VOL XX, ISSUE 21

15 November 2020

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Taiwan team agrees to invest in YSR Electronics Manufacturing Cluster in Andhra Pradesh

 

Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre (TECC), Chennai, Director General Ben Wang, leading a delegation of representatives of several Taiwanese firms, participated in the Taiwan-AP business roundtable held under the chairmanship of Industries Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy here on Friday.  Taiwanese companies such as Foxlink, Greentech Industries, Apache Footwear, Intelligent SEZ, Foxconn, Applied Materials and PSA Walsin participated. Underscoring the need for close ties between India and Taiwan, the minister said that AP can play a key role in strengthening the relations.  The Industries Minister assured to set up a dedicated Taiwan Desk under the aegis of YSR AP ONE business enablement centre under the Industries department and nominate a special representative of AP in Taiwan to coordinate areas of mutual interest. Ben Wang agreed to extend support for the development of YSR Electronics Manufacturing Cluster at Kopparthy in Kadapa district.The roundtable also focussed on attracting electronic component manufacturers to AP, thereby enhancing value addition and deepening the industry ecosystem.  The minister mooted creation of a hi-tech hub for manufacturing bicycles and e-bikes catering for domestic as well as export markets. A joint statement by Ben Wang and Goutham Reddy identified five key areas of collaboration. Later in the day, Ben Wang called on Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. During the meeting, areas of mutual collaboration were identified for the benefit of the State. 

 

(Indian Express, Nov 07, 2020)

 

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Electronics design firm Syrma to merge with SGS Tekniks to create Rs 1,200-cr entity

 

Syrma Technology and SGS Tekniks on Wednesday announced a merger agreement to further strengthen their design and manufacturing capabilities for global and domestic OEMs. The cash cum stock merger will see the creation of Syrma SGS Technologies with a combined turnover of over Rs.1000 crores, with 55% revenues coming from exports primarily to USA and Europe. The deal was supported through a Private Equity investment by GEF. "The current revenue of Syrma is over Rs 550 crore, post the merger we will have a combined revenue of Rs 1000 crore," said Sandeep Tandon, Managing Director, Syrma Technology. "We are projecting growth between 25% to 30% year-on-year  and by 2021 we aim to achieve Rs 1200 crore in revenue."
Tandon said that with the Indian EMS market is growing at a CAGR of over 25%, there is an increase in opportunity to outsource manufacturing in consumer electronics, home appliance, mobile phones, and so on.  “Application areas such as medical electronics and defence electronics are seeing a surge leading to growth in the overall electronics sector. With Government recently announcing incentive schemes like PLI, Specs, and EMC 2.0, for developing the ecosystem, there is a bigger need for technological advancement in the EMS sector," Tandon said. Further, there is huge opportunity to add IoT to a wide range of products.


(ET, Nov 11, 2020)

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India PC market clocks 9.2% growth to 3.4 million units in September quarter: IDC

 

E-learning and remote working needs have helped the Indian PC market log its biggest quarter in seven years with shipment rising 9.2 per cent year-on-year to 3.4 million units in July-September, as per research firm IDC. The shipment - which includes desktops, notebooks and workstations - stood at 3.1 million units in the third quarter of 2019. "(About) 3.4 million units (were) shipped during the quarter, as the demand for e-learning and remote working remained strong, resulting in Q3 2020 being the biggest quarter in the last seven years in India," IDC said on Tuesday. Although the commercial segment had very few government and education projects, the consumer segment recorded its biggest quarter ever with 2 million shipments, growing 41.7 per cent year-on-year and 167.2 per cent from the previous quarter, it added. The demand for notebooks remains much higher than the current supply, which is likely to lead to another strong quarter of shipments in October-December, it said. HP Inc retained the top position in the overall PC market with a share of 28.2 per cent in September 2020 quarter, followed by Lenovo (21.7 per cent), Dell Technologies (21.3 per cent), Acer Group (9.5 per cent) and Asus (7.5 per cent).

(ET, Nov 10, 2020)

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Consumer Electronics and Electric Vehicles Driving Demand For Graphene: Report

 

The global graphene battery market size was valued at USD 48.8 Million in 2019. It, as per a report by Valuates Reports, is projected to reach USD 398.6 Million by 2027. The forecast represents CAGR of 31.2 per cent during the forecast period. “Europe is expected to hold the largest Graphene battery market share during the forecast period. This dominance of the European region is attributed to the presence of major graphene manufacturing companies in the region,” read the report. It continued ,”Asia-Pacific has been the second-largest revenue contributor in the graphene battery market and is expected to see considerable growth during the forecast period.” The rapid growth of the Asia Pacific region is due to increased CO2 emission regulations and a growing understanding of non-conventional energy resources. For example, by accelerating electric cars’ production, the Japanese government is targeting a 25 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 and 50 per cent by 2050. The energy storage market requires graphene-based batteries with ultra-large capacity and rapid charge-and discharge capacity to achieve this.

 

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Telangana Brings Out 10-Year EV Policy

 

The Telangana state government launched the ‘Telangana Electric Vehicle & Energy Storage Policy’ . It aims to attract private investments worth $4 billion in the EV sector and create employment for 120,000 people by 2030 through shared mobility, charging infrastructure development, and manufacturing activities.The policy incentivises EV and ESS sectors as per the subsidies and incentives available under the Electronics Policy 2016. Telangana ministers KT Rama Rao and Ajay Kumar were present at the launch of the policy. It will be effective for ten years from the date of notification and will be reviewed by the Steering Committee as notified in the policy. Rama Rao said after unveiling the policy that Telangana has come out with an extremely comprehensive policy. The government has ensured that the energy storage policy is clubbed with the EV policy because these two are tight-knit ideas which need to work cohesively. There are incentives for manufacturing of electric vehicles, energy storage systems and related components in Telangana through capital subsidies, SGST reimbursements, power tariff subsidies, etc. The policy notifies 100 per cent exemption of road tax and registration fee for the first 2lakh electric two-wheelers and first 20,000 electric three-wheelers purchased and registered within Telangana.

 

Source: https://www.electronicsb2b.com/industry-buzz/telangana-brings-out-10-year-ev-policy/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ElectronicB2B+%28Updates+for+Electronics+Industry%29

 

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 SECTIO I - POLICY SCAN                                                                                                      

 

 

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to introduce the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme in 10 more sectors for enhancing India’s manufacturing capabilities and exports (Atmanirbhar Bharat). Earlier, the government had announced a production linked incentive or PLI scheme for medical devices, mobile phones and specified active pharmaceutical ingredients, with a proposed outlay of Rs. 51,311 crore.

 

PLI Scheme: A scheme that aims to give companies incentives on incremental sales from products manufactured in domestic units. The scheme invites foreign companies to set units in India, however, it also aims to encourage local companies to set up or expand existing manufacturing units.

 

Expansion of PLI Scheme to Ten More Sectors
 

The ten sectors include food processing, telecom, electronics, textiles, specialty steel, automobiles and auto components, solar photo-voltaic modules and white goods such as air conditioners and LEDs.

 

The sectors had been identified on the basis of their potential to create jobs and make India self-reliant. The PLI scheme for these ten sectors will be operational for five years with a total estimated outlay of Rs 1.45 lakh crore. The PLI scheme will be implemented by the concerned ministries/departments.Savings from one PLI scheme of an approved sector can be utilized to fund another sector.The scheme for these sectors will be in addition to the PLI schemes for mobile phones and allied equipment manufacturing, pharmaceutical ingredients and medical devices. Several more pharmaceutical products have been brought under the aegis of the PLI scheme, including complex generics, anti-cancer and diabetic drugs, in-vitro diagnostic devices and special empty capsules.

 

Push to Digital Economy

 

India is expected to have a USD 1 trillion digital economy by 2025. Additionally, the Government's push for data localization, Internet of Things, projects such as Smart City and Digital India are expected to increase the demand for electronic products.

 

Increase Exports

 

The Indian pharmaceutical industry is the third largest in the world by volume and 14th largest in terms of value. It contributes 3.5% of the total drugs and medicines exported globally. India is the world's second largest steel producer in the world. It is a net exporter of finished steel. A PLI scheme in Specialty Steel will help in enhancing manufacturing capabilities for value added steel leading to increase in total exports. Specialty steel is made by adding various elements to iron, to achieve various properties, such as heat resistance, hardness, and corrosion resistance.

 

Secure Telecom Infrastructure

 

Telecom equipment forms a critical and strategic element of building a secured telecom infrastructure and India aspires to become a major original equipment manufacturer of telecom and networking products.

Doubling Farmers’ Income: The growth of the processed food industry leads to better price for farmers and reduces high levels of wastage.

 

Source: https://www.drishtiias.com/daily-updates/daily-news-analysis/pli-scheme-for-ten-more-sectors#:~:text=A%20scheme%20that%20aims%20to,or%20expand%20existing%20manufacturing%20units.

 

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 SECTION II - INDUSTRY  SCAN                                                                                            

 

General

 

Haier India’s #LightUpAHeart Digital Film

 

Haier, the Home Appliances & Consumer Electronics brand today launched its new digital film #LightUpAHeart, that celebrates the life of office people who work closely together but have drifted apart this Diwali due to remote office and work from home setups. The digital film seeks to play a vital role in nurturing office relationships and rekindle Diwali festivities with colleagues who despite efforts are not able to meet and celebrate the festival of lights together this year. Every year offices are decked up for the festival of Diwali - from lit up buildings to colourful Rangolis on the floor. To lighten the mood, the entire office can be seen playing games and enjoying good food. People are seen having a cheerful time with their colleagues as they are dressed up in ethnic attires. However, this year Diwali is going to be a different affair for office goers. The global pandemic has had far-reaching implications on people who are working in isolation from their homes and remote places. Through its Diwali campaign, Haier wants to highlight how offices become a second home for office goers and how bonds transcend professional ties to become personal. Storyboard 

(Business World, Nov 12, 2020)

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 A new government regulation could halt the streaming services dream run in India

Digital streaming platforms have had a dream run in India. But that might soon change. The Indian government yesterday (Nov. 11) announced that all digital news, audio, and visual content platforms would now be under the information & broadcasting (I&B) ministry’s jurisdiction. So far, over-the-top (OTT) platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ Hostar were under the purview of India’s information technology and electronics ministry. This change may seem like a technicality but raises concerns over censorship in the name of content regulation. “The new notification will have a major impact on the OTT business in India, as prior to this content hosting platforms/intermediaries were not required to adhere to any certification standards or quotes, or come under the scrutiny of any government body,” said Kazim Rizvi, founding director of The Dialogue, a New Delhi-based public policy think tank. For now, though, the official government notification only grants the I&B ministry administrative jurisdiction over digital platforms. But observers worry that the change in jurisdiction could be an ominous sign of things to come.

(Quartz India, Nov 12, 2020)

 

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Ather Energy Raises $35 Million In Series D Funding Led By Sachin Bansal

 

Ather Energy said that it has raised an investment of $35 million in its latest round of Series D funding. This funding was led by Sachin Bansal’s $23 million. Hero MotoCorp also invested $12 million as a part of the Series D round in Ather Energy. The company said in a statement that this round of investment will allow Ather Energy to accelerate its expansion plans and speed up deliveries of Ather 450X. It also said that Ather Energy will open nine new markets – Pune, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Coimbatore, Kochi, Kozhikode and Kolkata in the coming days, and install Ather Grid in these areas. The statement added that the continued investment by the existing investors is a manifestation of confidence in the brand and the sector. Bansal said that Ather Energy has set a new benchmark for intelligent electric bikes in the Indian automobile industry. Its new product line and expansion plans across the country will make EVs a part of the Indian landscape.

 

Source: https://www.electronicsb2b.com/industry-buzz/ather-energy-raises-35-million-in-series-d-funding-led-by-sachin-bansal/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ElectronicB2B+%28Updates+for+Electronics+Industry%29

 

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IoT: The Growth Engine For The Electronic Component Market

 

In the past few years, the influence of the Internet of Things (IoT) has been felt in almost every sector. Now, its large scale impact is slowly being seen with countless benefits and opportunities across various industries such as smart homes, healthcare, power, agriculture, etc. The adoption of IoT in the industrial space is also increasing as connected devices provide more efficiency and convenience in manufacturing and industrial processes. The innovations in the manufacturing industry, and the advent of Industry 4.0, have also contributed to the growth of the IoT market.

 

According to Verified Market Research, the global Internet of Things market (IoT market) size was valued at US$ 212.1 billion in 2018 and is expected to witness a growth of 25.68 per cent from 2019 to 2026. By then, it is expected to reach a figure of US$ 1,319.08 billion. Cisco, the world’s largest manufacturer of data communications networking equipment, estimates that as many as 50 billion devices of all types, shapes and sizes will be wirelessly connected to the Internet by the end of 2020.

 

Source: https://www.electronicsb2b.com/eb-specials/component-distributor-special/iot-the-growth-engine-for-the-electronic-component-market/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ElectronicB2B+%28Updates+for+Electronics+Industry%29

 

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 Information Technology & EV’s

 

A New Framework for a Secure Digital India

 

Across the globe, governments are putting national security considerations at the centerstage of their regulatory interventions. These regulations cover domains that in recent years have included non-traditional security concerns. In the area of investments, for example, many countries have modified their rules, two and a half decades since the establishment of the global trade order under the aegis of the World Trade Organization. Globally, foreign investments worth more than US$ 150 billion have either been blocked or withdrawn for national security reasons in the period from 2016 to September 2019. For instance, the president of the United States (US) prohibited the proposed takeover of chipmaker Qualcomm by Singapore-based Broadcom for national security reasons. More recently, such national-security compulsions have guided rule-making in the area of digitalisation. The Indian government, for example, has banned more than 150 China-origin applications due to security concerns. In the US, the president issued in August this year, two executive orders to restrict transactions by US users and entities with ByteDance and Tencent, both China-owned corporations, which own the popular social media platforms, TikTok and WeChat. Other notable instances of such actions include Russia’s barring of the use of LinkedIn in 2016 and the US’ ban on Russian security company, Kaspersky.

 

(ORF, Nov 10, 2020)

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Electric vehicle adoption in India will be led by three-wheelers

 

A joint research by KPMG and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) expects India to see a gradual, phased adoption of electric vehicles. The market penetration will be the fastest in the three-wheeler (3W) segment, followed by electric buses, two-wheelers and then passenger taxis. The report expects electric vehicles to account for 65-75% of new sales in the three-wheeler (3W) segment and 25-35% in two-wheeler (2W) in 2030. Intra-city transport buses will see 25-40% penetration. However, the adoption in passenger 4W segment will lag, with 10-15% penetration in personal cars and 20-30% in the commercial segment (electric vehicles for shared transport, including by taxi aggregators such as Ola and Uber). The growth of electric four-wheelers will be restricted by a limited number of products, high prices, insufficient battery promise, low performance, and an underdeveloped charging ecosystem. Mainstream players are likely to remain focused on internal combustion engine (ICE)-powered cars for the next few years, which will delay the adoption of electric cars.  Batteries account for around 50% of the EV cost. As the nation meets its Li-ion cell requirements mostly from China, government thinktank NITI Aayog is mulling a phased manufacturing programme to set up large-scale export-competitive integrated battery and cell manufacturing gigaplants in India.

(PV Magazine, Nov 05, 2020)

 

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Microsoft to drive public sector on digital path: India head

 

Microsoft on Friday said it is committed to partnering with the public sector in India to enable a technology-led transformation and build a strong digital skilling ecosystem that empowers everyone to benefit from technology. Sharing its commitment to partner with the public sector ecosystem in the country, with the technology and tools required to accelerate digital success, the company said an inclusive economic recovery requires innovation and a disruptive pace. “The public sector has been using technology to not only rebound from the crisis, but also emerge at the forefront of digital transformation in India. Cloud and AI are playing a central role in reshaping education, health, public services, MSME and agriculture,” Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said during the online ‘Digital Governance Cloud & AI Summit’. According to Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, the last few months have highlighted the importance of digital systems. “The government is looking to create collaborative mechanisms with the private sector to participate in problem solving by using new technologies. We are excited about the potential of data analytics and AI technologies,” Sawhney said during the virtual event. 

(The Rahnuma Daily, Nov 03, 2020)

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Telecom

 

Google, Walmart hit by India's move to limit some digital payments players

 

Global tech giant Google on Friday criticised India's move to cap the share of transactions some companies within the country's digital payments space can account for, saying it would hinder the nation's burgeoning digital payments economy. Google's criticism came after India's flagship payments processor the National Payments Corp of India (NPCI) on Thursday said third-party payments apps, from Jan. 1, will not be allowed to process more than 30% of the total volume of transactions on state-backed United Payments Interface (UPI) framework, which facilitates seamless peer-to-peer money transfers. The move will likely stymie the growth of payments services offered by Facebook, Alphabet's Google and Walmart, while boosting the likes of Reliance's Jio Payments Bank and SoftBank-backed Paytm, which are armed with bank permits. More than 2.07 billion UPI transactions were processed in October, according to NPCI, with Walmart's PhonePe accounting for just over 40% of those transactions. Google Pay was a close second, with rivals like Paytm and dozens of others splitting the remaining 20% share.

(ET, Nov 07, 2020)

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Defence & Solar

 

 

Indian Navy Signs Deal With Tata Power SED For Portable Diver Detection Sonar 

 

Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division will supply the Indian Navy with Portable Diver Detection Sonar or the PDDS, which will enhance its underwater surveillance capability. Fitted on ships, the PDDS detect and track underwater threats, and allow the Navy take preventive measure against possible damage to lives or property. The move is seen as a boost for the government's 'Make in India' initiative. The Indian Navy entered the contract with Tata Power SED under the 'Buy and Make' category, the according to the Defence Ministry. This deal is in line with the government's 'Make in India' initiative for the defence sector, which aims to boost indigenous procurement of defence supplies. The company in a statement said the order for the sonars is one of the largest in the world market. "This is the second contract to be signed by the Indian Navy under the 'Buy and Make (Indian)' category to boost government's defence indigenisation effort," the defence ministry said in a statement. Earlier this year, the Indian Navy signed a contract for the supply of Surface Surveillance Radar for warships. 

(NDTV, Nov 17, 2020)

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The long read: India’s tender prices tumble, despite Discom delays

 

The Indian solar market has proven attractive to international solar players in recent years. This interest, it seems, has continued despite of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. “Even during a lockdown, India finalized [solar] bids worth 12 GW,” Power Minister RK Singh recently said. According to Sourya Choudhary, head of the utilities business at Amp Energy, international interest in the Indian market and highly competitive tender outcomes have been driven by a confluence of factors. “The sustained interest from domestic as well as global players is a result of … [the] immense market size of National Solar Mission [100 GW solar by 2022] along with defined timelines to achieve that, increased focus both domestically as well as globally to move into renewables, availability of lower-cost growth capital, and muted returns in other geographies offering better opportunity cost.” Shantanu Jaiswal, head of India research, and Rohit Gadre, an associate at BloombergNEF, said that new entrants have bid aggressively at recent auctions because they want to gain experience developing standalone solar projects in India. They aim to do this before the country shifts completely to more complex auctions that require the integration of solar with wind and or storage. They said that their analysis shows that by the late 2020s, solar paired with battery storage will have a lower levelized cost of energy (LCOE) than new-build coal.

 

(PV Magazine, Nov 10, 2020)

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Rooftop solar market in 2020

 

Rooftop solar has been the fastest growing sub-sector in clean energy lately, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 47% between 2016 and 2019. As of December 31, 2019, total installations in India’s commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftop solar segment reached about 3,966 MW, as per a report by The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (Ieefa).  India has an ambitious target of achieving 40 GW of installed rooftop solar capacity by 2022. Currently, rooftop solar segment is lagging with total installations of 4.6 GW by the end of March 2020, which is way off the target of 40 GW by 2022.  With just 12% of the target achieved, the industry has been grappling with abolishment of net-metering policies across states. The Covid-19 pandemic added to the woes. The industry has suffered a significant setback in terms of project delays, shortage of labor, postponement of capex plans, uncertainty over import duty on panels, etc.

 

(PV Magazine, Nov 06, 2020)

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PV powered desalination is “the most competitive design”

 

Almost 97% of our planet’s water is found in oceans, yet desalinated saltwater accounts for only 1% of drinking water worldwide, according to the International Water Association. One reason for this has been the high energy requirements, and thus high cost, of desalination. But improved technologies, as well as the need for water in arid regions, have led to increasing development of both thermal and renewables powered desalination. One of the largest projects announced to date is the Chtouka Ait Baha, planned in the Souss Massa region of Morocco. The plant will have a daily capacity to produce 275,000 cubic meters of water, which could be extended to 400,000 before 2030. A group of scientists led by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission took the specifications from the Chtouka Ait Baha project as the basis for a case study comparing available technologies for desalination. The study compared photovoltaics, concentrating solar power (CSP), and desalination powered by a (mainly fossil fuel) grid, with further analysis on the possibility of integrating energy storage as well.

(PV Magazine, Nov 05, 2020)

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Consumer Electronics

 

Smart speakers shipment in India likely to cross 7.5 lakh units in 2020, Amazon Echo leads: Report

 

Shipment of smart speakers in India is expected to cross 7.5 lakh units this year with consumers adopting smart technologies for their homes, according to a research report released by Techarc on Monday. Amazon Echo led the smart speaker market with 91 per cent share in July-September 2020. It was followed by Xiaomi with 7 per cent share and Google with 2 per cent share, the report said. As Indian homes go more for smart technologies, voice-controlled devices like a smart speaker have an increasingly important role to play, Techarc founder and chief analyst Faisal Kawoosa said in a statement. "Amazon has nurtured the ecosystem well by encouraging a wide choice of apps (skills) to be developed giving users a lot of engaging content for using the device which has made Echo devices very popular,” he added. According to the report, the trend of buying smart speakers with display is on the rise.


"In the quarter July-September 2020, shipments of smart speakers with display rose by 87 per cent compared to the previous quarter," the report said. The average selling price of a smart speaker for January-September period was Rs 5,560 which is expected to go high as the proportion of display-enabled devices increases in the overall shipments.
For July-September, the average selling price was Rs 6,100, the report said.

(ET, Nov 17, 2020)

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Consumer electronics retailers have only grown in September, October: Retailers Association of India

 

Consumer electronics and appliance retailers are the only ones who have grown sales in September and October over the same period last year, while retailers of other categories continue to report lower sales even though there is a month-on-month sequential recovery, says a latest survey by Retailers Association of India (RAI). The country’s apex retail trade body said sales of consumer electronics retailers went up by 2% in September and 8% in October as compared to same periods of last year. Consumer electronics companies like LG, Samsung, Sony, Lenovo and Apple have reported their best sales ever in October in India and a recovery of consumer demand in July-September with Indian households continuing to buy appliances like refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers which helps them to automate daily chores and televisions for home entertainment. Sales of laptop, tablets and smartphones have been brisk too due to work and study from home. RAI reported that at an overall level, retailers said sales have declined by 31% year-on-year in October from a decline of 50% in July-September period and 78% decline April-June quarter. Kumar Rajagopalan, CEO at RAI, said the industry is beginning to see green shoots of recovery with a steady month-on-month improvement for businesses.

 

(ET, Nov 11, 2020)

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India's festive season drives up sales of Samsung's consumer electronics

 

 

Samsung Electronics Copany is seeing a big surge in consumer appliance sales during India's festive season, a senior company executive said, helped by pent-up demand following a nationwide lockdown to battle the coronavirus pandemic. A slew of new launches across categories like televisions, refrigerators, and washing machines as well as financing schemes have buoyed sales, said Raju Pullan, senior vice president for consumer electronics at Samsung India. "We're seeing 32% growth (year-on-year) across televisions, refrigerators, washing machines and microwaves," Pullan told Reuters on Thursday. The demand uptick is good news for the Indian economy, which contracted by 23.9% in April-June during a stringent lockdown to slow the spread of the pandemic.  Indians typically make big-ticket purchases of everything from gold to cars and electronics during the country's festive season, which typically begins around October and lasts until the end of the year. While the value of overall sales last month was much higher in cities like Delhi and Mumbai, sales growth in smaller towns outpaced the bigger cities, Pullan said. Samsung also witnessed a shift in consumer behaviour with growing purchases of pricey, high-end televisions. "Consumers are spending more time at home, and are not able to venture out for entertainment," said Pullan. "That's leading to some quality purchases."

(Business Today, Nov 06, 2020)

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Samsung launches 43-inch rotating TV ‘Sero’ in India

 

Samsung on Wednesday expanded its lifestyle TV range in India with the launch of ‘Sero’ — the world’s first mobile optimised TV that rotates between horizontal and vertical orientations at the flick of a button. The ‘Sero’ will be available in 43-inch screen size with navy-blue bezel design. The lifestyle TV is priced at Rs 1,24,990 and will be available exclusively at Reliance Digital stores. “With consumers now using their TVs in different ways than ever before, including scrolling through social media, watching the latest viral videos or binge watching their favourite OTT shows, we wanted to redefine their content viewing experience by moving it to a bigger screen,” said Raju Pullan, Senior Vice President, Consumer Electronics Business, Samsung India. The ‘Sero’ — named for the Korean word for ‘vertical’ — is geared toward a younger social media generation with an interest in viewing experiences such as the ones found on their mobile devices. The TV uses AI to upscale content to 4K resolution, so users can stream content in spectacular detail, regardless of the source and comes with 60W front-firing speakers. It comes with Portrait Mode for consumers to choose from various stylish vertical backgrounds to enhance their home. The Ambient Mode+ on the TV allows users to display useful information or blend the TV into its surroundings, making the big blank screen a thing of the past.

(The Indian Express, Nov 11, 2020)

 

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SECTION – IV - FORTHCOMING EVENTS &  GENERAL INFORMATION              

Overseas Shows

Event

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KPCA Show 2020

Organizer

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Korea Electronics Packaging and Circuits Association 

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24-November-2020

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26-November-2020            

Venue & City

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Songdo Convensia in Inchon, Korea

Website

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http://www.kpcashow.com/kor/main.asp  

 

Event

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HKPCA & IPC Show 2020

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Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association (HKPCA)

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02-Dec-2020

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04-Dec-2020            

Venue & City

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Shenzhen Convention Centre, Shenzhen, China

Website

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http://www.hkpca.org/

 

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NEPCON Japan 2021

Organiser

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Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.

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20-Jan-2021

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22-Jan-2021            

Venue &  City

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Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo

Website

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https://www.nepconjapan.jp/ja-jp.html

 

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IPC Apex Expo

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IPC

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26-Jan-2021

To

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28-Jan-2021            

Venue & City

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San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, US

Website

:

https://www.ipcapexexpo.org/

 

Event

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productronica Munich

Organiser

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Messe Munchen

From

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16-Nov-2021

To

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19-Nov-2021            

Venue & City

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Munich, Germany

Website

:

https://www.productronica.com/en/

 

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Since this information is subject to change, especially in view of the spread of the corona virus, all those interested are advised to ascertain the details from the organizers before making any commitment.

Domestic Shows  

Event

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electronica India & productronica India 2020 (Virtual Edition)

Organiser

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MMI India

From

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09-Dec.-2020

To

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11-Dec. -2020

Website

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https://electronica-india.com/en/

 

Event

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Electronics For You Expo 2021

Organiser

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EFY Group

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03-Feb-2021

To

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05-Feb-2021          

City

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KTPO, Bengaluru

Website

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https://www.indiaelectronicsweek.com/efy-expo/

 

Event

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Convergence India 2020 

Organiser

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Exhibitions India

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24-March -2021

To

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26-March -2021

City

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Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Website

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https://www.convergenceindia.org/

 

Event

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Embedded Tech India Expo 2020

Organiser

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Exhibitions India & ITPO

From

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24-March -2021

To

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26-March -2021

City

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Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Website

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https://www.embeddedtechexpo.com/

Note: Since this information is subject to change, especially in view of the spread of the coronavirus, all those interested are advised to ascertain the details from the organisers before making any commitment.

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SECTION - V - ELCINA EVENTS, ACTIVITIES & SERVICES                                          

 

  

        

 

 

Post Webinar Write-Up

 

Webinar on

"De-Coding the Labour Codes"

 14th Oct 2020

 

ELCINA, with the support of Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (L&S) the Knowledge Partner, had organised a webinar on "De-Coding the Labour Codes" on Wednesday, 14th Oct. 2020.

Eminent Speakers:

  • Mr. Sudish Sharma, Executive Partner, L&S

  • Mr. Noorul Hassan, Joint Partner, L&S

Following Codes discussed during the Webinar:

Contract Labour Prohibition: The New Regime

Introduction

Pursuant to the recommendations of Second National Commission on Labour, the Ministry of Labour and Employment had introduced the Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions, 2020 (“OSHW Code”) in the Lok Sabha in order to consolidate and amend the laws regulating the occupational safety, health and working conditions of the persons employed in an establishment.

The OSHW Code shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification appoint and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of the OSHW Code. The OSHW Code seeks to subsume 13 labour law legislations, including the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 (“CLRA Act”).

Provisions relating to Prohibition of Employment of Contract Labour:

  • Under the CLRA Act, employment of contract labour would have been prohibited only if the appropriate Government issued notification to that effect under Section 10 of the CLRA Act.

  • However, under the OSHW Code, the issuance of notification by the appropriate Government is no more the trigger event, instead a blanket prohibition has been placed for employment of contract labour in core activities of an establishment.

  • The aforesaid blanket prohibition is not applicable if employment of contract labour falls within the purview of the exceptions which have been laid down in the OSHW Code i.e.

  • the normal functioning of the establishment is such that the activity is ordinarily done through contractor;

  • the activities are such that they do not require full time workers for the major portion of the working hours in a day or for longer periods, as the case may be;

  • any sudden increase of volume of work in the core activity which needs to be accomplished in a specified time.”

  • The phrase ‘core activities of an establishment’ has been defined under the Code as meaning any activity for which the establishment is set up and includes any activity which is essential or necessary to such activity.

Conclusion:

The shift from government notification to self-analysis of establishment with respect to prohibition of employment of contract labour requires the establishment to undertake a due diligence with respect to whether the (i) business activities falls within the purview of ‘core activity’ and (ii) whether contract labour can be employed in the establishment.

 

Fixed Term Employment under the Industrial Relations Code, 2020

Introduction:

Pursuant to the recommendations of Second National Commission on Labour, the Ministry of Labour and Employment had introduced the Code on Industrial Relations 2020 (“IR Code”) in the Lok Sabha in order to consolidate and amend the laws relating to trade unions, conditions of employment in industrial establishment or undertaking, investigation and settlement of industrial disputes.

While the Wages Code, 2019 was passed by the parliament in 2019, the IR Code, along with the two other codes on social security and safety, were referred to the Standing Committee. Upon incorporating changes suggested by the Standing Committee, the IR Code was introduced and passed by the Parliament. The IR Code is yet to receive assent of the President of India.

Provisions relating to Fixed Term Employment:

  • The IR Code has broadened the provisions relating to fixed term employment.  Fixed term employment refers to workers employed for a fixed duration based on a contract signed between the worker and the employer.

  • The Ministry of Labour and Employment vide notification G.S.R. 235 (E) (“Notification”) dated March 16, 2018 has introduced the definition of fixed term employment in the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules, 1946 and was further introduced in all the sectors.

  • The Notification provides that fixed term contract workmen shall get same wage rate, allowances, working hours and all other benefits likewise to permanent workmen in any industry.

  • The IR Code provides for fixed term employment with the objective that the employee gets all the benefits like that of a permanent worker which includes gratuity subject to such worker completing one year of contract, except for notice period after conclusion of a fixed period, and retrenchment compensation.

  • The employer has been provided with the flexibility to employ workers on fixed term basis on the basis of requirement and without restriction on any sector.

Pros and Cons of the Fixed Term Employment:

  • Fixed term employment may allow employers the flexibility to hire workers for a fixed duration and for work that may not be permanent in nature.

  • Further, fixed term contracts are negotiated directly between the employer and employee and reduce the role of an agency or contractor.

  • This may also benefit the worker since the IR Code entitles fixed term employees to the same benefits (such as medical insurance and pension) and conditions of work as are available to permanent employees.  This could help improve the conditions of temporary workers in comparison with contract workers who may not be provided with such benefits.

  • Further, the IR Code does not restrict the type of work in which fixed term workers may be hired.  Therefore, they may be hired for roles offered to permanent workmen.  

Conclusion:

The IR Code has widened the scope to give the maximum benefits to the workers employed on fixed term employment basis by giving them the benefit of gratuity, if the service is rendered under the contract for a period of 1 year. Further, given the present scenario, the umbrella with respect to employing the workers on a fixed term basis under certain sectors have been done away with and is a welcoming step to include the employees on fixed term employment in all the sectors.

GIG WORKERS UNDER SOCIAL SECURITY AMBIT- A WELCOME MOVE

Introduction:

The decade of 2010s has seen a rapid rise of the gig economy. Gig Workers offer services on a freelance, flexible terms on a per assignment or on a part-time basis outside traditional employer-employee relationships. A common example of Gig Workers we see in our daily life are drivers of Ola/Uber and delivery partners of Zomato. The said drivers and delivery partners work on a flexible, part-time basis and are not the employees of Ola/Uber and Zomato. The gig economy offers operational flexibility to companies while the Gig Workers have feasibility to choose and work as per their requirement. Gig Workers are now not just limited to the new age technology companies. Increasingly, companies across different sectors viz., electronics and electrical manufacturing, medical services, construction, entertainment are engaging Gig Workers for specific crucial tasks.

The Code on Social Security, 2020 (“SS Code”) enacted last month shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification appoint and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of the SS Code. The SS Code seeks to subsume 9 central labour law legislations relating to provident fund, employees' state insurance, compensation, gratuity, maternity benefit.

Gig force is engaged on principal to principal relationship. Often the Gig Workers are at the mercy of corporations that hire them. In the absence of employer-employee relationships, Gig Workers are left out of social security benefits like ESI, EPF. In order to extend certain social security benefits, the SS Code now intends to bring the Gig Workers within the social security ambit.

Concept of Gig and Platform Workers under the SS Code:

A "Gig Worker" under the SS Code is defined as a person who performs work or participates in a work arrangement and earns from such activities outside of a traditional employer-employee relationship. The SS Code also introduces the concept of "platform work" as a work arrangement outside of a traditional employer-employee relationship in which organisations or individuals use an online platform to access other organisations or individuals to solve specific problems or to provide specific services or such other activities which may be notified by the Central Government, in exchange for payment. The Central Government can now frame and notify, from time to time, suitable social security schemes for gig workers and platform workers on matters relating to:

(a) Life and disability cover;

(b) Accident insurance;

(c) Health and maternity benefits;

(d) Old age protection;

(e) Crèche; and

(f) Any other benefit as may be determined by the Central Government.

The above said schemes can be i) wholly funded by Central Government, or ii) partly funded by Central Government and State Governments, or iii) partly funded by Central Government and State Governments, partly funded through contributions collected from the beneficiaries of the scheme or the aggregators, or iv) from corporate social responsibility fund as defined under Companies Act, 2013.

An "aggregator" is defined as a digital intermediary or a market place for a buyer or user of a service to connect with the seller or the service provider. It is understood from the Schedule covering the list of activities for gig/ platform workers that even an inventory-based aggregator is also covered within this definition.

It is prescribed under the SS Code that the aggregators are required to contribute at such rate not exceeding two per cent., but not less than one per cent., as may be notified by the Central Government, of its annual turnover towards the welfare measures of these workers. The contribution by an aggregator however shall not exceed five per cent of the amount paid or payable by an aggregator to gig and platform workers. The above referred schemes will be administered by the National Social Security Board.

The SS Code also deals with unorganized workers. Interestingly, the term 'unorganized workers' is defined broadly and it can be argued that it covers both Gig and Platform Workers within its ambit. Further the definitions of Gig and Platform Workers overlap with each other, but nevertheless this may not result in any ambiguity as such since the welfare schemes are common for both of them and there are registration requirements that are prescribed, which may provide as to which of the categories they may be registered.

Conclusion:

Overall, the introduction of social security protection to Gig/ Platform Workers is a welcome move and is in line with global developments recognising the rights of Gig/ Platform Workers. There are certain ambiguities in the implementation aspects of the social security benefits to the Gig/ Platform Workers like for instance in the case of building workers minimum number of days of building work in a year is prescribed, which is absent for a Gig/ Platform Worker. However, these ambiguities may be clarified in the rules to be framed under the SS Code, while providing for registration process. It is also without doubt that the SS Code pose an economic impact on the aggregators, which may ultimately result in reduction of margins of the sellers on these platforms.

 

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ELCINA PRODUT DISPLAY CENTRE at  ELCINA HOUSE

 

The 'OSRAM DISPLAY CENTRE' in ELCINA House is a permanent Display Centre and serves to showcase the Indian electronics industry to visitors. The Display Centre has now 11 Full Stalls and 4 Half/Mini Stalls, presently occupied by the following Member-companies:-  

Full Stalls

  1. Bharat Electronics Ltd, Bangalore

  2. TDK India Pvt. Ltd., Noida

  3. Teknik Electromeconic Pvt Ltd, Bangalore

  4. SGS Tekniks Manufacturing Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon

  5. Deki Electronics Ltd, Noida

  6. EMI Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore

  7. Elin Electronics Ltd, New Delhi

  8. Syrma Technology Pvt. Ltd., Chennai

  9. AT & S India Pvt.Ltd., Mysore

Half/Mini Stalls

1.      Super Mount Pack Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore

2.      CTR Mfg. Inds Ltd., Aurangabad  

3.      Neotec Semiconductor Ltd., Taiwan

4.      Sowparnika Thermistors and Hybrids Pvt.Ltd., Thrissur (Kerala)

 

 

 

Two full stalls are currently available at present and interested members may kindly contact ELCINA House, New Delhi (saly@elcina.com) for advance booking of the same.

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PUBLICATIONS

“Indian Printed Circuit Board Industry & Market Research Report

The evolution of miniaturization and sub-miniaturization in the design of electronic equipment led to the emergence of a new technique of inter-component wiring and assembly known as the printed circuit board (PCB). This technology has now become the backbone of electronic devices. They provide the required mechanical support structure and electrical connect for the circuit. In addition to providing the connectivity, they also help to reduce the overall size and enhance the efficiency of the device.

  • By 2020, the electronics market in India is expected to increase with a CAGR of 25.1 per cent to USD 400 billion from USD 104 billion in 2015

  • Currently only 35% of this demand is currently being met by local manufacturers. And for the rest 65%, India is still dependent on imports.

  • Hence, PCB- being the backbone of electronics holds a huge demand in India - Current demand of USD 2.01 Billion represents the demand based on the total PCBs (which includes both the bare board PCBs and the populated PCBs)

  • Current market size for bare PCBs is USD 1.2 Billion - Only 30% of this demand for bare PCBs is currently being met by local PCB manufacturers. And for the rest 70%, India.

You may order the same from by following the below link;

http://elcina.com//new_publication.php

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“Opportunities and Challenges in the Strategic Electronics Sector, with special focus on MSMEs”. 

We are pleased to inform you that, a Special Report (update 2016) has been prepared by ELCINA on “Opportunities and Challenges in the Strategic Electronics Sector, with special focus on MSMEs”.  This Report involved detailed research & discussions with varied stakeholders from Defence Sector. It provides updated information as well as recommendations for next steps for Strategic Electronics and policy changes that we believe are required to take the Defence Electronics Sector to new heights. The updated report was released during Strategic Electronics Summit 2016.

This Study provides on insight into the Defence Electronics eco-system in India and is a guide, both for the industry as well as the defence establishment to chalk out a path to success in this important sector. You may order the same from by following the below link

http://elcina.com//new_publication.php

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 Super Capacitor-Market Landscape Study

A Supercapacitor or Ultracapacitor is a charge storage device that stores electrical charges via electrochemical & electrostatic processes and has an unusually high energy density when compared to common capacitors. Due to their beneficial properties like fast charging ability,

superior low temperature performance, long service and cycle life, and reliability, Supercapacitors hold the potential to replace or complement traditional batteries and capacitors in several applications. Supercapacitors are already being used worldwide in number of applications ranging from automotive, renewable energy to electronics. For more details you can visit below link:

http://elcina.com//new_publication.php

For enquiries, call Ms.Tandra Majumder,
ELCINA HOUSE, 422 Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III, New Delhi - 110 020.
Tel: +91 (011) 26924597, 26928053; Fax: +91 (011) 2692 3440;
Email: tandra@elcina.com  or info@elcina.com

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Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA )

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