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Dormer Pramet Strengthens Asia Capabilities With Acquisition Of Miranda Tools

Dormer Pramet Strengthens Asia Capabilities With Acquisition Of Miranda Tools

Dormer Pramet has agreed to acquire the business of India-based Miranda Tools, a manufacturer of High-Speed Steel (HSS) and solid carbide cutting tools.

The acquisition enhances Dormer Pramet’s production capabilities with a proven manufacturing platform and further strengthens the company’s round tools offer for the general engineering, automotive component manufacturing and MRO industries.

“I am very pleased to have reached an agreement to acquire the business of Miranda Tools and look forward to welcoming them into the Dormer Pramet family. We see a lot of commonalities between the two companies, with an established distribution network, long-standing customer partnerships, and a focus on product quality and service,” said Stefan Steenstrup, president of Dormer Pramet.

“It also strengthens our position in the Indian and wider Asian markets, supporting a vast array of small to medium-sized workshops, which rely heavily on HSS cutting tools. By expanding our manufacturing footprint to encompass North and South America, Europe and now Asia, we can better serve these markets.”

“At present, we see this as business as usual for Miranda Tools and I would like to reassure customers that the proposed acquisition will not impact on their ability to receive the products they need in the day-to-day running of their business,” he concluded.

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2019 Gartner CIO Agenda Survey Reveals That India Is Entering Third IT Era

2019 Gartner CIO Agenda Survey Reveals That India Is Entering Third IT Era

Digital business is maturing from tentative experiments to large-scale implementation across the economy. CIOs must evolve their thinking to be in tune with a new era of rapid increases at the scale of digital business and Gartner’s annual global survey of CIOs has revealed that the CIO role will remain critical to digital transformation.

The 2019 Gartner CIO Agenda survey gathered data from more than 3,000 CIO respondents in 89 countries and all major industries, representing approximately $15 trillion in revenue/public-sector budget and $284 billion in IT spending. And according to the survey, digital business reached a tipping point this year with 46 percent of Indian CIOs reporting that their organisations have changed their business models or are in the process of changing them.

“What we see here is a milestone in the transition to the third era of IT, the digital era,” said Andy Rowsell-Jones, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “Initially, CIOs were making a leap from IT-as-a-craft to IT-as-an-industrial-concern. Today, 20 years after we launched the first CIO Agenda survey, digital initiatives, along with growth, are the top priorities for CIOs in 2019. Digital has become mainstream.”

India’s IT Budget Growth Slows Down, But Remains Above the Global Average

The transformation toward digital business is supported by steady IT budget growth. Globally, CIOs expect their IT budgets to grow by 2.9 percent in 2019. This is only slightly less than the 2018 average growth rate of 3 percent. A look at the regional differences shows that the regions are moving closer together, but India still has the lead. Indian IT budgets are expected to grow by 3.9 percent in 2019, which is less than the 7.4 percent growth rate of the previous year. This slowing can be attributed to the larger macroeconomic situation concerning slow economic growth, corporate earnings and market volatility. Overall, Asia/Pacific shows an expected growth of 3.5 percent.

“Indian CIOs should use their financial resources to make 2019 a transformative year for their businesses. Stay active in the transformation discussions and invest time, money and human resources to remove any barriers to change. Organisations that fall behind in digital business now will have to deal with a serious competitive disadvantage in the future,” said Mr. Rowsell-Jones.

Disruptive Technologies Are Breaking Through

Disruptive emerging technologies will play a major role in reshaping business models as they change the economics of all organisations. Gartner asked CIOs and IT leaders which technologies they expect to be game-changers. Among Indian respondents, data and analytics was the most mentioned technology (32 percent), while artificial intelligence (AI) ranked second (30 percent).

With regards to implementation, when asked about their organisation’s plans in terms of following digital technologies and trends, we see an impressive 270 percent increase in AI adoption since 2015 in India. During the same time frame, 3D printing adoption increased by 100 percent and conversational interfaces deployment by 48 percent.

“On the surface this looks revolutionary. However, this bump in adoption may indicate irrational exuberance instead,” said Mr. Rowsell-Jones. “While CIOs can’t afford to ignore this class of technologies, they should retain a sense of proportion. For example, the latest batch of AI tools is yet to go through its Trough of Disillusionment.”

Cybersecurity Becomes an All-Company Issue

According to the survey, 94 percent of Indian CIOs expect cybersecurity threats to worsen. It is therefore necessary to create a secure base for digital business that shields both organisation and clients. The survey indicates that 62 percent of Indian CIOs said cybersecurity is their responsibility. However, on its own, the IT organisation can no longer provide cybersecurity.

The rise of social engineering attacks, such as phishing, requires a broader behavioural change from all employees. However, in only 9 percent of Indian organisations is the board of directors accountable for cybersecurity, rather than the CIO alone. Nevertheless, to improve security against cyberthreats, in all organisations, CIOs are combining measures to harden information-processing assets with efforts to influence the people that use technology.

“Last year, I said that CIOs must start scaling their digital business, and they excelled,” said Mr. Rowsell-Jones. “This year, they have to take it one step further and put their growing digital business on a stable and secure base. Success in the third era of enterprise IT hinges on a sound strategy that combines new, disruptive technologies with a rebalancing of existing investments.”

Gartner clients can learn more in the report “2019 CIO Agenda: Securing a New Foundation for Digital Business.”

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Metal Forming Sector Positive In India

Metal Forming Sector Positive In India

India: The Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association’s (IMTMA) president P Ramadas said that the country’s machine tool industry is expected to grow around 20 per cent in 2017-18, and the metal forming industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 15 per cent in the next three years.

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Indian Automaker Mahindra Group Opens US Plant

Detroit, USA: Indian multinational automaker Mahindra Group recently announced plans to open an automotive manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, near Detroit.

The Indian Automaker Mahindra Group Opens US Plant Mumbai-based automaker established itself in the US in the tractor business behind John Deere and Kubota, and in 2015 launched Mahindra-branded agricultural utility vehicles. According to executives, the automaker has been seeing 70 percent annual growth in a flat category.

The automaker is also India’s largest sports utility vehicle (SUV) maker, but it does not sell cars or SUVs in the US yet. It is also one of a few companies in the running to supply the US Post Office with a new vehicle for letter carriers. It opened a technical centre in Detroit in 2012, and expects to have up to 250 employees in Michigan.

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