VIEGA is gearing up to be a driving force for the plumbing and heating industry in India and has opened a manufacturing facility in Sanand, near Ahmedabad. Besides manufacturing floor drains and toilet cisterns for the Indian market, the approximately 1,60,000sq-ft facility includes a logistics centre, research & development department, and a customer experience centre. “The Sanand plant is a major highlight in our 119-year company history, which began in 1899 with three employees in a backyard in Attendorn, Germany,” said Anna Viegener, chief strategy officer and Viega shareholder.

WIPRO Consumer Care & Lighting is set to change the Smart home movement with its new launch Wipro Z Nxt, an integrated and affordable home automation solution. “With up to 40% power savings, Wipro Z Nxt home automation solution can enhance overall energy utilisation at home,” said Sanjay Gupta, senior VP and business head – Consumer Lighting & Switches, Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting. The product can be installed without replacing the existing switches and wires, thanks to the wireless Z wave technology. In-built sensors, part of the solution, alert owners in case of fire, gas leakage, intrusion, etc. VU, the California-based luxury television company, announced the launch of its most luxurious and brightest TV yet, the Vu Quantum Pixelight LED TV. Available in sizes of 65” and 75”, it boasts of a picture quality that encompasses the ‘four ultras’ – Ultra HD, Ultra Colour, Ultra Contrast with Local Dimming, and Ultra Motion.

Matched with its rich surround Dolby audio effect through 55,000 sound holes and impeccable industrial metal design, the LED TV is designed to offer an unparalleled cinematic experience. Devita Saraf, founder & CEO, Vu, mentioned, “Vu has touched $100mn dollars in revenue (April ’17-January ’18), a sign of appreciation by our customers that inspires us to keep innovating.”

SAMSUNG INDIA unveiled the world’s first Wind-Free Room Air Conditioner & Systems Air Conditioner in India. “The new technology is designed to cater to the Indian consumer’s specific needs and preferences, given the severe climatic conditions here,” said Vipin Agrawal, director, System Air Conditioning Business, Samsung India. A two-step cooling system first lowers temperatures in Fast Cooling Mode and then automatically switches to Wind-Free Cooling Mode, creating ‘still air’ once the desired temperature is achieved. This approach reduces energy consumption by up to 72% compared to Fast Cooling mode.

VAYU NATURAL has come up with the simplest and an efficient way to maintain a dry, fresh and odour-free home. The Vayu Bag is a natural air purifier that rids homes of airborne chemicals. Containing 100% activated charcoal that works as a natural air purifier, the bag helps remove harmful pollutants, bacteria, pet dander, as well as odours from cigarettes, paints, and cleaning chemicals. It also absorbs excess moisture from damp areas like bathrooms, and prevents the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Available in three variants: 100gm, 200gm and 500gm, it can be reused for up to one year.

HP continues its innovative streak with the introduction of the faster PageWide and world’s most secure large format printers. The HP PageWide XL 5100 printers and multi-function printers print up to 50% faster output with quick turnaround and low operating costs.HP DesignJet T1700 printers is a next-generation 44-inch solution for CAD and geographic information system (GIS) workgroups that produce highly accurate documents and maps with powerful processing and a new level of security. “The debut of (these) printers is another giant leap on the HP journey to offer continued innovation in large format printing,” added Devang Karia, country manager – Large Format Design, PPS-GSB, HP Inc. India.

HITACHI wowed visitors at the International Elevator & Escalator Expo 2018 with its seminar and display of its latest technology. A Japanese engineer from Hitachi spoke about Hitachi’s People Flow Analysis technology and how itsimulates an effective flow of people in existing or planned buildings. In the Hitachi booth, visitors were introduced to the world’s fastest speed elevator technology as well as Fibee, an elevator destination floor reservation system which realises the smooth movement of users. Mockups of Series UAG-SN1, a machine-room-less elevator; and TX series, a new escalator model to be launched in August, were also on display.

ELECRAMA 2018, held at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida from March 10-14, saw over 1,200 exhibitors including 300 foreign companies from 120 countries. The 13th edition of the biggest showcase of the world of electricity was organised by Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA). Shreegopal Kabra, president, IEEMA, said the electrical equipment industry hopes to export goods worth 35 billion dollars by 2022, up from six billion dollars at present. Moving forward, Elecrama will focus on the paradigm shift from the earlier T&D (Transmission and Distribution) in electricity space to the focus on electric vehicles, Internet of Things (IoT), storage solutions and renewable energy.


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