Pune a step closer to
getting electronics cluster
Source: The Times of India; July 25, 2015
The department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) has
approved a dedicated electronics manufacturing cluster for Pune.
Spread over 27,000sqft in the Pimpri industrial belt, the cluster will
help the local electronics industry in indigenous manufacturing and to
move up the product chain. The department has also approved a similar
cluster for Aurangabad. The Pune cluster was proposed by the India
Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) in association with
the Mahratta Chamber Of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).
"The proposal cluster was submitted to the state government, which in
turn presented it to DeitY. The department has given in-principle
approval," said IESA chairman Ashok Chandak.
The cluster, which will provide common facilities for production,
research and development support services to local electronics firms,
is estimated to require investment of Rs 70.89 crore.
48% rise in FDI since
'Make in India' launched, says Commerce Minister
Source: KNN India; July 25, 2015
Since the launch of ‘Make in India' initiative in September 2014,
there is 48 percent increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
inflows during October 2014 to April 2015 over the corresponding
period last year. This was informed by Minister of State (Independent
Charge), Nirmala Sitharaman through a written reply in Lok Sabha on
Friday. The ‘Make in India' was launched by Prime Minister Modi the
programme aims at promoting India as an important investment
destination and a global hub for manufacturing, design and innovation.
As much as 25 sectors have been identified under the ‘Make in India'
initiative namely auto components, automobiles, aviation,
biotechnology, chemicals, construction, defence manufacturing,
electrical machinery, electronic system design and manufacturing, food
processing, IT and BPM, leather, media and entertainment, mining, oil
and gas, pharmaceuticals, ports, railways, roads and highways,
renewable energy, space, textiles, thermal power, tourism and
hospitality and wellness.
Productronica India in Delhi on Sep 9-11
Source: EE Herald; July 26,
The popular electronics manufacturing related event in India,
Electronica India and productronica India 2015 is scheduled to be held
on September 9 and 11, 2015, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
At the same venue, the defence electronics related event DEFTRONICS
2015 hosted by IESA is also scheduled.
If you're in electronics manufacturing, Electronica India is a not to
miss event. With the focus now shifting to make in India and also
Digital India, electronics manufacturing is lot more important, and
this event also gains further importance.
Manufacturing Gets a Boost: CII
Source: Odisha diary; July 26, 2015
Confederation of Indian Industry welcomes extension of Modified
Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS) by five years. The scope of
the scheme has also been enhanced to cover more products and availing
of the benefits has been made easier, observed CII in a press release
issued here today. The scheme which was announced on 27th July 2012
had validity period of three years and was due to expire on the 26th
July 2015. Under the scheme incentives were extended to new
electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM) units and
expansion/modernization and diversification of the existing ESDM
units. “We see this as an essential enabler for both 'Make in India'
and 'Digital India' and we especially welcome the inclusion of new
verticals such as electronic appliances, multifunctional electronic
devices and inputs such as liquid crystal modules", stated Mr Vinod
Sharma, Chairman, CII National Committee on ICTE Manufacturing.
ties set to grow stronger
Source: The Economic Times;
July 26, 2015
Defence ties between India and Japan are set to grow stronger with
both coming together for Malabar naval exercises in October and
exploring possibility of having joint air exercises.
Japanese defence sources expressed satisfaction at the growth
trajectory in the defence ties saying, "the direction is right. We
need to work on it more".
"Japan is happy to be invited for the Indo-US naval exercise 'Malabar'
slated for October in the Bay of Bengal," the sources told PTI, adding
that the next step hopefully will be joint air exercise.
It is not just the cooperation at the level of forces that both
countries are looking at. "There is a huge opportunity present in the
defence manufacturing too especially in the context of Make in India,"
Indian defence sources said.
Make in India: Lava to
invest Rs 2,615 crore in 2 manufacturing units
Source: Times of India;
July 27, 2015
Domestic handset maker Lava will invest Rs 2,615 crore over the next
seven years to set up two manufacturing units in the country, in line
with the government's Make in India initiative. Once operational, the
units will have a combined capacity of 18 million handsets per month.
"We have put in place a plan to invest Rs 2,615 crore to set up two
more manufacturing units in India – one in the north and the other in
South India," Lava International, chairman and MD, Hari Om Rai said.
He added that the expansion will be funded through internal accruals.
"Some portion of the earmarked amount will also go into research and
development," he said. On the expansion plans, Lava International
chief manufacturing officer Sanjeev Agarwal said, "The funds will be
deployed over a period of seven years. We are in discussions with
various state governments and we should be able to close in on a
decision in the next three weeks."
He added that the company's second unit will become operational by the
beginning of 2017.
Samsung stays No. 1 in
Indian phone market
Source: Mint; July 27, 2015
South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Corp. has maintained its lead in the
Indian smartphone market with a 24.5% share in the second quarter of
2015, according to a report by Counterpoint Technology Market Research
on Monday. The company retained its position as the No.1 phone maker
with 18.7% market share in the overall mobile phone market in the
country. Local phone maker Micromax Informatics Ltd narrowed the gap
with Samsung. The Indian company was the second largest manufacturer
in the smartphone as well as overall handset market in the June
quarter with 16.7% and 14.4% market share, respectively. “Samsung
remained aggressive in terms of promotion during the quarter with its
Flagship models S6 and S6 Edge launch. As a result, Samsung’s S6
series shipments sell-in remained healthy and out-shipped iPhone 6
series by 2:1,” said Tarun Pathak, senior analyst with Counterpoint.
“Surprisingly, Samsung’s Tizen based Z1 was Samsung’s best-selling
smartphone in India during the quarter, thanks to its cheaper price
point, higher sales incentives and wider distribution.”
Tata Motors forays
into defence segment to step up its revenue
Source: Business Insider;
July 27, 2015
Known for its heavy duty trucks, buses and passenger vehicles, Tata
Motors is foraying into the arena of defence where it has smelt the
opportunity of earning whopping revenues. At a time when its shares
are surging, it is transitioning from just providing logistic support
to supplying combat vehicles including front line combat vehicles, as
per a news report by The Economic Times. Simultaneously, the company
is planning to open up new overseas markets through the hub-and-spoke
model in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asean and Latin America. The company
is building tie ups with the brands well recognized in the defence
segment, including SUPACAT, a UK-based high mobility vehicle
specialist. This will supposedly provide technical assistance for its
Light Armoured Multi-role Vehicle (LAMV) project, a combat vehicle
based on a defence ministry programme. The company also has
collaborated with Malaysian-based DRB-HICOM for import, distribution
and assembly of Tata Motors' commercial vehicles and defence range in
Malaysia, a step towards expanding into the international market,
confirms the ET report.
BlackBerry's Sunil Lalvani as India head
Source: The Economic Times;
July 27, 2015
Qualcomm Incorporated has appointed former BlackBerry India head Sunil
Lalvani as vice president and president of Qualcomm India, as Avneesh
Agrawal, senior vice president and president of Qualcomm India and
South Asia exits the company. Lalvani's appointment will be effective
July 27 and he will report directly to Cristiano Amon, executive vice
president and co-president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Lalvani has
more than 20 years of experience in sales, business development,
strategic planning and business operations across the IT and telecom
sectors. At BlackBerry, Lalvani was responsible for overseeing and
driving BlackBerry's overall business strategy and growth in India and
was focused on driving differentiated solutions for consumers and
enterprise customers. Lalvani was also instrumental in leading a
strong engagement with Carrier partners and ISV's in India, to drive
uptake of BlackBerry's services portfolio in the India region.
Pranab to industry:
Join Make in India
Source: The Times of India;
July 28, 2015
Join the 'Make in India' initiative of the Narendra Modi government.
This was the message from President Pranab Mukherjee to industry and
investors. He said Make in India, Digital India, Smart Cities, Skill
India are the building blocks of a brighter future for the country,
and invited investors and entrepreneurs to explore possibilities of
The President spoke after inaugurating the centenary year celebrations
of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI)
on Monday evening. FKCCI was set up in 1915 by Sir M Visvesvaraiah to
industrialize the then Mysore state.
He said the first challenge is to lead the economy back to the high
GDP growth rate of 9 per cent per annum.
France’s Altran buys
Indian semiconductor design firm SiConTech
Source: Livemint.com; July
Altran Technologies SA has agreed to buy SiConTech, a Bengaluru-based
company that designs semiconductor chips and counts chip maker
Qualcomm Technologies Inc. and electronics giant Samsung Electronics
Co. Ltd as its clients, for an undisclosed sum.
The deal would give Altran, a technology consulting firm, access to
SiConTech’s clients, and the semiconductor chip design domain, which
it doesn’t operate in, said a statement on Tuesday.
It is the first deal in the semiconductor space in which a foreign
multinational corporation has acquired an Indian start-up, said Sanjay
Kumar, chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director, Altran
The move comes at a time when the engineering services sector is
witnessing some consolidation. Hyderabad-based Cyient Ltd acquired two
start-ups this year, and Singapore-based QuEST Global Services Pte Ltd
acquired Germany-based EDF GmbH in February.
Ram Sewak Sharma appointed as new TRAI chairman
Source: Economic Times; July 28, 2015
The government has named Ram Sewak Sharma, currently the IT secretary,
as the next telecom regulator, bringing in the popular 'software
coding expert' when the sector watchdog needs to take a call on
controversial issues such as net neutrality and penalising telcos for
The appointments committee of the Cabinet approved Sharma's selection
as chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for three
years or until further orders, whichever is earlier, the government
said in a notification Monday. The post had been lying vacant since
Rahul Khullar retired in mid-May. It wasn't immediately clear when
Sharma, a 1978 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of
Jharkhand cadre, would take charge of Trai. Khullar had resigned as
commerce secretary to take the top job at the regulator.
Sharma is due to retire in September this year and observers say he
may follow suit. Sharma, who confirmed the appointment, declined to
comment further. Having assumed charge as the secretary, Department of
Electronics & Information Technology last April, Sharma also held
additional charge as secretary in the Department of Telecommunications
for three months before Rakesh Garg was appointed to the post.
InFocus sets its eyes on India. Smartphones, Tablets and LED TVs to be
Source: Business Insider; July 29, 2015
American technology pioneer InFocus is all set to make a head-spinning
start in the Indian smartphone market with the launch of smartphones,
tablets and LED TVs. New technology and customer trust are the key
focus points. Naked eye 3D technology, anodized aluminum unibody
smartphones and brilliant Ultra High Definition LED displays are
snippets of the innovative technology and premium designs launched in
India. "Our mission for InFocus in India is as bold as it is simple:
InFocus is determined to enrich the lives of all Indians by pushing
the boundaries of technology and design innovation and providing
quality consumers can trust. With the help of strategic partners such
as Foxconn and SuperD, we will revolutionise the mobile communication,
electronics and visual display markets in India with our fantastic
portfolio, and undoubtedly reach $1 billion by the end of 2016," said
Sachin Thapar, country head, InFocus India.
Karbonn sets up manufacturing plant in Noida
Source: Mint; July 29, 2015
Karbonn Mobile India Pvt. Ltd on Wednesday said it has set up a plant
in Noida in partnership with Water World Technology Co., a mobile
phone designer, manufacturer and supplier firm.
The plant, Million Club Manufacturing (MCM), aims to boost local
manufacturing in line with the government’s Make in India initiative.
The facility with an intial investment of Rs.50 crore is spread across
150,000 square feet area. The company plans to invest Rs.100 crore in
the next stage of development.
The plant employs 2,000 technicians and is set to produce 1.5 million
phones a month.
“India is one of the fastest growing mobile phone markets, and device
makers are keen on setting up manufacturing units here to cater to the
flourishing demand. The manufacturing unit will be a great opportunity
to mobile companies to start local production. As part of the plan,
the manufacturing unit will have a capacity to produce 1.5 million
phones per month. We are looking to scale up to 3 million phones per
month in one year”, said Sudhir Hasija, drector, MCM.
Remove entry barriers for Indian firms into Defence procurement:
ASSOCHAM to Govt.
Source: Business Standard; July 29, 2015
In the spirit of 'Make in India' programme, the government should set
an indigenization target within a time frame to encourage domestic
companies to take part in manufacturing of the Defence equipment and
facilities, the ASSOCHAM has said. It is only then the home-grown
companies will be able to participate in the multi-billion dollar
Defence procurement, said The Associated Chambers of Commerce and
Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). In a detailed representation submitted
to the Defence Ministry, the chamber has said, stringent conditions
which block the entry of domestic firms into the defence procurement
of the government should be diluted. This should be done in order to
make it easier and more attractive for Indian vendors who are
investing in high risk areas.
It said the existing arrangement of contracts to be awarded to Defence
Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) on a nomination basis proves to be
disincentives for the private players, thereby leading to lack of
level playing field for the private players.
Government clears GST amendments, states to be compensated for 5 years
Source: The Economic Times; July 29, 2015
The Union Cabinet has approved amendments to the Constitution (122nd
Amendment) Bill to launch the goods and service tax (GST),
incorporating some of the suggestions of the select panel of Rajya
Sabha that should clear the way for the passage of this much awaited
reform should Parliament function. The Cabinet also approved National
Investment & Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), a new consumer protection
law, and allowed foreigners to invest in Alternate Investment Funds
registered with market regulator Sebi.
The key changes approved by the cabinet in the GST law is full
five-year compensation to the states for possible loss of revenues,
which is crucial to the government gaining support of states such as
West Bengal and Odisha in the Rajya Sabha where the government lacks
The details of the 1 per cent tax to be levied over and above the GST
rates to compensate the manufacturing states for a possible loss of
revenue will be finalised while framing the rules, people familiar
with the deliberations said.
Defence electronics policy in final stages of drafting, likely to
announced in September
Source: The Economic Times; July 31, 2015
The government could announce India's first Defence Electronics
Policy, which will seek to streamline procurement and boost local
manufacturing, as early as this September with the drafting of the
document in its final stages.
The Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) and the
National Association of Software and Services Companies ( Nasscom) -
both are involved in the drafting — have recommended strengthening of
aerospace and defence ecosystem to boost domestic manufacturing in
tandem with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India initiative.
The policy draft will put forth categorical recommendations for
immediate, short-term, intermediate and long-term arrangements to
boost indigenous production and localised integrators and suppliers.
"The final draft version is almost ready and we will be presenting it
to officials in the Ministry of Defense in the second week of August,"
IESA President and former Karnataka Principal Secretary MN
Vidyashankar said. The framework will be unveiled on September 9,
during the defence symposium, DEFTRONICS 2015, he said.
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