IESA WINWire June 28 - July 04, 2014
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IESA, MCCIA Partner for Electronic Manufacturing Cluster in Pune
Source: The Economic Times; June 28, 2014


India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) today said it has inked an agreement with MCCIA to collaborate for setting up an electronic manufacturing cluster (EMC) in Pune..

IESA is assisting Maharashtra government for setting up a brownfield EMC in Pune, which will provide common facilities for production and R&D support services to benefit local firms.

Global Companies Boost Captive Tech Centres In India
Source: Hindustan Times; June 29, 2014

Global captives or offshore delivery centres (ODCs) of multinational companies that act as technology and business process nerve centres for their global operations are back in favour with about 30 new ones coming up in the last two years.

With outsourcing of IT and technology service projects to Indian companies such as Infosys or Wipro or their global rivals such as IBM and Accenture, multinationals have in the past avoided setting up their own centres in India, called “captives” in India. This enabled cost-cutting and also circumvented the logistical headaches in setting up their own operations. However, research and development seen as a critical in-house activity and increased faith in India as a base, captives are growing again.

L&T, Thales Form Joint Venture
Source: AviationToday; June 29, 2014

L&T Technology Services has acquired a 74 percent stake of Thales Software India, the Indian subsidiary of French aerospace and defense company Thales. Under the new joint venture, Thales will assist the Larsen and Toubro subsidiary with developing modern avionics solutions. “This Joint Venture represents each organisation’s strong commitment to provide customers with a single source of best services in avionics industry,” he said. “We as an organisation are at an interesting phase of our journey where we are streamlining our expertise and strengthening our knowledge. In such a phase joining hands with Thales adds to our proficiency in the market,” he added.

DOT May Follow Chinese Model for Telecom Product Push
Source: The Economic Times; June 30, 2014

The Department of Telecommunications is likely to accept the advice of top institutions to adopt the Chinese development model to unlock some Rs 17,000 crore of central funds that have been proposed for encouraging innovation and boosting telecom product manufacturing. In an internal note, DoT has termed India's contribution to global telecom intellectual property rights (IPRs) as "practically nil".

AP Sets Up Incubation Centre for Entrepreneurs
Source: The Hindu Business Line; July 1, 2014

The new Government of Andhra Pradesh is setting up Incubation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE) to encourage start-ups in the new state. It has mooted a Rs 100-crore fund in association with the Centre, public and private investors to promote the start-up activity. The ICE will provide seed funding to young entrepreneurs in the range of Rs 10-20 lakh. It has set itself a target to incubate at least 500 start-ups by 2019. "We will create infrastructure to offer plug-and-play facility to the entrepreneurs, with common facilities for conferences," a senior Government official told Business Line.

Govt Looking To Partner Industry in Furthering Growth: Prasad
Source: Deccan Herald; July 1, 2014

The Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre is keen to further engage with industries and their stakeholders to empower all-round economic growth, said Union IT and Comunications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday.

Speaking at the ‘IT Panchayat’ which he held in Bangalore in collaboration with industry body Nasscom and other associations, Prasad said, “The Prime Minister has told us clearly that decisions should not be delayed. That is the goal of this government.”.

India Cautioned Against Mounting E-Waste
Source: The Hindu Business Line; July 1, 2014

Electronic waste is a serious problem and several developing countries are being used as dumping grounds by the West. India should take precautions against such a danger, according to A Appa Rao, the former Vice-Chancellor of JNTU-Kakinada. He was delivering a lecture on the issue here on Tuesday, the second day of a seminar on the effects of emissions and effluents on environment (EEEE- 2014), organised by Andhra University College of Engineering. He said several East African countries, Bulgaria and China were facing the problem.

Television Sets above 40 Inches Poised To Become the Largest Selling By Value Nationally
Source: The Economic Times; July 1, 2014

The Indian television market is switching to a bigger screen size. Sets above 40 inches are poised to become the largest selling by value nationally this festive season.

The formerly definitive 32-inch television set was edged out by 40-42-inch models in urban markets four months ago due to the narrowing price difference, Sony, Panasonic, Samsung and Videocon representatives said.

Start-Ups Need Encouragement and We Will Provide IT: PRASAD
Source: The Hindu Business Line; July 1, 2014

After witnessing disruptive product innovations presented by 11 software product firms curated by iSPIRT – India’s first software product industry think tank, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for IT, Telecom and Law, said, one of his priorities is to encourage the start-up community in the country. “Start-ups need encouragement and after listening to some of the top 3-4 issues that need to be addressed, I have decided to take immediate action on some of them. For instance, open APIs and standards will be made available to the start-up industry, with the view to ensure that we have a healthy development of applications and products in the country,” he said.

Centre To Give Top Priority for Electronics Manufacturing
Source: The Hindu; July 2, 2014

In steering India’s growth in the field of Information and Communication Technology, the newly-elected government at the Centre will focus on two major milestones: broadband connectivity across the length and breadth of rural India, and electronics manufacturing. In his maiden interaction with chief executive officers and decision-makers in the software industry, Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad asked why the Indian industry has been a laggard when it comes to manufacturing.

Defence Ministry Wants FDI Capped At 49%
Source: The Times of India; July 2, 2014

Putting a spanner in the industry department's plan to allow up to 100% FDI in the defence sector, the defence ministry has suggested that the ceiling should be raised to 49% from 26% — a move that is in line with the view expressed by a majority of domestic companies with interest in the sector.

Sources said the ministry has expressed its view during consultations over the proposal, which was moved days after the Narendra Modi government was sworn in.

India’s Potential in Semiconductor Manufacturing on Show in US
Source: The Hindu Business Line; July 2, 2014

India will showcase its potential of being a semiconductor manufacturing destination at the SemiCon West, an annual event to be held in San Francisco between July 8 and 10. The move is part of Government’s efforts to attract investments from global firms.

“Our theme will be ‘connect with India’. We will showcase roadmaps and how attractive it would be for investors to invest in India for semiconductor fabs manufacturing. Since we are developing a new industry, more people around the world should know about it,” a senior official at Department of information technology told BusinessLine.

Software, Hardware, Electronics Lobby Bodies Begin Joint Representations
Source: Mint; July 2, 2014

With the boundaries between software, hardware, electronics, services and products blurring, lobby bodies of the three have begun informly collaborating on issues of common interest, to push for the usage of information and communications technology, or ICT, across segments such as healthcare and education, and are working towards creating an ecosystem for start-ups...Pointing out some common areas to work on, such as managing e-waste, and listing out pre-budget recommendations, Shirpurwala said he is planning to bring associations including ELCINA (Electronic Industries Association of India), IESA (India Electronics and Semiconductor association) and CEAMA (Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association) along with Nasscom, “to address the broader issues of ICT”.

India Has Potential to Spawn Innovative Product Start-Ups: Alok Bardiya
Source: Business Standard; July 3, 2014

Cisco Investments, the venture capital arm of Cisco, has set aside $40 million for India under a fund called 'India Innovation'. This fund, carved out of Cisco Investments' global pool of $250 million, will invest in early-stage Indian start-ups focused on connected mobility, big data and Internet of things. Alok Bardiya, country director -corporate development (India and ANZ) at Cisco, speaks to Itika Sharma Punit about the India-focused fund.

Cisco, ECIA to develop IoT innovation hub in Bangalore
Source:; July 3, 2014

Cisco has entered into a strategic partnership with Electronics City Industries Association to develop Internet of Things (IoT) innovation hub in Bangalore.

In a statement Cisco said that this collaboration will help establish the foundation for a new ecosystem to help Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) companies and other companies of electronic city engaged in IoT product development.

Cisco will provide the network infrastructure and expertise for testing and production of electronic product prototypes for an IoT enabled smart city environment.

Compiled by IESA Research

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