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ICT policy to include provisions for hardware investors
Source: Business Standard; February 22, 2013

The new Information and Communication (ICT) policy will have provisions for attracting the investors both from the software and hardware industry.

“Instead of having separate policies for the software and hardware, the new ICT policy will have provisions needed to attract the investors in the ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) sector,” said an official in the state IT department.

The state government has recently engaged Indian Semiconductor Association to prepare a roadmap for Odisha for the promotion of ESDM sector and Bhubaneswar has been identified as one of the brownfield electronics manufacturing cluster by the government of India.

Encourage domestic electronics manufacturing: IESA
Source: The Times Of India; February 22, 2013

Encouraging domestic electronics manufacturing and product development will stimulate the domestic electronics industry, according to the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA). The apex trade body has submitted proposal top the government to rationalised indirect tax structure of 12% GST (8% Excise + 4% VAT) on the electronics manufacturing value chain.

Govt Expects Many Firms To Set Up Electronic Manufacturing Units In 2013
Source:; February 22, 2013

The Indian Government expects that 2013 will see many companies setting up electronic manufacturing units and clusters of these units in the country.

"We are hoping that in year 2013 there will be tremendous response from the industry in setting up (manufacturing) units and clusters of these units across the country," PTI quoted Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITy) Secretary J Satyanarayana as saying.

Pre-Budget Expectation 2013-14: IESA
Source: India Infoline Ltd; February 22, 2013

Semiconductor content is increasing in the Bill of Materials (BoM) of electronic products. India has emerged as one of the leading countries in the semiconductor design, with 23 of the top 25 MNCs having their design centres in here.

The India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body, representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) and Semiconductor industry presented their recommendation to the Government of India for the Union Budget 2013 – 14. The IESA’s recommendations cover two primary areas, namely Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) and Semiconductor Design.

Still dark times for solar manufacturing
Source:; February 22, 2013

Recent solar module production capacity has been nearly twice the demand, resulting in significant overcapacity and excessive inventories. Solar manufacturers have reduced prices to record lows, often at or below the module cost of goods sold (COGS). Companies have been hunkering down until overall market conditions improve by laying off workers or actively seek creative solutions to lower the COGS below current prices. Solar companies are seeking low-cost manufacturing locations, higher efficiency modules and higher production yields to stay afloat in this challenging period for the industry.

SMEs can see speedy growth by adopting cloud computing
Source: The Hindu; February 23, 2013
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can speed up business growth by adopting cloud computing, speakers said at an IT conclave organised by CII, Karnataka, here on Friday.

According to Principal Secretary, IT, I.S.N. Prasad, ESDM or electronic system design manufacturing will be the focus of IT companies in the near future. ESDM serves domestic SMEs and MNC majors.

India set to become an electronic system design and manufacturing hub
Source: SME Horizon; February 25, 2013

The Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) and the Department of Electronics and IT, Government of India organised a seminar on 'Opportunities and Challenges in Electronic System Design and Manufacturing in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Gujarat announces incentives to boost manufacturing
Source: The Economic Times, February 26, 2013

In an attempt to boost manufacturing sector in Gujarat, the state government today announced five more schemes giving financial incentives which include interest subsidy scheme for MSMEs.

Source: Asia - TMCnet; February 27, 2013

The country's first fab facilities may be announced soon by the central government. The Department of Electronics and Information ITechnology (Deity) is currently evaluating five large fab projects and each of these projects are in the $2 billion....

telecom, semicon, green energy and core infrastructure. Speaking at an Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA) meet here on Friday, professor SV Raghavan..

Hike customs duty on smartphones, tablets: Frost & Sullivan
Source: EE Times India; February 28, 2013 ART_8800682160_1800007_NT_5c3ca934.HTM&catId=1800007& newsType=NT&pageNo=null&encode=5c3ca934

Frost & Sullivan has sought incentives, including zero import duty on all raw materials and capital goods used for manufacture of electronic products and equipment. The market research firm has also asked the government to set up of Development Fund of Rs.21,857.92—Rs.27,322.40 crore ($4-5 billion) for promotion of Indian......

India to offer sop for semiconductor manufacturing
Source: Solid State Technology; February 28, 2013

This week, India’s Finance Minister P Chidambaram offered sops to chip makers to set up headquarters in India, in an effort to encourage local electronics manufacturing.

...improvements in technology, says Satya Gupta, chairman of the Indian Semiconductor Association. Somebody who knows the fab business has to run...

Budget will spur investments in electronics industry
Source: SME Horizon; February 28, 2013

The Indian electronics and semiconductor industry is upbeat on attracting large investments, promoting entrepreneurship and domestic manufacturing, riding on the slew of incentives proposed in the union budget for fiscal 2013-14.

"We believe steps outlined for the electronics sector by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in his budget will help attract large investments, promote entrepreneurship and boost domestic manufacturing," India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) president P.V.G. Menon told IANS here Thursday.


15 percent investment allowance for semiconductor industry
Source:; February 28, 2013

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Thursday proposed to allow incentives to companies in the semiconductor sector.

"We recognise the pivotal role of semiconductor wafer fabs in the eco-system of manufacture of electronics," Chidambaram said while presenting the union budget 2013-14 to the lower house of parliament.

Drawing electronics, hardware companies to set up plants here
Source: Business Line; February 28, 2013

The Finance Ministry attempted to lure electronics and IT hardware companies to set up manufacturing units in the country.

The Finance Minister announced incentives for semiconductors industry with no Customs duty on plants and machinery. The Budget also increased outlay for IT manufacturing to Rs 100 crore in 2013-14 compared with Rs 5 crore in 2012-13. In addition, a company investing Rs 100 crore or more in plant and machinery between April and March 2015 will be entitled to deduct an investment allowance of 15 per cent of the investment. However, the industry said that more needs to be done to drive manufacturing.

Import duty raised on set top boxes
Source: The Hindu; March 1, 2013

The increase in the import duty on set top boxes (STB) is a “welcome step,” according to the President of the Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) P.V.G. Menon. He said the industry is likely to benefit because the demand for STBs over the next 2-3 years is likely to be at least 100 million units. The increase in duty will end the unfair advantage imported STBs have been getting for so long, Mr. Menon said.

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