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Centre aims to invest ?2,200 cr. in electronic technology start-ups
Source: The Hindu; February 12, 2017

The Centre is targeting an investment of about ?2,200 crore by 2019 in start-ups working on new technologies in the electronic sector under the Electronics Development Fund (EDF), a senior government official said.

The EDF is a ‘fund of funds’ that works with venture capitalists to create funds, known as ‘daughter funds,’ which provide risk capital to companies developing new technologies in the area of electronics, nano-electronics and IT.

The EDF would put in 10% of the capital in ‘daughter funds’ and the rest would be invested by venture capitalists. Hence, a targeted investment of ?2,200 crore by the government will help mobilise ?22,000 crore for the ‘daughter funds,’ which will then invest primarily in start-ups.

“One of the major issues that we have had in India is that we have not had big VC funding coming in,” IT Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said. “Mostly it has gone into e-commerce and e-tailing. That is not enough. We need to create IPR also. To create IPR… there are a large number of tech start-ups, people working in nano-technology etc… but the problem is who will fund them, because it is almost like R&D, until they commercialise,” she added.

The aim of the EDF was to move from a government-funded model to private-funded model where a start-up can raise money from the market, she said. “But that will not happen on its own. So the idea is to seed the market…

Thailand seeks investments from India in biotech, electronics
Source: Business Standard; February 12, 2017

Seeking investments from India in areas like automation, smart electronics and biotech, Thailand Board of Investment has said that the country provides tax holidays and an investor-friendly environment.

"Indian businesses can contribute to our growth further in various ways. No matter big or small, even startups can be our partners. There is a wide range from trading, manufacturing and other high value-added services. However, they have to come with technology and be environment friendly," the board's Director and Consul (Investment) Kanokporn Chotipal told PTI.

She said Indian business can also participate in sectors like aerospace, automation and medical devices.

"Apart from that, India can also be our partner in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and IT/ITeS," she said, adding Indian companies can explore business opportunities in several sectors in Thailand.

With an aim to attract investments from India and other countries, Thailand is organising a mega event - 'Opportunity Thailand Seminar 2017' in Bangkok on February 15.

Over 2,500 investors from across the globe would participate in the seminar.

Chotipal said that several Indian companies have presence in the South East Asian nation and "more will go to Thailand according to Act East policy of the Indian government because Thailand is a strategic location, situated in the centre of ASEAN".

She also expressed hope that negotiations for the Thailand-India free trade agreement will be concluded soon to boost economic relations between both the countries. Bilateral trade between the countries stood at USD 8.5 billion in 2015-16.

Indian defence products ripe for export: DRDO chief
Source: The Hindu; February 12, 2017

After years of developing defence goods, the focus of the country’s military R&D establishment is now on pursuing export of a host of Indian products and technologies, said S. Christopher, chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Saturday.

Efforts are on to find overseas buyers for homegrown products and technologies such as the light combat fighter (LCA), pilotless aircraft Rustom-1 and Rustom-2/Tapas, the small AEW&CS plane for surveillance, and the Astra and Pinaka missiles, he said at a customary news briefing ahead of the three-day Aero India Seminar, which begins here on Sunday.

As part of this strategy, DRDO will encourage potential overseas customers to fly in the LCA’s trainer version during the Aero India, which begins on February 14. For the first time, the DRDO outdoor display will showcase a real Tejas LCA aircraft.

Export of its products is the DRDO’s key agenda this year, Dr. Christopher said, adding, “We are geared up to do it. We have come to the extent of showcasing our fighter aircraft to the world and [to] demonstrate the LCA to customers. It will be a good return on the investments if we produce them at a reasonable cost and export them. It will also do the nation good.”

As the organisation’s labs move towards upgrades of their products, the early versions could be customised and offered along with technologies to friendly and neighbouring countries. The Astra missile and the Pinaka Mark 1 and 2 versions are strong possibilities.

Dakshina Kannada to have country's first startup district
Source: The Times of India; February 12, 2017

Dakshina Kannada will have India's first startup district. As per the result of a tem sent by minister for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman to the district in January, the decision has received approval from department of industrial policy and promotion of the commerce ministry and the NITI Ayog. With the minister dropping sufficient hints to this effect in the ongoing budget session, a formal official announcement to this effect is awaited shortly.

Sources privy to this development told TOI that the district will get 20 Tinkering Laboratories in schools with state-of-the-art hardware such as 3D printers and allied software. To be named Atal Tinkering Laboratories, the programme is being taken up under Atal Innovation Mission and will also see these labs and incubation centres come up in five colleges and two institutions will vie for centre of excellence in a grand challenge that the ministry will announce soon.

Ashok Jhunjunwala, professor, department of electrical engineering from IIT, Chennai who set up the IIT Madras Research Park will handhold the exercise. This will be a three-tiered approach to fostering culture of innovation. Hence, there are schools, colleges and professional/technical institutions lined up for this project in a bottom up pyramid structure approach with focus on agriculture, education, health, infrastructure, manufacturing and internet of things.

Over-funded Indian startup unicorns should shut shop if not making money: Mahesh Murthy
Source: Yourstory; February 12, 2017

Once the cynosure of the Indian startup ecosystem, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Ola are today battling to survive the onslaught from their global rivals that are using their deep pockets to snatch market share from the home-grown unicorns. So much so that Sachin Bansal, Co-founder, Flipkart, and Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO, Ola, have cried foul over “capital dumping” by Uber and Amazon, and sought the government’s intervention to ensure some kind of a level playing field.

Concerns over the growing competition from the global biggies found an echo at the ongoing Times LitFest 2017 (February 11–12) in Bengaluru. In a panel discussion titled, ‘Internet Commerce: Surviving the Global Giants’, Mahesh Murthy, Managing Partner, Seedfund, and Hari Menon, co-founder of online grocery platform BigBasket, battled it out on this issue. When asked what would happen to BigBasket with Amazon’s impending entry into the grocery business, Hari replied, “We will certainly survive Amazon. I believe that Amazon should come in and accelerate its move in the grocery space because 70 percent of India’s retail is grocery. The size of the retail industry is about $700 billion and $400–500 billion is groceries. It is difficult for one player to service the entire market. People will migrate online and buy grocery much faster. Now, Flipkart is also moving into the grocery space.”

Department of Electronics and Information Technology to spend Rs 300 crore on skilling, e-literacy
Source: The Financial Express; February 13, 2017

To put a thrust on digital literacy, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEIT) will train 11 lakh people for jobs scheme, during 2017-18.

Digital India – the flagship program of the Department – has been earmarked an outlay of Rs 1,672.7 crore which includes expansion of initiatives for digital empowerment of citizens, and digital infrastructure as utility, among others. (PTI)

To put a thrust on digital literacy, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEIT) will train 11 lakh people for jobs scheme, during 2017-18. The total outlay for manpower development has been pegged at over Rs 306.7 crore which would go into rural digital literacy programme for 75 lakh families, and capacity building in niche areas for 2,000 trained persons, according to the `Output-Outcome framework for Schemes 2017-18? for the Department.

The outlay for Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) stands at Rs 900 crore for FY’18, with deliverables spanning pan India residents’ enrolment services, and facilitating the development of Aadhaar-enabled applications and payments.

Digital India – the flagship program of the Department – has been earmarked an outlay of Rs 1,672.7 crore which includes expansion of initiatives for digital empowerment of citizens, and digital infrastructure as utility, among others.

As much of Rs 100 crore would go into cyber security projects and programmes that entails eEvidence scheme, Emergency Response System, Emergency Response Centres, besides IT Act amendments.

Make in India 2.0 on cards, says DIPP
Source: Deccan Herald; February 14, 2017

Make in India 2.0, an upgraded version of the government’s initiative ‘Make in India’, will be announced in a couple of months, with emphasis on sectors in which the country has a competitive edge.

“We are planning to have a revamped version of ‘Make in India 2.0’, which will be focussed on the sectors where we have the competitive advantage,” Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) secretary Ramesh Abhishek told DH.

“Some of the sectors that are identified are electronic manufacturing, aerospace, pharma, automobile and defence,” he said, adding that more sectors would be added. He also said that in the next two months ‘Make in India 2.0’ will be rolled out, adding that it was a detailed study by CII, which has been used as basis for this initiative.

Eyeing all sectors - The CII study, which is titled ‘Championing manufacturing in India: 2025’, has selected 26 industries among eight sectors — aerospace and defence, auto and auto components, capital goods and engineering, chemicals, steel, pharma, cement, and electronic manufacturing — that have the potential of becoming India’s leading sectors in coming days.

“These sectors are not No 1 or No 2, but they will give us high double-digit growth in the next seven to 10 years,” CII?Executive Director — Manufacturing Ratika Jain said, adding that they are hoping all the 26 sectors be included in ‘Make in India 2.0’.

Within the auto sector, the study focuses on passenger vehicles, heavy commercial vehicles and auto electronics.

Bengaluru ideally placed to emerge as a hub for aerospace and defence
Source: Yourstory; February 14, 2017

At a session on Aerospace and Defence at the Make in India — Karnataka conference on Monday, various speakers from large MNCs and defence PSUs echoed the view that brand Bengaluru was firmly entrenched as the aerospace and defence capital of the country and was gearing up to play a larger role in the world.

Speakers were of the view that, with the large number of defence SMEs and MSMEs in the city and the abundance of human capital, it was easy for companies to set up shop in Bengaluru and find the right talent.

The speakers’ views mirrored the Karnataka government’s intention of betting big on defence and aerospace, especially with Aero India 2017 starting on February 14 at the Yelahanka Air Force Station, where the chatter is veering towards offsets and Make in India.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited chairman Suvarna Raju said that Karnataka has the potential for greater industrial participation owing to a large number of engineering colleges that churn out thousands of graduates. Though a majority of these graduates are not readily employable, they can be moulded into a good workforce to fit the needs of foreign companies as well as Indian companies that produce for them.

“Karnataka is the first state to come out with an aerospace policy as well as have two exclusive aerospace parks. All this will help Karnataka become an aerospace hub by 2023 and an MRO hub a few years down the line,” Raju said.

Havells to plan India plant for personal grooming products after 2-3 years
Source: ET Retail; February 15, 2017

Electrical equipment maker Havells India will continue to depend on imports for its personal grooming segment for at least three years before it starts manufacturing domestically, said its executive vice president Saurabh Goel on Tuesday. He was speaking to journalists in Hyderabad on the sidelines of launch the company’s app/ blue tooth enabled fans in the decorative and premium segment.

The company, which recently ventured into personal care segment, is currently sourcing products from outside India. “We will look at having our own manufacturing facility after two to three years once we achieve a scale in personal grooming segment. Also, as our indigenisation level at our existing fans facility is around 93%, we will look at replicating the same once the facility for personal grooming products comes up,” said Goel.

Personal grooming is one of the fastest growing segments in the electrical equipment industry, recording a growth of 20-25% as against the fan segment, which is growing at 6-8%.

“This high growth rate is attracting electrical manufactures into this segment where there are few organised players, said Goel. Another electrical major Syska too entered the personal grooming segment in January this year and plans to invest Rs 100 crore on its marketing.

The electrical major is also looking at water purifier segment but the plan is still at conceptual stage, said company executives.

India Defense Firms Using Global to Go Local Under Modi Plan
Source: Bloomberg Quint; February 15, 2017

A handful of companies are seeking to become the Boeings and Lockheed Martins of India, collaborating with global defense manufacturers to locally build advanced military hardware.

Those in the running to build planes, warships, submarines and tanks include Larson & Toubro Ltd., Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Tata Advanced Systems Ltd., Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd. and Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd. The companies are looking to profit from a program to boost domestic manufacturing in a country that is now the world’s largest defense importer.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set this month to formally lay out his defense industrial policy -- in train for 14 months and widely detailed already -- anointing select private companies as strategic partners for the military. It builds on his much-touted “Make in India” program, which gives preferential treatment to foreign companies that agree to have a portion of the manufacturing done domestically.

The policy will provide exclusive rights for the local companies to execute on large defense projects with assured orders, and encourage them to tie up with foreign contractors for their expertise.

"The strategic partners policy is meant to spur large Indian business houses to transform into systems integrators," said New Delhi-based Ankur Gupta, vice-president for aerospace and defense at Ernst & Young. Having confirmed orders allows companies to invest more in infrastructure, Gupta said.

Not flying solo: Tie-ups the trend at Aero India 2017
Source: The Economic Times; February 15, 2017

From the Adani group making its debut with a drone project with Israel to Reliance Defence tying up with a UAE company for composites and state-owned HAL revealing a combat version of the Hawk trainer with BAE, joint development of military systems has been the theme of India's top air show that kicked off here on Tuesday.

While in the past, stand alone projects were the top draw, with Indian companies and PSUs focused on the 'self dependency' theme, a more realistic approach was visible at the show this year. The focus now was on jointly developing new systems and value adding onto existing platforms for both the Indian and export market.

The top showcase on day one of the show was the HAL-BAE project for a combat version of the Hawk trainer. The Advanced Hawk, which has been in the works for two years, is expected to fly shortly and is aimed at the export market. “Advanced Hawk is a great example of Make in India, for India and Export from India,“ Alan Garwood, group business development director, BAE Systems said.

The Adani Group, that entered the defence business in 2015, also choose a joint project for its debut at the air show. Its newly-formed entity, the Adani-Elbit Advanced Systems India Limited, had the Hermes 900 multi-role unmanned aerial system on display. The project being aimed for is a naval requirement for UAVs that is expected to roll out shortly.

Indian Semiconductor Association IESA Opens Its Chennai Chapter
Source: TeleAnalysis; February 15, 2017

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association or IESA, the trade body representing the Indian Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, today announced the launch of their Chennai Chapter. The key objectives of setting up an office in Chennai is to widen the eco-system, acquire new members and strengthen the supply chain in the region.

Chennai is known as the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) hub of India with the EMS Corridor stretching from Sriperumbudur to Oragadam. Being one of the fastest growing manufacturing metros, its accessibility as a seaport and having a significant share of manufacturing units for major technology companies with automotive and OEM’s being the core hub, was an obvious choice for IESA’s expansion.

“With the commencement of our activities from Chennai, we will have greater opportunities to connect and collaborate with companies to help them create products and solutions to cater to the ever increasing electronics systems demand in India. With an already strong base of electronics manufacturing in the state with suburbs of Chennai and Coimbatore as the 2 major cities of innovation and product realization, we hope to partner with the companies in electronics design and manufacturing and services to put the Indian ESDM industry on the global radar. This is a part of the process of IESA further expanding its presence in the country to be able to promote the digital transformation and making India the global epicenter of electronics innovation,” said K. Krishna Moorthy, Chairman, IESA.

With ISRO's record, India to be one-stop shop for global satellite players
Source: Business Standard; February 15, 2017

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (Isro’s) historic feat of hurling 104 satellites in one go, a record by any space agency, is set to open up a global opportunity and make India a one-stop shop for building and hurling micro satellites.

Over the next five years, over 3,000 such satellites with sizes varying from a small shoebox to a 24-inch television set and weighing one kg to 50 kg are expected to be built and launched by various players, according to SpaceWorks Inc, a US space industry researcher.

The biggest such move will be by OneWeb, the Softbank-funded satellite venture which has India’s Bharti as a partner. It will launch 648 small satellites to provide high-speed internet to remotest corners of the world.

Planet Labs, which acquired the satellite infrastructure of Google, on Wednesday used for a second time the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket to hurl 88 micro satellites or Doves into space.

Isro sees an immense opportunity for two reasons – first, there is a global shortage of launchers for small satellite missions; and second, there is a sudden rush of private industry in the US and Europe to send hundreds of satellites to space for various needs. These needs include weather tracking, navigation on the sea where there is little connectivity so far, and providing high-speed internet to remotest parts of the world.

“Whenever there is a large production of satellites, there will also be requirement for sub systems. There are many industries that can produce for global companies,” A S Kiran Kumar, chairman of (ISRO), had said in an interview last year.

Electronics industry body IESA to open offices in Pune, Andhra Pradesh
Source: Business Standard; February 15, 2017

Electronics industry body IESA today said it plans to open offices in Pune and Andhra Pradesh to work closely with local companies and foster a manufacturing ecosystem.

"We don't have any fixed target to open number of offices but we are looking to have our presence in places that have potential to develop electronic system design and manufacturing ecosystem. We are planning an office in Pune in the next two months," IESA Chairman K Krishna Moorthy told PTI.

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) today opened its second office in Chennai where companies like Flextronics, Motorola, Foxconn, Samsung, Cisco, Sanmina, and Dell have their manufacturing facility. The industry body has its headquarters in Bangalore.

"Chennai has a fairly good electronics manufacturing ecosystem. We are beginning to see lot of developmental activity here. There is good start-up consultation happeniing at IIT Chennai. These are very good pull for IESA to set up office in Chennai," Moorthy said.

Chennai is known as the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) hub of India with the EMS Corridor stretching from Sriperumbudur to Oragadam.

"Today, close to 40 per cent of electronics for the automotive industry is supported from Tamil Nadu alone. IESA is highly inclined towards the achievement of this objective and is striving towards building support for the companies across states like Tamil Nadu to promote conducive manufacturing of products for global markets," IESA President MN Vidyashankar said.

Centum Electronics inaugurates state-of-the-art design and manufacturing facility in Bengaluru
Source: Equity Bulls; February 15, 2017

Bengaluru based strategic electronics manufacturer, Centum Electronics expanded operations with the launch of their fourth manufacturing facility in their home city. The state-of-the-art facility was inaugurated by Mr. Manohar Parrikar, Hon. Minister of Defence, Government of India in the presence of Mr. R.V. Deshpande, Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, Infrastructure Development, Government of Karnataka, Dr. S Christopher, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Director General, DRDO, Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri.

Spread over six acres the facility is about 150,000 sq. ft. and is located at the aerospace park near Devanahalli. The investments toward the facility including upgradation of lines and technology is about 200 crore, over two years.

Mr. Apparao Mallavarapu, Chairman and Managing Director, Centum Electronics said, "The aerospace facility is the fourth manufacturing location we have built in India demonstrating our continued commitment to the government's vision of 'Make in India.' Centum Electronics already has a significant presence in Bengaluru with three other facilities fully operational. The investment in the new manufacturing facility represents the potential available in the industry in India and abroad."

The inauguration of Centum's new facility Avanza had guest including customers, dignitaries and employees. The facility, which provides full time employment to nearly 750 people, will integrate design, manufacturing, factory testing, quality control and advanced manufacturing engineering for Centum's defence automation business in India and abroad.

IESA Vision Summit 2017 to Showcase Design Led Manufacturing
Source: Outlook India; February 16, 2017

Redefining the Future of India's Electronic System Design (ESDM) And Manufacturing in India - Over 900 industry participants and over 50 thought leaders will congregate and share ideas to make IP creation happen in India - 12 International Plenary/Keynote speakers. - Technovation Awards - Celebrating Excellence in ESDM' for excellence in the electronics and semiconductor ecosystem from Industry and academia - MAKEATHON Awards - IESA will honour the next-gen tech innovation, which can change the way Industrial IoT & AR/VR is applied in various industry segments. - Focused workshops on the side-lines of the Summit on a. Design - on Designing with Fully Depleted Silicon-on-Insulator FDSOI technology for IOT products; b. Manufacturing- India Digital Broadcast c. Skill Development- Creating ESDM Product Innovation Hubs on campus

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier body for the ESDM industry in the country, is all geared to bring the 12th edition its annual flagship event, IESA Vision Summit 2017. Powered with global and Indian audiences to discover, innovate and bring together a stellar line-up of thought leaders and robust speakers. Scheduled on February 21 and 22 at The Leela Palace, Bangalore, it aims to steer India closer to its goal of Design Led Manufacturing - Redefining the Future of India's ESDM.

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