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Salora to set up manufacturing facility for LED TVs
Source: The Economic Times; December 26, 2015

Home grown electronics firm Salora International will set up a manufacturing line at its existing factory for production of LED TVs. In July, the company had approved the proposal to set-up a manufacturing line for commercial production of mobile phones at company's factory premises at Noida, Uttar Pradesh. "With reference to the earlier announcement dated July 2, 2015, regarding the company has started commercial production of mobile phone at its factory premises at Noida, Uttar Pradesh. "With reference to the earlier announcement dated July 2, 2015, regarding the company has started commercial production of mobile phone at its factory premises... The company is also going to set up a new production line for LED TVs," Salora International said in a BSE filing.
The Delhi-based firm's products portfolio includes TV, smartphone, tablets, multimedia speakers, 3G data cards and melamine and glassware products.

Rs 49-crore Push for IT in AP
Source: The New Indian Express; December 26, 2015

The Andhra Pradesh government, which recently set up the headquarters of e-Governance Authority, Electronics & IT Agency and Innovation Society in the new State capital region, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati respectively in order to achieve its objective of transforming the State into ‘Silicon Corridor of India,’ has released an amount of Rs 49.57 crore for taking up IT promotion activities for the current financial year, 2015-16. As per various GOs issued in this regard, an amount of Rs 23.50 crore was released to Innovation Society at IT Incubation Towers Tirupati. Similarly, Rs 11.8 crore to Electronics & IT Agency, Visakhapatnam and Rs 14.27 crore to e-Governance Authority, Vijayawada towards activities planned for the current fiscal year. The CEOs of e-Governance Authority, Electronics and IT Agency and Innovation Society have been assigned specific tasks for the growth of their respective fields. The State government had recently formulated a policy to attract investments to the tune of $2 billion in IT, $5 billion in electronics manufacturing and record five per cent share in national exports of software and provide five lakh direct jobs by 2020. The IT policy, Electronic Policy and Innovation & Startup policies are among the 18 policies that have emanated out of the Blue Print, for the growth of IT and Electronics sector in AP. The e-Governance Authority has been entrusted with the task of giving a concrete shape to policies and frameworks that need to be put in place.

Gujarat govt to announce policies for Aerospace, Defense, Electronic clusters soon
Source: DeshGujarat; December 26, 2015

Arvind Agrawal, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Industry, Government of Gujarat today said the Chief Minister will soon announce Aerospace and Defense policy and Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) policy.
Speaking at upcoming ‘Make in India’ week related event in Ahmedabad Shri Agarawal said,” We are in very advance stage of preparation of the aerospace and defense policy. We are in very advance stage in preparation of electronics manufacturing clusters and m-sips policy for the electronic units. Gujarat was not traditionally regarded as leading state in electronics and hardware, so we are coming out with a very good policy and the Chief Minister will announce it very soon.”
Sharing more developments in relation to the area of industrial policies Shri Agrawal said,” We had announced startup policy. We have already begun its implementation. 8 incubators have been given registration, out of which 5 have been released fund already.”
Giving the example of success of Textile policy announced by Gujarat government, Shri Agrawal said, ” Our Textile policy for example which we announced is one of the most successful policies ever to have been announced, with investment of Rs 8,000 crores already has come in the Textile sector. 

Manufacturing slows in Q3-2016 despite Digital India & Make in India campaigns
Source:; December 27, 2015

Despite the emphasis on Digital India and Make In India campaigns and perhaps largely due to expectations of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) that never came through, manufacturing of electrical and electronic goods failed to pick up much during 2015. What’s more, the outlook the third quarter of 2015-16 predicts a slowdown due to various factors, according to the quarterly Manufacturing Survey conducted by FICCI. Considering that the Digital Addressable System (DAS) Phase III becomes a reality from New Year’s Day and the countdown begins for the final phase, and with auction for FM Radio Phase III having commenced, the slowdown in manufacture of electronic goods is not good news for the electronic media industry, which depends largely on set top boxes (STBs) and other electronic equipment. The FICCI survey says the outlook for Indian manufacturing sector in Q3 of 2015-16 looks to be weakening, as lesser percentage of respondents expect high growth to continue in Q-3 (October-December 2015-16). The percentage of respondents expecting higher growth in Q3 has gone down to 55 per cent as compared to 63 per cent for Q2 (July-September 2015-16), according to the survey. The survey had earlier indicated revival in the manufacturing activity in Q2 of 2015-16, which seems to be slowing down a little bit in Q3 now.

Infosys to open its biggest campus in Hyderabad in February next year
Source: International Business Times, India Edition; December 28, 2015

Infosys, India's second-largest IT firm, is planning to formally inaugurate its largest campus in Hyderabad at Pocharam in February next year, according to Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao.
"The seating capacity of the campus is 25,000. Currently, 12,000 employees are working there. They are planning to inaugurate the campus formally in February, after the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections," Rao told reporters on the sidelines of a programme at the T-Hub.
Infosys chief Vishal Sikka has visited startup incubator T-hub, a Telangana government initiative, on Monday. T-hub is located at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad, and the state government has already invested Rs 40 crore in the 70,000-sq-ft campus.
"(Vishal) Sikka has invited us to inaugurate their largest campus at Pocharam in Hyderabad. We would request Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to unveil the IT policy of the state also at that time," PTI quoted Rao as saying.
Infosys is spending Rs 1,250 crore to construct its Pocharam campus, which will be spread across over 447 acre, in Hyderabad.

Global Electronics Production & Markets
Source: prnewswire; December 28, 2015

Output for the global electronics industry is forecast to reach US$1,861 billion in 2015 and compares to US$1,047 billion thirty years earlier. Over the period the dynamics of the industry has changed. Production has migrated from high cost to low cost locations and China has emerged as the focal point for electronics equipment production for high volume products in the computing, consumer and communications, or the 3C segment of the market. In 2015, China is forecast to account for 38% of electronics equipment production up from 2.6% in 1995 while low-cost geographies overall accounted for 69% of the total in 2015 (1995: 25%). In the same period production in the mature geographies has fallen to 31% from 75% in 1995……
Initially, the focus for higher volume manufacturing the pressure to reduce costs has seen an increase in the production of more complex products, a trend which will accelerate over the next five years. In Asia, China itself is coming under increasing pressure as the major global OEMs and Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) providers look to relocate production to offset higher costs. India and Indonesia, with large domestic markets and the recent move by their respective governments to introduce requirements for "local" manufacture, and the benefits of lower costs in Vietnam, will be attractive alternatives to manufacturing in China.

Samsung Electronics Ranks 9th, LG Electronics 11th in Global IoT Firm Rankings
Source: Business Korea; December 28, 2015

Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. ranked ninth and 11th in the global Internet of Things (IoT) firm rankings, respectively. The U.S.-based Intel Corp. was named the most influential firm in the IoT segment.
According to data compiled by market research firm IoT Analytics on Dec. 25, Samsung Electronics came in ninth with 28 percent on average in the rankings of top IoT companies in the third quarter of 2015, while its smaller local rival LG Electronics stood at 11th with 27 percent.
IoT Analytics evaluates more than 2,000 IoT companies around the world in three different dimensions, based on how often the company is mentioned on websites and news and social media with related keywords, and how often the company is tagged in LinkedIn.
The highest scoring company in each dimension receives a rating of 100 percent, with all other Internet of Things companies receiving a lower percentage in linear relation to the score of the highest ranking company. The total score is an average of all measured dimensions. Intel took the top spot with 71 percent, followed by IBM with 67 percent, Microsoft Corp. with 56 percent, Google Inc. with 53 percent, Cisco Systems Inc. with 51 percent, Hewlett-Packard Co. with 41 percent, Apple Inc. with 29 percent, SAP SE with 28 percent, Samsung Electronics with 28 percent and Oracle Corp. with 28 percent among the top 10.

Centre to adopt IoT to speed up e-governance to make efficient reporting under PvPI, HvPI and MvPI
Source:; December 28, 2015

Union government is keen to adopt the internet of things (IoT) embedded with electronics, software, sensors and communication network connectivity that will bring in a major transformation in the Indian healthcare sector. In the areas of Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI) for assuring drug safety, Haemovigilance Programme of India (HvPI) to assure patient safety in blood transfusion and Materio-Vigilance Programme of India (MvPI) for safety of medical devices, the use of IoT with cloud-based apps will bring in efficiency and transparency in real-time.
The ministry of health and family welfare is already working on evidence-based policy decisions. So long all drug safety data was based on approvals of EU and USFDA. “But now we are working to create the Indian patient data base. The ministry has already moved towards dispensing clinical trial approvals for medical devices not manufactured in the country if they are cleared from ICH countries. It is aggressively working to establish advanced labs and look at IoT which could speed up reports,” said KL Sharma, joint secretary (regulation), department of health and family welfare, government of India.
All these initiatives will see additional manpower hiring and filling up vacancies at the CDSCO. We will address the needs of critical areas for IoT driven operations. In this, the National Institute of Biologicals (NIB) training academy will be of great help to enable pharmacy and healthcare professionals to update on the global best practices.

DeitY to Expand Startup Incubator Programme for Semiconductor Startups
Source: Indianweb2; December 29, 2015

‘Electronics and semiconductors based start-ups have a reason to rejoice. While this year might have been good for them, the one to come after this seems to be even more promising. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) is planning to expand its ‘electropreneur park’ programme, in association with the India Electronics & Semiconductor Association and Software Technology Parks of India. With an investment of Rs 21 crore, the first electropreneur park was set up in the Delhi University. The park is currently incubating 10 start-ups that were selected from the total of 168 entries received. By setting up more such facilities, they are hoping that the hardware and internet of things start-ups, which often end up falling under the umbrella of venture capitalists, are able to raise more funding. According to Arvind Tiwari, chairman of IoT Forum, TiE, “There are tremendous problems and we’re getting four incubators added, two of which will be in Bengaluru. The larger challenge is to help them bring their ideas into shape and discover customers; it’s too early to worry about exits.” Start-ups that are able to make the cut and become a part of the incubation programme are guaranteed more access to manufacturing facilities and a small amount of funding in order to sustain themselves for over an years’ time. After an years’ time, they’re supposed to find external funding or get more customers in order to sustain their businesses and themselves.

Fabs may take backseat in 2016, as consumer, industrial needs, drive semicon industry
Source: Indiatechonline; December 29, 2015

Wearable IoT devices will continue the proliferation with more printed and flexible options along with individualistic high end accessories. Smart watches which had been only been in the premium most category till date, would go more mainstream. A range of Smart watches would be announced in the mid segment and normal watches would get replaced by these smart watches. Virtual Reality and augmented reality will likely go more mainstream this year in events and as well as in gaming, taking advantage of the Microsoft's Hololens and Facebook's Occult. There will be more advancement of 3D printing technologies, prices dropping for 3D printers along with addition of different types of materials and use-cases. The biggest shift in the ecosystem is with the emergence of IoT, the changing business models from CAPEX to OPEX, businesses moving more upstream providing a use and pay services model. We should see several live examples emerging. Even though driverless cars have created a lot of press lately, the mainstream would be Apple and Android ecosystem integrated cars. Most car companies have been working on CarPlay and Android Auto ecosystems only on the premium segment in 2015. In 2016 even lower end cars would have this defacto with an amalgamation of consumer lifestyle in home and in the car.

KELTRON bags Rs 26 Cr KSEB Solar project
Source: Times of India; December 29, 2015

State public sector Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation, popularly known as Keltron has bagged a contract order worth Rs. 25.98 Cr from KSEB for setting up a megawatt solar photo voltaic (PV) power grid project at Barapole in Kannur.
As the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) approved 'Programme Administrator' for consulting and implementation of Solar Energy Systems, Keltron has won this order worth Rs 25.98 Crores from KSEB. The order is for the installation, testing and commissioning of 3 MW (Megawatt) Grid tie canal top solar PV plant at Barapole in Kannur.
In addition, Keltron has earlier bagged two solar projects from KSEB. It includes a project worth Rs. 4.3 Crore from KSEB Ltd., for 400 KWp (Kilowatt peak) grid tie solar PV Plant at the Padinjarethara Dam site in Wayanad which Keltron is currently executing. Also, Keltron has already handed over to KSEB Ltd, the 96KWp grid tie solar PV plant of Rs.1.13Cr, implemented on the roof top of tribal colony at Agali in Palakkad.

'Digital India': Top 10 initiatives announced by Centre
Source: Financial Express; December 29, 2015

At a ‘Good Governance’ event, focused around ‘Digital India’, Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister of Communications & Information Technology, announced several ‘Digital India’ related e-services and products. At the occasion, Prasad said, “Digital India is something we owe to the people of India.”. The event saw the inauguration of new 23 products / eServices to achieve ambitious project of Digital India. We take a brief look at the top 10:
1. Digital India: India Post-Payment Bank
India Post will launch its payment bank by March 2017. As many as 40 international financial conglomerates, including World Bank and Barclays, have shown interest to partner with the Postal Department for the payment bank.
2. Digital India: NIC Data Centre at Bhubaneswar
The new data centre for the National Informatics Centre (NIC) in Odisha is expected to get operational by September 2016. The 40,000-sq ft data center entails an investment Rs.189 crore, and would be a fully cloud-enabled data center.
3. Digital India: National Centre of Geo-Informatics
National Centre of Geo-Informatics will be GIS platform for sharing and collaborating GIS data source, location based analytics and ‘decision support system’ serving to government departments across the country.

'Great opportunity for Karnataka at Make in India Week'
Source: Business Standard; December 29, 2015

Karnataka industry should participate in and take advantage of the opportunities that 'Make in India Week', scheduled to be held next week, will throw up, a top bureaucrat said on Tuesday.
The central government is organising 'Make in India Week' from February 13 to 18 in Mumbai to help industry attract global investments and partnerships.
"Make in India Week will showcase the potential of design, innovation and sustainability across India's focus sectors, said Amitabh Kant, the secretary of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), here at a conference hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
The focus sectors include defence and aerospace, automobiles and auto components, chemicals and petrochemicals, construction equipment, materials and technology, food processing, infrastructure development, IT and electronics, industrial equipment and machinery, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and MSME.
"In addition to Make in India Week, there is Asia Business Forum, which will be driven by CNN (satellite TV channel owned by US firm Time Warner). Time magazine will declare its India awards for best manufacturer, best innovator and best startup," said Kant.

Centre OKs 2nd electronic cluster along Yamuna e-way
Source: Times of India; December 30, 2015

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) will soon allot land for a second electronic manufacturing cluster (EMC) in its area. An in-principle approval for the proposed cluster was granted by the Centre's department of electronics and information technology (DeitY), on Tuesday.
This will be Uttar Pradesh's third electronic cluster. While two will be located in the YEIDA area, a third has been sanctioned in Greater Noida.
According to YEIDA officials, the meeting was convened by the DeitY secretary, where Arun Vir Singh, CEO of YEIDA, and other senior officials were also present. "We have earmarked 100 acres in Sector 24 of YEIDA area, which is located along the Yamuna expressway. Plot No. 3A has been reserved for the proposed cluster," said Singh.
"The proposal will now be forwarded to Electronic Corporation of India Limited (EICL), the promoter for approvals and further action," he added.
According to officials, after getting EICL's permission, an expression of interest (EOI) will be initiated for selecting a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the development, operations and management of the EMC. Following this, an MoU will be inked and land will be allotted, officials said.

Investment in an Indian start-up every 8 hours
Source: Business Standard; December 30, 2015

Indian start-ups raised $5.5 billion (Rs 36,000 crore) from venture capital (VC) firms and angel investors in 1,096 deals during 2015, as they looked to participate in the country’s economic growth story, according to VCCEdge, the research arm of online publisher VCCircle that tracks start-up funding. Nearly two-thirds of the investments or 632 deals were made by angel and seed investors, pitching in with small funding in the initial stage of the start-ups. Angel and seed investors funded $313 million in 2015. VC investments stood at $5.18 billion in 464 deals, said the study reported on In fact, there was an investment in an Indian start-up every eight hours. The share of private investments contributed by angel and VC firms in India rose to 25.4 per cent in 2015, compared to 17.2 per cent during 2014. Private equity investments in India clocked in at $11.8 billion, lower than its peak of $12.5 billion in 2012. A higher-than-ever number of Indian start-ups raised money for the first time in 2015 — 695 deals involving companies that had never raised capital before were completed this year, compared to 374 deals in 2014. Even more interesting is the growth of the number and total deal value for follow-on investments in 2015. There were 66 deals worth $189 million in the year, compared to 15 deals worth $15 million in 2014, signifying that the gap between funding rounds raised by start-ups is getting closer.

Compiled by IESA Research

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