Goyal Asserts Power Availability & Affordability key for Sustainable Growth

“24×7 uninterrupted and affordable power for all is the cornerstone for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is the central factor to achieve a sustainable and inclusive growth profile, whether it is hunger and poverty alleviation, health & education, water & energy security, industrial & urban growth, or reducing inequality.” This was stated by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines while addressing a plenary session at the 11thSustainability Summit organised recently by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

Networking Redefined at KNX Roadshows

KNX Association, the Belgium-based creator and owner of worldwide standard for home and building control – the KNX technology – recently organised ‘KNX Roadshow India’ in New Delhi and Mumbai to focus on the future of home and building automation.

Informing about the New Delhi event, the organiser said, “50 participants in Delhi celebrated the start of the 2nd KNX Roadshow India. Our new Networking Forum offered opportunities to the participants to thoroughly discuss topics of their concern as well as new business opportunities and cooperation. Gathering from whole India, all KNX National Group India members organised a meeting. This was followed by the KNX Training workshop, hosted by Yung Energy Efficiency & Controls. 30 participants gathered to learn more about the technical aspe


Philips Lighting Launches New Sustainability Programme

The global lighting giant Philips Lighting has announced the launch of its new five-year sustainability programme ‘Brighter Lives, Better World’ at the recently-concluded Climate Week NYC. The company’s programme reflects its commitment to the universally agreed United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production as well as climate action, the company says.

This is the first time that Philips Lighting has set sustainability goals as a standalone listed company, building on the long legacy of Philips’ world class performance in sustainability and its EcoVision programmes.  


New Kid on the Block

Kolkata-based Century LED Ltd has entered the burgeoning domestic LED lighting market by unveiling products under its Magik brand just four months ago. But that isn’t holding back the company from dreaming big. It wants to be amongst the top three players in the next five years. Speaking with SEL, its business head Anirudh Kajaria avers the newly-born entity is one of the few to have forayed into the space on the back of a manufacturing unit, a fully equipped lab for R&D, and rigorous quality assessment. By Mrinmoy Bhattacharjee


EESL Raises Domestic Bonds to Fund Energy-efficiency Projects

Power-PSUs promoted Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has made its maiden issuance of bonds in the domestic market to fund energy-efficiency (EE) projects in the country. Domestic bonds worth Rs 500 crore were issued to investors on private placement basis at a coupon rate of 8.07% per annum. These bonds have been rated AA by ICRA and CARE. The maturity of the bonds ranges from 3.5 years to 7 years on STRPP basis. Meanwhile, Trust Investment Advisors is the sole arranger of the issue, Ministry of Power has said.

HK Int’l Lighting Fair

The Unmissiable

This year’s autumn edition will shed light on Innovative, Green and Smart Lighting

The 18th HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair – Autumn Edition – a leading event of the Asian lighting industry, will be held at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre from October 27-30, 2016. The fair is expected to attract over 2,600 exhibitors from 37 countries and regions, registering new participants from Canada, Hungary, Ukraine, and the UAE this year. It is a platform for global buyers and exhibitors to exchange views on global lighting trends and to discuss business, says organiser HKTDC. Also, in making is HKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo.

Smart Cities

Full Potential of India’s Tier II, III Cities to Unfold by 2020

Smart Cities, Digital India, Skill India & Housing for All by 2022 will deliver the goods

India’s tier-II and III cities are on the verge of a major change. Active deployment of RERA is less than a year in the future, and greater transparency and corporate governance will be required of developers in these cities too. This will help established developers operating there to attract private equity funding.

Wonder Showroom

Usha Brings Tisva to Jaipur

Tisva, a premium home decorative lighting brand of Usha International Ltd, has opened its flagship store in Jaipur. Located in Gopalpura bypass, the store focuses on the art of illumination and brings forth designer lighting for contemporary homes, the company says.


“Our patented technologies help us to differentiate in the market and offer higher value to customers”

Global power management giant Eaton has emerged as a leader in the domestic UPS space after it forayed into the country’s electrical sector fourteen years ago. It has built its business by powering both small and large enterprises, including industrial facilities and data centers, with energy-efficient and cost-effective solutions. Recently, the company has rolled out its new 93PR UPS that it says is a ‘game changing’ solution. Syed Sajjadh Ali, managing director for the company’s electrical sector, zeros in on the new offering and the business. By Mrinmoy Bhattacharjee

Real Estate to Clock $180 Bn by 2020

The domestic real estate sector is set to become a $180-billion industry by 2020 on the back of the government’s ‘Smart City Mission’, ‘Make in India’ Programme, recently-amended RERA and REITs, and the in sight GST, said experts at the 12th annual conference on the real estate sector, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi.

Energy-efficient BLDC Motor Launched by ROHM Semiconductor

ROHM Semiconductor, the Indian arm of Japan-based ROHM Group, has launched its ‘Made in India’ BLDC (brushless DC) motors, which it claims can halve power consumption of home appliances and industrial equipment. These solutions, compared to the less expensive AC Induction motor, are easy to control and around 50% more efficient, thereby reducing power consumption, according to the company’s managing director Daisuke Nakamura.

HK INT’L Lighting Fair

Maximum Sourcing!

The eastern hemisphere’s leadership lighting event will combine with the revamped Hong Kong International Outdoor & Tech Light Expo to boost sourcing opportunities

The 18th edition of HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) will be held from October 27 to 30 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), to showcase cutting-edge lighting products, solutions and services to industry leaders and buyers. Also, the first HKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor & Tech Light Expo, formerly World of Outdoor Lighting & Lighting Accessories, will begin from October 26 to 29 at Asia World-Expo.

Opinion | Connected Lighting

“Smart offices are the new battleground for attracting India’s brightest minds”

Our workplaces are integral to our daily lives. Many of us spend more waking hours at the office than we do in our homes. And yet, all too often the quality of our work environment is an afterthought, or deemed a luxury, and considered not essential to employee engagement, productivity or business success.

Energy Efficiency

“We have been able to de-risk the energy-efficiency sector”

In the process of combating the profound challenge of climate change, evolving a market for energy efficiency (EE) in the country is imperative. The power PSUs-promoted Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) is intervening in the lighting, fan, and pump segments to unlock the estimated Rs 74,000 crore investment potential that exists in EE and conservation. EESL strongman Saurabh Kumar, the company’s managing director, speaks in a no-holds-barred interview about compelling issues pertaining to ongoing projects and new initiatives. By Mrinmoy Bhattacharjee


Switch 2016

Global Expo in the Making

This Gujarat-based event is poised to emerge as the country’s largest showcase of domestic and international manufacturing capability

Come October, Vadodara will be host to the first edition of Switch – the global electrics expo. To be held during October 6-10, the expo is being positioned as one of the largest electrical fairs in the country, representing one of the biggest networks of electrical manufacturers, innovators, technologies and partners in the industry. Promoted by Government of Gujarat, through Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited, this biennial platform is designed to rev up India’s power sector. The Federation of Gujarat Industries is the implementation and organising partner of Switch 2016.

Tisva Ropes in Gauri Khan as Brand Ambassador

In a bid to create a stronger brand connect with customers and trade partners, premium home decorative lighting brand Tisva has roped in celebrated interior designer and film producer Gauri Khan as its brand ambassador. As a part of the alliance, Tisva will soon roll out campaigns featuring Gauri Khan and an exclusive range of designer lights specially curated by her. Tisva is part of Usha International Ltd.

REI Expo

Industry Defining Show  

South Asia’s flagship renewable energy event triggered ideas, showcased innovations and generated mouth-watering deals

The 10th edition of Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo was held from September 7 to 9 at the India Expo Center, Greater Noida. It drew internationally renowned exhibitors, consultants, business experts and senior government officials under one roof to discuss global best practices and seek solutions for some of the most pressing challenges in the power and energy sector.

Fuji Electric Signs JV with Indian Gemco Controls

 The Japanese juggernaut expects to double turnover from the industrial infrastructure and power electronic device business in India by 2019

Japanese electric and thermal energy major Fuji Electric Co Ltd (FECL) has formed a joint venture (JV) with the homegrown industrial automation and power control company Gemco Controls Ltd. The Japanese partner will hold a 51% stake in the newly-formed entity Fuji Gemco Pvt Ltd (FGPL), to expand business operations in the country.  


Orient Electric Organises Design Awards

Homegrown electrical major Orient Electric recently organised its second edition of ‘Orient Electric Design Awards’ at New Delhi. Through this initiative the company aims to promote and recognise design excellence with breakthrough concepts in the electrical lifestyle segment for fans, lighting, home appliances and switchgear categories.

Outdoor LED Display Mkt to Surpass $12 bn by 2020

The outdoor LED displays market is expected to exceed more than $12 billion by 2020, according to a latest report by global market research and consulting organisation Market Research Engine.

The outdoor LED displays segment is witnessing growth due to increased social entertainment and economic activities such as live concerts, sports events and exhibitions around the world. These factors are raising the uptake of LED displays in many industries including sports and advertising.


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