US storage and data management company NetApp inaugurated an independent campus in Whitefield in Bengaluru, set up with an investment of around $150 million (Rs 1,000 crore).

The centre is NetApp's largest in the world in terms of engineering strength. It currently employs 2,000 people in Bengaluru and the new campus has the capacity to accommodate 3,500 people. NetApp employs 10,000 people globally.

NetApp CEO George Kurian said at the launch: "We have been in India since 2000. The operations here were led by our R&D centre.

“The success we have had leading global teams and building breakthrough innovations from India has caused us to invest much more broadly towards this entire business centre based here in Bengaluru.”

NetApp, a $5.55 billion company, has also launched a start-up accelerator programme called Escape Velocity in Bengaluru.

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American taxi hailing giant, Uber, is looking at opening a new centre in Bengaluru to expand operations in India.

The new centre will also support Uber's operations in South Asia since the company is developing India as a regional hub of sorts for the region.

The new centre could be used for providing both rider and driver support, apart from developing custom solutions for India and the adjoining markets, according to Indian media reports.

"While we can't comment on specific expansion plans, we can confirm that we will continue to invest here as we see tremendous potential for the future of ride-sharing," a spokesperson said.

In February last year, Uber launched its Hyderabad centre - its largest outside the US - and committed $50 million for the centre along with hiring about 500 people.

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Leading Indian vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland plans to set up a bus assembly plant in Kenya.

Kenyan trade minister Adan Mohamed confirmed the plans this week during a visit to an Ashok Leyland assembly plant in India.

The Hinduja Group flagship firm wants the new African plant to serve at least three neighbouring countries, besides catering to local demand.

Ashok Leyland senior vice-president (Global Buses), T. Venkataraman had recently said the plant will have an annual capacity of 1,200 buses.

The company has been working to enhance its global presence and already has a manufacturing facility at Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE, which was set up as a joint venture with the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA).

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Gujarat-based pharmaceuticals major Zydus Cadilla has received US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) approval to sell its chemotherapy drug in the US market.

The company will be able to market methotrexate tablets (2.5 mg strength) in the US marketm which is used for the treatment of leukaemia, lymphoma, breast cancer, lung cancer, head and neck cancers and other cancers

The drug will be produced at the group's manufacturing facility in Ahmedabad.

Zydus Cadila now has more than 105 approvals and has so far filed nearly 275 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) since 2003-04.

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Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) announced the signing of a joint venture agreement with Russian petrochemical giant SIBUR to set up South Asia’s first butyl rubber halogenation unit at RIL’s integrated petrochemical site in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed at the 2017 Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Gandhinagar earlier this month.

RIL said in a statement that the unit will produce 60,000 mt of halogenated butyl rubber annually under Reliance Sibur Elastomers Pvt Ltd (RSEPL), a joint venture in which RIL owns 74.9 per cent, while SIBUR owns 25.1 per cent.

Apart from the planned halogenation unit, the JV owns a 1,20,000-mt per annum butyl rubber plant, currently under construction at the same venue. It will provide the necessary butyl rubber feed to the halogenation unit.

Construction of the plant has kicked off in Jamnagar and commissioning is targeted for 2018.

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Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd (SMIPL) has begun exporting its made in India flagship motorcycle ‘Gixxer’ to the Japanese market, with the first consignment already being dispatched.

“We are already exporting Gixxer to other countries like Latin America and some surrounding countries. The export of made in India vehicles to Japan denotes the high quality benchmarks established by SMIPL and its expanding global role,” SMIPL managing director Satoshi Uchida said in a statement.

The company has said that exporting Gixxers to Japan would mean showcasing the advanced technology and superior quality standards within the competitive price range that have been developed by SMIPL in India.

The Gixxer is powered by a 155cc single cylinder, air cooled engine and a five-speed gearbox.

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