Dec 20 - 26, 2004

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TOYOTA-TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Indus Motor Co. And Saint Patrick's Institute of Science and Technology entered into collaboration under the Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP).
An inauguration ceremony was held on at St. Patrick Technical Institute in which the Chief Secretary, Sindh Mr. M. Aslam Sanjarani (Chief Guest), delivered his keynote speech. Other prominent speakers were Mr. Y. Arae, Vice Chairman IMC from Toyota Japan, Mr. M.I. Suri, Director Technical, IMC and Fr. Joe Paul, Rector/Principal of Saint Patrick's.
The chief secretary in his address expressed his appreciation of Toyota and Indus Motor in pioneering the T-TEP Program and for initiating industry education interaction and desired, that others from

 

 

the corporate sector, would come forth with the same spirit. Mr. Y. Arae, Vice Chairman Indus Motor in his address, mentioned of Pak-Japan cooperation. Toyota contribution to the auto industry through technology transfer and the salient aspects of the Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP).

Mr. M.I. Suri, Director Technical Indus Motor in his speech, spoke of the growing auto market, role of the vendor industry, technological changes, ITS imperatives and students under the T-TEP Program.

Fr. Joe Paul, Rector and Principal St. Patrick's in his closing address, thanked the chief guest, Toyota, Indus for establishing the T-TEP and implementing it through St. Patrick's technical institute.

Aslam Sanjrani, Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh, inaugurating Toyota Technical Education Programme (T-TEP) at the St. Patrick's Institute of Science & Technology.

EBM REAFFIRMS BISCUIT INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP WITH HIGHEST SALES GROWTH

The country's leading biscuits manufacturer, English Biscuit Manufacturers (Pvt.) Ltd announced record breaking sales of Rs. 1.5 billion in the first five months of the current financial year. The company also recorded the highest production level since the last five years. The sales figure represents a quantum jump of 56 percent sales in the corresponding period last year.

Discussing the details of this success, Mubashir Ansari, General Manager Marketing & Sales, said that EBM has always strived for excellence. "The company invests heavily in research and development of new products that cater to the evolving tastes and preferences of our consumers," he said "Our impressive sales growth can largely be attributed to this philosophy of remaining dynamic," he added.

EBM is the only Pakistan biscuits manufacturer to have both the ISO 9001-2000 and HACCP certifications. There is strong consumer preference for their brands Sooper, Rio, Gluco, Peanut Pik and Whole Wheat slices. "EBM strongly believes in its workforce as the catalyst for growth," stated Khawar Butt, the Managing Director of EBM. "Our sales growth is the result of great teamwork and we are happy that our growth allows us to do even more not only for our own employees but also more for the community at large," he added.

The company supports many ongoing social programmes such as healthcare campaigns and educational projects and funds many charitable organisations in their noble cause. EBM is also the only biscuit company in the country to receive the Environment Excellence Award 2004 for their persistent efforts in fighting against pollution and devising environment-friendly processing techniques.

PAKTEL GSM LAUNCHES SERVICES IN 17 MORE CITIES

After the tremendous success of the biggest cellular launch of Paktel's new GSM network throughout the country, the company has taken up the fastest ever expansion plan. In a record breaking move, Paktel GSM has expanded its network to cover 17 more cities in the country including Okara, Sahiwal, Pakpattan, Chakwal, Chakri, Charsadda, Haripur, Kohat, Murree, Bhurban, Bannu, Mardan, Swat, Mandi Bahauddin, Mianwali, Gwadar and Hub.

According to Akbar Khan, National Marketing Manager, the response to Paktel GSM has been overwhelming, "In just two months we have been so popular with the public that all previous doubts have been put to rest for good. Our new network is performing superbly and we have not had any complaints regarding network access and connections etc." He added that people have appreciated the company's tariff structures that have made it possible for almost everyone to own a mobile. "We have had a tremendous response to our tariffs that are much lower than others and have becomes very popular with the younger generation."

OVERWHELMING RESPONSE AT RASTGAR BOOTH

Rastgar & Company received a tremendous response at the recently held 2nd Hardlinks 2004 exhibition at the Expo Center in Karachi.

Engineers, students and professionals from the industrial and trade sector attended the echibition, while people from all walks of life thronged the exhibition area. The Pakistan Hardware Merchants Association organized the event.

Rastgar displayed Compair Air Compressors, Ultrafilter Refrigerant Airdryer, Ultra Filter Pre-Filter, Ultrafilter Submicro Filter and Hytorc Torque and Tension tools to attract the attention of the visitors. Chris Goldsworthy, International Sales Manager, CompAir along with Rastgar team gave out extensive information to the visitors.

The major attraction was the portable CompAir compressor, which was on display. The state-of-the-art portable air compressor ranges from FAD 1.4-31.3 m3/min at various rated operating pressures. The oil-free machine also offers a wide range of accessories, value-added services and complete compressed air technology service.

Mr. Maqsood Zulfiqar, Director, Rastgar & Co said "It gives us an opportunity to provide information to the visitors about compressed air & gas and advantages of using compressors with guarantee and warrantee. These branded compressors will go a long way in improving the performance and life of the machinery".

Ali Ahmed Khan, Chief Executive, Reckitt Benckiser, spoke to the graduating class at College of Business Management (CBM) on different facets of Marketing and Management.

NEW PHONE GUIDES USERS TO QIBLAH DIRECTION

 

 

Global and regional digital leader LG Electronics has set a new benchmark in regional innovation with the launch of its new mobile handset, the F7100 Qiblah phone in Pakistan.

The new handset is the world's first to feature an indicator setting which points to Qiblah. The Qiblah indicator uses an inbuilt longitude and latitude orientation of city references that, when used in comparison to the magnetic north, indicates the direction of the Qiblah. The phone comes complete with a compass and prayer time functions.

"No matter where the faithful are at the call to prayer, they will be able to easily identify the direction of Qiblah with this phone. As a global and regional digital leader, LG is committed to setting the standards for state-of-the-art solutions and providing our customers with products of the highest quality. Currently, mobile phones are taking to the mainstream by catering to local geographical and cultural demands. The unveiling of the compass mobile phone at this time is part of such strategy to meet customer needs," said Kenn Suh, Executive Vice President, Telecommunication and Handset Division LG Electronics.

GSK AGAIN TOPS THE UK GUARDIAN GIVING LIST

GSK has been recognized as the company giving the largest amount to global good causes of any of the UK's top 100 companies for the third consecutive year according to the annual Giving List published annually by the Guardian, a UK-based newspaper.

The company's generous support for underserved communities around the world means the company tops the list in both donations and in kind giving mainly donated drugs. GSK's cash donations, valued at pound 79 million, reflect the company's commitment to community health programmes in partnership with charitable organizations.

GHANI GLASS LAUNCHED PRODUCTION OF FLOAT GLASS IN THE COUNTRY

Ghani Glass Ltd. (GGL) a unit of Glass Group of Companies (GGL) has launched Production of Float Glass in the Country. It is stated by Junaid Ghani Chief Marketing Officer of GGL. He was addressing at IAPX 2004 forum organized by Institute of Architect of Pakistan (IAP) Imtiaz A. Ghani Chief Executive GGL. General Manager Marketing M. Salim Lakhani, Architect Engineers and other professional also present on the occasion.

Junaid Ghani said GGL has setup a mega project of Flaot Glass at Sheikhupura near Lahore by the name of Al-Rehman Glass (Pvt.) Ltd. GGL has invested Rs.1.5 billion in the first phase with production of 350 tons per day he added. He said this will be Pakistan's first coated reflective float glass equipped with the latest state of Arts technology, Junaid said till now Pakistan had no Float Glass plant and was importing from other countries, and Flaot Glass will available at all times with high standards and suitable price moreover. City Nazim visits stall of GGL at Expo Centre and appreciated of talent, potential and efforts of local experts and engineers. He also appreciated managements of GGL for promoting indigenious technology and business activities.

EXEL STARTS ITS OPERATION IN PAKISTAN

Exel, the global leader in supply chain management, Saturday announced to expand its operations in Pakistan with the opening of its new country headquarters. This comes at a time when local, as well as multinational companies, are looking for the full range of integrated supply chain services to optimise their manufacturing and distribution operations.

Speaking at the press briefing at Karachi Press Club, CK Lee, CEO of Exel, Asia Pacific, spoke about the significant challenges as well as the opportunities that lay ahead for Pakistan with the emergence of the new economic trade zones and alliances. "This is a highly important market for Excel, and witness to this is the investment that we have made in this new facility." Mr Asad Tariq CEO Pakistan and Mr Asad Tariq Director was also present in the briefing.

Mr CK Lee said operating from four offices at Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Sialkot, with over 130 employees, Exel in Pakistan provides support to all of the country's industrial and commercial centres. The new office will provide integrated airfreight, seafreight and contract logistics services for both export and import services supporting customers in complex and time-critical industries such as apparel, fast-moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, hi-tech, healthcare and telecommunications.

Building on the know-how and experience of the company's operations in over 2,050 locations globally including Europe, the US as well as other parts of Asia, Exel will provide the professional skills and expertise to analyse and optimise the entire supply chain, reducing inventory and time delays.

Masroor Khan, CEO, Pakistan Exel said, "We aim to create awareness in the market and our mission is to become a supply chain market leader in Pakistan. The new office will further expand Exel's business and will meet new challenges in the logistics industry. Customers will gain increased support and value in terms of cost and by introducing this new facility, Exel is able to commit to providing total supply chain solutions to our existing and potential customers."

INSTAPHONE INTRODUCES LOWEST DENOMINATION PREPAID CARD

Instaphone has always been a step ahead in providing the customers with what they want. Being the first company to offer 12 months free incoming on its prepaid mobile service, Instaphone now offers the lowest denomination common prepaid card of Rs.99.

Rs.99 Card is the lowest denomination prepaid card ever offered by any other Mobile phone company in Pakistan. The card mainly targets those people who run out of balance and do not have sufficient budget to buy higher denominations. This card will provide the customers with convenience and affordability at all times. So, with Rs. 99 Card you Never Run Out of Balance, because now you can load a card anywhere and anytime and stay in touch with your family, friends and loved ones.

Validity of outgoing call period on Rs.99 Card is 10 days and incoming call period is for 17 days. Insta Prepaid cards are available on all major retail outlets of Pakistan.

Instaphone introduced mobile telephony to Pakistan and holds the honour of vast coverage to an ever expanding network of 185 Cities nationwide. Instaphone has been a pioneer in consumer-favorable initiatives such as; Pre-paid plans, Calling Party Pays, low end pre-paid cards, 12 months Free Incoming, Roam Free Incoming, Interconnect SMS services and so on.