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Nominations Open for IESA Technovation Awards 2016
Source: IESA, September 2016

IESA has kick-started Technovation Awards 2016. IESA has been awarding and rewarding new breakthroughs in the ESDM space through Technovation awards for both Industry and academia. Over the years the Technovation awards have set quality standards for the electronics and semiconductor ecosystem. The Awards will honor India’s best individual contributors and organizations that drive the industry forward; and provide them with a platform to showcase their achievements and product successes.

So Hurry Up and Send your nominations now!

The last date for receipt of nominations is 21st October 2016.

electronica India and productronica India 2016: Visitor attendance up by 9% on opening day
Source: India Info Line; September 24, 2016

Messe München India officially opened the 17th edition of their leading trade fairs, electronica India and productronica India, scheduled for 21 – 23 September 2016 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bengaluru, India. The trade fairs gather global and domestic exhibitors, consultants, business experts and key government officials on one platform to explore latest technologies and new products. During the upcoming two days, visitors also have the opportunity to deliberate on key opportunities and challenges pertaining to electronic components, systems, applications and production technologies

The twin trade fairs are receiving whole-hearted support from government, state and trade bodies. Some of the supporting bodies includes: The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA), India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), IPC India - Association Connecting Electronics Industries, Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA), The Consortium of Electronic Industries in Karnataka (CLIK), SEMI- Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International and German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association (ZVEI).

Tech giant Foxconn gives Pune a miss, heads to Konkan
Source: The Indian Express; September 24, 2016

Last year, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had pulled off a coup of sorts when he announced that the Taiwanese telecommunication company, Foxconn, would set up a new manufacturing facility in Talegaon industrial area in Pune. However, now Foxconn seems to be eyeing the Konkan region to set up its operations, giving Pune a miss. Although, a year later, the land acquisition for the project had neared completion, there was no sign of the Taiwanese giant in Talegaon. This prompted an RTI enquiry by The Indian Express, according to which, now the company is scheduled to come up in Konkan and not in Pune.

Based in Taiwan, Foxconn technology group has a portfolio of clients like Apple, Blackberry, Amazon and Cisco. The company is famous for making iPhones for Apple and the buzz which went around was that iPhones would be made from Pune.

Around 1,500 acres of land in the Talegaon industrial area was to be allocated to the company to set up its manufacturing unit. In fact, the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) had accelerated the process of land acquisition in the region. Foxconn’s massive investment was looked at as the next big thing for Pune and was to herald another spurt of growth in the region.

India to become hub of manufacturing through MSMEs: Kalraj Mishra
Source: Knn India; September 24, 2016

Meeting of a High Powered Monitoring Committee on National SC/ ST Hub is underway to review the work done for SC/ST entrepreneurs.

The meeting is being chaired by Union MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra and is being attended by Ministers of State for MSME, Giriraj Singh and Haribhai P Chaudhary along with KK Jalan, Secretary, Ministry of MSME.

In a tweet, Mishra wrote, “Chairing High Powered Monitoring Committee National SC/ST Hub, Udyog Bhawan.”

In his address, the Minister said, “India would become a hub of manufacturing through MSMEs and their inclusive development.”

The Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) had earlier this month formed a High Level Committee for reviewing, guiding and monitoring the work done by National SC/ST Hub and other departments for SC/ST entrepreneurs.

The Ministry of MSME on July 25, 2016 approved the scheme for setting up of National Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Hub to provide professional support to SC & ST entrepreneurs to fulfil the obligation under the Central Government/ procurement policy.

Along with other members from various departments, heads or representatives of industry bodies including - Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI); Confederation of Indian Industry (CII); Federation of Indian Micro & Small and Medium Enterprises (FISME); Laghu Udyog Bharti and more would also be the members of the High Level Committee.

India's back office sector remains largest worldwide: Nasscom
Source: The Economic Times; September 24, 2016

As the world's back office, India remains the largest base for Business Process Management (BPM) globally with $28 billion revenue, said the IT industry's representative body Nasscom on Thursday.

"India continues to be the largest BPM base globally, with $28 billion (Rs 186,368 crore) revenue during fiscal 2015-16,"

National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) President R. Chandrashekhar told reporters here.

With eight per cent compounded average growth rate, the back office sector contributes 25 per cent to the industry's IT-BPM exports and added 49,000 people to its workforce, taking the total to 10,86,000.

"Automation, digitalised processes and new business models are enabling the BPM sector to adopt a strategic role instead of being another outsourcing platform,"

said Chandrashekhar at the two-day Nasscom-BPM Strategy Summit here.

Noting that the industry's next growth wave would come from increasing demand for advanced analytics, social media and mobility, the former Telecom Secretary said the emerging technologies would drive demand for specialised services.

"The Indian BPM sector has a strategic and intellectual role to play, gravitating towards global competitiveness," he said.

India is predicted to adopt 6000 Industrial Robots by 2018: Pradeep David
Source: VoicenData; September 24, 2016

Robotic technologies aren’t new to the enterprise world. For ages, robots have been used across industries to automate tasks that were considered repetitive, time consuming and strenuous for humans. Now collaborative robots, popularly known as Co-bots are all set to drive the next wave of technological innovation. Universal Robots, the Danish manufacturer of collaborative robots that launched its India operations earlier this year, is betting big in the Indian market. We interact with Pradeep David, General Manager, Universal Robots, India, to understand more about Cobotics and its potential impact on the Indian enterprise space. Collaborative robots (co-bots) are different from Industrial robots as they are built to function alongside their human counterparts. This ability enables these co-bots to collaborate with humans in task-oriented working environments. They are unique as they are lightweight, portable and can be easily integrated into a facility. Being user- friendly and flexible, they are very easy to set up and can be used for multiple applications within the same day. Co-bots are tools that enhance performance in a wide range of industries, from small machine shops to large auto assembly line. They have been built to function as an extended arm and in integration with a human worker and play a pivotal role in facilitating otherwise mundane and repetitive processes in manufacturing units.

Leeco Plans Further Expansion In India
Source: The Pioneer; September 24, 2016

Chinese smartphone and high-end television manufacturer LeEco is planning to expand its manufacturing base in India after tasting success just nine months after launch. The company, formerly known as LeTV and founded by Chinese entrepreneur Jia Yueting claims to have sold over a million LeEco smartphones in the few months after launch. Speaking to The Pioneer, Atul Jain, Chief Operating Officer, LeEco Technology India explained that this was due to the rapid commoditization of hardware.

“Manufacturers have to realise that there are no margins in the hardware business and consumers will gravitate to the manufacturer providing the best value”, Jain pointed out.

To keep costs lower than the competition, LeEco has bought into the ‘make in India’ story and currently has a capacity of 60,000 units per month at their assembly facility in Greater Noida.

“We are ramping our production rate up to 200,000 by the end of the year and to 400,000 units by march-April 2017.”

The Indian smartphone market is currently running at around 10 million units per month with sales climbing by 15-20 per cent annually. However, Jain feels that the data price war started by Reliance Jio can also be beneficial for smartphone manufacturers.

“Users will want to take advantage of higher speed data services over 4G. For that they will need faster phones with more memory, better cameras and more responsive screens, which is what we are offering at a competitive price.”

Pune smart City development Corporation signs MoU with European Business and Technology Centre
Source: The Economic Times; September 26, 2016

The Pune Smart City Development Corporation (PSCDCL) has signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding with the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) to leverage European Smart City solutions for the Pune Smart City project. The EBTC has been identified as the 'Knowledge and Technical Cooperation Partner for the Pune Smart City Project". The EBTC is a not-for-profit organisation, that promotes and helps customise European technologies and solutions through various programs to suit local requirements.

Kunal Kumar, Municipal Commissioner of the PMC said,

"We are excited about this partnership. It will give us valuable global perspectives on local issues, and will also empower our Smart City initiatives through access to European Union standards of expertise, policy frameworks and also European funding bodies."

"The EBTC is expected to share real-time knowledge of technologies, solutions and best practices from Europe for the PSCDCL Smart City Project. We at the PSCDCL will identify the problem areas (demand) and inform the EBTC. They will provide access to technologies and solutions based on EU expertise and knowledge from governments, cities and the private sector (supply). We believe that this will be a powerful partnership," said Prerna Deshbratar, CEO, PSCDCL.

The EBTC is a program initiated and constituted by the European Union (EU) and managed by EUROCHAMBRES, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, with a company incorporated in India.

Hong Kong keen to import electronic components from India
Source: The Dollar Business; September 26, 2016

Hong Kong is eager to import consumer electronic components from India and intends to set up assembly plants in India once the deal gets through. This could be a real deal-clincher since Hong Kong is the world’s eighth largest trading economy.

Terming the deal as a win-win one for both the countries, the Hong Kong spokesperson said that its Govt, is looking forward to the signing of the Double Taxation Agreement and the Investment Protection Treaty to finalize it.

On the bilateral trade front, the country sees a growth in exports from India but imports could stay flat.

Speaking to the Indian media, Raymond Yip, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Deputy Executive Director said,

“because we are the largest exporter of telephones, mobiles in world. So, we need parts for finished products and there is a good possibility of import of parts and components from India, to make consumer electronics products.”

He also clarified that Hong Kong is more into trading of products and less of consumption by its 7.3 million people. Much of the buying is for the 1.3 billion Chinese people and people of other countries in the world. He emphasized that Hong Kong traders can buy goods worth $1.4 billion per day for the world.

China Electrical and Electronics Market Expected to Grow at CAGR 10.22%: Ken Research
Source: Udaipur Kiran; September 26, 2016

Ken Research recently published a report on ‘Electrical and Electronics Retailing in China – Market Summary & Forecasts; Comprehensive overview of the market, consumer, and competitive context, with retail sales value and forecasts to 2020‘, which discusses electronics market by major product type, by leading players, distribution channels and consumer trends and the sheds light on how the existing players can use this information to gain the competitive edge in the market. Additionally, major trends and drivers have also been covered, describing the market penetration and future potential of each product segment. The report aims to explain how the mentality of the consumer changes with time and how these changes will impact this industry. This impact will generate survival of the fittest condition in the market since only those organizations will survive that succeed to demystify these covert profit generation opportunities into their favor and maintain the leading stance. China has recently been bearing the burden of a slowdown as this country still follows a hybrid of flexible and fixed exchange rate regimes also known as the dirty float exchange rate regime. In such a system, the People’s Bank of China (PBC, China’s central bank) interferes with the market forces of demand and supply of foreign currencies to avoid any unfavorable movements in its Balance of Payments by successfully manipulating the amount of currency being circulated in the economy.

STPI to launch angel funding for IT & electronics start-ups
Source: Business Standard; September 27, 2016

The Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), which has been promoting softward exports from the country, is planning to float a special purpose vehicle to provide angel funding to IT and electronics start ups in the country said Omkar Rai, director general, STPI. Software companies registered with the society have exported Rs 3.13 lakh crore during 2015-16, and are expected tp post a growth of around 7-10 per cent this year.

The STPI, which also acts as a single-window clearance facilitator for the software exporters, has been changing its focus over the past few years, after the income tax benefits came to an end in 2011 and more software companies moved to special economic zones. It has started creating incubation centres across the country, to facilitate infrastructure to IT and electronics-related startups.

"We are trying to come up with angel funding management, for which a proposal has been submitted to the government. If anything has to come up, it should be within March, 2017," said Rai.

He added that STPI will discuss with various financial institutions and alternate fund managers, and has to form a Special Purpose Vehicle to start investing into start ups.

Telangana signs MoU with ISRO
Source: The Hans India; September 28, 2016

The Telangana government on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to improve services of its educational channel 'Mana TV'.

The MoU was inked by officials of the Department of Information Technology, Electronics & Communication of the state government, and ISRO’s Development & Educational Communication Unit (DECU).

"The state government and DECU will work together to create and disseminate educational content by using Satcom, so that it reaches the entire population of the state," said DECU Director Virender Kumar.

Lauding Telangana for embarking on a noble programme to use space technology, he said this would greatly contribute to the overall development of the state.

IT Minister KT Rama Rao said this arrangement would help the channel start coaching classes from October 1 for those appearing for Group II services examination of the Telangana Public Service Commission (TPSC).

The minister said the channel will telecast daily a four-hour programme for candidates preparing for the examination.

Rama Rao further said that Mana TV will also launch similar coaching programmes for the students preparing for EAMCET, the common entrance test for admissions to engineering and medical courses, Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other competitive examinations.

Defence acquisition council clears proposals worth Rs 1,900 cr
Source: Indiandefensenews; September 29, 2016

The Defence Acquisition Council, chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Wednesday cleared proposals worth Rs 1,900 crore (close to $3 billion), including for an electronic warfare system for low-intensity conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. The electronic warfare system is worth Rs 330 crore, an official said

The council has also cleared a proposal to buy Rs 405 crore worth of anti-tank guided missiles for training purpose of the army.

The naval dockyard at Mumbai will get a repair facility for Scorpene submarines at the cost of Rs 725 crore. Defence shipyard Mazagon Dock is constructing six Scorpene submarines for Indian Navy.

The DAC has also approved a weapons repair facility at Port Blair at a cost of Rs 450 crore. All these approved proposals will be executed under 'Buy India' by Indian contractors.

Domestic enterprise tech startups like Druva, Manthan get set for primary market debut
Source: The Economic Times; September 29, 2016

A handful of domestic enterprise software companies including Druva Software and Manthan Software Services are exploring plans to list their shares on stock exchanges, signalling the rapid maturing of at least some sections of India’s startup industry.

Business process management company Newgen Software Technologies and consumer analytics firm Capillary Technologies are considering public market debuts in 18-24 months, according to multiple sources aware of the companies’ plans.

“We have received suggestions from a few US banks to publicly list Manthan on Nasdaq,”

said Atul Jalan, chief executive of business intelligence venture Manthan.

“It has been an agenda on our board meeting discussions for a while now,” Jalan said.

“The board and investors believe an IPO is a trajectory the company should take.”

Druva’s Chief Technology Officer Milind Borate said the enterprise data protection firm was “marching towards an IPO”.

While an initial public offering would present the companies’ venture capital backers an opportunity to sell their investments and exit, it would also put the firms under greater public scrutiny and pressure to show consistent growth in revenues and profits.

Compiled by IESA Research

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