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IESA-NASSCOM Deftronics Awards 2016 – Send your Nominations Now
Source: IESA; July 2, 2016

http://www.deftronics.org/awards2016.html

DEFTRONICS is in its 3rd edition and DEFTRONICS 2016 is scheduled on August 4th & 5th 2016, at The Ritz Carlton, Bengaluru. As a part of the mega event, IESA-NASSCOM have instituted Awards for individuals / Companies in 6 categories.

The Award Categories are:

  • Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Best Embedded Product Design and/or Services Company In A & D - Category Indian
  • Best Embedded Product Design and/or Services Company In A & D - Category MNC
  • Best Electronics Manufacturing Company In A & D - Category Indian
  • Best Electronics Manufacturing Company In A & D - Category MNC
  • Promising A & D Start-Up Of The Year

Foxconn's Maharashtra ops to start later this year
Source: Business Standard; July 2, 2016

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/foxconn-s-maharashtra-ops-to-start-later-this-year-116070200363_1.html


The wait continues for global electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn to get going with its $5 billion investment plan in Maharashtra. It is close to 11 months since it signed an agreement with the state government. However, it has yet to apply for land, for a research and development and manufacturing facility. The government has already notified, for the purpose, 2,000 acres in Khopoli (Raigad district) and 600 acres at Chakan, Talegaon (in Pune district). Besides, the company, which had taken on lease 150,000 sq ft at Mhape, Navi Mumbai, for production of mobile phones has yet to begin there. Earlier, Foxconn had given March and later June as the deadline for starting production from the plant.

In an e-mail response, a Foxconn Technology Group spokesperson told Business Standard:

“Our significant plans in India will be rolled out in phases over the next five years. This includes a pilot site in Maharashtra, which will begin manufacturing mobile phones later this year. Foxconn is working closely with the government of Maharashtra...we will continue to consider investments in India when they make sense commercially and when they are consistent with the needs of our customers. Details regarding any new investments will only be announced once decisions have been made and all necessary approvals have been received.”

Auto Component Maker ZF Might Set Up R&D Centre in India
Source: Auto NDTV; July 2, 2016

http://auto.ndtv.com/news/auto-component-maker-zf-might-set-up-r-d-centre-in-india-1427243

In May 2015, German Auto-component manufacturer ZF acquired TRW for $13.5 billion. This led to ZF becoming the world's 3rd largest auto components manufacturer. But the sweet part was the fact that ZF could now have access to TRW's technology and its global reach. Traditionally, TRW has been a primary developer and producer of active and passive safety systems in vehicles and has an established presence in more than 20 countries. It has 22 technical centres and 13 test tracks in all of its major markets. The TRW business is a separate division within ZF. 13 months after ZF acquired TRW; it enjoys a greater range of expertise and financial success. The total sales in 2015 clocked €29.2 billion. The company is now actively present in over 40 countries and has over 1.38 lakh employees working. The company has invested close to €1.38 billion in research and development.

We were invited by ZF to visit its facility in Koblenz, Germany and happily we accepted the same. The Koblenz plant has been operational since 1962. It basically manufactures all components related to braking and steering systems. Some of the braking components that are manufactured here are brake boosters, calipers, master cylinders, ABS systems and the electronics required for installing Electronic Stability Control.

Make in India Week: Maharashtra bags Rs 7.94 lakh crore worth of investments
Source: The Financial Express; July 2, 2016

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/india-news/make-in-india-week-maharashtra-bags-rs-7-94-lakh

With Rs 7.94 lakh crore worth of investments at the Make in India week, the Maharashtra government is planning to form a task force for their implementation. The government said that these investments have the potential to create over 30 lakh jobs. The worst affected regions of Vidarbha and Marathwada during the Maharashtra droughts saw an investment of Rs 1.50 lakh crore while Konkan and Khandesh saw an investment of Rs 3.50 lakh crore and Rs 25,000 crore respectively. Pune saw an investment of Rs 50,000 crore.

Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis said,

“We are setting up a sector-wise task force to translate the investments into implementation. The process will be expedited with team of officers pursuing it to the logical end. Our investments have been thoroughly vetted to ensure they are realised and does not remain on paper. With a total of 2,594 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in manufacturing, agro-industry, textile, energy, infrastructure retail, tourism, real estate, IT parks, skill development, medical and MSMs, Maharashtra has signed big corporates like Mahindra & Mahindra (Rs 8,000 crore), Mercedes (Rs 1,200 crore), Ascendas (Rs 4,571 crore), Raymond (Rs 1,400 crore) and Sterlite (Rs 60,000 crore) including Pepsico and Coca Cola.

Site finalised for EMC in city
Source: The Hindu; July 3, 2016

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/site-finalised-for-emc-in-city/article8802588.ece

Among the 20 Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) proposed across the State as part of Electronic Policy to encourage electronic manufacturing, the one proposed in Visakhapatnam appears to be moving in the right direction after several hiccups.

On a directive by Union Minister for Communication and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad during his visit to the city in February, the EMC proposal, which was hanging fire for a long time, has gathered steam. APIIC has finalised its location at Gurammapalem near Pendurthy and AP Pollution Control Board has also cleared it.

Electronic bazaars are also proposed as part of Electronic Policy to encourage investment in manufacturing and product development. It envisages a turnover of Rs.30,000 crore by investing Rs.12,000 crore in electronics by 2020.

The policy plans establishing 20 EMCs at Tirupati, Guntur, Chittoor, Vizianagaram, Nellore, Anantapur, Srikakulam and other places.

The State Government has already allotted two acres for Massachusetts Institute of Technology to set up a Super Fab Lab at Rushikonda in the city. Hefty subsidy and incentives will be offered to investors in EMC and electronic bazaars.

Xiaomi's Hugo Barra on Indian startup bets, IoT ecosystem & more
Source: ET Tech; July 4, 2016

http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/mobile/xiaomis-hugo-barra-on-indian-startup-investments-mi-max-iot-ecosystem-and-more/53037083

Xiaomi has been making a lot of noise about its smart phones of late in India and with a whole ecosystem of products in place on its e-commerce platform; they are eyeing to become an overarching technology company. In an exclusive interview with ETtech, Xiaomi's Vice President-International, Hugo Barra talks at length about their world of IoT products, startup bets in India, the newly launched Mi Max and their future plans. We think of our business as a platform and the three main pillars of that are MIUI operating system, e-commerce business and hardware. We generate revenue through the products and services that we build on top of this platform. This ecosystem of varied products complements the smart phones that we sell in the market because all such products are connected to the Internet and are controlled by the respective app on the Xiaomi phones. We sell all these diverse products directly to our consumers and stand to make profit for ourselves and the original device manufactures. But having said that I would like reiterate that we are not becoming the next Samsung in terms of manufacturing all kinds of consumer electronics, rather we are more focused into IoT (Internet of Things) products. Since we are not into air conditioners, microwave ovens, fridges etc, we embed our wireless chips inside most third party home appliances so that they can communicate and send data back to our platforms as well.

Made-in-India Tejas: Historic landmark for aerospace industry
Source: The New Indian Express; July 4, 2016

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Made-in-India-Tejas-Historic-landmark-for-aerospace-industry/2016/07/04/article3513046.ece

On July 1, 2016, No.45 Squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF) became the proud recipient of India’s first indigenous 4th generation fighter; the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) dubbed Tejas. This marks, not just an historic landmark for our aerospace industry, but a significant step forward in India’s quest for self-reliance in weapon systems and fits neatly into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. Not more than a handful of countries can claim the competence to bring a project of such complexity to fruition. It would therefore be appropriate to acknowledge the achievement of our aircraft designers, scientists, production engineers and the flight-test team for having delivered a state-of-the art combat aircraft to the IAF - although belatedly. It will be a few years before Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) can deliver the squadron’s full outfit of aircraft, but the time would be gainfully employed to acquire flying experience and achieve the mandatory Final Operational Clearance for this sophisticated machine. The DRDO, India’s powerful defence research monolith, usually in the news for its shortcomings, deserves the nation’s compliments on this occasion. However, this is also a good juncture to draw lessons for the future, without yielding, either to euphoria or to negative skepticism.

Netherlands becomes first country to get 'Internet of Things' nationwide
Source: DNA; July 4, 2016

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Made-in-India-Tejas-Historic-landmark-for-aerospace-industry/2016/07/04/article3513046.ece

On July 1, 2016, No.45 Squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF) became the proud recipient of India’s first indigenous 4th generation fighter; the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) dubbed Tejas. This marks, not just an historic landmark for our aerospace industry, but a significant step forward in India’s quest for self-reliance in weapon systems and fits neatly into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign.

Not more than a handful of countries can claim the competence to bring a project of such complexity to fruition. It would therefore be appropriate to acknowledge the achievement of our aircraft designers, scientists, production engineers and the flight-test team for having delivered a state-of-the art combat aircraft to the IAF - although belatedly.

It will be a few years before Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) can deliver the squadron’s full outfit of aircraft, but the time would be gainfully employed to acquire flying experience and achieve the mandatory Final Operational Clearance for this sophisticated machine. The DRDO, India’s powerful defence research monolith, usually in the news for its shortcomings, deserves the nation’s compliments on this occasion. However, this is also a good juncture to draw lessons for the future, without yielding, either to euphoria or to negative skepticism.

Telangana govt to raise tech innovation fund to ?670 crore
Source: The Hindu Business line; July 4, 2016

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/telangana-govt-to-raise-tech-innovation-fund-to-670-crore/article8807870.ece

The Telangana government will soon increase the size of the Technology Innovation Fund to ?670 crore ($100 million) from the present ?100 crore. The fund provides financial assistance to technology start-ups with innovative ideas.

“The fund is being developed in the public-private partnership. We would like to increase the fund size to $100 million,” Telangana Minister for Industries and Information Technology KT Rama Rao has said.

Addressing the national executive committee meeting of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) here on Monday, he said the State was in the process of dedicated sector-specific industrial parks.

“We are working on plans to set up Plastics Park, Medical Devices Park and Food processing Park,” he said.

Remind the industry about the prolonged power cuts before 2014, he said the government had bought power heavily to tide over the crisis.

“We have bought about 1,200-1,400 MW of power every day to meet the demand. While doing so, we have drafted plans to increase the power production that is expected to cross the 24,000 MW mark in three years,” he said.

The first phase of the Pharma City will be launched in the one or two years in an area of 6,000 acres. A Pharma University too will be set up to build human resources required for the cluster of pharmaceutical companies in Nalgonda district.

SAP StartUp Studio: A garage that cantransform ideas into successful companies
Source: Yourstory; July 4, 2016

http://yourstory.com/video/sap-startup-studio/


SAP, the $23.3 billion market leader in Enterprise application software has upped its game in India, by bringing into its campus in Whitefield, Bengaluru, the first batch of startups that are working on core technologies like artificial intelligence and cloud-based software. The new tenants at SAP Labs India campus will be housed at the “StartUp Studio” – a 75 seat incubation facility. Every year, the studio will take around 10 startups, provide them with technical expertise and support and give them access to the large base of SAP customers where appropriate. . The end goal of the Studio is to fine-tune the business of these startups and take them to their next stage of growth.

A second panel discussion discussed the journey from an idea to an actual business. Panelists included VikasMalpani, Co-founder CommonFloor.com, Nikhil Kumar, Evangelist, Exotel, and Vidyashankar M N, President of the India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA). They interacted with the audience, answering questions about their own entrepreneurial journeys. The focus, though, remained on innovation – if you don’t innovate and stay on top of your game, you’re likely to be replaced or outpaced by another player who can.

As former entrepreneur and angel investor Sanjay Anandram put it:

“If you have noticed, some of the best startup ideas come from employees who have worked in corporates themselves. It will take a good six or seven years for B2B startups and corporates to really work together.”

China’s TCL to take India road for growth
Source: The Economic Times; July 5, 2016

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/chinas-tcl-to-take-india-road-for-growth/articleshow/53053077.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Chinese electronics company TCL expects to generate revenue of $100 million (Rs 665 crore) from India in a year from now as it makes the South Asian nation its hub for global smartphone launches. TCL is also evaluating manufacturing phones locally, either on its own or through contract manufacturers, once it achieves optimum volumes. The multinational company, which is the world's 10th largest smartphone maker as per Gartner data ending March, aims to become the No. 3 online smartphone vendor in the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world by 2018. TCL on Monday launched its first mobile phone under its own brand, TCL 560, priced at Rs 7,999, which will be available exclusively on Amazon. Future devices will be priced between Rs 7,999 and Rs 17,999.

"We will launch three more 4G phones this year, including one with virtual reality, along with a VR headset manufactured by TCL, around Diwali, which will also have exclusive content,"

said TCL India Regional Director Praveen Valecha.

"Next year, we will launch IoT (Internet of Things) products including wearables, but we will remain an online-only brand."

Parent company TCL Communications Ltd operates two brands — Alcatel Onetouch and TCL — worldwide. While Alcatel Onetouch is associated with only phones, TCL has a wider portfolio of products including phones, televisions, washing machines and refrigerators in China, the Americas, Europe and Africa. Alcatel Onetouch phones have been available in India for the past few years, although they have very little presence.

Defense Electronics Manufacturing In India Gathers Pace
Source: Defenseworld.net; July 5, 2016

http://www.defenseworld.net/interview/100/Defense_Electronics_Manufacturing_In_India_Gathers_Pace

In an interview with Defenseworld.net, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) President, M N Vidyashankar talks about the status of indegenous production of electronics and semi-conductor components used for defense equipment. He also gives insights on how local electronics manufacturers will find a way into the defense manufacturing sector.

DW: What is the status of indigenous production of defense electronics?

M N Vidyashankar: It has picked up momentum now, in fact all PSUs in the defense electronics arena including very big players in the private sector are setting up their units for manufacturing defense electronics and communication.

DW: Can you name some of the projects?

M N Vidyashankar: Mahindra Aerospace has started construction in Kolar for its aircraft accessories, assemblies, sub-assembly manufacturing. Tata SED has started a big project and has taken about 50 acres of land in Kolar. It will spend INR 450 crore on the greenfield defense production facility to create an integrated digital design-to-manufacturing facility for large systems engineering and integration. Pipavav is a big story for us. We are also looking at some inputs which we are going to share with Ministry of Defense for our new defence electronics policy.

‘Make in India is the most significant, relevant initiative of the govt’
Source: The Hindu Business line; July 5, 2016

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/make-in-india-is-the-most-significant-relevant-initiative-of-the-govt/article8807901.ece

With the Centre opening up various sectors for FDI, TUV Rheinland, a global provider of technical, safety and certification services, is extremely bullish on India. In a conversation with BusinessLine, Thomas Fuhrmann, Managing Director - India, talked about how the German firm is trying to partner with the Indian government in the skill development area and about the company’s investment plans in the country. The new government has planned as well as started many initiatives. We, as a testing, training, inspection, certification and consulting company, strongly believe that Make in India is the most significant and relevant initiative which acts as a catalyst for our business in the present and future. The vision and way ahead for making India a globally recognised and competitive manufacturing hub is a very smart move by the Modi government, as it will attract many global players to set up their operations in India. The Make in India programme is a great boost for us as it will interest global players to set up production units in India and export to countries in Europe, the US, Middle East, Gulf countries, South-East Asian countries and many more. Unlike India, these countries have strong as well as strict quality and safety regulations. We, as a certification and inspection agency, can help them meet these regulations as per international standards. This definitely changes the perspective of doing business in India.

Artificially intelligent smartphones in India by March 2017: Panasonic
Source: Business Standard; July 5, 2016

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/artificially-intelligent-smartphones-in-india-by-march-2017-panasonic-116070500014_1.html

Panasonic is also looking at local sourcing of components and manufacturing of smartphones.

“We have shortlisted two places, one in Noida and the other is our factory in Jhajjar, where we can expand. So we can have a complete manufacturing at either of the places within one year,” he said.

The project will require up to Rs 200 crore as initial investment. It is currently assembling handsets at its Noida unit where it has invested nearly Rs 90 crore so far. The Noida plant has eight million units per month capacity. Recently, the government had decreased various import duties on mobile handset components. However, according to sources, the move was to give handset makers some time to set up their own manufacturing ecosystem in the country. The duty waivers will be withdrawn in due course and local sourcing of components will become crucial to maintain profitability. Manish Sharma, the new president and chief executive of Panasonic India and South Asia, had said earlier that the company was planning to transform India as its export hub for west Asian and African markets. According to Rana, it is also eyeing Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh now.

During 2015-16, revenue from its mobile handsets business grew 117 per cent to Rs 1,200 crore and Rana is eyeing Rs 2,500 crore in the current year.

LG Electronics, Volkswagen partner to develop connected car platform
Source: Times of India; July 6, 2016

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/LG-Electronics-Volkswagen-partner-to-develop-connected-car-platform/articleshow/53078696.cms

South Korea's LG Electronics said on Wednesday it will work with German carmaker Volkswagen AG to jointly develop a connected car platform to enable vehicles to communicate with external devices.

LG, in a statement, said it and Volkswagen will work to jointly develop over "the next few years" technologies allowing drivers to control and monitor devices in their homes such as lights and security systems, as well as in-vehicle entertainment technologies and an alerting system for drivers providing "recommendations" based on real-time situations.

Automakers and technology companies have been forming partnerships in recent years, as the race to develop self-driving cars has created need for more sophisticated components and software that will allow vehicles to seamlessly communicate with various external devices and servers via the internet.

LG Electronics, along with affiliates LG Display and LG Innotek, has identified the auto industry as a new growth driver and has been pushing to grow new businesses amid continued struggles for its mobile phones division.

“It is an irony, that we as a nation are not focused on R&D investment when global majors are exploiting the talent base in India for their R&D work for developing top of the line products here”
Source: ELE Times; July 6, 2016

http://www.eletimes.com/in-conversation/it-is-an-irony-that-we-as-a-nation-are-not-focused-on-rd-investment-when-global-majors-are-exploiting-the-talent-base-in-india-for-their-rd-work-for-developing-top-of-the-line-products-her/

K. Krishna Moorthy, Corporate Vice President & Managing Director, India Design Center Rambus Chip Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. and Chairman – IESA, has over three decades of experience in the electronics Industry, covering a wide spectrum of functions from Silicon design, System design, System engineering, and high performance IP design in deep sub micro processes. His professional areas of interest include deep sub-micron SoC and IC design including analog circuits, wireless communication and ultra-low power management designs. He responded to some of the burning issues raised by ELE Times that faced by transforming India today. Read the excerpts from the interview.

ELE Times: What are various business opportunities available for domestic and global companies partnering with the government agencies for internal security?

K. Krishna Moorthy: There are huge opportunities existing for the domestic and global companies in providing technology and which has remained untapped for several reasons. India’s institutions of governance are based on sector specific knowledge and management systems. However, the internal security solutions today are multi- disciplinary and very pervasive. It is for us to understand how these can be leveraged across different segments/functions by greater collaboration to successfully deliver multi-disciplinary solutions to different stake holders. The notion of national security also needs to be understood in a comprehensive sense rather than in narrow military terms.

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