Weekly News Updates-India Sep 13 to Sep 19

IT hardware companies required to register for imports; Zetwerk to move into EV components and IT hardware space; India’s industrial output grows 5.7% in July; Foxconn and STMicroelectronics to set up semiconductor plant; Reliance considers entering the chip manufacturing industry; India ranks 3rd in global EV charging affordability; Reliance and Nvidia collaborate to build AI infrastructure; Foxconn considering to make EVs in India

Colt DCS to invest $1.3 billion in India

A significant global provider of data centres, Colt Data Centre Services (DCS), is preparing a USD 1.3 billion investment in India. With investment plans stretched over the following three to four years, it intends to establish two data campuses in Chennai and Mumbai.

Colt DCS recently disclosed that Airoli, Navi Mumbai, would be the site of its first data centre in India. On a 15 acre property, this data centre will eventually have a 120 MW capacity and cover 62,000 square metres. Of this, 22 MW are already in use. The company has since disclosed that its plans for Mumbai are significantly more ambitious, with a total investment estimated to be worth USD 750 million and the first phase alone costing USD 115 million.


Foxconn plans to increase employment and investment in India over the next 12 months

According to a company executive, Apple supplier Foxconn plans to double both its labor and investment by the next year in India.

The largest electronics contract maker in the world, based in Taiwan, Foxconn, has rapidly increased its market share in India by investing in production facilities there.

The company is “aiming for another doubling of employment, FDI (foreign direct investment), and business size in India” by this time next year, according to V Lee, Foxconn’s representative in India.

Foxconn already has a 40,000-person-strong iPhone manufacturing in the Tamil Nadu state.

The state of Karnataka announced in August that Foxconn would invest $600 million in two projects there to produce chip-making machinery and iPhone case components.


Tata to invest Rs 200 crore to set up semiconductor unit and testing center in Karnataka

The Tata Group plans to invest Rs 200 crore to build a semiconductor testing and packing unit at Narasapura in Kolar district, which is located about 65 kilometres from Bengaluru.

Tata Group is planned to establish an Assembly, Testing, Marking and Packaging (ATMP) plant in Kolar as a result of Wistron’s iPhone manufacturing facility there being taken over by Tata Group.

In the ecosystem of the semiconductor industry, ATMP is crucial. Wafers are created at wafer fabs/foundries and then processed into individual chips, packaged, and tested at ATMP facilities to get them ready for usage in electronic devices.


Editor’s Note: For the recent past, the Tata Group has been increasing its footprint over the Electronics hardware sector in India. In order to build a semiconductor plant in Kolar, a city in Karnataka, the corporation is presently preparing to invest Rs 200 crores. The new facility will contain the tools necessary to create silicon wafer-based chipsets that are ready for the market.

UP developing an extensive aeropolis Near Jewar International Airport

6,554 hectares of land in Jewar along the Yamuna Motorway have been set aside by the Yamuna Motorway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) for the construction of an aerotropolis near Noida airport.

Along the same motorway, the administration also has plans to build an aviation hub on 4,480 hectares of land.

The Aerotropolis will be modelled after Delhi’s Aerocity, which is close to the IGI airport, claims Arun Vir Singh, CEO of YEIDA. According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the Aerotropolis in Jewar will be far larger and aspire to become a significant hub for commercial activity.


Editor’s Note: Aerotropolis is a development built around an airport, where the airport acts as a major economic and transportation hub, influencing the growth and development of the city. It combines logistics, business, and air travel to make a seamless hub for trade and transit.

India intends graded customs duties on telecom components to boost domestic manufacturing

India is thinking about gradually imposing customs fees on key telecom components in an effort to strengthen its domestic supply chain and turn it into a global hub for the manufacturing of telecom gear.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is reportedly reviewing a plan that would start an import fee of 10% in January and increase it to 15% by October of the following year.

The components that are being targeted include packaging goods, antennae, WiFi switches, housing made of plastic or metal, wires, cables, USB ports, connectors, power adaptors, and other mechanical and electrical components used in the telecom sector.

The government’s Phased Manufacturing Programme (PMP), which aims to promote local production and value addition, includes these potential import taxes.


Editor’s Note: This is aimed at pushing telecom component manufacturers/suppliers to look at local manufacturing in India. The development of this need to be followed for many Taiwanese companies who are into telecom equipment/products in India market.

NavIC chips might be made mandatory for auto manufacturers

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the state minister for electronics and information technology, suggested on Thursday that the Centre would impose requirements on smartphone and auto manufacturers to enable the Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) capability in products intended for the domestic market.

The largest tech corporation in the world, Apple, unveiled on Tuesday the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max versions, which for the first time utilise navigational technology created by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro). As an alternative to the US Global Positioning System (GPS), Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System, the European Union’s Galileo, China’s BeiDou, and Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, this enables iOS app developers to use a homegrown system.


Xiaomi Supplier to Open Factory Near Delhi

Dixon Technologies India Ltd., a supplier to Xiaomi, plans to open an enormous new facility on the outskirts of New Delhi as India encourages Chinese tech companies to work with local assembly partners.

According to reports, Dixon will invest more than 4 billion rupees ($48.2 million) over the course of three years in the factory, which is spread out over more than 300,000 square feet, or the size of six football fields and will primarily produce Xiaomi smartphones. A government official is scheduled to officially open the plant at the end of this month.

Because India has been pushing Chinese companies to localize everything from device manufacture to distribution, Xiaomi was forced to work with Dixon for smartphone assembly. This implies that Xiaomi’s more established suppliers in India, Bharat FIH of Foxconn Technology Group and DBG Technology Co. are likely to experience a decline in sales.