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E-waste to developing nations banned by Dell

June 29th, 2009 admin No comments

Dell has become the first major computer manufacturer to ban the export of non-working electronics to developing countries as part of its global policy on responsible electronics disposal.

Dell's electronics disposition policy now exceeds the requirements of the Basel Convention, which bans the export of certain electronic waste based on its material or chemical composition.

By expanding its definition of electronic waste to include all non-working parts or devices, irrespective of material composition, Dell aims to help prevent the unauthorized dumping of electronic waste in developing countries by requiring that equipment be tested and certified as “working” prior to export.

Mahesh Bhalla, GM—Consumer Business, Dell India, said, “As one of the world's leading providers of technology, we recognize our responsibility towards environmental issues concerning responsible product retirement and support re-cycling regulation or legislative proposals that are consistent and in line with our producer responsibility policy. We have world class partners to manage a safe, friendly recycling process and who understand that reusing computers by extending their life and performance is the way to go. To ensure that efficient and convenient product recovery options are available
directly to consumers, Dell provides free recycling for any Dell branded product at anytime and free recycling for other branded products with the purchase of new Dell equipment.”

Barbara Kyle, National Coordinator, Electronics TakeBack Coalition, said, “Too many companies are still exporting used, non-working electronic equipment to developing countries, supposedly for repairs. We applaud Dell for drawing a clear line by saying they will not export non-working electronics to developing countries—not for recycling, and not for repairs. Dell's policy on e-waste export is now the strongest in the industry and demonstrates Dell's leadership as a global environmental citizen.”

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Canon Printers capture 30% market share

June 8th, 2009 admin No comments

Canon has announced the Eastern market to have registered the highest growth in most product categories in the first 5 months of 2009 over the same period last year. Canon also announced that it has become a leading player in East in the digital camera and digital copier multifunctional categories with 30% market share in both.

The announcement also included Canon's achievement of 30% market share for laser printer nationally during April 2009. Ace cricketer and Canon's brand ambassador Sachin Tendulkar visited Kolkata to be a part of “Thrill of Thirty”- an event to celebrate the landmark. The event was followed by a channel partner meet to share the success with Canon partners and acknowledge their unparalleled efforts.

This announcement is a milestone since all the three divisions of Canon India have grown substantially in East. In the Printer Products Division, East has the highest contribution to the consumables business which is the engine of growth for this business. 32% of consumables revenue for Canon India is generated from the Eastern region. In the camera products division also 38% of the supply business comes from East. In the copier segment, consumables business grew 34% which is the highest in the country.

East India which includes cities like Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Patna , Ranchi and others generated a revenue of Rs1.1bn across all business in 2008. This is higher than the company's total growth plan of 25% to reach the turnover of Rs. 8.4bn establishing East as the growth engine for Canon. Canon is looking at revenues of Rs1.5bn in 2009 from East which is a growth of over 30%.

Kensaku Konishi, President & CEO, Canon India remarked saying, “At Canon we always aim at providing products with innovative technologies making the products user friendly. We are thrilled to announce that all our three product divisions have grown higher than the industry in East and have generated highest market share from the Eastern market. At the same time we aim to further increase penetration and sustain momentum in these markets. These markets continue to be crucial to our overall growth and we plan to expand further to reach out to our end users.”

Aiding the robust growth of Canon across key markets even in challenging times is the digital imaging major's strategy of consistently coming up with innovative offerings across categories aimed at forging stronger relationships with consumers as well as partners. With its Eastern India Market also on a growth curve, the company is rapidly progressing towards achieving its target revenue of Rs8.4bn in 2009.

Speaking on the occasion, Alok Bharadwaj, Senior Vice President, Canon India said, “For us at Canon, the East has always been one of our key markets and now the key revenue generator as well. We have successfully managed to penetrate the Eastern market to a great extent. Canon today has a footprint in 300 towns across India out of which 80 towns are situated in the East. 60% of our business in East comes from outside West Bengal demonstrating high potential of smaller states in East.”

“Our consistent marketing efforts and channel initiatives coupled with the high brand loyalty and goodwill from our customers and partners in the East has helped us reach this milestone figure. We will continue to invest in these markets to sustain our position and move towards market leadership in all the areas. We are glad to have Sachin Tendulkar amidst us to celebrate our success in the East and be a part of “Thrill of Thirty” he added.

Brand Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar said “I am very happy to share this milestone with Canon and be a part of the celebration. I wish them all the best and look forward to many more milestones in East India ”.

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Nivio launches the World’s first true Rs 4999 Computer

May 28th, 2009 admin No comments

Nivio ( www.nivio.com ), the world's first online Windows desktop , has unveiled the nivioCompanion in New Delhi , India ; a tiny US$100 set-top box device with big ambitions and the power of Nivio behind it. nivioCompanion works just like a normal Windows desktop except that it is run on the internet instead of locally, on a computer. Because everything is run from and stored on the internet, Nivio is:

• familiar . Just like a traditional PC, Nivio is powered by Microsoft Windows. Users can also access programs they're familiar with like iTunes, Skype, MSN Messenger or Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

• future proof . all performance updates happen online so nothing ever goes out of date.

• secure . Files are automatically backed-up daily and kept safe and private just like an online vault. There's no need to worry about viruses either, as all virus security is managed by Nivio.

• simple to use . New programs can be added in seconds without installation, and users only pay for what they use on a monthly basis.

• accessible anywhere . A virtual Nivio computer is only as far away as the nearest internet-connected device. All files are stored online in the same way as photos are saved online with Flickr or emails are stored on Hotmail. Users simply go to the Nivio website and log in.

Nivio has initially partnered with Bharti Airtel to offer consumers low cost, high powered computing. Together, they hope to extend access to computing for those in India who don't currently own a computer. The first stage of the launch is a limited release launch in New Delhi and the NCR region followed by a national roll-out. Over the next few months, nivioCompanions will also be available through a partnership with Next Retail in the Delhi NCR Region in selected stores ( http://www.nivio.com/NEXTStores).

nivioCompanion costs from just Rs4999 (approx US$100) for a standalone device. It is also available with a 15” LCD screen, keyboard and mouse for Rs7999 (approx US$160). Once connected to a broadband internet connection, the nivioCompanion offers a full Windows XP experience complete with a full version of Microsoft Office (and the option to rent other software from leading publishers) and 10GB of storage.

Sachin Duggal, President & CEO, Nivio “There are two ways to make computing affordable – one is to give an inferior cut-down offering and the other is to make the whole ecosystem more efficient by offloading the work to the internet. The latter is what we do at Nivio. The launch of the nivioCompanion today marks the start of a new era in smart and low cost computing – powered by an online grid computer; a bit like how homes get electricity.

“We now have over 80,000 Nivio customers and they asked us repeatedly for different ways to connect to Nivio; we listened, researched and developed the nivioCompanion, the first of many nivioEnabled devices. While this is our first piece of hardware, our specialism is software and we've been busy building an eco-system with hardware partners to create more devices to connect with our world-first service. As they say – watch this space, Nivio is very much “always turned on!”

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SES ties up with RT Outsourcing for Samsung warranty

May 28th, 2009 admin No comments

SES ties up with RT Outsourcing for Samsung warranty

SES Technologies has joined hands with RT Outsourcing for providing Warranty on Samsung HDD. This tie-up will enhance the brand positioning and even further increase acceptance and growth for Samsung hard drive business via SES in India .

RT Outsourcing is one of India 's leading providers of Technical Support and Reverse Logistics Services offering integrated aftermarket service solutions for warranty support to leading multi-nationals and fortune 500 companies. SES has faith in RT Outsourcing' expertise in the service arena and with warranty provider for WD products and now Samsung reflects their aftermarket service excellence. This service pact will commence from 1st June 2009.

“Samsung HDD business is growing rapidly in India supported by SES strong channel network in Tier II & III class markets and this tie-up with RT Outsourcing will fulfill the upcoming requirement of a specialist warranty & service provider for Samsung hard drives.” stated Mr. Jacques Roux, Director ,SES Technologies.

“We are indeed proud that we have been able to secure the contract for Samsung hard drive warranties from SES, and look forward to ensure the best possible service that customer could wish for Based on the excellent quality of the product and the extensive service network that we offer, we are very confident of a smooth warranty service here” commented Mr. R.K Goel, VP – APAC, RT Outsourcing Services Ltd.

Samsung Electronics is leveraging off the well know strength that SES technologies holds in upcountry markets & metros last year by re-launching its hard drives range of products making the product more accessible across the country. Through this enhanced service model, the acceptance and penetration of Samsung hard drives will grow from strength to strength.

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