Punjab Chemicals to foray into contract manufacturing

Agrochemical major Punjab Chemicals and Crop Protection Ltd plans to make a foray into the contract manufacturing space by producing herbicides for two global companies. The company targets a business of Rs140 crore in next two years from this segment.

Besides, the promoters of Punjab Chemicals (PCCPL) are also planning to offload 10% to 12% of stake through private equity infusion, which will help in raising $10 million to be used largely for paying high cost debt.

"We are in advanced stage of discussion with two companies of the Netherlands and Japan for making herbicides for them at our Dera Bassi plant in Punjab and we hope the agreement will be signed by March 2011 and we expect to have a business of Rs100 crore from the Netherlands company and Rs40 crore from the Japanese company," said Punjab Chemicals managing director Shalil Shroff. Punjab Chemicals saw its scrip close higher at Rs138 on the BSE, while the benchmark Sensex closed at 18.311.

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Subex gets firmer foothold in Africa

Subex Ltd, a global provider of operations and business support systems, has announced that it has been selected by Worldstream Systems & Services to implement fraud management and revenue assistance solutions for the Econet Group. Subex's implementation will cover Econet's mobile services (GSM and WCDMA) in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Burundi.

Econet was looking for these solutions being provided by Subex for optimising revenues. Subex has had prior experience in Africa. "All the reference checks we made on Subex with their existing African customers were positive, and thus the company was the natural choice for us," said Anthony Carter, CEO, Worldstream Systems & Services. Subex closed higher at Rs56 on the BSE; while the benchmark Sensex shut at 18,311.

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DQE inks agreement for ‘Jungle Book’ merchandise

DQE, an animation, gaming live action entertainment and distribution company, has announced that it has entered into a merchandising agreement with Off Road Ltd, a footwear manufacturer, to produce a collection based on the animation from DQE's series, 'The Jungle Book'.

Under the terms of the agreement, Off Road Ltd has acquired the rights to manufacture 'Jungle Book Footwear' including indoor slippers, beach slippers, trainers, children shoes, rain boots and snow boots. Off Road Ltd specialises in designing, manufacturing and selling shoes for European brands and markets. The collection will be designed and manufactured in China, Vietnam and India and marketed by major French shoe retailers with more than 200 retail outlets across France and the Benelux region. In addition to traditional retail outlets, Off Road will also distribute the products by mail order, the Internet, as well as through hypermarket and supermarket chains.

The agreement was signed through TF1 Enterprise France, DQE's co-production partner and licensing and merchandising agent for the 'Jungle Book' in these regions. DQE shares closed higher at Rs111 on the BSE; while the benchmark Sensex shut at 18,311.

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