Rendezvous

We are Sowing Seeds for the Future

In 2006 it was a perfect strategic move by Roca, the global leader in bathroom solutions that will celebrate its centenary next year, to acquire market leader and Indian legacy brand Parryware. But in business, landscapes can change dramatically and leadership status can be ephemeral. Parryware, the top-of-the-mind recall brand in its category, is coping with a rather crowded No 1 slot and an industry replete with indigenous and global newcomers.

Innovations In Retail

The Era of Display

The ‘experience economy’ – an idea that the brand experience is as much of a sellable proposition as the product itself – has compelled marketers to re-evaluate the customer’s experience at every touch point. Of late, the rapid uptake of technology and online shopping has fueled greater emphasis on digital experience. However, the fact remains that consumers have not stopped wanting to experience a product or brand in person. They just need an environment or experience that makes them want to come in-store.

BAU 2017

A Look into the Future

The key themes of Intelligent facades-Digital design, construction and management-Smart buildings-Living and Building 2020) will be explored at BAU and explained in several special shows, from a range of different viewpoints and aspects. BAU is working closely with a number of high-profile partners in putting together this program. Here´s an overview:

The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) takes up the key theme of Living and Building 2020, looking in particular at integrated concepts and product efficiency. A new EU directive requires that all new buildings must conform to the Nearly Zero Energy Standard. And that means energy-efficiency throughout the production chain becomes a relevant sales argument for manufacturers. Other sustainability aspects also come into focus, such as durability, amortisation costs, recycling capability, convenience and a healthy environment. This special show sets out how such parameters can be consistently optimised.

In Focus

Global Desi in the Making

Jaquar aims to join the league of global bathing fitting leaders    

Indian bath fittings market leader Jaquar Group has expanded its footprint in south Asia with the recent acquisition of South Korean company Joeyforlife. In July this year Jaquar acquired a 51% stake in Joeyforlife, a maker of luxury shower systems, at an investment of Rs 12 crore. Joeyforlife is said to have a market valuation of Rs 20 crore.

Finolex Offers Affordable PVC Pipes & Fittings

Pune-based pipes major Finolex Industries Ltd has announced that it will support ‘Housing for All’, a vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The announcement was made recently at the CREDAI–National Executive Meeting & Governing Council (ECGC) President’s Conclave at Pune, where 300 delegates including 165 city presidents, 23 state presidents and members of executive committee of CREDAI National were present.

Asahi Glass Enhances Ecosense Range with More Options

Float glass major Asahi India Glass Ltd (AIS) has launched a new range of high performance glasses under the Ecosense brand. The new collection has been christened Ecosense Excel. Informing about the motivation behind the launch of the new range, Vikram Khanna, COO–architectural institutional business and CMO at AIS, said, “Amid an increasing demand for high performance glass to enhance a green building’s aura and efficiencies, AIS is continuously innovating to transform the living and work places of consumers. Our eco-friendly offerings under the umbrella of Ecosense are aligned to the green revolution. Enabled by technological upgradations in glass processing technology, AIS is innovating new single-glazed and double-glazed products with the best green parameters.”

In Focus

Harrison Diversifies into Kitchen Accessories Business, Launches Wire Baskets

The company views expansion in this segment as a natural extension

Locks and security solutions major Harrison has diversified into the modular kitchen segment with the launch of kitchen wire baskets. The company has launched a new brand – The Kitchen – under which all kitchen related products will be marketed. The first step in this direction is the introduction of a wide range of wire baskets.

Arsa Premium Mortice Locks Launched by Godrej

Godrej Locking Solutions & Systems (GLSS) has forayed into the premium mortise locks market. It has launched a range of brass forged premium door handles under the Arsa brand. Announcing the strategic decision, Shyam Motwani, EVP & business head at GLSS said, “The Arsa collection is a result of Godrej LOCKSS’ design-led innovation principle and is driven by consumer insights. It depicts the glorious architectural history of India.”

Prayag Polymers Forays into UPVC Pipes & Fittings Business

Leading bath fittings company Prayag Polymers has diversified into plumbing. It has recently rolled out a range of high-end UPVC pipes and fittings for cold water applications. While unveiling the new range, managing director Nitin Agarwal said, “We have thoughtfully developed this range of UPVC pipes and fittings, to address all possible applications. Besides, we have offered the same uncompromising quality, impeccable workmanship and finish in this new product that is expected every time from brand Prayag.”

Technology

More Washroom per Washroom

Thanks to technology the toilet and bath are no longer the space for cleansing rituals, they have transformed into personal spas and entertainment hubs 

One thing that’s common to all humans irrespective of gender, ethnicity, views or status, is that they all need to go to the toilet. However, for many years the washroom didn’t really change much, apart from mild aesthetics that followed design trends of the year. A toilet, basin and possibly a urinal – this comprised the standard layout for years before technology stepped in. Cut to today. The average washroom these days has a huge amount of automation built into it, be it for flushing or drying or air-freshening. At every stage of the lavatorial process, technology is lending its hand.

TERI Releases 10-point Emergency Response Plan for Improving Air Quality in Delhi-NCR

In the wake of the worsening air quality in Delhi-NCR, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has submitted a 10-point Emergency Response Plan to Delhi government and the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC). TERI has recommended that this plan should be enforced immediately in whole of NCR on forecasted days of very high pollution. The recommendations are based on TERI’s modelling and technology development experience.

Berger Paints Joins Skill India Initiative, Launches Mechanised Painting

Paints major Berger Paints India Ltd recently organised a training course for unemployed youth in West Bengal, in association with Paschim Banga Society for Skill Development (PBSSD). The participants of this 50-day training programme received certificates from Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and National Council for Vocational Training.

The training was held at Berger i-Train at Karigori Bhavan (West Bengal State Council of Technical Education), Rajarhat, Kolkata. The programme had two modules - the first was conducted at i-Train, and the second on site where the trainees were assigned work for 15 days under supervision of experienced workers and Berger contractors. The 360-degree training included theoretical and practical knowledge about paint and the industry. Subsequently, performance of the trainees was assessed by officials of National Council for Vocational Training and Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. The certificates were awarded by Hon’ble Minister of West Bengal State Council of Technical Education Ashima Patra.

Three Luxury QUEO Stores Launched in NCR

Sanitaryware products company HSIL Ltd has inaugurated three Queo stores in Delhi-NCR, further expanding the premium luxury brand’s network. The latest outlets occupy 1500sft space, and are located in posh areas of central, east and south Delhi. 

While inaugurating the stores, HSIL vice chairman and MD Sandip Somany said, “Delhi remains one of the strong growth drivers for Queo nationally, and we are extremely happy with the increasing demand for the brand in this important market. With these launches, we hope to further strengthen our foothold in this burgeoning luxury sanitaryware market. Strategic network expansion into new markets and expanding our presence in existing markets remains a key pillar of our growth story. The inauguration of these Queo stores is a strategic direction towards accelerating our growth. Currently, we have nearly 100 stores in India and plan to take the number to 150 by 2016-17.”

Real Estate

Kochi hits a six to become the next highly preferred real estate destination in India. All potential drivers such as IT development for employment generation, metro rail for intra-city connectivity, smart city tag for basic infrastructure, port-based development for industry and commercial growth, airport terminal for international connectivity, and foreign investment and tourism for the hospitality industry are emphasised in Kochi.

In Focus

The government has issued new guidelines to regulate the direct selling industry and protect rights of customers. These guidelines will impact companies like Amway, Oriflame, Tupperware, Avon and others pursing similar business models. The ‘Direct Selling Guidelines 2016’ framework was released by the Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan recently, and has been sent to the states and union territories for adoption.

Luxury Retail

From retailer of luxury lifestyle products to a patron of design – this aptly describes the long and eventful journey for Abhinav Khandelwal, chief of FCML. The recently concluded Nostalgia Revival, an outcome of Khandelwal’s brainchild titled FCML’s Design Initiative (FCDI), marks yet another milestone in the evolution of a luxury retailer which considers itself to be as much of a brand as the ones it markets.

SICAM

A 2016 edition of SICAM ended in Pordenone on October 21 following four days of intense work for operators from 102 countries - an absolute record for the fair - crowding the halls and building a business atmosphere full of strategic planning in all stands. The visitors represented over 7,000 companies, of which 64% were Italian and 36% belonged to rest of the world. Evidently the internationality of the trade fair has grown, and the show is a true ‘ambassador of Made in Italy’. Besides, SICAM is becoming a top event in the global exhibition calendar for the sectors of components and accessories for furniture.

Finolex Pipes Enters Limca Book of Records

Pipes maker Finolex Industries Ltd has been awarded the National Record certificate by the Limca Book of Records for organising the largest number of plumbers meets simultaneously across 26 states and 58 cities on 11 March this year. More than 3,000 plumbers participated in this skill development activity, which was conducted on World Plumbing Day.

Nitin Kulkarni, the company’s president-sales & marketing, stated while receiving the honour, “We would sincerely like to thank the Limca Book of Records team for awarding us the certificate and acknowledging the work done by Finolex Industries. We feel great pride, and greater responsibility, in conducting such activities while attempting to empower the plumber community with skills required for the job.”

Winners of Grohe Archumen Announced

Vivek Rakotu and Roshan KSS from JNAFAU emerge victorious

The grand finale of the 14th edition of Grohe Archumen 16-17, India's biggest architecture quiz, was held on October 21 at The Capitol, Bengaluru. Archumen is conducted as a four-zone contest and this year too students from top architectural institutes across India participated and battled hard to win the top position. The champions of Archumen 15-16 were Akshay Ajit Marsute and Aniket Raskar from PVP College of Architecture, Pune.

Awards

Young Designers Win Hansgrohe Design Prize

This year’s Hansgrohe Prize for design ideas relating to sustainable use of water has been successfully concluded. Students and designers from 24 countries submitted 364 creative ideas for ‘Efficient Water Design: Digitalising the Modern Bathroom’. This is the sixth time young designers have been invited to compete for the Hansgrohe Prize, held in conjunction with the international iF Concept Design Award.
The expert jury, comprising of Philippe Grohe and Jan Heisterhagen (Hansgrohe SE, Schiltach), as well as Andreas Haug (Phoenix Design, Stuttgart), awarded the seal of design on June 17 in Hamburg to five exciting digital bathroom ideas from Finland, Sweden, Slovenia, Romania and Germany, and distributed €5,000 in prize money. The first and second place winners were notable in their use of nature as a source of inspiration for their creative and innovative ideas.

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