Sunday, March 22, 2015

World Water Day - India - We need to turn Water Rust to Water TRUST for minimising corrosion induced pipeline leakage and contamination

Numerous incidents of pipeline leakage induced contamination reported across India. Corrosion of pipeline assets is the major cause for this tremendous leakage and contamination threats. This is completely ignored by the water management authorities and design houses. When leakage occurs in any pipeline, the immediate focus is made on replacing the existing infrastructure. It is not an easy task for replacing all old infrastructure with brand new systems. We need to find the best way of improving the current operation to minimize leak and contamination incidents. We need to turn Water Rust to Water TRUST for assuring the integrity of existing assets and operating the water distribution without any potential disturbance. There is not much focus made on corrosion control and life cycle approach of selecting the appropriate water distribution systems.

Article Source: http://www.corrosionfootprint.org/2015/03/india-water-rust-to-water-trust-our.html
Publication Date: 07 March 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

India - Corrosion induced pipeline leakage is the major cause for severe water cuts in Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC). Rs 30 crore spent in the last five years to replace pipes under the Shingnapur scheme is not finding solutions

KOLHAPUR: Many city areas will face severe water cuts in the next two days owing to the major leakages in the main pipeline carrying water in the Shingnapur water supply scheme. Rs 30 crore since last five years to replace the pipes of the Shingnapur scheme


On Monday, the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) found several pipeline leaks pipe in the Puikhadi area and immediately started repair work. The pipeline supplies water to the A, B and D wards of the city. Water cuts will begin on Monday evening and continue till Wednesday morning.

Manish Pawar, the KMC's chief hydraulic engineer said, "At some places, the pipe was rusted and could not sustain water pressure, leading to leaks. We started replacing these pipes in the Puikhadi area and this will be completed in the next 24 hours. We have ensured water supply by providing water tankers to the affected areas."

Due to the heavy rainfall last week, power cuts took place in certain city areas and halted water lifting from the river source, leading to a two-day water cut. This took place in areas, where water supply schemes were implemented like Balinga, Nagdevwadi and Shingnapur. This was around the same time that the civic administration planned to undertake the work to replace the pipe at Puikhadi.

The Shingnapur water supply was initiated in 2001 and was criticized for the frequent leakages due to the poor quality of work. Water used for the scheme is located 11km from the city and accounts for around 70% of the supply to Kolhapur and all three wards are covered under this network.

"We spent around Rs 30 crore in the last five years to replace pipes under the Shingnapur scheme. Once the direct water supply scheme from the Kalammawadi dam is started, the city will not face any more water cuts due to the leaks," Pawar said.

The city lifts around 120 million litres of water per day (MLD) from three sources and supplies it to around 98,000 water connections - both commercial and household. Though the quantity of water lifted is high, around 25% of it is lost due to leaks and water thefts, leading to low pressure water supply to the suburbs.

Article Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Kolhapur/City-to-face-water-cuts-till-Wednesday/articleshow/46512780.cms
Publication Date: 10 March 2015


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

India - Watch Manufacturing - Titan takes big leap towards Make in India - commencement of stainless steel watch cases production at a new facility in Coimbatore.

Titan Watches announced commencement of stainless steel watch cases production at a new facility in Coimbatore. This plant will manufacture around one million high-end stainless steel cases per annum, to be scaled up to two million cases.


Titan Company, India’s largest manufacturer and retailer of watches, today announced commencement of stainless steel watch cases production at a new facility in Coimbatore. This is the company’s first stainless steel watch case plant in India and will help replace a large portion of its import of watch cases.

Set up with over Rs 75 crore with technical assistance from Japan’s Seiko Epson Corp, the new plant will manufacture around one million high-end stainless steel cases per annum, to be scaled up to two million cases. The plant has employed 250 persons.

“Titan has been making in India since its inception and the commencement of Coimbatore facility is a part of this journey,” Bhaskar Bhat, managing director of Titan Company Ltd, said.

Bhat said the company was looking at 8-9 per cent growth in sale of watches during the current fiscal year ending March 2015. The opening of new plant would help the company in its premiumisation drive. It would cater to a large portion of its requirement for cases for premium and luxury watches, Bhat told Business Standard.

To begin with, the plant will cater to the company’s watch case requirement for the domestic market. Some of its popular brands such as Raaga, Xylys, Edge, Octane and Tycoon will have cases manufactured at the plant, he said.

Titan is the sixth largest manufacturer of watches globally, with a manufacturing unit in Hosur and three assembly units in north India. The company started first with watches, moved into jewellery making, followed by developing automation solutions and precision components manufacturing and then onto optical lens manufacturing, he said.

For the current fiscal, Titan is aiming at sales of 16 million watches, Bhat said, adding it would touch around 25 million watches in the next four years.

The plant is spread across in 11.3 acres and is capable of addressing all domains of stainless steel case manufacturing, which includes tool design, tool manufacturing, press shop, machining, polishing and assembly supported by related service functions like planning, facilities management, machine maintenance and costing.

“Titan’s strategy is to be a self-reliant watch maker and not just a seller, which many global watch brands do not possess. The new plant is part of this strategy,” Bhat added.

For the fiscal ended March 2014, the company reported an income of Rs 10,815.08 crore, a growth of 8.1 per cent over the previous year.  During the nine months ended December 2014, its income was up 16 per cent at Rs 9,316.61 crore.

Article Source: http://www.business-standard.com/content/b2b-manufacturing-industry/budget-aims-to-boost-domestic-manufacturing-with-duty-cuts-in-raw-materials-115022800765_1.html
Publication Date: 04 March 2014  

India - Union Budget 2015-16 - Budget aims to boost domestic manufacturing with duty cuts in raw materials - Corrosion of steel is overlooked when depreciation rate and tariff or customs duty are taken for financial calculation

Tariff rate is increased on iron & steel and articles of iron or steel. To promote domestic manufacturing and ‘Make in India’ for creation of more jobs, finance minister Arun Jaitley has announced a series of cuts in customs and excise duties in the budget 2015-16.


Budget plans to give a boost for job creation through revival of growth and investment and promotion of domestic manufacturing. To promote domestic manufacturing and ‘Make in India’ for creation of more jobs, finance minister Arun Jaitley has announced a series of cuts in customs and excise duties in the budget 2015-16.

Customs duties on certain inputs like metal parts, insulated wires and cables, refrigerators compressor parts, compounds used in catalytic converters, sulphuric acid for use in manufacture of fertilisers and compounds of video cameras have been reduced.

Similarly, basic customs duty is being reduced on certain raw materials used in lathe machines from 7.5% to 2.5%, medical video endoscopes from 5% to 2.5 %, telecommunication grade optical fibre cables from 7.5% to Nil and LCD/LED TV panels from 10% to Nil. CVD and SAD are being fully exempted on specified raw materials for use in the manufacture of pacemakers.

SAD is reduced in metal scrap of iron & steel, copper, brass and aluminium from 4% to 2% to address problem of CENVAT credit accumulation. For inputs used for manufacturing of LED driver and MCPCB for LED lights, fixture and LED lamps, SAD has been reduced from 4% to nil.

Basic customs duty is increased for metallurgical coke. Tariff rate is increased on iron & steel and articles of iron or steel. Tariff rate on commercial vehicles is increased from 10% to 40% and effective rate from 10% to 20%.

Excise duty is restructured on certain goods such as wafers for use in the manufacture of integrated circuit (IC) modules for smart cards from 12% to 6%, inputs for use in the manufacture of LED lamps from 12% to 6%, specified raw materials for use in the manufacture of pacemakers to nil, solar water heater and system from 12.5% to nil and tablet computers from 12% to 2%.

Article Source: http://www.business-standard.com/content/b2b-manufacturing-industry/budget-aims-to-boost-domestic-manufacturing-with-duty-cuts-in-raw-materials-115022800765_1.html
Publication Date: 28 February 2015