VOL XX, ISSUE 13

 15 July 2020

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What the $10 billion investment means for Google, and India

 

Tech-giant Google Monday announced plans to invest $10 billion in India over the next 5-7 years by way of equity investments, partnerships and other arrangements to “accelerate digitisation” in the country. The announcement assumes particular significance given the impending gap in the country’s tech investment ecosystem following the Centre’s clampdown on Chinese technology firms. Google said its $10-billion fund would focus on areas such as enabling affordable access to the Internet and to information for every Indian in their own language; building new products and services in segments like consumer tech, education, health and agriculture; empowering businesses, especially small and medium ones, to transform digitally; leveraging technology and artificial intelligence for digital literacy, outbreak predictions, and support for rural economies.

 

These investments will be made through a mix of equity investments, partnerships, operations, infrastructure and ecosystem investments. These include Google’s existing projects such as Internet Saathi for spreading awareness of the Internet in rural villages and an artificial intelligence-based flood forecasting system, among others.

 

Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/google-10-billion-usd-investment-in-india-explained-6505026/

 

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India should double down on 15 import items: ASSOCHAM

 

India must double down on ramping up domestic capacity in at least 15 of its largest import items apart from petroleum and crude oil, including electronics, coal, iron-steel and non-ferrous metals and vegetable oils to effectively achieve the objective of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ in the medium term of two to three years, according to a trade chamber analysis. The analysis by the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India (ASSOCHAM) shows electronics goods are the largest non-oil import items. Despite the country being under partial lockdown, India imported electronic goods worth $2.8 billion in May. Chamber secretary general Deepak Sood said the recent MEITY scheme of production-linked incentives and encouraging champions can be a game-changer if pursued vigorously. Both domestic and FDI should be encouraged in the endeavour, he said.  Other major items of large imports include: pharmaceuticals intermediates, textile yarn, made-up, fertilisers, wood and wood products, transport equipment, machine tools, electrical and non-electrical machinery. “The country is capable of becoming self-reliant in all these sectors in the next few years,” the ASSOCHAM paper said.

 

(Fibre2fashion.com, July 07, 2020)

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DPIIT to soon approach cabinet for 74 PC FDI through auto route in Defence : sources

 

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) would soon approach the Union Cabinet to seek approval for relaxing norms to allow up to 74 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in defence manufacturing under the automatic route, with a view to attract overseas players in the sector, sources said. They said the DPIIT has discussed the matter with the defence ministry. The decision to permit up to 74 per cent FDI in the defence manufacturing through the automatic route was announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in May while announcing the fourth tranche of the Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package for the Coronavirus-hit economy.  In July 2018, the government had relaxed foreign direct investment norms in the defence sector by allowing up to 49 per cent FDI under the automatic route. The move was aimed at boosting domestic industry as India imports about 70 per cent of its military hardware. According to the DPIIT data, India's defence industry has received FDI equity inflows of USD 9.52 million (Rs 56.88 Crore) during April 2000 and March 2020.

 

(Indian Fence News, July 14, 2020)

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T-Hub partners IT Ministry to mentor hardware startups in India

 

Hyderabad-based global start-up catalyst T-Hub on Friday announced a partnership with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to lead Digital India''s Scale Up programme for hardware and Internet of Things (IoT) startups across India. As many as 10-15 startups with leading-edge solutions in mobility, energy, agriculture, aerospace, manufacturing, consumer, healthtech, medtech, smart cities and logistics and supply chain sectors will be shortlisted as part of the programme, T-Hub said in a statement.

 

The call for application for the programme will commence in July. Startups will be shortlisted from hundreds of applications after an extensive screening process, T-Hub added. "India has already developed a reputation for its expertise in the software technology space. We are beginning to see startups emerging in the hardware space that are solving important problems," said Ravi Narayan, CEO of T-Hub and Telangana Chief Innovation Officer.
 

Source: https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/thub-partners-it-ministry-to-mentor-hardware-startups-in-india/1891539

 

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SECTIO I - POLICY SCAN                                                             

 

Import tax on lithium cell likely

India plans to impose tariffs on imports of lithium-ion cells for as long as a decade and offer incentives to boost local manufacturing as part of a broader effort to scale down trade ties with China, two people aware of the developments said. Tensions along the India-China border have prompted India to use its fast-growing market as a lever to pressure Beijing to back off. India’s plans involve imposing tariff and non-tariff barriers to check Chinese imports. The idea is to avoid repeating what happened with solar equipment manufacturing, where China leveraged its first-mover advantage to capture the market.

Lithium cells are the building blocks of rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), laptops and mobile phones. Lithium-based batteries also cater to the consumer electronics industry and power grids, given the intermittent nature of electricity from clean energy sources such as solar and wind. “The Indian government has taken note of China’s dominance in this space and there are geopolitical reasons as well behind devising such an incentive scheme for lithium cells," said one of the people cited above requesting anonymity. 

 

The government plans to offer incentives such as 100% tax deduction of capital expenditure in the first year of operation under Section 35 AD, concessional financing options by giving companies deemed infrastructure status and waiver of minimum alternative tax. There may also be an output-linked cash subsidy based on kilowatt hours (KWh) of cells sold. The ministry of heavy industry has been working on this proposal along with federal policy think-tank NITI Aayog. 

 

“Till March, the ministries and NITI Aayog were working on the proposal. The covid-19 pandemic though can delay introduction of the scheme," said the second person cited above, also seeking anonymity.

  Source: https://www.livemint.com/companies/news/import-tax-on-lithium-cell-likely-11594605977260.html

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 SECTION II - INDUSTRY  SCAN                                                                                            

 

General

 

Govt working to mapping land bank available for industry: Goyal

 

The government is working on creating a "genuine" single window clearance mechanism and mapping the entire land bank available for the industry and industrial development, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday. The minister also said that the government is looking at ways to promote manufacturing of electronic products like LED televisions, CCTVs and is "very keen" to have a semiconductor FAB plant in India. Besides, to capture  IT services exports data, the ministry is thinking of creating a framework by which it can capture that data. Goyal said that he has tasked the officers to look at some framework by which the ministry can capture data of IT services exports. "We are working in DPIIT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) to create the framework of a genuine single window where you do not open doors behind that single window. We are also working on mapping the entire land bank available for industry and industrial development," he said while addressing industry representatives of electronics and software exports.

 

(Outlook, July 14, 2020)

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Battery holders market may see a big move: Bulgin, Harwin, RS Components

 

Latest Research Study on Battery Holders Market published by AMA, offers a detailed overview of the factors influencing the global business scope. Global Battery Holders Market research report shows the latest market insights with upcoming trends and breakdown of the products and services. The report provides key statistics on the market status, size, share, growth factors, Challenges and Current Scenario Analysis of the Global Battery Holders. This Report also covers the emerging player’s data, including: competitive situation, sales, revenue and global market share of top manufacturers are Bulgin (United Kingdom), Harwin (United Kingdom), RS Components (United Kingdom), Takachi Electronics Enclosure Co., Ltd. (United States), TE Connectivity (Switzerland), Keystone Electronics Corp. (United States), GS Yuasa (Japan), Eagle Plastic Devices (United States), Hammond (Canada), Mouser Electronics India PVT Ltd (India) and Ace Electronics (United States)

 

(Owned, July 07, 2020)

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We Are an Indian Company With No Foreign Investments: PMI

 

PMI Electro Mobility Solutions Private Limited (PMI), a zero-emission commercial vehicle manufacturer from India has been disconcerted of it being mistaken to be a Chinese company, despite being an Indian Company with a vision to promote “Make In India”. Envisioning to establish an electric vehicle manufacturing base in India, PMI is committed with a vision to be one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in the new energy commercial vehicle space. To avail the advantage of developed technology, and to allow the industry to grow inorganically, PMI in 2017 entered into a technology assistance agreement, with Beiqi Foton Motors, China. (Foton). Foton already laid its footprints in India in 2008 through its Indian subsidiary Foton India through which in 2011 they entered into a MoU with Maharastra State Government to establish a manufacturing base in India, for commercial vehicles with a commitment to invest INR 1650 Crore in India of which already investment of around INR 600 Crores has been made. Thus, PMI and Foton India, both Indian Companies thereafter have entered into a Joint Venture and further incorporated a Joint Venture Company, with PMI being a majority shareholder, ensuring a completely Indian manufacturing unit to be established to manufacture new energy commercial vehicles, with technology support from Foton. 

(Indian Web2, July 06, 2020)

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The Hindu Explains | What will be the impact of Chinese apps ban? : The story so far

 

In the wake of the face-off with Chinese forces on the India-China border in Ladakh, and a violent clash on June 15 that left 20 Indian soldiers dead, the Indian government on June 29 banned 59 apps of Chinese origin, citing data security and national sovereignty concerns. These include popular ones such as TikTok, SHAREIt, UC Browser, CamScanner, Helo, Weibo, WeChat and Club Factory. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in a press release asserted that it had received “many complaints from various sources, including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India”. The Ministry said it had decided to block the 59 apps to safeguard the “sovereignty and integrity of India”, invoking powers under Section 69A of the Information Technology (IT) Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009.

(The Hindu, July 05, 2020)

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Anti-China sentiment looms over Ritchie Street

 

With the anti-China sentiment running high after the border face-off issue along with calls to boycott Chinese products, Chennai's electronics grey market hub, Ritchie Street, is feeling the pinch already. Traders here, who have been depending on Chinese goods for decades, said that the anti-China sentiment is slowly seeping into southern States too. A trader said: “We had closed down businesses from June 19 and will be opening on Monday. Once the market is operational and consumers start coming, we will know the impact.”   “Anti-China sentiment is becoming very strong in northern markets and now it is slowly picking up in south too,” said R. Chandalia, secretary, Chennai Electronics and Infotech Traders Association, Ritchie Street. “Consumers are now ready to pay more and buy India made products,” he said.

 

(The Hindu, July 05, 2020)

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Information Technology & EV’s

 

India ‘important digital power’, won’t compromise on data sovereignty: Ravi Shankar Prasad

 

Prasad, who handles the electronics, information technology and communications portfolios, said India needs to grow into a data refining centre for the world and also go deeper on the software front by creating products of its own.   Union IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said India is an “important digital power” and will not compromise on its data sovereignty. Speaking at the launch of a Rs 1,100-crore data centre built by Hiranandani Group company Yotta, Prasad also said that he aspires India to be a centre for data refining, which will include data cleaning and data research as well while keeping in mind concerns on privacy. The comments from the minister come days after the country blocked 59 Chinese apps on concerns around “sovereignty and security”. A day after that, Prasad had termed the move as a “digital strike” and added that the apps were banned to protect data of citizens. 

 

(FE, July 07, 2020)

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After TikTok Ban, PM Modi Launches Indian App Innovation Challenge

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, 4 July, launched the ‘Atmanirbhar Innovation Challenge’, calling out India’s tech innovators to create an Atmanirbhar App Ecosystem. This comes a week after India banned 59 Chinese mobile applications like TikTok, SHAREit, and others amid the anti-China sentiment due to tension on the India-China border.  Today, when the entire nation is working towards creating an Atmanirbhar Bharat, it is a good opportunity to give direction to their efforts, momentum to their hard-work and mentorship to their talent to evolve Apps which can satisfy our market as well as compete with the world.” Modi wrote on LinkedIn. The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology will be regulated along with Atal Innovation Mission.

(The Quint, July 04, 2020)

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Telecom

 

LG sees 'window of opportunity' to come back into Indian smartphone market

 

 

South Korean electronics major LG is planning to use the “window of opportunity” provided by the anti-China mood in India currently to stage a comeback in smartphones, targeting the sub-Rs 15,000 segment to claw back its way back in an industry now dominated by brands from across the Great Wall. The company is seeking to scale up local manufacturing by 15 times until Diwali and expand distribution.  In an interview with ET, Advait Vaidya, business head - mobile communications at LG Electronics, said the brand has seen 10 times increased sales of smartphones in the past two months due to the anti-China sentiment. “The short-term window of opportunity is big enough for us to enter the space and achieve scale,” he said. Diverging from its global portfolio, this year, LG is building an ‘India specific and India first’ product portfolio to cater to unique consumer demands here, Vaidya said. “So, this year, starting August, we will be launching six phones across all segments - starting from the sub-Rs 10,000 category up to the flagship segment. We are ramping up distribution across channels, online and offline,” he said. The company is also targeting corporate sales and foraying into the tablet market by year end.

(ET. July 05, 2020)


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Chinese smartphone makers tweak strategy to project products as Indian brands

 

Chinese handset makers who command around 70 per cent of the market share in India are projecting themselves as Indian brands and selling made-in-India products to ward off any possible backlash on their sales after the Galwan violence. Korean brand Samsung, which is a major competitor, stands to gain if consumers switch their choice on nationalistic grounds. There have been protests by the people in various parts of the country after the face-off at Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed by the PLA of China on June 15. The strategy is likely to be replicated by many handset makers of all major Chinese brands who have their own manufacturing lines in India or outsource from third party vendor in India. The localization level is already at least 60-70 per cent for several handset makers, market observers said. We have decided to highlight Made-in-India in our packaging more prominently now onwards, a Tecno Mobile official told on Thursday. Realmes India CEO Madhav Seth, CEO in a YouTube series said I can proudly say that Realme is an Indian startup, which is now a global multinational company".  Realme is one of the brand controlled by BBK Electronics of China. It has other brands like Techno, Transsion, Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus. There has been no visible change among the consumers for Chinese products - either for mobile or any other white goods.

(ET, June 18, 2020)

 

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 Defence & Solar

 

Keep Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd out of Naval helicopter plan, private companies tell govt

 

The private sector wants the Centre to bar Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd NSE -4.09 % (HAL) from a ₹21,000 crore plan to manufacture naval utility helicopters (NUH), saying that the state-owned company has an undue advantage as it has access to government-funded infrastructure and the ability to cross-subsidise the bid through other nominated orders. The companies were responding to a question posed by the defence ministry in May on allowing HAL in the competition, which was reserved for the private sector as reported by ET. They said the monopoly of the state-owned enterprise needs to be broken and a level playing field is needed for all bidders. Four Indian companies – Bharat Forge NSE -0.07 %, Tata Aerospace and Defence, Mahindra Defence Systems and Adani Defence – are contending for the Make in India programme to manufacture 111 naval utility helicopters under the strategic partnership (SP) model in collaboration with a foreign technology provider.  As part of a re-evaluation in May, the defence ministry asked the contenders if the programme had export potential and raised the prospect of HAL being given a chance to be part of it. 

(ET, July 14, 2020)
 

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Post Covid support required for electric vehicles: FICCI

 

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has suggested to the government a series of measures to enhance demand and investments in the electric vehicle (EV) sector despite the recent Covid-prompted disruptions. These suggestions have been submitted to government policy thinktank NITI Aayog, Department of Heavy Industry under Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and other relevant authorities in the government. FICCI has recommended a two-year extension of the second phase of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME II) scheme to 2025, along with short-term ‘Booster Incentives’ for 12 months under the scheme.  “This should be done within the overall existing budget allocation of Rs 10,000 crore for Fame II,” it said, adding “booster incentives will help create demand for EVs in the short run and continue the momentum.”

(PV Magazine, July 02, 2020)

 

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NHPC tenders EPC work for 50 MW floating solar project in Kerala

 

NHPC Limited, a state-owned hydropower producer that has diversified into the wind and solar power projects, has invited bids for engineering, procurement and construction of a 50 MW floating solar project in Kerala.  The project shall come up over a water body measuring 303 acres in West Kallada of Kollam District.   The completion period for the EPC work is 12 months from the award of contract. The successful bidder shall also provide comprehensive operation and maintenance for ten years from the project’s commissioning. The signing of PPA for the project with the Kerala State Electricity Board Ltd will be the responsibility of NHPC. To be eligible, the bidder should have completed EPC work for a solar project of at least 40 MW capacity or two solar projects of at least 25 MW capacity each or three solar projects of at least 20 MW capacity each during the last five years. Further, it should have successfully provided operation and maintenance support for a minimum of 20 MW solar projects for at least one year during the preceding five years. The bidder must have a minimum average annual turnover of Rs 415 crore in the preceding three years. Its net worth should be positive and not less than the amount of paid-up equity share capital in three out of the preceding five years. 

(PV Magazine, July 02, 2020)

 

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Indian Railways tenders 1 GW ground-mount solar

 

The Railway Energy Management Company Ltd, a joint venture of Indian Railways and engineering consultancy Rites Ltd, has invited bids for setting up 1 GW ground-mount solar power plants on railway land along the railway tracks.    The projects shall be awarded through tariff-based competitive bidding followed by reverse auction. The Nodal Railway will sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the successful bidder for a period of 25 years.  The cumulative 1 GW capacity is distributed in various state-wise packages offered for award. The bidder shall apply for state-wise full MW solar capacity in packages; bidding for part capacity of any package is not allowed. The project capacity in state-wise packages can be set up at multiple locations in a single state. A single tariff is to be quoted by the bidder in its response for each package state wise irrespective of the number of projects and each project configuration. The developers’ scope of work includes design, build, finance, operation, long–term maintenance and transfer of assets for solar PV project and the supply of electricity to Railways under long-term fixed-rate PPA. Connectivity and long term access (LTA) up to the delivery point at the State Transmission Utility/Railway Transmission system/traction substation is also the responsibility of the solar power developer.

(PV Magazine, July 02, 2020)

 

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Consumer Electronics

 

TVs, ACs self-reliance focus areas in electronics’

 

The centre has identified television sets and ACs among the electronics it wants India to build self-reliance and boost export potential in, according to Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal. “Television is one of the areas identified by our ministry to focus on and see how we can get back. Televisions, air conditioners, closed circuit TVs — all of these equipment, where there’s no rocket science. And I know for a fact that digital lenses are made in India which are being (exported) even to the United States … But I don’t understand why we are still dependent on imported products for such very elementary stuff,” he said at a virtual interaction with the Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council on Tuesday.

(The Indian Express, July 15, 2020)

 

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Walmart leads $ 1.2 Bn investment in India’s Flipkart

 

Walmart  is increasing its majority-stake in Flipkart by leading a new $1.2 billion financing round in the Indian e-commerce giant. The fresh equity round led by Walmart, which acquired majority stake in Flipkart for $16 billion two years ago, values Flipkart  at $24.9 billion post-money, the two companies said. The American retail group said the fresh capital would help Flipkart, which was valued at $20.8 billion two years ago, further grow its e-commerce marketplace in India as the world’s second largest internet market begins to recover from Covid-19 crisis. A group of other existing investors also participated in the new financing round, a Flipkart spokesperson told TechCrunch but declined to identify them individually. “We’re grateful for the strong backing of our shareholders as we continue to build our platform and serve the growing needs of Indian consumers during these challenging times,” said Flipkart chief executive Kalyan Krishnamurthy in a statement. “Since Walmart’s initial investment in Flipkart, we have greatly expanded our offer through technology, partnerships and new services.

(TechCrunch, July 14, 2020)

 

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Samsung Electronics forecasts profits jump despite virus

 

Samsung Electronics forecast a 23-percent rise in second-quarter operating profit Tuesday, with strong demand for memory chips and displays overcoming the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on smart phone sales. The world's biggest smart phone and memory chip maker said in an earnings estimate that it expected operating profit to be 8.1 trillion won ($6.8 billion) for April-June, up from 6.6 trillion won in the same period last year. The prediction was far ahead of analyst forecasts of a single-digit decline. Lockdowns imposed around the world in the face of the coronavirus pandemic -- especially in Europe and the United States -- have boosted Samsung's chip business with data centres moving to stockpile DRAM chips to meet surging demand for online activities. "The earnings surprise seems to have stemmed from Samsung's memory chip sector," said Park Jin-suk of market observer Counterpoint, pointing to "increased demand for memory chips for PCs and a continuing rise in DRAM chip prices". Similarly TV sales, which have been on a long-term decline, were "moving upward as people spend more time at home", said James Kang, an analyst at market observer Euromonitor International Korea.

(ET, July 07, 2020)

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LG sees 'window of opportunity' to come back into Indian smart phone market

 

 

South Korean electronics major LG is planning to use the “window of opportunity” provided by the anti-China mood in India currently to stage a comeback in smartphones, targeting the sub-Rs 15,000 segment to claw back its way back in an industry now dominated by brands from across the Great Wall.  The company is seeking to scale up local manufacturing by 15 times until Diwali and expand distribution. In an interview with ET, Advait Vaidya, business head - mobile communications at LG Electronics, said the brand has seen 10 times increased sales of smartphones in the past two months due to the anti-China sentiment.  In an interview with ET, Advait Vaidya, business head - mobile communications at LG Electronics, said the brand has seen 10 times increased sales of smartphones in the past two months due to the anti-China sentiment. “The short-term window of opportunity is big enough for us to enter the space and achieve scale,” he said.  Diverging from its global portfolio, this year, LG is building an ‘India specific and India first’ product portfolio to cater to unique consumer demands here, Vaidya said.

(ET, July 05, 2020)

 

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Demand for pre-owned laptops, mobiles rises as classes go online

 

With schools and colleges taking to online classes, students are firing up demand for pre-owned and refurbished phones, tablets and laptops, given that the prices of new gadgets have been rising, during the lockdown. Pre-owned smart phone seller Cashify has seen a 40% increase in orders. Mandeep Singh, founder, of the company said, “Online classes have been happening for over 3 months and students want to buy smart phones where they can watch uninterrupted video lessons for over 3-4 hours at a stretch.” Used Apple iPads — are sold at around Rs 15,000 and the average price of smart phone is at Rs 9,000. Tablets with Android OS have few takers while laptops with basic and intermediate configurations move fast. Riddhima S from Cognizant, Chennai, just purchased a refurbished laptop for Rs 22,000 for her son who is taking online classes.

(ET, July 04, 2020)

 

Thomson eyes 15 pc share of smart TV market in 3 yrs

 

French electronics brand Thomson on Wednesday launched the 'OATH Pro' range of smart TVs in the country with a target of cornering 15 per cent market share in the segment in three years. The company, which operates here through its brand licencee Super Plastronics Pvt Ltd (SPPL), had recently forayed into the home appliances segment with washing machines. SSPL is planning to invest Rs 1,000 crore over the next five years to expand its manufacturing capacity and strengthen its presence. "In a short span of two years we are delighted to have captured 5 per cent of the smart TV market space," SPPL CEO Avneet Singh Marwah said. He said for almost a decade, just four brands commanded 80 per cent market share, mainly due to premium technology offerings. The OATH Pro range has the best features, with the Android ecosystem and at a super affordable price, he said. "There will be a definite shift in market share of the premium segment...In the next 3 years we plan to achieve 15 per cent in this segment," Marwah said, adding the company will further expand its portfolio in the future.

 

(ET, July 02, 2020)

 

95% appliances now made in India; dependence on China for components not to go down soon: CEAMA

 

Around 95 per cent of consumer electronics and appliances sold in India are produced locally, although dependence on China for components still ranges between 25-70 per cent which will be difficult to reduce overnight, according to industry body CEAMA.   Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) said even before the call to boycott Chinese products, various companies had already started to look for alternative sources due to disruptions of supplies following the coronavirus-induced lockdown in China.   "We as an industry have done a lot of work (all brands) in creating capacity in the last two-three years by putting new plants to start manufacturing of finished products across categories. We are now in a very good position across all categories in the finished goods segment," CEAMA President Kamal Nandi told PTI.

(ET, June 29, 2020)

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SECTION – IV - FORTHCOMING EVENTS &  GENERAL INFORMATION              

Overseas Shows

Event

:

International Electronic Circuits (Shanghai) Exhibition

Organiser

:

China Printed Circuit Association (CPCA)Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association (HKPCA)

From

:

25-August-2020

To

:

27-August-2020            

Venue & City

:

National Exhibition & Convention Center (Shanghai)

Website

:

http://www.cpcashow.com/

 

Event

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Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo

Organiser

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Informa PLC

From

:

15-Septemberr-2020

To

:

17-September-2020            

Venue & City

:

Novi, Michigan, USA

Website

:

https://evtechexpo.com/

 

Event

:

Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2020

Organiser

:

Hong Kong Trade Development Council

From

:

13-October-2020

To

:

16-October-2020            

Venue & City

:

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Website

:

https://event.hktdc.com

 

Event

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Taipei International Electronics Show (TAITRONICS)

Organiser

:

TAITRA/ TEEMA

From

:

21-Oct-2020

To

:

23-Oct-2020            

Venue & City

:

Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei, Taiwan

Website

:

https://www.taitronics.tw/

 

Event

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Electronics Show  2020

Organiser

:

Ptak Warsaw

From

:

06-November-2020

To

:

08-November-2020            

Venue & City

:

Ptak Warsaw Expo, Nadarzyn , Poland

Website

:

https://electronics-show.com

 

Event

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HKPCA & IPC Show 2020

Organiser

:

Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association (HKPCA)

From

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02-Dec-2020

To

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04-Dec-2020            

Venue & City

:

Shenzhen Convention Centre, Shenzhen, China

Website

:

http://www.hkpca.org/

 

Event

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NEPCON Japan 2021

Organiser

:

Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.

From

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20-Jan-2021

To

:

22-Jan-2021            

Venue &  City

:

Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo

Website

:

https://www.nepconjapan.jp/ja-jp.html

 

Event

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IPC Apex Expo

Organiser

:

IPC

From

:

26-Jan-2021

To

:

28-Jan-2021            

Venue & City

:

San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, US

Website

:

https://www.ipcapexexpo.org/

 

Event

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productronica Munich

Organiser

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Messe Munchen

From

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16-Nov-2021

To

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19-Nov-2021            

Venue & City

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Munich, Germany

Website

:

https://www.productronica.com/en/

 

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Since this information is subject to change, especially in view of the spread of the corona virus, all those interested are advised to ascertain the details from the organizers before making any commitment.

Domestic Shows  

Event

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Convergence India 2020 

Organiser

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Exhibitions India

From

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20-October -2020

To

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22-October -2020

City

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Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Website

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https://www.convergenceindia.org/

 

Event

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Embedded Tech India Expo 2020

Organiser

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Exhibitions India & ITPO

From

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20-October -2020

To

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22-October -2020

City

:

Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Website

:

https://www.embeddedtechexpo.com/

 

Event

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Electronics For You Expo 2021

Organiser

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EFY Group

From

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03-Feb-2021

To

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05-Feb-2021          

City

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KTPO, Bengaluru

Website

:

https://www.indiaelectronicsweek.com/efy-expo/

 

Note: Since this information is subject to change, especially in view of the spread of the coronavirus, all those interested are advised to ascertain the details from the organisers before making any commitment.

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SECTION - V - ELCINA EVENTS, ACTIVITIES & SERVICES                                          

 

  

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Post Webinar Write-Up 

Webinar on

Emerging Export Opportunities & Importance of Trade Remedies in ensuring a Level Playing Field


19th June, 2020(Friday) from 04:00 pm – 05:30 pm

 

ELCINA (Electronic Industry Association of India) organized a Webinar on “Emerging Export Opportunities & Importance of Trade Remedies in ensuring a Level Playing Field on 19th June 2020. The Webinar received a good response & attended by various stakeholders from the Industry.

The following Eminent Speakers shared their views during the webinar:

  • Mr. Saurabh Gaur, IAS, JS, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, (MeitY)

  • Mr. Amrit Manwani, President ELCINA, Chairman, Sahasra Group of Companies

  • Mr. Vinod Sharma, Past President ELCINA, Chairman, ICTE, CII & MD, Deki Electronics

  • Mr. Sandeep Narula, Chairman, ESC India

  • Mr. Atul Sharma, Advocate, Sarvada Legal

  • Mr. Raghav Gupta, Investment Specialist, Invest India

Mr. Rajoo Goel, Secretary General, ELCINA welcomed all the Panelists & Delegates and then requested Mr. Vinod Sharma to moderate the Webinar.

Key Points discussed in the Webinar:

Mr. Vinod Sharma : who was Moderator for the webinar welcomed the panellists and spoke about the growing export potential and importance of a robust trade remedy mechanism. The problems faced by exporters from India were prevalent in both, exports as well as imports. The issues probably were more in imports where electronic components and assemblies were coming at unreasonably low prices making it difficult for local industry to compete and causing us serious harm. Similarly there were challenges in exports due to non-tariff barriers. Mr Sharma welcomed and introduced the panellists and invited them to share their views.

 

Mr. Saurabh Gaur, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & IT, Govt. of India : Mr. Gaur was the Key VIP Panelist was requested by the Moderator Mr. Vinod Sharma to speak on his perspectives on the various policies that the Government of India  was announcing to promote manufacturing competitiveness and of course the promotion of exports. Mr. Gaur expressed his happiness at being on the panel and appreciated ELCINA’s efforts in organising the Component Task Force and conducting the Study which was extremely useful in bringing out the policies for promotion of the electronic components industry.

 

Mr. Gaur highlighted that there was rapid growth in demand for electronic products in all domains and likewise local production had also been increasing at 20-25% per annum over the last 5 years. Talking about exports, he said that while during the period upto 2 years ago, exports had been stagnant at about 6 Bn$ but during last 2 years they had jumped to $11Bn and exports of mobile phones had contributed significantly to this growth which was about 3.5 Bn$ last year.  This included the exports of smart phones worth about 2.8 Bn$ and the balance value was exported by way of feature phones and mobile chargers. 

 

Mr. Gaur further said that a thrust in component manufacturing was extremely important and ELCINA’s role was very crucial for the same.  He said that without components we could not achieve our target  of 400 Bn$ of local production in the next 4-5 years. He said that PLI & SPECS both gave adequate support for component manufacturing and while he was aware that there were some doubts raised by industry regarding the investment threshold for components in the PLI Scheme, the same could be taken up only in due course once the current investment window of 31st July was closed.  Further he said that the EMC 2.0 Scheme was for encouraging support to the industry by state governments and he was happy to see the states were competing each other to set up electronic manufacturing clusters and also in providing attractive policies for investors.

 

Mr. Gaur also mentioned that MeitY was looking to establish not one but at least a few components specific clusters which were necessary to give a big boost to this segment of electronic manufacturing which has been lagging behind.  He also made a mention of other segment specific clusters such as the AMTZ medical electronics cluster in Andhra Pradesh and other auto clusters which had come up successfully giving a competitive edge to these sectors.

 

Mr. Amrit Manwani : appreciated that triad of schemes which had been announced by MeitY which included SPECS, PLI & EMC 2.0 which were indeed very progressive and encouraging  for the industry and he expressed a lot of in hope that many investments would come in the country specially in the area of components manufacturing, PCBs and ATMP of semi-conductors.  Mr. Manwani highlighted the importance of PCBs and why it was necessary to have a much larger industry for the PCB sector in India.  This would give a big fillip to the electronic sector and electronics manufacturing over all. 

 

Mr. Manwani also mentioned that there was excellent scope for India to expand its EMS industry and start exporting PCB Assemblies where we had a good eco-system and a good base and there was a need for us to expand this rapidly.  He also said that government should promote manufacturing and exports of PCBA’s as these were not included in the current policies. India was relatively strong in EMS and with incentives for capex n EMS, this part of the value chain of electronics could expand rapidly and yield rich dividends for us. It would also give a demand pull to the components sector in India and encourage its expansion.

 

Mr. Sandeep Narula : briefed the Emerging Opportunities for ESDM Sector in Export Markets and briefly discussed the following points:-

  • Pandemic has affected our domestic market as well as exports, however this pandemic has created a feeling among all to look for opportunities beyond China.

  • India has a strong growth possibilities with supportive government since 2014

  • Government has taken various initiatives removing trade barriers, encouraging greater competition, and attracting FDI , also government has introduce Economic reforms and policies like EMC 1, EMC 2.0

  • Indian Export of electronics has taken a leap of about 12 billion dollars, Domestic market is the stepping stone for export market.

  • By 2025 the IOT Market in the world , would be 800-1000 billion dollars,  we have a strong strength on the software side but  we need to overcome the handicapped on the hardware front

  • By 2025 400 billion electronics market

  • Support Vocal for local by being supportive to the initiative of our industry, particularly MSME , Start-up, support the common electronic industry with 1+1 Concept.

Mr. Atul Sharma : spoke about Trade Remedies and briefly discussed the following points: 

  • Trade remedies instruments:- Anti Dumping, CVD- countervailing duty, Safeguard

  • Three main requirements a fragmented industry faces difficulties:

  • Establish Standing of the domestic industry -25 to 50 percent of the producers who are filling the petition they must account for the 25 to 50 percent of the total Indian Production

  • Instead on relaying on aggregate data, one must collect transaction by transaction import data, define what is been imported .

  • Costing requirement

Mr. Raghav Gupta : reiterated that the country had been experiencing stagnant exports for a long time. However, there are certain segments which have exhibited sudden growth and the contribution from different constituents of electronics sector has been fairly diversified. While mobile phones and some other components have contributed towards a significant share to the aforementioned sudden increase, there has also been a contribution from components and other products unexpectedly. With regards to promoting domestic manufacturers, he suggested about the promotion various ongoing success stories and examples which are still not very popular.

 

Addressing the topic of attracting investments in the sector and ensuring that investors do not face challenges, he mentioned about the statement of the Joint Secretary regarding the competition among states forcing them to undertake reforms like ease of doing business, policy consistency or allocating sufficient funds to promote industry. He mentioned the above as a strength of our system and also suggested a coordinated approach to last mile facilitation.

 

Speaking about how to ensure that domestic manufacturers get equal opportunity and are not disadvantaged in the presence of new investors, he laid emphasis on the experience of domestic manufacturers of already having done business in India and also the fact that the focus even at the highest level of decision makers has been on supporting the domestic industry.

 

He ended by talking about infrastructure enabling schemes which are expected to increase the exports considerably.

 

 

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Post Webinar Write-Up

Webinar on

Defence Electronics – Policy Focus on Domestic Manufacturing, Procurement and Atmanirbharta

2nd June 2020 (Tuesday) from 4:00 pm – 05:30 pm

 ELCINA (Electronic Industry Association of India) & Ernst & Young (EY) organized a Webinar onDefence Electronics – Policy Focus on Domestic Manufacturing, Procurement and Atmanirbharta” on 2nd June 2020. The Webinar received a good response & attended by various stakeholders from the Industry.

The following Eminent Speakers shared their views during the webinar

  • Shri Sanjay Jaju, IAS, Joint Secretary (DIP), Ministry of Defence

  • Lt. Gen. Sanjay Verma, AVSM, VSM, DG of Weapons and Equipment (DGWE), Ministry of Defence

  • Lt. Gen. AKS Chandele (Retd), PVSM, AVSM, Senior Advisor, ELCINA

  • Mr. JD Patil, Wholetime Director & Sr. Exec. VP, L&T Defence Business

  • Col. H.S. Shankar, VSM (Retd), CMD, Alpha Design Technologies

  • Mr. Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP and Country Director, Thales in India

  • Col. K V Kuber (Retd), Director, Aerospace & Defence, EY India

  • Mr. Himanshu Mishra, Analyst, Aerospace & Defense, EY India

  • Mr. Ankit Tyagi, Manager, Aerospace & Defence, EY India

Mr. Rajoo Goel, Secretary General, ELCINA welcomed all the Panelists & Delegates and then requested Col. K V Kuber (Retd), Director, Aerospace & Defence, EY India to moderate the Webinar.

Key Points discussed in the Webinar

Shri Sanjay Jaju, IAS, Joint Secretary (DIP), Ministry of Defence Mr. Jaju informed about the 450 licenses issued to private players for defence supplies and the target of USD 5 Billion dollars of exports by 2025. He talked about the efforts undertaken to replace imports and encouraging domestic manufacturing.

  • He also intimated about the following developments in the Defence sector:

  • Economic relief package which includes negative list of items on realistic basis

  • Two defence corridors in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu

  • Efforts to reduce the role of bureaucracy as well as the online approvals online on timely basis

  • Efforts to attain better industry participation, better Manufacturing ecosystem, better focus of technology gaps and funds for R&D

  • Defence India Startup challenge

  • Make-2 Model for Prototypes financing

  • 2000 items for offset have been identified

  • Identifying Digital transmission as an important thrust area

Lt. Gen. Sanjay Verma, AVSM, VSM, DG of Weapons and Equipment (DGWE), Ministry of Defence: Lt. Gen. Verma Informed about the fact that since last three years, the Indian Army is procuring their items from Indian Industry only rather than importing from other countries.

 

Lt. Gen. AKS Chandele (Retd), PVSM, AVSM, Senior Advisor, ELCINA : Gen. Chandele discussed about various provisions of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) for all acquisitions to be made in the defence sector

 

Mr. JD Patil, Wholetime Director & Sr. Exec. VP, L&T Defence Business

  • Mr. Patil appreciated the idea of Negative import list of defence items and stated that DPP also promotes the domestic value chain, thus strengthening the same.

  • He further stated that no defence product is without electronics which also have software and that Three IT Systems for Vajra have been provided by his company.

  • Moreover, he informed that the turnover of exports from India was ranging from INR 300 crores to 2000 crores.

  • He concluded that the Ministry of Defence (Mod) has become overtly dynamic and responsive to the domestic Industry and DPP has provisions for inflation corrections, that are highly appreciable.

Col. H.S. Shankar, VSM (Retd), CMD, Alpha Design Technologies

  • Col. Shanker stated that private industry may really useful for launchers

  • He informed that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is taking help of the private sector in the field of Satellite manufacturing and that his company, BEl & Tata is also helping ISRO in its satellite program

  • He also emphasized that Satellite monitoring after launch should be allowed to private sector as well as the management of Hub stations and antenna modules

  • He further informed about the Defence Minister’s previous statements of wanting to come up with a Space policy by space commission which should also be allowed for the private sector.

Mr. Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP and Country Director, Thales in India : Mr. Emmanuel discussed about Thales future plans in India.

 

Col. K V Kuber (Retd), Director, Aerospace & Defence, EY India & his Team: presented the new additions / changes to draft DPP 2020, offset guidelines, impact of Covid-19 on India Defence Industry.

 

ELCINA Extends its gratitude to the Team of E&Y in organising this informative Webinar, we also extends our gratitude to the Panellists / Speaker and the participants.

 

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ELCINA-CKM Programs

 

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

 

 

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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 )

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