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IESA DEFTRONICS Awards at DEFTRONICS 2017 aims to recognize outstanding individuals and role models in innovation and excellence in the electronics & design services ecosystem in Aerospace and Defence (A & D) Industry.

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 success.

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association to host Deftronics 2017 in Hyderabad
Source: The Hindu Business Line; July 16, 2017

The India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), which represents the Indian Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, is going to host DEFTRONICS 2017 here on August 31 and September 1, 2017.

The fourth edition of DEFTRONICS will be held with the theme Accelerating Self-reliance in Aerospace, Defence and Internal Security.

“India has reached a stage where manufacturing has been successfully established. Even the Indian Aerospace and Defence Ecosystem, which has been historically a leading net importer, has significantly strengthened the self-sustained model in the past few years,” IESA President MN Vidyashankar has said.

Announcing the details of the conference, he said over 300 delegates and 20 speakers would take part in the conference. “The summit will focus on major programmes and opportunities in aerospace and defence, defence manufacturing; skilling and capacity building in defence sector,” he said. India is a leading spenders in defence for the last few years and continues to have defence imports to the tune of $ 5.9 billion, contributing 15 per cent to the total imports of defence products in the world.

The IESA will honour individuals and organisations that helped the industry to grow. Some of the awards include Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award (for individuals award); Best Product Design Company (I

Seventy-four firms pledge investments worth Rs 2 lakh cr in Odisha
Source: Business Standard; July 16, 2017

The Odisha government has received investment commitments worth more than Rs 2 lakh crore from 74 companies in various sectors, including electronics, food processing, metals and minerals.

"Last year, we had signed [a] memorandum of understandings (MoUs) worth Rs 3.6 lakh crore with 124 companies during Make in Odisha Conclave in Bhubaneswar, Odisha Investors' Meet in Bengaluru, and 'Make in India' Week in Mumbai. Out of them, we have received 74 firm commitments (eBiz applications received) amounting to Rs. 2,02522.8 crore," Odisha Principal Secretary, Industries Department, Sanjeev Chopra told PTI in Bhubaneswar.

Chopra said the amount committed are from various sectors like fertiliser, refinery, petrochemical, chemical and plastics, food processing, healthcare, infrastructure, information technology (IT) and electronics system design & manufacturing, manufacturing. Besides, metals and minerals, power and renewable energy, textile and apparel and tourism, are other sectors which have made firm commitments.

According to Chopra, these projects would help generate employment for 1,04,573 people. Asked about the impact on Odisha as investment destination following an exit of Korean steel major Posco, Chopra said, and the business “is mainly guided by [a] potential in the state.

"There has not been any major downturn and companies are finding the potential in Odisha making sense for them," he added. Further, Chopra said the state is planning an aluminium park near Nalco smelter in Angul, which will supply molten metal. "We are expecting a lot of downstream units will come up in this park. It is likely to come up by April 2018," he added.

As call to boycott Chinese goods grows, shopkeepers say make in India first
Source: Business Standard; July 16, 2017

Mumbai’s schoolchildren can teach China a lesson — that is what an association of school principals in the city believes. On Monday, July 10, it called for a boycott of Chinese goods in light of continuing tension between India and China in Sikkim, where a face-off between soldiers from both sides over the construction of a road on the Doklam plateau has been on for more than a month.

“With the Chinese government using its military might against India, as citizens, we should ensure that we do not help the Chinese economy to grow,” said Prashant Redij, secretary of the Mumbai Schools Principals Association. The association — which has around 1,900 principals as members and governs numerous schools in the city — has decided to appeal to students and heads of schools to stop using stationery and other articles made in the East Asian country, in a bid to inculcate patriotism. “If parents consciously decide to buy local products, it will boost our own economy instead of contributing to the Chinese economy,” Redij added.

Adding to the boycott chorus, an Andheri-based non-government organisation has announced protests against Chinese imports to send “a message of patriotism among masses”. Such protests are not new in India.

Govt preparing national plan for manufacturing clusters
Source: India Today; July 17, 2017

The government is preparing a national plan for manufacturing clusters with an aim to bring about convergence in development of industrial areas by central and state governments, Parliament was informed today.

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that inputs from central ministries and departments and states have been taken for development of an industrial information system. She said action for constitution of a committee to evolve cluster framework has been taken.

"Yes. Government is preparing a National Plan for Manufacturing Clusters. The Plan aims to bring about convergence in development of industrial areas by the central and state governments so as to bring about optimal utilisation of resources," she said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. eplying to a separate question on ease of doing business, she said the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) will carry out a comprehensive business-to- government (B2G) feedback exercise this year.

Under this exercise, feedback will be taken from businesses on the quality of implementation of the reforms claimed by the states and the UTs.

"For each state/UT, the scores will be aggregated over all the surveys conducted to yield an overall score for the State/UT. The feedback scores will be used to generate a ranking of States/UTs in terms of reform implementation," she added. India ranks 130th in the World Banks annual Doing Business Report of 2017.

RBI pushes ‘Make in India’ in tender for currency security features
Source: Hindustan Times; July 17, 2017

In a big ‘Make in India’ push, the Reserve Bank on Monday came out with fresh tender for currency security features, mandating that the supplier set up the manufacturing unit in the country within two years and gradually increase the local content.

RBI cancelled two tenders issued earlier for supply of security features and fibre for currency notes in order to incorporate ‘Make in India’ as an essential requirement.

The bid document is for supply of different types of security threads, colour-shifting ink, foil patch, security fibre, paper based taggant, ink based taggant, advanced watermark and micro perforation.

“Bidder may note that their acceptance of the ‘Make in India’ a mandatory requirement for considering the bidder eligible,” RBI said while inviting pre-qualification bids for supply of security features for Indian banknotes.

As per the latest tender document for security features for banknotes, the successful bidder will be required to set up the “manufacturing facility” in India within two years from the date of signing of contract and increase the local content in planned manner from the third year.

It will also have to increase the domestic value addition to 35% in the third year, 40% in the fourth year and 50% or more in the fifth year.

“The bidder may set up his manufacturing unit in India through a subsidiary or under license or through transfer of technology to any local manufacturer permitted by the purchaser,” said the pre-qualification bid document.

Bharat Dynamics expanding, to set up two facilities
Source: The Hindu Business Line; July 17, 2017

Bharat Dynamics Ltd is on an expansion drive of its existing facilities, while setting up two new manufacturing units in Ibrahimpatnam in Telangana and Amaravathi in Maharashtra.

A Government of India enterprise under the Defence Ministry, headquartered in Hyderabad, BDL expects to invest about ?1,600-1,700 crore in expansion and in setting up of new units.

V Udaya Bhaskar, Chairman and Managing Director of the country's strategic defence PSU, engaged in weapon systems, torpedoes etc, said: “We have expanded our facilities at three existing locations and will be investing in new facilities at Ibrahimpatnam and Amarvathi as we diversify the product range.”

The phase-I works of ?500 crore was completed at two new locations. BDL’s existing facilities are located at Kanchenbagh in Hyderabad, Bhanur in Medak district in Telangana and Gajuwaka near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. The Ibrahimpatnam unit will also have test facility.

Speaking here on the sidelines of a Vigilance event held here, the CMD said, “We have unique capabilities in defence sector in the areas of missile development. In tune with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of ‘Make in India’, we are keen to demonstrate our potential for India's requirements but also see potential to export.”

He told BusinessLine that, “In the recent times, we have received expression of interest to source missiles/torpedoes from abroad. BDL has bagged a $20-million order from Myanmar Navy for torpedoes. We are ramping up facilities which would enable us to export.”The defence PSU achieved a turnover of ?4,800 crore for the financial year ended March 31, 2017, and has programmed a turnover of over ?5,400 crore during the current financial year.

US asks India to ease registration rules for electronic items
Source: Hindu Business Line; July 17, 2017

The Donald Trump administration has upped the pressure on India to ease registration rules for US electronics and information technology product suppliers to the country.

A team from the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) office, in a recent meeting with officials from the Commerce & Industry Ministry, stressed that India should accept quality certificates issued by the US for registration of American companies and not insist on testing in its own labs, a government official told BusinessLine.

New Delhi, however, is not willing to oblige and the Indian team indicated that the matter could be sorted out only if the US returned the favour in areas such as drugs and agriculture.

“The USTR team, led by Deputy Assistant USTR Tanya Menchi, argued that the order making it mandatory to test the notified goods in Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) labs was acting as a trade barrier for American companies as it was a time consuming process and also increased costs,” the official said.

The requirement is part of an order of the Ministry of Electronics and IT stating that no person shall manufacture or store for sale, import, sell or distribute goods which do not conform to the Indian standards specified in the order. Manufacturers of these products are required to apply for registration from BIS after getting their product tested from BIS recognised labs, it added

INNOPAT 2nd edition- A social initiative jointly organised by IESA and IPexcel with MeitY, Dept. of IT, BT & ST, Government of Karnataka & IIT Kharagpur Alumni Association, Bangalore
Source: Electronics Maker; July 17, 2017

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry and IPexcel, a technology research and consulting firm founded by IIT Kharagpur alumni hosted ‘INNOPAT’– a first of its kind Social Initiative to promote & showcase Innovative Proprietary (Patented) Technologies in India. The conference was supported by Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), Government of India and Dept. of IT, BT & ST, Government of Karnataka and IIT Kharagpur Alumni Association, Bangalore.

In its second edition, the focus was on addressing the practical issues in patents experienced by innovators and address specific challenges. INNOPAT, the day-long conference had interesting sessions such as Do-It-Yourself patent filing workshop, outlook of investors on patent driven start-ups, most innovative idea contest, case studies of successful start-ups, IP strategy for growing businesses and a live consultation desk to evaluate the patentability of ideas.

The keynote address was presented by Mr. Wilhelm Weise, Head of Development Centre, ABB India. Other prominent speakers included Dr. A.K Garg, Director (HOD International Cooperation & Bilateral Trade, IPR) MeitY, Government of India, Mr. Arnob Roy, President, Optical Products, Tejas Networks, Mr. Vishwaprasad Alva, MD, Skanray, Mr. Anand Madanagopal, Founder, Cardiac Design Labs, Mr. Advith Dhuddu, Founder, Alivenow and Dr. Partha P Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur who addressed the audience. The event also saw participation from various angel networks and venture capital firms such as Kalaari Capital, Bharat Innovation Fund, Lead Angels, Qualcomm Ventures, StartupXSeed and KITVEN Funds as well as corporates such as IBM, General Electric, Samsung and Philips.

Internet to contribute nearly 16% to India's GDP by 2020: Study
Source: BGR India; July 17, 2017

The year 2015-16 saw a 17 percent increase in the total Internet traffic in India that led to an increase of Rs. 7 lakh crores in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), of which at least Rs. 1.4 lakh crores came from Internet-based app services, a new first-of-its-kind study revealed.

This puts the Internet’s contribution to the country’s GDP at about 5.6 percent in 2015-16 and is estimated to grow to nearly 16 percent (Rs 36 lakh crores) by 2020, of which Internet-based apps will contribute about half (about Rs. 18 lakh crores), said the study, titled “Estimating the Value of New Generation Internet based Application Services”.

Conducted by the leading think tank ICRIER along with Broadband India Forum, the study was released by Communications Minister Manoj Sinha in the presence of senior officials from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and Niti Aayog at an event in the capital.

“Internet apps and services are disrupting traditional industries. Regulation, globally, is evolving to strike the right balance between protecting consumer/business interests and encouraging the ecosystem to innovate further,” said T.V. Ramachandran, President, Broadband India Forum.

“India needs to chart its own course from a policy/regulation perspective considering the significant higher impact on its economy. It needs to resist the temptation to follow global precedence or come up with defining laws without active stakeholder discussion,” Ramachandran added.

Nubia commits $100M investment for manufacturing in India
Source: Yourstory; July 18, 2017

Best known for its camera-centric smartphones, Chinese manufacturer nubia, which entered India last year, has earmarked $100 million investment in the country over the next few years, a top executive has said.

Since last October, the company has introduced seven smartphones in India that received rave reviews and a decent response from customers. “We have established our presence in India as recently as 2016 and are aggressively looking to scale up our operations. A significant part of our $100 million investment will be towards developing a manufacturing facility and brand-building initiatives,” Eric Hu, India Country Manager, nubia, told IANS.

“This nubia exclusive store is expected to go live in India by the end of 2017,” Hu added. nubia recently launched the N2 and M2. Nubia N2 is one of the sleekest in its rage with a massive 5,000mAh battery and carries forward nubia’s legacy of great cameras.

M2 is nubia’s second dual-camera product — after a successfull Z17 mini — with AMOLED display and 3,630mAh battery. At 7.9mm thickness, M2 is among the slimmest dual-camera devices available in India till date.

While talking about Z17 mini, Hu said the model was selected based on an understanding of the Indian users’ demand for high-quality imaging, sleek design and an exceptional user interface (UI).

“The response has affirmed that we have delivered on users’ expectations. We look set to surpass our target on this — something we are extremely pleased about,” he told IANS.

Punjab aims Rs 5 L cr investments under new industrial policy
Source: DNA; July 18, 2017

Punjab is hopeful of attracting investments worth Rs 5 lakh crore over the next five years as the Congress-led government is in the process of drafting new industrial policy with special focus on services sector.

Besides, the new industrial policy will also focus on revival of existing industries by promoting a "business first" philosophy.

State Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today held a meeting to discuss the state's new draft industrial policy. Addressing meeting, the chief minister emphasised on the need for a mindset change in the government with focus on facilitation. Industry and business houses should be treated as partners and not be subjected to suspicion, he said.

The new policy should focus on revival of industry, with preference to existing industries, said the chief minister, adding that the state should extend all possible help to industries and businesses, especially to MSMEs, to develop and expand.

The discussion also took place on the need for infrastructure development to facilitate business and it was proposed to set up a Punjab State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation for this purpose, according to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office (CMO).

Besides upgradation of the power sector, the policy would look at the development of four industrial parks and 10 industrial estates as part of the policy, which will be focused on enhancing ease of doing business in Punjab.

73% manufacturers say no fresh hires for next three months: Ficci Survey
Source: Business Standard; July 18, 2017

India Inc remains averse to hiring in the near term as doubts over the revival of manufacturing sector continues to loom large, stated a recent survey conducted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci).

Released on Monday, the quarterly survey on manufacturing showed that a staggering 73 per cent of respondents said they are unlikely to hire additional workforce over the next three months. This was mildly lower than the 77 per cent of respondents, showing a similar concern earlier.

Slow hiring may put more pressure on the market even as job losses continue to be a major concern in the post-demonetisation era. According to another recent study, the government's demonetisation exercise is estimated to have wiped away around 1.5 million jobs.

Earlier in the month, the new survey data put out by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) showed that while the country's employed force grew from 401 million in April 2016 to 406.5 million in December 2016, it fell to 405 million in the four-month survey period of January through April, this year.

The Ficci survey comes at a time when less than half of all respondents expect production to go up in the next 3 months. Only 49 per cent of respondents remained optimistic of production rising. In a previous survey conducted during the January-March quarter of FY17, around 48 per cent respondents aired similar concerns.

Govt. Proposes A $310 Mn Credit Guarantee Scheme For Startups
Source: Inc42; July 18, 2017

The commerce and industry ministry has proposed a $310 Mn (INR 2,000 Cr) credit guarantee scheme for startups to help them access funds. Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in a written reply to Lok Sabha, said, “For the scheme, a corpus contribution of ‘Rs 2,000 crore is proposed keeping in mind the challenges faced by startups in accessing funds.”

Earlier in June 2017, DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek announced that the Union Cabinet is expected to approve the $300 Mn (INR 2,000 Cr.) fund for startups by the end of July 2017. This announcement was made at the Startup India Hub launch.

The proposed scheme will provide a credit guarantee of up to $7.7 Mn (INR 500 Lakhs) per case inclusive of a term loan, working capital or any other instrument of assistance. These can be extended by member lending institutions to finance an eligible startup recognised by the DIPP.

Earlier this month it was reported that the minister is looking to set up a Startup Coast in Karnataka to facilitate entrepreneurs in South India, as part of efforts by the Indian government.

As per reports, the Startup Coast will comprise two innovation centres and up to five incubation hubs in colleges. Apart from this, it will also have a 100-seater workspace in Mangaluru. The project will also entail the installation of 20 to 30 laboratories in schools across the region.

Printing electronics gets easier with IISER-Kolkata technology
Source:; July 19, 2017

Printing flexible electronics – such as radio frequency identification devices or RFID tags used to unlock hotel rooms or smart windows in planes – just got easier, thanks to Indian scientists.

Meeting the growing demand for printed, flexible electronics, a team of researchers at IISER-Kolkata has developed a technique that uses laser driven micro-bubbles to literally “write” or pattern on transparent surfaces.

Printed electronics is one of the fastest growing areas in the electronics industry primarily due to its very low cost and flexibility.

These electronics are based on materials called conducting polymers, plastic or resin surfaces, which need to be “doped” or laced with synthetic materials to enhance conductivity.

The process of synthesis, doping, and patterning/lithography for designing circuits is mostly separate, and often complex and time consuming.

“Through the technique developed by us, we have basically proven feasibility and also shown that one can simultaneously achieve several things (synthesizing the polymer, doping it, and patterning it) in a single shot,” Ayan Banerjee at the Department of Physical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, told IANS on Wednesday.

The researchers call it “micro-bubble based writing” which has been developed over the last four years. “Our method basically needs a microscope, a laser, and some optical components such as mirrors, etc. – a total investment of around Rs 1.5 lakhs should be enough for a basic setup,” he said about its cost-effectivity.

Optic fibre network close to completion
Source: Calcutta Telegraph; July 19, 2017

The plan to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats with an optical fibre network will be completed by the middle of 2018.

Speaking on the digital initiatives of the central government, Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union minister of electronics, IT and law, said 1 lakh gram panchayats have been connected through the Bharat Net initiative so far.

"When our government came to power at the Centre only 358 km were laid (under the national optical fibre network initiative). We have laid 2.1 lakh kilometres in three years. About 1 lakh gram panchayats have been connected and by the middle of 2018 we are going to complete the rest," Prasad said at a session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce.

The Bharat Net project is aimed at extending the optical fibre network up to the panchayat level so that digital voice, data, video and internet is available in villages.

Prasad said India was aiming to become a $1-trillion digital economy from the current estimates of $450 billion by creating affordable technology and an inclusive environment.

He also highlighted multi-billion dollar opportunities that exist in areas such as IT e-commerce, e-education, e-health, electronics manufacturing, digital payments and cyber security.

He added that the government had also developed e-agri-market and an e-government procurement service to ensure better pricing and more transparency in the system.

Prasad said through the digital India initiative the government was encouraging more innovative startups to come up, especially in areas such as e-health, e-education and agri business.

Govt. Has Scrapped 1,200 Complex Laws To Promote Startups: Amitabh Kant
Source: Inc42; July 19, 2017

Amitabh Kant, CEO at NITI Aayog in a recent interaction mentioned that the government has scrapped around 1,200 complex laws and procedures for startups. The NITI Aayog CEO was speaking at the Entrepreneur India Congress 2017. It is a platform for business investors, startups, SMEs, and professionals to network and discuss possible business ideas, among others.

Talking about the promotion of entrepreneurship the NITI Aayog CEO said that the government has taken a lot of steps, especially for MSMEs. He added, “In the last two years, we have tried to dismantle a lot of rules and laws, procedures and paperwork. We have scrapped about 1,200 laws, which has never happened before.”

He also talked about the ease in company registration process for startups. He also talked about the bankruptcy law for a quick exit from a venture, in case it does not succeed. He said, “The country has brought in bankruptcy law and goods and services tax (GST). These are the measures for making India a very viable place for doing business.”

In the past 18 months, the Indian Government has come up with a wide array of startup schemes and startup funds to encourage launch and growth of startups in the country.

The main contribution by the government. In terms of fund contribution was the Fund of Funds. The Union Cabinet, chaired by PM Narendra Modi, approved the establishment of the “Fund of Funds for Startups” (FFS) with a corpus of $1.5 Bn (INR 10,000 Cr) by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in June 2016.

Compiled by IESA Research

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