IESA WINWire Apr 18 - Apr 24, 2015
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Hannover Messe 2015 focuses on Indo-German collaboration on Digital
Source: Dqweek; April 18, 2015

“India is moving in supersonic speed in implementation of many of the programmes like mobile payments, UID etc. when compared with Germany”. Favoured with government policies, burgeoning market for local consumer electronics and telecom products and availability of skilled labour, there is a renewed thrust to attract investments to boost the Indian EDMS (electronic document management system) industry. Hence, as the partner country at Hannover Messe 2015, India focused on Indio-German collaboration on Digital India. A seminar on Digital India was also jointly organised by CII, Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY), Ministry of Communications and Information technology, Government of India (GoI) and ZVEI – German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association.

Electronics Policy 2014-2019; Gujrat to Become a Leading ESDM Destination
Source: EFY Times; April 18, 2015

The Gujrat government which announced its Electronics Policy (2014-2019), will identify and facilitate formation of Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs) and set up offices in different countries. This will attract investments to Gujarat from those countries in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector.

The Prime Minister Modi launched the 'Make in India' campaign' in Sep last year with the aim to increase ease of doing business in the country. Focusing on the same segment, Gujrat will build a sturdy ecosystem for research and development, innovation, product design, engineering, assembly and testing, incubation and production in the electronics sector.

India best performer among BRIC markets: EY survey
Source: DNA; April 20, 2015

German companies have rated India as the highest performing country among the Bric markets, according to a recent report by EY Delphi.

"India is assumed to be the highest performing country among the Bric (Brazil, Russia, India and China) markets. According to the 94% of the surveyed CEOs and CFOs from leading German hi-tech companies, India currently offers better investment climate than other Bric countries," the report said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the report during his recent visit to Germany. In pursuance of Indian government's efforts to encourage Indo-German collaboration in high-technology manufacturing, the Indian embassy in Berlin in partnership with EY had undertaken a study on "Prospects for Indo-German collaboration in hi-technology manufacturing".

'Make in India' can Lead to 'Decade of Manufacturing'
Source: The New Indian Express; April, 2015

The government's manufacturing focus is evident. On the recent three-country foreign visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Make in India campaign received a fillip. India was also the partner country at Hannover Messe, described as the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. However, skeptics immediately pointed out India's decision to buy 36 Rafale fighters in from France raises concerns over Make in India. It led to questioning the validity of the initiative. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who briefly was the defence minister, responded by saying that Make in India can fabricate Rafale jets after 20 years but that doesn't mean one keeps the forces ill-equipped for the next 20 years. Last week also saw Ford announcing its $2.5 billion investment in Mexico, part of which is explained by the cost competitiveness of the country in terms of the hourly labour wage differential as compared to countries like the US itself and Canada. The most recent (2012) figures for Mexico (according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics) were $6 compared to $36 and $37 for US and Canada respectively. The figure for India was $ 1.46 in 2010, the latest year for which data is available. This is lower than China ($1.74 in 2009) and this is where there is a window of opportunity for Make in India.

Department of Telecom to Come Out with a Roadmap for IoT Soon
Source: Iamwire; April 20, 2015

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has prepared a roadmap for M2M communications or ‘Internet of Things’ to increase digital penetration which is in line with the objectives of Digital India, and is likely to finalize it soon. As per a BS report, DoT is coming up with a national telecom M2M roadmap, which will provide all the M2M ecosystem partners in India to have a reference document. A unit of DoT, the Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) has been working on framing the standards for M2M communication which are in line with global standards, KYC norms for M2M services, allocation of spectrum for M2M last mile connectivity, revision of national numbering plan to accommodate M2M needs, privacy issues and data protection. By using M2M technology, smart vehicles, smart power grids and disaster management can be made more efficient. it has potential to bring new options of local manufacturing for devices, sensors for different sectors, R&D and related services, which will boost manufacturing sector and employment generation.

Nasscom to capitalise on electronics sector
Source: Asian Age; April 22, 2015

Nasscom’s engineering research and development council will be focusing on electronics manufacture and is working with the Indian Electronic and Semi-conductor Association (IESA), Bengaluru, and the Department of Information Technology and Electronics (DITE) to further one of the nine pillars of the Digital India programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The government expects to bring imports of electronics to zero by 2020. Presently, electronic imports are worth `45 billon (2009) and expected to go upto $400 billion by 2020. We have selected to focus on electronics said B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, the new Nasscom president and founder and CEO Cyient Ltd, as Nasscom has the requisite engineering skills and its member companies are acknowledged for their embedded and application software and innovation, as being the best in the world. He said they would coordinate with IESA and DITE to build different products, startups and incubation centres. Electronic hardware, which India would have to concentrate on, would be needed since Digital India envisages a broadband highway for connecting 22.5 lakh gram panchayats and 2.5 lakh villages through mobile. However, for manufacturing in India and Make in India to succeed, he said there needs to be a proper infrastructure and manufacturing eco-system.

Analog Devices to grow India strength by 20% in 2015
Source: Deccan Herald; April 22, 2015

Analog Devices (ADI), the Norwood, Massachusetts-based semiconductor company specialising in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, is this year celebrating its fiftieth year of founding and twentieth year of its presence in India. During this time, ADI’s design centre in Bengaluru grew from a small 10-member team to a 300-strong group of researchers doing cutting-edge work in some of the most advanced technologies rolled out by ADI worldwide. The Bengaluru centre is now Analog’s third largest design centre after the US and Ireland, and employs close to 20 per cent of its total design population. So important is India for ADI that besides the hundreds of products rolled out from the centre globally, it is also the base of its digital signal processing (DSP) vertical with its head Karthik Sankaran (director, processor and DSP tech group) entrusted with profit and loss (P&L) responsibilities for the same. The DSP business contributes 8 per cent to ADI’s total revenues ($2.865 billion as of 2014).

Cabinet likely to approve Smart City project today
Source: ZeeNews; April 22, 2015

The Union Cabinet is likely to clear the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Smart City project on Wednesday.

The Expenditure Finance Committee has already cleared it.

Earlier this month, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had said the project will be rolled from the next month onwards and then the competition, race will start.

The Centre will be a facilitator with regard to smart cities and government will do the hand holding, he had told the industry promising all support in implementation of projects they identify.

Lot of companies are showing interest because now the government has allowed FDI, he had added.

Rs 71-crore electronics cluster gets central nod
Source: The Times of India; April 22, 2015

The Union government has given an in-principle approval to Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (MCCIA) to set up a brown field electronics cluster. The cluster, conceptualized by the chamber under the Union government's cluster development scheme for various industrial sectors, will enhance testing, designing and prototyping capabilities of small and medium enterprises which lack the financial muscle to invest in the expensive equipment necessary for these activities. The cluster project will consist of a common facility centre (CFC) which will have facilities including a designing centre, environment lab and test and measurement lab. The project will entail an investment of Rs 71 crore of which Rs 50 crore will come from the Union government as grant-in-aid and the rest will come as contribution from the chamber members. Addressing a news conference here on Tuesday, chamber president Satish Magar said that the cluster will assist the process of making in India stuff the country currently imports. India's electronics imports in foreign exchange outgo are second largest after its oil imports and making electronics components in India will bring significant savings of these resources, he said.

Make in India policy for defence will address concerns: L&T
Source: Moneycontrol; April 22, 2015

Because once there is not only an announced policy but a very conscious way of monitoring what is happening and removing the hurdles one by one, that is what will make big difference. So we expect in the next few months the Make in India policy will come out which is what they are working on. And I must tell you that in this particular policy we hope because we have had a lot of interactions. We believe that a lot of those interactions and whatever problems that we have had and faced are getting addressed in this policy. This we have been assured and I think very soon we will see that. Once that happens there will be a whole framework for the government to put in place all kinds of practices. What kind of practices are followed in order placement and how joint ventures can be formed in a bigger measure, partnerships can be formed between the public and private sectors in a meaningful manner. All these will be encompassed in this and the other part is defence exports which again can be made in India and exported. So, all these are finding place in this policy as we are told and that we are really forward to something which will be a change.

Japan’s Yokohama to work on Kakinada smart city
Source: The Hindu Business line; April 22, 2015

Officials from Yokohama City Council in Japan came forward to collaborate with Andhra Pradesh in making Kakinada a smart city. During a meeting with Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu today at Secretariat, Yokohama port president Masayuki Takashima and other delegates gave a presentation on the Yokohama City development. Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city. In November last year, delegation from Andhra Pradesh had visited Japan and Yokohama Port. Through the presentation, the Chief Minister was informed about the City Centre Enhancement Project, Kanazawa Reclamation Project, Konoku New Town, Subway Lines and transportation and Underground Expressway Projects. “Essential component of city’s development include consultation and participation of people,” the Chief Minister was informed.

New scheme to fund electronics companies developing new technologies
Source: Jagran; April 22, 2015

The Electronics Development Fund (EDF) would fund companies for developing new technologies and Expression of Interest is being floated to select the financial institution for this purpose, Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said during question hour. He said proposals for electronics manufacturing have been received from global and domestic companies involving investment of nearly Rs 20,825 crore under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS). These proposals would cover manufacturing in various verticals of electronics including automotive electronics, consumer electronics, mobile devices, telecom, IT hardware, medical electronics, strategic electronics and electronics components.

Internet of Things is good for India
Source: Mint; April 22, 2015

GE refers to it as the industrial Internet, while Cisco’s chief executive John Chambers calls it the Internet of everything. Peter Hartwell, a researcher at HP Labs, terms it as a trillion sensors embedded in the environment, making it possible to “hear the heartbeat of the Earth”. All these technology luminaries are referring to the Internet of Things (IoT, or devices connected to the Internet), which is poised to be the biggest technological revolution yet, and expected to create $2.7–6.2 trillion of economic impact globally by 2025. This impact is likely to be created by leveraging IoT to do business through novel forms of customer interaction, following new business models centred on assets and information and dynamic pricing, and by enhancing and optimizing operations through better efficiency, quality and safety.

FICCI-EY Report calls for demand and supply side incentives to boost consumer electronics manufacturing to fulfil 'Make in India' objectives
Source: Business Standard; April 22, 2015

FICCI and EY (Ernst & Young) has partnered to put forward policy recommendations to the government aimed at providing an impetus to the Consumer electronics manufacturing segment, thus driving the government's 'Make in India' agenda. In its report titled 'Indian Electronics Manufacturing', the industry voiced its readiness to invest in India to service local and international demand, but believes that certain areas still need to be addressed. The report elucidates these under Trade policy related, Tax and budget incentives, finance and ease of business related.

Mr. Som Mittal, Chairman, FICCI Electronics & White Goods Manufacturing Committee is optimistic at the prospects of manufacturing in India. We have an opportunity like never before to create a strong manufacturing base. We have the demand and the volumes needed. However to make it a reality the recommendations have to be implemented fast both in letter and spirit. Will work with the Government to make it happen he said.

'Huge opportunities for joint ventures in def manufacturing'
Source: Brahmand Defence and Aerospace News; April 23, 2015

Calling upon the aerospace and defence industry to join the 'Make in India' campaign and make it a success, Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh has said the time is right for catapulting India into the league of technologically advanced nations.

"I believe the time is right for catapulting India into the league of technologically advanced nations and I invite you all to respond to the call and move along with us on this cause of 'Make in India'," Union Minister of State for Defence Singh said at an aerospace and defence symposium in New Delhi on Tuesday.

"There are huge opportunities for collaboration and creation of joint ventures in the defence electronics sector in India. However, the window of opportunity must benefit from big ticket acquisitions and offset opportunities," he said.

Compiled by IESA Research

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