VOL XVII, ISSUE 17 & 18

15 & 30 September 2018

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Centre sets up panel of secretaries into look e-commerce issues

 

With concerns being raised on some proposals of the draft e-commerce policy, the government has set up a group of secretaries to look into the issues, according to an official. The group will be chaired by the secretary in the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).  The other members of the group include secretaries of the ministry of electronics and information technology and department of commerce Representatives of Niti Aayog and department of economic affairs are also members of the group. 


"The group would look into all the issues of e-commerce sector," the official said. The first meeting of the group is likely to be held this week. 

(ET, Sep 09, 2018)

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Government to focus on tech for charging electric vehicles

 

Keen to give the desired push to electric mobility in the country, the Union government plans to aggressively focus on finding solutions for developing indigenous technology for charging electric vehicles in the country. It aims to soon hold a grand challenge for innovators and start-ups to seek a homegrown know-how for energising these new age automobiles. Currently on the global level there is no infrastructure for charging electric vehicles and most of the countries use the European, Japanese and American models of charging such vehicles. While in India, the electric vehicle industry is in its infancy and therefore there is hardly any charging infrastructure available here, sources said that as of now the European model is being used, but the PMO is keen that in the long run India should become self-sufficient. The much-hyped first ever Global Mobility Summit, which India is hosting on  September 7-8 , will be used as a brainstorming platform by innovators and entrepreneurs to come up with ideas for developing its own charging infrastructure, sources said further. 

(The Asian Age, Sep 13, 2018)

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Imported electronics may get dearer

 

The consumer electronics industry fears the government’s move to restrict non-essential imports might lead to increase in custom duties on premium televisions and appliances, which would increase prices.  Senior industry executives said products such as side-by-side refrigerators, large front-load washing machines, microwave ovens, dish washers, cloth dryers, appliances in built-in kitchens, premium air-conditioners and large screen televisions are mostly imported, and likely to be taxed.

(ET, Sep 17, 2018)

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Xiaomi scales up ‘Make in India’

 

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has scaled up manufacturing in India over the last three years. Now it has the capacity to roll out two phones every second, said Raghu Reddy, Head, Category and Online Sales, Xiaomi India. From one factory in 2015, the company has six located across Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, he told newspersons at the launch of three new smart phones — Redmi 6, Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 Pro. “This year, we have started making printed circuit boards that account for 50 per cent of the value of the phone. About 50 per cent of the phones that we are shipping come with locally manufactured PCB. We want to be in a place by the end of the year, where 100 per cent of phones that we are shipping out of the country have locally manufactured PCBs,” he said. Xiaomi India is also customising phones for India. This is not about software tweaks but about the phone itself. For instance, the new phones launched today have dual pyrolytic graphite sheets to dissipate heat faster. The sheets help reduce the surface temperature by two degrees. When the ambient temperature is 40-45 degrees, two degrees can hurt the user while speaking. The sheets also increase battery efficiency and battery life, he said.

(BusinessLine, Sep 28, 2018)

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Government eyes USD 240-billion electronics industry in Andhra Pradesh

 

Minister for IT, Electronics and Communication Nara Lokesh has said the State government aims to have electronic manufacturing industry worth $240 billion in Andhra Pradesh. He said the State government was taking steps for achieving the target by creating a robust ecosystem to invest in AP. Lokesh, on the first day of his six-day visit to China on Sunday, interacted with China Telugu Association members in Beijing, and pitched AP as the potential investment destination. “According to the projections, India will be a $480 billion market for electronic goods in the coming years. Our target is to manufacture at least half of the electronic products sold in India,” the minister observed.

 

(Indian Express, Sep 25, 2018)

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 SECTION I - POLICY SCAN                                                                        

 

 

Foreign companies approach government to ask for a say in Ecommerce Policy

 

Foreign companies left out of the deliberations in the initial round of the e-commerce policy have approached the government to be consulted by the committee of secretaries. During the initial discussions on the draft e-commerce policy released in July, the government had invited e-commerce and internet companies with Indian-led promoters to be part of the task force that deliberated on the draft policy, leaving the foreign companies upset. This time, Industries bodies like US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) have sent formal representations to the ministry of commerce and industry to be included in the drafting of the e-commerce bill. 

(The Indian Wire, Sep 22, 2018)

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Clarification on provisions of IGCR Rules-2017

 

ELCINA sought an urgent clarification from CBIC, on consignment based permission to import goods under IGCR Rules-2018. In the Pre-GST era importers use to prepare a list of goods/parts which they were planning to import for an year’s time and get One certificate from the Department to allow custom free import of goods. Importers need not to go to the department for each and every shipment and take individual concession duty certificates.  Importers could execute a one year bond at the port of importation and can debit all the duty foregone by the authorities for releasing the consignment.

 

After the implementation of GST and with the amendment in IGCR Rules-2017 vide Cust. Notif. No.68-2017, the authority to offer concessional certificate is shifted from Excise officials to Custom officials. Now the custom officials are insisting that the importers need to get import permission for each and every import shipment. There is another problem that earlier multiple Excise offices could take this job and the excise offices were generally closer to the manufacturing units, but the customs has limited offices which are likely to be far away from manufacturing units. This has created a scenario in which obtaining import permission has become a nightmare for the importers. The delayed permission for import even after having all legitimate documents/bonds is leading to huge demurrage charges and penalties to the importer.  This has created an issue of time and cost overrun in the process. Ease of business has gone out of the door and it’s a daily struggle for importers to wait at custom offices. 

 

ELCINA has requested Director-Customs for an urgent clarification and guidelines on the subject for Custom formations so that manufacturing in the country do not suffer. 

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 SECTION II - INDUSTRY  SCAN                                                                                            

 

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Indian electronics users more ambitious now, influx of demand from tier II, III cities’ says Arnold Su

 

One of the largest markets globally, the electronics industry in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 24.4 per cent between 2012 and 2020. In the next four years alone, the market in India is expected to reach $400 bn. Tapping into this huge market, ASUS India PC & ROG Head, Arnold Su, in a conversation with Indian Retailer, shares how the ecommerce marketplace is helping electronics market, why ASUS is becoming popular in tier II and tier III cities and what’s their go-to expansion strategies.  

(ASUS India, Sep 26, 2018)

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India raises import tariffs on 19 items in bid to stem rupee slide

 

India said on Wednesday it is raising import tariffs on 19 "non-essential items," marking a further tilt toward protectionism as it tries to reduce its widening current account deficit and tackle a sharp slide in the rupee. The new tariff structure, which goes into effect Thursday, will see the government raise customs duties on items such as air conditioners, refrigerators, footwear, speakers, luggage and aviation turbine fuel, among other items. The move could hit imports from countries like China and South Korea, which manufacture some of the high-end washing machines, refrigerators and air conditioners sold in India.

(BS, Sep 26, 2018)

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HP plans entry into refurbished market in India 

 

 

HP Inc is exploring entry into the refurbished market for personal computers in India, as part of its push to make affordable products, its top executive told ET.  Refurbished products are second-hand computers repaired to be resold or products that are made by reusing and recycling different components of various computers  “One of the big pillars we are focusing on affordability in India. We know in India we have to give the price value proposition. We are looking at is the refurbished market in India. It is a large market and it is largely unorganized,” said Sumeer Chandra, MD, HP Inc in India. 
HP is making a big push towards affordability in India. Recently the company launched mini-desktops starting at a price range of Rs. 19990 for students and education institutes 


 

(ET, Sep 24, 2018)

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Polysilicon for Electronics Market Key Players, Industry Overview, Supply and Consumption Demand Analysis to 2022

 

Polysilicon for Electronics Market report consists of market overview and dynamics, strategic company developments, historic and forecast revenue by product phase, major key organizations, and international alternate angle. The report examines micro and macro-monetary factors governing the general growth of the Polysilicon for Electronics market and makes projections of the general market by the give up of the forecast period.The report comprises market key vendor’s discussion based on the company’s summary, Profiles, financial analysis, market revenue, and opportunities by top geographical regions. The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global Polysilicon for Electronics market for 2017-2022. To calculate the market size, the report includes the major application segments and their share in the global Polysilicon for Electronics market. 

(Chronicle India, Sep 22, 2018)

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How India can become the manufacturing capital of the world 

 

Over the last two decades, China has been the hardware base of the world, while India has been the software base. With the new Samsung factory coming in, will India turn the tide and become the world’s hardware capital?  The South Korean giant’s mobile phone factory at Noida will be the largest in the world, and close to 30% of the handsets made there will be exported. What does this signify for India? Can India overtake China in manufacturing supremacy? What should the government do to maintain the momentum? The coming of the Samsung factory might do to electronics manufacturing what Maruti did to the auto industry in the 1990s. When Maruti came in collaboration with Suzuki, the industry suddenly saw disruption. Suzuki brought scientific manufacturing techniques. And, the auto manufacturing industry here went on an upward trajectory.  

 

(ET, Sep 22, 2018)

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Imported electronics may get dearer

 

The consumer electronics industry fears the government’s move to restrict non-essential imports might lead to increase in custom duties on premium televisions and appliances, which would increase prices. 
Senior industry executives said products such as side-by-side refrigerators, large front-load washing machines, microwave ovens, dish washers, cloth dryers, appliances in built-in kitchens, premium air-conditioners and large screen televisions are mostly imported, and likely to be taxed more. 
However, a significant portion of these products are imported from countries with which India has signed free trade agreements (FTA) like the ASEAN bloc countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. The industry says the government cannot impose any duties on them since it will be against the spirit of World Trade Organization. 

(ET, Sep 17, 2018)

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Govt. needs to push charging infrastructure for e-mobility: Pawan Goenka 

 

From where Mahindra is today, we probably need to find another 10-15 per cent price reduction. That means cost reduction of that nature. Second is how do we increase the range from 130-140 kilometres to 170-180 kilometres.    People talk about 300-350 kilometres. That is fine, but I think if we can get to 170-180 kilometres, that will be a good range for most shared mobility application  so, that is the second challenge and these two go opposite because increasing range means increasing cost. But I have to reduce cost. And third one is to make sort of the overall maintenance of these vehicles less expensive than what it is today so that they become affordable on a life cycle basis.

(ET, Sep 10, 2018)

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Flipkart bets on MarQ to push large appliances this festival season

 

Ahead of Flipkart’s flagship BigBillionDays sales, customers could start seeing advertisements of a new consumer durable brand in India. MarQ, Flipkart’s private label for large appliances, aspires to become India’s youngest consumer durables brand. Launched ahead of last year’s Diwali festive sales, MarQ has grown to become one of the best performers in the large appliances categories on Flipkart’s platform. The company claims it is on target to grow sales through the label by over 100 per cent during this BigBillionDays, compared to the last. While the private label was initially rolled out in a few categories such as refrigerators and televisions, the company has slowly been entering several other categories, including water purifiers and air conditioners, with products under the MarQ brand.

(BS, Sep 07, 2018)

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Airtel Payments Bank Users Can Now Use Card-Less Cash Withdrawal at ATMs Across India: Here's How

 

Airtel has introduced a new way for Airtel Payments Bankusers to withdraw cash from ATMs, without the need for a physical debit or credit card. The telecom operator has partnered with Empays to enable Instant Money Transfer (IMT) for its account holders that will help them withdraw cash at over 20,000 ATMs across the country, all without using a debit or credit card. This new service is available to both smartphone and feature phone users through USSD (*400#) and MyAirtel app.

 

(Gadgets 360, Sep 06, 2018)

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CEO terms talk on early polls as speculation

 

Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar has termed the ongoing discussion about advancement of elections to the Legislative Assembly as “speculation” and said the election authority was going ahead with its preparations as per schedule. The CEO, however, asserted that the State election officials were geared up for ensuring the smooth conduct of the polls in the event of the dissolution of the Assembly and advancement of the elections. The State would require over 84,000 voter verified paper audit trail machines and control units in addition to 1.23 lakh ballot units for the elections, whenever they are held. The machines were being manufactured at the Electronics Corporation of India Limited unit here and they would be handed over to the State soon.

(The Hindu, Sep 06, 2018)

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Centre readies Artificial Intelligence push as 5G technology knocks:

 

The government plans to set up a centre of excellence in Artificial Intelligence as the country leapfrogs to the next level of technology with the onset of 5G.The Center for Excellence in AI will be set up by National Informatics Center (NIC), under the Ministry of Electronics and IT, in the national capital. The aim is to have robust security solutions for cyberspace as India moves towards a digital society, a senior telecom ministry official said. The centre will work in co-ordination with other ministries to offer solutions related to various sectors. Through it, NIC will enable many government entities/ministries to implement technologies in their sphere. The IT ministry is also working to formulate standards and regulations around blockchain technology, as ministry official said. 

(DNA, Sep 06, 2018)

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E-tender scam looms large over Madhya Pradesh government

 

Even before the dust kicked up by the Vyapam scam has settled, another big-ticket corruption case is staring at the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government months ahead of the assembly elections. 
Billed as the ‘e-tender scam’, it involves large-scale manipulation of the online procurement platform of the Madhya Pradesh government to allegedly favour a select few private companies. Suspected to have been going on for years now, it was exposed only in May this year. ET investigation reveals that the Madhya Pradesh Jal Nigam (MPJNL) was internally alerted on the encrypted e-document contents getting modified by backend players with connivance of private companies and the top bureaucracy after the price bids were opened for three of its contracts in March this year. 


(ET, Sep 06, 2018)

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Chinese e-commerce tycoon part of celebrity tech elite

 

The e-commerce billionaire who was arrested and released by Minneapolis police is a prominent member of a Chinese tech elite who enjoy the glamour of movie stars in their homeland. Admirers know Richard Liu’s story well: The son of peasants built a Beijing electronics shop into JD.com, China’s biggest online direct retailer, selling everything from clothes to toys to fresh vegetables. He appealed to customers by promising genuine products in a market buffeted by scandals over fake and sometimes deadly milk and other goods. Like a pop star keeping fans up to date, the 45-year-old Liu shares some details of his life on social media, including his 2015 marriage to a woman 19 years his junior. 

(PTI, Sep 05, 2018)

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Deger Energie, Kavitsu announce new PV tracker manufacturing fab in India

 

Marking its entry into the Indian solar market, Germany-based tracker manufacturer, Deger Energie GmbH & Co. KG has teamed up with Kavitsu Robotronix Pvt Ltd to create a new joint venture company, Kavitsu Deger Pvt Ltd., Under the partnership, the two will set up a PV tracker manufacturing facility in Satara, Maharashtra. A spokesperson tells pv magazine that 10,000 units per year will be manufactured initially, which will be capable of serving 200 MW of solar farm capacity. The plan is to double this in 2020.  While 70% of production will be focused on single axis trackers, the remaining 30% will comprise dual axis trackers, says the spokesperson. They add that the basic manufacturing infrastructure is already in place. 

(PV Magazine, Sep 05, 2018)

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India overtakes China to become the world’s fastest growing economy in Q1 2018

 

While the International Monetary Fund may have revised its estimates for India’s growth this year, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) announced that the Indian economy grew by 8.2% between the months of April to June. This puts India at the helm as the world’s fasting growing economy beating China’s top spot., which witnessed a growth of 6.7%.  The Finance Minister tweeted that the reforms put in place by government as well as the fiscal prudence shown by the regulators that are allowing the economy to grow even in the midst of global turmoil. That being said, overtaking China might have a lot to do with the ongoing trade war between the Asian nation and the United States. 

(Business Insider India, Sep 03, 2018)

 

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The requirement for LED testing equipment is growing rapidly

 

The current manufacturing process for LEDs does not lead to consistent optical properties. Colour and brightness intensities can vary from component to component even in the same batch of production. This is the reason why LEDs have to be tested during the production stage as well as in the final application, the role of testing in LED manufacturing has also become crucial. Electronics Bazaar reached out to a few industry experts to get a deeper insight into the LED testing scenario in India. When asked about the importance of LED and light testing, Ajay Gupta, director of Embuilt Technology says, “Testing for LED manufacturing is very important; while companies invest in research and development (R&D), the important thing is to deploy systems to enable operators to do pass/fail testing of drivers and complete assemblies.”

(Electronics B2B, Sep 02, 2018)

 

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Information Technology

 

Villagers not logging on to digital India: Gujarat National Law University

 

It seems rural Gujarat is yet to understand the vision of the central government that is trying to make transactions digital. A study sponsored by the Gujarat government on understanding digital financial literacy in the state, a team of experts from Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) found that even when the government has been aggressive in pushing for the Indian economy to be cashless, the ground reality is stark difference. The study 'Digital Financial Literacy through Digital India: Study of its impact in the rural areas of three districts of Gujarat' conducted by professors Garima Goswami and Anu Mishra have found that there has not been any significant change in the mode of transaction. Even today, the majority of the transactions are conducted through offline mode and therefore there is a huge gap in what the government is aiming at and what the ground reality is. 

(DNA, Sep 22, 2018)

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Government eyes USD 240-billion electronics industry in Andhra Pradesh

 

Minister for IT, Electronics and Communication Nara Lokesh has said the State government aims to have electronic manufacturing industry worth $240 billion in Andhra Pradesh. He said the State government was taking steps for achieving the target by creating a robust ecosystem to invest in AP. Lokesh, on the first day of his six-day visit to China on Sunday, interacted with China Telugu Association members in Beijing, and pitched AP as the potential investment destination. “According to the projections, India will be a $480 billion market for electronic goods in the coming years. Our target is to manufacture at least half of the electronic products sold in India,” the minister observed. He also appealed to the Telugu diaspora to promote Andhra Pradesh as an investment destination to the companies they are working in. “You are the brand ambassadors of our State,” he said.

 

(Indian Express, Sep 17, 2018)

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India, resource-rich Kazakhstan to put in place IT partnership

 

India and Central Asias biggest country Kazakhstan are hoping to launch an initiative this week to put in place a mechanism for Information Technology partnership.  Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Zhumagaliyev will arrive to India with an official visit, from September 20 to 21. 

 

During the visit, Askar Zhumagaliyev will hold a meeting with Minister of Electronics & Information Technology of India Ravi Shankar Prasad, management of leading state-owned and private IT companies and visit a number of technological facilities of India in Delhi and Bangalore. The two sides will discuss the possibility of further strengthening bilateral relations in the field of information technologies. 

(ET, Sep 17, 2018)

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India’s E-Commerce Boom Is Taking Off. Literally

 

India’s booming e-commerce industry just got an ally: the first cargo service by a commercial airline. SpiceJet Ltd. is starting a dedicated freighter business to ship goods from consumer electronics to apparel and fresh farm produce as an increasing number of online shoppers visiting Amazon.com Inc. to Flipkart Online Services Pvt. demand same- or next-day deliveries. The carrier will also transport organs for medical purposes, besides letters and credit cards, it said in a statement.

 

(Bloomberg, Sep 10, 2018)

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Free cross-border data flow to help start-ups, says Google CEO Sundar Pichai

 

At a time when various Indian policies that are being framed are in favour of local storage of sensitive data, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has called for free cross-border flow of data, in a letter written to Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad. “Free flow of data across borders – with a focus on user privacy and security – will encourage startups to innovate and expand globally and encourage global companies to contribute to India’s digital economy,” Pichai noted in the letter dated September 5.

(Indian Express, Sep 10, 2018)

 

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Centre Of Software Technology Park Of India To Be Set Up In Haryana

 

The government of Haryana informs that decks have been cleared for the setting up of a centre of Software Technology Park of India (STPI) in Panchkula with the Haryana Government deciding to transfer land measuring  8049.71 square meters to STPI, Noida for the specific purpose of setting up of STPI of STPI centre at Panchkula. The land would be given free of cost/leasehold basis for 99 years at the rate of Re. one per year.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will also be signed between HARTRON and STPI, Noida for this purpose. A decision to this effect was taken in the meeting of State Cabinet held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal here today. Panchkula has potential to attract IT due to proximity of Technical Institutions and Universities, the presence of software firms in Tricity, Chandigarh being made a smart city, good law and order scenario, healthy climate and high accessibility due to the proximity of the international airport, national highway and railways passing through Panchkula.

(ProjectNewsin, Sep 05, 2018)

 

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Udaan, the e-commerce startup led by three former Flipkart executives, raises $225M

 

Looks like Sujeet Kumar, Amod Malviya and Vaibhav Gupta’s decision to jump ship from Flipkart to focus on their own venture is paying off. The trio announced this morning that their B2B e-commerce startup Udaan had raised $225 million in Series C funding co-led by DST Global and Lightspeed Venture Partners, with capital coming out of the latter’s growth fund. The cash infusion, according to Indian media reports, makes Udaan the fastest-ever Indian startup to be valued at over $1 billion. Flipkart, one of the most successful e-commerce platforms out of India, sold to Walmart in a $16 billion deal earlier this year. Kumar, Malviya and Gupta, which were the former president of operations, CTO and SVP of business finance and analytics at Flipkart, respectively, departed the company in 2016. 

(Techcrunch, Spe 03, 2018)

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Electronics mfg in India to touch $104 billion

 

The India’s electronic product industry is one of the largest in the world and is expected to reach a turnover of $400 billion in 2022. Total production of electronics hardware goods in India is estimated to reach $104 billion by 2020, says Sameer Saxena, Director (Marketing)- Legrand (Group) India.  Legrand is a global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructure. In India, it has been a leader in the protection business for over two decades, and leverage global knowledge to customize offerings locally, delivering end-to-end solutions across categories and sectors, from residential and commercial, to hospitality and industrial. Legrand has progressively developed product ranges for wiring devices, home automation, door entry, lighting management systems, cable management and structured cabling to add to their core offerings of circuit breakers and distribution boards. “The acquisition of established companies like Numeric and Valrack further strengthened Legrand’s promise of complete solutions, and makes them a preferred partner across segments,” Sameer Saxena, Director (Marketing) - Legrand (Group) India, tells Jayarama Emani

(Hans India, Sep 03, 2018)

 

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Technology is driving sales in the LED commercial lighting space

 

 

Although most businesses, especially commercial spaces, operate mainly during the day, there is often a need for interior lighting, even if the office floor receives abundant natural light. Appropriate commercial lighting is needed to illuminate work spaces, meeting rooms and other specific areas, as well as to create a mood that enhances employee productivity, even while cutting down on the monthly electricity bill.LED lighting is easily the best option when it comes to energy efficiency. Although replacing outdated commercial lighting with LED alternatives will cost you some money upfront (LEDs can cost four times or more than incandescent bulbs), the energy savings will more than cover the initial costs, in time, thanks to lower energy bills. 

(Electronics B2B, Sep 02, 2018)

 

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Telecom

 

Xiaomi takes retail FDI to next stage in India, sets up company-owned retail store 

 

Chinese smartphone major Xiaomi on Wednesday opened its first company-owned brick-and-mortar Mi Home store in India taking its retail foreign direct investment (FDI) plans to the next stage after started selling directly to consumers from its own app and e-commerce site, mi.com. The store opened shutters in Bengaluru, Xiaomi India magaing director Manu Kumar Jain tweeted on Wednesday. “Mi Fans can experience vast array of products that we offer globally – smartphones, Mi TVs, Mi Projector, Mi Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Mi Washing Machine, Mi Heater, Mi Bike, Mi Scooter, Mi Ninebot & a lot more. This is a COCO (Co. Owned Co. Operated) store. This is an opportunity to take your valuable feedback about the next cool #Xiaomi product to launch in India,” he tweeted. 

(ET, Sep 26, 2018)

 

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Import of mobile phones fell by half in fiscal 2017-18: Foxconn chief

 

India currently produces 225 million phones valued at Rs 1,32,000 crore a year, which amounts to 12 phones a second, said Josh Foulger, Country Head & Managing Director, Foxconn International Holding, India. Addressing the Advantage India Summit organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Messe Munchen GmbH, Foulger said: “India today is the second largest producer of mobile phones, a distant second to China, which produces 900 million phones a year.” Elaborating on the growth of the mobile sector in India, Foulger said in financial year 2017-18 the country’s mobile phone imports reduced by more than half and the import of completely-built-units came down from 78 per cent to 18 per cent.

(BS, Sep 26, 2018)

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Micromax, Jio bag Rs 1,500 cr order from Chhattisgarh govt to deliver 50 lakh smatphones to women, students

 

A consortium of handset maker Micromax and telecom major Reliance Jio has bagged a Rs 1,500-crore order from the Chhattisgarh government to distribute 50 lakh smartphones to women and students in the state. Under the project, 45 lakh smartphones are being given to women and the remaining will be distributed to college students in the state, Micromax co-founder Vikas Jain told PTI. “About 10,000 camps are being organised under the project and deliveries have already started. Every beneficiary, chosen by the state government, is handed the device personally after activating it with Reliance Jio connection. The authentication of the beneficiary is done using Aadhaar,” he said.

(ET, Sep 16, 2018)

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Xiaomi Bows to India Security Concerns

 

Xiaomi Corp. is now storing data generated in India on local servers, after the nation’s government indicated that concerns about security breaches may lead to rules mandating domestic data storage for overseas smartphone firms. Since July 1, all new Indian user data have been stored on local servers provided by Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp., while all existing data will be fully migrated to local servers by mid-September, the world’s fourth-largest smartphone-maker said on its corporate blog Monday, posting a statement dated Friday. Xiaomi said it had previously been storing user data on Amazon.com servers in the U.S. and Singapore. 

(Caixin, Sep 03, 2018)

 

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Defense & Solar Energy

 

Hartek Solar bags 100-kWp solar kit orders from 25  houses, launches solar van to take services to next level

 

Within just four months of launching its customised small-scale solar solutions in the form of plug-and-play rooftop solar kits, Hartek Solar Pvt Ltd, the rooftop solar division of the Chandigarh-based Hartek Group, has bagged orders for more than 100-kWp rooftop solar projects from about 25 households in the city. Addressing the media here today, Hartek Solar Pvt Ltd Founder-Director Simarpreet Singh said that heartened by the tremendous response it has received from residents, Hartek Solar has now come up with a solar van equipped with all devices catering to installation, operation and maintenance so as to take its services to the next level. “Manned by a specialised team of engineers, the van offers a one-stop solution catering to all the needs of rooftop solar consumers ranging from cleaning, maintenance, installation and operation to checking the efficiency of solar plants and servicing the inverters,” he said. Simarpreet Singh said that though Hartek Solar has secured most of the orders from owners of kanal houses, who have started opting for rooftop solar since the UT administration made solar PV systems mandatory for all buildings with an area of 500 sq yd and above, other house owners have also started voluntarily opting for the company’s small-scale solar solutions. 

(EQ Intl, Sep 13, 2018)

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Bharat Electronics Receives INR9200 Crore ($1.8Billion) Order For Naval LRSAM

 

India’s Bharat Electronics today announced an INR9,200 crore (US$1.8Billion) order for the supply of seven Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) systems has pushed the order book of the company beyond Rs. 50,000 crore for the first time. The contract comes from two Indian shipyards; Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) to supply LRSAM systems to be fitted onboard seven frigates to be built by them for the Indian Navy. The Company is looking at maintaining a healthy order inflow with business segments such as Radars & Weapon Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Fire Control Systems, Communication Systems and C4I Systems driving its growth in future, a BEL press release said.

(DefenceWorld.net, Sep 08, 2018)

 

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Agreement signed for military aviation service centre in Hyderabad

 

India-based Space Era Materials and Processes and Russias KRET, a part of Russian state corporation Rostec, have signed an agreement to set up a service centre for military aviation in Hyderabad. A Rostec release said on Wednesday that the agreement was signed during the 'Army-2018' forum in Moscow last month, adding that the service facility is already under construction. "The Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET) and Space Era Materials and Processes have concluded an agreement on the participation of the Russian firm in establishing the service centre in India," the release said. 

(Outlook, Sep 05, 2018)

 

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Consumer Electronics

 

Samsung India bets big on system air-conditioner business

 

Electronics major Samsung India is expecting further growth in the system AC HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) business over the next two-three years, director (system AC) of the company Vipin Agrawal said here Friday. The company has several products under the portfolio, including air-conditioners equipped with wind-free technology, largest capacity VRF (variable refrigerant flow) outdoor unit with 30HP, 14HP side-discharge VRF outdoor unit and slim 1-way cassette. "The market size for these products is about $200 million. We are the fastest growing brands in the industry," Agrawal told reporters. To a query, he said, "The company is growing three to four times more than the industry. The industry is growing at about 10-15 percent".

(PTI, Sep 21, 2018)

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TVs get a 'Make in India' twist, start local production at component stage

 

Make in India just got a shot in the arm from electronics manufacturing. In the past few weeks, brands such as Xiaomi, TCL, Skyworth, BPL and Thomson — which until recently were importing televisions for sale in the country — have started local production at the component stage, three senior industry executives said.  Even top brands like Sony and LG are now expanding production of televisions in India at the parts stage — as opposed to just assembling imported modules — after the government changed the duty structure earlier this year to make local manufacturing cheaper by 5-7%. The shift includes premium OLED and 4K models that cost a few lakh rupees. The companies are now locally assembling the TV panel itself as well as manufacturing printed circuit boards (PCB) and moulds. 

(ET, Sep 10, 2018)

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Sony creates new growth drivers in India

 

Sony India has been able to reduce its high dependence on television business creating new drivers of growth in audio products and digital imaging.  The company’s managing director Sunil Nayyar said the television business used to contribute 70-75% of total revenue even couple of years back but has now come down to around 60-65%. “The audio and digital imaging products contribution has gone up from 10% to 15% each respectively,” he said  Industry executives said this will help Sony India to grow overall revenue since it was struggling to create new growth drivers in India after the company globally decided to move out of the laptop business and shrunk its smartphone business which were high performing businesses in India. 
 

(ET, Sep 04, 2018)

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Samsung may stop TV production in India

 

Korean electronics giant Samsung is looking to stop TV production in India as the company works out plans to import the units from Vietnam.  The move comes months after the government introduced import duty on a key component and some other parts that go into making TV panels. 
Samsung makes televisions at its factory in Chennai, and annual production is estimated at around three lakh units.  “The company has sounded out some of its local suppliers about plans to curtail, and gradually withdraw production from Chennai,” sources told TOII.

(TOI, Sep 03, 2018)

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India Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances Market Outline, Shares, Development, Demand, 2017 to 2021

India Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances Market research helps to understand the competitive outlook of India Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances market’s key players and leading brands. The India Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances report provides statistics, graphs, and figures which helps to analyze the market growth rate, market share and trends. Additionally, the report provides the forecast of the market for the next four years which assist India Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances industry specialist and developing India Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances business strategies. The report comprises market key vendor’s discussion based on the company’s summary, Profiles, financial analysis, market revenue, and opportunities by top geographical regions. India Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances Market is estimated to advance at a CAGR of 10.08% from 2017 to 2021.

 

(News Zak, Sep 03, 2018)

 

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SECTION – IV - FORTHCOMING EVENTS &  GENERAL INFORMATION              

 

For Glance of ELCINA Activities 2017-18: Please refer: (https://youtu.be/0H0mHxTi9JA)   

Overseas Shows

Event

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Taipei International Electronics Show (TAITRONICS)

Organiser

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Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)

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9-October-2018

To

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12-October-2018      

City

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Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center,  Taipei, Taiwan

Website

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www.taitronics.tw

 

 

Event

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Electronica Munich

Organiser

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Messe Munchen

From

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13 November 2018

To

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16 November 2018  

City

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Munich, Germany

Website

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www.electronica.de

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SECTION - V - ELCINA EVENTS, ACTIVITIES & SERVICES                                          

ELCINA-EFY Awards

 The 43rd Annual Presentation Ceremony for ELCINA-EFY Awards for Excellence in Electronics Hardware Manufacturing & Services was celebrated on 14th September 2018 at The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi.

The Industrialists and the award winners were welcomed by Mr. Pankaj Gulati, President & Executive Committee of Electronic Industries Association of India along with Mr. Ramesh Chopra, Executive Chairman & Publisher of EFY Group.

The ceremony was honored by the Chief Guest Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, IAS – Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & IT, Government of India.

 

Outgoing ELCINA President, Mr. Pankaj Gulati exhorted the ESDM industry to undertake a campaign to achieve high levels of value-added electronics manufacturing in India on a war footing. This should be matched with a focus on achieving world class excellence in electronic manufacturing services (EMS). The experienced industry leader was speaking on the occasion of the 43rd ELCINA-EFY Annual Awards for 2017-18 held in New Delhi on Friday, 14th September 2018 and set an Export Target of US$ 25 Bn by 2021-22 as against the current unimpressive figure of US$ 6 Bn. 

ELCINA has been awarding excellence in Research & Development, Exports, Quality, Business Excellence, Environment Management and Entrepreneurial Excellence over the last 43 years. ELCINA awards instituted in 1974 have the distinction of being among the most respected and coveted recognitions of the India Electronics industry. The Awards have been supported and co-branded with EFY Group since last six years.

Speaker after speaker dwelt on ELCINA’s strong commitment to creating an environment that will act as a catalyst to accelerate all-round growth of value-added manufacturing and electronic manufacturing services in the country.

 

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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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Forthcoming ELCINA-CKM  Programmes

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. 

 

S No. Training Programs Date Venue
1. 3M (Mura, Muri and Muda) - Elimination of 7 types of waste in process 11th October, 2018

ELCINA House, New Delhi

 

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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Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA )

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

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