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Maker Village to incubate consumer electronics entrepreneurs
Source: The Hindu; June 4, 2016

A 25,000 sq ft state-of-the-art Maker Village at the Kerala Technology Innovation Zone at Kalamassery here will offer electronic entrepreneurs innovative space to make Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices from June end.

To begin with, seven companies will occupy the facility and develop products focussing on consumer electronics in general, but specifically on three technology areas that include IoT, robotics, and wearable.

“The main objective of the incubator is to promote consumer electronics-based innovation and set up labs and innovation centres that focus on the current trend and emerging technologies of disruptive nature,”

said C. Jayasankar Prasad, Chief Executive Officer, Kerala Start-up Mission (KSUM).

Maker Village is a public-private partnership (PPP) venture led by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Kerala government, and the KSUM.

The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala (IIITM-K) is the nodal agency. Startup Village, Kochi, is the knowledge partner.

AMD to Partner with Telangana VLSI Academy
Source: India Today; June 4, 2016

US chipmaker AMD has agreed to partner with VLSI Academy, proposed to be set up by the government of Telangana.

Telangana's Information Technology and Electronics Minister K.T. Rama Rao, who is currently on a visit to the United States, met AMD officials at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

The delegation led by the minister held a meeting with AMD's Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster and Senior Vice President Ruth Cotter, a statement from the state government said on Friday.

As AMD plans to focus on graphics, virtual reality, gaming and manufacturing, the IT minister briefed the officials about the state's initiatives in these sectors.

He invited the company to partner with IMAGE, the gaming and animating city being developed by the state government here and explained why Hyderabad is an ideal destination for gaming and animation.

He also urged the chipmaker to partner with the premier academic institutions in Telangana like International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad and Bits Pilani for research.

The AMD executives briefed the delegation about the existing chip design facilities in Hyderabad. They said their latest chip Zen was also designed in the Hyderabad facility. They hoped that more such innovations would come out of the centre.

Micromax may sell smartphones in China by 2017: report
Source: Medianama; June 5, 2016

Indian smartphone maker Micromax said that it plans to start selling handsets in China next year, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The report mentions that Micromax also plans to raise money in the next two years through either private investors or by going public.

Note that Micromax’s share of the Indian smartphone market declined in Q4FY15 to 14.1% from 18% in the same quarter last year, as reported by IDC.

Overall, Micromax’s shipments fell 12.1% year-on-year, with only about 38% of the smartphones sold in the country from Indian vendors.

Samsung and other smartphone makers like Lenovo (including Motorola), are eating into Micomax’s local market share.

Expanding to China will let Micromax compete in one of the largest smartphone markets in the world, which could increase the number of smartphones it sells.

However, the Chinese market is already saturated with iPhones and locally made Android phones, and it will be tough for the company to make a breakthrough.

Interestingly, an IDC report mentions that Chinese users are increasingly buying higher tiered devices, something Micromax doesn’t yet specialize in.

Manufacturing in India: In April, Micromax inaugurated its manufacturing plant in Telangana where it would manufacture mobile phones, LED TVs and other electronics products.

The company has made an initial investment of 100 crore to open the plant which it expects will manufacture 1 million devices every month.

Note that the phone manufacturer had outlined its plans to develop 3 manufacturing plants in the country at an expense of Rs 300 crore, in December last year.

Defence, auto, electronics to help Tata make in India
Source: Hindustan Times; June 5, 2016

The Tata Group has identified aerospace, automobiles, electronic systems and renewable energy as the key drivers for the group’s manufacturing push.
Of these, defence and aerospace are the two most important areas identified by chairman Cyrus Mistry and significant investments will be made in these areas.

“When Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, one of the world’s premier aircraft manufacturers and part of the US-headquartered United Technologies Group, decided to relocate the fuselage manufacturing facility for its S-92 helicopter out of Japan, it selected India as the place to produce this crucial sub-assembly component. Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), Sikorsky’s joint venture partner, set up a greenfield facility in Hyderabad for this purpose.”

Mistry said in an internal communication to employees ahead of the scheduled annual general meetings of around 100 group companies. Tata Group expects its defence and aerospace business to increase its revenue by 7.5% to Rs 2,650 crore in 2016-17.

The group’s focus on manufacturing comes at a time when the Modi government is encouraging companies to make in India, and the conglomerate is staring at a closure of its UK steel business.

Breaking Down: Make in India Vs Made in India Vs Made for India
Source: Phone radar; June 5, 2016

India has a been seeing a lot of growth in terms of becoming a digital country as shipments of smartphones have been growing a lot since the last couple of years. All thanks to brands like Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Honor, who have entered into India and changed the smartphone industry for good.

As India is ranked among one of the top countries where the average smartphone cost is around $158, according to the report released by Mary Meeker at Recode Conference. Though the data showcased is of 2014, but it very much states that India is a fastest growing market for smartphones. And with many brands coming up in the past five years, this mobile industry has been grown a lot. With smartphones being all the rage these days, as earlier brands use to wait for a festival or a particular month to launch their phones.

Nowadays brands aren’t waiting for the right time, to launch a handset; instead, they’re aggressively releasing new handsets every week. Few examples like Intex, Micromax, Karbonn and many other establish brands have been seen releasing at least 2-3 handsets every week. Our team gets a lot of Press Releases from these mobile brands.

Niti Aayog seeks tax holiday on $1 billion investment in electronic manufacturing
Source: Economic Times; June 5, 2016

In a bid to attract large firms into India , Niti Aayog has suggested a 10-year tax holiday for companies investing over $1 billion in electronics manufacturing activities.

"We would also want to provide for the ten-year tax holiday on investments of USD 1 billion or more that also create 20,000 jobs . This would help bring some large foreign firms into India," the Niti Aayog said in its draft report on 'Make in India - Strategy for Electronic Products'.

The government think tank has also asked to devise an export-oriented strategy for the industry, saying the domestic market at $65 billion remains small in relation to the world market, which is in excess of $2 trillion.

"Big success requires operating in the large world market, which amounts to more than $2 trillion compared with only $65 billion in the case of the domestic market. Therefore, we must reorient our policy to ensure that the industry becomes competitive in export markets ,"
the report added. India's domestic consumption of electronics hardware in 2014-15 was $63.6 billion, while imports accounted for 58 per cent of this figure, according to the report. Niti Aayog said the country needs to forge free trade agreements (FTAs) to create duty-free market for electronic goods and, at present, India's approach with respect to FTAs is defensive because it is a much larger importer of electronic products than exporter.

With $222 billion investment pledges, Make in India gains significant traction -
Source: Exchange4media; June 6, 2016$222-billion-investment-pledges-make-in-india-gains-significant-traction_64738.html

Lately, When Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his ambitious ‘Make in India’ campaign in September 2014, pledging to lower barriers in doing business and promote foreign investment, he was hoping to transform Asia’s third-largest economy into a manufacturing powerhouse like China.

Almost two years since the launch, the campaign has been gaining significant traction. A week-long ‘Make in India’ fair held in Mumbai in February 2016 witnessed $222 billion (Rs 15.2 lakh crore) in investment pledges by foreign companies. While all the pledges have not turned into reality, some tangible investments have been made. Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn, which manufactures Apple products, is committed to building a manufacturing plant in the state of Maharashtra, with $5 billion being pumped into the Indian economy over the next five years. In his recent visit to India, Tim Cook announced plans to set up a startup accelerator in Bengaluru

“India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world,”

said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, he added,

“With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we’re giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world.”
Apple also opened a development office in Hyderabad.

“Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on maps development,” added Cook.

How Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat are boosting their startup culture
Source: Yourstory; June 7, 2016

With the flourishing and competitive startup culture in the country, every State is finding innovative ways to tap the right energy. As much growth metro cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi are eyeing, a set of cities are venturing into the startup culture. Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat have constantly evolved major startup hubs showcasing their strengths.

Odisha government has decided to formulate a startup policy by the end of this month which is expected to attract investments worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore and generate 10 lakh jobs.

This was decided at a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said that, The new policy has been designed to achieve the objectives set in Vision-2025 as well as to turn the state into a manufacturing hub in eastern India.

It is expected to generate 10 lakh more jobs which will be fully implemented by March 2017. The startup policy would attract investments of Rs 2.5 lakh crore in different sectors like plastics, petrochemicals, healthcare, automobiles and textiles. In another review of the Energy Department, Patnaik set a target of electrifying every single village in the state by 2019.

After T-Hub, Telangana plans T-Works to encourage hardware startups
Source: Mint; June 8, 2016

Fresh from the success of technology incubator T-Hub, Telangana is planning to open a space dedicated for hardware start-ups that will allow innovators to tinker with technology solutions.

T-Works will act as a prototyping centre for electronics, semiconductors and hardware start-ups on the lines of T-Hub, which incubates mostly software start-ups. T-Works is modelled on the lines of California State’s Innovation Hub or iHub. The Telangana government tied up with iHub during a recent visit to the US by a delegation led by state information technology and industries minister K.T. Rama Rao.

“You may have good ideas but accessing a manufacturing lab is too expensive,”

Jayesh Ranjan, information technology secretary of Telangana said.

Unlike software companies, which mostly require workstations and servers to take off, hardware companies are often hindered by access to the right equipment. T-Works will fill that gap, Ranjan said. Sophisticated equipment to design hardware and semiconductors is mostly relegated to labs at premier educational institutions such as Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Sciences or research laboratories of companies.

Bharat Electronics to make Micro ATMs, citizen verification devices
Source: The Times of India; June 8, 2016

Public sector defence electronics major Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) on Wednesday announced its foray into manufacturing Micro ATMs and Citizen Verification Devices (CVD). Capable of strengthening financial inclusion in the country, the portable BEL Micro ATM can facilitate a low-cost payment platform for all type of card transactions using a magnetic strip card or contact and contactless chip card.

"A banking professional carrying cash separately can execute banking operations in remote locations facilitated by the Micro ATM," said senior BEL staffer V. Mahesh overseeing their production. He said the device which looks like a point of sale machine is fully secure and tamperproof, currently being used for Public Distribution System (PDS) schemes in some states. Mahesh said nearly 5,00,000 Micro ATMs will be required in 2-3 years as central government is directing state governments to deploy such a solution. BEL is currently executing its initial order of 4,000 Micro ATMs.

"Basic transactions such as deposit, withdrawal, funds transfer and balance enquiry are supported with voice confirmation and print-out," said a BEL statement about the device which will also tap into Aadhaar database to authenticate transactions.

Next generation development of Akash missile system on: BEL
Source: The Economic Times; June 8, 2016

Terming as "satisfactory" the performance of Akash missile that has been inducted into the Indian Army and Air Force, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), today said the development of the weapon system's next generation is currently underway. Akash missile system is an indigenously developed supersonic short range surface-to-air missile system with the capability to engage a wide variety of aerial threats like aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles up to a maximum range of 25 km and up to an altitude of 20 km.

Stating that the range will be marginally higher, Sharma said,

"I will not be able to share specific parameters at this stage, but definitely it will be an improved version of the existing (one)."
On unmanned aerial vehicles, Sharma said BEL, a public sector undertaking, is focusing on UAV payloads and not as such on the platform.

"We are already into electronic warfare system, radars, surveillance devices and so on for UAVs, that will be our focus. We are currently working on two-three programmes, including one with the DRDO labs where we will provide electronic pay loads for UAVs and variants of that," he said.

PM Narendra Modi invites US firms to make the most of India's human resources, entrepreneurship
Source: The Economic Times; June 8, 2016

Proposing a 'powerful' partnership between American capital and innovation, and Indian human resources and entrepreneurship, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited US businesses to invest in the country that he pitched as "a new engine of global growth". In his address to the American business community at the annual US India Business Council (USIBC) in Washington, Modi promised to continue with prudent macroeconomic policies, work on improving business and investment environment, offer predictable tax policy, and continue fight against corruption.

"This is a time when the world needs new engines of growth...I am happy to tell you that today India is poised to contribute as a new engine of global growth,"

the prime minister said, listing out the work done by his government to restore investor confidence.

"Doubts were being expressed about the future of the Indian economy. The business community was unhappy with the inertia and stagnation that had set in... In two years, we have managed to overcome the odds and register an impressive economic performance," Modi told business honchos.

India's 3D printer market set to cross $62 million by 2022
Source: Economic Times; June 8, 2016

India's 3D printer prototyping and materials market is projected to reach over $62 million by 2022 which is a nascent concept with several start-ups foraying into the segment, as per latest research by 6Wresearch .

The research said the market is gaining grounds in applications pertaining to education, medical, arts and architectural, and even in industrial and manufacturing applications. Rajat Kharbanda , senior consultant (research and consulting) at 6Wresearch, said architectural, education, arts, automotive, fashion and consumer electronics are the leading applications for 3D printer prototyping market, wherein consumer electronics presently accounts for major share. In addition, automotive and industrial end users are increasingly opting for high-end 3D printers, he said.

Telangana ready to give land for Korean industrial cluster
Source: The Hindu; June 9, 2016

Telangana is keen on attracting South Korean companies in a big way and is willing to provide land for an exclusive cluster of such firms. It will be a mini cluster, which apart from serving as a base for several Korean companies, will house residential localities, accommodation facilities and schools, Industries Secretary Arvind Kumar said on Wednesday.

He was speaking on the sidelines of ‘Korean Caravan in Telangana’, a programme organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the visiting 50-member delegation led by Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Cho Hyun. The Telangana government had first made the land offer at a meeting the Union Ministry of External Affairs had arranged sometime ago in which he along with Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma from the State and Korean government officials participated.

“That proposal is still there and today we are again offering them [land parcel],”

he said, adding that the State was

“hopeful of attracting Korean companies in a big way.” Members of the Korean delegation had been since Tuesday visiting sites and would continue to see more on Thursday.

“Our effort is to make South Korea a focus partner. Industries Minister [K. T. Rama Rao] will be leading a team to Korea before December,” he added.

Mouser Electronics Honored with 17 Top Awards for Best-in-Class Performance and Service
Source: Press Release; June 2, 2016

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, today announced that it has received more than 17 Top Business Awards from its manufacturer partners for 2015.

Manufacturers cited many reasons for the honors, including double-digit sales growth, fastest introduction of new product introductions (NPIs), breadth of inventory, best-in-class marketing campaigns, customer growth, outstanding point of sales (POS) growth, global expansion and commitment to teamwork.

"It is always gratifying to be recognized by our manufacturer partners who share our philosophy of delivering the newest technologies and providing best-in-class customer service,"

says Mouser Electronics' President and CEO Glenn Smith.

"These awards are a tribute to the excellent teamwork we share with these valued partners. On behalf of the entire Mouser team, thank you."

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