Indian Govt rule to pave way for optional use of Microdots in vehicles to trace them, check thefts
In a bid to prevent vehicle thefts or misuse of stolen vehicles, the Central government has directed auto makers to affix laser-oriented microdots in their vehicles and parts, which can be read only by microscopes under ultraviolet light sources. “The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has issued a draft notification GSR 521(E) amending Central Motor Vehicle Rules, allowing motor vehicles and their parts, components, assemblies, sub-assemblies to be affixed with permanent and nearly invisible microdots that can be read physically with a microscope and identified with an ultraviolet light source,” the ministry said in a statement. The Microdot technology involves spraying the body and parts of the vehicle or any other machine with microscopic dots, which give a unique identification. Use of this technology will help check theft of vehicles and also use of fake spare parts. “The microdots and adhesive will become permanent fixtures/affixation which cannot be removed without damaging the asset that is the vehicle itself,” the statement said.>>>> Read more
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To ensure authenticity, APIs of drugs may soon get track-and-trace codes
The Health Ministry may soon make it mandatory for companies to include codes to track-and-trace key ingredients used to make medicines in India, according to media sources. If implemented, the move will potentially be the first step by the government to pinpoint the origin and movement of drugs manufactured here and ensure their authenticity.
A draft amendment mandating quick response (QR) codes at “each” level of packaging of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), used to give medicines their therapeutic effect, is ready and will be notified “soon”, said a senior Health Ministry official. “The basic drug is in the API. As a first step (to tracking and tracing medicines in the country), every API manufactured or imported in India will bear a QR code on its label at each level of packaging,” the official added. India is currently dependent on China for imports of APIs to make “certain” essential medicines, with around Rs 12,255 crore worth of these ingredients imported from the country in 2016-17, as per government data.
Automakers need to adopt digital supply chain solutions
Indian automotive industry is currently going through a paradigm shift and it needs to adopt digital supply chain solutions to meet the increasing product complexity and market dynamics, states a joint report published by  CII  and Ernst & Young. Titled as ' Automotive supply chain- Emerging trends for building intelligent supply chain ', the report emphasises on the impact of 'Future of Mobility' and the solutions required to be adopted by the stakeholders for that. The report says that rather than merely doing digital projects, the organisations need to be digitally operated. With the new trends like connected, autonomous and electrified cars and  shared mobility , the Indian automotive industry is about to experience a monumental change.  >>>> Read more
Jindal Stainless Limited clamps down on counterfeit market
In a drive to curb the counterfeit products of Jindal Stainless Limited in the market, the Company is launching a nationwide co-branding initiative with Pipes and Tubes manufacturers. JSL currently commands a high market share in this segment, and is geared up to increase its revenue in the next 2 years. According to industry estimates, the current market size of the decorative P&T segment is to the tune of ~INR 5300 crore, and is growing at a rate greater than 12% annually. JSL MD Mr. Abhyuday Jindal said "We have launched this mutually beneficial co-branding scheme in response to the needs of our customers. It is estimated that over 25% of pipes and tubes sold annually in India bear the counterfeit branding of Jindal Stainless Limited . We aim to curtail this counterfeiting and capture the growing decorative P&T market in the next 2 years." >>>> Read more
Casio sues Snapdeal, e-sellers over fake products 
Japanese consumer electronics giant Casio has sued online retailer Snapdeal and sellers on its platform for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of the brand’s products such as watches and calculators. The Gurgaon-headquartered Snapdeal is the latest in the line of online retailers in India to face flak from brands for selling fake products. Earlier, US footwear maker Skechers had dragged Flipkart and sellers on its platform to court for allegedly selling counterfeit products. The matter was later settled out-of-court. Read more
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