28 February 2019

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This new e-commerce policy bans gifts from being shipped to India


If you’ve been frequently getting online goods shipped from foreign e-commerce retailers to India, there’s a new policy you should know about that puts a ban on this practice. As per the new draft e-commerce policy, released on Saturday, February 23, 2019, foreign online retailers will have to register entities in India if they want to continue running their e-commerce platforms in the country. Additionally, the policy has also proposed that these companies will also have to ensure to channelise all product shipments through the customs route. This new policy specifically impacts China-based e-commerce retailers such as Shein, AliExpress and Romwe since these companies currently do not own Indian entities for running their online platforms. This move will essentially ensure that all overseas entities will be banned from undertaking e-commerce orders from India without any physical presence in the country, according to Atul Pandey, partner at Khaitan & Co. who spoke to Bloomberg Quint. Hence, all e-commerce sites or smartphone apps available for download in India must have a registered business entity in the country as the importer on record or an the entity through which all their sales in India are transacted. This move comes in light of Chinese online fashion portals (also providing electronics) having expanded their business and market share in the country over the past two years. According to an estimate by Redseer, these e-commerce platforms have attained more than 5 percent share of the overall fashion e-commerce business – with Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities alone accounting for 30 percent of their sales. According to Shayak Mazumder, Chief Executive and Founder of Homegrown cross-border e-commerce platform Eunimart, the total amount of shipments from China-based e-commerce platforms accounts for up to 2 lakh per day.

(GQ, Feb 26, 2019)


India set to buy 50 Israeli Heron-1 long-endurance reconnaissance UAVs in reported $500 million deal


India reportedly has agreed to buy 50 Israeli Heron long-range reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for $500 million. The Algemeiner reports. Continue reading original article.   The deal reportedly will see IsraelAerospace Industries (IAI) sell a fleet of Heron-1 medium-altitude UAVs to the Indian Air Force. This would be the second such purchase, and talks between India and IAI have been ongoing for several years due to political complications in India. As in previous arms deals between the two countries, one-third of the $500 million would be spent in India itself. In recent years there has been furious competition between American and Israeli companies over foreign drone sales, with America’s General Atomics and Israel’s Elbit Systems being the primary rivals.   The Israeli military already uses the Heron-1 -- known in the military by the name Shoval -- mainly for reconnaissance and intelligence collection. The UAV has a wingspan of 56 feet and can fly as high as 35,000 feet for nearly two days without landing.


(Military Aerospace, Feb 26, 2019)



Indian Economy Based On Sound Fundamentals, Will Soon Reach $5 Trillion: PM Modi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the Indian economy is based on sound fundamentals and will in the near future double in size to $5 trillion, as he had sold the country as a "land of opportunities" to investors in South Korea. "No other large economy in the world is growing at over 7 per cent year after year," he said at the India-ROK Business Symposium here during his visit to the Republic of Korea. Over 600 Korean companies such as Hyundai, Samsung and LG Electronics are already invested in India and the Prime Minister said "we aspire to welcome many more."  "And, (car maker) Kia is soon to join this club," he added. To ease business visits, India since October last year is giving Korean nationals visa on arrival, he said. "The fundamentals of our economy are sound. We are well set to become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the near future," he said. Modi said hard policy decisions such as the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and opening up of more sectors has helped India jump 65 places on the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business ranking to the 77th position. "And, we are determined to move into the top 50 next year," he said. "We are one of the most open countries for foreign direct investment today. More than 90 per cent of our sectors are now on automatic route for approval. As a result of this and the confidence in India, we have received FDI worth over $250 billion over the past four years."  India, the world's sixth largest economy at $ 2.5 trillion, is changing from being agriculture-dominated to an economy led by industry and services and one that is globally inter-linked which rolls out red carpet instead of red tape, the Prime Minister said. 

(Businessworld, Feb 27, 2019)




EV Charging Stations In India: EVI Technologies To Install 20,000 Electric Vehicle Charging Location


Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in India will soon grow in number by a good margin. EVI Technologies aims to set up 20,000 charging stations at key locations across the country, within the next one-and-a-half years. The company will invest Rs 100 crore in the project in a bid to promote electric mobility. EVI Technologies, incubated at the Electropreneur Park (funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology), has tied up with BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd to install 3000 EV charging stations in Delhi alone. The charging stations will require an investment of Rs 15,000-20,000 per head and BSES will charge a tariff of Rs 5 per unit of electric power. Rupesh Kumar, CEO of EVI Technologies shared, "We have a target to create a network of around 20,000 EV chargers in the next one and a half years. This will include home and public charging stations. It will be around Rs 100 crore. We are tying up with some finance partners, who are already providing finance for the leasing model. We are already in discussion with some of them." 

(DriveSpark, Feb 18, 2019)





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 SECTION I - POLICY SCAN                                                                                                


National Electronics Policy 2019 to boost manufacturing drive exports


Industry experts believe that the National Electronic Policy 2019, passed last week by the Union Cabinet, can provide an impetus to Make in India (MII) and its efforts to become a global hub for Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM), apart from making electronics sector more competitive. “The policy offers significant support for the electronics sector. It is export focussed and aims to take Indian electronic manufacturing to the next level. As a rising economy, and the world’s largest market for mobile phones, India sadly does not have a competitive electronics sector. This policy aims at ensuring Indian manufacturing in the electronics sector gets its rightful place,” Lloyd Mathias, senior technology executive and former Asia Marketing Head of HP, told BusinessLine. The last electronic policy was unveiled 2012. The new policy targets $400 billion turnover by 2025 from domestic manufacturing, setting up cluster for the entire value chain and employing over 1 crore people directly or otherwise to achieve a growth rate of 32 per cent. National Electronics Policy Unveiled: Targets Rs 26 Lakh Crore Make In India Revenue, 100 Crore Mobile Manufactures By 2025: The Union Cabinet approved the National Electronics Policy 2019 which aims to achieve a turnover of Rs 2,600,000 crores ($400 billion) by 2025 via the domestic electronics manufacturing ecosystem. It envisages setting up a cluster of the entire value chain and generate over 1 crore directly or indirect jobs to achieve a growth rate of 32 per cent. The Policy aims to catapult India as a global hub for Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) by incentivizing and building capabilities in the country for developing core components, including chipsets, and creating an environment for the industry to compete globally. Unveiling the new policy, Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT minister, said in a briefing "We aim to target Rs 26,00,000 crores ($400 billion) turnover by 2025 and are targeting a growth rate of 32 per cent from the current 26.7 per cent globally in five years. With the new policy, the electronic manufacturing sector alone will provide employment to about 1 crore people". By creating an enabling ecosystem for globally competitive ESDM sector and promotion of domestic manufacturing and export in the entire value-chain of ESDM, the policy sets an ambitious production target of 100 crore mobile handsets by 2025, valued at approximately Rs 1,300,000 crore . 

(BusinessLine, Feb 26, 2019)



 SECTION II - INDUSTRY  SCAN                                                                                            



Centre for Good Governance wins Digital India Award


Centre for Good Governance (CGG), Hyderabad won the “Platinum” Digital India Award 2018 under “Outstanding Digital Initiative by a Local Body" category at Digital India Awards for its "Citizen Centric Integrated Services to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC)". The award was given by the Union Minister for Electronics & IT and Law & Justice, Dr. Ravi  Shankar Prasad at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi recently. CGG competed with 600 participating nominations and bagged this title.  The e Digital India Programme is a flagship programme of the Government of India with a vision to transform India into a digital society and knowledge economy. The e digital India vision provides intensified impetus for further momentum and progress of digital-governance and would promote inclusive growth that covers electronic services, products, devices, manufacturing and job opportunities.

(Hans India, Feb 27, 2019)


Bharat Electronics signs MoU with Bharat Forge


A navratna firm Bharat Electronics (BEL) and Bharat Forge has entered into a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for strategic co-operation in the field of defence and aerospace products / systems to jointly capitalise on the emerging opportunities in the domestic market, leveraging the policy initiatives of the Indian Government such as Make in India, BEL informed the bourses on Tuesday.   The MoU will also enable BEL and Bharat Forge to make joint efforts to seize the opportunities available in the global markets for export of Defence products / systems produced by the individual companies or jointly developed and produced by the two companies, leveraging on the Export Promotion Policy of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. Earlier, at Aero India 2019 which was held in Bengaluru Bharat Electronics and Hughes India entered into a teaming agreement for design, development, supply, installation, integration and commissioning of Satellite Communication solutions for helicopters under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. This agreement will enable MoD’s strategic users to get access to helicopter-based Satellite Communication links for real-time and assured communications using ISRO's Ku band satellites. Hughes is the world’s largest provider of broadband satellite networks and services. BEL had also received export orders worth US$33 million from Elbit Systems ElectroOptics Limited (ELOP) for the manufacture and supply of state-of-the-art next generation EOIR payloads and another variant of EOIR payload for Airborne applications.

(DSI Journal, Feb 26, 2019)


Bharat Electronics, Anna Varsity build drone with 2 km zoom range


In an example of successful industry-academia partnership, public-sector defence electronics firm Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), has successfully built a tethered drone in collaboration with Anna University.The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called ‘Patang’, which means kite in Hindi, has been developed for surveillance and broadcasting and is ready for commercialisation. The drone, which is customisable, can fly for several hours with the help of a tethered power station and operate at an altitude of 100 meters. The drone is suited for airborne applications that require long endurance, and is built to withstand harsh environments. The applications include border as well as city surveillance, crowd analysis and traffic information, apart from wild animal tracking, reconnaissance and search and rescue during disasters. “We have already tested the prototype and we will commercialise it soon,” said Gunvanta V Mate, project manager at BEL, which demonstrated the indigenously developed blue camouflage-printed drone at the Aero India 2019.

(BS, Feb 26, 2019)


Bangladesh Versus India in the Development Race


There’s an old theory that as an organism develops, it progresses through the same evolutionary stages traveled by its ancestors. Traditionally, economic development has worked in a similar way. When a country first shifts from agrarian poverty to industrialization, it tends to start out in light manufacturing, especially textiles. Later it masters more complex manufactured products, and finally it progresses to inventing its own cutting-edge technology. Thus, each country’s development tends to look a bit that of nations that already went through the process. That certainly seems to describe the experience of South Korea and Taiwan, which reached developed-country status relatively recently. It’s also the path being followed by China. As these countries got richer and their wages rose, low-tech labor-intensive manufacturing industries tended to migrate to countries with cheaper workers. Recently, one of the biggest beneficiaries of this process has been Bangladesh. The garment industry accounts for more than 80 percent of the South Asian nation’s export revenue, and about a fifth of its gross domestic product. In 2017, Bangladesh was the world’s second-largest apparel supplier after China, with 6.5 percent of the market, outpacing neighboring India despite the latter’s much larger economy. 

(Bloomberg, Feb 25, 2019)



We Welcome South Korean Businesses To "The Indian Dream": PM Modi


India-South Korea Ties: PM Narendra Modi said that more than 600 Korean companies such as Hyundai, Samsung and LG Electronics are already invested in India and the prime minister said "we aspire to welcome many more." Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that the Indian economy is based on sound fundamentals and will in the near future double in size to USD 5 trillion, as he highlighted how India is a "land of opportunities" to investors in South Korea. "No other large economy in the world is growing at over 7 per cent year after year," he said at the India-South Korea Business Symposium in Seoul during his visit to the Republic of Korea. Over 600 Korean companies such as Hyundai, Samsung and LG Electronics are already invested in India and the prime minister said "we aspire to welcome many more." "(Car maker) Kia is soon to join this club too," he added. To ease business visits, India since October last year is giving Korean nationals visa on arrival, he said. "The fundamentals of our economy are sound. We are well set to become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the near future," he said.

(NDTV, Feb 21, 2019)



How India and Vietnam can increase bilateral trade


Vietnam is India's fourth largest trading partner in Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)- the first three being Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. The India-Vietnam trade has been consistently growing- clocking double-digit rates. It has grown almost 80 per cent over the last five years. Data from the Indian Department of Commerce shows that trade between India and Vietnam grew 11.5 per cent to USD 14.2 billion in 2018 compared with a year ago. The two countries targeted bilateral trade to hit USD 20 billion by 2020 in 2015. This now seems a little bit of a stretch considering the compounded annual rate of growth since 2013 was 12 per cent and for this to happen, it will have to grow at around 19 per cent per year in the next two years. It should not be a surprise that Vietnam and India currently enjoy strong diplomatic and trade relations. The strong ties date as far back as to the cold war days of the 1950s. India not only supported Vietnam's independence from France, it also objected to the US involvement in Vietnam in the 1960s and was one of the first countries to recognise a united Vietnam in 1975 after the war with the US.

(BS, Feb 25, 2019)


The FDI norms for ecommerce are slowly changing logistics in India


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The latest norms on foreign direct investment (FDI) – which came into force on February 1 – expectedly caused much heartburn for ecommerce companies. The norms barred ecommerce companies from selling products of companies in which they hold stake, and also banned cashbacks, discounts, and exclusive sales etc., which have been the key success factors for ecommerce in India so far. And with ecommerce companies, the norms hit other allied sectors too - specifically, logistics for ecommerce. Some startups in the logistics space tell YourStory that the development affected their day-to-day operations and business volumes. Venu Kondur, Co-founder of logistics technology startup Lobb, says that since the implementation of the new guidelines, order volumes from ecommerce majors have dropped significantly. (Lobb captures consumption and markets data, making it easier for lorry owners, transporters and agents to book loads across regions. It mostly serves the movement between western and southern India.) 

(Your Story, Feb 25, 2019)



India may gain from trade war


After Donald Trump took over the rein of governance in the US, it has started imposing higher import duty on imports coming from the rest of the world. Other countries have also followed the suit and are increasing import tariffs. In this manner, a trade war has started in the world. According to the recent report of the United Nations, India is among some select countries which are going to benefit greatly from the current trade war. The report says that although this trade war will lead to a significant reduction in global trade, India’s exports may grow by 3.5 percent. Although foreign trade remained almost free during the early period of history, i.e. the tariffs or other restrictions on imports coming from other countries were minimal. But later on Governments started imposing heavy import duties coming from other countries and sometimes it took the shape of competitive exercise. Basic idea of imposing tariffs on goods coming from other countries used to be protection of domestic industry from foreign competition. In the meantime, foreign trade theories propounded an understanding developed between economists that if all the nations of the world remove tariffs and non tariff barriers and walk on the path of free trade, then all the countries will benefit because people will get cheaper goods. Countries will achieve the efficiencies in production according to their comparative advantage. Though, there was no flaw in these theories per se, if followed honestly, however problem started when the theory was used by the benefit of a few against interests of many others. For instance, by using this argument of free trade, British Government was able to impose cheaper machine made goods, against the interests of our small artisans and industries. Our industry decayed and dependence on agriculture increased. Economists named it de-industrialization. We can say that the industrialization of India ended due to free trade. Under the pressure of nationalist leaders in the freedom struggle, the foreign Government was forced to impose tariff on goods coming from England, what was termed as discriminatory tariff, and that was the time when modern textile, sugar, cement and paper industries started getting established.

(Daily Excelsior.com, Feb 25, 2019)



Rafael wins $30m Indian Air Force communications deal


Israeli defense electronics company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has handed its first order for production of hundreds of advanced communications systems, for the Indian Air Force, to its new ARC subsidiary in India. The order amounts to $30 million. The subsidiary will employ hundreds of workers in Hyderabad in southern India. The system is based on information that Rafael will transfer to India under an agreement signed with the Indian authorities in 2017. Rafael's innovative BNet communications systems, which are classified as software, were adapted to the operational requirements of the Indian Air Force. Rafael told "Globes" today that these systems will supplement the advanced radio capabilities of Indian warplanes, while substantially extending their activity, without being detected by the enemy's systems. In addition to production of these systems, the contract signed by Rafael also includes maintaining the systems and assistance given by Rafael to Indian Air Force personnel. The first production order by Rafael to its subsidiary was made in the framework of a festive event during the prestigious Euro-India defense exhibition in Bangalore in recent days. Rafael CEO Maj. Gen. (res.) Yoav Har-Even said that ARC's activity reflected the important ties between Rafael and India through other companies operating there. 

(Globes, Feb 24, 2019)


Developing countries like India bear the brunt of global e-waste


Countries like Australia, China and the United States produce most of the world’s e-waste, but it’s developing countries like India that bear the brunt. India has a massive pile of e-waste of its own but it has also become the dumping ground for other developed countries. 

The World Economic Forum highlights the challenges of global e-waste in its ‘A New Circular Vision for Electronics’ report. The report asserts that as the use of technology grows, so do the threats concerned with e-waste. One of the biggest being the illegal movement of e-waste from developed countries to their developing counterparts. 

The complex web of transshipment ports makes detection of e-waste by authorities a considerable hurdle. Nearly 1.3 million tonnes of discarded electronic products make their way out of the European Union without documentation. E-waste, or electronic waste, refers to all electronic equipment that’s been discarded by users with no intentions of reuse. This includes everything from smaller items like lamps and phones to larger appliances like televisions, refrigerators and washing machines. 

(Business Insider, Feb 20, 2019)


Apple fails to establish foothold in market share, local production and retail presence in India 


Two years ago, when Apple chief executive Tim Cook met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India’s message was clear: Tell us what’s needed to promote local manufacturing and we will do it. The Cupertino, California-based company, though, has since realised that the government won’t tailor rules for one company, and that the PM simply meant ease of doing business. Now, Apple is looking for a Plan B in a country that not only offers volumes but has the potential to be a manufacturing base in the backdrop of US-China trade tensions. The circumstances are not happy for the phone maker. Already hit by a longer replacement cycle for its phones the world over, Apple has been struggling to sell in India, a market that has a plethora of less expensive, but equally feature rich options, from Chinese players.  Last year, Apple took things into its own hands. Veteran Michel Coulomb got charge of India operations with clear directions to clean up the mess — stop rampant deep discounts that were hurting the brand and leading to price fluctuations, and conjure up a new India strategy.  

(ET, Feb 20, 2019)



India has potential to become $1 trillion digital economy by 2025: Report


India can create up to $1 trillion of economic value from the digital economy in 2025, with half of the opportunity originating in new digital ecosystems, a recent study by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and McKinsey & Co has found. The report, titled "India's Trillion-Dollar Digital Opportunity" was released in Mumbai by the Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad, at the ongoing Nasscom Technology and Leadership Forum. The study finds that India is among the top three global economies in terms of number of digital consumers. The report said India had 560 million internet subscriptions in 2018, up from 238.71 million in 2013, making it the second-largest internet subscriptions market in the world.  India also has the second-fastest growth rate of digital adoption in the comparison set, which considered 17 mature and emerging digital economies including Brazil, China, Indonesia, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States. India’s digital index score, measured on digital foundation, digital reach and digital value, moved from 17 in 2014 to 32 in 2017 (on a scale of 0 to 100), the second-fastest rise after Indonesia.

(BS, Feb 20, 2019)




U.S.-China Trade War to Spark Manufacturing Spin-Off in India?


Global electronics contract manufacturers are planning substantial investment in India with a total of around $1 billion over the next five years to expand their production facilities in India. Taiwan-based Wistron and Foxconn have applied to the government to invest around $700 million and $350 million respectively. This comes under an incentive package that can give these companies benefits of $140 million and $70 million respectively, according to a report in the Economic Times. Wistron is likely to begin manufacturing iPhone 8 in the country while Foxconn plans to support higher levels of manufacturing for existing clients such as Xiaomi and Nokia phones. And, these are just big ticket investments. There are several, particularly in the mobile space right from Samsung and Xiaomi to smaller and lesser known brands which have started on the investment road to manufacturing. Interestingly, there are currently 240 companies in India which are making electronic products and about half of them (127 companies) are manufacturing mobile phones with Noida and Greater Noida in northern India emerging as a mobile phone manufacturing hub, having 57 factories alone. 

(ET, Feb 20, 2019)






Information Technology


Compendium on Digital India: Digital Infrastructure


As reported earlier, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has announced the release of a “Digital India Compendium”, titled Digital Bharat, Saksham Bharat. The document outlines the progress of the Digital India initiative. It is divided into two sections, the digital profile of India and the digital profiles of states and union territories in India.It also discusses the country’s digital infrastructure. It said that under Digital India, a key vision area is to provide digital infrastructure as a utility to every citizen, starting from delivering digital identities to 1.3 billion citizens, linking about 250,000 village council through optical fibres. Aadhaar is the world’s largest digital identity programme that provides biometric and demographic based unique digital identity. It creates an identity infrastructure for the delivery of various social welfare programmes. A total of 1.23 billion Aadhaar cards have been generated. Through their Aadhaar cards, citizens have access to a variety of government services such as LPG subsidies, mobile applications (digital payment methods), scholarships, DigiLockers, and bank accounts under the Jan Dhan programme. 

(Open Gov, Feb 24, 2019)


BMC bags silver medal for digital initiative


The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been awarded the Central government’s silver medal for ‘Outstanding Digital Initiative by a Local Body’ in the Digital India Awards held on Friday. In another win, Washington’s Library of Congress has asked for a copy of the BMC’s coffee table book on Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. The Digital India Awards 2018 were organised by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology at New Delhi’s India Habitat Centre.  The awards recognise initiatives of ministries, departments, institutions which have made significant contributions towards implementation of e-Governance and shown an innovative approach to achieve administrative efficiency and transparency, according to the website. The Outstanding Digital Initiative by Local Body award focuses on providing exemplary information quality and extent of services by assessing the service maturity level, service catalogue, transparency, cost effectiveness and efficiency enhancement in terms of service delivery. Entries are assessed on the level of convenience or empowerment provided to the citizen through the initiative. The BMC was awarded the second prize in this category. The award was handed over by Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad and received by Shashi Bala, Head of BMC’s Business Development Cell and Information Technology Director Arun Joglekar.


(The Hindu, Feb 23, 2019)



India should become a data analytics hub: Ravi Shankar Prasad


Union Minister for Electronics & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad,said India should become a data analytics hub on the back of the huge amount of data that Indians are producing. “India has all the potential to become a centre of data analysis. The huge data 1.3 billion Indians are producing. It is a great opportunity,” said Prasad after releasing a report on India’s trillion dollar digital economy at the Nasscom event here. He said the report is not just about digital inclusion but also an opportunity to do business in India. The report stated that India can create up to $1 trillion of economic value from the digital economy in 2025, with half of the opportunity originating in new digital ecosystems that can spring up in diverse sectors of the economy. Currently, India’s digital economy generates about $200 billion of economic value annually largely from existing digital ecosystem comprising of information technology and business process management (IT-BPM), digital communication services (including telecom), e-commerce, domestic electronics manufacturing, digital payments, and direct subsidy transfers. The existing digital ecosystem could contribute up to $500 billion of economic value, but the potential economic value for India could be as much as double that amount — almost $1 trillion— if digital technologies are used to unlock productivity, savings, and efficiency across more diverse sectors such as agriculture, education, energy, financial services, government services, healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, trade, and transportation.  The report stated that India has the second-largest number of instant messaging service users worldwide, behind China, and the most social media users, and Aadhaar, India’s unique digital identity programme, covers more than 1.2 billion people, the largest system of its type globally. 

(ET, Feb 21, 2019)





Duracell Ultra introduced to deliver 100 percent more power to household electronics


Duracell Ultra alkaline batteries are made of refined steel inside of which it consists of zinc, manganese and graphite which are used to convert chemical energy into electrical energy. This optimized design contains 3 key components - the anode, the cathode, and the separator which work together to deliver high power. Months after introducing a new line of power banks in India, leading alkaline battery company Duracell has now announced a new alkaline battery - the Duracell Ultra. Duracell Ultra will provide up to 100 percent more power for the growing need of power-hungry device in the Indian household.  The move to bring a new product comes as Duracell acknowledges the fact that of the 12 battery-powered devices in the average urban Indian home, five demand significantly higher power than the rest. These high drawing devices could range from anything from a remote-controlled toy, game controllers, TV remotes or torches which need higher power consistently.  This is where the new Duracell Ultra alkaline batteries come in. The batteries are made of refined steel inside of which it consists of zinc, manganese and graphite which are used to convert chemical energy into electrical energy. This optimised design contains 3 key components - the anode, the cathode, and the separator - which work together to create a quality battery that delivers strong power.  

(The Mobile India, Feb 20, 2019)




Consumer Electronics




Asia Pacific region is anticipated to witness high growth in the Consumer Electronics Market due to large number of household appliances and smartphone users. The growth is mainly driven by the presence of high population and growing disposable income in economies such as China, India Japan and South Korea. Owing to the expansion of mobile device industries in densely populated countries, the region is expected to dominate the overall market. In addition, the growing demand for headsets from offshoring centers in India and Philippines is forecast to augment the demand. Favorable government initiatives pertaining to the promotion of smart city and smart home technologies is placing a high demand for such products. Technological advancements in devices including smartphones, earphones & headphones, speakers and household appliance is anticipated to fuel the consumer electronics market growth. The growth is also characterized by the improving purchasing power of individuals across emerging economies coupled with the growing penetration of energy-efficient appliances. The rapid proliferation of wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth, provides ample growth opportunities to the industry.

(Techmag, FEB 26, 2019)


Panasonic hopes to sell more ACs this season


Panasonic is hoping to sell more air-conditioners in 2019-20 with the forecast of a harsh summer. Last year, a moderate summer had led to a flat sale of air-conditioners for all major manufacturers, including Panasonic.  Hot summer and strong air-conditioner sales have a high degree of correlation. Financial year 2016 was good for the manufacturers as the summer was hot that year and everyone in the industry benefited. However, 2017 was a moderate year in terms of business and 2018 was bad. This year, we are expecting good demand,” said Gaurav Sah, Business Head, Air Conditioners Group, Panasonic India. In the South, AC sales begins in January and ends in May while in the North, it happens from late February till mid-July, he told BusinessLine. “I have not seen two moderate summer seasons in a row. All manufacturers suffered a setback last April (the highest selling month) where the overall industry slumped by nearly 20 per cent. The industry could not recover last year. We were also in line with the industry trend. However, this year, we expect better sales,” he said. The AC business unit of Panasonic India is likely to clock a 6 per cent revenue growth to Rs.1,225 crore for the current year ending March 31, 2019, as against Rs.1,156 crore in the previous year.


(BusinessLine, Feb 21, 2019)




Samsung showcases India-specific home appliances at Samsung Forum 2019


Samsung Electronics investing big on the underexplored Asian markets has invited business partners in southwestern Asian to its Samsung Forum 2019 held in Porto, Portugal from Feb. 12-22 and showcased a slew of home appliances customized for Indians.  The India-specific show was part of the company’s ‘Make for India’ initiative launched in 2015 to contribute to the quality of life in Indian people with products and services optimized to their lifestyle. The Korean home electronics giant now represents over 30 percent in some key categories in India, including TV and microwave oven. 


(Pulse, Feb 21, 2019)


Brand Journey: How Onida is charting a comeback in India's consumer electronics market


The 38-year-old brand, known for TVs, has been able to turn profitable on the back of the air-conditioner category and hopes to grow its revenue by 20% in the current fiscal. Though the brand wants to appeal to millennials, it will largely focus on TV and print as advertising platforms with hardly any budget for digital. BestMediaInfo.com explores Onida's brand journey and finds out what the future holds for it. If there's any most-prominent comeback story in India's electronics market, it has to be Onida's. The brand, that ruled the Indian TV market for a little less than two decades before losing the ground to Japanese and Korean companies, has charted the path of its solid comeback by turning profitable this fiscal. Established in 1981, Onida soon became the market leader in the electronics industry. But with the coming of MNCs after liberalisation, the competition became stiff for the former. Till the ’90s, the brand remained the market leader. In the 2000s the company lost the ground to competitors. Remember the ‘devil’ mascot of the ’80s, with the tagline ‘neighbour’s envy, owner’s pride’, which made Onida an aspirational TV brand? The same devil has again brought Onida back to the forefront. Though not as much an aspirational brand, but an affordable one.


(Best Media Info, Feb 20, 2019)






Overseas Shows



China International PCB and Assembly Show (CPCA Show)



China Printed Circuit Association (CPCA)







Venue & City


National Convention & Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China








electronica China 2019



Messe Munchen







Venue & City


Shanghani New International Expo Centre









KPCA Show 2019 (Int’l Electronic Circuits and Packaging Show)



Korea Printed Circuit Association







Venue &   City


KINTEX Exhibition Center, Goyang, Gyeonggi, Korea



http://www.kpcashow.com/eng/main.asp https://www.ces.tech

Domestic Shows  




Electronica India 2019



Messe Muenchen India









Greater Noida, Delhi NCR, India






SECTION - V - ELCINA EVENTS, ACTIVITIES & SERVICES                                          

“10th Source India – Electronics Supply Chain”

15th February 2019

@ Hotel Green Park, Chennaig 

10th Source India - Electronics Supply Chain” scheduled on 15th February 2019 @ the Hotel Green Park, Chennai. The event theme focused on “Source Locally….Supply Globally”. The event was inaugurated by Thiru M. C. Sampath, Hon’ble Minister for Industries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. 

In addition to the Inaugural Session, the Conference comprised of two panel discussions on Significance of a “Value Added Electronics Manufacturing – Components, Raw Materials & EMS” and “Key Segments driving Electronics Manufacturing in India”. 

Program Details:

§  A Conference on “Source Locally….Supply Globally”.

§  A mini exhibition to showcase opportunities for buyers and sellers.

§  Pre-arranged Business to Business Meetings at Buyer Seller Meet.

§  Reserved Buyer-Seller Meeting Area for pre-arranged meetings.

§  Industry Networking Session

§  Opportunity for informal meetings and networking.


The Source India Electronics Supply Chain witnessed strong participation by over 250 delegates, 18 buyer companies and 125+ ESDM Supply Chain related companies. The Conference hosted eminent speakers from industry and Government. The Buyer Seller Meet witnessed keen interest with each Buyer having 12-15 meetings adding up-to over 200 meetings in an intense session.


In addition to the Inaugural Session, the Conference comprised of two panel discussions on Value Added Electronics Manufacturing & Key Segments Driving Electronics Manufacturing in India.


We would like to thank all our Government & Industry Sponsors, Speakers, Exhibitors, Delegates & Buyers for wholeheartedly contributing to the success of this event.



Glimpses of Source India 2019


Inaugural Session




Session I – Value Added Electronics Manufacturing – Components, Raw Materials & EMS



Session II – Key Segments Driving Electronics Manufacturing in India




Members Presenting ELCINA’s Recommendations for Tamil Nadu Electronics & Hardware Policy to the Hon’ble Industry Minister Release of 32nd Edition of ELCINA Directory 2019 by Guest of Honour - Mr. N. Muruganandam, IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries Department, Govt. of Tamil Nadu Nadu


Exhibition Stalls @ 10th Source India



One-to-One Meetings during Buyer-Seller Meet





First ELCINA Western Region Meeting

Date : 18th January, 2019,

Venue : Hotel Suncity Premiere, Mumbai 

We are pleased to inform you that First Western Region Meeting of ELCINA Members held on 18th January, 2019 @ Hotel Sunicty Premiere, Mumbai. Mr. Vijay Gujarathi, Chairman of ELCINA Western Region welcomes the delegates and Mr. Amrit Manwani, President-ELCINA gave the Keynote Address. 

Industry & Policy Updates were given by Mr. Rajoo Goel, Secretary General, ELCINA. A special presentation on Components were given by Mr. Nirbhay Gopal, Director,  Vishay Components India Pvt Ltd. during the meet. 

The main Agenda of the First Western Region Meeting was:

  • Member Introduction

  • Industry and Policy updates from ELCINA

  • Way forward for the Western Region.

Total 18 delegates were present in the Western Region Meet.  

Glimpses of ELCINA Western Region Meeting



ELCINA-CKM recently successfully conducted In-House Training Programs on SPC, MSA & 7 QC Tools on 11th – 14th February, 2019 @ CII Guardian International Limited Kochi, Kerala

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


Quality Improvement Techniques - Core Tools


SPC - Statistical Process Control



7 QC Tools - Problem Solving Techniques



FMEA - Product & Process



RCA & CAPA - Root Cause Analysis / Corrective Action Plan



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



Global 8 D - Problem Solving Techniques



Reliability Testing & Certification for LED Lighting Products



Six Sigma Methodology for Process Improvement









5 S



Six Sigma - Green Belt



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



Environment Testing for Electronics Products & Components as per IS Standards



ISO 9001:2015 Requirements & Implementation



ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Course



ISO 14001:2015 EMS - Environment Management System



Internal Audit Training



Environment & Health - EHS Legal Requirement


Manufacturing - Productivity & Cost





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



Equipment Maintenance - Autonomous Maintenance Methodology



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



Production Capacity Enhancement with Flow Manufacturing



Vendor Evaluation Technique



Material Handling & Warehouse Management



Lean Manufacturing






Value Stream Mapping



Just in Time Manufacturing Methodologies



Principles in KANBAN



Reduction of Set-up Time - Use of SMED


Soft Skills


Internal Communication Skills & Building High Performance Team



Personality Enrichment & Leadership Skills



Business Time & Stress Management



Conflict Management



Assertiveness and Dealing with Difficult Situations



Shop Floor Management Skills



Motivation Skills



Time Management & Stress Management



Team Building for High Performance



Building Better Work Relationship



Conflict Resoultion at Work - Techniques



Pesonality Development



Managerial Effectiveness



Influencing & Persuading Others



Business Communication



Internal Effective Communication



Leadership Development for Organisational Success



Leadership for Young Managers



Please click the link below for more training programs


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





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. Teknik Electromeconic Pvt Ltd, Bangalore

  3. SGS Tekniks Manufacturing Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon

  4. Deki Electronics Ltd, Noida

  5. EMI Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore

  6. Elin Electronics Ltd, New Delhi

  7. Syrma Technology Pvt. Ltd., Chennai

  8. Bhagyashree Industries, Secunderabad

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)




Three 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.



“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;



“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



 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:


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


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