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Technet to Distribute TOA Electronics Products On Ugandan Market

We are very strict on our delivery routes Singer said, adding you cannot easily duplicate our products.

TOA Corporation was established in Kobe, Japan in 1934 and is currently operating in over 150 countries across the world. Recently, TOA equipment has been installed into many prestigious international sports facilities such as Wimbledon, Crystal Palaces Selhurst Park Stadium, Manchester United Stadium, The Cherries Bournemouth AFCl, Hampshire Cricket Club and Stade du France.

Key users of TOA products include Houses of Worship, Schools, Shopping Malls, Airports, Railway Stations, Prisons, Hospitals, Corporate Buildings, Factories, Hotels, Banks, Mines, Retail Shops, Restaurants, Military Installations, Stadiums and Sports Facilities. In Sub-Sahara Africa TOA products are used in Cape Town International Airport, Jomo Kenyatta and Moi Airports, Bank of Tanzania, Bank of Namibia, South African Reserve Bank, Hilton Hotels, Radisson Hotels, Vamp;A Waterfront Shopping Mall, Sam Nujoma Soccer Stadium, University of Botswana, University of Namibia, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, Cape Town Civic Centre, Netcare Hospitals, Aspen Pharmacare, Ford in Pretoria, Volkswagen in Uitenhage, Acacia Mall in Uganda, Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg, Debswana and Impala Platinum Mines and many more. International installations utilizing TOA products include Daimler Chrysler in Berlin, Volkswagen Centre in Hamburg, Porsche in Stuttgart, Versailles Palace, Hong King Central MTR Station, most of the venues for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, Harrow Central Mosque in London, Palm Jumeirah Metro in Dubai and many more.

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For Pratap Bose at Tata Motors, A Truly Global Design Matters

NEW DELHI: Pratap Bose remembers the first time he saw the Tata Indica. It was aquamarine blue with grey bumpers. For me, it came from another planet, says Bose, meaning that in a good way, since it was 1998 and no Indian company had produced such a good-looking car that had been designed from the ground up. At the time, Bose was 22 and had just graduated from the National Institute of Design (NID), waiting to go work for Piaggio in Italy. Hes now 39 and head of design at Tata Motors, which means its his task to make sure that the line-up looks fresh and exciting. This is going to be critical if the company wants to have cars that people want to buy just as sales are reviving and the economy looks like its about to turn around.

For the last two-three years, Tata Motors has only made money because of Ratan Tatas inspired decision to buy Jaguar Land Rover in 2008-9. While JLRs cars are exceptionally attractive, the Tata Motors line-up looks terribly jaded.

Can Bose get people to think differently with the newly launched Zest and the soon to be unveiled Bolt? Its going to be difficult. Sixteen years ago, the Indicadesigned by Italian design house IDEA–looked remarkably fresh.

It was a modern, indigenous product. I saw the car and thought to myself, it must be a fantastic company to work with, says Bose, who has an MA on vehicle design from the Royal College of Art, UK, which has trained many renowned global designers.

Over the next eight years (1998-2006), Bose gained international exposure with stints at Piaggio in Italy, and Mitsubishi and Daimler Chrysler in Japan, working on key projects. In September 2006, he met Ravi Kant, then managing director of Tata Motors, and asked for a meeting with Ratan Tata. A few months later, he was making a presentation to then chairman at Bombay House.

At the end of the day, Mr Tata said, Most of the things you said in the presentation, I disagree with, but I think it is a good point of view, Would you like to work with us at TMETC (Tata Motors European Technical Centre)? Bose recalls.

Since coming on board, Bose has been in charge of design concepts such as the Pixel, Mega Pixel and Nexon, showcased at the Auto Expo in New Delhi to largely positive reviews. Hes part of the new Ramp;D unit at Tata Motors led by Tim Leverton and Girish Wagh. While Leverton heads Ramp;D, Wagh is head of product planning and project management, driving the HorizonNext initiative started by the late Karl Slym, former managing director.

Bose says his mandate is clear: Tata cars need to look good enough for customers to want them. So far, Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry seems to be happy with the way things are shaping up.

We recently had a design review of one of our future cars and the feedback from Mr Mistry was just one word, Stunning. He said the same thing after looking at the Nexon (SUV concept). And that is the clear direction, that is one word we want to get from our customers, says Bose.

But the verdict doesnt seem to be unequivocally positive, at least thus far.

I feel that Bose had a good opportunity with the design of Tatas new product portfolio. Sadly the opportunity has been wasted. For a brand like Tata Motors, which is battling slow sales and almost extinction in the domestic market, the new cars needed to come with a family design language. This would have pulled in customers and given a more confident impression to the fence-sitting customer, says Deepesh Rathore, director of Emerging Markets Automotive Advisors.

Unfortunately, this is not happening with the Zest and Bolt, both of which do not look similar to each other… Also, the Bolt looks just like a facelifted version of the Indica Vista (which it is) and not a completely new car that Tata would like us to believe. The silhouette is identical to the Vista, Rathore says.

On the other hand, while the Zest and Bolt are not meant to be radically different from the current design theme, the planned small car and compact sedan based on the Kite or X0 platform will offer a more dramatic departure from the way Tata Motors cars look now, said a company insider.

To be sure, good design can be a matter of individual taste and creating a design language, such as Hyundais Fluidic or Fords Kinetic, can be a massive challenge.

And Bose is clear that he doesnt want to limit himself. I dont want products to be clones of each other in different sizes. Each product should have a different thing to say. Some can be subtle (Zest), some friendly (Nano), some aggressive (Nexon) and some classy.

He also says there has been a substantial change in thinking at Tata Motors, addressing another of Rathores concerns. The company has reoriented itself so that design gets the importance it deserves with concepts not getting diluted as they make the transition to the manufacturing stage. He says that the Zest and Bolt are very close to the concept design. The Nexon too will look much like the concept, he adds.

Once the design has been approved by the board, even the cost and engineering teams cant alter it, confirm senior executives at Tata Motors

Bose is said to have the complete support of chairman Mistry, who understands design well. Monthly design reviews take place in the presence of the entire executive committee, including Mistry.

Tata Motors badly needs a lineup of hot cars. Average monthly volume has slumped to 7,500-8,000 units from 25,000-30,000 units two years ago. Its been relegated to number six in the Indian passenger vehicle market, down from three in FY13.

Bose has done a good job with the Zest and Bolt, says Hormazd Sorabjee, editor of Autocar India. But design is not enough.

Given the environment, design is non-negotiable today and has become a make or break factor for the car makers. Zest and Bolt are a good start from Tata Motors, given the limitations Bose had, says Sorabjee. Design wise, the vehicles will be acceptable, but Tata Motors will have to fundamentally change its perception of quality of its products. Boses 170-member team in India, the UK and Italy (Turin) are working on 15-20 new products for Tata Motors going up to 2020-21. Among the youngest design team in the world with an average age of 28-29, they hail from countries such as France, Italy, UK, Ireland, Australia, South Korea, Iran and India and have worked in GM in the US, Ford in Australia and Nissan in Japan.

The design unit under Bose has a truly global touch, said a person who has worked closely with Bose, remarking on his close engagement with team members, for instance being able to converse them in Italian and Japanese.

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Düsseldorf: Der Stifter der Daimler-Chrysler-Ehe wird 70

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CHOW HOUND: Mr. & Mrs. B Champs a winner

MUNCIE – There was a time not too long ago, as I recall, when venturing into the bar at 2108 N. Walnut St. was akin to taking your life into your hands.

For a while there, nearby gunshots seemed as common as the clack of pool balls.

Thats no longer true now, however, and the city, the patrons and the long-suffering cops who paid regular visits here back in the day have Rudy and Sharon Parris and their brand new sports bar, Mr. amp; Mrs. B Champs, to thank for it. Step inside and youre greeted by an attractive, pristinely clean, red-and-black interior that graces this place, which they bought in November 2012.

It took us that long to remodel, said Rudy, a former Daimler-Chrysler skilled tradesman who spent his last five years as a United Auto Workers apprentice representative. Its just something I always wanted to do. I thought a friendly sports bar on the north side of Muncie might go over good.

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Aboriginal land will be expropriated

Past Supreme Court decisions make it clear that Aboriginal land wonâ??t be off-limits to economic development

Most analyses of the Supreme Courtâ??s decision in the Tsilhqotâ??in case agree that the government can override Aboriginal title only in extraordinary circumstances. But court decisions regarding the expropriation of the property rights of non-Aboriginal Canadians suggest that Aboriginal interests can expect only feeble protection.

The Supreme Court devoted a dozen paragraphs to the question of when and how governments can justify infringement of Aboriginal title. Its premise that governments will override title only â??on the basis of the broader public goodâ? and its assertion that governments must show that their actions are â??backed by a compelling and substantial objectiveâ? seem, on face value, to provide strong protections.

The court went further, confirming that the governmentâ??s objective â??must be considered from the Aboriginal perspective as well as from the perspective of the broader public.â? In particular, it must help reconcile â??Aboriginal interests with the broader interests of society as a whole.â? The court built in other protections, as well, imposing on governments a â??duty to consult and accommodate.â? And it required governments to show that a proposed incursion â??is consistent with the Crownâ??s fiduciary duty towards Aboriginal people.â?

Such language prompted the media, pundits, and representatives from Aboriginal communities and industry alike to celebrate â?? or bemoan â?? First Nationsâ?? new strength and control. The Globe and Mailâ??s Jeffrey Simpson wrote the decision confers â??a de jure vetoâ? over unwanted developments, the conditions for overriding which will be â??very, very hard to meet.â? Wrote two lawyers with Stikeman Elliott: â??The importance of obtaining consent from an affected Aboriginal group has been raised to a lofty height.â?

As the court itself put it, ‘legislative objectives that can justify the infringement of Aboriginal title are fairly broad’

This belief in the barriers to infringing Aboriginal rights is unfounded. The Supreme Court undermined its promise of more secure rights with a laundry list of activities that might justify an incursion on Aboriginal title. Copied from its 1997 decision in the Delgamuukw case, the list includes the development of agriculture, forestry, mining, and hydroelectric power, the building of infrastructure, and, to cover all bases, general economic development. The protection of the environment and endangered species would also justify incursion. As the court itself put it, â??the range of legislative objectives that can justify the infringement of Aboriginal title is fairly broad.â?

Just how broad may be surmised by the experience of the thousands of non-Aboriginal Canadians whose land has been taken by governments in the name of the so-called public good. Although the Supreme Court distinguished between Aboriginal title and the fee simple ownership that most other Canadians enjoy, the parallels may be instructive. The same courts will be making the decisions, and they will be interpreting similar language.

To promote economic development, governments have expropriated non-Aboriginal land for an office tower housing Daimler-Chrysler, a Toyota assembly plant, a Loblaws warehouse and distribution centre, and a foreign-owned open pit gold mine. They have also expropriated land for a big box store, a multiplex cinema, a private housing development, and a parking lot. Governments routinely argue that favoured developments create jobs and tax revenues â?? giving them, in the words of one Ontario court, â??a valid and proper public purpose.â?

Public purpose has been defined so broadly as to become meaningless. This was apparent in a case heard by the Supreme Court in 1991. The Quebec town of Val-BÃlair had expropriated land for a â??land reserveâ? â?? defined by one judge as â??a bank of land the use of which is not yet known.â? The court was divided over whether an undetermined use could qualify as a public purpose. In a dissenting opinion, three justices argued, â??If a land reserve is defined by its lack of purpose, it is presumptively impossible to conclude that its creation is for the betterment of the collectivity. It is not self-evident that expropriation for the sole purpose of creating a land reserve is in the public interest, which is what our law requires.â? The courtâ??s majority did not share these concerns, and approved the expropriation.

Although a public purpose presumption permeates legal decisions regarding expropriation, neither the laws nor the courts define the term. And how could they? The concept is amorphous and subjective â?? it is, in fact, largely rhetorical. What qualifies as a public purpose, and when is it compelling and substantial? Which public will be served by a particular development? How to balance competing public interests? Neither the Tsilhqotâ??in decision nor the jurisprudence concerning the expropriation of non-Aboriginal lands answers such questions.

Elizabeth Brubaker is executive director of Environment Probe and author of Expropriation in Canada: Discretion Masquerading as Law.

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Simon Elliott is the new boss of MAN Truck & Bus

Prior to this, Simon was MD of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in the UK and has also held various senior roles with Daimler Chrysler and Toyota.

He said: Ireland will be a hard place to leave, but the team has achieved amazing results in a challenging environment and developed a very strong position for future growth since we have been together.

“I have no doubt the UK team at MAN Truck amp; Bus will be similarly focused on growth and I look forward to working closely with them and the dealer network to achieve this and make a difference into the future.

Speaking on behalf of MAN Truck and Bus UK, the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Adrian Sargent, said: “The arrival of Simon is a huge boost for us all, particularly following the departure of Des Evans who had led the business for so long.

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Gov. Deal talks economic development

The Pooler industrial site near Savannah was considered by Daimler-Chrysler for a factory to build Sprinter vans, but the deal fell through. It continues to attract attention of industries, according to Gov. Nathan Deal

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Mercedes Chief Eyes U.S. Market Share Expansion

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (TheStreet) — Mercedes Chief Deiter Zetsche says he is relaxed about retaining the No. 1spot as the top US luxury automaker in 2014 as the first American-made sedan rolls off the assembly line in Tuscaloosa, Ala. But for Zetsche, building the C-Class, which has moved upmarket with its latest redesign, in the US may just be the start of the German automakers ambitious plans to deliver even smaller, less-expensive Mercedes to the masses.

The Vance, Ala. plant, just outside of the City of Tuscaloosa, is the only Mercedes plant in North America and until this summer, it was the main producer of several SUVs including the GL-Class, M-Class and R-Class. The redesigned C-Class is the first sedan Mercedes has ever produced stateside. Zetsche, speaking exclusively to TheStreetTV at the Alabama plant said, it was about time . . . to have our best-selling sedan in America being built for Americans, in America.

In 2013, Mercedes, a division of Daimler-Chrysler
(DDAIY) , sold 88,251 Cs in the US For the first half of 2014, sales were down 28% as customers waited for the arrival of the new model. The new cars started arriving in dealer showrooms in mid-August and so far, the reaction from customers has been positive. Many people treat it as the small S-Class which many people perceive as the best car in the world, according to Zetsche.

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The C-Class, priced at a little more than $41,000, is about $1,000 more than the previous years model. We do think these vehicles warrant a premium and that is expressed in our pricing, said Zetsche. Raising the price, along with moving production to Alabama has also improved the automakers profit margins. Zetsche declined to say by what percent, but he did say it makesvery good economic sense to start C-Class production in Alabama.

As for more sedan production on the way to the US, Zetsche did not rule out the possibility of building more sedans in the US down the road, but before that, there will be another as yet unnamed SUV that will be built in Alabama starting in 2015. When production of the new SUV starts, it will bring total production of the Alabama plant closer to 300,000 cars and SUVs a year. In 2013, the Alabama plant produced 185,000 vehicles. Zetsche says 300,000 is the ideal production output for a plant. As for what happens once the plant hits that goal, Zetsche was mum on the possibility of a second plant.

While it may be a while before the higher-end E-Class or S-class are manufactured on US shores, Zetsche is excited about a new joint venture Mercedes announced earlier this summer with Renault Nissan that willdevelop the architecture for a new assembly plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Zetsche says its compact car lineup is expanding rapidly and for the next generation we need even more capacity and there is none in North America. The plant is expected to start production in early 2017.

And, while the automaker is busy behind the scenes planning the launch of a new SUV in 2015 and the compact car lineup in a few years time, right now, Zetsche has a birds eye view of luxury spending around the world. In China, Mercedes has seen a double-digit growth rate and he expects the growth momentum their to continue. In Europe, Zetsche said he expects the economic recovery to continue, but at an even slower pace than in the first half of 2014. Globally, he said, The overall picture looks pretty bright but of course there are some clouds in the sky and we have to see how they will develop.

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Airbus sees Chinese market as one of the world’s largest

Workers put hands on the booth of Airbus for the upcoming ILA Berlin Air Show in Selchow near Schoenefeld south of Berlin May 19, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]

Passenger aircraft sales will take off and pull even with US, executive says

The Chinese market will continue to grow for another 20 years in terms of commercial aircraft demand, pulling even with the United States as the leading markets in the world for Airbus Group NV, according to Chief Executive Officer Thomas Enders.

Enders, who has been running Airbus since 2007, gave a positive forecast of this years orders during an interview on Tuesday in Beijing .

Airbus received 1,600 orders for its aircraft in 2013, and the number will be significant this year, he said.

Airbus, a world leader in aeronautics, space and related services, integrated its five brands under the same roof of the brand Airbus on Jan 1.

We picked the most well-known brand in the group, which represents 65 percent of our business. It will grow to 70 percent in the coming years, said Enders.

The new group comprises Airbus SAS as a manufacturer of commercial aircraft, Airbus Defense and Space as the defense and aerospace leader in Europe and Airbus Helicopters, which offers the worlds widest range of civil and military copters.

Airbus Group was created in 2000 through the merger of Daimler Chrysler Aerospace AG in Germany, Aerospatiale Matra in France and CAS in Spain. With orders exceeding 1.2 trillion eu ros ($1.6 trillion) since 2000, the groups order backlog at the end of 2013 was 680.6 billion euros.

Last year, Airbus Group had revenues of 57.6 billion euros, more than double the 24.2 billion euros it generated in 2000.

Fast-growing demand for helicopters in China, fueled by the relaxation of low-altitude airspace, is creating huge potential for Airbus Helicopter.

The division sold 123 helicopters to Chinese companies on Monday, when China and Germany signed a series of trade and investment deals during a visit to Beijing by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Three contracts were signed with Fujian Xinmei General Aviation Co, Guangdong Baiyun General Aviation Co and Yunnan Fengxiang General Aviation Co.

The copters will be used for general aviation functions such as utility work, air tours, passenger transport, business aviation, emergency medical services and search and rescue operations.

Most of the 123 helicopters are light single-engine helicopters from Airbus Helicopters Ecureuil family, as well as the light twin-engine EC135.

Airbus Helicopters Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury said: It is evident that Chinas relaxation of its low-altitude airspace regulations is enabling the countrys burgeoning helicopter market to realize its potential.

China has 190 Airbus helicopters in operation, accounting for 42 percent of Chinas civil helicopter market and generating revenue of about 180 million euros for the company.

Early this year, Airbus Helicopters and Chinas Avicopter – the helicopters business unit of State-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China – signed a joint agree ment for the production of 1,000 new-generation EC175/AC352 rotorcraft.

Speaking on technological exchanges, Enders said cooperation and sharing knowledge in the engineering field, as well as manufacturing and assembly technology, is vital in a collaboration.

You cannot cooperate with partners without knowledge, skill and technology transfers. That is the very core of cooperation. You have to share, he said.

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Statistics Show That Macomb Township, Michigan Has Rebounded From the …

WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI–(Marketwired – July 11, 2014) – Nick Tartaglia, CEO of TAG Real Estate, is feeling quite upbeat about the future business prospects for Macomb Township in Michigan. He has managed to secure several large lease contracts with some of the big players in the area. TAG is a realty firm poised for growth, and has a lot of experience in the development, planning, and construction of numerous shopping centers, industrial, and apartment complexes. Numerous Fortune 500 Companies have turned to TAG for help with their Real Estate needs, such as: Walgreens Pharmacy, Daimler-Chrysler, Little Caesars, and others.

So what is it that gives this area of Michigan such a bright outlook? One sure indicator is that Home Values have increased by 11.5% over 2013, and Zillow predicts it will also rise this year. Another Indicator is the home rental prices. The Zillow Rent Index shows a healthy rental market that is above average for the USA. Zillow also rates the local market as Very Healthy. These indicators are often the criteria that firms use in deciding which areas are ripe for growth, such as Macomb. During a recent interview, Nick Tartaglia had this to say: I am very bullish on Macomb Township, and I see an increase in all real-estate activities across the board all through 2014 and beyond.

The company points out that Macomb Township has rebounded after the recession as one of Metro Detroits fastest growing suburbs. An indicator of future home building is the number of building permits issued, and this area leads the region in residential building permits. Macomb is now the 10th largest community in Metro Detroit with an estimated 82,900 residents, and expected to quickly surpass Troy to take the #9 position. According to SEMCOG, median household income in 2010 was $83,254, and 43.1% of residents have an Associates Degree or higher. All this and Macomb still has that small-town feel that attracts so many home buyers.

For complete information, please visit: TAG Real Estate, LLC

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