May 16, 2020

Ford expected to end independent India operations with new Mahindra deal

Sean Galea-Pace
1 min
The US-based automotive giant, Ford, is close to a deal with Mahindra & Mahindra in order to establish a new joint-venture firm in India that is exp...

The US-based automotive giant, Ford, is close to a deal with Mahindra & Mahindra in order to establish a new joint-venture firm in India that is expected to see the automaker stop independent operations in the country, according to Reuters.

Ford has become the latest automobile manufacturer to decrease its operations in India following General Motors decision to stop selling its cars locally at the end of 2017.

Over the past 20 years, Ford has invested more than $2bn in India, however, has just 3% of the market share in India.


Following the terms of the new deal being discussed, Ford is expected to establish a new unit in India to hold a 49% stake. According to a Reuters’ source, “It’s like a partial exit (for Ford from India).”

After concluding the deal, the source added that Ford’s Indian unit will transfer the majority of its current automotive business to a new entity, which will include employees and assets.

It is anticipated that the deal will close within the next 90 days, with the value of the transaction not disclosed yet.

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Jun 16, 2021 x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line

2 min and BSH announce plans to bring speech-to-intent AI to the assembly line that will increase factory efficiency and improve worker ergonomics has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines. 


According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.


What Sets Apart? 

After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.  


  • Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions. 
  • Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately. 
  • Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations. 


How Voice Automation Works

Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production. 


‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’. 


Future Global Adoption 

In the coming years, BSH and will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier. 


Said Probal Lala,’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’. 



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