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Government looks to develop electronics component manufacturing base in India: MeitY Secy

 

The government is now working on policies to develop electronic components manufacturing base in the country and encourage exports, secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and IT Ajay Prakash Sawhney said.  "From near assembly, we are right now moving in that direction seriously with policies to bringing sub-assemblies, component manufacturing in India," Sawhney said at the Digital Governance Tech Summit. Once printed circuit board (PCB or the motherboard) assembly takes off in India, it will not only cater to the mobile phone segment, but also other major electronic devices, he added. The last five years, the MeiTY secretary said, witnessed a resurgence of manufacturing in India, starting with assembling of mobile phones. "From around 6 crore mobile phones that were being assembled in 2014-15, we closed the last financial year with assembly of 29 crore mobile phones within the country. Our entire consumption for the country is about 33-34 crore a year," Sawhney said. "From around 6 crore mobile phones that were being assembled in 2014-15, we closed the last financial year with assembly of 29 crore mobile phones within the country. Our entire consumption for the country is about 33-34 crore a year," Sawhney said. With spurt in electronics manufacturing, the government is increasingly trying to bring supply chain in the country, the secretary said.

 

The new technologies are of utmost importance for Digital India and delivery of e-governance services, Sawhney said. On this occasion, Niti Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant said it is not possible to become a manufacturing nation without adopting modern technologies like artificial intelligence or without adopting machine learning. "You know, there is one study that says in 2020, artificial intelligence will generate a USD 15.7 trillion economy which combines the output of both the US and China put together," Kant said.

 

(ET, Aug 28, 2019)

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Time to revisit FTAs to fire up electronics: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad 

 

India should revisit free trade agreements (FTAs) with several countries, as they continue to hamper the country’s plan to emerge as a manufacturing powerhouse for electronics, said Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Minister of Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, and Law & Justice.  The country will also not compromise on data sovereignty, Prasad said, as the provision for mandatory data localisation under a proposed data protection law continues to draw criticism. “I am keen to push India’s case for strategic electronics, medical electronics, but some FTAs have been done with some countries… I do not wish to take the names of those countries, and I regret to say those FTAs were executed completely disregarding the interest of India,” Prasad said during the ET Startup Awards on Friday. “We have to revisit them in our own way”. 
India has a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with several countries. Under an FTA, each country is required to gradually reduce and eventually eliminate tariffs on the other country’s goods - which also include electronic goods - according to a predecided timeline of implementation. The Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) said recently that appliances and consumer electronics products should be excluded from the purview of FTAs, to boost domestic manufacturing.

 

Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/newsbuzz/time-to-revisit-ftas-to-fire-up-electronics-union-minister-ravi-shankar-prasad/articleshow/70835405.cms

 

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Mahindra confirms launch of 3 new EVs

 

Homegrown carmaker Mahindra has been a first mover among automakers as far as electric vehicle mobility is concerned; and with the government recently announcing a slew of incentives to boost EV adoption, Mahindra Electric is strengthening its portfolio with as many as three new electric vehicles slated to launch by 2021. At the announcement of the first quarter financial results today, Mahindra MD Pawan Goenka confirmed that the KUV100 electric will launch by end-2019 followed by the electric XUV300 in 2020 and there will also be a Mahindra-badged electric version of the Ford Aspire, likely to be slated for a 2021 launch. The three new electric vehicles will join the Mahindra e-Verito currently on sale in Mahindra's EV model range. The brand's other EV, the E20, was discontinued since it was unable to meet the stringent safety norms.  While all of Mahindra's EVs so far are converted from internal combustion engine versions, Mahindra is also developing an EV platform that will spawn ground-up electric vehicles. Goenka confirmed that these products could be introduced within 3-3.5 years. 

(AutoCar, Aug 07, 2019)

 

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Local electronic makers may get international calls 

 

Indian contract manufacturers Dixon Technologies, Lava International and Jaina India could gain the most from 100% foreign direct investment allowed in the segment as large global companies may want to consider them for third party contracts and buy equity for tighter control over design and quality control. “It’s a big positive for local electronic manufacturing service providers like us. Lot of brands who want to do single-brand retail and contract manufacturing can do so with local companies,” said Sunil Vachani, executive chairman of Dixon, which makes consumer durables, mobile phones and lighting products for other companies. “The new rules also open up the window for new brands to come into India, who can now use contract manufacturing and yet easily comply with local sourcing norms, since it now includes exports, thus making it a win-win for all parties.” 

Dixon Technologies shares fell 1.7% to Rs 2,635.70 at the close on the BSE on Thursday. The government on Wednesday allowed 100% FDI in contract manufacturing through the automatic route. The move will help companies – especially smaller ones – raise funds to expand operations and cater to companies wanting to make India their manufacturing and export hub. Foreign companies may find local contract manufacturing more attractive after the government allowed exports and contract manufacturing to be counted in the mandatory 30% local sourcing norms for single-brand retailers. While global contract manufacturers such as Foxconn, Flex and Wistron are expanding their presence in India and exporting on behalf of clients, the government moves open up investment windows for local companies Micromax, Lava, Intex and Jaina India, which use or plan to use their manufacturing facilities for others also. 

Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/local-electronic-makers-may-get-international-calls/articleshow/70902264.cms

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Government wants feedback on draft Ecomm guidelines

 

The government is seeking feedback on draft guidelines that seek to protect consumers who shop online. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs introduced the draft ecommerce guidelines for consumer protection in a notification on Friday. The proposed rules are aimed at curbing the sale of counterfeit goods, streamlining returns and refunds, and delineating the liabilities of sellers and online marketplaces. The draft guidelines are “principles for ecommerce business for preventing fraud, unfair trade practices and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of consumers,” the ministry said on its website. The ministry has sought comments from stakeholders and the deadline for submitting is September 16. “We are evaluating the draft guidelines…and we look forward to participating in the deliberations to help finalize an operating framework,” a spokesperson for ecommerce marketplace Snapdeal said. Under the proposed rules, only entities registered in India will be able to carry out ecommerce businesses, a likely roadblock for cross border ecommerce websites, especially Chinese owned ones. It also makes it mandatory for ecommerce marketplaces to display the legal name, address, website, email address and other contact details of sellers, something ecommerce marketplaces have not complied with so far. It also reiterates that ecommerce entities will not be allowed to influence prices of products sold on their websites directly or indirectly, something that has already been a part of FDI rules for ecommerce. The companies are required to effect all payments towards accepted refund requests of the customers within a period of maximum of 14 days. On sellers liabilities, the norms proposed sellers to display total as well as break up price for the goods or service including charges like delivery, postage and taxes.

 

They should also comply with mandatory display requirements as per Legal Metrology (amendment) rules 2017 for pre-packaged commodities. They should also provide mandatory safety and health care warnings and shelf life that a consumer would get at any physical point of sale. These companies are also proposed to be held responsible for any warranty/guarantee obligation of goods and services sold. The draft guidelines laid down that every ecommerce entity will publish on its website the name of the Grievance Officer and his contact details as well as mechanism by which users can notify their complaints about products and services. The Grievance Officer shall redress the complaints within one month from the date of receipt of complaint, it said. The move comes even as the government has tightened norms for ecommerce firms having foreign investment, earlier this year. The ecommerce sector in India has been witnessing an explosive growth fuelled by the increase in the number of online users, growing penetration of smartphones and the rising popularity of social media platforms. According to a February 2019 Morgan Stanley report, India is adding one Internet user every three seconds and the ecommerce sector in India is estimated to reach $230 billion by 2028, accounting for 10 percent of India's retail.

 

 

Source: https://yourstory.com/2019/08/govt-unveils-draft-ecommerce-norms

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 SECTION II - INDUSTRY  SCAN                                                                                            

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No slowdown in B2B segment; govt orders have revived: LG

 

Korean consumer electronics major LG Electronics said there is no slowdown in institutional sales in India and the stalled government projects during the election have revived boosting prospects for its business-to-business (B2B) sales in the country. LG Electronics India senior director (B2B) R. Zutshi said there is not much slowdown in B2B orders and government purchases, which had slowed down between March to June due to general election, has started to pick up now. “Retail and corporate sectors are digitising and new workspaces are getting created where there is huge scope for B2B products,” he said. Zutshi said areas like flexible office space and airport modernisation will boost B2B business since LG is a major supplier for such projects and also has a memorandum of understanding with the Airports Authority of India. “We have a healthy order book,” he said. 


LG India, which has a dominating market share in home appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines and is the second largest brand in television, is now targeting 30% growth in the B2B business in India.

 

(ET, Aug 28, 2019)

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North Korea launches short-range missiles again, complicating US attempts for talks

 

North Korea fired what appear to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Saturday, the South Korean military said, the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks. A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the two missiles North Korea had fired appeared to be similar to launches in recent weeks. Saturday’s launch, the seventh by North Korea since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at the inter-Korean border in June, have complicated attempts to restart talks between U.S. and North Korean negotiators over the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes. The two leaders agreed to restart working-level negotiations in June, but since then the United States has so far been unsuccessful in attempts to get talks going. U.S. envoy on North Korea Stephen Biegun was in Seoul this week to discuss ways to get negotiations back on track.

 

(FE, Aug 24, 2019)

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Pakistan continues to remain on the Enhanced blacklist of FATF

 

Ahead of the October meeting, in a major setback, Pakistan has failed to meet the standards set by Asia Pacific Group (APG) of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and has to remain on the grey list. The APG which is which is a global watchdog for terror funding and money laundering has now put the neighboring country in the Enhanced Expedited Follow Up List (Blacklist) as it was unable to comply with the standards set by the body. In a seven-hour meeting spread over two days in Canberra, Australia, out of the 40 compliance parameters of terror financing and money laundering, Pakistan was non-compliant on just 32. The APG has firmly put Pakistan in the dock. It has adjudged Pakistan being non-compliant on 32 of the 40 compliance parameters and 10 out of the 11 effectiveness parameters. On 11 effectiveness parameters of terror financing and money laundering, Pakistan was adjudged as low on 10. The official said despite its efforts, Pakistan could not convince the 41-member plenary to upgrade it on any parameter. According to officials, with the October meeting just a month later, Pakistan which has been letting terrorists use its soil for terror attacks has to now focus on FATF’s 27 point action plan if it was to get off the blacklist.

(FE, Aug 23, 2019)

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Vikram Sarabhai founder of ISRO 100th Birthday: All you need to know

 

Vikram Sarabhai was a great scientist and institutional builder who had established several institutions in various fields. One of his greatest achievements is the establishment of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). In 1947, he came back to India from Cambridge and persuaded the charitable trust that is controlled by his family and friends near his home in Ahmedabad. He established Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad on 11 November, 1947 which was the first laboratory of independent India. He came to India when India got its independence and so, he felt the need for better scientific facilities. For this, he established The Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad in November 1947.  The founding director of PRL is K.R Ramanathan, an atmospheric scientist. Under his guidance the institute became the leading organisation of cosmic rays and space sciences. He is the founding director of Indian institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. In 1961, with the help of businessman Kasturbhai Lalbhai he set up an institute of learning. He played a crucial role in establishing the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT University) in Ahmedabad in 1962. University offers courses for undergraduate and postgraduate programs in subjects like architecture, planning and technology. He established the Nehru Foundation for Development in 1965 which focus on the current problems of society and individual development.

 

(Jagran, Aug 12, 2019)

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Cerebra undertakes 15,00,000 KGs of EPR commitment of SAMSUNG as it's EPR client for the FY 2019-20

 

Cerebra Integrated Technologies Limited is pleased to announce that it has undertook part of SAMSUNG India Electronics Limited's (SEIL) EPR commitment for the current fiscal year (FY 2019-20) as its major client as a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO). Cerebra has undertaken a commitment of collecting and recycling Consumer Electrical & Electronics Waste (CEEW - TVs, Refrigerators and Washing Machines) target of 15,00,000 KGs after obtaining its recycling licence capacity enhancement to 20,000 MTs/Annum from Karnataka State Pollution Control Board for Cerebra's E Waste recycling facility at Narsapura.
Cerebra has been entrusted by Samsung this fiscal year with a higher task of 15000 metric tons and creating awareness amongst consumers for giving the end of life products for recycling. Cerebra will collect end of life Samsung products back from the consumer to recycle at Cerebra's recycling plant at Narasapura, Kolar District near Bangalore. Cerebra Integrated Technologies Limited has geared up by having dedicated PRO collection centers as approved by Samsung (SEIL) in Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad regions. These offices will serve as dedicated collection centres for mainly Samsung (SEIL). With the existing network of channel partners in South India, Cerebra is geared to complete the collection target of 15000 tons within the stipulated time.

(Equity Bulls, Aug 17, 2019)

 

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Govt steps to safeguard e-shoppers may hit cos

 

The department of consumer affairs is proposing a slew of measures to protect the interest of online shoppers, which may have an impact on operations of e-commerce players across e-tail, online travel and food delivery. The proposals include disclosing terms of contract between the merchant and the marketplace and details of the merchant like contacta, to make them accountable for delivery of fake goods. E-commerce entities are also not allowed to influence prices. The notification comes even as government is considering the draft e-commerce policy, which is expected to be implemented next year, while this policy could take shape sooner. The department of consumer affairs has issued a notification and is open for consultation until September 16. “These rules can be implemented under the Consumer Protection Act 1986 or the new Consumer Protection Bill pending in the Rajya Sabha, independent of the e-commerce policy and can be fine-tuned once the e-commerce policy is finalized as the enforcement of the policy anyway will lie with the respective domain ministries,” said  Sachin Taparia of Local Circles. While several proposals in the notification like protection of consumer data and influencing prices are a repeat from draft e-commerce policy, there are some new measures being proposed as well. These include disclosure of non-commercial terms regarding refund, warranty and delivery between an e-commerce platform and merchant to “enable consumers to make informed decisions”. E-commerce platforms will also have a secondary liability if they have vouched for authenticity of goods and give refunds within 14 days, besides providing contact details of ‘Grievance Officer’

 

(ET, Aug 06, 2019)

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Indian customers against use of technology to track buying patterns: Verint survey

 

As many as 77 per cent of Indian consumers in a recent survey believe that organisations collect too much data about them and 74 per cent were against the use of technology tools to assess their buying patterns. A survey conducted by Verint Systems across 18 countries and 34,000 consumers highlighted how an 'always on' era has led to explosion of unstructured data from digital channels of customer engagement. In India, more than 2000 consumers who have access to a digital platform took part in the research to reveal their assessment on issues like how customers perceive data privacy, their readiness to accept data breach, and use of technology to analyse customers' buying patterns, a Verint statement said. As per the findings, nearly 77 per cent of the Indian respondents agreed that organisations collect too much data about them and 74 per cent of the Indian respondents said it is "creepy" to use technology to analyse their buying patterns and preferences, the statement noted.

 

(ET, Aug 05, 2019)

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Paytm Payment Gateway has launched bulk payment facilitie

 

Paytm Payment Gateway which is owned by One97 Communications has launched bulk payments facilities for its merchant partners, using which they can send payments to multiple bank accounts at one go thereby catering to payment requirements for vendors, employees, suppliers, partners and others. This is part of the Noida headquartered company’s plans to expand its scope of operations for partner businesses.


The solution will be enabled with modules such as beneficiary management, validation services and bulk disbursement among others, said the company in a note. The company will provide a payment gateway dashboard from where merchants can transfer funds across various destinations like bank accounts, UPI and wallets. “There is a large number of regular payments made by businesses (both B2B and B2C) such as salaries, reimbursements, incentives, instant refunds, prize money for winning games, vendor payments, meal benefits and others,” said Puneet Jain, vice president, Paytm Payment Gateway.

 

(ET, Aug 05, 2019)

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Metro Cash & Carry partner’s ePay Later to digitise kirana stores

 

Wholesale retailer Metro Cash & Carry on Monday announced partnership with fintech startup ePayLater to help kirana shops digitise their business using smartphones. As part of its next phase of kirana digitisation program, Metro in association with ePayLater has co-created a mobile application 'Digital Shop' to digitise kirana shops' business operation instantly without any additional investment, a joint statement said. Through this app, kirana shop owners can digitally track their daily and monthly sales, manage inventory, place orders with Metro and also pay digitally, it added. "The Digital Shop initiative is aligned with Government of India's impetus to digitize small retailers and shopkeepers, and aim to help facilitate a more level-playing field for these small and independent businesses for their continued success," Metro Cash & Carry India MD & CEO Arvind Mediratta said. The app will also provide analytics to kirana owners such as inventory consumption patterns and the fast and slow-moving products that will optimise kirana's product mix and eventually help in improving their revenues and margins, the statement said. Metro Cash & Carry entered the Indian market in 2003 and currently operates 27 wholesale distribution centres. Globally, it operates in 26 countries with over 760 wholesale markets and employs about 105,000 people.

 

(ET, Aug 05, 2019)

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Information Technology

 

Emflux One, India’s first electric superbike, on the track to be launched in 2020

 

Emflux Motors caught everyone's attention at the 2018 Auto Expo. The EV start-up based out Bangalore made a big announcement that they were making India's first electric superbike and it will be in the market in 2019. The Emflux One, the concept showcased, promised a lot in terms of design as well as specs. After all, 200kmph, 200km range and 0-100kmph in 3s were specs unheard of in the Indian EV space. Not only this, the 71hp/84Nm from a liquid-cooled induction motor along with a 169kg kerb weight was enough to get all of us salivating. The price tag though stayed a bit steep and at Rs 6 lakh for an EV in 2018, well...you know what I mean. Fast forward to the present and we got in touch with Emflux Motors to see what has changed and if the new EV favourable rules will work for them or not. First things first. The most important question is when is the Emflux One going to be launched. The company says that they are progressing well in terms of all the technologies developed in-house, unfortunately, lack of investment is making things a bit slow for us. The launch of the motorcycle should be by the end of 2020 and will be in phases, however the Emflux One will be available for limited numbers to create a brand image in the market. There is another mid-performance motorcycle, the Emflux Model Two, that is being designed for higher volume manufacturing and sales. The latter may take a bit longer and can be expected by 2021.

 

(FE, Aug 16, 2019)

 

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Make-in-India: Need a brand-new policy to curb imports 

 

If Prime minister Narendra Modi doesn’t take corrective action fast, his plan to reduce import-dependence in electronics—mobile phones, in particular—will go the way of the oil sector where, despite the ambitious targets to raise self-sufficiency, this has fallen in the last five years. Indeed, in a business-as-usual scenario, mobile phones alone could become India’s second-largest imports in another 5-6 years. The problem is the phased-manufacturing-program (PMP) Modi came up with to push domestic manufacturing simply didn’t work. PMP put an import duty on mobile phones, but reduced this to zero on various components to push domestic value addition; so, in the first phase, import duties were zero on chargers/adapters and then this was extended to battery packs and then headphones etc. Yet, domestic value addition is just 15-18% and, in fact, the 2019 phase of PMP had to be put on hold as the domestic industry wasn’t ready.  A possible reason for low value addition, according to Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) is that, in response to higher import duties, Chinese component-makers lowered prices so as to keep the post-import-duty component price the same; since Chinese phone firms in India have captured most of the market, the margins they sacrifice on components exported to India are made up by the margins on the phones they sell here.

(FE, Aug 12, 2019)

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‘Make in India’ has re-emerged as the pivotal talking point

 

Against the backdrop of a huge Lok Sabha triumph that saw the government enter its into second term with a large majority in Parliament, the new finance minister presented the Union Budget 2019-20 on July 5, 2019. Considering the magnitude of the victory in the General Elections and the current scenario of the Indian economy, this Budget was riding high on expectations. Without much ado, the finance minister made her intentions clear by reiterating that the country is poised to become a $5-trillion economy in the next few years. Few minutes into her speech, she re-emphasized the vision laid down in the earlier Budgets of this government. ‘Make in India’, the flagship initiative of this government, re-emerged as the pivotal talking point in this Budget. Ever since its inception on September 14, 2014, this government has laid special emphasis on ‘Make in India’, and has, over the years, shown intent by providing stimulus for the success of this scheme. These steps include maneuvering tariff regulations, relaxation of FDI norms, development of industrial corridors, creation of a conducive regulatory environment, impartation of skills and development training, and various other sector-specific initiatives.

(FE, Aug 12, 2019)

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National Conference on e-Governance to discuss methods for excelling Digital India

 

The Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), in association with Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India and the State Government of Meghalaya will organize the 22nd National Conference on e-Governance (NCeG) 2019 on 8-9th August, 2019 at Shillong, Meghalaya. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space, Jitendra Singh will preside over the function. Conard Kongal Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya will be the Chief Guest of the event. The theme of this Conference is “Digital India: Success to Excellence”. The Conference is a part of the DARPG’s 100 days initiatives in the new Government. This is the first time the event is being organised in North-Eastern region of the country. This Conference provides a platform to disseminate knowledge on effective methods of designing and implementing sustainable e-Governance initiatives to provide end-to-end Digital Services, exchange experiences in solving problems, mitigating risks, resolving issues and planning for success. Discussions will be held on six sub-themes in Plenary session during the Conference: India Enterprise Architecture (INDEA), Digital Infrastructure, Inclusion and capacity building, Emerging Technology for Practitioners, Secretariat Reforms, National e-Governance Service Delivery Assessment (NeSDA). Four Breakout Sessions will be held on sub-themes – One Nation One Platform, Engaging with Innovators and Industry, End-to-End Digital Services: IT initiatives of State Governments.

(Newsd, Aug 06, 2019)

 

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Telecom

Chinese  smartphone makers ringing in more investments into India

 

Chinese phone makers that have tasted blood with deep discounts, flashy ads and online offers in India are thirsting for more, as record shipments and rising price points prompt them to pump up investments. Smartphones have stood out as one of the rare bright spots in India’s economy that has seen cooling demand for automobiles and fast moving consumer goods in a prolonged slowdown. And Chinese firms are cashing in. As of June-end, out of the top five smartphone sellers in India, four are headquartered in China—Xiaomi (28.3%), Vivo (15.1%), Oppo (9.7%) and Realme (7.7%). South Korea’s Samsung has a 25.3% share of the Indian market. Market leader Xiaomi, which had one manufacturing unit in India in 2015, now operates seven facilities. Last year, the company also hosted global component suppliers for a three-day tour of Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh to explore investment opportunities and to set up a local components ecosystem.

 

(LiveMint, Aug 29, 2019)

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Xiaomi Guns For Offline Sales Growth For Smartphones After Conquering Ecommerce

 

Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi is turning out to be a cult of its own in India and has claimed to be the largest company in India in terms of online smartphone sales.  Xiaomi Global VP Manu Kumar Jain said this week that the brand accounts for 50% of all online smartphone sales in the country. It’s celebrating its fifth year in the country with a #NoMiWithoutYou campaign, and around 10K Xiaomi followers have added #MiFan to their Twitter handle to express support and solidarity with the company. Jain said the company’s young target audience has shown great passion for tech. “If somebody wants to buy a phone, there would be one person in the group who will always give advice on which is the best phone to buy and why, and these are the people who are Mi fans,” he said. Jains said the company’s reasonable pricing for its phones, advanced features and a good user interface have given an edge to the company. The electronics giant has started rolling out a phone in every 6-9 months and claimed to have sold 12 Mn smartphones in India in 2018. Thanks to this run, it has managed to remain on top of the Indian market in terms of shipments for eight consecutive quarters, beating South Korean giant Samsung and Chinese electronic company BBK Electronics with its Vivo, Oppo and Realme brands. Additionally, China’s Huawei and Honor also compete with Xiaomi, which has retained control over its market, despite shipments falling in the first quarter of this year.

 

(Inc 4, Aug 10, 2019)

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 Defence & Solar

 

West Bengal could get 1.7 GW of solar but coal will reign for at least 30 years

 

A state minister on Saturday revealed West Bengal could be in line for 1.7 GW of new solar generation capacity under two project proposals. Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, minister-in-charge of the state’s Department of Power and Non-conventional Energy Sources, made the announcement at the tenth Energy Enclave event, organized by the Confederation of Indian Industries in Kolkata. “West Bengal has received [a] proposal from a private investor for an 800 MW solar power project with an investment of Rs3,000 crore,” said Chattopadhyay, adding: “The state is also collaborating with Japan for a 900 MW renewable power project.” The minister also hinted at a policy of mandating compulsory electric vehicle charging stations at shopping malls and housing complexes. Elsewhere at the event, NS Nigam, secretary of transport and managing director of the West Bengal Transport Corporation said: “Keeping in mind affordability and [the] mobility of commuters, the government is in the process of introducing a total of 80 electric buses in Kolkata, of which 40 have been launched and 20 more would be done in the next months to come.”  he roll out of green energy corridors and planning of an improved electricity transmission network are under way, Prakash Mhaske, chairman of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) told the event, which had as its theme ‘Unwinding [the] power sector: Achieving quality with digitization, technology, reliability and efficiency’. However, in a sobering special address, NTPC chairman and managing director Gurdeep Singh said coal use “cannot be wished away” in the next three decades and the challenge would be to keep the highly polluting fossil fuel “clean”. Singh said artificial intelligence and digitization could help towards that ambition, presumably thus prolonging the burning of coal for 30 years.

(PV Magazine, Aug 26, 2019)

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C-17 Globemaster III: Indian Air Force gets its 11th premier transport aircraft

 

Indian Air Force received the 11th C-17 Globemaster III on Monday, which will enhance its capability to meet current and future strategic airlift requirements. The C-17 Globemaster III is a premier transport aircraft which can be used by for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. The aircraft is huge, sturdy and long-haul aircraft. And large combat equipment, troops and humanitarian aid can be carried onboard across long distances. It’s an all-weather aircraft and can operate in any terrain. For the IAF the C-17 has been playing a very critical role in and has enhanced strategic and combat airlift capability of the service. These aircraft have carried out a wide range of operations in military missions, and provided peacekeeping support. Since induction to the Sky Lords squadron in 2013, the aircraft has been used in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in India and internationally. The US based aerospace Boeing Company has been maintaining IAF’s C-17 fleet through techno-logistics support. The fleet has maintained high rate of serviceability and the company has also trained aircrew that operate the platform. With the delivery of the 11th aircraft, there are 275 operable Boeing-built C-17s around the world. For the Company India ihas the largest fleet of the C-17 Globe master III outside the United States.

 

(FE, Aug 26, 2019)

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Jharkhand reissues 2 MW canal solar tender after six-month interval

 

After attracting only one bidder for a 2 MW, grid-connected canal solar project auction that closed in February, the Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) has reissued the tender. The estimated Rs15.06 crore contract will include design, engineering, procurement, supply, construction and commissioning of the project on the canal at Sikidiri village, as well as operations and maintenance for a decade. No maximum price has been set for the energy generated by the project and the successful developer will have six months to complete installation. Interested developers have until September 11 to register bids. JREDA said the second attempt to attract bidders had been delayed by national elections in April and May. The state agency was last week forced to extend a deadline for bidders to manage installation of 11,000 solar street lights. The deadline for that tender – for the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the lights as well as a five-year maintenance contract – was put back from last Monday until September 4. 

 

(PV Magazine, Aug 26, 2019)

 

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REIL tenders rooftop solar on government buildings in Ajmer

 

Jaipur-based Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Limited has invited bids for supply of balance-of-system, installation and commissioning of 370 KWp grid-connected solar plants at rooftops of various government buildings in Ajmer district of  Rajasthan. Of the total 370 KW capacity, 350 KW is to be set up with super structures for module mounting. The selected developer shall also be responsible for the maintenance of the plant for five years. The maintenance service will include cleaning of the modules every 30 days to maintain the capacity utilization factor of more than 15% yearly. Only those contractors who are registered with REIL for installation and commissioning of solar systems can quote against this tender. Further, the firm should have average turnover of Rs1 crore in the last three financial years. 250Wp solar modules with MC4 connector and string inverters with data logger for the plants shall be supplied by REIL. The developer is required to complete installation and commissioning within  16 weeks from the date of work order.

 

(PV Magazine, Aug 26, 2019)

 

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The long read: Floating PV to rise to GW scale in India

 

Floating solar is a very exciting application for India. Limited availability of land, as well as issues faced in land acquisition, are major drivers behind its increasing popularity. Other factors include optimum utilization of existing grid infrastructure and a higher power generation potential as compared to ground-mounted systems. ndia has already made good initial progress with around 200 MW of floating solar projects under development and around 1.3 GW of tender issuance. We expect new installations at 1 GW to 2 GW every year.  It is still a relatively new concept with high learning for policy makers, investors and contractors. Technical issues including site surveys, engineering design and quality need to be tackled. While floats take most of the limelight in discussions, equally important is the design of anchoring and mooring systems that greatly differs across water bodies, depending on various characteristics. The need for extensive customization for different water bodies also adds time and cost to the installations. Relevant quality standards need to be developed to ensure optimal performance, as well as no adverse impact on marine environments. The higher system costs of floating solar installations – 20-25% more expensive than ground-mounted projects – is also a limitation. We expect greater scale, design innovation and mobile manufacturing of floats to address this issue over time.

 

(PV Magazine, Aug 24, 2019)

 

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It’s official! Indian Army to be re-structured, Rajnath Singh approves major changes

 

The defense minister Rajnath Singh has put his seal of approval to restructure the Indian Army. This move of overhauling the world’s second largest Army is expected to make the working of the Indian Army more efficient. The decision to re-structure has been taken based on a detailed internal study which was conducted by the Army Headquarters (AHQ). The restructuring of the Army Headquarters will be under three broad categories: A separate Vigilance Cell; umbrella organization to focus on Human rights issues; and Re-location of Army Officers from AHQ to Formations/Units of the Field Army. In an effort to trim the number of officers posted in the Army Headquarters from the present 1,332 down to 1,203, the Army has freed 206 officers who will be sent to field areas to join the fighting formations and units of the field army. Presently, vigilance function is under the Chief of Army Staff and there are multiple agencies and no single point interface. With the restructuring, there will now be an independent vigilance cell under the COAS and there will be ADG (Vigilance) under him. Also, three colonel level officers from the three services will be part of the team.

 

(FE, Aug 21, 2019)

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Consumer Electronics

 

No slowdown in B2B segment; govt. orders have revived: LG

 

Korean consumer electronics major LG Electronics said there is no slowdown in institutional sales in India and the stalled government projects during the election have revived boosting prospects for its business-to-business (B2B) sales in the country. LG Electronics India senior director (B2B) R. Zutshi said there is not much slowdown in B2B orders and government purchases, which had slowed down between March to June due to general election, has started to pick up now. ““Retail and corporate sectors are digitising and new workspaces are getting created where there is huge scope for B2B products,” he said. 
Zutshi said areas like flexible office space and airport modernisation will boost B2B business since LG is a major supplier for such projects and also has a memorandum of understanding with the Airports Authority of India. “We have a healthy order book,” he said.  LG India, which has a dominating market share in home appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines and is the second largest brand in television, is now targeting 30% growth in the B2B business in India this calendar year.  “We are targeting to cross turnover of Rs 2,000 crore by this year end for B2B. We expect to grow by 30-35% for the next two years as well,” said Zutshi. 

(ET, Aug 28, 2019)


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Companies cut down production and imports of TV sets by 20%

 

Consumer electronics companies in India including Sony, Panasonic and BPL have cut down on their local production or imports of television sets by as much as 20% ahead of the big shopping season, as slow sales in recent months have caused a pile up of inventory.
These companies have slowed production since June-July as television sales remained flat with even the cricket World Cup failing to boost demand, three senior industry executives said. The companies are saddled with stocks that they had built up expecting strong sales during the ICC World Cup that ended on July 14, the executives said. While the industry hopes demand for TVs to improve in the festive period starting next month, it is also closely tracking sales of home appliances like washing machine. Washing machine sales, which usually peak during monsoon, were dull last month. If sales don’t revive in August, the segment too would likely see production cuts, the executives said.
“The demand for TV continues to be sluggish. July was another slow month post weak demand during the World Cup. We have cut TV production by 10-15%,” said Panasonic India chief executive Manish Sharma
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(ET, Aug 06, 2019)

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BPL returns to Flipkart to sell consumer electronics

 

Amazon exclusive consumer electronics maker, BPL India has decided to sell through Flipkart in a bid to reach out to newer consumers and also accelerate growth rate at a time when consumer spending on white goods is slowing down. With this, BPLNSE -4.75 % will now sell through both Amazon and Flipkart who together control over 80% of online sales of consumer electronics in India. BPL India’s chief operating officer Manmohan Ganesh said there is a difference in buyer profile in Amazon and Flipkart. For instance, in Amazon more premium products sell well and that too from urban consumers while Flipkart is strong in television category and that too in tier II and III markets, he said. 
"Smaller towns will drive the next phase of growth and both the platforms are stronger in different pin codes. Being in both Amazon and Flipkart will help us to expand sales,” Ganesh .. Ganesh said the brand is evaluating the Paytm Mall proposal in areas like pricing and fulfilment.  last fiscal and is growing at 30%.  BPL’s consumer electronics business had clocked Rs 140 crore sales last fiscal and is growing at 30% . The company had started with television and has now expanded into white goods such as refrigerator, washing machine, microwave oven and dishwasher. It has also rolled out premium models like side-by-side refrigerators and front-loading washing machines. 
 

(ET, Aug 06, 2019)


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SECTION – IV - FORTHCOMING EVENTS &  GENERAL INFORMATION              

Overseas Shows

Event

:

Taipei International Electronics Show (TAITRONICS)

Organiser

:

Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) 

From

:

16-Oct.-2019

To

:

18-Oct.-2019            

Venue & City

:

Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center,  Taipei, Taiwan

Website

:

www.taitronics.tw

 

Event

:

Productronica Munich

Organiser

:

MESSE MÜNCHEN GMBH

From

:

12-Nov..-2019

To

:

15-Nov..-2019            

Venue & City

:

Munich, Germany

Website

:

https://productronica.com

 

Event

:

International Electronics Circuit Exhibition (Shenzhen)

Organiser

:

HKPCA & CPCA

From

:

04-Dec..-2019

To

:

06-Dec.-2019            

Venue & City

:

Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, China.

Website

:

http://www.hkpcashow.org

Domestic Shows  

Event

:

Electronica India 2019

Organiser

:

Messe Muenchen India

From

:

25-September-2019

To

:

27-September-2019          

City

:

Greater Noida, Delhi NCR, India

Website

:

https://electronica-india.com

 

Event

:

India Electronics Week 2020

Organiser

:

EFY Group

From

:

13-February-2020

To

:

15-February-2020          

City

:

KTPO Trade Center, Bangalore

Website

:

https://www.indiaelectronicsweek.com/

 

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SECTION - V - ELCINA EVENTS, ACTIVITIES & SERVICES                                          

 

 

GLIMPSES of SES 2019

 

Strategic Electronics Summit (SES) – Defence & Aerosapce 2019

 

30th & 31st July, 2019, BIEC, Bengaluru

 

Stalwarts @ 10th SES

 

Shri Gopalakrishnan S, IAS

Joint Secretary

Shri Sanjay Jaju, IAS

 Jt. Secretary

Lt. Gen. Rajesh Pant, PVSM, AVSM,

VSM National Cyber Security Coordinator

Lt. Gen. Sanjay Verma, AVSM, VSM

DGWE

Lt. Gen. Anil Kapoor, VSM

DG-EME

Major General A K Channan, SM

Addl. DG, Army Design Bureau

 

 

Release of Knowledge Paper on Strategic Electronics

 

 

 

ELCINA and MeitY Start Up Hub 

(Mr. Gopalakrishna S, JS, MeitY & Mr. Amrit Manwani, President-ELCINA)

 

Recognistion for the Promosing Start-Ups during SES 2019

 

 

 

 

More details & Post Show report of SES 2019 will be shared shortly……

 

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 ELCINA-CKM Programs

 

Continuing its efforts to establish an extensive source of knowledge to serve Indian Engineering and Electronics Industry and cultivate a manufacturing culture in the country, ELCINA-Centre for Knowledge Management (CKM), since its launch in 2008, has been conducting various workshops on a variety of topics of interest to the satisfaction of the industry with focus on quality improvement and enhancing competitiveness. It has also been organizing In-house training workshops in companies for the benefit of the industry and the number of workshops is growing every year. 

 

ELCINA-CKM - Training Programs on Quality, Productivity & Soft Skills

 

S. No.

Program Name

Days

Quality Improvement Techniques - Core Tools

1

SPC - Statistical Process Control

1

2

7 QC Tools - Problem Solving Techniques

1

3

FMEA - Product & Process

1

4

RCA & CAPA - Root Cause Analysis / Corrective Action Plan

1

5

Right (RFT) First Time Quality for Zero Defect Manufacturing - Customer Focus

1

6

Global 8 D - Problem Solving Techniques

1

7

Reliability Testing & Certification for LED Lighting Products

1

8

Six Sigma Methodology for Process Improvement

1

9

MSA

1

10

APQP / PPAP

1

11

5 S

1

12

Six Sigma - Green Belt

1

13

Sampling Inspection for Parts / Products (IS 2500 & IS 12040)
& Vendor Rating

1

14

Environment Testing for Electronics Products & Components as per IS Standards

1

15

ISO 9001:2015 Requirements & Implementation

1

16

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Course

1

17

ISO 14001:2015 EMS - Environment Management System

1

18

Internal Audit Training

1

19

Environment & Health - EHS Legal Requirement

1

Manufacturing - Productivity & Cost

20

KAIZEN

1

21

Cost Reduction Strategies in Production - Via Toyota Production System (TPS)

1

22

Equipment Maintenance - Autonomous Maintenance Methodology

1

23

Control of Waste(7 types) - 3M (Mura, Muri and Muda) Methodology

1

24

Production Capacity Enhancement with Flow Manufacturing

1

25

Vendor Evaluation Technique

1

26

Material Handling & Warehouse Management

1

27

Lean Manufacturing

1

28

Soldering

1

29

Value Stream Mapping

1

30

Just in Time Manufacturing Methodologies

1

31

Principles in KANBAN

1

32

Reduction of Set-up Time - Use of SMED

1

Soft Skills

33

Internal Communication Skills & Building High Performance Team

1

34

Personality Enrichment & Leadership Skills

1

35

Business Time & Stress Management

1

36

Conflict Management

1

37

Assertiveness and Dealing with Difficult Situations

1

38

Shop Floor Management Skills

1

39

Motivation Skills

1

40

Time Management & Stress Management

1

41

Team Building for High Performance

1

42

Building Better Work Relationship

1

43

Conflict Resoultion at Work - Techniques

1

44

Pesonality Development

1

45

Managerial Effectiveness

1

46

Influencing & Persuading Others

1

47

Business Communication

1

48

Internal Effective Communication

1

49

Leadership Development for Organisational Success

1

50

Leadership for Young Managers

1

 

Please click the link below for more training programs

http://elcina.com/trainingProgram.php  

Please contact Rajesh Rawat (9911445890) for conducting the In-House / Open-House training programs or mail us at rajesh@elcina.com

 

Electronic Industries Association of India

ELCINA House, 422 Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase-III, New Delhi 110020 (India)

E-Mail: info@elcina.com Tel: 011-26924597 / 26928053 / 41615985

Website: www.elcina.com

 

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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 )

ELCINA House, 422 Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase-III, New Delhi 110020 (India).

E-Mails: info@elcina.com Tel: 011-26924597 / 26928053 / 41615985, Website: www.elcina.com