Wednesday August 21, 2019

IITians Develop Affordable and Easy to Use Products to Help Boost Woman Hygiene

Set up about a year ago by Archit Agarwal and Harry Sehrawat, both students of IIT-Delhi, it has touched the Rs 1 crore revenue mark

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One of such efforts is a startup named Sanfe. Pixabay

If you thought startups are all about technology, IITians are out to redefine that, smash taboos and create awareness around issues, like women hygiene, in their own innovative manner and ways.

One of such efforts is a startup named Sanfe. Set up about a year ago by Archit Agarwal and Harry Sehrawat, both students of IIT-Delhi, it has touched the Rs 1 crore revenue mark as per their claims.

On a trip to mountains, one of their female friends contracted urinary tract infection after using a dirty public washroom. It pushed them on the path of thinking and they realised over 50 per cent of Indian women face this kind of problem.

They decided to develop a device, which could be affordable and also easy to use. And thus came the ‘Stand and pee’. Priced at Rs 10 a piece, the device has registered good online sales.

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If you thought startups are all about technology, IITians are out to redefine that, smash taboos and create awareness around issues, like women hygiene, in their own innovative manner and ways. Pixabay

They also developed a special oil for women to get relief from period pain. According to them, relief roll on helps in immediate and long-lasting relaxation from period pain.

“The initial plan was to create a product to help women avoid dirty public washrooms. Later, we realised that there are lot of things that must be done to improve the state of female hygiene in India,” Sehrawat told IANS.

Another product that has been trying to bring a change in the society is an affordable device, developed by two students of IIT-Bombay and IIT-Goa. It helps clean reusable sanitary pads.

Devyani Maladkar (IIT-Goa) and Aishwarya Agarwal (IIT-Bombay) set up Cleanse Right to address the growing threat of menstrual waste to environment and public health. They invented an inexpensive and affordable device to clean reusable sanitary pads. It costs around Rs 1,500.

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“The machine has been designed in such a way that it rubs the cotton sanitary pads clean like human hands in a hygienic manner,” Aishwarya told IANS.

Both Sanfe and Cleanse Right are in the process of getting their inventions patented. However, while Sanfe has already hit the market with its products, the invention by Aishwarya and Devyani will have to wait for 2-3 years to be available commercially. (IANS)

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Canon Doing Research and Feasibility Studies to Explore the Possibility of Manufacturing its Products in India

The new PIXMA G6070, PIXMA G5070 and PIXMA GM2070 printers that Canon India introduced on Wednesday are competitively priced at Rs 21,499, Rs 17,399 and Rs 14,299 respectively

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Japanese digital imaging major Canon, which launched three high speed “Ink Tank” printers in the G-series in India on Wednesday, is doing research and feasibility studies to explore the possibility of manufacturing its products in India, a top company executive said.

“Right now all our products are manufactured outside India. But we are doing research and feasibility studies to see if it is practical to manufacture in India,” Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO, Canon India, told IANS.

Terming India a very important market, Kobayashi said that Canon is eyeing over 10 per cent revenue growth from the India market this year.

“In 2018, we earned a revenue of Rs 2,811 crore. This year our target is to grow at over 10 per cent,” he said.

“We do not have a concrete plan to manufacture in India yet, but if we want everything is possible,” Kobayashi said.

While the printer business is declining in the country in line with the drop in the personal computer market, India has witnessed growth in the inkjet category – printers which are generally preferred in homes and small businesses.

Within the inkjet category, the Ink Tank printers have done well in the market.

“India has witnessed a rapid growth in the inkjet business for Canon and has been one of our top priority markets for expansion,” said Tamaki Hashimoto, Group Executive of Consumer Inkjet Group & Executive Officer of Canon Inc.

“Our Ink Tank business in India has an excellent blend of home and office customers, which gives us the opportunity to have a balanced focus between B2C (business to customers) and B2B (business to business) segments,” Hashimoto said.

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Canon India said that while it aims to achieve a 25 per cent share in the India Ink Tank business, in the overall inkjet category, its target is to achieve 12 per cent market share in 2019.

“We are putting equal emphasis on the B2B (including business to government) and the B2C spheres to expand our India business,” Kobayashi said.

“Canon has always been trying to become unique in the market. We want to offer best advantage of our technology to the customers. One good example is our unique printer head called Fine. This epoch-making technology makes our products different from others.

“Our products will attract certain groups of people. The colour analysis, resolutions, speed of printing and balance of cost for it will attract certain segment who care for value for money,” he said, adding that a price war in the printing business has always been there.

Kobayashi said that to expand its B2B business, Canon India introduced a business imaging solution lounge last year.

“General customers can walk in to stores, but businesses do not walk in. Therefore we introduced the business imaging solution lounge the first of which was opened in Daryaganj, New Delhi,” Kobayashi said.

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“We now have six such facilities spread across different parts of the country. Our aim is open 15 such facilities in the country by the end of 2019,” he added.

The new PIXMA G6070, PIXMA G5070 and PIXMA GM2070 printers that Canon India introduced on Wednesday are competitively priced at Rs 21,499, Rs 17,399 and Rs 14,299 respectively.

The printers are equipped with duplex (both sides) printing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) support for compatibility with smart speakers, Canon India said. (IANS)