IESA WINWire Feb 06 - Feb 12, 2016
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Datawind to set up new manufacturing plant in Telangana
Source: Techradar; February 6, 2016

DataWind Inc. has further enhanced the vision of the Make in India campaign by signing a Memorandum of Understanding today in Hyderabad with the Government of Telangana to set up its new manufacturing unit in the city. The MoU was signed between Information Technology Electronics and Communications (ITE&C) Department, Government of Telangana, and the 'Datawind Innovations Pvt Ltd' in the presence of Ms Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, Canada and Mr Jupally Krishna Rao, Minister of Industries and Commerce, Telangana at Taj Krishna during a plenary session. The MoU will allow both parties to work collaboratively and cooperatively for the purpose of developing a mobile manufacturing ecosystem in Telangana State. The new facility is expected to start production within 90 days generate 500 jobs in the first phase of its operation in the state. While signing the MoU, Mr.Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary, Telangana said, "Telangana is happy to invite investments in the state. We are happy that the company who connected the forgotten billions to the digital age has decided to put up their manufacturing unit in Hyderabad. This will boost the industrial scenario of the state and shall generate ample employment opportunities.

Mr Ranjan further added "DataWind mission is in line with our Telangana govt. mission, to provide Internet to each and every household in the state."

IESA VS 2016: Focus is on electronics manufacturing and funding
Source: EE Herald; February 7, 2016

At this year's IESA vision Summit 2016, it was more about promoting entrepreneurship. Identifying young talent in the industry to build ESDM businesses in the form of makethon competition, and workshop for prospective entrepreneurs. Below are some of the latest key developments in the India ESDM market learned at this year's event: There is some good news about Indian set-top box (STB) manufacturing. A Bangalore-based software company ByDesign has developed conditional access (CAS) software within a short duration and is also been deployed in the field in large number of STBs. The Indian CAS helps to bring the cost of set-top box down and it increases profit for seller. India semiconductor fab project is moving a bit slow with funding related issues. If you're looking for funding for Electronics Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) idea, there are multiple opportunities both from the government as well as private venture capitalists. SIDBI and Can Bank Ventures have exclusive ESDM fund. US based Riverwood in partnership with Walden is also funding electronics biz in India. Now is the right timing to get a funding for an electronics startup. IoT continues to be the top attraction in terms of market opportunity and IP development. The smart cities project will boost the IOT demand further. Considering all aspects of electronics market opportunity including IT, it is around US$ 1 trillion tech market opportunity in India. Fast implementation of the e-governance boosting the PC and mobile phone market.

Mobile phone production in India may reach 500 million in 2 years: Report
Source: IBN Live; February 8, 2016

With India becoming a global hub for manufacturing of mobile phones, the country may reach production of 500 million units in next two years on the back of an incentive policy and availability of good talent, a top official of Department of Telecom (DoT) said today.

In 2015, production of mobile phones in the country has already reached 100 million.

"The number of phones being manufactured was 10 million sometime back (now it has increased) to 100 million. The time has come when we will reach 500 million, may be in 2 years," Telecom Secretary J S Deepak said here.

He was speaking on the second day of a seminar on Telecom and Broadcasting theme ART (Adjudication, Regulation, Telecommunication) of Convergence, TDSAT.

He added that apart from phones, the differential tariff is helping domestic manufacturers to get into other areas like medical electronics, consumer electronics as well as broadband equipment and set up boxes.

"Today, with base of talent and incentive policy, India is becoming a global hub for manufacturing of phones and specially low-end phones," he added.

The government is making efforts to reduce imports of electronic products and meet requirement of domestic market through indigenous production.

Given the governments push for Make in India, device makers, including Micromax, Lava, Gionee, Lenovo, OnePlus and Xiaomi, have started assembling their devices in the country.

India's first Aviation Park to come up in Gujarat
Source: Business Standard; February 8, 2016

To strengthen the aviation sector in Gujarat, the state government has planned to set up the country's first-ever Aviation Park here having a slew of facilities including an airstrip, training school, helipad and space for setting up small manufacturing units among others.

According to officials of government-owned Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Ltd (GUJSAIL), this integrated park aims to raise the awareness about the potential of the aviation sector among students, professionals, policy makers and business entities.

GUJSAIL, which is given the task by the government to carry out the project, has recently identified a piece of land near Bagodara village, about 30 kms from here.

According to GUJSAIL CEO Captain Ajay Chauhan, the main aim of this Aviation Park is to raise awareness about the aviation sector among investors, students and people at large.

It will also provide a platform for manufacturing activities and human resources related to the sector, he said.

"This will be a first ever Aviation Park in India. There are hardly 3 or 4 such parks in the world. We have identified 60 hectares of land near Bagodara. Now, we will conduct a feasibility study of that location and hoping to finalise that location after government approval by the end of this financial year," said Chauhan.

L&T sees huge potential in defence under 'Make in India'
Source: The Economic Times; February 7, 2016

Eyeing big-ticket investment opportunities in defence sector under 'Make in India' drive, engineering and construction giant Larsen & Toubro sees huge scope in areas like submarines, nuclear power equipment and artillery guns. L&T, in an investor presentation, has also listed "oil and gas equipment supply opportunities in India and key petroleum/petrochem producing regions", "nuclear power plant equipment in India and "components for Indian space program" as potential areas. However, the company has also underlined challenges in heavy engineering and defence segments as "shrinking spends on oil and gas with low crude price" and "reduced prospect base of nuclear power equipment post Fukushima and consequent Indian civil liability overhang." It also sees "very long prospect-to-award timelines and dominance of public sector and foreign OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) in Defence orders" as another challenge.

L&T Heavy Engineering manufactures and supplies custom designed equipment to critical process industries such as refinery, petrochemical, and oil and gas, as well as to sectors such as nuclear power, aerospace and defence. Likewise, its shipbuilding arm has global scale heavy manufacturing facilities.

MK Panduranga Setty gets lifetime achievement award for his contribution to technical education
Source: The Times of India; February 8, 2016

Panduranga Setty, president of Rashtreeya Sikshana Samithi Trust (RSST) received the TechnoVisionary - Lifetime Achievement Award during the ongoing Vision Summit-2016 in Bengaluru on Monday.

This award has been conferred by the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA). Panduranga got this award for enhancing the skill-sets of engineering students and for transforming these students into employable talent pool in the technology sector. Sri Sri Ravishankar of the Art of Living presented the award to Panduranga for his contribution to the Technical Education in India. Panduranga said "Having resolved to enhance the quality of engineering education, particularly when we saw the wide gap between the industry and academia one decade ago, today I feel our centre has achieved our objectives. We need more such centres in the semiconductor, VLSI and other technology areas to create a readily employable talent pool for the industry such as Aerospace, Defence, Nuclear, Automotive, Industrial, Medical, Rail, Security and others.

LeEco has aggressive targets for India: Top 3 for smartphones, No 1 in Internet sales
Source: The Indian Express; February 8, 2016

The latest smartphone entrant in the Indian market, LeEco — the Chinese Internet company formerly called LeTv — sees itself in the top-three companies for smartphones in India by the end of this year.

On a high after the first flash sales of its Rs 10,999 Le 1s smartphone, Atul Jain, COO of Smart Electronics Business, LeEco India, told “In India, we want to be among the top-three smartphone brands in the next one year. I think this is a pretty aggressive target. But going by how things are changing in the tech world, I am not really worried about whether we will be able to achieve this or not.”

The company was launched last year in China, and has already sold over 4 million smartphones and 3 million televisions in its home market. “We are the number 1 online brand in China,” Jain said. The company aims to be the number 1 in the online business in India too within six months. “But for now we will stick to Flipkart as our exclusive online partner. Our long term goal is to have an offline presence through our own stores and partners.”

The big differentiator for the company will be its four pronged offering of devices, content, cloud and platform. “The devices are just the first part of our ecosystem. There are many device companies, but the devices are moving to a zero-profit zone. We are also selling in those ranges and our bill of costs is public. Any player who is limited to devices will eventually find the going tough.”

Maharashtra targets Rs 4-L cr funding
Source: Business Standard; February 9, 2016

Maharashtra is targeting to bag Rs 4-lakh crore in investments during the maiden Make in India (MII) week to be held in the country's financial capital from Saturday. Nearly 8,000 Indian companies and multinational companies from 68 countries are expected to participate in the Make in India event. The Tata group, Reliance Industries, JSW, GE, Boeing and JCB, among others, are the companies participating in the event. Apart from this, 49 nations and business delegations from 68 countries would also be present at the Bandra-Kurla Complex, where the event would be held between February 13 and 18. The Make in India centre, spread over 200,000 sq mt, will also accommodate 27 halls and pavilions for 11 focus sectors, 17 state exhibitions and several for other countries. About 190 exhibitors would showcase manufacturing prowess across defence and aerospace, automobiles and auto components, chemicals and petrochemicals, construction, food processing, infrastructure, IT & electronics, industrial equipment and machinery, pharmaceuticals, textiles and MSME sectors. Some states, including Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, will also hold investor summits. The department of industrial policy & production is the event's nodal ministry and Maharashtra government the host state.

Hyve eyes 1 mln devices in first year, to open manufacturing facility
Source: ET Telecom; February 9, 2016

Founded by a former Apple India executive, Hyve Mobiles aims to ship at least 1 million Android-based smartphones within first year of its operations in India and is likely to put up a manufacturing facility in early 2018, as a part of government's mega Make in India initiative. The company is planning to make a debut with Android-based operating system, an arch rival to Apple's iOS by May this year, with a slew of devices targeting mid- and high-end consumer segments. The company is initially launching two Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based smartphones at sub-Rs 10,000 and sub-Rs 15,000 price points. "We are aiming at 1 million units in the first year and plan to gain about 8% market share within 3 years and 15% market share by 2021," former Apple executive and Hyve Mobiles chief executive Sharad Mehrotra told ET, adding that local manufacturing will be a critical step around early 2018. Hyve Mobiles is banking on Google's newest Android OS for all of its upcoming smartphones and said that the users will get all the future Android updates automatically.

Electronics policy to attract USD 300 crore
Source: The Asian Age; February 9, 2016

Aiming to attract USD 300 crore in investment, a turnover of USD 1,200 crore and create one lakh jobs in the next five years, the state Cabinet on Tuesday approved its electronic policy. It also said that Maharashtra would be made an electronic hub on the world map with the help of the policy. The policy was announced just a few days before the ambitious Make in India campaign begins in the city.

“The state has decided to give financial incentives like electricity bill, property tax, VAT to electronics industries; various facilities for the projects, simplification of tax collection, research and development in the field, encouraging intellectual property rights and uninterrupted power supply,” an official from the chief minister’s office said. With the new policy, the state is expecting some investment to come through the Make in India week where thousands of participants from over 10 countries would be participating, he added.

“Projects aimed at Vidarbha and Marathwada region and investing `5,000 crore to `10,000 crore within next 10 years will be given special concessions in land purchase, electricity bill, VAT etc.” the official said.

SilabTech is the winner of IESA 2015 Technology Innovation Award
Source: Design & reuse; February 10, 2016

SilabTech, leading supplier of High Speed Interface intellectual property designs (Ips), announced today that it was awarded with the 2015 IESA Award for the Most Innovative Product for its High Speed Interface (SERDES) Design which is leading the industry in its Low Power figures while enabling customers to use it in wide variety of applications. The award was announced as part of IESA (Indian Electronic and Semiconductor Association) annual summit that had taken place in Bangalore last week. The IESA committee had looked at more than 100 nominees before awarding this prestige prize to SilabTech. “Winning the IESA Award is a great recognition for our break-through work on Low Power solutions for High Speed Interfaces. SilabTech is operating in a highly demanding environment where Interface Speed is increasing dramatically at the time where customers are expecting Green solutions with lower power and lower silicon area- this is the toughest segment in Silicon IP”, said Sujoy Chakravarty CEO of SilabTech; “This industry recognition is announced at the time where we win several high profile projects with Industry leaders that will integrate SilabTech solutions as part of their next generation products.”

Karnataka to showcase its strengths at ‘Make in India’ in Mumbai
Source: The Hindu; February 10, 2016

After the success at ‘Invest Karnataka 2016’, where the State attracted investments to the tune of Rs. 1.33 lakh crore, Karnataka seeks to further its investment potential at the ‘Make in India Week’ to be held in Mumbai from February 13 to 18. A high-level delegation, led by Minister for Large and Medium Industries and Tourism R.V. Deshpande, Chief Secretary Arvind Jadhav, Industries and Commerce Additional Chief Secretary K. Ratnaprabha, Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner Latha Krishna Rau and other senior officials from the Government will be present at the event to showcase the strengths and opportunities in the manufacturing sector of Karnataka. Manufacturing sectors of auto and auto components, aerospace and defence, agri-business & food processing, biotechnology, electronic system design manufacturing, information technology, machine tools & heavy engineering, pharmaceuticals, textiles & garments will be Karnataka’s focus areas at the event. Senior heads and representatives of all sectors supporting industrial development in Karnataka will be present at the venue. Over 195 companies, including multinational corporations, 5,000 delegates from 60 countries, and leading industrialists will be participating in the maiden ‘Make in India’ week. The Karnataka Pavilion will be at Hall No.22 at the Make in India Centre.

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana to make up 50% of mobile and components manufacturing in India by 2020
Source: The Economic Times; February 10, 2016

According to the Fast Track Task Force (FTTF) under the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, the twin states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will contribute to 40-50% of the mobile handsets and components manufacturing in India by FY 2020. The estimates includes the capacities from the manufacturing units of players like Celkon and Micromax in Hyderabad as well as the capacity from the Foxconn unit in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. Of the two billion mobile handsets in the market, India currently produces 100 million while 1.4 billion handsets are manufactured in China. "We expect this to increase to 500 million handsets by 2019-2020," said Pankaj Mohindroo, chairman of FTTF adding that Vietnam is a serious competitor for the manufacturing hubs.

With the increase in the scale of manufacturing, close to 10,000 trainers will be skilled at the international centre of excellence likely to be set up in the twin-state region. This forms a part of the MoU between Indian Cellular Association and Institute for Information Industry, Taiwan signed last year. The FTTF also met the members of the state skill development council.

The FTTF has also been in talks to revive the Nokia plant at Sriperumbudur riding on a wishlist of relaxations to be given to entrants submitted to the centre.

India’s e-commerce market may reach $45-50bn by 2020: study
Source:; February 11, 2016

E-commerce market size for goods is expected to jump about five times to USD 40-50 billion by 2020 from about USD 8-12 billion presently, says a report. While travel is expected to account for 60 per cent of e-commerce sales by 2020, electronics would account for about 30 per cent, said the joint report by Boston Consulting Group and Retailers Association of India.

The growth of digital retail is dependent on the shift in the profile of Internet users and the total users likely to jump to 650 million by 2020 from 260 million. “Urban users would nearly double from about 80 million to about 120 million,” the report said. The share of women users is also expected to grow from 29 per cent to 40 per cent by 2020.

The report also said that more than 400 million customers could potentially be digitally influenced by 2020, accounting for about 25 per cent of the retail spend. Digitally influenced spenders research products and pricing online while purchasing either offline or online, it said. “About USD 250 billion of retail spends would be digitally influenced, accounting for about 25 per cent of the overall spend,” the report noted.

Mobile phones sold in India may have local fonts by end of April
Source: The Hindu; February 9, 2016

Indian fonts may be mandatory for mobile phones sold in the country according to new standards for handsets being finalised by the government, Ram Sewak Sharma, chairman at the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said on Tuesday. The Bureau of Indian Standards is expected to notify the standards that will require handsets to be able to render Indian font messages as well as allow users to type in Hindi, Tamil and other Indian languages, by end of April

“Many a times, the phones available in our market have Korean or Chinese fonts… On many phones, if you receive a message in an Indian language, it appears as gibberish. Once these standards are notified, all mobile phone handsets that come into India must have our fonts” said Mr. Sharma.

The Bureau is working with the Department of Electronics and Information Technology in the IT ministry and the Indian Cellular Association, which represents mobile handset and component manufacturing industry, to work out these standards.

The government had initiated a move to promote Indian fonts on digital interfaces in 2011, when Mr. Sharma was in charge of the electronics and IT department.

Compiled by IESA Research

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