VOL XVIII, ISSUE 09

15 May 2019

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Japan drags India to WTO over import duties on certain electronic goods

 

Japan has dragged India to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over the import duties imposed on certain electronic goods, according to the global trade body. Japan has accused India of "continuously and systematically" raise import duties on these goods after the announcement of 'Make in India' campaign in September 2014, according to a communication released by the WTO on Tuesday. It has also alleged that these import duties are in excess of bound rates, which is a ceiling of import duty beyond which a WTO member country cannot go. Japan has sought consultations with India under the WTO's dispute settlement mechanism. In a communication to the WTO, Japan said that has continued to adjust the rates of various indirect taxes, including customs duties, in support of policies seeking to foster domestic production and value addition.  Japan drags India to WTO over import duties on certain electronic goodsRepresentational image. Since announcement of 'Make in India' campaign in September 2014, India has "continuously and systematically raised" import duties on a wide range of products in various sectors, such as electronics systems, mining, automobiles, renewable energy, defence manufacturing, food, processing, automobile components, and textiles and garments, it has alleged. These tariff treatments seem to have been implemented by the Government of India under certain policies, aiming at further incentivising domestic value addition, it added.

 

Source: https://www.firstpost.com/business/japan-drags-india-to-wto-over-import-duties-on-certain-electronic-goods-6635801.html

 

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Smart factory solutions can help automate 80% of manual processes

 

India can become a $1 trillion manufacturing economy by 2025, says Hiroyuki Aota, president and CEO, Global Panasonic Smart Factory Solutions. In an interview with Sudhir Chowdhary, he says that it is imperative for businesses to invest in technologies such as automation through Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to become globally competitive and achieve this goal. Edited excerpts

 

We have integrated our welding business and SMT (Surface Mount Technology) equipment business to consolidate our software and hardware capabilities and become an end-to-end integrated Smart Manufacturing Solutions company. The smart factory solutions proposition will enable us to deliver broader, high value-added, smart solutions and services along with world-class hardware to the manufacturing industry. These solutions are aimed at Indian manufacturers who are looking to take a leap forward and establish a true smart digital factory. Our solutions can be used in multiple applications across sectors such as two- and four-wheelers, mobiles, smart meters and energy meters. We believe there is a huge opportunity in mobile manufacturing and the ICT manufacturing industry at large. Similarly, in the automotive industry there is an increased amount of sensors and electronics that are built inside a car today and with our strong legacy of providing SMT machines, high precision robots and other related technology, providing our smart factory solutions to this sector becomes an easy choice.

 

Source: https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/smart-factory-solutions-can-help-automate-80-of-manual-processes-president-and-ceo-global-panasonic-factory-solutions-interview/1579450/

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India keeps out Chinese gear-makers from 5G trials on security concerns

 

India will keep out Chinese vendors from its 5G trials expected to start next month, though this may be reviewed later, said officials. A telecom ministry panel has recommended spectrum tests for telecom firms that wish to bring in this next generation network technology. 5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections. Analysts expect 5G network to help power a surge in use of Internet of Things technology enabling smartphones to be used to connect and run most electronic devices. Officials said the ministry has recommended 5G spectrum tests for Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio initially for three months, which can be scaled up to one year in case they need more time for network stabilisation. These firms will be using three equipment vendors: Samsung, Nokia and Ericsson, they said. The allocations are expected to be done within the next fortnight, so that trials can start from June. Officials said at a later stage, they could give Huawei an opportunity to test its 5G equipments. India imports telecom gear worth about $22 billion annually, much of which is from Chinese firms such as ZTE, Huawei, Dongfang and Cosco. Electronics are the third top import item for India.

 

(Indian Express, May 10, 2019)

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Exicom and BHEL sign MoU on EV charging infrastructure

 

Electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure developer Exicom has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with engineering and manufacturing major Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) on a strategic tie-up to address the requirements of e-mobility market for wayside charging infrastructure (using EV chargers of ≤ 100V). “The collaboration will enable Exicom and BHEL to work together as partners and seek projects on nomination as well as through competitive bidding. We believe that this business alliance will further help us to contribute in making India ready to transform to clean, connected and shared transportation”—read a statement by Exicom.  With this partnership, Exicom and BHEL will complement each other’s competencies to address opportunities in e-mobility market. Exicom shall also help BHEL to set up an EV charger manufacturing facility for e-mobility business. Notably, as part of its diversification initiative, BHEL has been expanding its footprints in the e-mobility business.

(PV Magazine, May 08, 2019)

 

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 SECTION I - POLICY SCAN                                                                    

 

 

Finance Ministry wants data provisions out of E-commerce Policy; says data protection bill already in works

 

The Finance Ministry has suggested that provisions relating to data protection be excluded from the national e-commerce policy, on grounds that the issue is best handled by MeitY, reports Mint. The report cites a government official as saying that the draft data protection bill, drafted by MeitY, is not restricted to e-commerce companies but applies to every industry and sector. Moreover, according to the official, the policy should look at data from the point of view of ‘competition’ and should list provisions such that data is misused to influence prices and ensure the level playing field for all sellers.

 

Issues with the draft e-Commerce policy when it came to data protection

 

Among the goals of the e-commerce policy was to address the regulatory gaps from the Personal Data Protection Bill. It recognized data as a national asset and collective resource. It said that Indians have a sovereign right over their data and this right cannot be extended to non Indians. Why data provisions were being introduced in the e-commerce policy when the Personal Data Protection Bill is already in the works is a question raised by participants at MediaNama’s discussion on the e-commerce policy as well. A number of other issues in the e-commerce policy such as cross-border flow of data, data localisation, and government control over data were also contested.

 

Jurisdiction, why undermine a consultation process 

 

Devika Agarwal of NASSCOM said introducing data data provisions through an e commerce policy undermines an extensive consultation process which has already taken place. Second, “the provisions which have been proposed in the policy go beyond affecting e-commerce, therefore, the so far as they relate to personal data, they should be dealt with under the personal Data Protection Bill.”

 

Conflict between e-commerce policy and PDP Bill

 

Some provisions are in direct conflict with the provisions of the PDP. Agarwal explained that paragraph 1.2 says that the business entity collecting or processes any sensitive data in India and stores that abroad will be subject to certain conditions. abroad shall not be made available to business entities or third parties

 

Data localisation for creation of digital products in India

 

The ecommerce policy argues that India would be shutting the doors for creation of high-value digital products in the country and that we must retain control of data to ensure job creation in India. Nehaa Chaudhari of Ikigai Law argues that the harms of data localisation far, far outweigh any kind of potential benefits that you may have.”

 

Allowing movement of data for innovation

 

Coming to the practicalities involved in a requirement for data localisation, Chaudhari relays the concerns among startups. “Some startups that are trying to do cutting-edge stuff around R&D, or want to play around with certain services on data analytics services or AI/ML related stuff, then, in which data center around the world do you get that service?

 

Why does the government want to collect, localise and redistribute data

 

Prasanto K Roy, weighs in with some context of regulatory objectives behind the nexus of data sharing and data localisation: “If you see, as far as payments is concerned, you have an enormous amount of stuff which happens on a global payment platform. The holy grail they believe in is that all that should be ultimately replicated here.

 

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 SECTION II - INDUSTRY  SCAN                                                                                            

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Govt. reworking strategic sale procedure for CPSEs

 

The finance ministry is reworking strategic sale procedure to ensure outright sale of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) within 4 months of issuance of documents to potential investors, a move aimed at ensuring speedier conclusion of the entire process, an official said. However, for CPSEs like Air India, which are relatively bigger in size, the timeline for completion of strategic sale is likely to be fixed at 6 months from the date of issuance of Preliminary Information Memorandum (PIM) about the company. Currently, there is no set timeline for concluding strategic sale of a state-owned company and the entire process, in some cases, drags on for months, if not years. "The strategic sale policy is already in place, but the procedure needs to be streamlined so that the sale process is completed within 3-4 months' time. The thinking is that if a process cannot be completed in 4 months then it should be abandoned," an official told PTI. Facing a daunting task of meeting the INR 90,000 crore disinvestment target in the current fiscal, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) will focus on outright sale of selected CPSEs, which have been pending for long. NITI Aayog has already identified 35 profitable and loss-making CPSEs which can go in for strategic sale.

 

(Livemint, May 12, 2019)

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Delta 12V and 48V 600W PMC Series with IEC/en/UL 62368-1 Approvals

 

Delta Electronics is extending the popular 600W PMC series of panel mount power supply with output voltage 12V and 48V, namely, PMC-12V600W1BA and PMC-48V600W1BA. The products come with universal AC input at 85Vac to 264Vac and have built-in active PFC circuit. Both models also have feature Power Boost of 200% (peak load 12V 100A, 48V 25A) for 3 seconds, included the built-in fan speed control and fan lock protections. The products are certified with IEC/EN/UL 62368-1 approval that will replace IEC/EN/UL 60950-1 for ITE which expires on December 20, 2020. EMI according to EN 55011 (Industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) radio-frequency equipment) and EMS according to EN 61000-6-2 (Immunity for industrial environments).  Delta, founded in 1971, is a global leader in power and thermal management solutions and a major player in several product segments such as industrial automation, displays, and networking. Its mission statement, “To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow,” focuses on addressing key environmental issues such as global climate change.

(Businesswire India, May 13, 2019)

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RP tech India Opens 50 E-Waste Collection Centers Pan India

 

In a bid to tackle the growing menace of E-Waste, RP tech India, Country’s only value-added distributor has commenced 50 e-waste Collection points across the country. The Company has collaborated with Reteck Envirotech Pvt. Ltd., one of the largest authorized e-waste recyclers, to recycle end of life electronics and accessories collected from end users. The Company has urged people to handover electronics to these collection points for safe disposal. The issue of e-waste pollution has become a grave concern in India with the drastic surge in electronics and gadgets. The industry estimates state that India stands at the 5th place with over 2 million ton of e-waste production annually. According to the report of ASSOCHAM, the e-waste generation in India would reach 5.2 MT per annum by 2020 from 1.8 MT per annum in 2016. E-waste pollution causes toxic emissions and poses several serious health hazards to the environment. The recycling of e-waste is largely in the hands of the unorganized sector, which do not implement scientific recycling methods, causing serious threat to workers (mostly women and children) handling this waste on a daily basis.

 

(Technuter, May 10, 2019)

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India’s top investment destinations

 

A leading industrial state, Gujarat enjoys faster GDP growth than India as a whole. Strategically located on the west coast of India, it provides a gateway to the land-locked states in north India. The state’s industrial strengths include the production of petrochemicals and allied products, port and shipbuilding, conventional and renewable energy, chemical and allied products, electrical and non-electrical machinery engineering and automotive manufacturing, food and agribusiness, gems, diamonds and jewelry, textiles, and pharmaceuticals among others. It is also home to many of India’s best-known corporations such as Reliance, Mahindra & Mahindra, Adani group, Aditya Birla Group, and Godrej. Million plus cities: Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot.

(India Briefing, May 10, 2019)

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IIT-B researchers develop ‘Made in India’ microprocessor

 

Engineers from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) have developed a microprocessor called AJIT, the first to be conceptualized, designed, developed and manufactured in India. The innovation, which has brought industry, academia and the government together, could reduce the country’s dependence on imports. The project was funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and IIT Bombay. Powai Labs, a Mumbai-based company, has invested in the venture, and will own, market and support the product.  Prof. Madhav Desai of the electrical engineering department and his team of nine researchers from IIT Bombay designed and developed the processor entirely at the institute. In a sense, the researchers have built the first proof of concept, Prof. Desai told The Hindu. “It is out of the laboratory, but not on the road yet. We are refining it. If successful, it will be mass produced.”  India’s electronics market is expected to reach $400 billion by 2020. Most of the electronic devices we use are imported; only a quarter of the devices are produced in the country.

(The Hindu, May 09, 2019)

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‘India has overly restrictive market barriers’

 

While the U.S. is India’s largest export destination, India is only the 13th largest for the U.S. due to “overly restrictive market access barriers,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday. “India is already the world’s third largest economy, and by 2030, it will become the world’s largest consumer market because of the rapid growth of the middle class,” Mr. Ross said, while speaking at the Trade Winds conference organized in the national capital. “Yet, today, India is only the U.S.’s 13th largest export market, due to overly restrictive market access barriers,” he added. “Meanwhile, the U.S. is India’s largest export market, accounting for something like 20% of the total. There is a real imbalance.” Mr. Ross went on to say that while American technology and expertise can play an important role to meet India’s developmental needs, U.S. companies faced significant market access barriers in India. “These include both tariff and non-tariff barriers, as well as multiple practices and regulations that disadvantage foreign companies,” he said. “India’s average applied tariff rate of 13.8% and that remains the highest of any major world economy.

(The Hindu, May 07, 2019)

 

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Information Technology

 

Amazon Strengthens India Data Centre Business With Fresh $198 Mn Infusion

 

Tech giant Amazon is strengthening its data centre business in India by reinforcing Amazon Data Services India (ADSI) with an INR 1,380 Cr ($198.2 Mn) investment, according to documents seen by business intelligence platform Paper.vc. Amazon’s investment in its data centre services comes at a time when the Indian government has been taking a tough stand on data localisation and urging international companies to move their data centres to India. Incorporated in India in 2016, Amazon Data Services provides data storage, data protection solutions and operations that pertain to computer hardware and software that deal with data storage. According to an ET report, this deal wills not only help the company strengthen its data centre infrastructure in the country but it will also help it compete against the growing popularity of Alibaba Cloud in the Asia-Pacific region including India. Prior to this, Amazon had invested about $214 Mn (INR 1,381 Cr) in its data services unit, Amazon Data Services India in 2016. 

(Inc 4, May 08, 2019)

 

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Telecom

 

Karbonn to relaunch Sansui brand in India

 

Home-grown mobile phone maker Karbonn Mobiles has acquired the brand licence of Japanese consumer electronics brand Sansui for the Indian market, marking its entry into the television and white goods segment and mirroring the strategy of its domestic peers Micromax and Intex, who have been squeezed out of the mobile phone market by Chinese players, said two industry executives.  The licensing arrangement with Karbonn Mobiles’ holding company Jaina India is for five years and the Sansui brand will be relaunched in the country in July with products in categories such as LED television, home audio, refrigerator, washing machine, split air-conditioner and small kitchen appliances, the executives told ET on condition of anonymity. The Sansui brand was earlier licensed to Videocon for 17 years but after the expiry of the licence in 2018 post Diwali, the owners of Sansui — Hong Kong-listed Nimble Holdings Company — did not want to renew the licence owing to the financial crisis at Videocon.  Emails sent to Jaina Group MD Pardeep Jain and Nimble Holdings did not elicit any response till press time on Tuesday. Karbonn Mobiles will sell Sansui through bricks-and-mortar stores and Flipkart, pricing the products on a par  with Chinese brands such as Xiaomi and TCL, said the executives cited earlier. They said the company also had plans to set up a plant for manufacturing of televisions and appliances at an outlay of Rs 300 crore, although initially the products would be contract manufactured in India. 

(ET, May 08, 2019)


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India may reject US demand for outright ban on Huawei

 

Pointing out countries such as the UK and Germany that are "pushing back" the US pressure on barring Huawei from 5G network deployments, India may join these developed countries in rejecting Washington’s insistence of an outright ban on the Chinese network equipment maker despite real security concerns. “We are seeing that the UK has decided to use Huawei equipment in some non-core areas, also, Germany is pushing back on the US pressure, since it is unfair to deprive telcos of end-to-end technology at a lower cost which the Chinese company offers,” a senior government official told ET. Another official said that there were security concerns in using Chinese equipment, but added that each country needs to address this issue in “a carefully structured and customized method, thus selectively crafting its strategy rather than completely banning of Huawei equipment. It could become a trade-off between not allowing a newer technology versus security concerns.” Huawei, on its part, feels confident that the company will, along with rest of the industry, be allowed to participate in the 5G trials but expects a decision only after the ongoing general elections, results of which are slated for May 23, is over. Stakeholders are currently awaiting allotment of 5G trial spectrum from the Indian government. Huawei competes mainly with European vendors Nokia and Ericsson besides Chinese rival ZTE for the global telecom gear contracts.

 (ET, May 07, 2019)

 

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Google's AI Assistant aims to transcend the smart speaker

 

When Google launched its now distinctive digital assistant in 2016; it was already in danger of being an also-ran. At the time, Amazon had been selling its Echo smart speaker, powered by its Alexa voice assistant, for more than a year. Apple's Siri was already five years old and familiar to most iPhone users. Google's main entry in the field up to that point was Google Now, a phone-bound app that took voice commands but didn't answer back.
Now the Google Assistant - known primarily as the voice of the Google Home smart speaker - is increasingly central to Google's new products. And even though it remains commercially overshadowed by Alexa, it keeps pushing the boundaries of what artificial intelligence can accomplish in everyday settings. For instance, Google last year announced an Assistant service called Duplex, which it said can actually call up restaurants and make reservations for you. Duplex isn't yet widely available yet outside of Google's own Pixel phones in the U.S. Alexa and Siri so far offer nothing similar. Google is expected to announce updates and expansions to its AI Assistant at its annual developer conference Tuesday.

 

(ET, May 07, 2019)

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Google set to launch privacy tools to limit online tracking: WSJ

 

Alphabet Inc's Google is set to roll out a dashboard-like function in its Chrome browser to offer users more control in fending off tracking cookies, the Wall Street Journalreported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. Cookies are small text files that follow internet users and are used by advertisers to target consumers on the specific interests they have displayed while browsing. While Google's new tools are not expected to significantly curtail its ability to collect data, it would help the company press its sizable advantage over online-advertising rivals, the newspaper said Google's 3 billion users help make it the world's largest seller of internet ads, capturing nearly a third of all revenue, ahead of rival Facebook Inc's 20 percent, according to research firm eMarketer.

(ET, May 07, 2019)

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Foxconn's Terry Gou wants to be peacemaker between US, China and Taiwan

 

The chairman of Apple supplier Foxconn said on Monday he told U.S. President Donald Trump that he wanted to be the peacemaker between the United States, China and self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own. Billionaire Terry Gou, who said last month he would run for president of Taiwan in 2020, met Trump last week to discuss the status of the Taiwan Company’s planned investment in Wisconsin. Using Taiwan's official name, Gou also said Beijing needed to acknowledge the existence of the "Republic of China". Beijing regards the island as a breakaway province, part of "one China", and has not renounced the use of force to bring it under its control. The United States acknowledges that China takes the position that there is one China and Taiwan is part of it. But it also Taiwan's biggest ally and arms supplier and is duty-bound by legislation to help the island defend itself.


(ET, May 06, 2019)

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No crime in Huawei 5G leak: British police

 

The top-secret leak that Britain had conditionally allowed China's Huawei to develop its 5G network, which brought down the defence minister, does not amount to a criminal offence, police concluded Saturday.


Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday sacked Gavin Williamson as defence secretary over the leak last month of the bitterly-disputed decision made at the April 23 meeting of the National Security Council (NSC). Following the police announcement, Williamson, who has strenuously protested his innocence, said he was the victim of a shabby "witch-hunt". He hit out at May and Mark Sedwill, Britain's top civil servant who carried out the government's internal leak inquiry that led to his sacking. Williamson said in a statement: "With the Metropolitan Police not willing to do a criminal investigation it is clear a proper, full and impartial investigation needs to be conducted on this shabby and discredited witch-hunt that has been so badly mishandled by both the prime minister and Mark Sedwill." NSC discussions are only attended by senior ministers and security officials who first sign the Official Secrets Act that commits them to keep information private or risk prosecution. Some senior opposition figures called for a police investigation.  But in a statement on Saturday, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the head of Specialist Operations at London's Metropolitan Police, said a probe would be inappropriate.

(ET, May 06, 2019)

 

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Galaxy S10 made us premium segment leader: Samsung India

 

 

Riding on the success of its newly-launched Galaxy S10 series, Samsung India saw a massive jump in the premium smartphone segment in the first quarter of 2019 -- clocking 68.9 per cent market share (by volume) and 65.9 per cent (by value) 00 a top company executive said on Monday. According to Samsung India Director (Mobile Business) Aditya Babbar, in the month of March alone, the company clocked 76.5 per cent market share (by volume) and 77 per cent (by value) in the over-Rs 30,000 price segment in the country. "As you are aware that we always share actual sales numbers, not just shipments, from German market research firm Gfk. The Galaxy S10 series with industry-first features has received a tremendous response in India and the numbers prove that," Babbar told IANS.

(ET, May 06, 2019)

 

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OnePlus 7 Pro top variant to be priced at Rs 57,999

 

With OnePlus gearing up for the official launch of its flagship device OnePlus 7 Pro on May 14, the specifications and pricing of the latest smartphone have been leaked online. The company is expected to unveil three OnePlus 7 Pro variants in India with the base model, featuring 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage, starting at Rs 49,999. Although OnePlus refused to confirm the specifications and pricing of the smartphone, it said at an event in Goa on Saturday that the OnePlus 7 Pro will be a 5G-enabled device. Besides, OnePlus will launch an 8GB/256GB variant priced at Rs 52,999. The 12GB/256GB-top model will cost around Rs 57,999. The devices will come in "Nebula blue" and "Mirror grey" colour options, tipster Ishan Agarwal tweeted. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, OnePlus 7 Pro is likely to come packed with a 4,000 mAh battery along with 30W Warp Charge fast charging support, according to the leaked details reported by Win Future. The company, which has already made the device available for pre-booking in the country on Amazon India, will launch it globally alongside OnePlus 7 smartphone at an event in Bengaluru on May 14.

 

(ET, May 06, 2019)

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 5G chip to come in 2 variants

 

 

US-based chipmaker Qualcomm is expected to launch the 5G-enabled Snapdragon 865 chipset in two variants -- one with a built-in 5G modem and the other with an external 5G modem.
Codenamed SM8250, the 5G chipset in two variants would be launched as the successor to Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset which has been used in Samsung's Galaxy S10+, S10 as well as on Galaxy Fold, Phone Radar reported on Sunday. "Qualcomm Snapdragon 'Kona55' Fusion sounds like SM8250+ external 5G modem. Not internal. I thought they were going to merge 5G into the main SoC with the next gen," tech editor at Germany-based WinFuture news portal tweeted.
The Snapdragon 865 with an integrated 5G will use the latest Snapdragon X55 5G modem.  With the integrated 5G modem, the manufacturers will be left with some extra space which can be used for adding a slightly bigger battery or better cooling system, the report said.

(ET, May 06, 2019)

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Amazon beefs up cloud business, data centre infrastructure in India

 

Amazon is beefing up its data centre infrastructure and cloud services business in India as the clamour around data localisation grows louder every day. The Seattle-headquartered company has infused around Rs 1,380 crore into its local data centre arm, Amazon Data Services India (ADSIPL), documents sourced from business intelligence platform Paper.vc showed. Apart from its online retail business, Amazon operates ADSIPL and Amazon Internet Services (AISPL). The latter undertakes the resale and marketing of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in India and directly competes with its Chinese rival Alibaba's cloud services business. Cloud services platforms such as AWS offer data storage, computing power and other functionalities to startups, large businesses and government organizations for a fee. The recent fund infusion could help Amazon take on the dual responsibilities of strengthening its data centre infrastructure and compete against the growing clout of Alibaba Cloud in the Asia-Pacific region, including India.
"My bet is on Amazon seeing a massive opportunity that only it can effectively leverage with the new data localization norms in India. One can expect to see new data centre locations coming up alongside India-specific localization solutions," said Paper.vc founder Vivek Durai. An Amazon India spokesperson did not reply to an email from TOI.

 

(ET, May 06, 2019)

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Defence & Solar

 

New factory-focused solar tender reportedly in the offing

 

With domestic solar manufacturing in the doldrums and India’s first manufacturing-linked PV tender having been met with a tepid response, the nation is mulling a new procurement exercise to develop an industrial base for solar – this time with no generation capacity element attached. Business news service Bloomberg has reported plans are being considered in India for a solar cell and module manufacturing tender which would include a financial incentive. The news comes as the world’s biggest democratic elections continued to unfold, with polling completed in 424 of India’s 542 Lok Sabha constituencies on Monday. India has around 3 GW of annual solar cell production capacity and 9 GW of module capacity – figures eclipsed by some individual businesses in China – and in February the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs provided Rs8,580 crore of viability gap funding to enable government-owned companies to establish 12 GW of solar capacity with costlier Indian-made products. An attempt by the government to staunch the flow of solar imports by applying a 25% safeguarding duty on them appears to have done little to help the expansion of domestic solar manufacturing. With the domestic production sector supplying just 15% of India’s solar equipment needs, the nation continues to import almost 90% of its PV modules. Chinese imports make up almost 89% of India’s total solar needs with Singapore a distant second, followed by Taiwan. India also imports solar products from Malaysia, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong.

(PV Magazine, May 08, 2019)

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Rooftop solar needs greater push to reach 2022 target: IEEFA

 

Rooftop solar is the fastest growing renewable energy sub-sector in India but installations must rapidly accelerate if the nation is to meet its ambitious renewable energy target of 175 GW by 2022—according to a new briefing by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Notably, while India’s installed solar capacity has grown fourfold to 28 GW in less than three years, the country has achieved only 10% of its ‘40 GW by 2022’ rooftop solar target. IEEFA estimates that, for the next three years, solar rooftop installs will grow at 50% annually, reaching a cumulative 13 GW of installed capacity by FY 2021-22—well short of the 40 GW target despite the impressive growth. Regulatory uncertainty is slowing the pace of rooftop solar installations, even as “there has been significant investment in preparing the regulatory framework, up skilling the workforce for small scale deployments, and in educating the market.” The IEEFA briefing note, titled Vast Potential of Rooftop Solar In India, highlights further steps that the government can take to increase installations. “Policy certainty and more financial subsidies would incentive the market, as would support for domestic manufacturing and simplifying the net metering application process,” according to Tim Buckley, co-author of the briefing note and IEEFA’s director of energy finance studies. 

 

(PV Magazine, May 08, 2019)

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IEA warning against stagnation of renewables

 

Last year saw 180 GW of renewable energy generation capacity installed worldwide, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Although the figure is impressive, and matched the amount added in 2017, the IEA has pointed out it was the first time the volume of new renewables had not risen year on year since 2001 and was not enough to keep the world on track to achieve the objectives defined in the Paris climate change agreement. In fact, the world saw a 1.7% rise in energy related CO² emissions last year, said the agency.  According to the IEA’s Sustainable Development Scenario, at least 300 GW of new renewable energy capacity is required per year up to 2030 to keep the Paris goals within reach. Adding 180 GW annually, said the agency, will provide barely 60% of the new clean energy capacity required. Among the competing clean energy technologies, solar power again dominated, with 97 GW of new generation capacity added, similar to the amount of PV installed in 2017. In 2018, China was the world’s leading nation for new renewable energy capacity, with some 77 GW of generation assets added – 45% of the global total. However the much publicized decision of the Chinese government to rein in public solar subsidies prompted an 18% decline in PV figures, with 44 GW of new solar capacity installed, versus a record 53 GW in 2017.

(PV Magazine, May 08, 2019)

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Army to induct 460 Russian-origin tanks to add muscle on Pakistan front

 

The Indian Army will induct an additional 464 Russian-origin upgraded T-90 'Bhishma' main-battle tanks at a cost of Rs 13,448 crore in the 2022-2026 time frame to bolster its "shock and awe" capabilities on the western front, even as Pakistan is also discussing a deal with Russia for acquiring about 360 such tanks.  Defence ministry sources on Monday said the "indent" to produce the 464 T-90 tanks would soon be placed on the Avadi Heavy Vehicle Factory (HVF) under the Ordnance Factory Board after the cabinet committee on security cleared the licence acquisition from Russia over a month ago.  The Army already has around 1,070 T-90 tanks as well as 124 'Arjun' and 2,400 older T-72 tanks in its 67 armored regiments. After the first 657 T-90 tanks were imported for Rs 8,525 crore from Russia from 2001 onwards, another 1,000 are being progressively licenced and produced by HVF with Russian kits. "There has been some delay in the indent for the remaining 464 tanks, which will also have night-fighting capabilities. Once it is done, the first 64 tanks should be delivered in 30-41 months,” said a source. 

(ET, May 07, 2019)

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Images show construction on China's third, and largest, aircraft carrier

 

Construction of China's first full-sized aircraft carrier is well under way, according to satellite images obtained and analysed by a U.S. think tank. The images from April, provided to Reuters by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, reveal considerable recent activity during the last six months on a large vessel at the Jiangnan shipyard outside Shanghai.  China has not formally confirmed it is building a third carrier, despite recent hints in state media, and the timing and extent of its carrier programme remain state secrets. The Pentagon said last week that work had begun, but no images have emerged until now.  Both Asian and Western militaries, and regional security analysts, are seeking information on the carrier, which is expected to be China's first large, modern platform capable of leading a full range of strike group operations.  The effort to build a large, locally designed carrier is seen as a core part of China's extensive military modernisation drive. A series of recent Reuters Special Reports showed how that effort is challenging decades of U.S. strategic superiority in East Asia.  

(ET, May 07, 2019)

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Power-surplus Karnataka state says no to new solar

 

While other states are struggling to meet their renewable purchase obligations (RPO), Karnataka, India’s top performing market for installed solar capacity, has such a hefty surplus of power it has stalled PV tenders and auctions until further notice. The state’s electricity regulator has directed Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) to put on hold all new solar projects by state agencies, to balance its RPO and the financial health of its power distribution companies (discoms). Federal agencies such as the Solar Energy Corporation of India and the NTPC will continue to tender and auction PV capacity with interstate transmission system connectivity.  According to KREDL, the agency that issues tenders for bulk renewable energy procurement for its discoms, the state’s commissioned solar power capacity was 6,127 MW on March 31 and the discoms have enough solar power to meet the RPO for two years. Karnataka was the first southern state to notify its solar policy, in 2011, and was the first state to commission utility scale solar in India. According to the state’s Solar Policy 2014-2021 document, PV had to contribute a minimum of 3% of total projected consumption. That policy had set a meager 2 GW target for solar by 2021 – 400 MW of rooftop capacity and 1.6 GW of utility scale projects. In 2017, the state raised its ambition to 6 GW by 2021 but Karnataka surpassed that milestone two years ahead of schedule and currently has installed capacity of 6,127 MW with a further 2.8 GW in the pipeline. 

(PV Magazine, May 06, 2019)

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Indian Navy's submarine 'Vela' of Project 75 launched

 

The Navy on Monday launched the Scorpene-class submarine Vela, the fourth of six underwater warships being built in India with French collaboration, with an aim to boost Indian capability to defend and secure the strategic sea lanes.  The Vela submarine will undergo a number of tests conducted by the Navy before it is commissioned in the defence fleet, an official said.  Defence production secretary Ajay Kumar's wife Veena Ajay Kumar launched the submarine at Mazagon Dockyard in Mumbai.  The state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited has entered into a contract for construction and transfer of technology for six Scorpene-class subs with French collaborator Ms Naval Group (formerly DCNS). INS Vela is the fourth in that series.  The fifth Scorpene-class submarine will be launched soon, an MDL official said.  Before Vela, MDL launched Kalvari, Khanderi, Karanj submarines. While Kalvari has been commissioned, the others are at various levels of trials and tests.  INS Vela was first commissioned on August 31, 1973 in the Indian Naval Service and continued to serve for 37 years. It was the country's oldest submarine when it was decommissioned on June 25, 2010, MDL said in a statement. 

(ET, May 06, 2019)

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Tackling India’s solar waste challenge

 

The volume of solar module waste in India will rise to 1.8 million tons by 2050 and the nation has neither policy guidelines nor the operational infrastructure required to ensure recycling, according to a recent report by Consultancy Bridge To India. The fact ‘solar waste’ still has no definition in India, and is being dumped as general waste, compounds the problem. Against that backdrop, a solar waste management seminar organized by Bridge To India in New Delhi touched upon PV waste management in India. A panel of experts from the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Solar Energy Corporation of India and industry figures discussed a definition of solar waste as well as commercial recycling; regulatory frameworks and enforcement; and the use of sustainable materials.  In India, all the PV waste is likely being dumped in landfills in an unregulated manner as there is no recycling facility.

(PV Magazine, May 06, 2019)

 

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US investor KKR and Singapore’s GIC own 42% stake in Sterlite Power’s grid trust

 

US private equity investor KKR and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC have invested Rs 1084 crore (US$ 157 million) and Rs 980 crore (US$142 million), respectively, to collectively own 42% stake in power infrastructure investment trust IndiGrid (India Grid Trust or the InvIT). IndiGrid was set up by Sterlite Power to own inter-state power transmission assets in India. KKR has also applied to become a sponsor of IndiGrid and plans to acquire an additional 15% of IndiGrid’s total units from Sterlite Power. Following the closing of the transactions, KKR and GIC will collectively own approximately 57% of IndiGrid’s outstanding units. In a separate transaction, KKR will additionally acquire a majority shareholding in Sterlite Investment Managers Limited—the investment manager owned by Sterlite Power. Sterlite Power, which established IndiGrid in 2016, will remain a sponsor and project manager of IndiGrid. The transactions mark KKR’s first investment through its Asia Pacific infrastructure strategy. Commenting on the deal, David Luboff, member and head of Asia Pacific Infrastructure at KKR, said, “Asia Pacific is a core focus for KKR’s global infrastructure strategy, and India is a key market for us in the region given its dynamism, the scale of investment opportunities and its crucial need for capital solutions.

(PV Magazine, May 06, 2019)

 

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Consumer Electronics

 

Westway Electronics eyes Rs 1,000 crore turnover over three years

 

Westway Electronics Ltd, the maker of India’s first colour television, is targeting a turnover of Rs 1,000 crore over the next three years. The consumer electronics company, which is present predominantly in north India, is on an expansion drive and hopes to have a footprint across south and east India over the next 2-3 years. “Currently, our turnover is about Rs 143 crore, but with aggressive expansion in south and east India, we hope to increase our sales and revenue,” said Sumit Maini, Director, Westway Electronics. He added that the company was ramping up its production capacity, anticipating higher sales, from the current 2.5 lakh units at its plant in Noida to 5 lakh units. The additional capacity will come from its upcoming plant in Noida that will be operational by 2020. Westway is an original equipment manufacturer that makes TVs, washing machines, refrigerators and other goods. Televisions are its mainstay, accounting for nearly 70 per cent of the product mix, and sells them under its brand—Weston. The competition is fierce in the television segment, from both, existing players and even new entrants like Xiaomi, which is holding the pole position within a year of its launch. “We have an affordable product range (priced between Rs. 8,000 and Rs 50,000) and the latest technology that will drive sales,” said Maini.

 

(Indian Express, May 07, 2019)

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SECTION – IV - FORTHCOMING EVENTS &  GENERAL INFORMATION              

Overseas Shows

 

Event

:

JPCA Show 2018 ((Int’l Electronic Circuits Show)

Organiser

:

Japan Electronics Packaging and Circuits Association (JPCA) 

From

:

05-June-2019

To

:

07-June-2019            

Venue & City

:

Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo

Website

:

http://www.jpcashow.com

 

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

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

 

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SECTION - V - ELCINA EVENTS, ACTIVITIES & SERVICES                                          

Participation in KPCA Expo, Seoul, South Korea

ELCINA is a Member of World Electronics Circuits Council (WECC). Korea Printed Circuit Association invited ELCINA other WECC Members to KPCAshow/KIEP show2019 which was held on April 24-26, at KINTEX 2, Ilsan in Korea.

This year KPCA expected more than 12,000 people from ODM, OEM, PCB manufacturing, materials, equipment supply and relevant business include SMT to visit the show.  

ELCINA put up a booth in the show to promote India PCBTech & IPCA Expo which will be held in Greater Noida as a co-located show during electronica-productronica shows in September this year.

  1. Representatives from Anyang Chambers of Commerce & Industry

  2. Chairman KPCA & Secretary General WECC visiting ELCINA Booth

  3. Welcoming Reception

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ELCINA Northern Region Meeting

5th April, 2019 – Marigold Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi

6:00 pm onwards 

We are delighted to inform you that ELCINA has organised it’s 1st Northern Region Meeting on 5th April, 2019 @ New Delhi.

The main objective of this Regional Meeting is to enhance activities in every region and have an open discussion on the status of the industry, policy issues and new opportunities.

Shri Sanjay Kumar Rakesh, IAS, Jt. Secretary, MeitY, Govt. of India was the Honoured Guest of the evening.

More then 30 members attended the 1st Northern Region Meeting.

 Glimpses of Northern Region Meeting

 

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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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A newsletter published by ELCINA, New Delhi. The information contained in this newsletter is for private circulation only. Despite our best efforts, some errors could have crept in. You are advised to verify authenticity of the information before further use.


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