Electronica India and
Productronica India Trade Fair Ready to Roll Out
Source: Digital Terminal; August 24, 2015
Electronica India 2015 and productronica India 2015, the leading trade
fair for electronic components and manufacturing, to take place from
the 9th to the 11th of September 2015, are already set to experience
electronica India 2015 and productronica India 2015 will feature
knowledge sharing sessions to meet the needs of the growing Indian
electronics industry. The sessions will be led by industry leaders who
would add value by sharing the knowledge on various domains and in
addition to these sessions, the second edition and exclusive pavilion
on strategic electronics for defence and aerospace - DEFTRONICS
jointly organised by IESA and MMI India will be powered by key
industry people. Besides this there will be many more power packed
conferences taking place concurrent with the trade fairs. Strong
alliance with the government of India, Department of Electronics and
Information Technology – (DeitY), the Ministry of Home Affairs and
Ministry of External Affairs as well as leading associations like
Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), the Electronic
Industries Association of India (ELCINA), IPC India, Consortium of
Electronic Industry in Karnataka (CLIK), Consumer Electronics and
Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) and many more results in
the outstanding quality of electronica India and productronica India.
electronics is the billion dollar industry of the future
Source: Economic Times;
August 24, 2015
Automotive industry plays a major role for any growing economy and
also plays an important role in country’s rapid economic and
industrial development. Indian automotive industry contributes
significantly to the overall GDP of the nation and also provides
significant business and employment opportunities.
Today’s car is already packed with electronics and, has the highest
density of electronic components as compared to other consumer
machines. A plethora of technologies powers the car today and these
technologies fall into three domains: safety & security, infotainment
& telematics, and powertrain (engine and transmission, including the
other components as they are an integral part of transmission.) fuel
Infotainment and telematics are addressed by technologies that enable
smart traffic management, positioning & location-based services,
car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication and in the future,
perhaps autonomous driving. The Indian automotive industry is
witnessing a phase of rapid transformation and growth, mainly driven
by stable economic growth and infrastructure development. Along with
the Auto industry the auto components industry is also gearing up to
Rs 90k crore
investment proposals for electronics manufacturing
Source: The Economic Times; August 24, 2015
The government has received investment proposals totalling Rs 90,000
crore in the last two months for electronics manufacturing in the
country, with significant interest in making mobile phones by local
and foreign firms. "About Rs 90,000 crore worth of proposals were
received in the last two months. There is hardly any company which has
not shown interest to manufacture in India," said Ajay Kumar,
Additional Secretary in Ministry of Communications and IT. India is
already the fastest-growing smartphone market and is now becoming the
fastest growing manufacturing destination of phones, Kumar said.
Proposals worth about Rs 1.10 lakh crore have been received in the
last 12 months from various companies for electronics manufacturing in
the country under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS).
Of this, over 80% have materialized in the last two months itself.
"There is a significant interest in mobile phones. Now we are seeing a
lot of players are coming in from Indian companies, which were till
now importing, as well as foreign firms. We are seeing that they are
increasing their presence and starting to manufacture here," Kumar
said. He named global players like Airbus, Phillips, Thomson, Samsung,
LG and Flextronics among those having shown interest to start
Taking Advantage of
IoT as a Startup
Source: Iamwire; August 24,
The world is changing. Not only is it changing, but advancements in
technology are increasing the rate of change exponentially. The
connection amidst businesses and such advancements are crucial to
being successful in this digital age. So when it comes to starting a
company, careful consideration must be given to the implementation and
integration of daily operations and the Internet of Things. The
Internet of Things is already being applied effectively by the
healthcare and insurance industries. For example, insurance companies
are developing and using sensors on cars to link driver behavior and
risk to that driver’s insurance premium. Healthcare companies are
using wearable devices to detect falls, medical conditions, or even
alert physicians to specific health risks. Seeing how successful these
industries are illuminates opportunities for other businesses to
digitize some of their day to day operations. It is predicted that 30
billion mobile phones, computers, tablets and other connected devices
will be in use by 2020. Mobile connectivity can cut overhead
drastically. Startup companies can offer employees the possibility of
clocking in via mobile device without physically being in an office.
India becoming magnet
for smartphone manufacturing; Rs 90,000 crore investment proposals
received for electronics manufacturing
Source: Dataquest; August 25, 2015
The Prime Minister’s Make in India campaign is visibly attracting a
huge number of companies to start investing for setting up
manufacturing units in India. In a recent briefing with the press,
Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary in Ministry of Communications, said
that while India was already the fastest-growing smartphone market; it
is now also becoming the fastest growing manufacturing destination of
phones in the world. Ajay Kumar said that the Government has received
investment proposals of Rs 90,000 crore investment in the last 2
months for electronics manufacturing in the country. Already proposals
which are approximately about Rs 1.10 lakh crore have been received in
the last one year from different companies for electronics
manufacturing under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme.
Lenovo has announced that it will start the local manufacturing of
smartphones in Sriperambudur, Chennai. For the current financial year,
Lenovo and Motorola will generate a capacity of 6 million units. The
Moto E has already started rolling out from the plant and the K3 note
will follow very soon. Chinese smartphone player, Xiaomi has also
announced its first manufacturing unit in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh..
Intel to invest
heavily in software that enhances cloud-computing capabilities
Source: The Times of India;
August 25, 2015
Intel, the world's biggest maker of computer chips, has seen its
future. There may not be room for some of Intel's old friends in it.
"A new world is coming, and it is inevitable," said Diane M Bryant,
who runs Intel's business in chips for industrial size computing
centers. "Everyone has to act differently."
Intel's venture arm is expected to announce that it will put $100
million toward software that is used in cloud computing, an
increasingly popular method for making bigger and more efficient
Intel will lead a $75 million equity investment in Mirantis, a
little-known startup specializing in open-source cloud software, and
will spend another $25 million on bolstering its own resources for
working with Mirantis-type products, according to several people
familiar with the deal. They declined to be identified in order to
maintain relations with Intel and other companies.
Start-ups need better
Source: The Hindu Business
Line; August 26, 2015
Product ventures need capital at the incubation stage, for which our
ecosystem is inadequate. The government needs to step in Over the last
15-20 years, while India has been primarily focused on “services”,
China though started with “manufacturing” but quickly extended its
focus to “product” companies. As a result, in addition to being the
manufacturing behemoth, China has also produced product brands like
Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi, Baidu, Alibaba, Spreadtrum, spanning
hardware, software and e-commerce.
India desperately needs to create several high value product companies
to meet domestic demand and create wealth. A strong product ecosystem
drives healthy manufacturing industry as well. As such, ‘Make in
India’ shouldn’t be just about “manufacturing” but also be about
ISRO to share
satellite tech with Indian private companies
Source: Business Standard;
August 26, 2015
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to share satellite
manufacturing technology with private Indian companies so that they
can tap the market for small commercial satellites.
Isro will also share the knowhow for ground equipment that capture
satellite data and process it for specific local applications.
“Whenever there is a large production of satellites, there will also
be requirement for sub systems,” said A S Kiran Kumar, Isro chairman.
Companies are planning to launch hundreds of small satellites to beam
high-speed Internet in remote parts of the world. The biggest is
OneWeb, a global consortium that includes the Virgin Group, Bharti
Enterprises and Qualcomm. It aims to launch 648 small satellites.
PlanetLabs, a US company aided by NASA, is planning to launch 150
“We want to enable the Indian space ecosystem. The demand for
electronics in the space industry is growing. There are opportunities
for niche companies,” said Kumar.
Digital India – A
plethora of opportunities for the IT sector
Source: Firstpost; August
Today, we are in the midst of a third industrial revolution powered by
digitization, the first two being driven by steam engine and
electricity. Digital transformation is causing massive upheaval across
industries and societies. When it comes to pace of technology
advancement, we are firmly in the second half of the chess board where
each subsequent advancement is massively more impactful than all
previous advancements. Such large scale industrial transitions almost
always are accompanied by significant benefits in productivity.
For the past four years, we along with MIT Center for Digital Business
are studying to understand digital transformation, its benefits and
challenges, and industry leaders globally. We found that almost no
business is sheltered from the competitive disruption wrought by the
widespread adoption of digital technologies.
Traditionally, Indian companies have been slow to adopt technology.
However in recent months,companies across sectors are expressing
interest in going ‘digital’.
Panasonic to cut 1300
jobs, shut down battery factory
Source: India Today; August
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp on Thursday said it will
stop making lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Beijing this
month, cutting 1,300 jobs as part of a move to focus on higher-margin
products such as electric car batteries.
The 15-year-old plant produces batteries for simple mobile phones and
digital cameras, both of which are being increasingly overtaken by
smartphones in popularity.
"The global market for these products has been shrinking," Panasonic
spokeswoman Yayoi Watanabe said, adding the closure was more about
global technology trends rather than the recent turmoil that has
battered Chinese markets. Employees were informed of the closure in
late July, she said.
Finland's Nokia, which sold its mobile phone business to Microsoft in
2014, was the main customer of the plant in its early days, according
to the Nikkei business daily.
batteries that can last forever
Source: Times of India;
August 27, 2015
New batteries could hold much more charge, last pretty much forever
and not be liable to blowing up like existing technology, according to
MIT and Samsung scientists claim that using solid-state batteries will
be much safer, as well as more effective, holding 20 to 30% more
charge, rather than the existing liquid electrolyte could fix most of
the issues that people have with batteries today. Most electronics —
from phones to cars - now use lithium-ion batteries, which those are
usually presently is the best solution, but they also store relatively
small amounts of charge, wear out fast, and can blow up.
The researchers claim that the new solid-state electrolytes will be
much safer, as well as more effective, holding 20 to 30% more charge.
The liquid electrolyte — which is used in batteries to move charged
particles from one place to another, as batteries are charged and
discharged-have led to huge worries, including the grounding of all
Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets in 2013. "
Government to consider
7 new SEZ proposals tomorrow
Source: Economic Times;
August 27, 2015
The government will tomorrow consider seven new proposals, including
five from IT and ITeS sector, for setting up Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
The proposals, including those of HCL IT City Lucknow, Reliable
Exports (India) and North Mumbai International Commodity Township,
will be taken up by the Board of Approval (BoA) for SEZ, chaired by
Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia tomorrow.
While North Mumbai International Commodity Township has proposed to
set up a free trade and warehousing zone in Maharashtra, Reliable
Exports (India) has sought approval of BoA to set up an IT SEZ in
Further three SEZ developers, including Emmar MGF Land and Hindustan
Newsprint, have approached the government to surrender their tax-free
zones and 22 have sought more time to implement their respective
projects, which are at different stages of implementation.
iBall pushes down Samsung to regain top spot in Indian tablet market
Source: IBNLive ; August 27, 2015
Domestic electronics company iBall jumped back to the top spot as the
Indian tablet market grew at a healthy 23 per cent in the second
quarter of 2015 after recovering from a slow start in the first
quarter, a report released by the International Data Corporation (IDC)
iBall lost its position to Korean electronics company Samsung in the
first quarter due to relatively lower shipments. The Indian player
took back the lead position riding on its entry level tablets, new
products and expansion in terms of retail and geographical reach.
Samsung slipped to second spot owing to inventory issues in some of
their top selling models which restricted the overall performance.
"However, new products launched in seven inches and eight inches
segment gained good traction and is expected to contribute to
Samsung's growth moving forward," IDC said in a release.
Datawind took the third spot following closely behind Samsung with a
share of 13.5 per cent.
Meizu Technology plans to manufacture smartphones in India, says Li
Source: Livemint; August 27, 2015
Chinese smartphone maker Meizu Technology, in which e-commerce giant
Alibaba is a minority stakeholder, on Wednesday entered the Indian
market with the launch of its latest smartphone MX5 for Rs.19,999 on
Indian online retailer Snapdeal.
The company’s entry in India can be credited to Alibaba. It was only
after Alibaba invested $590 million in Meizu this February and
introduced it to Snapdeal (in which it has a roughly 4.27% stake),
that Meizu firmed up its India plans, said Li Nan, vice
president-marketing, Meizu Technology in an interview.
The company, which competes with Xiaomi Corp. in China, sees India as
its next big market. Meizu also has plans to manufacture phones in
India, and is currently in talks with contract manufacturer Foxconn to
start production in Chennai, said Li. Edited excerpts:
Srishti ESDM in top 20 elite start-up club mentored by CIIE-IIM
Ahmedabad and Hass Business School UC-Berkeley and in Top20 of
DST-Intel Innovate for Digital India Challenge
Source: Mygov.in; August 28, 2015
The journey of innovation and entrepreneurship ushered in by MyGov,
Intel & DST – Innovate for Digital India Challenge – is another step
closer to finding the best ideas for the Digital India vision. The
challenge which was open to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs,
innovators, academia, designers, engineers and makers drew 1913
entries from all over the country and has now shortlisted the top 20
teams who will receive grants of up to INR 200,000 per team to develop
prototypes in the final stage of this nation-wide contest.
Launched in April 2015, the challenge is now in the Accelerator phase
where the top 20 participants will get the rare opportunity to be
mentored in Pune for up to 12 weeks starting in August during which
they will develop MVPs (Minimum Viable Products) on Intel®
Architecture. By the end of the 8-week Accelerator phase, up to ten
teams will be chosen and will have access to grants of INR 500,000.
The remaining 10 teams will continue their mentoring phase until
completion of 12 weeks.
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