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Bharat Electronics Pays 360 Million Interim Dividend to Government
Source: EFY Times; March 21, 2015

Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has paid an Interim Dividend of Rs. 360 million to the Government of India for the year 2014-15. S K Sharma, CMD, BEL, presented the Interim Dividend cheque to the defence minister Manohar Parrikar, at New Delhi on 18 March, 2015. Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), BEL, Dividend of Rs. 360 million, Government of India, Ministry of Defence, S K Sharma, CMD, BEL, 60 per cent Interim Dividend. BEL is owned by the Indian Government and primarily manufactures advanced electronic products for the Indian Armed Forces. Bharat Electronics is one of the eight PSUs under Ministry of Defence. It has even earned the government's Navratna status. BEL has declared 60 per cent Interim Dividend (Rs. 6/- per share) to its shareholders for the year 2014-15. This is the 11th consecutive year that BEL is paying Interim Dividend. The Company had paid 233 per cent Dividend in the previous year 2013-14, 60 per cent Interim Dividend in February 2014 and 173 per cent final Dividend in October, 2014.

WHO: Make in India Campaign of Narendra Modi Creates Opportunities for Growth of Domestic Medical Devices Industry
Source:; March 21, 2015

The ambitious ‘Make in India’ campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi throws up opportunities for growth of domestic medical devices industry, which is not only “underinvested” but heavily import-oriented at present, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. ”There is a need for appropriate and applicable health care technology in India. Our medical devices industry is underinvested and heavily import-driven at present. “But with the current ‘Make in India’ campaign, there is a huge opportunity for growth and expansion of the medical device industry. This would highly improve the access of essential medical devices and health care technology to patients in India,” WHO Representative to India, Nata Menabde, was quoted as saying in a Health Ministry statement.

She said this during an event to formally announce the commencement of National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC), as the WHO collaborating centre for Priority Medical Devices and Health Technology Policy.

Madurai Battery Cart Overtakes China, Gives PM’s ‘Make in India’ a Head Start
Source: ET Auto; March 22, 2015

If Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to wean international manufacturers away from China with his 'Make in India' campaign, in Madurai an entrepreneur has made the first inroads, albeit on a humble battery-operated cart. Tejus Motors, a firm based in Thirumangalam here, will supply indigenous battery carts to FreshWorld, a start-up venture in Bangalore that supplies vegetables to households directly from farms. FreshWorld has been importing battery-run cars from China but has now ordered 20 such vehicles from the Madurai firm. Tejus will supply the first lot of carts in a month, its managing partner P Girithar Raja said. "Our vehicles are fully indigenous. We make our own batteries and mould the chassis of the vehicles too," he said. Raja, at a session organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), said time had come to prop up green technology and provide impetus to the industry such that it could manufacture vehicles that could readily ply on roads. The symposium - entitled 'Clean Tech - Problems and Opportunities' -- pitched for use of green technology in new-age entrepreneurship. In her keynote address, Mridula Ramesh, executive director of Sundaram Textiles, said 'clean tech' provided several opportunities.

'Patent Claims By Foreign Firms to Hit Mobile Manufacturing Plans'
Source: Jagaran; March 22, 2015

The Indian Cellular Association has submitted the report to various government departments including telecom, electronics/IT and industrial policy, highlighting the case of Swedish firm Ericsson which has demanded 2 per cent royalty of total value of mobile phone from Indian firms. "This in complete contrast to regimes such as China, where 0.019 per cent royalty can be charged and USA, where the Courts have directed 0.5-2 per cent royalties to be charged on the value of smallest saleable practicing unit which is royalty on chipset value and not on the phone value," it said. The report added: "There can never be any manufacturing set up in India since the global giants have cartelized and self-declared their patents and they would be charging these incredibly high rates only from the Indians and not from the international companies." When contacted Ericsson India said in a statement that company's rates for patents have been validated in over 100 agreements that it has entered into with other companies in the ICT industry, including other handset manufacturers. "In the unfortunate event that, after numerous discussions, a license agreement cannot be reached, Ericsson seeks to have the court determine the appropriate royalty rate that should be paid for Ericsson's patents," it said.

Make In India: Samsung to Manufacture Galaxy S6 Smartphones Here
Source: The Economic Times; March 23, 2015

Samsung unveiled its Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones at an event in India on Monday. The phones that start at a price point of Rs 49,900 for the Galaxy S6 and at Rs 58,900 for the S6 Edge will be available in India from April 10, in sync with the global availability. Asim Warsi, VP , Mobile and IT for Samsung India Electronics said here that the Indian R&D centers of Samsung have contributed significantly to the design and innovation that have gone into making the new Galaxy smartphones. He also said that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will eventually be made in India. Samsung will start manufacturing its latest flagships. Samsung has two manufacturing facilities in India apart from three R&D centers. Warsi said we shall begin manufacturing these cutting edge technologies in India sooner than later.

Tech Manufacturing Industry Gets a Budget Boost
Source: The Economic Times; March 23, 2015

Budget 2015-16 proposing to remove Special Additional Duty (SAD) on certain IT products and reduction of custom duty on 22 items, including mobiles and tablets manufactured in India, has spread cheer in the Indian hardware manufacturing industry. "Proposal of rationalisation of SAD and duty benefits on products like LED TV, mobile handset, tablets, LED lighting will boost local manufacturing of these products," a spokesperson of India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) said. Highlighting the combined impact of SAD removal and custom duty reforms, Amar Babu, president of Manufacturers Association for Information Technology (MAIT) said: "The inverted duty structure being finally addressed with the removal of SAD on all components and the removal of customs duty on components and concessional structure of 2 per cent without CENVAT (Central Value Added Tax) credit are positive steps which will specifically encourage tablet manufacturing in India." "

India, Taiwan to Jointly Chip in for Make in India
Source: The Economic Coverage; March 24, 2015

Indian and Taiwanese firms have agreed to extend bilateral investment ties for technology and knowledge transfer and manufacturing opportunities, in line with the government's Make in India initiative. The India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association for the partnership.

“Taiwan has introduced the world to advanced technology with its expertise to foresee the next era of technology demand and deliver accordingly. However, we feel India has the best talent for driving innovation in this space,“ said Roger Liao, director of TEEMA.

“In Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad, you see a lot of startups working in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. The attention is on IoT because it has very low entry bar low entry barriers, there is no benchmarking at the global level,“ said MN Vidyashankar, president of IESA. He sees opportunity for semiconductor applications in medical electronics, transtronics, transportation, power and water. The Indian government in October last had laid out a draft IoT policy, envisioning the industry to be worth $15 billion by 2020 in India. IESA had signed an agreement with the Taiwan Computer Association in September to promote local manufacturing.

Work in the semiconductor space progresses at a slow pace because it has a “very high gestation“ period even though the national policy on electronics is well-drafted, added Vidyashankar.

IESA Partners With Taiwan Electronic Industry to Promote Investment
Source: The Times of India; March 24, 2015

The trade body, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) representing Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (TEEMA) to promote co-operation and investment for benefitting both Indian and Taiwanese companies. The collaboration will emphasise on establishing strong India-Taiwan relationship and create a beneficial proposition for India in the field of electronics and ICT. The association will work towards encouraging the Taiwan-based electronics companies to bring more investments and commitments to the electronics ecosystem in the country and also, partner with Indian companies for technology and knowledge transfer. The partnership will facilitate members from both the countries visiting each other's important industrial leaders, institutions, organizations and organise trade meetings to help the members understand international trade practices. IESA's trade terms with Taiwan started almost a year ago when the association took initiate to sign a pact with Taiwan Computer Association (TCA) to create opportunities of investment and provide skill enablement.

IESA Signs MoU with TEEMA to Accelerate India-Taiwan Electronics Collaboration
Source: Dataquest; March 24, 2015

Emphasis on promoting trade relations, knowledge transfer and development of ESDM supply chain

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (TEEMA) with an objective to promote ESDM industry co-operation and investment promotion to benefit both Indian and Taiwanese companies.

The collaboration will focus on establishing strong India-Taiwan relationship and create a differentiating proposition for India in the field of electronics and ICT. Moreover, IESA will encourage Taiwan-based electronics companies to bring more investments and commitments to the ICT ecosystem in the country and also, partner with Indian companies around technology and knowledge transfer. Both countries will see member delegations visiting industrial leaders, institutions, organizations and also facilitate trade meetings thereby helping respective member groups absorb international experience.

MAIT Signs MoU to Bring Indian and Korean SMEs Closer
Source: DQweek; March 25, 2015

MAIT SME Chapter has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency (BIIPA) in Bengaluru. MOU aims to promote local manufacturing by regular exchange of information on technology know-how, software development, talent exchange with a strong focus on Industrial development in both the countries. The MoU was signed by Rahul Gupta, chairman, SME Chapter of MAIT and by Seo Tae Geon, CEO of Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency in the presence of SMEs from MAIT and Korea. The event was attended by 9 Korean SMEs covering the entire spectrum of IT industry. This MOU has imparted further forward momentum to encourage local manufacturing of products in India and set agendas for regular engagement by expanding the scope of doing business on mutually agreed terms. Commenting on the MOU, Rahul Gupta, chairman, SME Chapter of MAIT said, ‘This is a great opportunity for Indian SME’s to do local manufacturing utilizing the Korean technology and collaborating on various aspects of manufacturing especially development of products in India’.

Govt to Launch Rs 4,500-Cr National Supercomputing Mission
Source: Outlook; March 25, 2015

The government today approved launch of National Supercomputing Mission to connect national academic and R&D institutions with a grid of over 70 high-performance computing facilities at an estimated cost of Rs 4,500 crore. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the launch of the mission that will enable India to leapfrog to the league of world-class computing power nations, an official release said. "We are going to install 73 supercomputers in different parts of the country and all will be linked by a computer grid. This is about Rs 4,500 crore scheme in which Rs 2,800 crore will come from the Ministry of Science and Technology and the rest, about Rs 1,700 crore, from my department, IT," Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. " As far as supercomputing is concern India is ranked at number 74 and China is number 1. We have got 500 supercomputers in world and India has only 9," he said. The mission would be implemented by the Department of Science and Technology and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) through Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. This will be done at an estimated cost of Rs 4,500 crore over a period of seven years, the release said.

Project Will Make Kochi Electronic Hub
Source: The New Indian Express‎; March 25, 2015

If everything goes as planned and the project materialises, the Electronic Park will be the first of its kind facility in the state. The park is being envisaged as an electronic hub to promote the manufacture and assembly of hardware, as well as the supporting infrastructure. It will also have R and D centres. Industries associated with the electronic hardware sector can be set up in the park. The project will generate direct as well as indirect jobs. As per the pre-feasibility study conducted by KSIDC, the estimated cost for the project is `750 crore. Through the project the government aims to develop Kerala into an electronic goods manufacturing hub.

A committee constituted by the state government for the development of electronics hardware industry had recommended setting up of an Electronic Hub in Kochi in 2007. The proposal was approved by the government and KSIDC was appointed as the Nodal Agency for the project.

Odisha to Set Up Electronics Manufacturing Cluster, USA, Taiwanese Companies to Invest Over Rs. 3000 Crore
Source: Odissadiaries; March 26, 2015

Odisha Government will set up electronics manufacturing cluster at the Infovalley complex in Bhubaneswar. This decision was taken at high level meeting presided by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat. USA-based firm M2I, Taiwanese firm Wistron Corporation will invest over Rs. 3000 crore in this project. The state government will set up electronics manufacturing cluster at the Infovalley complex in Bhubaneswar with the help of these two companies. The state government will sign joint venture with Wistron and M2i. Both will park investments into the EMC for manufacture of consumer electronics products. It should be noted that the Centre already awarded in-principle approval for the EMC project planned over 215 acres of land. The Department Of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has approved a grant of Rs 96.96 crore for the EMC. The proposed greenfield EMC cluster, located at Harapur, Gaudakasipur and Durgapur villages of Khurda district in Odisha, is expected to house over 100 electronics manufacturing units

India will woo foreign investors with culinary skills at Hannover
Source: The Economic Times; March 27, 2015

India will lure foreign investment with finger-licking Indian cuisine at the biggest industrial fair in Hannover in Germany where 40 chefs from six hotel chains will introduce global visitors to delicacies such as dal bukhara, dum murgh biryani, shammi kebab and gulab jamun.

Besides, company heads from across the globe will take home a lesson or two in yoga, with some of India's top yoga instructors organising sessions at two-hour intervals at the five-day fair, themed around Make in India. India would leverage the platform to popularise Indian culture besides getting large-scale foreign investment into smart cities, industrial corridors and renewable energy. India is the partner country for Hannover Messe, 2015, which will be inaugurated jointly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on April 13.

"It is an industrial fair, but since India is a partner country, we would use the occasion to show our cultural strength through yoga. Indian cuisine is very famous across the world, and our team of top chefs from India will serve food from all corners of India," said a government official. EEPC India (formerly Engineering Export Promotion Council) is the lead agency for the fair.

Govt to invest $10 billion in two computer chip manufacturing facilities
Source:; March 26, 2015

In line with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s flagship ‘Make in India’ programme, the centre plans to spend billions of dollars to put in place an ecosystem for electronics manufacturing in the country. The government plans to invest $10 billion in two computer chip manufacturing facilities that are due to come up, R.S. Sharma, secretary, department of electronics and information technology, said on Thursday at the first “Indian Electronics Expo” that was organized by the Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council. Sharma also said that India will invest $400 million to develop a microprocessor.

Mint had reported in January that India was planning to develop its own microprocessor design unit to cater to the growing demand for electronic devices.

Semiconductor IP Market is expected to reach $5.63Bn by 2020
Source: ELE Times; March 26, 2015

Semiconductor (Silicon) IP Market by Form Factor (Integrated Circuit IP, SOC IP), Design Architecture (Hard IP, Soft IP), Processor Type (Microprocessor, DSP), Application, Geography and Verification IP is foreseen to grow at CAGR of 12.6pc from 2014 to 2020 and reach $5.63Bn in 2020. Integrated Circuit (IC) design teams are constantly struggling with the increasing pressure to make end user products smaller in size, more reliable, affordable, with more advanced features, and superior performance, all in the face of decreasing product life cycles and time to market. While semiconductor manufacturing processes have transformed significantly to allow a phenomenal increase in the number of electronic circuits incorporated on a single chip (with the advent of System-on-Chips), design capabilities resources have not kept pace with the developments in this technology ensuing in a widening design gap between their advancing manufacturing potential and restrained design capabilities.

Compiled by IESA Research

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