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April 04, 2013Issue 32

Tata Technologies Opens All-New North American Engineering and Innovation Center in Michigan; Reveals eMO Commercial Variant

On March 14, Tata Technologies marked the opening of its all-new North American Engineering and Innovation Center in Troy, Michigan with an open house event that hosted media, analysts, government officials and representatives of local universities. The 10,000 square foot facility, located about 25 miles from the North American headquarters office in Novi, Michigan, is currently staffed with 60 engineering professionals, this figure is expected to increase to 100 by December 2013. 

Kevin Fisher, Tata Technologies President - VPD Group (left) discusses the eMO-C with Kami Buchholz, Detroit Editor of Automotive Engineering International magazine.

The new Engineering and Innovation Center is the North American home to the Tata Technologies Vehicle Programs Development (VPD) Group which was responsible for the development of the Tata Technologies eMO (electric MObility) landmark EV study revealed at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2012. The VPD Group supports automotive OEMs worldwide from metro Detroit and three other automotive centers of excellence in Coventry (UK), Pune (India), and Stuttgart (Germany).

The Tata Technologies eMO-C is a commercial variant of the eMO, with approximately 70 percent of the vehicle architecture carried over.

At the open house, the eMO-C, an all-new variant of eMO aimed at a specific white space in the commercial market - the "C" in eMO-C, was revealed virtually. The eMO-C retains about 70 percent of the eMO vehicle architecture, with the remaining 30 percent all new, and devoted to innovation in the commercial delivery vehicle space.
"We studied the global commercial market, analyzed the competition and emerging technology trends, and evolved the eMO to produce a compelling, best-in-class commercial concept," Kevin Fisher, President - VPD Group told industry media and analysts who attended. For more information about eMO and eMO-C, click here.
Other News

Tata Steel recognized among world's most ethical companies.  Read more.


TCS named Official IT Consulting Company of the NYC Half 2013.

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TCS positioned as a leader in sustainable technology services. Read more.


TCS released 2013 Global Trend Study, The Emerging Big Returns on Big Data. Read more.


Tata Chemicals' Whale Shark Conservation Project in India credited with saving 350 of the world's largest fish and near-extinct species, on Whale Shark Day. Read more.

L Krishnakumar appointed to the board of directors of Tata Global Beverages. Read more

U.S. State Governors Engage with Indian-based Companies

On February 22, coinciding with the National Governors' Association winter meeting, the Confederation of Indian Industry - India Business Forum (CII-IBF) organized a corporate reception themed "Indian Roots, American Soil: Supporting State Economies." The reception, which was sponsored by Tata among others, highlighted the contributions of Indian-based companies across the United States and was also attended by a number of  U.S. State Governors and key economic and political officials.


The event showcased Indian FDI flows to the U.S., job creation and investments by Indian companies in the U.S. as well as their local community engagements at the state-level. The platform also presented an opportunity for companies and state officials to connect regarding future corporate expansion goals and strategies. 


Jack Markell (D), Governor of Delaware and Chairman of the National Governors Association, and Terry Branstad (R) Governor of Iowa, were the Honorary Co-chairs of the reception. Jan Brewer (R), Governor of Arizona, Mike Beebe (D), Governor of Arkansas, Dannel Malloy (D), Governor of Connecticut, Patrick McCrory (R), Governor of North Carolina, Margaret Hassan (D), Governor of New Hampshire, Gary Herbert (R), Governor of Utah, and Matt Mead (R), Governor of Wyoming also participated in the program. 


Governors from both the major parties acknowledged the value Indian companies bring to their respective states. The event also saw participation from U.S. government officials, U.S. corporate members, U.S. academics and the think tank community.


The majority of the companies in attendance at the reception described having increased their employee counts in recent years and created new jobs, reflecting the resilience of their operations and hiring efforts even during the economic slowdown. Many saved thousands of jobs through mergers and acquisitions. Trends indicate that their research & development activities are on the upswing, as are their corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Master of Ceremonies, Kapil Sharma, Tata Sons offered introductory remarks
Chris Douville, Tata Chemicals spoke about the company's US-based operations
Surya Kant, Tata Consultancy Services with Govenor Jan Brewer (AZ) 





TCS added over $1 billion in brand value; Consolidated position as one of the 'Big Four' IT services brands.

TCS added $1,179 million in brand value over 2012, growing by 28.9 percent annually to reach the $5 billion brand value mark. In the ranking carried out by Brand Finance, the world's leading brand valuation firm, TCS also retained its position among the Big Four most valuable IT services brands worldwide. Brand Finance assesses the dollar value of the reputation, image and intellectual property of the world's leading companies. Brand Finance's brand valuations are frequently peer-reviewed by top audit practices, accepted by various regulatory bodies and used by leading global brands as a performance benchmark.

N Chandrasekaran, CEO and managing director of TCS said, "TCS continues to deliver market leading performances across both financial and brand related metrics. The rapid evolution and recognition of our brand at a global level is a testament to the passion and dedication of our more than 260,000 employees, who as 'brand ambassadors' continue to ensure an industry leading client experience, which keeps strengthening our reputation and brand in the global market."

TCS is also the single largest contributor to the overall Tata brand, which is now ranked as the world's 39th most valuable brand with a combined brand valuation of $18,169 million. Read more.

Actor Daniel Craig Reveals All-New Range Rover Sport

In a scene reminiscent of a Hollywood movie, actor Daniel Craig revealed the all-new Range Rover Sport as part of a dramatic drive through one of the world's most dynamic cities, New York. The fastest, most agile and responsive Land Rover to date was put to the test by the British actor, who was entrusted to deliver the vehicle for its first unveiling to the world on March 26. 


After skilfully handling the car and driving it through closed off streets, Mr Craig delivered the all-new Range Rover Sport to a packed crowd. Developed alongside the highly-acclaimed Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport now delivers the brand's best-ever on-road dynamics together with class-leading, genuine Land Rover all-terrain capability, while presenting customers with a more assertive and muscular exterior, more luxurious interior and the flexibility provided by the option of occasional 5+2 seating. Read more.


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