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PIAGGIO VESPA 946 SCOOTER TO MAKE INDIAN DEBUT IN JUNE 2014

APRIL 2014- Piaggio Vehicles, the wholly-owned Indian subsidiary of Italian two-wheeler company Piaggio, is taking luxury to a new level. The Pune-based company is ready to launch India's most expensive scooter before June this year. The scooter, which will be sold under the Vespa brand, is expected to carry a price tag of Rs 8 to 9 lakh. Branded as the Vespa 946, this automatic scooter will be so exclusive that Piaggio does not even intend to build it here. The vehicle will be shipped from Europe and brought to India as a completely built unit to be sold in limited numbers.



ITALY'S MGM STONE TO OPEN ITS SHOWROOM IN MUMBAI

MARCH 2014- MGM Stone, a brand name of GUARDA MARBLES & STONES Srl., based in Nuvolera(BS) Italy is opening its exclusive, luxurious Marble products showroom at 11, Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, Lower Parel , Mumbai on the 28th March 2014. The store offers luxury exclusive products named “ COLLEZIONI “, consisting of items such as inlaid backlit white onyx panels, freestanding basin and marble countertop basin in stunning forms and shapes, with the option to customize further with any provided design . The showroom is a Design Concept Area where the clients can see the beauty of stone as applied in real settings.



INDIA ADDS ITALY'S ENI TO LIST OF FOREIGN FIRMS THAT CAN SELL CRUDE OIL

JAN 2014- India has added Italy's ENI to a list of foreign firms that can sell crude oil at official prices to state refiners, sources said, in the first such revision to the list since 2001. The move comes as India expands its sources for oil to meet soaring energy demand. The country's procurement choices are widening as a shale boom in the United States has led to suppliers scrambling to tap alternative Asian markets such as China and India. A government committee in May 2013 called for revising the list of companies that can sell oil to state refiners in view of the changing market scenario and due to mergers and acquisitions.



ISTITUTO MARANGONI’S OPENS ITS FIRST OFFICE IN MUMBAI

JULY 2013- Istituto Marangoni is a world famous and prestigious leading Italian-origin fashion and design institute with campuses in Milan, London, and Paris. The institute spent over 77 years in the fashion industry and has 3 generations of professionals. In the last 77 years, 3 generations of fashion professionals have been educated from Istituto Marangoni: over 40,000 graduates, coming from the 4 different corners of the world, who represent a legacy that successfully links them to the fashion industry throughout the world. The office is located at 301 Anand Center, 105 Dr. Ambedkar Road, Bandra West, Mumbai



ITALIAN FINANCIAL GROUP SACE SPA ENTERS INDIA

DEC 2012- SACE SpA, Italy-based insurance and financial group, announced in november the launch of its India operations, which will help expand its euro one billion portfolio in the country and serve as a regional hub for its business in South Asia. "With a current exposure of over euro one billion, India is the seventh emerging market in SACE's portfolio," the company said in a release issued here. "SACE has been actively engaged with Indian companies for many years. Currently we are looking at transaction worth a couple of billion Euros, in a quite broad range of sectors, ranging from automotive, to refineries, petrochemicals and SMEs skilled technologies.



ITALIAN LUXE BRAND EMILIO PUCCI PLANS INDIA ENTRY

NOV 2012- Italian luxury clothing and accessories brand Emilio Pucci is entering India through a partnership with fashion designer Manav Gangwani’s Infinite Luxury Brands. Sources say the first Indian store of the brand created by late Italian designer and politician Emilio Pucci will be open in Delhi’s posh Emporio Mall. Infinite Luxury Group aims at bringing in renowned international luxury brands to India. The founders of this group are designer Manav Gangwani, entrepreneur Sahiba Narang and finance expert Rahul Kapoor.



FURLA OPENS ITS FIRST STORE IN INDIA

NOV 2012- It may have been our grandmums’ favourite handbag label, but Bolognese fashion house Furla is determined to get younger and hipper with its first store in India at Mumbai’s Palladium Mall. Hosted by Italian Consul General Giampaolo Cutillo and his wife Elisabetta, and Genesis Luxury MD Sanjay Kapoor and Furla CEO Eraldo Poletto, the evening saw some of the finest names in the city’s soiree crowd show up. Actors Gul Panag, Shahzan Padamsee and Amrita Puri were felicitated with Furla’s new Candy bag. While Farah Khan Ali, Princess Diya of Jaipur and filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor cheered, the evening also marked a foray of Delhi socialite Soni Aggarwal to Mumbai evenings.



ITALIAN FURNITURE BRAND GIORGETTI SETS FOOT IN INDIA

SEPT 2012- Italian designer furniture brand Giorgetti, in a tie-up with M Concepts, has entered the Indian market by opening its maiden store in Mumbai. The outlet at Senapati Bapat Marg occupies an area of 5,000 sq.ft and makes Mumbai only the third city – after Milan and New York – to host the brand's standalone store.Speaking at the launch, Carlo Giorgetti, president of the company, said, “We aim to open a new chapter in the luxury furniture market in India. It is truly the 'store of the future'; all we want is to offer people access to world-class furnishing articles, focused on the ultimate customer experience.”



FIAT GROUP'S ARM IVECO SCOUTING LOCAL PARTNER TO RE-ENTER TRUCK MARKET IN INDIA

SEPT 2012- Italian truck maker Iveco, a part of the 59.6-billion Fiat Group, is making a second attempt to enter the fast-growing truck market in India. A 9.6-billion company, Iveco is scouting for a local partner and India is on the top of its priority list, CEO Alfredo Altavilla said. Speaking on the sidelines of the IAA Truck Show in Hanover, Altavilla told ET: "The only way to be successful in India is to have a strong local partner. India is one of the important markets in world; it is the topmost on my priority list."



ITALIAN LUXURY FURNITURE BRAND VISIONNAIRE ENTERS INDIA

SEPT 2012- Italian luxury furniture brand Visionnaire has partnered with International Furniture Brands to open its first store in India at The Gallery on MG Road, Delhi. Spread over 5,000 sq.ft., the outlet showcases eight different home settings. It stocks items such as sofas, upholstered high back chairs, beds, dining tables, bars, mirrors, bookshelves, lighting, and chandeliers.Visionnaire is a brand of Ipe Cavalli that offers furniture and accessories made in Italy.



DIESEL'S 55DSL BRAND TO LAUNCH IN MUMBAI

SEPT 2012- The brand will be launching with a three day long mega event at Palladium, Mumbai from September 19th-21st. Planned keeping the brand’s young, street DNA in mind, the event will showcase the best of International street culture including art forms as varied as Graffiti art, Beat boxing, B-Boying and Rapping. The event will feature some of the best Indian exponents of these international art forms. Graffiti artists Jas, Minzo and Guru will be there through all three days painting the parking lot walls at Palladium and making artistic murals of the boring white walls.



ITALIAN COFFEE BEAN BRAND CAFFE BRISTOT DEBUTS IN INDIA

SEPTEMBER 2012- Caffe Bristot, an Italy-based coffee bean brand by Procaffee, has introduced its complete range of coffee beans and café branding for Indian chains and stores. To create a place for itself in the country, the company will lend the international expertise and branding for Indian cafes. affe Bristot offers a variety of coffee beans such as 100% Arabica, specialized Robusta/Arabica Blends, Rainforest Blend, Decaf Coffee and Signature 'Coffees of the World' to choose coffee from any region of the world in a box. The company also plans to come up with promotions to create brand recognition.