Internet of Things
will drive India's ESDM sector in 2016: IESA
Source: Firstpost; November
The domestic consumer electronics and durables sector has been growing
substantially since a few years already. With the government boost to
“Make in India”, 2016 should see increased manufacturing of the
consumer durables serving local and export markets, said Vinay Shenoy,
chairman, India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA). He
shares outlook on technology trends for 2016.
ESDM sector in 2016
-- On innovation, Internet of Things (IoT) will generate significant
attention and action. Startups will thrive, primarily on IoT.
-- Defence electronics will generate increasing interest amongst
Indian companies and some of whom will enter into joint venture for
technology licensing. Indian companies will look for international
joint ventures for technology access.
-- Electronics manufacturing will increase initially larger
multinationals and later mid-sized enterprises from Japan, Taiwan,
Korea, Europe and US, will setup up local manufacturing.
-- Companies will announce large investments in R&D and manufacturing
for Defence to participate in the large opportunity.
Verticals to see maximum traction
India cracks set-top
box encryption tech, local manufacturing to get a boost
Source: Business Standard;
November 28, 2015
DietY has mandated ByDesign to license the technology to Indian
manufacturers for a royalty of Rs 33 for a period of 3 years.
India's first home-grown conditional access system for set top boxes
that allows television broadcasters offer programmes on subscription
has been jointly built by ByDesign, a Bengaluru software firm and
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).
The indigenous CAS platform used in cable set-top boxes will bring
down the cost of such boxes for manufacturers by as much as Rs 100 for
each device. Globally, there are around four to five providers for CAS,
who charge royalty of $2 (Rs 130) per device from manufacturers.
"The normal cost for CAS is about 2-3 dollars per license. They will
make available at half a dollar to domestic manufacturer, so there'll
be a saving of one and a half to two dollars in the CAS for Indian
manufacturers," said Ajay Kumar, additional secretary at the
Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DietY).
In boost for 'Make in
India', Dassault may manufacture Rafale fighter aircraft in India
Source: The Economic Times;
November 28, 2015
India's largest-ever military deal is likely to bring in big business
for the private sector with the French side looking to set up a
production centre for the Rafale fighter aircraft as well as a
low-cost executive jet in India, besides sharing vital aircraft
technology for the indigenous Tejas project. Officials familiar with
the project have told ET that major partners for this 'Make in India'
project are currently being identified by the French side and are
likely to include Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence Systems, Noida-based
Samtel and Bharat Electronics. These officials, both Indian and
French, spoke on the condition they not be identified. Spokespersons
of the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group told ET "there is no
development". Officials on the French side told ET, on condition of
anonymity, that the agreement between Rafale and an Indian partner
will be on the lines of the 2012 agreement between the French company
and the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries. The NDA government had
reformatted the UPA government deal and ordered 36 aircraft, instead
of 126. The Rafale fighter deal, which will bring in at least $4.5
billion into 'Make in India' projects as per the contract being
negotiated, is set to involve a third production line for the aircraft
in India, French officials have told ET.
deadline for two electronic chip manufacturing units
Source: Mint; November 29,
The government has granted extension till 30 April, 2016 to two
consortia led by Jaiprakash Associates and HSMC Technologies for
submitting documents regarding setting up of electronic chip
manufacturing plants with a cumulative investment of Rs.63,412 crore.
The cabinet in February last year had approved setting up of two
semiconductor wafer fabrication manufacturing plants. The earlier
deadline to submit documents was September 2015.
“Both consortia sought further extension of time for submission of
documents required for demonstration of commitment. It was decided to
grant extension to the two consortia till 30 April, 2016 in the
empowered meeting held on 23 November”, an official in communications
and it ministry told PTI.
One of the plants would be set up by Jaiprakash Associates Ltd, with
IBM and Tower Semiconductor of Israel as partners entailing an
investment of Rs.34,399 crore. It would be located along the Yamuna
Expressway in Uttar Pradesh and would have a capacity of 40,000 wafer
starts per month (WSPM).
Make in India: Centre
gets Rs 1.20 lakh crore worth investment proposals in electronics
Source: The Economic Times;
November 30, 2015
The electronics manufacturing sector has attracted investment
proposals worth Rs 1.2 lakh crore after the government launched its
'Make in India' programme last year, according to a top official. The
Narendra Modi-led NDA government is keen to make it easier to do
business in the country and attract foreign capital in manufacturing
as part of its 'Make in India' initiative. "We have received
investment offers for setting up electronics manufacturing facilities
in the country amounting to Rs 120,000 crore till now," Ajay Kumar,
additional secretary in the ministry of communications and IT, told
ET, adding that the figure is expected to jump in 2016. he Centre aims
to cut net imports of electronics to zero by 2020. To meet this goal,
it is offering sops like reimbursement of countervailing duty (CVD)
and modified special incentive package scheme (M-SIPS) up to 25% for
setting up manufacturing facilities in the country. These policy
initiatives have seen several multinational companies and domestic
firms make investments in local production capabilities.
The National Policy on Electronics (NPE) aims to end dependency on
imports and expects the sector to attract $100 billion (Rs 6.5-lakh
crore) worth of investment and generate employment for nearly 28
million individuals by 2020.
We will make
world-class handsets at affordable prices: Ravinder Zutshi, Optiemus
Source: Financial Express; November 30, 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ campaign,
intended to lower barriers to doing business and promote foreign
investment in the country, has started to yield results. After the
entry of Foxconn, Taiwan’s Wistron has stepped into India’s
manufacturing sector. It has joined hands with homegrown Optiemus
Infracom to invest $200 million in a joint venture including the
establishment of an assembly plant in India in the next five years.
The two companies plan to set up a manufacturing plant in Noida and it
will initially manufacture smart devices, such as smartphones and
tablets, says Ravinder Zutshi, managing director, Optiemus Infracom.
“The handsets market is expected to continue to grow in double-digits
over the next few years. There is a lot to happen in the next four to
five years from now,” he tells Sudhir Chowdhary in an interaction.
Today, the handsets market is growing by 35% and it is clearly the
fastest growing business in telecom. It’s a growing business and in
the times to come handsets are definitely going to be much better in
terms of design and features. We see internet users in India growing
up significantly from 300-400 million. With more people accessing the
Internet through their mobile phones, Internet penetration in India
has also increased which has paved its way to major migration from
feature phone users to smartphone users. By 2017, India is expected to
overtake USA to be the second largest smartphone market globally, as
per research firm IDC. The market is expected to continue to grow in
double-digits over the next few years as more and more people switch
to smartphones and gradually upgrade to 4G-enabled phones. So, it
clearly indicates there is a lot to happen in the next four to five
years from now.
Airbus targets $2
billion sourcing from India in five years
Source: Business Standard; November 30, 2015
Airbus Group has a target of over $2 billion cumulative sourcing
volume from India over next five years in both civil and defence
businesses, a top company official said on Monday. Already making a
significant contribution to make in India with sourcing volume of $400
million, the global aerospace and defence player said it is looking at
increased presence and fast expansion of activities encompassing
sourcing, engineering, innovation, maintenance, services and training.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of second Defence & Aerosupply
India conference which began here on Monday, Venkat Katkuri, head,
Airbus Defence and Space, India, said Airbus was building a solid
local identity and would like to look at every possibility to
collaborate in both defence and space. On replacement for the Indian
Air Force's Avros, he said Airbus-Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL)
had not yet been awarded the contract. "Our proposal is going through
the process of evaluation by the end customer. Nothing has been
finalised," he said. "We are offering the C295, wherein with Tata, we
will support the Indian private sector in making a significant leap to
creating a modern and efficient aircraft assembly line, fed from an
ecosystem of domestic suppliers and in initiating the production of a
market-leading military transport aircraft," he added. Airbus and TASL
have submitted a joint bid to replace the IAF's fleet of 56 Avroswith
the Airbus C295.
In boost for 'Make in
India', railways inks pacts with Alstom and GE Transport
Source: The Economic Times;
December 1, 2015
The first big 'Make in India' projects, worth Rs 40,000 crore, were
kicked off on Monday evening when Ministry of Railways signed formal
agreements with global giants Alstom and GE Transport to set up
locomotive manufacturing factories in Madhepura and Marhaura in Bihar.
The glitzy function, attended by seven Cabinet ministers, including
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu,
brought out the significance of the agreements. It took almost a
decade for the final contracts to be awarded from the day Lalu Yadav
announced the two projects as railway minister. The tenders for the
factories were floated and cancelled a dozen times during the period.
Ambassadors of US and France, Richard Verma and Francois Richier, were
present as representatives of GE and Alstom signed the agreement with
railway officials. JDU leader Sharad Yadav also attended the event,
representing the government of Bihar. Jaitley said it was a momentous
occasion and a milestone for 'Make in India' as international majors
made an entry into infrastructure creation in the country. "It is a
winwin situation for all stakeholders. It will help in railways
modernisation, boost economy of Bihar and create a favourable
ecosystem for growth in the country," he said. Prabhu said with GM and
Alstom coming into railways, it will create an atmosphere for
manufacture of other items and ancillaries in the country.
ups 'CXO' hiring to leverage 'Make in India'
Source: ET Auto; December
Airbus, ABB, Siemens and several Indian companies in the manufacturing
sector are looking to hire top-level experienced executives to
leverage the opportunity that the government's 'Make in India'
initiative offers, pushing up hiring activity in the sector by about a
third, executive search firms said. Anil Ambani owned Reliance has
hired 20 chief experience officers (CXOs) to build its defence
business, which includes making fighter jets and submarines. Power
equipment supplier ABB India, while hiring for its local operations,
will focus on hiring more from India for its global operation centres
and global shared services. The company's Global Engineering and
Operations Center for Power Systems in Chennai has about 600 engineers
working on ABB's global projects. The plan is to double this by 2017.
"The underlying focus is 'Make in India', which is complemented by
niche areas like (high-end) design and R&D in India,'' said Raja
Radhakrishnan, country head of HR for ABB India Ltd. "ABB's expansion
of the Chennai center demonstrates its commitment to the 'Make in
India' policy." Aquestionnaire sent by ET to Siemens remained
unanswered till the time of going to press.
announce Design in India to boost Make in India
Source: India Today;
December 1, 2015
Renowned chipset maker Qualcomm on Tuesday announced the launch of its
Design in India initiative in association with the National
Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). Qualcomm's
Design in India aims to encourage the creation of a product and
hardware design ecosystem in India in the domains of smartphones,
tablets and Internet of Everything (IoT) products category.
To begin with, Qualcomm's Design in India challenge will give all
India-based individual companies or start-ups with a minimum of one
year of operation an opportunity to demonstrate their hardware designs
for smartphones, tablets, wearables and products for smart cities,
automotive & telematics, robotics and devices for the IoT ecosystem.
Qualcomm will shortlist 10 companies (based on demonstration) which
will be eligible for the prototyping phase and provide them a funding
of $10,000 each. These companies will work on their prototypes at
Qualcomm Innovation Lab in Bangalore for a period of six months. Three
companies with the most promising products will then be selected by an
eminent judging panel. Winners will each receive up to $100,000 as
recognition and encouragement for future efforts.
Make in India in
defence: New acquisition rules this month
Source: The Indian Express;
December 1, 2015
The Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), which will be the roadmap for
the government’s flagship Make in India programme that is being pushed
as the future of defence acquisitions, is likely to be rolled out by
the middle of December. The Indian Express has learnt that the
Ministry of Defence has conveyed to a delegation from US companies —
they held a meeting with ministry officials Monday morning — that the
DPP rollout date has been scheduled for December 15. Last Saturday,
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar promised a “perfect” document
“soon”. “A meeting was held on Monday morning with representatives of
US defence companies. The ministry has promised that the new DPP, as
well as the defence offset policy, shall be rolled out in December,” a
ministry official said.
An industry representative, who was at the meeting, confirmed the
ministry’s commitment. The representative said December 15 has been
promised as the DPP announcement date. The DPP-2013, which presently
serves as the guiding document for India’s defence acquisitions, has
been under revision.
companies eyeing India for investment: IESA
Source: The Economic Times;
December 2, 2015
Japanese electronics companies, both existing and new, are firming up
investment plans for India in electronics manufacturing, the India
Electronics and Semiconductors Association (IESA) said today. "There
are over a dozen Japanese leading electronics companies that have
shown interest in investing in Indian electronics manufacturing
space," IESA president M N Vidyashankar told PTI. Last month, an IESA
team visited Japan and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with
the Asia Semiconductor Trading Support Association for collaboration
in the electronic system design and manufacturing segment. "Japanese
firms that do not have presence in India have shown interest in
starting business through joint ventures. Even companies like
Panasonic, Toyota that have presence have shown willingness to expand
business here," Vidyashankar said. Among new companies, SAMCO, PMT
Corporation and 3D Labs are seen to be keen on investing in India.
"These all companies will visit India and explore partnership
opportunity at IESA vision summit in February," Vidyashankar said.
‘Make in India’ push means large rise in energy need: Report
Source: Indian Express; December 2, 2015
STATING that the ‘Make in India’ campaign needs energy to work and
efficiency to prosper, a report on the ‘India Energy Outlook’ by the
International Energy Agency says that putting manufacturing at the
heart of India’s growth model means a large rise in the energy needed
to fuel development. The report, released at IIT-Bombay on Tuesday,
projects that the country requires a cumulative $2.8 trillion in
investment in energy supply, three quarters of which will go to the
power sector and a further $0.8 trillion to improve energy efficiency.
“Industry-led growth requires at least 10 times more energy per unit
of value added compared with growth led by the services sector. In an
Indian vision case, we examine the implications of accelerated
realisation of key policy targets, including the ‘Make in India’
campaign to promote manufacturing and the ‘24×7 power for all’ drive
for universal, round-the-clock electricity supply. Fully reliable
provision of power and new employment opportunities in the
manufacturing sector gives extra impetus to India’s economic and
social development and its transition to an urban society. The
additional demands on the energy system come primarily from industry,
not only from energy-intensive sectors but also from other industries
that are targeted by the ‘Make in India’ campaign, such as textiles,
food processing, machinery and industrial equipment,” it says.
First major 'smart city' in Navi Mumbai
Source: The Times of India; December 2, 2015
The contours of India's first major smart city are taking shape over a
75 sq km area encompassing seven nodes in Navi Mumbai, and one new
township abutting the upcoming airport.
The brownfield project (developing on existing facilities) including
Panvel, Dronagiri, Kamothe, Kalamboli, Kharghar, Ulwe and Taloja
nodes, and the greenfield project Pushpak Nagar (2.5 sq km) near the
airport will be developed by Cidco at a cost of about Rs 35,000 crore.
Equipped with smart roads, transport, security , tech-driven,
citizen-friendly administration, Cidco Navi Mumbai South is expected
by 2019. Cidco is not ban king on govern ment funds for the over 75sq
km Cid co Navi Mumbai South, but plans to use its own money and is
looking at private participation to complete the smart city that could
be a model for the rest of the country. Importantly , it owns the land
where development is planned and could use it to boost affordable
housing. The plan will be unveiled in Vashi on Friday by CM Devendra
Fadnavis before representatives of over 100 municipal corporations.
Cidco managing director Sanjay Bhatia said given the corporation's
past experience in laying infrastructure and planning townships like
Navi Mumbai, work on the smart city project started a year ago and
several infrastructure projects are well underway .A small greenfield
Port city (about 2.5sq km) near JNPT will also be part of Cidco Navi
Lava to invest Rs 200 crore on design, testing phones in India
Source: Economic Times; December 2, 2015
Domestic handset maker Lava will invest about Rs 200 crore over 18
months on strengthening its design and testing operations in the
country as it aims to make India a major export hub for its handsets
in the next few years.
Currently, the company has a team of about 250 people here working on
these areas and a larger team of around 550 in China.
"We are making India a major manufacturing hub and in process, we are
expanding design, testing and R&D teams also.
We will invest about Rs 200 crore in the next one-one and half years,"
Lava International CMD Hari Om Rai told PTI.
He added the company will more than double the head-count in these
"We will bring the entire manufacturing ecosystem to India. Our plan
is to expand exporting to other countries next year and hopefully, by
2019, we will export to China itself," he said.
The plan to ramp up capacity is in line with that vision, Rai added.
In July, Lava had said it will invest Rs 2,615 crore over the next
seven years to set up two manufacturing units in India. Once
operational, the units will have a combined capacity of 18 million
handsets per month.
IESA Signs MoU with ASTSA to Strengthen Indo-Japan ESDM Industry
Source: EFYTimes.com; November 3, 2015
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 Asia Semiconductor Trading Support
Association (ASTSA) with an objective to promote ESDM industry
co-operation between India and Japan.
The concerned MoU is a part of delegation who visited Japan to explore
the possibilities of doing business in JAPAN and promote
collaborations for the Indo-Japan ESDM industry. The delegation led by
IESA, includes leaders and potential investors who would like to
expand their business in Japan as well as seek similar interest to
expand mutual business through collaboration between Japan and India.
The MoU would enable IESA and ASTSA to promote ESDM ecosystem in
Indian and Japan and strengthen business relationship among the member
companies. The engagement would also provide an opportunity to the
member companies of the both the associations to jointly work towards
a mutually beneficial activity in the ESDM landscape and empower
knowledge exchange and sharing among them.
Commenting on the collaboration, Mr. M. N. Vidyashankar, President,
IESA said, “Japan has already established itself as a global leader in
the ESDM landscape. India is gaining momentum to establish its
identity in the space and we believe, the MoU will help both the
nations to expand bilateral trade.”
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