VOL XXI, ISSUE 02

31 January 2021

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ELCINA launches a forum to support Micro & Small Industries

 

The ELCINA Executive Committee of ELCINA has decided to establish a Micro & Small Industries Forum (MSIF) with the objective that this forum (ELCINA MSIF) would focus on strengthening and growing our Micro and Small industries to the next level.

 

One of the reasons, this Forum is being set up is that the Electronic Systems Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) Sector is growing very rapidly and policy support is being provided by Government to attract large investments. At the same time numerous Micro, Small and even Medium scale electronics units have shut down due to viability issues as a consequence of reduced and zero tariffs under ITA-1 which have rendered them unprofitable.

 

The current government policies for supporting this vulnerable segment have been found inadequate and there benefits do not percolate down to the Small units. Since implementation of ITA-1 in April 2005, a very large number of MSME’s have fallen by the wayside as they just could not cope with the cut throat competition they faced from imports, especially from China and some South East Asian countries.

 

Objectives of the Forum

  • Organise MSI’s under one group/forum to understand and address the issues faced by them

  • Identify and add new members to make this a large group with critical mass to have clout to be heard by government

  • Provide information and updates with respect to policies for Micro & Small Units. This may be done through the following:

  • Study and provide details of Schemes under MSME Ministry

  • Create a section for MSIF in ELCINA Publications

  • Search and share a list of opportunities in every edition of e-news and EEO

  • Disseminate information on opportunities which may be in the form of:

  • Business through industries reserved for Small units or Preference Purchase by government

  • B2B opportunity from Large, Medium Buyers, PSU’s

  • Organise once a quarter (3 months) event for MSIF’s

  • Connect with MSI’s all over the country through Small Industry associations, sign MoU’s with them for cooperation and deliverables for mutual benefit of our members.

  • Represent issues faced by ELCINA MSIF’s to government, specially policy issues and infrastructure, finance, Technical issues (Testing & Certification), Export facilitation.

  • Support in sourcing of materials and services at preferred lower prices.

 For more details about the Forum please contact rajesh@elcina.com


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Electronics: IT Min looks to restart production under ITA

 

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is looking to restart manufacturing and export of electronic goods under the multination Information Technology Agreement (ITA), sources in know of the development told The Indian Express. “We will conduct a study on the various aspects of it, such as whether the manufacturing under ITA is feasible for domestic companies and export sops that need to be given,” an official said. Under the ITA, first signed in December 1996, signatories agreed to the manufacture and export of the then high-tech products such as computers, conductors, semi-conductors, testing equipment, and software. All the signatories are members of the World Trade Organization (WTO). As per the rules of the ITA, all the signatories have to “eliminate and bind customs duties at zero for all products specified”. Though India joined the ITA in 1997, it could not scale up electronic manufacturing or export under the scheme due to the lack of a suitable ecosystem. In a meeting of the WTO in 2012, India had highlighted the skew of the domestic ecosystem of electronics and related component manufacturing by arguing that each vertical was dominated by a handful of companies, most of which were foreign. This, India had then said at the WTO, was a huge barrier for entry of new companies and prevented large scale participation in the innovation process. Domestic companies had, as late as 2015, flagged the issue of viability and competition they faced from global electronic manufacturing giants.

(The Indian Express, Jan 29, 2021)

 

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Apple aims to end its dependence on China, to start assembling iPhone

12 in India from this quarter

 

Apple is reportedly ramping up production of iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other devices in India and Vietnam to end its dependence on China and new iPhone 12 series could be assembled in India "as soon as this quarter", Nikkei Asia reported on Thursday.Apple is increasing iPhone production in India "with plans to start producing the latest iPhone 12 series locally as early as this quarter".  Apple is already assembling its highest-selling models iPhone 11 and XR in India, along with iPhone SE, 7 and 6S.  Meanwhile, the iPhone maker is said to shift iPad manufacturing from China to Vietnam, with the production planned to begin from the middle of this year, the report mentioned.The report quoted sources s saying that the iPad production will begin in Vietnam as early as the middle of this year, marking the first time that the world's biggest tablet maker will build a significant number of the devices outside of China."Apple and many other tech companies all want out-of-China production capacities, and that has not slowed even though the US has a new president," the report quoted one supply chain manager as saying.  "And they are studying not only peripheral products. Apple, for example, aims to build capacity in new locations -- mostly Southeast Asia nations -- for multiple core products, such as iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, AirPods and others".Mac mini production has already been moved to Malaysia. Apple may move parts of its MacBook production to Vietnam later in 2021, and the report also highlights Apple's existing footprint in Vietnam aimed at AirPods and HomePod mini production. Late last year, Apple supplier Foxconn invested $270 million in Vietnam to set up a subsidiary in the country.

 

(Business Insider, Jan 28, 2021)

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Microsoft launches new India Development Centre facility in Noida

 

Microsoft recently launched its new India Development Centre (IDC) facility at Noida the architecture of which is inspired by the Taj Mahal.The new facility will serve as a premier hub for driving engineering and innovation, Microsoft said, adding that the new facility is Microsoft's third Development Centre in India after Bengaluru and Hyderabad."Recognising the strategic importance of establishing Microsoft engineering presence in Noida, my team went over and beyond in ensuring that our first engineering hub in Noida truly represents Microsoft Design Language infused with local culture and inheritance," RikuPentikainen, Regional Director, Asia Real Estates Operations, Microsoft, said in a statement. "In this respect, I feel the team overdid themselves, and the newly opened Noida office is one of the most beautiful Microsoft workspaces, we have designed, to date."The centre will provide opportunities for engineering talent in the areas of business and productivity tools, Artificial Intelligence, cloud and enterprise, core services, and the new gaming division.It will collaborate with Microsoft teams globally to build products and services for driving digital innovation.

(Business Insider, Jan 28, 2021)

 

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E-commerce will play important role in Atmanirbhar Bharat vision: Amazon India head

 

E-commerce will play an important role in the government's vision of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' (self-reliant India) as more homegrown brands scale up and go global, leveraging digital infrastructure, a top Amazon India executive said on Wednesday.Amit Agarwal, global senior vice president and country head Amazon India, said e-commerce is at nascent stages in India given that it is hardly even 3 per cent of the country's total retail consumption."What I predict is you're going to witness a kind of structural shift that propels us faster towards this vision of Digital India.""I think Make in India is going to go global at massive scale, you're going to have Indian brands become global brands and all of this is going to create a digitally robust business ecosystem across the country that is going to power millions of livelihoods," he said.He further stated that "this is going to help us realise that vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and e-commerce is going to play an important role." Speaking at a TiEcon event, Agarwal said the Indian e-commerce market looked very different when the company had entered India seven years ago.He said the market at that time was mostly an urban phenomenon, people shopped on select events and it was not common to have people pay for shipping and convenience.Also, the infrastructure was not sophisticated and the seller base did not have the skills to go online yet."It was a whole ecosystem that needed to be built bottom up," he noted.

 

(The Indian Express, Jan 27, 2021)

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DoT explores ‘fair’ alternative to spectrum auction

 

The government is looking for a “fair and transparent” means of spectrum allotment other than auctions, as part of wider reforms to plug deficiencies that have led to much of the scarce natural resource lying idle, a senior official said. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has been advised by attorney general KK Venugopal to approach the Supreme Court on the matter, as all natural resources holding commercial value are being auctioned based on the top court’s orders of 2012, said the official.“The government is considering a reform of spectrum auctions,” the person said. “One of the questions facing it is how to put a perishable commodity like spectrum to more efficient use for better delivery of services.”“Whatever spectrum remains unsold lies idle with the government — it should be put to use and airwaves should be available on tap,” the official said. For example, less than 27% of spectrum on offer was sold in the FY13 auction. In FY14 and FY15, 81.9% and 89%, respectively, of offered spectrum was sold while in FY17, it was 41%.“Is this really a market discovery of a price point?” the official asked. The issue has also come under government scrutiny because spectrum usually gets sold at close to the reserve price.The official pointed out that there has been a nearly five-year gap in spectrum sales — from October 2016 to the upcoming one in March. Since there is no other way to allocate airwaves, a substantial amount of bandwidth has been lying unused with the government.

 

(ET, Jan 22, 2021)

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No misuse of WhatsApp data, Facebook assures Parliamentary Standing Committee

 

Facebook has assured the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology that its subsidiary WhatsApp is not sharing personal data, like conversation and exchange of messages between individuals, with it. The social media site underlined that the exchange between users is fully encrypted and there is breach of privacy.The Standing Committee, headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, met on Thursday to hear the views of representatives of Facebook and Twitter on the subject- safeguarding citizens’ rights and prevention of misuse of social online news media platforms including special emphasis on women’s security in the digital space.Facebook representative ShivnathThukral faced questions from the Standing Committee members on reports that WhatsApp is sharing data of its users with the parent organisation. Thukral assured the panel that there is no truth in the allegations that the privacy of WhatsApp users is being invaded, sources said. He informed the panel that Facebook has repeatedly made this fact clear that there is no misuse. One of the members asked Thukral if reports that WhatsApp can listen in and/or record conversations taking place between individuals, to which he replied in the negative and said all conversations and messages are encrypted, end-to-end.The Facebook official said his organisation has received 15 questions from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on various aspects of this issue and it is in the process of studying them and framing replies.

 

(ET, Jan 21, 2021)

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Acute shortage of components derail Indian handset players' smartphone comeback plans

 

Acute shortage of phone parts such as display, memory and chipsets is plaguing the comeback plans of domestic handset companies—Lava, Micromax and Karbonn—who are being forced to delay launch schedules and cut down on production, dealing a setback to their efforts to take on their stronger Chinese rivals.Jaina India Managing Director Pardeep Jain told ET that because of the shortage of components and consequent skyrocketing of their prices, Karbonn's smartphone re-entry plans have been impacted."We are now targeting March 2021 to launch our phones in the Rs 6,000-Rs 10,000 price category. With the government's policy, we are now focusing on increasing visibility of Karbonn in the market. We have increased investments in R&D already," said Jain. “The biggest challenge for Indian brands is planning because there is no visibility for next 2-3 months for sourcing components,” said Tarun Pathak, research director at Counterpoint. “Global brands get priority whenever there is a supply crunch because of their volumes but for Indian companies it becomes tougher, especially when they are competing in the sub-Rs15k segment with low margins and huge competition.”

(ET, Jan 21, 2021)

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India’s 5G smartphone shipments to hit 38 million units in 2021: Counterpoint

 

5G smartphone shipments in India is expected to hit the 38 million units mark in India in 2021 and will account for a 21% share of the total smartphone market in the same year, according to Counterpoint Research’s ‘India Market Outlook’ report.As of Q3 2020, India’s 5G shipments stood at 1.7 million units, which is expected to cross the 4 million mark by the end of 2020. These shipments were primarily driven by two brands--China’s OnePlus, which launched the Nord 5G smartphone in August 2020, and Apple’s 5G iPhone 12 series.OnePlus is the only smartphone vendor with a 100% 5G portfolio. “Going forward, 5G smartphone shipments are expected to increase by more than nine times to reach 38 million units in 2021,” the report said." The growth will be driven by intense competition among original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the decline in the price of 5G smart phones," it added.The market reached its inflection point after the launch of the mid-priced OnePlus Nord. Its shipments in the first two months after its launch were more than the total 5G shipments of other brands till June. According to the report, to increase the adoption of 5G smartphones, OEMs will have to bring the prices below Rs 20,000 ($275) mark which will be possible by incorporating affordable 5G chipsets.

(ET, Jan 21, 2021)

 

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SECTION I - POLICY SCAN                                                                                    

 

 

Key Budget 2021-22 announcements reg. Electronics Sector

 

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 Electronic Items 

BCD Announcements

 Vide

Effective date of Implementation

1.     

Inputs, parts or sub-parts for manufacture of specified parts of mobile phones, including: PCBA, Camera module, Connectors, wired headset, USB Cable, microphone and receiver etc. 

2.5%

3/2011-Customs

1.04.2021

2.     

PCBA &Moulded Plastic, for manufacture of charger or adapter

15%

3/2021

1.04.2021

3.     

Inputs and parts [other than PCBA and moulded plastic] of mobile charger

10%

3/2021

1.04.2021

4.     

Inputs, Parts and Sub-parts [other than PCBA and Li- ion Cell] for manufacture of Lithium-ion battery and battery pack

2.5%

3/2021

1.04.2021

5.     

Compressor of Refrigerator/Air Conditioner

15%

Clause 95 (i) of the Finance Bill, 2021

1.02.2021

6.     

Specific parts of transformer such as Bobbins, brackets, wires, etc.

7.5%

    4/2021

1.02.2021

7.     

Inputs and parts of LED lights or fixtures including LED Lamps

10%

Clause 95 (i) of Finance Bill, 2021

1.02.2021

8.     

Solar Inverters

20%

03/2021-Customs

1.02.2021

9.     

Solar lanterns or solar lamps

15%

 

1.02.2021

10.   

All goods under HSC 7325, 7326, 7307, 7308, 7310, other than SIM socket/other mechanical items (Metal) for cellular mobile phone

10%

1/2011-Customs

1.02.2021

11.   

Apparatus, control gear and transmission equipment and auxiliary equipment (including those required for testing and quality control) and components, required for the initial setting up of a solar power generation project

Applicable as per Custom Tariff

1/2011-Customs

1.02.2021

12.   

All parts for use in the manufacture of LED lights, fixtures including LED lamps, LED drivers and MCPCB of LED lights

10

2/2021

 

13.   

All goods falling under heading 8544 (except USB Cable and goods falling under tariff item 8544 30 00 and sub-heading 8544 70) will attract 10% BCD

10

3/2021

1.04.2021

14.   

Mobile Phone Parts, such as:

Battery cover, Front Cover, Front Cover (with Zinc Casting),  Middle cover, Side Key, Screw, Microphone rubber case, Sensor rubber case/sealing gasket including sealing gaskets/cases from rubbers like SBR, EPDM, CR, CS, Silicon and all other individual rubbers or combination/combination of rubbers, PU case/ sealing gasket, Articles of polyurethane foam like sealing gaskets/case, sealing gaskets/cases from PE, PP, EPS, PC and all other individual polymers or combinations of polymers, SIM sockets/Other Mechanical items (Metal), SIM sockets/Other Mechanical items (Plastic), Back Cover, Conductive cloth, Heat Dissipation sticker Battery cover, Sticker battery slot,  Protective Film for main lens, LCD Conductive Foam, LCD Foam, BT Foam, Key Pad

Applicable as per Custom Tariff

3/2021

1.04.2021

15.   

All Goods used for the manufacture of Base Stations for Mobile communication Infrastructure

2.5%

3/2021

1.04.2021

 

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Government examines OTT regulations in foreign countries

 

 

A growing number of instances of online content on social media and Over the Top (OTT) platforms running foul of public and political sentiments has prompted the government to examine regulatory mechanisms for OTT in other countries that suggest the need for a regulatory framework.The review of OTT-related regulation has been prompted by several complaints that range from adult and objectionable content to regular run-ins between BJP supporters and party members and producer and platforms over alleged “misrepresentation” of religious, cultural and social issues and themes.With India emerging at one of the largest consumers of OTT content and fastest growing market in 2020, an analysis being studied by the government underlines that regulation of digital media, including OTT platforms and intermediaries is a global trend. In India, in particular, the need for regulation, is prompted by the need for a level playing field for content across platforms, an idea also considered by the Shashi Tharoor-led parliamentary panel on information technology. The committee also considered similar issues with members pointing to regulations in other countries.

(ET, Jan 21, 2021)

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Govt formulating new action plan, Chinese telecom giants could be out of game

 

Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE could be potentially out of the game in India with the government set to begin formulating an action plan on the implementation of 'National Security Directive on Telecommunication Sector'on Thursday.With an aim to protect India's essential national security interests, a committee headed by the Deputy National Security Advisor (Dy NSA) will soon clear all equipment and gadgets, including 5G mobile networks and supply chains.Top sources in the government told IANS that "a meeting of nodal officials of key ministries was called (on January 21) to formulate a strategy to secure India's paramount interest in the field of cyber and telecom security".  Key officials of the Telecom Ministry, Commerce Ministry and the DRDO, along with cyber security experts were called in the all-important meeting, sources said, adding that "a meeting was called by the National Security Council Secretariat, but it was all too confidential. Nothing can be revealed further".The security action plan aims to classify telecom products/equipment and their suppliers under the trusted and non-trusted categories. In simpler words, companies or suppliers not trusted by the experts committee would not be allowed to do business with Indian telecom service providers.Once implemented, the action plan would make it very difficult for Chinese telecom equipment suppliers like Huawei or ZTE to procure supply orders from the Indian telecom players such as Jio, Airtel or Vodafone Idea. 

(ET, Jan 21, 2021)

 

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 SECTION II - INDUSTRY  SCAN                                                                           

 

General

 

Fix inverted tariff structures to boost industrial growth in India

 

A steady decline in import tariff rates in manufacturing industries had been an important feature of India’s economic reforms during the 1990s and 2000s. The average import tariff rate was reduced from about 84% in 1990 to the lowest-ever level of 8.6% in 2010. Consequently, imports of goods plus services as a percentage of India’s gross domestic product (GDP), which is essentially a measure of import openness, steadily increased from 8.5% in 1991 to 30.6% in 2012. The period since 2010, however, witnessed a gradual increase in import tariff rates. A well known result in economics, referred to as the Lerner Symmetry Theorem, states that import tariffs generally act as a tax on exports. In other words, a tariff on imports disincentivizes exports, just the way a direct tax on exports does. Indeed, exports of goods and services as a percentage of India’s GDP decreased from a peak of 25% in 2012 to 18.6% in 2019. This is a clear reversal of the trends observed during the first two decades of economic reforms. It is important to note that the decline of India’s export openness since 2012 was not a compulsion imposed by conditions prevailing in the rest of the world; the ratio of world trade to GDP remained unchanged at around 30% after 2012. During 2000-2011, India’s exports recorded high annual growth rates of 21% and 24%, respectively, for goods and services

(Mint, Jan 27, 2021)

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India's e-commerce economy to touch Rs 7 lakh crore in 2021

 

India's consumer Internet economy (e-commerce industry) is set to touch the $100 billion (Rs 7.29 lakh-crore) mark for the first time in 2021 driven by massive growth in consumer adoption across sectors. This is a growth of a little over 30% over last year.In 2020, the overall Internet GMV (gross merchandise value) touched $75 billion (Rs 5.46 lakh crore), which includes services and products after Covid-19-induced lockdowns forced consumers to purchase goods and services from their homes, according to experts tracking the sector. "The year 2020 has been a landmark year for India's consumer Internet economy.  Overall, India’s ecommerce services and products market touched a GMV of $75 billion in 2020, and is now creating a large impact on the overall economy. We expect it to accelerate further in 2021, driven by massive growth in consumer adoption and satisfaction seen in 2020 across sectors," Anil Kumar, Co-founder and CEO of RedSeer told DH. RedSeer tracks the ecommerce sector in India.  Indian Internet economy is expected to cross triple digits GMV for the first time in 2021. It will eventually become a $250 billion scale and 10% of private consumption in 2025, he said.

(Deccan Herald, Jan 27, 2021)

 

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Vodafone Idea inks strategic partnership with MFine for telemedicine services

 

Vodafone Idea (‘Vi’) has extended its suite of digital offerings by forging a strategic partnership with AI-powered healthcare platform MFine to offer instant chat and video-based consultation to its customers.Through the MFine app, Vi customers can select a doctor from a trusted hospital with whom they wish to consult. They can directly chat or video consult with doctors to get prescriptions and routine care. The MFine app also allows patients to upload images, past medical records, and prescriptions.“Our partnership with MFine is a part of Vi’s endeavor to bring differentiated and holistic digital solutions to our customers.. This partnership addresses the changing requirements of today’s digital society enabling individuals to get a range of benefits and value-adds,” said Avneesh Khosla, Chief Marketing Officer, Vi. “It enables Vi customers to access the finest in healthcare services offered by 600 partner hospitals, 4000 doctors across 30 specialties, in India, from within the safe confines of their home,” Khosla added. “We are very excited to partner with Vi and look forward to working together to make quality healthcare accessible to everyone in need. By diminishing the impact of distance and time, and using the power of mobile technology, MFine is helping users connect with doctors and specialists from all over the country,” said Arjun Choudhary, Chief Business Officer, and Founding Member, MFine.

 

(ET, Jan 21, 2021)

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 Information Technology & EV’s

 

E-commerce will be vital in Atmanirbhar Bharat vision: Amazon India head

 

E-commerce will play an important role in the government's vision of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' (self-reliant India) as more homegrown brands scale up and go global, leveraging digital infrastructure, a top Amazon India executive said on Wednesday. Amit Agarwal, global senior vice president and country head Amazon India, said e-commerce is at nascent stages in India given that it is hardly even 3 per cent of the country's total retail consumption. "What I predict is you're going to witness a kind of structural shift that propels us faster towards this vision of Digital India. "I think Make in India is going to go global at massive scale, you're going to have Indian brands become global brands and all of this is going to create a digitally robust business ecosystem across the country that is going to power millions of livelihoods," he said.  He further stated that "this is going to help us realise that vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and e-commerce is going to play an important role. Speaking at a TiEcon event, Agarwal said the Indian e-commerce market looked very different when the company had entered India seven years ago. He said the market at that time was mostly an urban phenomenon, people shopped on select events and it was not common to have people pay for shipping and convenience. Also, the infrastructure was not sophisticated and the seller base did not have the skills to go online yet.

 

(PTI, Jan 27, 2021)

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Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s Republic Day Tableau 2021 conceptualized& designed by ITW Playworx

 

Ministry of Electronics and IT’s showstopper Republic Day Tableau 2021, based on the theme of “Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat” has been conceptualized and designed by ITW Playworx, an Entertainment, Media & Communication arm of ITW Consulting Pvt. Ltd.MeitY’s spectacular 3-dimensional tableau has been inspired by Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of a self-reliant India, and therefore, visualized on the theme of “Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat”. It has been designed under extensive directions and guidance of Abhishek Singh, President & CEO, NeGD, CEO, MyGov and MD, Digital India Corporation, Ministry of Electronics and ITand his team. The support and inputs received from Mr. Singh and his team enabled ITW to ensure development of an innovative and eye-catching design which made it a showstopper at the parade this year. MeitY’s Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat tableau depicts the digital revolution that is transforming the nation by making key sectors in India self-reliant and self-sustaining.  Abhishek Singh, President & CEO, NeGD, CEO, MyGov and MD, Digital India Corporation, Ministry of Electronics and IT said, “India’s path to being AatmaNirbhar& Digital is indeed a celebratory moment. These initiatives have encouraged people to push boundaries and strive for excellence. We wanted a team who would plan and execute this flawlessly and successfully and we are glad to have associated with ITW Playworx for the same. The tableau for this year is a representation of progressive India and its innovative minds.”

(Media Growth, Jan 27, 2021)

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WhatsApp's new Privacy Policy is a looming threat: ADIF

 

Atmanirbhar Digital India Foundation (ADIF), a newly formed industry association of Indian startups, has alleged that WhatsApp’s recent privacy policy update is a looming threat to the payments and financial data of users and has sought greater oversight from the authorities.The policy could also lead to increased data sharing between WhatsApp Payments and parent entity Facebook despite the instant messaging platform’s position that the update applies only to WhatsApp Chat, it said in a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office, Reserve Bank of India, and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). "As privacy of data of 40 crore Indian citizens is at stake, Indian government may consider to conduct CERT-IN audit of WhatsApp servers to ensure that payments data is stored only in India and appropriate measures are applied to protect customer data," Data told ET. The association has alleged that WhatsApp's update contravenes the Unified Payments Interface’s procedural guidelines, as it asks users to comply with its amended privacy policy without their explicit consent.

(ET, Jan 25, 2021)

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An American electric car maker explains why it took a different route than Elon Musk’s Tesla, Tata Motors or Mahindra

 

A US-based carmaker Triton is gearing up to enter India with its electric sedan N4, the same year as Elon Musk, and the company’s founder and CEO, Himanshu Patel, got candid in an exclusive interview with Business Insider. “We’ve really talked through every component, like from the grid infrastructure to the conditions of the roads of India. We’re building the car based on every component of India’s infrastructure,” said Patel, who believes that the solar panel atop Triton’s cars give it the edge over its potential competitors in India. The reason for Triton’s entry at this time is pretty evident. From, Elon Musk-led Tesla registering its Indian subsidiary in Bengaluru to Tatas planning a slew of EV launches in 2021 — everyone wants a bite of India’s booming EV industry. But Patel is confident because, according to him, “the Indian carmakers are just trying to make a very cheap price point to enter the market just like Tatas or any other manufacturers of India. I think that’s the wrong approach in my opinion.”

 

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E-commerce in India will grow 45%, e-grocery 8X by 2025: RedSeer Research

 

India’s consumer internet economy showed strong resilience in 2020. The overall gross market transaction value dropped earlier last year due to the pandemic but recovered by the end of theyear. Industry experts like Vivek Sunder – COO of Swiggy, Umang Bedi-Co-founder of DailyHunt, Mukesh Bansal-Co-founder of CureFit and Visheh Shrivastava, MD of Temasek all were of the opinion that COVID-19 has accelerated digital adoption and changed consumer behaviour. These experts said that consumption in Tier II & III cities picked up more due to a number of reasons like reverse migration, adoption of digital mode among others. According to RedSeer Consulting, retail has suffered post COVID but is almost back to pre-COVID levels. RedSeer’s research shows that the market size dropped from $906 billion in 2019 to about $780 billion in 2020. MrigankGutgutia, director at RedSeer, said, “2020 has been a year of remarkable 40% growth in e-tailing, which resulted in multifold increase in online penetration across categories. Fashion and electronics brands have been strong beneficiaries of the digital, where within fashion subcategories like footwear and accessories have seen maximum digitization.

(India Retailing.com, Jan 25, 2021)

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‘Govt Should Ban WhatsApp Pay For Privacy Violations’, Says Atmanirbhar Digital India Foundation: Report

 

The government should completely ban WhatsApp Pay’s operations due to alleged privacy violations and its payments services should be de-coupled from its messaging app, the Atmanirbhar Digital India Foundation (ADIF) said in a letter to the government and regulators. The letter says WhatsApp’s new privacy policy violates data localisation norms and guidelines on data disclosures, the Economic Times reported. The letter, sent to the Prime Minister’s Office, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), said that WhatsApp’s new privacy policy update is a looming threat to the payments and financial data of millions of users. Since Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions on WhatsApp Pay will utilise Facebooks’ infrastructure, the two entities may share data to “provide customer support to the user or keep payments safe and secure,” it said. MediaNama reached out to Ajay Data, secretary general of ADIF for comment. His responses will be included once received. 

(Medianama, Jan 24, 2021)

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Telecom

 

India’s banning 59 Chinese apps is abnormal: Chinese experts

 

Chinese market watchers said India's permanent ban of 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and WeChat is "proof of allegiance" to the US. The comment came after India's ministry of electronics and information technology issued an updated notice announcing a permanent ban on Chinese apps, and the permanent ban will take effect in June.  Reuters reported on Monday that the Indian government "was not satisfied" with the responses or explanations given by the Chinese companies on compliance with Indian privacy and security requirements. The Indian government released the high-profile notice seven months ago. "Hence, the ban for these 59 apps is permanent now," the Times of India reported. It said the government notice was issued last week.This is "proof of allegiance" to the US, and it is also an act of irrational revenge following a series of crackdowns on Chinese companies last year, Qian Feng, director of the research department at the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University, told the Global Times.India is taking revenge on China, and it is also setting a bad example for the world to take revenge on China, Qian said. The move is to satisfy the needs of related interest groups in India by taking a hardline position against China, he said.

 

(Global Times, Jan 26, 2021)

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DoT explores ‘fair’ alternative to spectrum auction

 

The government is looking for a “fair and transparent” means of spectrum allotment other than auctions, as part of wider reforms to plug deficiencies that have led to much of the scarce natural resource lying idle, a senior official said.The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has been advised by attorney general KK Venugopal to approach the Supreme Court on the matter, as all natural resources holding commercial value are being auctioned based on the top court’s orders of 2012, said the official.“The government is considering a reform of spectrum auctions,” the person said. “One of the questions facing it is how to put a perishable commodity like spectrum to more efficient use for better delivery of services.”  The official said DoT is aware of weaknesses in the current system, pointed out by mobile phone companies.“Whatever spectrum remains unsold lies idle with the government — it should be put to use and airwaves should be available on tap,” the official said. For example, less than 27% of spectrum on offer was sold in the FY13 auction. In FY14 and FY15, 81.9% and 89%, respectively, of offered spectrum was sold while in FY17, it was 41%.“Is this really a market discovery of a price point?” the official asked. The issue has also come under government scrutiny because spectrum usually gets sold at close to the reserve price.The official pointed out that there has been a nearly five-year gap in spectrum sales — from October 2016 to the upcoming one in March. Since there is no other way to allocate airwaves, a substantial amount of bandwidth has been lying unused with the government. 

(ET, Jan 22, 2021)

 

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No misuse of WhatsApp data, Facebook assures Parliamentary Standing Committee

 

Facebook has assured the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology that its subsidiary WhatsApp is not sharing personal data, like conversation and exchange of messages between individuals, with it. The social media site underlined that the exchange between users is fully encrypted and there is breach of privacy.The Standing Committee, headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, met on Thursday to hear the views of representatives of Facebook and Twitter on the subject- safeguarding citizens rights and prevention of misuse of social online news media platforms including special emphasis on women’s security in the digital space.Facebook representative ShivnathThukral faced questions from the Standing Committee members on reports that WhatsApp is sharing data of its users with the parent organisation. Thukral assured the panel that there is no truth in the allegations that the privacy of WhatsApp users is being invaded, sources said. He informed the panel that Facebook has repeatedly made this fact clear that there is no misuse. One of the members asked Thukral if reports that WhatsApp can listen in and/or record conversations taking place between individuals, to which he replied in the negative and said all conversations and messages are encrypted, end-to-end.The Facebook official said his organisation has received 15 questions from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on various aspects of this issue and it is in the process of studying them and framing replies. 

(ET, Jan 22, 2021)

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India finalises norms of Rs 12,000 crore PLI scheme for telecom manufacturing: Report

 

The Indian government has finalized Production Linked Incentive (PLI) norms for the telecom and network equipment manufacturing, according to CNBC TV-18. The cabinet had recently approved the broader PLI scheme worth Rs 12,200 crore to boost local manufacturing of telecom gear for both the domestic market and exports.The scheme will cover core transmission equipment, 4G/5G and next-generation radio access network and wireless equipment, access and customer premise equipment (CPE), Internet of Things (IoT) access devices, and enterprise equipment such as switches and router.Under the PLI benefits, MSMEs stand to gain 7% incentive per year on eligible incremental sales for the 5-years period while non-MSMEs will be eligible for 6% incentive in the first two years, 5% in the third year and fourth year, and 4% in the fifth year, the report said. According to the report, the incremental sales will be calculated over the base year of FY20. Additionally, the incentive amount will be capped and the scheme will be implemented through a project management agency.The PLI conditions will include a minimum limit of total investment over the 4 years period

(ET, Jan 21, 2021)

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LG features rollable smartphone, virtual human at CES 2021

 

LG Electronics on Monday introduced a smartphone with rollable display and a virtual human at the CES 2021.At its online event, LG featured its smartphone with a rollable OLED display for the first time. Named "LG Rollable," the device, highlighted by a resizable screen with a side-rolling display, was shown briefly at the beginning and end of the press conference.However, the company did not reveal detailed specifications and overall design. LG said it will hold a separate event for the new handset in the first half of the year."At LG, we will never stop innovating to bring you more convenience, more entertainment and more ways to keep you safe, so that you can live your lives to the fullest, whatever changes may come," said "While our approach to life may be different now, we persevere," said LG Electronics CEO, Brian Kwon.LG said that the smartphone with a rollable display will be its second product under the Explorer Project, the company's new mobile category announced last year that aims to deliver devices with a different form factor and upgraded mobile experience, reports Yonhap news agency.In September, LG launched the Wing, a dual-screen smartphone with a rotating form factor, under the Explorer Project.

(ET, Jan 11, 2021)

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Defence & Solar

 

 

Indian Navy TEDBF: Homemade fighter for aircraft carrier

 

During 21st Dr. Srinivasan Memorial Lecture – 2021, organized by Aeronautical Society of India in Association with Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), DRDO Chairman G. Satheesh Reddy gave some important details about the upcoming TEDBF aircraft for Navy.In the slide shared by Chairman, we can see that TEDBF is going to have a maximum take of weight (MTOW) of 26 Tonnes. It will be very interesting to see the maximum take of weight TEDBF can achieve from STOBAR carrier.At the same we can see a preliminary design of Deck Bases Fighter. In the preliminary design we can clearly see a canards integration with aircraft. These canards will help in generating more lift for the aircraft while launching from aircrafts.  From the design we can also notice that the ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) is trying to incorporate stealth characteristics in the frontial fuselage of the aircraft. This means the aircraft is going to have a very low Radar Cross Section (RCS) from front.Although generally design body used to avoid canards in order to increase stealth characteristics of the aircraft. TEDBF is also going to be a delta wing aircraft (derive from Tejas) but these wings can also be foldable, so that it can fit in the hangar and lift of Indian aircraft carrier.As per G. Satheesh Reddy, the Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) will take its first flight by 2026 and by this calculation the fighter aircraft can enter into the service of Indian Navy, somewhere around 2029-30.

 

(Defence Aviation Post, Jan 27, 2021)

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Boeing plans to tap Indian SMEs to build global manufacturing ecosystem

 

Boeing, in order to create an aerospace ecosystem in India has developed and transformed dozens of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from other businesses into aerospace manufacturing.“This has been done for the future and core of building a globally competitive supply base right here in India,” said Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India. “Our engagement in India goes beyond the single JV or single supplier. We support India with the latest set of defence capabilities and with a wide-narrow-body commercial aircraft.” he added. Boeing continues to invest in partnerships in India across skilling, Research & Development and manufacturing that contributes to the Aatmanirbhar Bharat vision of the Indian government.“That is what I believe allows us to leverage our unique strength in both defence and civil aerospace combined and that is the synergy that allowed Boeing to ‘Make in India’ like no one else,” said Gupte.Talking about the ‘Make in India’ story, Ankur Kanaglekar, Director, India Fighters Lead, Boeing Defense, Space & Security said, “The company has seen 4x growth under Make in India since 2015. It was $100 million in 2012, it grew to $250 million in 2015 and last year ( 2020) it touched $1billion.”Boeing, on Thursday, shared its 2021 growth strategy for the Indian market, underscoring its confidence in the fundamentals of the country’s aviation and defence industry, and projecting future growth for the sector. 

(Defence Aviation Post, Jan 27, 2021)

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Information Security Biggest Challenge To National Security: Army Chief

 

Army chief General MM Naravane on Saturday said information security is the biggest challenge to national security in the present scenario “which can give a strong shock to the economy and can handicap government machinery also”.In his virtual address on the topic of “India’s National Security Scenario- Past, Present and Future” at a function organised by a college here in Maharashtra, General Naravane said national security was not limited to armed security only but is based on six other important foundations.Speaking about non-traditional threats to national security, General Naravane said, “Information security is the biggest challenge to national security in the present scenario”.“Cyber warfare is one of the non-traditional threats. It is not the only threat to our information system, but it is also a threat to leaking of sensitive information of our country,” he added.“Nowadays, government and private sector data is available online, and in this situation, a big cyber attack can give a strong shock to the economy and can handicap the government machinery also,” the Army chief said.He said national security is based on six important foundations viz “Army security, financial security,health security, food security, energy security and environment security, which needs effort of the entire nation”.He observed that the use of drone technology has increased in the world for launching a precision attack. 

(Defence Aviation Post, Jan 25 2021)

 

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To meet global requirements, IAF transport planes to get satellite tracking system

 

With the aviation sector worldwide switching over to a new generation, highly accurate satellite-based aircraft positioning and tracking system, the Indian Air Force is also modifying some of its transport aircraft with the new navigational aid.The new equipment, called the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), is a satellite-based system that replaces the current ground-based secondary surveillance radar network. Some countries have already made ADS-B capability mandatory in aircraft now being registered in or operating within their airspace.A senior Air Force officer said initially the IAF’s fleet of 12 C-130 Super Hercules would be upgraded with the additional avionics package. Besides retrofitting the hardware, processors and antennae, the work would also integrating the ADS-B with the aircraft’s existing navigation suite and mission computer.ADS-B transponder broadcasts the precise position and location information of an aircraft in real time, giving air traffic control better visibility to track and manage aircraft while enhancing aviation safety by providing aircrew more situational awareness of nearby aircraft.The IAF’s transport aircraft often fly overseas for various purposes, including humanitarian aid, joint exercises, support of UN peace missions, military diplomacy and logistics tasks.

(Defence Aviation Post, Jan 25 2021)

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Airport expansion to hit BrahMos

 

A reported move to acquire land held by BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (BATL) at Chakka for the development of the Thiruvananthapuram airport would adversely impact the expansion plans of the missile unit, fear BATL employees.Employees, under the aegis of the BrahMos Aerospace Staff Federation, have approached Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urging him to ensure that BATL is compensated with an equal area of land if at all the unit’s land is taken over for airport development. BATL stands to lose 5.3 acres, including land obtained from the Indian Air Force (IAF) for further expansion of the unit, under a proposal to transfer land for the development of the airport, the federation said in its petition to the Chief Minister.“’The acquisition of land for the airport is a concern for BATL at this moment as DRDO-GTRE (Gas Turbine Research Establishment) has already sanctioned ₹30 crore to set up facilities for the manufacturing of turbofan engine on this land in a time-bound programme,” the petition says.Besides, there is no clarity on whether BATL would be compensated with substitute land. In such a situation, the land acquisition will adversely impact the future expansion plans of BATL, it said. 

(Defence Aviation Post, Jan 25 2021)

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LG Electronics Pledges Rs. 1 Crore to Armed Forces Flag Day Fund, under the ‘Kar Salaam’ initiative

 

LG Electronics, India’s leading consumer durable brand, has pledged to support the Armed Forces by contributing Rs. 1 Crore to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF), under KendriyaSainik Board Secretariat (KSB SECTT), a nodal organization of the Govt. of India, Ministry of Defence as part of its ‘Kar Salaam’ initiative. The ‘Kar Salaam’ initiative, dedicated to the soldiers of India, was started by LG Electronics 3 years ago to salute their spirit of generous contribution and service towards the nation. In 2020, LG Electronics donated Rs. 1 crore to Armed Forces Flag Day Fund which was utilised for education of girl child of ex-servicemen & martyrs of the Defence Forces.  LG Electronics has been working on a number of CSR initiatives to help the community in every possible aspect and reaffirm its commitment towards the people. In these precarious and challenging times, LG Electronics has pledged to support the chivalry and sacrifice of India’s brave soldiers for assuring us a fearless life while protecting the borders. The contribution made by LG Electronics will help the dependents of brave martyrs, veterans and their families.To further support the cause, LG conducted a public awareness drive for contribution to the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. Radio & Digital mediums were leveraged to further amplify communication across the masses for the initiative. The awareness campaign was also conducted 7,000 retail stores across the country. Video link of KAR SALAAM initiative 

(News18, Jan 19, 2021)

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Hartek Solar commissions rooftop PV project for a hospital

 

Extending its footprint to the healthcare segment, Chandigarh-based Hartek Solar, the rooftop solar division of the Hartek Group, has announced the commissioning of a 50kWp rooftop project at Alchemist Hospital in Panchkula district of Chandigarh.Based on the latest remote sensing technology that gives real-time alerts on energy generation and savings and equipped with all safety devices like walkway and safety lifeline, this solar plant at Alchemist Hospital will generate 72.5 MWh of clean electricity annually, offsetting 1,397 tonnes of carbon emissions, the EPC firm said in a release.Hartek Solar executed the project right from installing solar panels and inverter to supply, design, engineering and commissioning. It synced the solar plant with a smart grid-interactive inverter system to enable the hospital to run its medical emergency services and diagnostic facilities without any glitches.Commenting on the successful execution of the project, Hartek Solar Director and CEO Simarpreet Singh said, “The potential of rooftop solar in the private institutional category is immense, and we are going all out to tap it.”  Simarpreet said there is a growing realization among institutions like hospitals and schools about how rooftop solar can substantially reduce their electricity bills and provide a reliable and uninterrupted electricity source without depending on bulky inverters and diesel-based generator sets. “Going by the favorable trends, private institutions and commercial units will set the pace for rooftop solar in coming months,” he said.

(PV Magazine, Jan 19, 2021)

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Tesla launches solar inverter

 

Tesla has come a step closer to a more comprehensive ecosystem by launching a proprietary solar inverter. In the last years, multiple inverter companies have ventured into electric vehicle (EV) charging and expanded the power electronic ecosystem, repeatedly emphasising the inverter’s importance at the centre of the system. Tesla has gone the other way. Starting with EVs, the carmaker penetrated the residential solar market with panels and batteries but only now has brought an inverter to market. The product – the Tesla Solar Inverter – comes in 3.8 kW and 7.6 kW versions featuring two and four maximum power point trackers (MPPTs), respectively. That is slightly above average as most sub-10 kW inverters have just two MPPTs but the product’s efficiency is somewhat below the figures achieved by market leaders. Tesla says its solar inverter has 97.5% efficiency, though it does not specify whether that is CEC [California Energy Commission]-weighted or maximum efficiency.  As is mandatory in the U.S., the inverter comes with integrated rapid shutdown capability and provides arc-fault and ground fault protection. The EV maker says the product has been designed to neatly integrate with the Tesla Powerwall battery as well as the Tesla app, which enables the monitoring of power generation and consumption patterns.

(PV Magazine, Jan 19, 2021)

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Floating solar plant operational at Cochin Airport

 

Kerala’s Cochin International Airport – which claims to be the first in the world powered entirely by solar – has commissioned a 452 kWp floating PV plant.The array, on two artificial lakes at the 130-acre airport golf course, covers an acre of the water surfaces.The installation takes the airport’s solar generation capacity to 40 MWp, helping it produce around 1.6 lakh kWh per day against daily consumption of about 1.3 lakh kWh, the airport said.The floating plant features high-density polyethylene floats which host 1,300 solar panels.  Pre-commissioning trials demonstrated the panels, which cost around INR2 crore, were producing power with maximum output efficiency, as one of eight solar arrays distributed on airport property, added the airport.The floating plant is connected to the Kerala State Electricity Board grid. French floating PV specialist Ciel & Terre provided technical assistance on the project.“Traditionally, the installation of [a] floating power plant costs two to three times more than that of [a] ground-mounted one but the use of … novel French technology allowed [the airport] to bring down the project cost [to be on] par with that of [a] floor installation,” stated the airport.

(PV Magazine, Jan 19, 2021)

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Madhya Pradesh to have 4.45 GW of new solar park capacity within three years

 

The Indian State of Madhya Pradesh is going to have 4,450 MW of new solar park capacity completed before the end of October 2023. The state minister for new and renewable energy, Hardeep Singh Dang, has given the instructions to complete the proposed solar parks in the State within the scheduled time-frame. He gave the instructions to complete the 1500 MW solar park in Agar-Shajapur-Neemuch by December 2022, 600 MW Omkareshwar Dam floating solar power project by July 2023, 950 MW in Chattarpur by July 2023, and 1400 MW project in Morena by October 2023.The minister also asked to complete the installation of 45,000 solar pumps in the State before July 2023. Rooftop solar plants are also proposed to be installed on school buildings in the State.Madhya Pradesh is already home to a 750 MW solar project in Rewa. Set upon an area of ​​1590 hectares, it is one of the world’s largest single-site solar plants. Seventy-six percent of the power generated from the project is being provided to the state’s Power Management Company and 24% to Delhi Metro.

(PV Magazine, Jan 19, 2021)

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Consumer Electronics

 

Panasonic aims to double AC business in next 3 yrs, invest in domestic manufacturing

 

Consumer electronics major Panasonic India is aiming to double its residential air-conditioning business in the next three years as it is betting big on new cutting age technologies along with growing demand, a top company official said. The company, which on Thursday introduced HU series of ACs with the recently-announced nanoeX technology, is eyeing about 35 per cent sales growth in the segment this year on the back of pent-up demand.According to the company, nanoeX technology releases hydroxyl radicals contained in water, which are also known as "nature's detergent" that are capable of inhibiting bacteria and viruses, including 99.99 per cent of adhered novel coronavirus. Panasonic ACs are also equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT) platform Miraie as well as intelligent sensors Econavi, which detect unconscious waste of energy."Our intention in AC business is very clear, we want to democratise the technology to as much as possible," Panasonic India and South Asia President and CEO Manish Sharma told reporters at the firm's virtual launch event.Last year, Panasonic had launched its Miraie platform and introduced connected technology across its inverter ACs portfolio with smart features."This year again, we have the intention to adopt technology and provide it to a wider range. The intention is to double the AC business in the next three years’ time," he said. 

(ET, Jan 29, 2021)

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Apple's business in India still quite low relative to size of opportunity: Tim Cook

 

 

 Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the company's share in India “is quite low relative to the size of the opportunity” and setting up retail stores in the future in the country will be a great initiative.Apple launched the Apple Store online in India on September 23, offering Apple's full range of products and support directly to customers across the country for the first time. “If you take India as an example, we doubled our business last quarter compared to the year ago quarter. But our absolute level of business there is still quite low relative to the size of the opportunity. And you can kind of take that and go around the world and find other markets that are like that as well,” Cook said on Wednesday in the company's Q1 2021 results earnings call. On a question on Apple's efforts in the Indian market, where it has a low share, Cook said, “There are several markets, as I alluded to before. India is one of those, where our share is quite low. It did improve from the year-ago quarter. Our business roughly doubled over that period of time. And so we feel very good about the trajectory.” He said Apple is doing a number of things in the area. “We put the online store there, for example, and last quarter was the first full quarter of the online store. And that has gotten a great reaction to it and has helped us achieve the results that we got to last quarter."

(ET, Jan 29, 2021)

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Consumer Durables index at new high; Voltas, Crompton, Polycab up over 5%

 

Shares of consumer durables companies, including electronics products and household appliances, were on a roll at the bourses on Thursday after Havells India reported a strong set of numbers for the quarter ended December 2020 (Q3FY21) on the back of strong festive demand, market share gains and increased penetration in smaller towns.Havells India, Polycab India, V-Guard Industries, Orient Electric, Voltas, Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals and Whirlpool of India were up between 5 per cent and 10 per cent on the BSE on Thursday. Out of the top 10 gainers from the S&P BSE500 index, six stocks are from these sectors on the BSE, at 10:31 am. The S&P BSE Consumer Durable index, the top gainer among sectoral indices, was up 2.4 per cent, as compared to 0.55 per cent rise in the S&P BSE Sensex. The consumer durable index hit a record high of 31,775 in intra-day trade today. The index zoomed 90 per cent from its low of 16,699 touched on March 24, 2020.Among individual stocks, Havells India surged 10 per cent to Rs 1,122, also its record high on the BSE, after the company’s standalone net profit for Q3FY21 jumped 75 per cent year on year (YoY) at Rs 349 crore, on the back of strong revenue growth. The company’s revenue during the quarter increased by 40 per cent YoY at Rs 3,166 crore. Ebitda (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) margins expanded by 420 basis points (bps) at 16.0 per cent from 11.8 per cent in the corresponding quarter of previous fiscal.

 

(BS, Jan 21, 2021)

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SECTION – IV - FORTHCOMING EVENTS &  GENERAL INFORMATION 

 

 Overseas Shows

 

Event

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International Electronic Circuits (Shanghai) Exhibition(CPCA Show 2021)

Organiser

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China Printed Circuit Association (CPCA)

From

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15-March-2021

To

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17-March-2021           

Venue & City

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National Exhibition & Convention Center (Shanghai), China

Website

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www.cpcashow.com    

 

Event

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electronica China 2021

Organiser

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Messe Muenchen Shanghai Co., Ltd.

From

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14-April-2021

To

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16-April-2021           

Venue & City

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Shanghai, China

Website

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https://electronica-china.com/en/

 

Event

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JPCA Show 2021

Organiser

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Japan Electronics Packaging and Circuits Association (JPCA)

From

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26-May-2021

To

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28-May-2021           

Venue & City

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Aomi Exhibition Hall, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo Japan 

Website

:

www.jpcashow.com    

 

Event

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Taipei International Electronics Show (TAITRONICS)

Organiser

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TAITRA/ TEEMA

From

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20-Oct-2021

To

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22-Oct-2021           

Venue & City

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Nangang Exhibition Center, Taipei, Taiwan

Website

:

https://www.taitronics.tw/

 

Event

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electronica Munich

Organiser

:

MesseMunchen

From

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8-Nov-2021

To

:

11-Nov-2021            

Venue & City

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Munich, Germany

Website

:

https://electronica.de/en/

 

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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.

Domestic Shows  

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

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

 

Event

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Convergence India 2020 

Organiser

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Exhibitions India

From

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24-March -2021

To

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26-March -2021

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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24-March -2021

To

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26-March -2021

City

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Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Website

:

https://www.embeddedtechexpo.com/

 

Event

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electronica India 2021 

Organiser

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MMI

From

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22-Sept. -2021

To

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24-Sept. -2021

City

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BIEC, Bengaluru

Website

:

https://electronica-india.com/en/

 

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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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

ELCINA EMS Task Force Report:

(recently Launched by Mr. Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Min. of Electronics & IT)

ELCINA constituted a Task Force to study the EMS Sector and come up with a Research Report providing details of the status and prospects of this ESDM segment. The task force had representation from MeitY & Invest India. The EMS Task Force commenced deliberations in July 2020 and concluded the same in November, coming up with valuable details such as the sector’s current size, growth potential, exports and policies which impact its progress. 

The Task Force findings are compiled in the form of a report. As per report, globally EMS sector was valued at US$ 832 Bn in 2019 and estimated to grow to US$ 1055 Bn by 2025. ELCINA predicts that the Indian EMS industry will gallop from US$ 23.5 Bn in 2019-20 to US$ 152 Bn by 2025. This effectively means that it has the potential to grow from <3% of the global industry to about 14% within 5 years.

For enquiries and ordering the reports, please call: Ms.TandraMajumder at +91 (011) 26924597, 26928053

 

 

“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 world   wide in number of applications ranging from automotive, renewable energy to electronics. For more details you can visit below link:

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