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'Electronics Development Fund to be operational in two months'
Source: Business Standard; August 1, 2014


The Centre’s electronic manufacturing policy, which has proposed a Rs 10,000-crore Electronics Development Fund to boost the domestic electronic systems design and manufacturing (ESDM) capacity, is likely to be rolled out in the next two months.

Through the fund, the government was aiming at promoting innovation, intellectual property, research and development, nano electronics and help commercialise made-in-India products, with a focus on minimising the imports.

Consumers Will Be the End Beneficiary of the ICT Standards: DeitY
Source: CIOL; August 2, 2014

India is expected to consume USD 320 billion worth of ICT products annually by 2020. Government has initiated the creation of an appropriate policy ecosystem to ensure that consumers get access to safe and good quality technology products. Though the Compulsory Registration Order is well appreciated by all stakeholders, there are increasing calls for harmonization of requirements under the order with globally accepted best practices.

Samsung Joins Hands with Google and Aircel to Promote Internet Adoption amongst Women in India
Source: Dalal Street Investment Journal; August 2, 2014

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, a global leader in technology, has joined hands with Aircel, one of India’s leading innovative mobile service providers, and Google’s Helping Women Get Online (HWGO) initiative to open up the world of the Internet to more women in India. The partnership will bring the strength of Samsung’s user-friendly range of smartphones and Aircel’s expertise in mobile network as well as data innovations to the campaign, which will enable women to easily understand the benefits that Internet can bring to their everyday lives. This will be done by increasing their awareness through Internet training sessions provided jointly by Samsung & Google on both Internet usage and Samsung smartphones powered by Aircel data.

Infosys to Focus on Start Ups, IP, Products & Platforms: Sikka
Source: The Financial Chronicle; August 2, 2014

Vishal Sikka, the first non- founder and outsider to lead Infosys, today said the country's second largest software services firm will focus on intellectual property, products and platforms in an effort to revive the lost glory of the once IT bellwether.

The former Board member of German software giant SAP, who took over as Infosys CEO today from S D Shibulal, will also work with start ups to drive scale and business for the Bangalore-headquartered firm.

Unemployed? Get cash to hone electronics skills
Source: The Hindu; August 3, 2014

As many as 15,000 students and unemployed youth in Karnataka will get Central and State financial assistance to train in ESDM (electronics system design and manufacturing) over four years, Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, said on Saturday.

NIEILT managing director Ashwini Kumar Sharma participated in the brainstorming sessions with GE, Bosch, Philips and Acer, industry and IT bodies STPI, Nasscom, IT hardware and manufacturing association MAIT, semiconductor and electronics associations IESA, ELCIA and CLIK, and industry bodies CII, FICCI, BCIC and FKCCI.

Government proposes to set up National Electronics Mission
Source: The Economic Times; August 3, 2014

In a bid to market 'brand India' in electronics, the government has proposed setting up a mission for creating a mechanism to implement various programmes laid down in National Policy of Electronics (NPE).

NPE, cleared by the Union Cabinet in October 2012, aims to make the domestic electronic hardware manufacturing segment into a $400-billion industry by 2020.

Health, fitness wireless ICs set for growth, says analyst
Source: EE Times India; August 4, 2014

According to the latest report from IHS, wireless connectivity semiconductors in health and fitness devices are forecast to log solid double-digit growth this year and beyond, especially as various wireless technologies make their way into a growing number of wearable devices.

Shipments this year for wireless semiconductors in health and fitness will reach a projected 61.2 million units, up 11 per cent from 55 million in 2013. The expected strong expansion for this year continues the robust growth of 2012 and 2013. And the market shows little signs of slowing, with shipments in 2018 climbing to 95.78 million units.

PM wants net import export of electronics to be zero by 2020
Source: Business Standard; August 4, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to have directed the department of electronics and information technology to ensure the net import-export balance for the sector be brought down to zero by 2020.

The department is reviewing the relevant policy to meet the directive, said an official. Experts, however, question the feasibility of such a mandate. Unless radical policies are announced, meeting the target would be a challenge, they argue. India currently imports to meet a majority of its demand for electronics. Estimates suggest the import bill here will exceed that of oil by 2020, unless domestic manufacturing is incentivised.

How Four Forces Will Change World’s Manufacturing Ecosystem Forever
Source: DNA; August 4, 2014

SMAC suggests a diabolical change in traditional manufacturing setups by demanding focus on not just building quality products, but also in managing the knowledge and communications networks that surround products. A direct correlation can be drawn between the extent of industrialization in a country and its per capita income. Generally, the more industrialized, the higher the per capita income and overall economic strength of the nation.

The objective is to create an eco-system for a globally competitive ESDM- Prasad
Source: ELE Times; August 5, 2014

Government has advocated for setting up a mission which will impose a structure for variable programmes laid down in National Policy of Electronics (NPE). NPE, cleared by the Union Cabinet in October 2012, aims to make the domestic electronic hardware manufacturing segment into a USD 400bn industry by 2020. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said in Parliament that a National Electronics Mission is proposed to be set up with industry participation that will evolve programmes laid down under NPE.

Machinery projects worth Rs.12.5 billion announced in June 2014 quarter
Source: Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy; August 5, 2014

As per CMIE’s CapEx database, seven new projects were announced in the machinery industry during the quarter ended June 2014. Of these, cost details of only four projects could be ascertained. The total investment outlay of these is Rs.12.5 billion. This is two-third of the new investment proposals seen during the April-June 2013 period.

The biggest project announced during the June 2014 quarter was by Maruti Suzuki. The company plans to add a new engine production line at its Gurgaon, Haryana plant with an outlay of Rs.10 billion.

Telecom equipment majors cry hoarse over 10% import duty
Source: Business Standard; August 5, 2014

Several technology firms such as Cisco, Nokia Networks, Alcatel Lucent, Huawei among others are crying hoarse over a mandate, which has imposed 10% import duty on some telecom equipment, in the Union Budget. The directive not only increases the cost of the equipment but also goes against the global Information Technology Agreement (ITA), of which India is a signee as a member of World Trade Organisation, some companies have alleged.

IoT Will Become Multitrillion-dollar Market by 2020: PwC
Source:; August 5, 2014

Companies have embarked on a gradual but massive adoption of "Internet of things" (IoT) technology, investing in sensors to collect data, which is then wirelessly sent for further analysis or alerts, according to a survey.

IoT involves hardware, like small devices and wireless networking, as well as software, but sensors are key for extracting data from objects and the environment, said PwC in a recent survey.

"From refrigerators to parking spaces to houses, the IoT is bringing billions of things into the digital fold, which will make the IoT a multi-trillion dollar industry by 2020," PwC said in an executive summary of the survey.

Electronica and Productronica to Take Place in Bengaluru This Year
Source: EPR; August 5, 2014

After a successful 2013 edition that witnessed 11,589 trade visitors, the 15th edition of India’s leading trade fairs on electronic components and production technology this year will be hosted at BIEC, Bengaluru from 23-25 September. electronica India 2014 and productronica India 2014 are the platforms that showcase innovations and provide networking opportunities for the electronics manufacturing industry. With concurrent conferences, buyer-seller meets, B2G Meets (Business to Government) and exclusive pavilions from IESA, IPC INDIA, LEDMA, CLIK, ELCINA and international country pavilions from China, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and UK, it is a perfect meeting point for the industry.

China eyes global lead in semiconductor industry
Source: EE Times India; August 6, 2014

The latest statistics released by IHS Technology on Chinese production of semiconductors revealed the huge effort China has to make to build a globally competitive semiconductor industry—a goal that China aims to achieve by 2030.

To help us understand China's challenges, IHS estimates that, taken together, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan posted a year-over-year increase in semiconductor production revenue from $24.1 billion in 2012 to $27.5 billion in 2013.

Middle East top region for India's electronic hardware exports
Source: Economic Times; August 6, 2014

Middle East has emerged as the top region for India's electronic hardware exports with the sale to the region amounting to $1,738 million in 2013-14, registering a growth of 6.66 per cent.

"UAE leads the list of countries importing India's electronics hardware," said Kamal Vachani, regional director for Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) in the Middle East.

Compiled by IESA Research

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