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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 unprecedented success.

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.

Why automotive 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 economy.

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 compliment it.

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 manufacturing.

Taking Advantage of IoT as a Startup
Source: Iamwire; August 24, 2015

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 computing systems.

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 financial support
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 “making products”.

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 imaging satellite

“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 26, 2015

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 27, 2015

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.

Soon, solid-state 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 researchers.

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 Mumbai.

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) said.

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 Nan
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:; 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.

Compiled by IESA Research

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