VOL XVIII, ISSUE 12

30 June 2019

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India plans to offer incentives to companies moving from China

 

India is weighing offering incentives to attract companies moving out of China amid its trade war with the US, a person familiar with the development said. Financial incentives such as preferential tax rates and the tax holiday provided by Vietnam to lure companies are among measures being considered, the person said, asking not to be identified as the discussion is still private. Industries identified for incentives include electronics, consumer appliances, electric vehicles, footwear and toys, according to a trade ministry document seen by Bloomberg. Economies, including Vietnam and Malaysia, have benefited from businesses trying to sidestep tariffs, while India has largely missed out on any investment gains. The trade ministry’s effort is part of a larger plan to cut reliance on imports, while boosting exports, and needs Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s approval. The trade ministry didn’t immediately respond to an email and a call seeking comment. Other measures include setting up affordable industrial zones across India’s coastline and giving preference to local manufacturers in government procurement as an incentive to win over companies looking for an alternative production base, according to the trade ministry document circulated to stakeholders.

(Livemint, June 25, 2019)

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MSMEs file 668 plaints against BSNL to recover dues

 

As many as 668 complaints have been filed by the micro, small and medium businesses (MSME) against the state-controlled Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), a highest for any Central public sector enterprise, to recover their outstanding, following government’s non-clearance of Rs 3,300 credit to the telco. Of the 668 grievances, only one has been resolved so far while 27 of them have been rejected, according to the MSME Samadhaan, a delayed payment monitoring system maintained by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. 
The state-owned operator, which is seeing squeezed cash flow over the last few months on the back of non-availability of competitive fourth-generation or 4Gservices and stalled government-funded programs have so far not received sanction for Rs 3,300 crore worth loan from the government. In addition, BSNL had sought Rs 2,400 crore as interest on the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum and Rs 2,300 crore as excess sum taken by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) towards pension contribution from 2007 onwards which has also been dragged despite the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) intervention.

(ET, June 24, 2019)

 

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Trade winds: Big jump in electronics exports allays deficit fears

 

Massive electronics imports and their debilitating impact on trade balance have long pressured the country’s current account, but a spurt in electronics exports since last year has pleasantly surprised policymakers. Having jumped 39% year-on-year to a record $8.9 billion in FY19, electronics exports surged 28% y-o-y in April to $715 million and an impressive 51% in May to $911 million, according to “quick estimates” by the commerce ministry. In contrast, total goods exports grew just 0.6% in April and 3.9% in May. Exports of telecom instruments, including mobile phones, jumped almost 70% to $195.3 million in April (up to which segregated data are available), while electronics instruments saw an over 27% rise to $228.3 million — albeit on low bases. “The electronics segment is turning out to be one of the biggest drivers of our merchandise export growth, as far as high-value categories are concerned. It could be a success story of Make in India, as local assembly/production has gone up, leading to higher exports,” a senior commerce ministry official told FE. For instance, Samsung last year expanded its mobile phone factory in Noida, touted to be the world’s largest, to double its capacity to make cell phones from 68 million units to 120 million units a year, in a phase-wise expansion that will be completed by 2020.

 

(FE, June 24, 2019)

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Vedanta’s $10 billion LCD project may fall flat

 

The Vedanta Group’s $10 billion project to set up India’s first plant to make flat panel displays for televisions from scratch is likely to be scrapped after failing to obtain subsidies under the government’s Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS), two senior executives said. The ministry of electronics and IT had turned down the application for subsidies because it didn’t meet conditions, they said. India currently imports TV display panels from China, Taiwan and South Korea, resulting in an estimated outflow of about $6 billion.  While the government is trying to promote localization of TV panel manufacturing under the Make in India initiative, this was the only project at an advanced sta-ge of implementation. Some other proposals for making such displays are said to be under evaluation.  TV manufacturers undertake some end-stage assembly of panels imported in the open-cell state.  Vedanta Group company Twin Star Display Technologies was expecting a 25% capital subsidy and reimbursements of duties and taxes under M-SIPS, said the executives, who were earlier attached to the project. These incentives once approved were to be available for 10 years but without them the financial viability of the country’s largest electronics manufacturing investment was called into question.


(ET, June 25, 2019)

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India has the potential to be a 1 trillion-dollar digital economy - Ravi Shankar Prasad

 

 India needs a 'New Regulatory Framework' for the digital world, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad 'Minister of Law and Justice', 'Communications' and 'Electronics and IT' said while addressing industry leaders at the second national council meeting of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

 

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Elaborating further he informed that laws like the Indian IT law as well as the data protection law need to be upgraded.

His ministry has finalized the data protection law which will soon be taken to the cabinet and parliament for approval.  Speaking on the importance of data, he said that many consider data as the 'new oil'. Emphasizing the importance of data security, he said India generates a lot of data and data sovereignty will not be negotiable. While some data mobility is important, we need to have reciprocity. We will keep data availability, utility, innovation, localization and security in sync'. The minister said that areas of data availability, data innovation, its security and utility are increasingly becoming important. Elaborating further he said areas as varied as child health and nutrition and financial services have high degree of data. Importance and utility. Outlining the government's stance, he said those who seek to indulge in data commerce need to follow the rules of the game set by the government. 

 

(BS, June 15, 2019)

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Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology finalizes Data Protection Bill

 

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has finalized the much-anticipated Personal Data Protection Bill, Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday. The next required step is a Cabinet approval before the Bill goes to the Parliament. "We have finalized the data protection law. I will take it to the Cabinet. We have had 3-4 rounds of consultation," Prasad said while addressing the CII's National Council meeting.  Emphasizing on data security and the country's hold over its data, the Minister said: "India will uphold its data sovereignty. It will not be negotiable. India is a huge country producing a lot of data." Prasad acknowledged that "some degree of data movement was important in the digital world", but noted that it would be based upon reciprocity and understanding. The draft Personal Data Protection Bill, submitted to the government by the Justice B. N. Krishna Committee in July last year, sets out how the personal data of individuals should be processed by the government and private entities incorporated in India and abroad. Prasad said that along with data security, the focus should also be on data availability, utility, innovation and localization. He also emphasized on the need for data anonymity. Giving an analogy, Prasad, who also holds the telecom and law portfolios, said: "To have due research in a particular financial area, we must have objective data, but the occupant and owners of that data must be kept out of public gaze."

(India TV, June 16, 2019)

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Data storage rules out of e-commerce policy

 

In a major change from the e-commerce policy draft, commerce minister Piyush Goyal has decided to keep data localization norms out of the final policy, leaving the proposed data protection legislation to deal with the matter. In a meeting with 25 major e-commerce players, including Amazon and Flipkart, Goyal said data protection would now be handled by the nodal ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY), which is working on a data protection bill, two industry representatives who attended the meeting said on condition of anonymity. “This is a positive development. There were conflicting provisions in the draft e-commerce policy and the Personal Data Protection Bill. To have one point of reference for data-related issues is always welcome," said one of the participants cited above. Separately, Flipkart Group CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy, who was one of the participants, said in a statement: “We appreciate the initiative of commerce minister Mr Piyush Goyal to engage in a candid, positive and progressive discussion aimed at creating a vibrant e-commerce market and Digital India. We look forward to working with the ministry and many other stakeholders to realize this growth dream."

 

(LiveMint, June 26, 2019)

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E-waste Recycling 101: Where to Donate Your Old Electronics, Phones in India

 

Managing plastic waste has become a critical part of our discourse on waste management, and that’s a positive thing. However, e-waste must also enter that critical conversation as it contains heavy metals and other toxic chemicals like mercury, lead, and sulphur that pose a real danger to our environment. According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, the country is expected to produce 3.3 million tonnes of e-waste containing toxic metals and chemicals by the end of 2018.  

(The Better India, June 25, 2019)

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52% employees willing to forfeit more than 10% of salary for job security: Survey

 

Good salaries are the biggest pull factor for employees, reveals the Randstad Employer Brand Research 2019 survey. The survey was conducted among 2 lakh respondents in 32 countries. In India, the survey included 3,500 respondents. The survey found that the most attractive sectors are information technology, IT-enabled services, telecom (67 percent), retail, fast moving consumer goods, e-commerce (67 percent), and auto (66 percent). Here are other findings from the survey. 

Most attractive employers :

Amazon, Microsoft, Sony, Mercedes Benz, IBM

Most attractive sectors :IT, ITeS, Telecom: 67%, Retail, FMCG & e-commerce: 67%, Auto: 66%, 45% of employees plan to change employer by next year
52% are willing to forfeit more than 10% of salary for job security. 

(ET, June 24, 2019)

 

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Continental Displays Futuristic Mobility Technologies And We Ride Their Electric Scooter

 

Continental Automotive India showcased its technologies through an event held in Bangalore today. The event named Tech Tatva held at Continental's campus at Electronic City in Bangalore was a combined effort made by all the departments and subsidiaries of the German brand to showcase all the futuristic technologies they have been working on. The exhibition was an internal exhibition and did not involve outsiders. Continental is one of the world's leading automotive component suppliers. Continental's reach among the masses is to the extent that almost all cars out on the road would have at least one component manufactured by Continental. The German marque is essentially focused on the development and supply of electrical components and software systems as well. Major automotive brands across the world rely on Continental for their reliable ECUs, turbochargers, fuel-injection systems, electronic hardware, automotive computing systems, etc. At Tech Tatva, Continental displayed all of their technology currently being used in the market as well as those that are yet to be launched. This meant, the best automotive technologies for internal combustion engine as well as for electric vehicles were under one roof.

(DivineSpark.com, June 23, 2019)

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Samsung’s labor violations gone global

 

Samsung is exploiting the young people of Asia, while crossing the boundary from the ethically dubious to the outright illegal. Youth who are hired as irregular workers stick with grueling jobs with the hope of a permanent position only to be kicked out of the job when they reach their mid-20s. Though Samsung prides itself on being one of the world’s leading companies, its working conditions are barely sufficient for these workers to keep food on the table. At Samsung Electronics plants in India, Vietnam, and Indonesia, Hankyoreh reporters found that the company was engaged in various activities that either skirted local laws and international standards or overtly violated them. Workers at plants in these countries shared their personal experiences with violations of minimum wage and probationary worker laws, forced labor, unfair termination, and verbal abuse, among other matters. At the Samsung Electronics plant in Cikarang, West Java, Indonesia, six-month contracts were a common occurrence. The goal was to slam workers during the peak period, between July and December, and then avoid the religious holiday allowance that’s paid once a year, as a kind of bonus, in January. Local workers said that foreign companies typically offer one-year contracts and that Samsung is the only one with contracts that are six months long or even shorter. The Cikarang factory produces 1.8 million mobile phones and other electronic goods each year, supplying the domestic market. 

 

(Hankeyorah, June 23, 2019)

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ONGC may buy CCDs of its unit

 

Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd (ONGC) may buy₹5,615 crore worth of compulsorily convertible debentures (CCDs) of ONGC Petro additions Ltd (OPaL) after failing to find an equity investor for its petrochemicals arm, said two people directly aware of the matter. The planned tranche of CCDs issued in 2016 is part of a ₹7,286-crore CCD programme of OPal, a joint venture between ONGC (49.4%), GAIL (India) Ltd ( 49.2%), and Gujarat State Petroleum Corp. Ltd (1.4%). OPaL used the proceeds to partially finance project expenditures and repay loans. CCDs are financial instruments that have the feature of compulsory conversion into equity as per terms and are treated as quasi-equity. The CCDs have an unconditional and irrevocable mandatory put option on OPaL’s sponsors, ONGC, for the buy-out of the CCDs at the end of the 35th month from the deemed date of allotment, as well as the undertaking to fund the coupon payment, according to the terms of issuance. The sponsor would also have the right to buy out the CCDs at the end of the 24th, 30th, and 35th months from the deemed date of allotment, according to corporate filings. The CCDs have a tenor of 36 months from the deemed date of allotment and do not have any conversion option for the period it is held. The ONGC board could, however, also consider extending the tenor of the CCDs, said the people cited above.

 

(Livemint, June 23, 2019)

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India and Australia could strike first lithium deal

 

India and Australia are joining forces in a deal which could see Australian lithium used in the first Indian refinery to produce battery-grade material for electric cars. Neometals, an Australian company with an interest in the Mount Marion lithium mine near Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, has partnered with New Delhi’s Manikaran Power to fund a feasibility study into developing India’s first lithium refinery. The study could take 18-24 months and is expected to make an investment decision in first half of 2021. Australia has lithium reserves of an estimated 2.7 million tonnes, mostly in the state of Western Australia, near state capital Perth. Thus far, most of the nation’s lithium projects have been with Chinese and American partners and the proposed tie-up could lead to the first lithium deal between an Australian and Indian company. If the lithium project study results in a 50:50 joint venture, the Australian company would provide its skills in mining and early-stage processing of lithium ore with its Indian partner taking the lead in financing at least half the capital cost as well as securing regulatory approvals. “Neometals and Manikaran hold a common belief in the future demand for lithium driven by the electrification of transport and storage of renewable energy,” said Chris Reed, CEO of Neometals, in an announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange yesterday. “Given India’s growth projections for electric vehicle and lithium battery manufacturing capacity, this opportunity to partner in India’s first domestic lithium development and potentially realize value from downstream processing [of] our off take option from Mount Marion is compelling. Manikaran has significant on-the-ground presence and commercial standing in India to assist with site location, regulations, access to finance, utilities and reagents, and is part of a group of companies with broad competencies that enhance their value proposition as partners.”

(PV Magazine, June 21, 2019)

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Five ways to safely dispose of your electronic waste

 

Rapid advances in technology mean electronic devices become obsolete very quickly, often within 2 years. Rising income levels and the relative affordability of electronics allow more and more people to purchase electronic goods. Disposing of obsolete devices is a challenge because they contain lead, beryllium, brominated flame retardants, mercury, cadmium, and other deadly chemicals. When e-waste is disposed of in landfills, these chemicals can seep into the ground contaminating water used to supply homes and much else. In India, approximately 2 million tons of e-waste is generated annually of which nearly 82% comprises of personal devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and screens. Globally India is the 5th largest producer of e-waste. Annually only 1.5% of e-waste generated in India is recycled- the unorganized sector is a major culprit behind improper disposal of e-waste. If e-waste is simply stored it doesn't pose any hazard, however, when it is improperly handled and disposed of the chemicals it contains pose a serious hazard. Not only does improper handling of e-waste allow dangerous chemicals to seep into the soil and groundwater, but it also leads to wastage of base metals which can be reused. Thankfully, there are steps people can take to dispose of e-waste in an environmentally friendly manner.

 

(Business Today, June 20, 2019)

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Auto cos look to pare EV HR costs by reskilling

 

Automobile sales may be falling, but the demand for skilled professionals in the electric vehicles (EV) sector is rising. The likes of Tata Motors NSE 0.09 %, Maruti Suzuki NSE -0.27 %, Mahindra & Mahindra and Continental India are feeling the pinch. These companies — gearing up to meet demand for EVs — are building a talent pool by aggressively reskilling existing workforce and by training fresh graduates.  Only 30,000 EV experts are currently employed across companies in the sector, with recruitment and staffing firms Xpheno and Team Lease Services pegging the shortage at about 40%. “Many parallel projects that have kicked off at the same time have placed a sudden demand on this niche talent pool, leading to some unmet demand for good talent in the EV space,” said Shailesh Chandra, president, electric mobility business and corporate strategy, Tata Motors.  The EV industry needs people with know-how from multiple disciplines including power electronics, mechanical, electro-chemistry and embedded software. “EV research and development being a technology of interdisciplinary sciences, there is a pertinent challenge to acquire talent in the domains,” said Rajeshwar Tripathi, chief people officer, Mahindra & Mahindra. 

 

(ET, June 15, 2019)

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Information Technology

 

MeitY expenditure under Digital India at Rs 3,328 cr in 2018-19: Ravi Shankar Prasad 

 

The electronics and IT ministry's expenditure under the Digital India programme more than doubled to over Rs 3,328 crore in FY2018-19 from the previous fiscal, Parliament was informed Thursday.  "The expenditure by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) under Digital India programme was Rs 1,452.70 crore (FY2015-16), Rs 1,217.65 crore (FY2016-17), Rs 1,407.19 crore (FY2017-18) and Rs 3,328.57 crore (FY2018-19)," Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. Digital India is an umbrella programme that covers multiple projects of various ministries and government departments. "Each project has its own budgetary requirement and accordingly, project-plan has been charted out by the implementing Ministry/departments and budget details are being maintained by concerned ministries/departments and states/union territories," the minister said. Prasad said under the Digital India programme, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has effectively utilised digital technologies to transform lives of people, while ensuring digital inclusion of all the segments.  He pointed out that 123 crore (as on June 24, 2019) residents have been provided with biometric-based digital identity as compared to 61 crore in 2013-14.  

(ET, June 27, 2019)

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Budget 2019: India’s Achilles heel? How Modi govt. can check rising imports of electronic goods

 

In his first term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi set an ambitious target of increasing the share of manufacturing sector in the country’s GDP to 25%. He also launched his flagship initiative Make in India in September 2014 with the aim to increase the share of manufacturing in the country’s GDP to 25% by 2022 when India completes 75 years of its independence. However, the share of manufacturing in India’s GDP continued to stuck in the range of 16-17% during his first tenure. Industry has high hopes from the first budget of Modi 2.0 government to revive the sagging manufacturing sector. Modi government had announced phased manufacturing programme (PMP) in the Union budget of 2015-16 to increase the manufacturing of mobile handsets and other components in the country. In 2018 budget, then finance minister Arun Jaitley extended the tax relief to companies with a turnover of less than Rs 250 crore. The corporate tax rate was cut from 30% to 25% on these companies and the same relief was extended to new manufacturing companies without any turnover limit. However, according to industry bodies, raising import duty on cheap foreign imports, particularly from cheap Chinese imports will be much more effective way in supporting the domestic manufacturing rather than lowering the income tax on the companies below a certain threshold of income.

 

(FE, June 26, 2019)

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Govt. plans Rs 15,000 cr investment for one lakh digital villages

 

The government plans to set the ball rolling for setting up 100,000 digital villages as early as next month. A proposal for Rs 15,000 crore has been prepared by CSC eGovernance Services India Ltd, which will be the nodal point for digital villages project. The main objective of digital villages (Digi Gaons) is to transform rural villages of India into smart villages through use of ICT applications, besides promotion of a self-sustainable service model for people residing in these areas. Also, a digital village will offer a one-stop service solution for rural people, through Common Service Centers (CSCs) run a by a village level entrepreneur, for services such as tele-education, telemedicine, financial services, internet connectivity and other G2C/B2C services which are easily accessible online at an affordable price. And not to mention, it will reduce the digital divide and enable rural citizens to avail all services as available to urban people.

(DNA, June 24, 2019)

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Only 50% of investments in IT sector realized

 

Only about 50% of the investments committed in the Information Technology (IT) sector during the first Global Investors Meet (GIM) in 2015 has come through. Against a signed commitment for investments for Rs.10,950 crore as on June 18, 2019, the IT sector managed to bring in only ₹5,455 crore, providing employment to over 71,769 people. According to data provided by Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd (ELCOT) in response to an RTI query filed by The Hindu, during the GIM in 2015, the State government signed 17 MoUs in the IT space.Of the 17 firms, nine companies, including Zoho Group, Cognizant Technology Solutions, HCL Corporation, DLF Infocity Developers, Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd, Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd, have started work. The MoUs were supposed to generate over two lakh jobs in Tamil Nadu. A government official said the firms that commenced work pumped in 40-60% of the investments they had promised. “They are doing it in a phased manner,” he said. The MoU inked by Wipro Limited (Rs.600 crore) is under implementation. Ditto is the case with Horizon Properties Private Limited, a group company of Raheja Corpn Private Limited (Rs.400 crore), and W.S. Electric Ltd (RMZ) (Rs.1,062 crore).

(The Hindu, June 24, 2019)

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Japan’s Fuji Electric buys Chennai-based UPS maker Consul Neowatt

 

 

Tokyo-headquartered Fuji Electric is set to acquire power electronics manufacturer Consul Neowatt Power Solutions in a bid to expand its power electronics systems business in India. The firm has entered into agreement with Peepul Capital Fund III and individual shareholders for the transaction. Reports indicate the transaction happened at Rs 720 crore. Consul Neowatt Power Solutions (CNPS) is a manufacturer of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems in India with its headquarters in Chennai. It was founded in 1981 and has about 810 employees. The firm supplies power electronic solutions to customers across industry verticals in manufacturing, healthcare, social infrastructure, and other segments requiring power quality solutions. The company acquired Pune-based Megatech in 2013 and merged with Neowatt in 2014. Post that, the company’s name was changed from Consul Consolidated to Consul Neowatt Power Solutions in 2014. Post the acquisition by Fuji Electric, the new company is to be named as Fuji Consul Neowatt Power Solutions in which 99.99% will be held by Fuji Electric while 0.01% will be held by Fuji Electric India.

(FE, June 21, 2019)

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Goa’s pioneering EV tourism initiative gathers steam

 

Seven months ago Goa, India’s smallest state, launched the country’s first electric vehicle tourism initiative to little fanfare. However, some 1,500 tours have already been booked and the EV model has been replicated in Puducherry and Gujarat, with Karnatakaand Punjab tying loose ends for their own launches soon. In November, Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd – which bills itself as an India electric vehicle tourism pioneer – partnered with the Goa Tourism Development Corporation to establish the country’s first EV tourism infrastructure. Called B: Live, the initiative offers tours on electric bikes equipped with GPS trackers and battery-powered motors for speeds up to 25kmh as well as electronic disc brakes for enhanced safety. ‘E hubs’ fashioned from recycled shipping containers serve as charging points and tourist centers and are solar powered, eco-friendly facilities offering free Wi-Fi, tourist services and insider guides to Goa. “B: Live tours have received a great response from both foreign and national tourists,” Nikhil Desai, managing director of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation told pv magazine. “It gets about 60% domestic and 40% international tourists. They have been voted as #2 in outdoor activities in Goa by Trip Advisor. B: Live tours have also gained popularity amongst corporates for team outbound and employee engagement activities.

 

(PV Magazine, June 21, 2019)

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Telecom

 

MSMEs file 668 plaints against BSNL to recover dues

 

As many as 668 complaints have been filed by the micro, small and medium businesses (MSME) against the state-controlled Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), a highest for any Central public sector enterprise, to recover their outstanding, following government’s non-clearance of Rs 3,300 credit to the telco. Of the 668 grievances, only one has been resolved so far while 27 of them have been rejected, according to the MSME Samadhaan, a delayed payment monitoring system maintained by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.  The state-owned operator, which is seeing squeezed cash flow over the last few months on the back of non-availability of competitive fourth-generation or 4Gservices and stalled government-funded programs have so far not received sanction for Rs 3,300 crore worth loan from the government. In addition, BSNL had sought Rs 2,400 crore as interest on the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum and Rs 2,300 crore as excess sum taken by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) towards pension contribution from 2007 onwards which has also been dragged despite the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) intervention.

(ET, June 24, 2019)

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Huawei offers to sign 'no-backdoor' pact with India govt, telcos to underline security commitment: CEO

 

Huawei has offered to sign a ‘no-backdoor agreement’, which will stipulate that it will not allow any snooping on its network or handing over of data, with the Indian government and mobile phone companies and has urged its rivals such as Nokia and Ericsson from Europe to follow the same approach. “I would like to propose to the industry, no matter which country you are from, let's sign the ‘no backdoor agreements’ with our customers and the Indian government to give the commitment, confidence and trust. We encourage other vendors and OEMs (original equipment makers) to sign these pacts,” Huawei India Chief Executive Jay Chen told ET. “I am ready to sign one today.” Last month Huawei chairman Liang Hua had said his company was willing to sign ‘no spy agreements’ with governments to meet the no spy, no backdoor standard. There have been widespread concerns that the Chinese government can misuse the company’s products and equipment for surveillance and espionage, a charge the company has repeatedly denied. 

(ET, June 24, 2019)

 

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Trai seeks views on allotting 700 Mhz to railways; DoT says will cost govt. over Rs.1 lakh cr

 

The telecom regulator has sought stakeholder views on the pros and cons of allotting a chunk of valuable spectrum in the 700 Mhz band for free to the railwaysfor passenger safety and security applications. The government though believes such a move could potentially rob the central exchequer of an over Rs 1 lakh-crore revenue opportunity as it braces to auction these premium airwaves later this year for 4G and 5G services. The railways has urged the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to reserve a total 15 units of 700 Mhz spectrum, and initially allot 10 units free of cost, on grounds that such 4G-LTE airwaves are required for passenger security and safety in public interest. DoT, on its part, referred the matter to the telecom regulator in February, but said if the railways’ request is heeded; the residual quantum of airwaves in the 700 Mhz band could prove insufficient for 4G and 5G services, and further jack up the price of this expensive spectrum.

 

(ET, June 24, 2019)

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Xiaomi component supplier, Holitech, to invest $200 mn in country over 3 years

 

Expanding its manufacturing base in India, Xiaomi on Saturday announced that Holitech Technology, a global component supplier, has inaugurated its first component manufacturing plant in India. Holitech Technology has established its operations in Greater Noida and was first invited by Xiaomi in Q1 2018 to investigate local manufacturing opportunities during its ‘Supplier Investment Summit’. Holitech Technology is to invest nearly $200 million over three years in the country and would manufacture Compact Camera Modules (CCM), Capacitive Touch Screen modules (CTP), Thin Film Transistors (TFT), Flexible Printed Circuits (FPC), and fingerprint modules, locally. The local manufacturing plant is ready and would commence production within Q3, 2019 and it aims to generate 6,000 jobs in three years. The component manufacturing plant is spread across four factories and spans over 25,000 sq m in Greater Noida and will start mass production with a capacity of over 300 million components annually. The plant also boasts of class 1000 and class 100 clean rooms, an industry first. A clean room is a contained space where provisions are made to reduce particulate contamination and control other environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity and pressure. 

(BusinessLine, June 15, 2019)

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Defence & Solar

 

Longi to spend $349m on new 5 GW module fab in Taizhou

 

Chinese solar manufacturer Longi Solar is set to splash another RMB2.4 billion (Rs.2,432 crore) on expanding its mono silicon module production capacity, this time in the Chinese city of Taizhou. The Shanghai-listed solar giant revealed plans to expand its annual production capacity for high efficiency modules with a new factory, warehouse and ancillary facilities to extend its existing base in the city district of Hailing. In an update to the Shanghai exchange on Saturday, Longi admitted: “The above investment in the project may cause pressure on the company’s cash flow” but the mono giant pledged to arrange all necessary funding. Longi Green Energy Technology Co Ltd said the new facilities would “gradually start production in 2020” and, more specifically, no later than six months from now and added full production would be in place no later than two years from now. The stock market update revealed Longi signed a deal a week ago with the people’s government of the district of Hailing under which the solar manufacturer would fund the new fab and own the production equipment while leasing the buildings from the local authority for 20 years before having the option of purchasing the structures or renewing the lease.

(PV Magazine, June 21, 2019)

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Railway Energy tenders 140 MW hybrid project capacities

 

Ministry of Railways joint venture the Railway Energy Management Company has invited bids to develop 140 MW of solar-wind hybrid generation projects. Energy generated by the project capacity, which would be connected to either the inter or intrastate transmission system, will be sold for a maximum tariff of Rs2.70/kWh. The projects that make up the capacity target can be developed anywhere in India although the energy generated will be purchased by the railway zones of Gujarat (Western Railways), Karnataka (Southwestern Railways) and Madhya Pradesh (Western Central Railways), which will enter power purchase agreements with successful bidders. The hybrid project capacity breaks down as 18 MW of solar and 52 MW of wind for Madhya Pradesh, 14 MW of solar and 41 MW of wind for Gujarat plus 3 MW of solar and 12 MW of wind for Karnataka.  The Railway Energy Management Company said bidders would have to compete for the entire capacity of a zone and may also bid for all the capacity on offer, with a bid submission deadline of July 23.Last month, under the auspices of the Indian Railway Solar Mission, Northern Railways invited bids for 133 rooftop solar systems with a capacity no larger than 10 kW and a further 677 five-kilowatt rooftop arrays for a total tender capacity of 4,715 kW.

 

(PV Magazine, June 21, 2019)

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Adani Renewable bags 600 MW wind-solar hybrid project

 

The Adani Renewable Energy Park (Gujarat) unit of Adani Green Energy Limited, has bagged 600 MW of wind-solar hybrid project capacity auctioned by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). Adani will supply electricity for Rs2.69/kWh for 25 years under a power purchase agreement and the project capacity is expected to be commissioned by 2022. “Adani Renewable Energy Park (Gujarat) Ltd (AREPGL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Green Energy, had won bids for setting up 600 MW ISTS [inter-state transmission system] connected wind-solar hybrid power projects in a tender issued by SECI,” the company said yesterday in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange. With the project, Adani’s portfolio of renewable generation capacity in India stands at 5.16 GW with 2.02 GW of operational projects and 3.14 GW in its development pipeline. Last month, Adani’s Gujarat unit won the bid for setting up a 250 MW wind power project auctioned by SECI while Adani Green Energy (UP) commissioned a 50 MW solar project in Uttar Pradesh. Headquartered in Ahmedabad, parent Adani Group has operational solar capacity of 1.2 GW with 810 MW under implementation. Besides PV plants in Punjab, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, the company has also set up a 1.2 GW solar cell and module manufacturing unit in Mundra, Gujarat. The company aims to install 10 GW of renewable generation capacity by 2022.

(PV Magazine, June 20, 2019)

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750 MW Rajasthan tender attracts low bids of Rs 2.5/kWh

 

The latest 750 MW solar auction for Rajasthan saw state-owned power generator NTPC, Mahindra Susten, Hero Future Energies and Azure Power making lowest bids of Rs2.5/kWh each. The four developers bid for a cumulative capacity of 710 MW in the reverse auction conducted by Solar Energy Corporation of India. Hero Future Energies bid for 250 MW, Mahindra Susten 200 MW, NTPC 160 MW and Azure Power Maple 100 MW at tariffs of Rs2.5/kWh each, reported PTI. The previous 750 MW solar auction in the state attracted the lowest bid of Rs2.48/kWh from Acme Solar, the developer which equaled the nation’s record low tariff of Rs2.44 in July last year. That benchmark had been set in May 2017, in a SECI auction for capacity at the Bhadla Solar Park. Rajasthan has an installed solar capacity of approximately 3 GW and a development pipeline of around 1.5 GW. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has estimated the state has the potential to host 142 GW of solar capacity, the highest level in India. The low levels of tariffs stem from Rajasthan’s potential for solar power generation. Highest irradiation in the country and easy availability of wasteland make the state the ideal place for setting up solar projects.

 

(PV Magazine, June 20, 2019)

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56% solar installations in water-scarce areas: Bridge to India

 

The solar industry needs to ensure efficient use of water and justify the ‘environmentally friendly’ tag, consultants Bridge To India said. The statement comes close on the heels of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) advisory to all states and solar industry associations on optimal utilisation of water for solar panel cleaning, which, Bridge To India analysts feel, is a belated acknowledgement of the increasing water risks posed by the solar sector. The consultancy highlighted that more than half (56%) of India’s installed solar capacity is located in arid and high water-stress zones. For projects located in areas with good availability of water, wasteful use of water is a common problem. “The problem is exacerbated by the fact that around 60% of solar installations use ground water, sometimes illegally,” it added. In the absence of use of dust-resistant modules in most installations across India, cleaning of modules is critical to reduce soiling losses, which can be in the range of 3-6% of generation. Bridge To India said that it is common industry belief that solar modules require two cleaning cycles per month to reduce soiling losses to a level of 1%.

 

(PV Magazine, June 20, 2019)

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Consumer Electronics

 

Sony India expects up to 15% sales growth this year

 

Consumer electronics major Sony India is eyeing sales growth of 10-15% this fiscal, snapping two years of de-growth, led by its premium TV range, audio products and cameras, a top company official said. Sony India expects contribution from segments such as audio products and digital imaging to rise. The company's revenue at present is mainly led by the TV category. "I am expecting a growth of 10-15% this year considering all the categories. If we are able to deliver that, then we would be in a very good spot," Sony India Managing Director Sunil Nayyar told PTI in an interview. According to him, there is a "positivity in the market" being seen after a long time. Presently, Sony India gets around 65% revenue from the TV segment, 15% from audio, 10% from camera and rest 10% from other verticals. "Two years back, contribution of TV was 80%," he said, adding, "We are making a shift and balanced portfolio in the country, which is profitable and driving the growth of the industry." The company is quite encouraged by the sales of its premium range of TV panels and headphones (both normal and wireless) and digital imaging products. In the TV market, Sony India is now focusing on the premium segment, which brings higher margins. Asked whether Sony TV sales in the mass market have been impacted due to aggressive pricing and competition from new entrants, Nayyar said, "Yes, they came and the price was driven down. It definitely impacted us (in 32-inch segment)."

(Livemint, June 23, 2019)

 

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SECTION – IV - FORTHCOMING EVENTS &  GENERAL INFORMATION              

Overseas Shows

Event

:

Taipei International Electronics Show (TAITRONICS)

Organiser

:

Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) 

From

:

16-Oct.-2019

To

:

18-Oct.-2019            

Venue & City

:

Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center,  Taipei, Taiwan

Website

:

www.taitronics.tw

Domestic Shows  

Event

:

Electronica India 2019

Organiser

:

Messe Muenchen India

From

:

25-September-2019

To

:

27-September-2019          

City

:

Greater Noida, Delhi NCR, India

Website

:

https://electronica-india.com

 

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SECTION - V - ELCINA EVENTS, ACTIVITIES & SERVICES                                          

 

 

 

 

 

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 ELCINA-CKM Programs

 

S. No.

Program

Date

Venue

1.

7 QC – Problem Solving Tools

25th June 2019

ELCINA House, New Delhi

 

Kindly  click the following link for program details and response form

http://elcina.com/ckmresponse.php

 

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

 

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

 

S. No.

Program Name

Days

Quality Improvement Techniques - Core Tools

1

SPC - Statistical Process Control

1

2

7 QC Tools - Problem Solving Techniques

1

3

FMEA - Product & Process

1

4

RCA & CAPA - Root Cause Analysis / Corrective Action Plan

1

5

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

1

6

Global 8 D - Problem Solving Techniques

1

7

Reliability Testing & Certification for LED Lighting Products

1

8

Six Sigma Methodology for Process Improvement

1

9

MSA

1

10

APQP / PPAP

1

11

5 S

1

12

Six Sigma - Green Belt

1

13

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

1

14

Environment Testing for Electronics Products & Components as per IS Standards

1

15

ISO 9001:2015 Requirements & Implementation

1

16

ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Course

1

17

ISO 14001:2015 EMS - Environment Management System

1

18

Internal Audit Training

1

19

Environment & Health - EHS Legal Requirement

1

Manufacturing - Productivity & Cost

20

KAIZEN

1

21

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

1

22

Equipment Maintenance - Autonomous Maintenance Methodology

1

23

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

1

24

Production Capacity Enhancement with Flow Manufacturing

1

25

Vendor Evaluation Technique

1

26

Material Handling & Warehouse Management

1

27

Lean Manufacturing

1

28

Soldering

1

29

Value Stream Mapping

1

30

Just in Time Manufacturing Methodologies

1

31

Principles in KANBAN

1

32

Reduction of Set-up Time - Use of SMED

1

Soft Skills

33

Internal Communication Skills & Building High Performance Team

1

34

Personality Enrichment & Leadership Skills

1

35

Business Time & Stress Management

1

36

Conflict Management

1

37

Assertiveness and Dealing with Difficult Situations

1

38

Shop Floor Management Skills

1

39

Motivation Skills

1

40

Time Management & Stress Management

1

41

Team Building for High Performance

1

42

Building Better Work Relationship

1

43

Conflict Resoultion at Work - Techniques

1

44

Pesonality Development

1

45

Managerial Effectiveness

1

46

Influencing & Persuading Others

1

47

Business Communication

1

48

Internal Effective Communication

1

49

Leadership Development for Organisational Success

1

50

Leadership for Young Managers

1

 

Please click the link below for more training programs

http://elcina.com/trainingProgram.php  

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

 

Electronic Industries Association of India

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

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

Website: www.elcina.com

 

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ELCINA PRODUT DISPLAY CENTRE at  ELCINA HOUSE

 

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

Full Stalls

  1. Bharat Electronics Ltd, Bangalore

  2. TDK India Pvt. Ltd., Noida

  3. Teknik Electromeconic Pvt Ltd, Bangalore

  4. SGS Tekniks Manufacturing Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon

  5. Deki Electronics Ltd, Noida

  6. EMI Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore

  7. Elin Electronics Ltd, New Delhi

  8. Syrma Technology Pvt. Ltd., Chennai

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

Half/Mini Stalls

1.      Super Mount Pack Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore

2.      CTR Mfg. Inds Ltd., Aurangabad  

3.      Neotec Semiconductor Ltd., Taiwan

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

 

 

 

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

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PUBLICATIONS

“Indian Printed Circuit Board Industry & Market Research Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Super Capacitor-Market Landscape Study

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

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

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

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

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


Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA )

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

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