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31 December 2020

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Lava begins manufacturing Nokia smartphones; in talks with telcos

 

Lava International is in advanced talks with one of the top Indian telcos to make co-branded smartphones, which will be subsidized by the operator, pulling the cost sharply down for the 4G device. It has already started making Nokia branded smartphones and is in talks with Motorola for similar tie-ups, people familiar with the matter said. “Lava has reached an advanced level of talks with one of the telcos. Phones will be co-branded but will be subsidized by the telco,” a person said, adding that the company is in talks with all three telecom operators for design and manufacturing of smartphones. Reliance Jio has been getting its devices – JioPhone series - made mainly by Flex, and plans to bring out low cost 4G devices in a tie up with Google. ET reported that Bharti Airtel is believed to be also talking to handset vendors to develop and sell low cost 4G smartphones under the carrier subsidy model. Airtel officially has said it is exploring its device options. “Lava also has plans to partner with companies that can share supply chains. It is already making smartphones for Nokia [HMD Global]. It is looking to combine forces on the supply chain front,” the person added. “Lava wants to work with important companies that are from outside of the ecosystem in India so that their supply chain can be combined."

 

(ET, Nov 23, 2020)

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IMC 2020: Mukesh Ambani calls for urgent steps for 5G, hints at 5G rollout in second half of 2021

 

Reliance Industries (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani has called for "urgent policy steps" to ensure availability of 5G technology and affordable smartphones in India. Ambani said RIL unit Reliance Jio will also pioneer the 5G revolution in the second half of 2021 to ensure India maintains its lead in digital connectivity. "In order to maintain this lead, policy steps are needed to accelerate early rollout of 5G, and to make it affordable and available everywhere. I assure you that Jio will pioneer the 5G Revolution in India in the second half of 2021. It will be powered by indigenous-developed network, hardware and technology components," said Ambani said at the India Mobile Congress. RIL unit Reliance Jio is now the only Indian company which has claimed that it has grown its own 5G ecosystem and can become a vendor to global firms in the next generation of technology. These comments come at a time when spectrum for 5G is yet to be auctioned and has been categorised as expensive by all three major telcos-Airtel, Jio and Vodafone Idea. Ambani said that the advent of 5G will add to the "Atma Nirbhar Bharat" and will enable India to not just participate in the fourth industrial revolution but lead it from the front. The chairman said Jio with 20 startups under it has the capability to build " world class capabilities in artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data and machine learning, Internet of Things, virtual reality, compelling homegrown solutions in education, healthcare" amongst other areas.

(ET, Dec 08, 2020)

 

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Tech startups that helped reducing dependencies on Chinese imports

 

India will soon be able to manufacture lithium-ion batteries and will not be dependent on China for importing the key component used in electric vehicles as the government accords "top priority" to pushing e-mobility, Union Minister Anant Geete said. According to the latest figures of the Commerce of Ministry, India's imports from China decreased slightly in FY 2020 compared to FY 2019. In order to reduce the dependency on imports of battery components, India needs to achieve a similar level of performance at the battery pack level, apart from just manufacture the battery cells. Start-ups are assisting in India’s path towards ‘Atma Nirbharta’ reducing dependency on China. Aqueouss is one of the leading manufacturers and exporters of a wide array of best quality Li-Ion Battery and Life P04 Battery. Currently providing customized Lithium Battery pack solution in the market. They have been providing Lithium-ion and LiFePo4 Battery packs in the market for E-Vehicles, Solar Energy, Consumer Electronics and Railway and Defence Equipments. They are also working on developing some parts which are integral for the functioning of lithium batteries in-house in India to reduce our dependency on China. With the ambition of making India energy efficient a group of IIT engineers founded Inverted Energy in 2017. In just three years this ambition became India’s second largest Lithium battery companies. Today we are a team of engineers, scientists and energy researchers dedicated to disrupting the energy storage sector. Inverted Energy on Wednesday announced the opening of its lithium battery manufacturing facility here. The company has extended its journey towards Atmanirbhar Bharat and to create a flexible, cost-effective and optimized market space aiming to reduce dependency (for batteries) on China.

 

(India TV, Dec 21, 2020)

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Govt. starts contest for strengthening digital network platform for vaccine

 

The government on Wednesday launched a technology contest to invite solutions from IT companies and start-ups to strengthen digital platform CoWIN, which will be used for rolling out and scaling up COVID vaccine distribution across the country. The government is enhancing use of the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system, which provides real-time information on vaccine stocks and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the country to address the needs for distribution and tracking of COVID-19 vaccine.The contest will be jointly run by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Electronics and IT, a statement said. The Health Ministry is looking for technical solutions that can address issues of portability, transportation, queue management, reporting and monitoring mechanism for any adverse event following immunization. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that mobile technology will be used for mass inoculation against the pandemic. "India's innovators have played a crucial role in our fight against COVID-19. I invite innovators and start-ups for a grand challenge to strengthen CoWIN platform for roll out of CoWIN is hosted, apart from their integration with CoWIN, according to the statement.

 

(BS, Dec 23, 2020)

 

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Airtel CEO Vittal calls on government to keep 5G spectrum prices affordable

 

Bharti Airtel chief executive Gopal Vittal has called on the government to keep spectrum prices affordable to give telcos the financial headroom to invest meaningfully in 5G networks. He also underlined the need for strong collaboration between the government, private sector and academia to leverage the power of the next-gen fast broadband technology and building a vibrant 5G ecosystem, spanning devices, networks, apps and services. “One of the critical enablers for Digital India is affordable spectrum so that we can invest in building networks rather than spending money on just airwaves," Vittal said at a Ficci event Thursday. His comments come at a time when the government plans to hold a 4G airwaves sale in early-2021, which may be followed by a sale of 5G airwaves later next year. Vittal, in fact, had recently said the Sunil Mittal-led telco would give 5G airwaves a miss if auctioned at the reserve prices set by the sector regulator, that it feels are unaffordable. Fifth-generation wireless broadband technology, he said, is all about building the ecosystem, and for that to happen there is a need for very strong collaboration between academia, government and the private sector that not only includes telecom, but digital players, manufacturing players, banks and IT companies.

 

(ET, Nov 27, 2020)

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SECTION I - POLICY SCAN                                                                                    

 

ELCINA EMS Task Force Report Launched by Mr. Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY

 

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.

 

Globally, EMS sector was valued at US$ 832 Bn in 2019 and estimated to grow to US$ 1055 Bn by 2025. The Task Force report 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. The global EMS industry has grown very quickly during last 15-20 years as it has expanded the scope of its activities for the Electronic Systems Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) sector. From a small share of 10-15% in the ESDM industry, EMS now straddles in excess of 40-45% of its value. In addition to PCBA and pure assembly services, EMS has now expanded to include research & development, supply chain management, global distribution, logistics, customer support and even warranty repairs. There has been a complete transformation of the role of EMS in the ESDM industry globally.

 

Secretary Ministry of Electronics & IT, Government of India, Mr Ajay Sawhney, while releasing the Report, reinforced the need to manufacture PCB assemblies within the country and reduce import dependence. He said that there was plenty of opportunity for utilising the existing Schemes of NPE 2019 and additional Schemes which were being promoted for other sectors, such as medical electronics, defence and aerospace which had created huge demand for electronics. Mr Sawhney mentioned that there was a huge opportunity in products such as Servers, Laptops, Tablets etc and encouraged industry to take up these high value and large volume products. He also informed that government was keen to support expansion of the components eco-system in the country and certain follow up schemes were in the works to enable participation by more domestic companies including the Medium and Small enterprises.

 

Printed Circuit Board Assemblies are at the core of every electronic device. And constitute anywhere from 40-50% of the BOM of the device. To develop India as an electronics manufacturing hub, it is crucial that we expand the manufacturing ecosystem for EMS and PCBA’s in India.

 

Key Findings of EMS Task Force Report on Market & Industry Analysis of EMS Sector of ESDM Industry

  • Currently EMS Industry (Contract Manufacturing Services) are valued 832 Bn $ and are projected to grow 1055 Bn by 2025.

  • Current estimate of EMS Industry in India is USD 23.5 Bn only which is <3% of global mfg.  EMS Industry has an estimated 700 Firms with about 600 Indian and 100 Multinational Companies.

  • China exported US$ 685 Bn of electronics to the world during 2019-20. There is huge export potential for India EMS sector and govt has set a target of US$ 100 Bn exports of mobiles alone by 2025. This is driven by the PLI Scheme and targets about 25% of the global mobile market valued at US$ 415 Bn.

  • In Non-Mobile segment, China exported electronics worth USD 50Bn to India friendly countries. Government support of 5% will empower Indian EMS sector to capture 30-40% of this, which is USD 15-20 Bn.

  • Domestic electronics manufacturing is estimated at USD 75 Bn of which 39 Bn constitutes EMS value.  This is divided into 23.5 Bn domestic Mfg. and USD 15.5 Bn PCBS/Sub-Assembly imports.

  • Further USD 53.5 Bn is finished Electronic Goods imports of which USD 17 Bn is EMS value. Thus total EMS opportunity loss is US$ 32.5 Bn (15.5 +17).

  • We estimate that EMS production can grow realistically from USD 23.5 Bn today to USD 152 Bn by 2025 at CAGR of 45%.  This will meet 75% of the countries EMS requirement of US$ 203 Bn by 2025 against a total estimated market of 400 Bn.

  • The Industry is broadly categorized into HVLM (High Volume Low Mix) which are the large global MNCs and few large Indian Firms and the other category is HMLV (High Mix Low Volume) largely constituted by the Indian EMS Companies catering to lower volume industrial/professional sector products.

  • HVLM & HMLV have very different characteristics with respect to volume, risk, automation, supply chain, costs etc.

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 SECTION II - INDUSTRY  SCAN                                                                           

 

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Smaller startups are poised to drive social commerce in India

 

When Sonakshi Nathani saw her father struggle with WhatsApp orders for his grocery store in Raipur in Chhattisgarh, she decided to come to his rescue. The young software developer founded a startup and launched an app, Bikayi, to help sellers like him increase their business. “I saw his WhatsApp chats and noted his requirements to shape the product where merchants can showcase their products," she said. Barely one-and-a-half years old, Bikayi suffered a brief lull in the initial days of the lockdown but has been growing 100% thereafter, onboarding a range of merchants from electronics retailers to apparel makers to grocery stores, mostly from tier-3 and tier-4 towns. As a WhatsApp integrated commerce platform, Bikayi facilitates sellers in creating their online stores and even helps them manage their businesses. The company, which raised $2 million as a part of its seed round from a clutch of international investors, claims it has more than 200,000 merchants on board doing daily transactions worth more than ₹2 crore on the platform. India is witnessing the rise of many more social commerce startups and KIKO TV is another one that recently pivoted from being a short-format video-sharing app to a commerce platform. Its founder Shivam Varshney, however, is targeting tier-1 sellers and buyers for now as its main offering is live-streaming and assisted shopping. “High internet speed in these regions and presentable selling skills of sellers in tier-1 towns is the twin logic behind preferring this demographic at present," he said. The social commerce opportunity was much bigger than short videos in terms of a clear market size, Varshney said.

 

(Mint, Dec 23, 2020)

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A case for e-commerce export zones

 

Indian MSMEs must leverage e-commerce and cross-border e-sales as a strategy to weather the Covid pandemic storm. The pandemic has led to more buying online from domestic as well as international e-tailers. More consumers than ever before meet their shopping needs by ordering online than walking into a retail stores.  As per UNCTAD estimates for 2018, the world market for e-commerce was $25.6 trillion. It also reports that the share of cross-border online shoppers to all online shoppers rose from 17 per cent in 2016 to 23 per cent in 2018. Though reliable statistics for India’s share in cross-border e-commerce are not available, Amazon announced that Indian goods clocked $5 billion between 2015 and 2020, an indication of India’s paltry share in global e-commerce. In global e-commerce, consumer electronics and low cost consumer goods such as clothing, home furnishings, footwear, cosmetics, healthcare items, toys etc. dominate. While India is not a mass producer in some of these categories, the residual market size is still sizeable. India should begin its global e-commerce journey by expanding its share in residual categories. 

(BusinessLine, Dec 21, 2020)

 

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Vocal for local! Mivi launches its 1st Made in India Bluetooth speaker ROAM 2 - Top features, price and more

 

Electronics brand, Mivi has launched its first Made in India product! ROAM 2 which is the upgraded version of ROAM 1.0 is the 1st Bluetooth speaker which is fully Made in India. This is the first product Mivi has been produced completely in India. The company was previously designing and developing the products in India and was getting the products manufactured from other countries. Now, the company has taken the fast strides into the manufacturing space by setting up its own unit at Hyderabad. "This also aligns with the Prime ministers’ Vocal for Local and Aatma Nirbhar initiatives. The launch of this plant marked the beginning of a new journey for Mivi- to imagine, design, engineer and build locally but also to compete at international standards," Mivi said in a statement. Midhula Devbhaktuni, Co-Founder, Mivi, shared “Within a short span of time Mivi has become a most sought out brand in the Audio technology space. The market response and the success of our products have propelled us to take the plunge into manufacturing space and we have set up fully integrated manufacturing unit in India and soon we will be making all the products completely in India. We are sure that this product will become even bigger and successful than its predecessor Roam 1.0 and will soon become the most sought-after Bluetooth speaker.”

(Business News, Dec 20, 2020)

 

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Wistron admits to payment gaps after Workers damage Bengaluru Apple Factory

 

After violence broke out at Apple’s contract manufacturer Wistron’s iPhone manufacturing facility near Bengaluru last week, the Taiwanese company has admitted to some of the allegations by the agitating workers. The violence at the factory is estimated to have cost the company $7 Mn. Workers had complained about being underpaid and not being paid for overtime hours at the Wistron facility. Videos of workers pelting stones at the factory quickly emerged on social media, with many parts of the unit seemingly set on fire. While nearly 7,000 people have been named in charges for the violence by the Karnataka police, now Wistron has admitted that it did have payment irregularities. Wistron said that it is restructuring its teams to ensure that such incidents do not happen again. “Since the unfortunate events at our Narasapura facility we have been investigating and have found that some workers were not paid correctly, or on time. We deeply regret this and apologize to all of our workers,” a Wistron spokesperson told ET.  Taking note of the mistakes, the company further said that the Narasapura facility was new and it is taking immediate action to correct this, including disciplinary action against any employees who may be involved. Wistron has already removed the company’s vice-president who was responsible for overseeing the business in India. “We are also enhancing our processes and restructuring our teams to ensure these issues cannot happen again,” Wistron told the publication. 

(INC4, Dec 19, 2020)

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India has potential to become a lead player in electronic manufacturing, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

 

India instituted the largest COVID-19 induced lockdown in the world to battle the pandemic and flatten the curve. In several months of social distancing and isolation, people, businesses, and national and state governments have deployed technology to get an edge over the pandemic. To get an insight into how Indian authorities have leveraged technology to counter COVID-19, on this episode of the Digital India Summit we have Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology and Communications. This fireside chat delves into key learning from the exercise and lasting impressions that will shape Government policy going forward.  Explaining how digital India has brought a change, Prasad said: "Yesterday, I got a very disturbing report of a farmer in Samastipur Bihar who was crashing all his cauliflower because he wasn't getting proper price at not even one rupee per kilo. I connected to my common service centres, which are the digital kiosk all over the country, nearly 4 lakh in number... They have developed a Market app whereby they connect the farmers to the market. They reached him and connected him to a Delhi market. They agreed to purchase, send their vehicle, collected all the cauliflowers, and gave him Rs 10 per Kg for 4,000 Kgs of cauliflowers. Rs. 40, 000 digitally paid, and the entire vegetable was sold in Allahabad."

 

(ET, Dec 20, 2020)

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West Bengal e-governance project e-Abgari wins central govt. Digital India Award

 

The West Bengal government’s e-governance project e-Abgari which focused on improving efficiency and transparency has won Union government instituted Digital India Awards for innovative steps in e-governance. eAbgari project is one of the strategic administrative reform initiative of West Bengal State Excise Directorate. The project leverages modern technology to enable seamless online communication among all excise officials across the state, all licensees, administrative departments & other stakeholders through workflow based systems hosted on state excise portal. So far about seven states have already adopted this model. “It gives me an immense pleasure to inform that ‘e-Abgari’ project of Excise Directorate, under the Finance Department, has been declared as WINNER of the prestigious DIGITAL INDIA AWARD-2020 for exemplary and innovative initiatives in the realm of Digital Governance,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted. “e-Abgari has been adjudged as a National Best Practice and 7 states have already adopted this model. Hon’ble President of India will be conferring this award to the West Bengal Team on 30th December,” she said in another tweet.

 

(Tech Observer, Dec 20, 2020)

 

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 Information Technology & EV’s

 

 

Electronics retailers may have lost out on 10-12% sales growth due to supply chain issues in 2020

 

While on one hand demand surged for electronics this year owing to the new normal of working and studying from home, on the other hand, supply chain issues affected stock availability. With a sudden steep surge in demand in the past few months, manufacturers faced a shortage in the supply of critical components. This was because the demand surge was a global phenomenon and raw material and component manufacturers struggled to bridge the gap. Additionally, border tensions between India and China caused shipments to be held up longer at docks for stringent checks that were put in place. Mitesh Mody, President of the All India Electronics Association (West Zone) said, "Instead of four to eight weeks, goods are reaching Indian ports after almost 16 weeks. That is a gap of over 12 weeks. This has resulted in a shortage of goods like LED TV panels. It has led to lesser production and the availability of a few models of reputed brands has been hit." Sales growth of entry-level laptops, TV sets and smartphones were impacted the most as demand jumped but stocks were scarce. Lack of components and products also drove up prices, pushing customers to defer purchases in a few cases.

 

(ET Now, Dec 23, 2020)

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Digital India Summit 2020: Tete-e-tete with Ravi Shankar Prasad   

 

At the backdrop of Digital India Summit 2020, Times Network engaged in a fireside chat with Ravi Shankar Prasad to understand how technology has enabled the governments to fight against COVID-19 On Digital India Summit 2020, Ravi Shankar Prasad - Minister of Law & Justice, Electronics & Information Technology & Communications talks about how technology has enabled the governments to fight against COVID-19, and how Digital India has become a mass movement with digitisation happening in manufacturing, services, delivery and various other sectors.  This fireside chat delved into key learnings from the exercise, and lasting impressions that will shape the government's policy going forward.  

(Times Now, Dec 23, 2020)

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Digital India Awards 2020: Haryana wins e-gov award for Antyodaya Saral project

Haryana government’s e-governance project — Antyodaya Saral — won the Digital India Awards 2020 under the category — Excellence in Digital Governance — State/UT. The award is scheduled to be conferred on December 30 by President Ram Nath Kovind. Antyodaya Saral is government to citizen focused public service delivery online platform that can be used to apply for over 549 schemes and services of the state government. Currently, services from 40 departments, boards and corporations are being provided with the help of Common Service Centre (CSC) and 117 Antyodaya Saral Kendras. According to officials, Antyodaya Saral portal — saralharyana.gov.in — receives more than 5.5 lakh applications every month. Besides, citizens are sent more than 20 lakh proactive SMSes per month informing them about the status of their applications. A citizen can also find the status of application via the online portal, similar to how they would track the status of an e-commerce order. This project had also bagged ‘Gold Award’ in the category of ‘Excellence in providing Citizen-centric Delivery’ at the 23rd National Awards ceremony for e-Governance in February 2020. 

 

(Tech Observer, Dec 23, 2020)

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India through its public digital platform is driving a low-cost inclusive digitalization model

 

Dr Ajai Garg, Senior Director, MeitY : NASSCOM CoE-IoT & AI organized ‘Voice of Manufacturing Edition 6 – Digital Transformation in Manufacturing Value Chain’ to bring out the larger economic perspective of the manufacturing industry linked with Digital India Mission. The manufacturing leaders talked about digital maturity, viability, and ability to adopt digital offerings across their value chain bringing tangible impacts or return on investment (RoI). Deepak Bagla, MD & CEO, Invest India Org, delivered a keynote address on ‘Taking a leap into next normal in Industry & Innovation’.  “We are at an inflection point in history as we are growing and experiencing an unprecedented change in history. The pace and scale of the changes have been stupendous. Manufacturing is subset of everything around it. When lockdown was announced we didn’t have PPE suits and we were looking at other countries, but by July we were exporting PPEs and ventilators. Most profound impact of digitization has been on governance,” said Bagla. The first session of VoM 6 was on ‘Industry Economic Growth & Digital Vision’ which saw participation of Dr Ajai Garg, Senior Director, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY); MP Dubey, Joint Director, STPI (AP); Pranjal Sharma, economic analyst, author and advisor, World Economic Forum (WEF); Dr Shishir Shrotriya, Counsellor (Science & Technology), Embassy of India in Moscow; and Ravi Aggarwal, President, Automation Industry Association (AIA). 

(BW Smartcities, Dec 21, 2020)

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Is Indonesia Attracting Global Digital Investments Ahead Of India?

 

Singapore, December 21 (ANI): There has been a recent upsurge of interest in the growing digital economy of Southeast Asia's largest economy, Indonesia. The archipelago nation of Indonesia stretches across four time zones, 17,500 islands and over 5,120 kilometres east to west. It has the world's fourth-largest population and one of the world's fastest-growing middle classes with a GDP of USD 1 trillion, which accounts for one-third of Southeast Asia's economic output. The size of Indonesia's middle class is estimated by the World Bank to be 52 million people or about 20 per cent of its 270 million populations. In comparison, those defined to be in India's middle class is approximately 350 million or 25 per cent of the population which is significantly higher than Indonesia's. Indonesia's GDP is also dwarfed by India's USD 2.8 trillion but with a population five times smaller, Indonesia has a much higher per capita GDP. Latest data from the Asian Development Bank shows that, India's economy is expected to bounce back to grow by 8 per cent in 2021. Whereas Indonesia's economy suffered a mere one per cent decline and expected to recover and grow at 5.3 per cent next year. Based on this, Indonesia's economy appears to have weathered the COVID-19 disruptions. This is reflected in foreign direct investments this year. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in June this year that foreign direct investment (FDI) in India was USD 650 million for the first quarter of this year, about 13 per cent of the USD 51 billion for the full year of 2019. Majority of this is in digital tech companies and businesses.

 

(BusinessWorld, Dec 21, 2020)

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Samsung@25: How Samsung is powering Digital India

 

Samsung completed 25 years in India in December this year. It has now unveiled a new vision for further growth in India, driven by a refreshed local R&D strategy and new manufacturing initiatives. In the mid-1990s, just a few years after India liberalised its economy and embarked on an era of globalisation, a few Korean companies made their debut here. Daewoo, Hyundai, Samsung and LG Electronics set up shop in India. The India growth story had just started and consumer electronics and auto industries were expected to boom, thanks to rising disposable incomes. So when Samsung celebrated its 25th anniversary in India this month, it wasn’t just about remembering those early days, but also about how some brands successfully navigated the challenges in the Indian market. Samsung today is one of the largest consumer facing companies in India, and the number one smartphone and TV brand. When Samsung came to India, it was a little known brand. But so strongly did Samsung’s management believe in the India growth story that it not only decided to set up a manufacturing unit in Noida, it had the vision to set up R&D units in Bengaluru way back in 1996. The Indian economy was at $360 billion in 1995. In 2019, it became the world’s fifth largest economy at $2.94 trillion, surpassing the UK and France. According to RoC data, Samsung’s revenues grew from $6 million in 1996 to $10 billion in 2019. This is outstanding growth, and a shining example of an MNC doing all the right things to win over Indian consumers.

(FE, Dec 21, 2020)

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What will FCA’s $150 mn Global Digital Hub have in store for India?

 

India is slowly emerging as an epicentre for automotive engineering and research & development (R&D) centres. Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Honda motorcycles and a host of auto component makers like Bosch, Continental, ZF and Visteon have their centres in the country and the latest to join this club is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). The automaker, on December 16, announced its plan to invest $150 million (around INR 1,103 crore) to set up an all-inclusive ‘Global Digital Hub’ named FCA-ICT in Hyderabad. FCA has pitched this centre as a transformation and innovation hub with a vision to develop products for future mobility and sharpen efforts to enhance customer-centricity. The facility is the company’s largest Digital Hub outside of North America and EMEA. In a media interaction, Partha Datta, Karim Lalani and Mamatha Chamarthi share their plans for this global digital hub and how it will be catering to the Indian market. The core vision for this centre is to drive digital transformation and build FCA ICT India will be employing 1,000 people by the end of 2021.in-house capability, competencies and domain expertise for FCA. Karim Lalani, Director and Head of FCA ICT India highlighted, “The centre is expected to be able to own end-to-end capabilities. We have been relying on external providers in the past. Now we will be working to change that status from external to building internal capabilities required for FCA to be able to deliver to the customer-centric vision.”

 

(ET, Dec 21, 2020)

 

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Telecom

 

Zuckerberg calls India very special country, looks to push WhatsApp payments services deeper

 

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday said India is a very special and important country with a remarkable entrepreneurship culture, as he sought to push deeper the just-launched payments services that allow users to make payments over WhatsApp. Last month, Facebook-owned WhatsApp received approval from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for rolling out its payments services in India. In 2018, WhatsApp started testing its UPI-based payments services in India -- a global first -- with about a million users. "We just launched WhatsApp payments in India last month -- now you can send money to your friends and family through WhatsApp, as easily as sending a message. That was possible because of the UPI system that has been built in India," Zuckerberg said during a fireside chat with Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani. He said the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) makes it easy for anyone to instantly accept payments across different apps.

 

(ET, Dec 15, 2020)

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Apple supplier Wistron puts India plant damage at up to $7 million

 

 

The ransacking of an iPhone manufacturing facility in India caused up to T$200 million ($7.12 million) in damage though production facilities were not as badly hit as reported, its Taiwan-based operator Wistron Corp said. Thousands of contract workers gathered on the grounds of the Wistron site on the outskirts of India's tech hub of Bengaluru on Saturday demanding unpaid wages and better working hours. As police arrived, the crowd turned violent and video from the scene showed people armed with rods and sticks smashing equipment and vandalizing cars. In a police report seen by Reuters, Wistron estimated damages worth $60 million. However, in a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange on Tuesday, the company said major production facilities and warehouses had not suffered as serious damage as reported by local media, and that it was initially estimating losses at T$100-200 million. The company is doing its utmost to get the plant back up and running, it said. Wistron shares fell around 2.5% in early Asia trade, underperforming Taiwan's broader stock market.

 

(ET, Dec 15, 2020)

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 RS Prasad meets Micron CEO; company to set up Centre of Excellence in India

US-based memory chipmaker Micron Technologies will set up a Centre of Excellence with the government of India. “Held a very meaningful discussion with CEO of Micron Technology Sanjay Mehrotra on further development of design, research and manufacturing of memory and storage systems,” Electronics and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a tweet on Monday. “Micron is very positive about growing the electronics manufacturing industry in India and is considering increasing its presence in India. Micron has agreed to set up a Center of Excellence in memory and storage systems in India with Govt. of India,” he said.

 

(ET, Dec 14, 2020)

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 Huawei launches cloud-based CDN in India

Chinese telecoms gear maker Huawei Monday launched its cloud-based Content Delivery Network (CDN) solution in India for businesses. The gear vendor said that the CDN solution will enable businesses to serve users across industries such as Media & OTT, Banking & Financial Institutions; Education; E-Commerce; Online Travel & Hospitality; Healthcare; Online Gaming; Digital Marketing; and Government. The CDN, powered by Huawei’s Intelligent Hubble monitoring system, will enable businesses to deliver high-quality services with “near-zero outages” across data formats such as images, videos, AR/VR, amongst others, said Huawei. As per Huawei, it has deployed over 2,500 Acceleration Nodes globally with more than 100 Tbps bandwidth spanning across a network of over 74 Telcos across 130 countries, serving over 1 billion end-users. “We have launched the Cloud CDN services to empower Indian businesses to deliver the best user web-experience. Our operations and resources in India are backed by robust local talent and are designed to meet any customer requirements most suitable for local needs.


(ET, Dec 14, 2020)

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The world watches as India tries a hard 30% cap to avoid tech's anti-trust troubles

 

From Washington to Beijing, governments are trying to strike the right balance between enabling technology innovation and preventing giants like Google and Facebook Inc. from suffocating rivals. Now India is experimenting with a framework for financial technology that’s certain to provide lessons worldwide — succeed or fail. The country’s unique approach is to decree limits on fintech competitors from the start: No single player can grab more than 30% of total payments transactions. Every company also has to use India’s open payments platform, guaranteeing interoperability so money can be transferred between any of more than 100 traditional banks and digital services like Google Pay — all without fees. That structure, unveiled in November, gave India’s regulators the confidence to approve a new payment service from WhatsApp, the Facebook unit’s initial effort to enable digital payments for more than a billion users worldwide.  

(ET, Dec 02, 2020)

 

 

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Defence & Solar

 

 

Need for a comprehensive review of defence offset polic

 

The recent review report of the CAG on defence offsets highlights the inability of the ministry of defence (MoD) to leverage its huge buying power to enable the domestic defence industry to acquire cutting edge technologies, which are so critical for achieving self-reliance. It also points to the fact that the costs the country has had to incur in making offsets a part of high-value defence contracts have given the country poor returns. The defence offset policy seeks to leverage capital acquisitions to develop the Indian defence industry. Offsets are applicable when the estimated cost of acquisition is Rs 2,000 crore or more (Rs 300 crore till 2015). It requires foreign and Indian vendors of certain category to buy components from Indian manufacturers or invest in Indian enterprises in the form of equity or transfer of technology (ToT) or equipment, provide equipment or ToT to government institutions or establishments or to DRDO to the extent of 30% of the estimated contract value. Offsets have to be discharged annually during the contract period with extension up to two years. The CAG found that out of the offsets worth Rs 19,223 crore due for discharge by 2018, only 59% (Rs 11,396 crore) had been discharged, leaving a large gap of 41%.

(ET, Dec 26, 2020)

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Defence minister Rajnath Singh hands over 3 DRDO systems to chiefs of armed forces

 

 

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh handed over three systems developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation to chiefs of the three armed forces on Friday, said an official statement. Singh handed over the Indian maritime situational awareness system (IMSAS) to Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh at an event here, the Defence Ministry's statement said. The IMSAS is a software system that provides global maritime situational picture, marine planning tools and analytical capabilities to the Indian Navy, the statement noted. The minister handed over the Astra Mk-1 missile system to Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria, the statement said. This missile is the first indigenously developed beyond visual range (BVR) missile that can be launched from Sukhoi-30 and other fighter aircraft. Singh handed over the Border Surveillance System (BOSS), which is an all-weather electronic surveillance system, to Army Chief General M M Naravane at the event here.

 

(ET, 18 Dec, 2020)

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Defence Ministry approves acquisition of military hardware worth Rs 28,000 crore

 

New Delhi: The defence ministry has given its nod for the acquisition of weapon systems worth Rs 28,000 crore, including an indigenous programme to develop a large Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) and next generation offshore patrol vessels. The go ahead was given by the Rajnath Singh-led Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), with Rs 27,000 crore worth of systems to be developed indigenously. Source said that an order for Israeli origin suicide drones has also been taken ahead. 

(ET, 17 Dec 2020)
 

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Batteries and hydrogen to make residential off-grid PV technically feasible

 

Scientists at the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in Finland have found that residential off-grid PV solutions are technically feasible in northern climates only if coupled simultaneously with short-term battery storage and seasonal hydrogen storage, and if the household’s peak consumption is not too high. In the paper Technical feasibility evaluation of a solar PV based off-grid domestic energy system with battery and hydrogen energy storage in northern climates, published in Solar Energy, the research team simulated a model for a similar approach in an existing single-family house in Finland with a 21 kW rooftop array and a ground source 6 kW heat pump for heating that is incorporated in the electricity consumption. Data on hourly average power data for PV electricity generation and electricity consumption were collected for three years from January 2017 to December 2019. “The capacity of the PV system is sized to the point where further improvement in self-sufficiency by increasing PV peak power is no longer feasible,” they further explained, adding that the home’s self-sufficiency was found to be 36.81%, which is in line with values of all northern European countries. The average annual surplus PV power was estimated at around 200%.

 

(PV Magazine, Dec 23, 2020)

 

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Telangana plans solar-powered floating restaurants and boats on water bodies

 

Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation Limited has invited bids for the supply and erection of solar-powered floating restaurants and boats at various water bodies (lakes, rivers and reservoirs) in Telangana State. The work scope includes design, engineering and preparation of drawings, manufacturing, supply, transportation, and erection of the solar-powered floating restaurants and boats. The floating restaurants should have sufficient Li-ion battery storage to power utility loads (air-conditioners, pantry equipment, ventilators, general lighting, etc) continuously for six hours on a single charge. The batteries shall be charged by solar power and AC current from the shore. Similarly, the boats (required in single and double decks) should have sufficient Li-ion battery power to operate the main motors at full load and other utility loads (ventilators, general lighting, etc) continuously for six hours on a single charge. The restaurants must be designed to have double decks. The main deck will have air-conditioned space and all setups, including tables, chairs, Sofas, pantry, etc. The upper deck should have open space with a guardrail/suitable guard on all the sides for passenger safety.

 

(PV Magazine, Dec 23, 2020)

 

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Vikram Solar module factory gets a rooftop PV plant

 

Module manufacturer and EPC contractor Vikram Solar has commissioned a rooftop solar project at its manufacturing facility in Falta, West Bengal. The 919.73 kWp plant consists of 2,574 solar panels ranging from 325Wp to 400Wp and covers an area of 6,500 square meters.  Vikram Solar’s annual PV module production capacity stands at 1.2 GW.  The solar plant will generate 1,350.58 MWh of electricity per year and meet more than 27% of the entire manufacturing unit’s electricity consumption during regular daytime operation. It will help to avoid 1,645 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. The plant uses 12 different types of modules, including SOMERA monocrystalline, half-cut and full-cut cell modules manufactured by Vikram Solar.  Speaking about the project, Saibaba Vutukuri, CEO, Vikram Solar, said, “This rooftop project was envisioned not only to cater to the captive energy requirements of our manufacturing unit but also to make it a green energy unit and enabling India’s transition to a low-carbon economy.” “The project showcases Vikram Solar’s multiple technologies in solar PV modules, inverter, and robotic cleaning systems driven by soiling sensors at a single location and will result in a total saving of about INR 98.8 lakh per annum on energy. These state-of-art technologies ensure better performance and higher energy yield. We hope that self-sustaining initiatives like this will inspire others to embrace the path to reducing carbon footprint,” he added.

(PV Magazine, Dec 23, 2020)

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Exro validates intelligent battery technology for second life applications

 

Canada’s Exro Technologies Inc., a clean technology company which has developed a new class of power electronics for electric motors and batteries, is pleased to announce that it has completed the technology validation on its Battery Control System (“BCS”) – formerly known as the intelligent battery management system. The BCS can expand the capabilities of batteries by enabling a greater depth of control on the cells. The cells remaining in a battery at the end of first life can be optimized to rejuvenate the same battery into a new second life. Exro can establish a greater depth of control on battery cells because the same principles that govern coil groupings in electric motors can also apply to managing cells in a battery. As more electric vehicle batteries reach end of first life, there is a growing number of batteries that can be utilized for second life energy storage. The BCS can help Exro to lead the rapidly accelerating energy storage markets. Second life energy storage is a dynamic growth market with CAGR projections of 23.1% through 2030.  Simulations in the lab have demonstrated the principles required for optimized second life operations.

(PV Magazine, Dec 23, 2020)

 

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Consumer Electronics

 

Prices of TV and appliances likely to go up by around 10% from January

 

"We expect the increase in commodity prices to impact our product pricing in near future. I anticipate the prices to go up by 6-7 per cent in January itself and may go up to 10-11 per cent towards end of FY Q1," said Panasonic India President & CEO Manish Sharma.New Delhi: Prices for LED TV and appliances such as refrigerator, washing machines are expected to go up by around 10 per cent from January next year on account of rise in costs of key input materials like copper, aluminium and steel and increase in ocean and air freights charges. Besides, prices of TV panels (Opencell) have also gone up by over two-folds due to short supply by the global vendors, while cost of plastic has also gone up due to rise in crude oil prices, said manufacturers. Terming it as imminent and unavoidable, manufacturers such as LG, Panasonic and Thomson are going to increase the prices from January, however, Sony is still reviewing the situation and is yet to take a call on this.

(ET, Dec 27, 2020)

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Dixon Tech to set up factory in south for ICT hardware

 

The home-grown electronics manufacturing services (EMS) player, which already produces smart TVs, LED lighting, washing machines and mobile phones, has zeroed in on a factory down south as part of the expansion plan. Dixon Technologies, India’s second-largest contract manufacturer for consumer electronics, is foraying into information & communications technology (ICT) hardware, including laptops, desktops, tablets and servers, and is set to open a factory in south India for it, a top executive said. The home-grown electronics manufacturing services (EMS) player, which already produces smart TVs, LED lighting, washing machines and mobile phones, has zeroed in on a factory down south as part of the expansion plan. “We are keenly awaiting the guidelines of the recently announced PLI (production-linked incentive) scheme for ICT hardware, which will decide our investment and output plans,” Sunil Vachani, chairman of Dixon, told ET. He said Dixon is in talks with leading global and domestic laptop, desktop and tablet brands to shift their production to India once the PLI scheme kicks off. “Now that India has achieved scale and self-dependence for assembly of mobile phone handsets, the next target is ICT hardware.”

(ET, Dec 24, 2020)

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Nokia air conditioners launched at a starting price of Rs 30,999, to be available via Flipkart: “

 

The air conditioners are designed, engineered, and manufactured entirely in India and are uniquely tailored to ensure longevity and durability, especially with its blue-fin anti-corrosive technology,” the company says.Nokia has launched air conditioners in India marking the company’s entry into the home appliances segment in the country. The new range of Nokia branded ACs comes with a starting price of Rs 30,999 and will be available via e-commerce site Flipkart. Those interested can buy the newly launched Nokia branded ACs from December 29. “The air conditioners are designed, engineered, and manufactured entirely in India and are uniquely tailored to ensure longevity and durability, especially with its blue-fin anti-corrosive technology,” the company says. Nokia ACs come equipped with smart technology and interoperability that can monitor climatic conditions. Nokia says that the ACs can also eliminate impurities from the air indoors, and are energy efficient as well. Nokia air conditioners come with features. These include an adjustable inverter mode, environment-friendly R-32 refrigerant, intelligent motion sensors and wi-fi connected Smart climate control.

 

(ET, Dec 24, 2020)

 

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SECTION – IV - FORTHCOMING EVENTS &  GENERAL INFORMATION 

 

 Overseas Shows

 

Event

:

NEPCON Japan 2021

Organiser

:

Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.

From

:

20-Jan-2021

To

:

22-Jan-2021            

Venue &  City

:

Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo

Website

:

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

 

Event

:

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

:

productronica Munich

Organiser

:

Messe Munchen

From

:

16-Nov-2021

To

:

19-Nov-2021            

Venue & City

:

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

:

Electronics For You Expo 2021

Organiser

:

EFY Group

From

:

03-Feb-2021

To

:

05-Feb-2021          

City

:

KTPO, Bengaluru

Website

:

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

 

Event

:

Convergence India 2020 

Organiser

:

Exhibitions India

From

:

24-March -2021

To

:

26-March -2021

City

:

Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Website

:

https://www.convergenceindia.org/

 

Event

:

Embedded Tech India Expo 2020

Organiser

:

Exhibitions India & ITPO

From

:

24-March -2021

To

:

26-March -2021

City

:

Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Website

:

https://www.embeddedtechexpo.com/

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:

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

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

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


Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA )

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

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