IESA WINWire Aug 31 - Sep 06  2013
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Soon An Entrepreneur Helpline In UP
Source:; August 30, 2013

To address the grievances of entrepreneurs, the Uttar Pradesh government has declared the establishment of a 24x7 call centre at Udyog Bandhu (UP industry interface) in Lucknow. The purpose of this helpline is to provide solution to urgent issues pertaining to the industry.

The state government is in receipt of investment proposals in information technology (IT) and ITeS, electronics, warehousing, logistics, education and auto ancillary sectors. Firms that showed interest are LG International, Oracle, Hind Terminals, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association, Delphi and PTC Industries.

Govt committed to promote Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities : IT minister
Source: The Times Of India; August 30, 2013

While IT minister S R Patil tried to leverage the abundant human resources and cost advantage factor of this coastal city for investors to start IT operations, Kris Gopalakrishnan, executive vice-chairman, Infosys was on a different tangent urging educational institutions to promote entrepreneurship among students.

Sanjeev Keskar, chairman of Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), urged the audience to explore opportunities in Industrial Electronics and many other streams under ESDM. IESA is going to publish a report next month highlighting opportunities in 20 electronic product segments, he added.

Windows 8.1 Won't Rescue PC Market This Year: IDC
Source:; August 30, 2013

The PC market will weaken even further this year and Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8.1 OS will be unable to reverse the drop in shipments, IDC said on Thursday.

Due in part to increased adoption of mobile devices globally and a drop in PC sales in China, shipments will shrink 9.7 percent in 2013, according to IDC, which previously had predicted a fall of 7.7 percent drop.

Scientists Reverse Engineer Plants to Make Hydrogen Fuel From Sunlight
Source: Before It's News; August 31, 2013

“In coupling the absorption of visible light with the production of hydrogen in one material, we can generate a fuel simply by illuminating our photocathode — No external electrochemical forward biasing is required.”

In the search for clean, green sustainable energy sources to meet human needs for generations to come, perhaps no technology matches the ultimate potential of artificial photosynthesis. Bionic leaves that could produce energy-dense fuels from nothing more than sunlight, water and atmosphere-warming carbon dioxide, with no byproducts other than oxygen, represent an ideal alternative to fossil fuels but also pose numerous scientific challenges.

'Consumption cannot be stifled'
Source: Deccan Herald; September 2, 2013

From the beginning of the year, the rupee has depreciated 20 per cent in value against the dollar and an optimistic Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his recent speech in the Lok Sabha said that this fall is actually benefiting the export sector in India.

What are your views on the government’s plan to curb electronics imports to trim the import bill?

It would be detrimental no doubt. The need for electronics is growing constantly in India and since we are unable to make it, we are importing it.

Now that the rupee is devalued, we can stop imports, but we do not solve the problem. If people are unable to import directly, they'll go get it through some other route. We can reduce consumption but we cannot stop it. And, moreover, the increase in import tariff would have its effect on the end consumer.

How does the rupee fall benefit the electronics sector in exports and do you think India is equipped to export electronics?
Sometime back, we were worried how it was going to impact our import bill and with this dramatic fall in rupee, the urgency for the electronics industry to localise has intensified. And given the devaluation, we can see better export market opportunities.

Companies bet on local manufacturing of electronics
Source: The Times Of India; September 2, 2013

The government has received 19 investment proposals worth more than Rs 11,000-crore in hi-tech electronic sector, including mobile phones segment, that is heavily dependent of imports at present.

The proposals are from both domestic and foreign investors. For mobile phone production alone, the government has received plans worth Rs 6,744 crore, which include proposals by some existing players for enhancing production facilities. According to government data, over Rs 25,800 crore worth of mobile handsets were imported in 2012-2013.

Last month government had cleared investment proposals of around Rs 3,300 crore under National Policy on Electronics.

The investment proposals cleared by government for electronics manufacturing included Rs 544 crore from Bosch Electronics in automotive electronics segment, Rs 406 crore from Samsung Electronics for manufacturing of mobile phones in the country and Rs 11.1 crore from Indian firm Sahasra Electronics for manufacturing LED lights in Noida.

Infotech Enterprises sets up branch office in Taiwan
Source: Indian-Commodity ; September 3, 2013

Infotech Enterprises has set up a branch office in Taiwan and this office will discharge marketing and liaison functions.

Infotech Enterprise is a leading global engineering service company. The company provides services to a wide range of industries - aerospace, rail, automotive, marine, energy, plant engineering, utilities, telecom (operators), government, retail, consumer electronics, medical electronics, semiconductor telecom (manufacturers) and computing industries.

Indian investors remain optimistic about the global economy
Source: India Infoline Ltd; September 3, 2013

In absolute terms, however, the country remains fairly neutral about the global scenario.

Global investor confidence in the global economy increased during 2013. However, most of this increase was due to heightened confidence in the Asian markets, with confidence levels in both Europe and Latin America declining during the period, according to the 2013 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey from Deloitte in India and the National Venture Capital Association.

Indian Govt may ban Gmail, Yahoo for official communication
Source: The Hindu Business Line; September 3, 2013

Wary of cyber snooping, the government may ban use of e-mail services such as Gmail and Yahoo for official communications so as to safeguard its critical data.

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology is drafting a policy on e-mail usage in government offices and departments, which will be released in two months.

“We are working on an e-mail policy. The policy will apply to all the central and state government employees using NIC. It will come out in about two months time,” the DEITY Secretary, J. Satyanarayana, told PTI when asked whether the Government is drafting a policy to check the use of e-mail services like Gmail, Yahoo etc.

Govt identifies 10 areas that can boost growth of electronics
Source: Zee News; September 4, 2013

The government has identified 10 areas that can contribute to the growth of the electronics sector in the country, a senior official said on Wednesday.

"Department of Electronics and IT (DEITY) has identified 10 areas, which we feel can help in the growth of the electronics sector in India," Ajay Kumar, a Joint Secretary in the department said at an event here.

STPI to set up characterization lab at IIIT
Source: Business Standard; September 4, 2013

To give boost to the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector in the state, the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) will set up a characterisation lab in PPP (public-private partnership) model at International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bhubaneswar in association with the state government.

“The detailed project report for setting up the lab has been approved by the state government and the Centre. The initial capital investment will be around Rs 8 crore and about Rs 7 crore has been earmarked for upgradation of the facility,” said an STPI official.

The infrastructure needed includes 5,000 sq ft floor area, anti-static flooring, high ceiling of 14 feet, set of equipment, supporting team for facilitating test, etc. The state IT department has already engaged India Electronics and Semi-Conductor Association (IESA) to prepare a draft ESDM policy and a future road map for Odisha.

Fab equipment spending up 25 percent in 2014
Source: Cybermedia India Online Limited News; September 4, 2013

Capital expenditure for semiconductor fab equipment spending will increase to $39.8 billion in 2014.

The SEMI World Fab Forecast indicates that capital expenditure for semiconductor fab equipment spending will increase to $39.8 billion in 2014, the highest on record.

Semiconductor revenue has improved in 2013 compared to 2012 and early forecasts for 2014 project revenue growth averaging about 8 percent. Semiconductor companies have adjusted their capital expenditure accordingly, and the SEMI report tracks over 200 projects, with details revealing that fab equipment spending is expected to decline by 1 percent in 2013 (to $31.8 billion), but increase by 25 percent in 2014, including new, used and internally manufactured in-house equipment.

Indian ESDM sector set for big leap
Source: CXO; September 5, 2013

Indian electronics system design and manufacturing sector, has grown rapidly in the last few years, will see an investment of around 11,000 Crore, focusing on high-end electronics products and technology. At a recent trade expo, electronica India 2013 and productronica India 2013 (eP India 2013) in New Delhi, the government and industry came together to discuss the various prospects of taking the electronic industry to greater heights.

“We expect the electronic goods demand to rise to $ 400 billion by 2020 for which we need to encourage and unleash the tidal wave for innovation in the sector. Continuous upgrading and advancement hold the key to achieving this target. Not only do we need to focus on the business in manufacturing but issues like infrastructure, policies in which we have progressed quite a way ahead,” informs, PVG Menon, president India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA).

We do advanced R&D in India: Synopsys CEO
Source: The Times Of India; September 5, 2013

The US-based , $1.76-billion company is the world leader in the area known as electronic design automation, providing software tools for designing electronic systems such as printed circuit boards and integrated circuits. With Bangalore emerging as a global hub of semiconductor design, Synopsys has had a rapidly growing business here. On a recent visit to Bangalore, de Geus, chairman and co-CEO of Synopsys, spoke to TOI.

DeitY Launches BIS Standards Awareness Drive
Source: Channel Times; September 5, 2013

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology has launched an awareness drive regarding the safety standards for electronic products. Following the recent government notification to fifteen electronic product categories, dealers would be barred from selling these products in the Indian market if they fail to meet the safety standards set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Now, government has started creating awareness of this compliance at all the levels including manufactures, distributors, importers and channel partners.

Speaking on the need of BIS awareness at the inaugural ceremony of the trade expo, electronica India 2013 and productronica India 2013 (eP India 2013), Dr Ajay Kumar, joint secretary, government of India, Ministry of Communication and IT department of Electronics and Information Technology said , “One of the important initiate, government has taken is the initiative to have standards for electronics goods and this is a larger policy decision.

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