Perfumery and Cosmetics. This international event will be held in Paris at the Carrousel du Louvre on 15-16 October 2015   Coverage of the entire cosmetics and fragrances sector Cosmetic 360 is an opportunity to discover and promote innovation across all facets of the cosmetics and fragrances industry: Raw materials, Formulation, Packaging, Tests and Analysis, Finished products, Distribution, etc.   For more information:  

Come and visit the french pavilion at Vitafoods in Geneva - 5 to 7 May 2015

Thomas ILHE - 22-avr.-2015 10:06:26

Come and visit the french pavilion at Vitafoods in Geneva from 5 to 7 May 2015 at booth E49. Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France.   It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E international internship program.   Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners.  


Thomas ILHE - 21-avr.-2015 11:48:24

  During the visit of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, in France, AREVA signed two agreements with its Indian partners for the preparation of the Jaitapur EPR project.  In the presence of Prime Minister Modi and French President François Hollande, AREVA signed a Pre-engineering Agreement (PEA) contract with the Indian operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) for the preparation of EPR licensibility in India for the Jaitapur project. These studies will also enable both companies to finalize the technical configuration of the project. AREVA and Larsen & Toubro (L&T), India’s largest engineering and construction conglomerate, also signed a memorandum of understanding to explore avenues of collaboration for the future Jaitapur project. In February 2009, AREVA and NPCIL signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a partnership in nuclear power generation to build up to six EPR reactors at the Jaitapur site. A General Framework Agreement for the construction of the first two EPR reactors was signed in December 2010.   Source:

HelioScreen, In Vitro evaluation specialist in sun screen products entering India

Thomas ILHE - 13-avr.-2015 11:36:44

HelioScreen , a French company involved in evaluation of sun protection products has entered Indian market partnering with C.L.A.I.M.S   Pvt Ltd , a Mumbai based CRO specializing in clinical research in the area of skin, hair and body care. 15 year old Helioscreen is a laboratory providing services for testing any products (cosmetics, textile, clothes etc.) in regard of their properties for UV /sun protection by means of In Vitro testing. With their profound involvement in R&D, and conceptualized a very particular kind of ‘robot’ which is considered as a performer in UV protection as it ensures consistency during In Vitro testing. LSW met Dr. Dominique Lutz, CEO and found out more about sunscreen technology and his company HelioScreen.  Excerpts from the interview conducted during his visit to Mumbai. Dr. Dominique Lutz CEO, Helioscreen LSW : In general, some of the sunscreen agents which are in use are uncertain on safety and efficacy. What are your views on this? Dr. Dominique Lutz : As long I know and considering the most important companies, we cannot state some ingredients are uncertain on safety. I know some debates on some of them but it is not a tremendous problem. Clearly the industries have to comply with the quality of these ingredients. The same filter (i.e. bmdbm now out of its patent) can be produced on bad conditions and include by product. But this is another story. Now considering the purpose of product including sun filters, I would totally agree we can state some products are uncertain on safety if we mean the safety is to protect the consumer from harmful UV exposure, some time it may be better not to be protected than protected by a “bad” product. And a so called bad product may be a product which claims a high SPF protection only in the UVB range. This has been the starting point to define a new way of protection including UVB and UVA and balanced effect on the all spectrum. It is far from being followed and even check with testing in some companies. LSW: Claims of water-proof, instant protection etc are misguiding users particularly when it comes to cosmetics. Your comment. Dr. Lutz : I totally agree even if cosmetics are efficient this is a pity that the marketing claims, lead the customer to be misguided for its use or the benefits he can expect from the product sometimes it may also be dangerous and claims must be controlled with attention by the authorities. As an example claim of full UV screen may induce customer not to pay attention with an over exposure. Sometimes it could be helpful and efficient to explain to the consumers as an example a product needs to be spread long before exposing and more efficient if renewed frequently in order to make it to perform “normally”. There is a chemical process and it is not enough just to spread the product at the last moment. May be the marketing should be first informed to give the good advice. LSW : Many sun screening products are available in India, but the composition details are not clear because most of them are cosmetic products. How do you propose to go about this in your foray in the Indian market? Dr. Lutz : : I think the rules in EU or other countries to exhibit CTFA formula is something logical. It is not so complicated to put in place but I think India health authorities have a lot to do to go towards international standard for claiming, demonstrating, testing etc… LSW : Unlike the US FDA and EU guidelines, in India there are no set guidelines for standardization. Some of the agents are manufactures by pharmaceuticals companies as combination products like cosmetics. Will you be focusing only on cosmetic area pertaining to skin, hair and body care? Dr. Lutz : Most of the time yes because they are these rules and guideline which are compulsory and so plenty of requirement to market a product. Nevertheless ourknow about is to measure the UV transmission (or no UV transmission) and we have had plenty of different works done on specific material. Just let me take as example textile, Sun glasses or even plaster. Let me also precise the countries in which we have the most important market are not automatically the ones in which they are the rules. In that case there is a hard competition and sometimes customers just care about the report and not the quality of the information. In Vitro AND in vivo tests can be really variable, any one would agree with this statement. At the same time, industrials or laboratories when developing need some tools to be efficient. It is not with your expertise, long experience you can guarantee a results even choosing the best ingredients. Only some specific tests most of the time different from the ones for claiming are the tolls to ensure and potentialize the results. LSW : Generally, sun screens are available in the cream. Lotion, sprays which are OTC (over the counter) products. Are you planning to look into pharmacokinetics area? Dr. Lutz : We already work with pharmaceutical companies in France. When a product needs a certification to be classified as a medicine, plenty of tests which have nothing to see with the claiming tests are required by the authorities. Also we did some method on photo stability for the Canadian health authorities etc…Clearly it also depends on the rules of each country. LSW : Now that HelioScreen is entering the Indian market, with a focus on personal care products which is a competitive market. Do you plan to look at offering your solutions to other areas also? Dr. Lutz : Considering the testing for UV protection efficiency there is so much to do and in fact no yet competitors, we prefer to be concentrated that allow us to be really a specialist as required for such a task. LSW : you share some information on HelioScreen’s partnership with C.L.A.M.S Dr. Lutz : We have had plenty of proposals from India but CLAIMS is doing the same job means TESTING and they have the serious and organization to propose complementary tests they cannot perform themselves. They have the background to explain the technique and it is not only a business opportunity but a real partnership. LSW : Finally, a brief history of your company and the future plans in India in particular. Dr. Lutz : Helioscreen has been created 15 Y ago with the only aim to propose in vitro testing services for sun screen evaluation. But at that time in EU, there were no methods, no market, and no trust in these services. Just my conviction it will be the future with my experience within COLIPA and a solid relationship with French Industries. Also the opportunity when I quit the industry to became an independent expert nearby French Health authorities and the possibility to work and contribute a lot both on a technical point of view and also political in EU Commission. Afterwards we have been logically involved in the ISO worldwide process as expert. My company has become more important and now has competitors but we have proposed the most important innovations in the development of these methods and will stay forever the forerunner. Today our contribution in RD in very huge compared to the size of my company. Also the development all over the word as these methods must be applied all over the word to be efficient. We can take for sure the future SPF standard on which we are working for decades in the international committee will have been proposed from our laboratory. LSW : Any other information that you would like to share with. Dr. Lutz : Unless in a country where there is still few constraint to put a product on the market the new requirement for sun protection claiming are more and more understood by consumers. Also keeping with the technical requirements about protection ( UVB/UVA) is not so easy, so it is better to be ready for the very next future of the legislation and requirement from consumers than wait for compulsory rules from authorities. That will make the difference. Source: Life Science World, Interview of Dr. Dominique Lutz, HelioScreens CEO, with Sanker Iyer

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