Standing up for Handymen

Home services start-up UrbanClap is helping blue collar professionals in realising their earning potential, and as the operations scale up it plans to start a certification programme as well

Organising the blue collar professionals’ community is a herculean task that has never been attempted before. Plumbers, carpenters, electricians - all have operated independently and have never been bound by a charter or code. Besides, there has not been even a semblance of a work quality standard to which they can be benchmarked. That is, till now.


Influencing the Influencer

The vision of Finolex Industries is to transform plumbing into a viable lifetime profession for artisans. The company is leaving no stone unturned in its effort to

In the last 3-4 years, a strategic shift has taken place at Finolex Industries. There is renewed focus on optimising the product mix to serve the consumers better. The company has used its resin production capacity to feed growth in the PVC pipes business and has moved up the value chain with PVC fittings. From 47% in 2012, the share of the pipes segment in the company’s revenue has reached about 73% in FY16. Prakash Chhabria was instrumental in bringing in this transformation after taking over the reins of the business as executive chairman from the late Prahlad Chhabria, founder and chairman of the company, in 2012.


Bridging the Skill Gap

Hettich India has been leading the skill development movement in the furniture industry and is now aiming to institutionalise its efforts with the forthcoming Hettich Poddar Woodworking Institute

The furniture industry in India is witnessing a shift. Gradually, the share of organised players is increasing. There is also an apparent slow but gradual shift towards modular furniture from custom made furniture. Even the manufacturing process is getting modernised with automation. So, while there is greater demand of skilled workforce, even the existing one needs upgradation.


Plumber & Proud

Bath fittings major Grohe has set out to bring prestige to the plumbing profession so that the industry’s pipeline of skilled manpower doesn’t dry up

What started as a mobile workshop management project as part of Grohe India’s leader grooming exercise evolved into a full-fledged skill development academy, when in 2009 Grohe Jal Academy was established in collaboration with Don Bosco in Mumbai. The Grohe-Don Bosco partnership, under the Grohe Dual Tech programme, implements the German dual track vocational training system that combines practical training with classroom learning, all within the locally prescribed curricula. Since then the institution has trained over 1,000 people.

Benelave Rolls Out New Campaign ‘Looks Good, Works Great!’

Indian sanitaryware major HSIL has launched a new campaign for its Benelave brand, starring actress Kareena Kapoor Khan. Conceptualised by creative agency Caakwan, the brand campaign ‘Looks good, works great’ brings out the seamless adaptation of Benelave and Kareena’s personality traits – individuality, style, strength of character and warmth - that help build, sustain and boost better relations all round.

Commenting on the campaigns unveiling during a Benelave channel partners ‘meet and greet’ with Kareena, in May, the company’s  joint managing director Sandip Somany said, “I am confident that the campaign will connect with the brands’ audience, the new age consumers of emerging India. It will be implemented across more than 50 metros, mini metros and towns.”  

Trojan Plywood Aims for Rs 600cr Turnover in 3yrs

Bengaluru-based MAK Plywood Industries Pvt Ltd, which sells its products under the brand name of Trojan, wants to consolidate its presence down south while putting an expansion plan in motion for the east and western regions. The company is a major player in the south with substantial presence in Kerala. The company has also introduced a ‘lifetime guarantee card’ for all Trojan plywood products.

Somany Opens Exclusive Showroom, Studio in Delhi

Somany Ceramics, one of the key players in the Indian ceramics industry, is further bolstering its presence in Delhi. This April the company has inaugurated a Somany Exclusive Showroom at Rajouri Garden and a Somany Studio in Greater Kailash-III. Both the showrooms offer a wide product range and also exhibit tiles, sanitaryware and bath fittings through state-of-the-art displays.

Kohler Launches Couture Collection of Luxury Faucets

Kitchen and bath fittings manufacturer Kohler has recently launched its Couture Collection of four fabulous faucets and showering lines. The company has associated with fashion designer duo Shivan and Narresh to celebrate the launch of the brand’s luxury collection with a corresponding resort wear line that has been launched by the designers during Amazon India Fashion Week 2016.

CMC to Remodel Flooring at Maruti Suzuki Showrooms across India

Mumbai-based stone flooring supplier Classic Marble Company (CMC) has recently bagged an order from Maruti Suzuki for remodelling its 150 showrooms across India using its Kalinga Stone flooring products. This includes existing showrooms in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune, Patna, Ranchi, Udaipur, Jammu, Vapi, Bhopal and Surat.

Dow Corning Opens Building Solutions Centre in New Delhi

The US-based Dow Corning, a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, is expanding its India operations. Last month, in partnership with its distributor Silicon Concepts, the company opened SAHAYOG Building Solutions Centre in New Delhi.

CERA to Set up Tiles Plant in Rajasthan

Sanitaryware major CERA is planning to ramp up its tiles production capacity. Having already set up a 10,000sqm tile manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh in JV with Anjani Tiles, the company is eying another plant in Rajasthan. It has finalised the details, and construction of the plant is expected to begin towards the end of 2016.

HSIL’s Building Products Segment Crosses Rs 1,000 cr Mark

Sanitaryware, bath fittings and packaging products major HSIL Limited has posted gross sales of Rs 2,042 crore in FY15-16, up from Rs 1,965 crore the year before. The packaging products division has experienced slight contraction; gross sales fell to Rs 909 crore from Rs 920 crore in previous years.

HIL Bounces Back, Posts Rs 39 cr Profit

Leading fibre cement roofing and green building products manufacturer HIL Limited, part of the CK Birla Group, has clocked net sales of `1,096 crore in FY15-16, which is a marginal decline from Rs 1,108 crore posted the year before. Having suffered a loss in the second and third quarter, HIL finally posted a PBT of `8.06 crore in the fourth quarter. Overall, the company has registered a net profit of Rs 39 crore in FY15-16.

Grundfos Showcases Smart Pumping Solutions at IPC

While participating in Indian Plumbing Conference (IPC) 2016 in Jaipur, Grundfos India reinforced the need for intelligent plumbing practices for commercial buildings. Themed ‘Water conservation through good plumbing practices’, the conference reiterated the increasing need for sustainable solutions.  


Locks major Harrison Locks is taking a number of initiatives to meet new challenges that are being posed by an industry beset by change. The company is strengthening its dealer network in order to increase reach, preparing for the roll out of GST, and launching new products in anticipation of demand from smart cities.

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