IESA WINWire May 09 - May 15, 2015
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Electronics manufacturing cluster on fast track
Source: The Times of India; May 17, 2015

The move to establish the electronics manufacturing cluster (EMC) at Shendra Five Star industrial area has been put on the fast track with the Maharashtra government recommending a detailed project report (DPR) to the Centre on Thursday for establishing the Brownfield Cluster in Aurangabad under the aegis of the Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture (CMIA). Earlier, the Union Government had allocated Rs 50 crore for the project which set Aurangabad to emerge among the eight locations in the country to develop EMC soon.

In view of setting up the EMC in Aurangabad, the principal secretary (industries) had invited CMIA and Deogiri Electronics Cluster representatives to review activities of the chamber's Brownfield Cluster. "The meeting was attended by cluster development cell representatives Suresh Todkar, Vinayak Deolankar, Milind Patil and MIDC official V Rajale," CMIA vice-president and convener of the cluster development cell Ashish Garde said.

Startup to biggies; Creating plenty of IoT platforms
Source: EE Herald; May 17, 2015

There are plenty of IoT clouds in the market. One of platform developer says "We’ve built an IoT cloud so you don’t have to" But the IoT builders need to choose IoT platform carefully which brings the time to development cost down, works well with developer's favorite/preferred hardware/semiconductors and the embedded software and many such electronics/computing components involved with IoT. And more importantly the IoT platform ensures the reliability and security of the system. Samsung's ARTIK IOT platform comes with production-ready modules, software, development boards, drivers, tools, security features and cloud connectivity. ARTIK family integrated with embedded hardware security technology. The customisable ARTIK is offered in multiple configurations to meet applications such as wearable electronics and home automation systems, to smart lighting and industrial applications.

Smart City: State inks Rs19K-cr agreement with China
Source: The Indian Express; May 17, 2015

An MoU, pledging investments worth Rs 19,000 crore to build a new smart city in Gujarat, was signed between Gujarat government and China Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Limited (CSMEI) on Saturday, the third day of Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s tour of China. State-owned iNDEXTb signed four MoUs on Saturday, including the one with CSMEI a subsidiary of CASME, for developing a new smart city on 20 square kilometers area in the state, stated an official release from the state government. Gujarat already has GIFT City and Dholera SIR which are being developed as smart cities.

“This MoU, in addition to inclusion of GIFT City for pilot smart cities project between India and China, lays roadmap for development of smart cities in Gujarat,” tweeted Patel.

Industry body offers land for incubation centre for startups
Source: The Times of India; May 18, 2015

Following the Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture's (CMIA) plan to set up an incubation centre for start-ups, the MIDC has extended support with an offer to make land available for the project. The CMIA project aims to provide budding entrepreneurs with tools that are generally very expensive and to boost domestic manufacturing of electronics in the city. MIDC deputy chief executive officer Anand Raite said the government would extend all support to the project. The centre would provide platform to budding entrepreneurs to implement innovative ideas and pilot projects," said CMIA vice-president Ashish Garde. He said, "The Centre would not only provide infrastructure, but also enable access to domain experts, mentors, shared consultants and services. It will help tap the potential from the student community and start up entrepreneurs and promote entrepreneurial thinking, creating business leaders in all spheres of life." Ashok Chandak, past President India Electronics and Semiconductor Association, meanwhile spoke about the electronics policy for ESDM sector growth.

First Year of Narendra Modi Government: Department of IT Achievements
Source: Tele Analysis; May 18, 2015

In the first year of Narendra Modi government, department of IT focused on Digital India, Make in India, National Supercomputing Mission and Cyber Security. Digital India, an ambitious program of Narendra Modi government and is worth Rs 113,000 crores is helping India to prepare for knowledge based transformation. Make in India has received an investment of Rs 22,000 crores from 60 proposals. National Supercomputing Mission has been allotted Rs 4,500 crores over 7 years whereas Rs 800 crores has been allocated for establishing National Cyber Co-ordination Centre (NCCC). Within 100 days, the government launched an ambitious program to prepare India for knowledge based transformation called Digital India. Digital India rests on nine pillars- Broadband Highways; Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity; Public Internet Access Program; Reforming Government through Technology; eKranti – Electronic Delivery of Services; Information for All; Electronics Manufacturing; IT for Jobs; and Early Harvest Program.

Sweden says keen to build smart cities in India
Source: DNA; May 18, 2015

Sweden is keen on partnering with Indian companies to build 'smart cities' through the public private partnership (PPP) mode in states like Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra, a senior Swedish official said. Early signing of a pending memorandum of understanding (MOU) on urban development framework between the two countries is expected to facilitate for collaboration, she said. "Rather than adopting cities in India, we will work on actual PPP model, where in, we will bring in Swedish expertise and world class state-of-the-art knowledge and investment, said Anna Liberg, Trade Commissioner to India, Business Sweden India and South Asia. Sweden, which has expertise in urban planning, power, sustainable transport and waste management, sees business opportunities with Indian partners in states like Karnataka, Maharasthra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh, she told PTI. "There are 150 Swedish companies in India and the number is growing. A considerable part of them are in the field of urban development under the umbrella of smart cities. We are very strong in that," Liberg said.

S Korea to Give $10 Bn to India for Infrastructure Development
Source: Outlook; May 18, 2015

South Korea today decided to provide USD 10 billion to India for infrastructure, development of smart cities, railways, power generation and other diversified areas as the two countries agreed to upgrade their bilateral relationship to a "Special Strategic Partnership". Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is here on a mission to woo investors, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye held discussions on a wide range of issues and resolved to add "new substance, speed and content" covering defence, trade and investment, and regional cooperation to take the bilateral ties to a qualitatively higher level. Addressing a joint press meet with President Park, Modi said, "Korea's rapid progress has made the vision of an Asian century stronger." "We consider Korea a crucial partner in India's economic modernisation," said Modi, who arrived here from Mongolia on the last leg of his three-nation tour that also took him to China. President Park said ties between the two countries have progressed substantially and the two sides were committed to improving business environment.

Samsung signs pact with Kerala to set up technical school in the state
Source: Webindia; May 19, 2015

Strengthening its commitment towards skill development among the youth, Samsung India Electronics today said it has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Government Industrial Training Institute, Kalamassery, Kerala to set up 18th Samsung Technical School in the country. The Samsung Technical School to be set up at ITI, Kalamassery will provide students trade-specific training on various aspects of repair and troubleshooting of consumer electronic products such as mobile phones, televisions, home theatres and home appliances, the company said at an event in Thiruvananthapuram. The MoA was signed by A Shainamol IAS, Director, Industrial Training Department, Government of Kerala and Rajiv Mishra, Vice President, Samsung India Electronics, in the presence of Shibu Baby John, Minister for Labour & Skills, Government of Kerala. Through the specially-designed curriculum Advanced Repair and Industrial Skills Enhancement (ARISE) program, the course will also offer students the opportunity to get real-time work experience at Samsung authorised service centres and training on soft skills so that they can provide exemplary customer service, it said.

LG India eyes 25% revenue growth, plans 86 new products
Source:; May 19, 2015

Eyeing total revenue of Rs 23,500 crore, consumer durables major LG Electronics will launch 86 new products across categories in India this year. The company also plans to invest Rs 1,000 crore in various activities to boost market share, including marketing and research.

LG India’s head of corporate marketing Niladri Dutta told Financial Chronicle: “We will be launching 86 products this year across categories. These include seven smartphones, 29 televisions, seven home appliances and 43 airconditioners.” Pointing out that “we are targeting a 25 per cent increase in revenue at Rs 23,500 crore,” Dutta announced: “We will be launching LG G4 in India next month.”

PM Narendra Modi meets CEOs of Hyundai, Samsung, Posco, LG in Korea
Source: The Economic Times; May 20, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meetings with CEOs of Korea Inc to pitch for more investment into India may lead to immediate fructification, with the companies assuring they are keen to expand, senior officials of these companies in India said. While carmaker Hyundai wants to set up a third automobile plant in India and diversify into construction and railway sectors in India, Samsung and LG may partner the government in building smart cities and expand their India manufacturing for global markets, which includes setting up complete mobile phone manufacturing with a semi-conductor facility in India. Investment into ship building may also flow with the prime minister meeting top officials of Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard and assuring them that the sector is a top priority in India. After the meetings, Modi posted several tweets: "My one-toone meetings with top Korean CEOs were great; learnt more about their work & invited them to @makeinindia". In another tweet he said: "Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard is very impressive. I asked them to come to India & explore the vast opportunities."

DeitY Against Expansion of Products List in ITA
Source: The Times of India; May 21, 2015

The Department Of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) has opposed any expansion of the products list, which is part of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) that was signed at the WTO in 1997 in which India committed itself to a total elimination of all customs duties on IT and electronics products. The extension, according to a top government official, would hurt the ongoing Make in India initiative, discouraging investments towards local manufacturing of electronics products even as the country attracted a total of . 22,000-crore worth propos` als from multinationals till now.

“It's a situation (WTO deal) that we can't change but we are not in favour of ITA expansion in the process of electronic manufacturing.Globally, there is also a concern over adding new products to this regime,“ Ajay Kumar, joint secretary at DeitY, said. ITA is a trade agreement, which deals with IT products (electronics). About 75 WTO (World Trade Organization) countries are signatories to it including the US, China, Japan, and all the 27 European Union nations. Currently, 203 ICT products are covered under the ITA that ranges from laptops, PCs, mobile devices, monitors, displays, network equipment to set top boxes and disc storage units. A 0% customs duty regime applicable via the WTO pact discourages local R&D and manufacturing as companies prefer to import electronic goods rather than invest in domestic production capabilities.

'Jnana Degula' in B'luru on May 23, 24
Source: Deccan Herald; May 21, 2015

To help students who are anxious to take the crucial next step in their fledgling education career, Deccan Herald and Prajavani have organised a two-day fair ‘Jnana Degula’ on May 23 and 24 at Jayamahal Palace Hotel grounds in the city. The event will feature a pre-counselling guidance session for the Common Entrance Test (CET) candidates and those who have appeared for the undergraduate entrance test conducted by the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental colleges of Karnataka (COMED-K). Besides, there will be a career counselling session and lectures by eminent members from the industry and academia.
Exhibitors to take part

On May 23, the inaugural address on the topic ‘Opportunities - Igniting the future,’ will be delivered by former IAS officer M N Vidyashankar, who is the president of the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA).

Electronics cluster work gets underway
Source: Times of India; May 21, 2015

The Government of India has launched the concept of Brownfield Electronics Cluster and had allocated Rs 50 crore for the project which set Aurangabad to emerge among the eight locations in the country to develop electronics manufacturing cluster (ECM) soon.

Suresh Todkar of Deogiri electronics cluster Pvt. Ltd. said that after the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) allotted the land, September 17 was set aside for the bhumipujan.

Anand Rayate, CEO of MIDC said the Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture (CMIA) will get government support for setting up incubation centre and Greenfield electronics cluster. He was speaking at a conference 'Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) meet' organised by the CMIA's, Brownfield Electronics Cluster - Deogiri Electronics Cluster on Sunday, at Marathwada Auto Cluster, MIDC Waluj.

India can achieve 7-8 pc Gdp growth: FICCI
Source: Assam Tribune; May 22, 2015

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) today said that India can achieve 7 to 8 per cent GDP growth in the next 12 to 18 months.
North East head of FICCI Biswajit Chakrabarty, said, the Indian economy is gathering steam and pace with an increased focus on manufacturing.

He said, “through the Make in India campaign, the Central Government aims to enhance industry’s competitiveness, establish Brand India and attract huge investments for national development.”

FICCI believes that India would be able to achieve a GDP growth of 7 to 8 per cent on this renewed focus. It further added that with the increased focus on manufacturing, India’s demand for plastic is also expected to grow many fold.

Vicor Corporation’s VIA PFM™ AC-DC Front-End Module Offers High Power Density and Fast Time to Market
Source: Press Release

Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) today introduced its high density, low profile, integrated VIA PFM™ AC-DC front-end power modules. VIA PFM AC-DC front-end converter modules achieve a power density of 8 W/cm³ (127 W/in³) supplying an isolated, PFC regulated 24 V or 48 V SELV DC output at up to 400 W from the universal AC input range of 85 to 264 V with 93% peak efficiency.

The VIA PFM is 5X thinner than traditional 1U supplies, offering unique design advantages to power system architects challenged by size constraints. With its 9 mm thin profile and 36 mm width, the VIA PFM can be mounted on the sidewall of any typical 1U chassis, saving valuable real estate. Thermally adept VIA PFMs may be chassis mounted and conduction cooled to eliminate fans, thereby improving overall system reliability and further minimizing the power system footprint.

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