Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata reacts as he speaks during a press conference prior to the launch event of the Tata Nano in Mumbai, India, Monday, March 23, 2009. Tata Motors is launching its snub-nosed, US$2,000 Nano Monday in Mumbai, a vehicle meant to put car ownership within reach of millions of the world's poor. The Nano, starting at about 100,000 rupees (US$1,980), is 10.2 feet (3.1 meters) long, has one windshield wiper, a 623cc rear engine, and a diminutive trunk, according to the company's Web site. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh)
8 February, 2016, New Delhi: Moglix, an ecommerce company specializing in B2B procurement of industrial products, today announced an undisclosed financial investment in the company by renowned industrialist, Ratan Tata. This marks Tata’s entry as an investor in a manufacturing tech-startup, adding to his varied portfolio of ecommerce and new-age technology enabled companies. With his expertise and keen interest in the sector, Tata will play an important role in mentoring Moglix on business growth, global expansion and leadership.
Founded in August 2015 by Rahul Garg, a former Google employee, Moglix is focused on technologically disrupting the B2B Industrial products space for suppliers and buyers across the globe. The company currently specializes in B2B procurement of industrial products such as MRO, Fasteners and Industrial Electricals and is partnering with manufacturers and distributors across these categories in India, China and other Asian countries.
Moglix recently raised Pre-Series A funding from Accel Partners and Jungle Ventures. The funds are being used to enhance the technology platform, build a deep supplier base as well as increase marketing spends across Asia.
Rahul Garg, CEO and Founder of Moglix, said, “We are extremely pleased to have an icon of Indian manufacturing as our advisor. Tata’s contribution to the manufacturing sector has been inspirational and we look forward to his guidance as we steer the company towards transforming the buying and selling process for manufacturers in the country. While globally, top manufacturers have evolved towards adoption of technology for procurement and sales – Indian manufacturers have been slow to adopt technology, leading to process inefficiencies and limited marketing exposure. Moglix strongly believes that the unorganized supply chain in India can only be solved with a technology-1st mindset. We are confident that Tata’s role as an investor and mentor will help us gain a strong foothold in the sector and realize our vision”.
“The Make in India program when combined with the digital initiatives in the country have great potential to play a transformative role in India’s manufacturing sector. We need to attract young entrepreneurs to commit to the “Make in India” initiative for it to succeed,” adds Rahul.
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