Expansion Plans

Fastjet gains permission to start international operations from Tanzania

Fastjet gains permission to start international operations from TanzaniaAfrican budget carrier Fastjet has announced that it has finally gained permission to start international operations from its hub in Tanzania.

Fastjet, which is backed by Easyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou, said that it would start international flights to Rwanda, Zambia and South Africa, as it had already received route approvals from the relevant government authorities.

The governments of Rwanda, Zambia and South Africa granted permissions under their Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs) with Tanzania.

Hyundai to invest $130 mn in new plant in Mexico

Hyundai to invest $130 mn in new plant in MexicoMexico City, Aug 30 - South Korean automaker Hyundai Motors Company's Mexican unit said it planned to invest $130 million in a new plant that will manufacture aluminum auto parts in Tijuana, a border city in the northwestern state of Baja California.

The plant is expected to create 300 direct jobs and make up to 900,000 units of three new automotive products for different models sold in the US, Hyundai said.

Hyundai Translead chief Kenny Lee laid the cornerstone for the new plant, the automaker said.

Pinewood to submit revised application for expansion plans

Pinewood to submit revised application for expansion plans Film and television studios group, Pinewood Shepperton has said that it will submit a revised application for the expansion of the Buckinghamshire site within this year.

Lord Grade, the chairman of the company informed investors at the AGM that the company will submit a revised application for the permission from the authorities in autumn this year for the company's "long term plan for growth and investment."

Cadillac aims to double its 2010 US sales volume in “next couple of years”

GMIn a move which will help General Motors (GM) shove its Cadillac luxury brand into the fast lane, Don Butler – VP of marketing for Cadillac – announced on Tuesday that the automaker has plans underway to bring about a two-fold increase in the 2010 US sales volume of Cadillac in the “next couple of years."

With the 2010 sales figures of Cadillac cars and sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) standing at 146,925, Butler said that the GM plans to increase that number to approximately 294,000 units by 2014.

Cairn India acquires 60 per cent stake in exploration block in South Africa

Cairn India acquires 60 per cent stake in exploration block in South AfricaCairn India, which was recently acquired by Vedanta Resources, has acquired a 60 per cent stake in oil and gas exploration offshore block 1 in South Africa.

IBM Plans More Storage Acquisitions After Texas Memory Purchase

IBM Plans More Storage Acquisitions After Texas Memory PurchaseOn Thursday, International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) announced its acquisition of the closely-held flash memory designer Texas Memory Systems (TMS); and revealed that it plans to acquire more companies in the storage industry in future.

While the financial terms if the IBM-TMS deal remained undisclosed, IBM's Bob Cancilla - the company's VP for storage systems - said that the purchase of TMS underscores IBM's ambitions to provide a more complete storage system, as compared to its rivals, by assembling the components via acquisitions of smaller companies.

Hero MotoCorp planning to invest Rs 2,575 crore in India

Hero MotoCorp planning to invest Rs 2,575 crore in IndiaThe largest two-wheeler maker by volume in the world, Hero MotoCorp has said that it is planning to invest Rs. 2,575 crore in India to set up two new manufacturing plants in Gujarat and Rajastan and a new integrated research and development centre (R&D) centre will be made operational during 2013-14.

JLR will hire 2,500 in UK

JLR will hire 2,500 in UKAccording to media reports, Tata Motors' Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) is all set to hire new work force in the UK. It is said that JLR will be hiring 2,500 professionals to build the new baby Range Rover.

The company needs new employees in the country to design and take care of engineering for new generation Jaguars. For the new baby Range Rover, 29,995 pounds Evoque, company needs workers to assembly work on Merseyside. Carmaker will hire 1500 for its Halewood plant.

IndiGo to hire 1,500 in India

IndiGo to hire 1,500 in IndiaLeading low cost air travel service provider, IndiGo announced hiring of more staff. Airline will be hiring 1,200 to 1,500 more employees in 2011 to back its expansion plans.

For this major expansion drive, airline will be hiring 400 to 500 cabin crew staff and 200 to 300 pilots. The company will hire ground staff and engineers also. With completion of this recruitment drive, IndiGo's employee base will reach to nearly 4,900 from its current 3,400.

BSNL to expand its footprint in 3G technology

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Public sector telephone service provider has announced its plan to expand its 3G services to 60 more cities, taking the number to 760 cities. According to Chairman and Managing Director BSNL, Gopal Das, this target will be fulfilled by the end of this fiscal year.

 ‘Mantri’ a residential complex promoted by Mantri Developers has been offered new broadband services through fiber-optic cables by BSNL.

Mr. Gopal Das said that new broadband service make use of fiber-optic cables and optical electronics instead of copper wire and DSL equipment. The company is planning to provide FTTH service to the appealing customers in 127 cities across the country.

SBI forms Joint Venture for its POS terminals

Country’s largest Bank, State Bank of India has decided to form joint venture for its POS terminals. It has selected a consortium of Visa International and Elavon as its partners for this joint venture. In this joint venture SBI will set up around six lakh point of sales (POS) terminals in the country.

The POS terminal will help the SBI customers to pay through their credit and debit cards instantly. There will be swipe machines for registering such card payments. However, the Bank has not disclosed the financial aspects of the deal.

SpiceJet to introduce Kolkata-Agartala flight soon

SpiceJet to introduce Kolkata-Agartala flight soonThe low-fare private airline firm, Spicejet has announced that the airline is going to introduce the Kolkata-Agartala flight next month. This has been a part of company’s plans to expand its presence in the north east of the country. This has been announced by the Chief Commercial Officer of the company Mr. Samyukth Sridharan. The airline has just over 12% of the market share in the Indian aviation industry.

DEWA Announces Fund Worth Dh6.4 Billion for New Projects

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has expressed that it would continue its efforts for increasing electricity and water productivity in the region by providing support to the ongoing and new projects. The state-run utility has already announced funds worth Dh6.42 billion to revamp the existing plants and to support new one to address growing power and water needs in the region. DEWA had earlier decided to avail services of international developers for building water and power plant in Emirates.

National Bank of Abu Dhabi Opens Its Jordan Branch

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) will officially roll out its operation from in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on February 23rd. National Bank of Abu Dhabi is second UAE bank after Dubai Islamic Bank to open branch in Jordan. It had already received nod for opening a new branch from the Central Bank of Jordan.

Directors and Senior Management of the Bank would be in Jordan for officially inaugurating the branch which has already started its soft operations on February 7, 2010. Meanwhile, NBAD Regional Manager in Jordan Mr. Imad Marar, having a vast experience of 32 years in the banking industry, would lead the new branch in Jordan.

Voltas scouts for small-size acquisitions

Voltas scouts for small-size acquisitionsVoltas Ltd., the engineering services company of Tata Group, is looking for some acquisitions of Indian as well as foreign companies mainly for making its position strong in the water treatment and hydrocarbon segments. The acquisition company is looking for will be on small-scale and in the price range of Rs. 100-200 crore in the water and hydrocarbon segment.

Maruti eyes 100 pct jump in exports in FY'10

Maruti Suzuki India Expansion Plans

Maruti Suzuki India, the country’s largest car maker, is expecting to double its exports in the current fiscal year. Also, Maruti India is seeing over 20 percent growth in its overall sales.

In the last fiscal year, the company exported 80,000 units while this year the company is expected to achieve 100 percent growth in exports. Recently, Maruti Suzuki India has started exporting its new model Ritz to South East Asia. At the same time, the company is expanding its export portfolio and looking out for some other markets also.

Essar Oil to double petrol pumps to 2,500

Essar Oil Petrol Pump Expansion IndiaEssar Oil, India’s largest private fuel retailer, is on expansion mode. The company is planning to nearly double its number of petrol pumps to 2,500 by next fiscal year ending March 2011. The company currently has 1,293 petrol pumps. The company produced 280,000 barrels petrol and diesel per day through its refinery at Vadinar in Jamnagar district of Gujarat.

Volvo announces launch of premium luxury car S80 in India

Volvo-LogoVolvo Auto India, the automobile manufacturer giant has decided to launch the upgraded version of its premium luxury sedan S80, in the Indian market. Volvo Auto India, the domestic arm of Sweden-based Volvo Car Corporation has aimed this step under its expansion plan.

The new upgraded Volvo S80 incorporates a D5 Twin-Turbo diesel engine, which is believed to deliver a high performance at low fuel consumption. Additionally, it sports many advanced technical features including Twin Turbo and Peizo high-pressure technology.

Parsvnath Developers to invest Rs 7,000 crore in the next five years

Parsvnath Developers to invest Rs 7,000 crore in the next five yearsParsvnath Developers, the realty major, said today that it will invest Rs 7,000 crore in the next five on as many as 57 projects.

The realty developer also plans to raise Rs 300 crore through private equity by March-end this year. The company is expecting revenue of Rs 17,000 crore from these 57 projects.

Bajaj Electricals expresses interest in solar energy segment

Bajaj Electricals expresses interest in solar energy segmentBajaj Electricals, the Electrical appliances maker is looking for an opportunity in the solar sector and plans to get into commercial manufacturing of solar cells. The company is also interested in bidding for distribution franchisee licenses.

The company said it intends to become a 'full-fledged utility company' and plans to enter into the renewable energy space while considering manufacturing solar cell. The company is also looking for acquisitions.

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