Legrand India, an electrical and digital building infrastructure solutions provider inaugurated their state of the art experience centre Innoval in Mumbai. Innoval will host its India group company products – Legrand, Numeric & Valrack. Globally Innoval’s are present at France, Greece, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Dubai, and now for the first time it is making its entry in the Asia Pacific region with India. The Mumbai launch is expected to be followed by openings in Ahmadabad and Chennai. Innoval is Legrand’s global brand of products showcases. The name Innoval is a reflection of Legrand’s brand value of developing ranges of innovative products (Valley of Innovation). The narrative at Innoval is based on the concept of ‘Source to End Usage’, where the products are arranged in relation to each other and according to where they fall on the energy and data distribution grid. Keeping in mind the vastly different profiles of visitors, the products are arranged as per the business verticals, namely - Home Automation, User Interface, Energy Distribution, Structured Cabling, UPS and Cable Management. The design approach is based on the concept of Designeering. It has all the technicalities of engineering but put forth in an intuitive and easy to understand communication system.
CleanMax Solar, India’s leading solar solutions provider, has been acknowledged as ‘India’s largest rooftop solar developer’ for the third consecutive year, in the latest Bridge to India (BTI) report. BTI’s ‘India Solar Rooftop Map 2017’ pegs CleanMax Solar’s market share at 24%, up from 23% as per BTI Rooftop Map 2016. Holding nearly a quarter of the market, CleanMax Solar caters to many of India’s leading corporates, large-scale industries and infrastructure projects. CleanMax Solar has commissioned more than 80 plants in FY 2016-17, with a capacity of over 38 MW and leverages its scale advantages to offer very attractive solar power costs to its customers. The OPEX ‘zero investment’ model facilitates consumers to avail solar power at significant discounts to grid tariffs, with no capital investment. Since its inception in 2011, CleanMax Solar has commissioned over 200 projects for more than 50 corporates, with a combined onsite solar capacity of 85 MW.
NTL Lemnis, announced another energy efficient addition to their product portfolio with the launch of Pharox GEN G9 retrofit LED Lamp (4w). The product is an ideal replacement of high energy consuming Halogen T4 G9 based lamp and is suitable for various applications like decorative pendants, display lighting & chandeliers. Aesthetically pleasing, the Pharox Gen G9 Retrofit LED Lamp offers bright and crisp light in a very compact profile, while minimising energy expenditure. It is low on maintenance and generates much lesser heat as compared to its halogen equivalent. With the efficacy of 90 lm/w and CRI greater than 80, Pharox G9 can be used in dry locations and can very easily be retrofitted in any existing G9 sockets. It has a much longer life than halogen lamps. Set up in April 2012, NTL Lemnis today is a fully owned subsidiary of NTLElectronics, after the buyout of Lemnis Lighting, the Netherlands based global LED lighting innovator. NTL Lemnis designs manufacture and sells energy efficient LED lighting solutions for Indian as well as the global audience.
A made is America week has been announced by the White House. The 50 states will feature crafts and other items in a product showcase. The Trump administration will honour the products and companies producing in the United States of America with an aim to increase in-house production. They also want to showcase their world class craftsmanship in various exhibitions while encouraging Americans to buy from American sellers. Made in America week comes as the Trump administration is nearing decisions on a number of trade matters. No official declaration has been made about the possibility of import tariffs among other measures to boost the Made in America series.
In a move to remove the famous Diplodocus dinosaur ‘Dippy’ which was installed in the Natural History Museum of UK in 1979, A blue whale skeleton was installed. Soon to be unveiled by David Attenborough, the 25-metre long skeleton will be the focal point of the Hintze Hall. The dinosaur, on the other hand, will be on tour of the various museums of the country with an intention to reach the furthest parts of the UK for all to experience natural history.
London -based Opendesk has collaborated with designers in Chicago as well as London to launch furniture pieces that do not require any tools to assemble. The desk and shelf launched do not require screws, glue or hinges and uses the Japenese techniques of joinery. The desk can be folded down and dismantled anytime creating more room of experimenting with new designs. The designs are reinterpreted to suit digital fabrication. Opendesk describes itself as a "global platform for local making". It connects designers with makers to produce objects on demand and also offers users the opportunity to download, make and buy furniture for their workspaces.
Geberit, a sanitary technology and bathroom ceramics, announced that it has successfully installed One Million Concealed Cisterns across residential and commercial properties in India. Geberit in India (as a fully owned subsidiary) started in 2010 with its headquarters in Bangalore and a production facility for concealed cisterns in Pune. The company has since followed the Constraint based Product Innovation. Geberit has helped establish a first-of-its-kind plumbing lab at the Pune University, and is working with institutions such as the Indian Plumbing Association etc. to create customised learning and knowledge sharing programmes. The Geberit Group is the European market leader in sanitary technology with a global presence. From the time of its establishment in 1874, the company has always been a pioneer in the sector, consistently setting new trends with its comprehensive system solutions. Geberit Group is headquartered in Switzerland at Rapperswil-Jona and has been listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange since 1999. Geberit touched 2.8 Billion CHF in net sales in 2016, the company employs more than 12000 people worldwide and has its own representatives in over 50 countries.
The city of Melbourne unveils 35 million dollar plan for six acres of public spaces to be created by 2020. This plan includes 1 km of bicycle area and includes major upgrades in urban design. Some of the focuses are better public transport, flood mitigation, increased biodiversity and other areas of ‘green’ architecture. Southbank is one of the most densely populated suburbs which is currently home to 20,000 residents and 50,000 office workers. The addition of six acres of open space is intended to support this population, which is expected to rise by 175 percent over the next 15 years.
BIG, a Danish firm designs an invisible museum for Tirpitz Bunker in Blåvand, Denmark. It is based beside a German bunker of the second world war and already housed a small museum. The new design opens the plan for natural lighting with six-metre tall glass walls.The walls of the galleries are formed from cast-in-situ concrete, which supports 36-metre cantilevering roof decks engineered by Swiss firm Lüchinger+Meyer. The Army of Concrete gallery shares the history of Hitler's plans for a vast network of defensive coastal structures known as the Atlantic Wall. Work on the 800-square-metre museum began in 2014 and opened last week. It is expected to attract around 100,000 visitors to the area each year.
The exclusive new imagery of Lid explores the elegant and endless interchangeability of marble and glass vessels for the contemporary bathroom. Designed to elevate the personal rituals of daily ablutions and organise both tools and trinkets, Lid is the fracturing of light through marine prisms, the encasement of precious possessions, and the addition of understated luxury to the landscape of aspiring latrines.