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AP rolls out sops for electronic hardware units

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Hyderabad, June 21:
Andhra Pradesh will allocate 20 per cent of order value in Government-promoted projects in electronic hardware to the small and medium enterprises.


According to the the AP Electronic Hardware Policy 2012-2017 released at the inaugural session of IT summit Advantage AP 2012 held here on Thursday, many incentives would be offered to both start-ups and existing units.

The start-ups and micro enterprises will be extended a 10 per cent subsidy on capital equipment for technology upgradation besides 25 per cent subsidy on lease rentals of up to Rs 5 lakh a year for three years.

In tier II locations including Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Warangal, Tirupati and units located close to seaports, 100 per cent reimbursement of stamp duty, transfer duty and registration fee paid on sale/lease deeds on the first transaction would be offered.

In addition to extension of industrial power category tariff, a power subsidy of 50 per cent to micro, 40 per cent to small, 25 per cent to medium and 10 per cent to large scale industry units is offered on power bills for a period of five years from the date of commencement of operations.

A special negotiated package of incentives would be offered for priority projects in the electronic system design and manufacturing sector. Priority projects were defined as those promoted by electronic hardware companies having a present employment of over 100, existing investment of more than Rs 10 crore and a turnover of over Rs 20 crore for the last three years.

A nodal wing within the IT&C Department in line with the Single Window Act 2002 will be created to act as a single-window to deal with customs/excise and other State and central government agencies.

The operational guidelines/applications procedures along with eligibility criteria for incentives and subsidies as per the new policy will be notified separately.

Govt moots converting SEZs to centres of excellence


In a bid to give fillip to manufacturing sector, the state government on Thursday unveiled the Electronics Hardware Industry Policy, 2012-2017.

The policy aims at creating Hardware Manufacturing Clusters in both Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and non-SEZs along with policy guidelines for electronics hardware promotion programme of the Union ministry of communications and information technology.

Unveiling the Electronic Hardware Policy during the two-day annual IT event -- Advantage AP -- organised by the state government and trade body, the IT and ITeS Industry Association of Andhra Pradesh (ITsAP), here Thursday, chief minister N Kiran Lumar Reddy said, “The need for a comprehensive policy was felt after understanding multiple challenges such as inadequate infrastructure, frequently changing tax structure, supply chain and logistics issues, inflexible labour laws, limited focus on research and development, non-availability of funding mechanism and limited focus on value addition and exports.

He further said that the policy would help the industry in generating more jobs as most of the segments were human-capital intensive. Reddy said the state government was doling out incentives, to be offered to prior projects in the electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) sector.
As part of the scheme, hardware companies will be provided aid for various projects on designing, manufacturing, assembling, testing and packaging plants, he said.

As part of the policy, the government has also mooted to convert the existing clusters such as Fab City and Aeronautical SEZ into centres of excellence and create four hubs in and around Hyderabad consisting of 300 acres of multi-product electronic SEZs and another 200 acres for supporting the electronic industry.

As of 2009-10, electronics manufacturing sector in the state stood at Rs 6,500 crore, of which Rs 650 crore was contributed by exports. At present, the state has about 300 industry houses with over 60,000 employees. Major segments include industrial electronics, communication and broadcast equipment, computers and peripherals and electronic components. The state ranks fifth in the national electronics industry and contributes 7.5 per cent of electronics production in the country.

According to estimates, the domestic manufacturing companies can expand production to $100 billion by 2014 and $400 billion by 2020.
Domestic production is at present less than 45 per cent of domestic consumption. The current demand in the Indian market is estimated to be $45 billion and is expected to touch $125 billion by 2014. Exports are expected to increase from $4 billion to $15 billion by 2014.
 

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Press Release from the Chief Minister's Office

Source:http://www.cm.ap.gov.in/22jun12press.asp
HYDERABAD: The new AP Electronic Hardware Policy--2012-2017 released by the Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy stipulates that the State will allocate 20 per cent of order value in Government-promoted projects in electronic hardware to the small and medium enterprises.

The Chief Minister said that there are many incentives in the new Policy.
According to the AP Electronic Hardware Policy--2012-2017 released at the inaugural session of IT Summit Advantage AP 2012, many incentives would be offered to both start-ups and existing units.

The State Government will extend the start-ups and micro enterprises a 10 per cent subsidy on capital equipment for technology up-gradation besides 25 per cent subsidy on lease rentals of up to Rs.5 lakh a year for three years. Besides, in tier II locations including Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Warangal, Tirupati and units located close to seaports, 100 per cent reimbursement of stamp duty, transfer duty and registration fee paid on sale/lease deeds on the first transaction would be offered.

Besides extension of industrial power category tariff, a power subsidy of 50 per cent to micro, 40 per cent to small, 25 per cent to medium and 10 per cent to large scale industry units is offered on power bills for a period of five years from the date of commencement of operations. The electronics industry adds the most value among all manufacturing industries and generates massive indirect employment in the ratio of 1:6 for every employee. The Department of Information and Communication Technology has been aggressive in pushing the cause of the electronic industry. Last year the government shifted the subject under ICT from the Industries Department.

In line with the ICT Policy 2010-2015 initiatives in force for the promotion of IT/ITES Industry - in order to have specific focus on the promotion of Electronic hardware sector - a comprehensive mention of all the Incentives and facilitation initiatives are proposed now which will be in force for a period of 5 years from the notification of the Electronic Hardware Policy 2012-2017.

General Incentives of ICT Policy automatically applicable to all in the Electronic hardware Industry: Electronic Hardware Industry units are regulated and governed as per the provision of the Air Act, Water Act, and E(P) Act 1986. The Electronic Hardware Industry companies are exempt from the purview of statutory power cuts on similar lines of IT/ITES Industry; Electronic Hardware Industry is exempt from inspections/ certifications under the following Acts and the Rules administration by the Labour department framed there under, barring inspections arising out of specific complaints.

The Electronics Industry (units) are permitted to file self-certificates, in the prescribed formats. General permission on similar lines of IT/ ITES Industry for three shift operations with women working in the night for Electronic Hardware Industry and Electronic Hardware Industry is declared essential service under AP Essential Services Maintenance Act.

Common Incentives for all Electronic hardware companies would be: 100% reimbursement of stamp duty, transfer duty and registration fee paid on sale/ lease/deeds/mortgages & hypothecations on the first transaction; 50% reimbursement of stamp duty, transfer duty and registration fee paid on sale/ lease deeds/mortgages & hypothecations on the second transaction; Admissibility of Industrial Power category tariff; 50% to micro, 40% to small, 25% to medium and 10% to large-scale industry limited to Rs.30 lakhs Power Subsidy on power bills for a period of 5 years from the date of commencement of commercial operations;

Other common incentives are: Reimbursement/Grant of 50% exhibition subsidy for participating in national/international exhibitions limited to 9 sq.m space and 20% investment subsidy limited to Rs.20 lakhs for micro & small industries and an additional 5% incentive subsidy for women, SC, ST entrepreneurs. 30% interest rebate limited to Rs.5 lakhs per year for 5 years, 10 % subsidy on capital equipment for technology upgradation, 50% subsidy on expenses incurred for quality certification limited to Rs.4 lakhs (Conformity European(CE), China, Compulsory Certificate (CCC), UL Certification, ISO, CMM Certification, SA, RU etc.), 25% subsidy on cleaner/green production measures limited to Rs.10 lakhs, 100% tax reimbursement of VAT/CST or CGST, for new units started after the date of issue of this policy, for a period of 5 years from the date of commencement of production for products made and sold in AP, 25% rebate in land cost limited to Rs.10 lakhs in industrial estates, industrial parks, SEZs, hubs, parks & clusters, 50% reimbursement/grant of cost involved in skill up-gradation and training local manpower limited to Rs.2,000 per person.

Specific Incentives to Focus Areas in Electronic Hardware Sector are: Allocation/reservation of 20% of order value to electronic hardware SMEs in State Govt., promoted projects and Sector Specific Incentives are: Various segments in the electronics hardware sector need to be promoted to enable them to compete with the global markets as well as domestic consumption. Keeping this in view, specific incentives are offered to focus areas in the electronics hardware sector. Allotments of government land to the electronic hardware industry are made subject to availability, fulfillment of certain eligibility criteria by the applicant company, and on payment of land cost and development cost, as determined from time to time by the allotment agencies, i.e., APIIC/HMDA and the concerned local statutory authorities.

The State Government will create a nodal wing within IT&C Department in line with the Single Window Act, 2002 which will act as a single window to deal with Customs/Excise and other State and Central Government agencies. The agency will also liaise with the Department of Information Technology (DIT), Government of India for expediting the release of Special Incentive Package Scheme (SIPS) applicable to mega projects of national importance.

Government of Andhra Pradesh will also strive to implement the recommendations made by the National Skill Development Programme (NSDP) and State programmes such as REECAP and REEMAP. It will create an institutional mechanism similar to JKC which will coordinate with engineering colleges, ITIs etc. to implement NDSP, REECAP and REEMAP recommendations.

The State Government will set up New Electronic Hardware Park in 150 acres with options of SEZ and non-SEZ giving greater discretion to Electronic Hardware industry. State-of-the-art in infrastructure with all basic amenities such as internal roads, water, power and other common facilities will be made available to the investors.

The State Government will encourage units using Renewable Energy. Units using renewable source of energy with minimum 40% of their power requirements coming from renewable sources for their operations and manufacturing will be eligible for additional incentives such as Electricity Tax exemption for 5 years. The State Government will also explore opportunities of tying up with major electronic clusters located globally to give Marketing and Technology access to local electronic design and manufacturing companies based in Andhra Pradesh.
 

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VMC Systems Ltd to Contract Manufacture Akash 2 Tablets for Datawind

Source: The Hindu Business Line
Hyderabad, June 28:
After snapping its ties with QUAD of Hyderabad for manufacturing of the low-cost tablet, Datawind has roped in another Hyderabad firm, VMC Systems, to deliver one lakh tablets by August.

Currently working at 15,000 units a month, VMC Systems is planning to double the capacity next month.

So far, VMC Systems has shipped 15,000 units to Datawind, which is in talks with other telecom service providers to sell the product with Internet plans below Rs 100.

“We have got Rs 25-crore order from Datawind for the one lakh units. But we expect this to be a continuous order. This is not going to be a bar on us from producing tablets for other manufacturers,” Mr B. Venkataramana, Executive Director of VMC Systems, said.

Showcasing the manufacturing lines at the Maheshwaram Hardware Park :banana: near here to newspersons, he said the product was similar to the Aakash-2 version.

The company registered a turnover of Rs 1,100 crore last year. Fidelity Capital invested Rs 100 crore in 2008 to pick 25 per cent in the telecom equipment and power conversion equipment manufacturer.

The Canadian tablet maker Datawind has tied up with a telecom service provider to offer the sub-Rs 3,500 Ubislate tablet with every SIM sold by the telecom firm. It comes with Internet pack of Rs 100 a month.

The seven-inch tablet, which doesn’t have any internal memory, could be used as a phone, a feature that is available only with high-end tablets. Though indigenous players too have started offering tablets at sub-Rs 10,000 price points, Datawind tablets are expected to destabilise the tablet market.

The company is also in talks with original equipment manufacturers and service providers to foray into digital set-top box business. “With digitisation is made mandatory, we see a good potential in this segment,” he said.
 

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Aakash supplier to ramp up capacity

Source: livemint.com

Hyderabad: VMC Systems Ltd, the Hyderabad-based supplier of low-cost Aakash tablet computers to DataWind Ltd, said on Thursday that it would install two additional production lines to meet its deadline for delivery to the Canada-based company that’s mandated to supply the devices to the Indian government.

VMC Systems manufactures Aakash 2, the upgraded version of the device, and Ubislate 7+ (the retail version of Aakash 2 that comes with additional features) for DataWind. It is DataWind’s only supplier of the devices currently.

DataWind faced delivery problems for the initial version of the much-hyped Aakash, billed as the world’s cheapest tablet, after its ties with its previous original equipment maker Quad Electronics Solutions Pvt. Ltd soured over issues related to non-payment, quality and intellectual property rights.

The seven-inch tablet was launched with fanfare in October as a tablet with a rock-bottom price of $45 (around Rs2,560 today) apiece that would help bridge the digital divide, but met with disappointment as quality problems surfaced.

VMC Systems has to deliver 100,000 units to DataWind by the end of August, according to the agreement between the two companies, said B. Venkataramana, executive director of VMC Systems. The deal is worth Rs25 crore.

“We are rapidly upscaling capacity,” Venkataramana told reporters.
VMC Systems is investing Rs12-15 crore to install the additional production lines, with machinery being procured from Japan. With this capacity addition, the company’s Maheshwaram plant on the city’s outskirts will double production from the current 500 units per day to 1,000 units per day by July. This will further be increased to 4,000 units per day by August.

VMC Systems is investing Rs12-15 crore to install the additional production lines, with machinery being procured from Japan

A VMC executive said DataWind plans to launch a 10-inch tablet in the “near future”. “DataWind has produced a roadmap to go for a 10-inch tablet,” said D.S. Prasad Reddy, vice-president (operations), VMC Systems.

Around 130 workers of VMC Systems are engaged in various stages of the DataWind project in which 350 components are assembled to produce the devices at the facility.

The components are procured mainly from the US and China but Venkataramana said VMC Systems is exploring sourcing opportunities from India-based component makers, and is in talks with DataWind over this.
About VMC: The company, which started its operations in 2002, has garnered $250-million (Rs 1,100 crore) turnover in the last financial year. The unit, spread across 150,000 sft, currently employs 650 people.

Hope India gets a contract manufacturer like Foxconn soon.. Then there is no stopping India's hardware play in the world of ICT :).
 

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Industry bats for tax incentives for promoting electronics and hardware units


The State Government has embarked upon aggressively promoting the electronic and hardware manufacturing facilities offering a slew of incentives like one time exemption from stamp duty and other concessions.

The industry, however, is seeking concessions in the form of exemptions from income, sales and other taxes that will have a bearing on the revenues and profits. The recent probes by the Central Bureau of Investigation on land allocations on alleged quid pro quo basis appears to have had its impact as investors who are insisting on incentives other than land for setting up ventures.

The State Government has recently come out with its Electronic Hardware Policy 2012-17 for attracting investments into the hardware segment, in line with the National Manufacturing Policy advocating sops for encouraging domestic manufacturing. The policy was launched in view of the huge opportunity offerd by the segment where the demand is expected to reach US $ 125 billion by 2014 and US $ 400 billion by 2020 against the current US $ 45 billion.

The domestic manufacturing capacity is less than 45 per cent of the consumption, exposing the huge gap in the demand and supply situation. The free trade agreements signed with various countries has made it mandatory to ensure rapid growth of domestic manufacture of these goods, a major chunk of which are imported from China.

There are, however, multiple challenges, by the Government’s own admission in its policy document, in the form of inadequate infrastructure, frequently changing tax structure and supply chain and logistics issues. Given the key challenges on the one hand and the recent developments on the other, the investors are worried, a senior functionary of the IT and ITeS Industry Association of Andhra Pradesh (ITsAP) pointed out.

The situation calls for consistency in the policy and incentives as it will help in avoiding recurrence of such developments and reaffirm the industry that the State continues to be a safe destination as far as their investments are concerned. Prospective investors cite the example of Himachal Pradesh Government which has encouraged manufacturing units from other States to Baddi, a small town in that State, to avail tax incentives offered by it.

“Such incentives will encourage the entrepreneurs to set up units and commence operations at the earliest to avail the benefits,” ITsAP former president J.A. Chowdary said. Industry, according to him, would not hesitate to purchase land at market prices, as and when necessary, if it is assured of tax benefits that matter the most for the enterprises as well as the employees working in them.

Industry is worried that import of electronic and hardware consumables could surpass that of oil adversely impacting the balance of payments and foreign exchange earnings. “The policy per se is good. But the emphasis should be more on tax incentives and single window clearances for those venturing to set up their units here,” he said.
 

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Mobile handset makers plan hub in Hyderabad

Working on thin margins and scarce human resources, indigenous handset manufacturers are toying with the idea of setting up a hub in Hyderabad to build a strong ecosystem. They have started scouting for suitable land in one of the three electronic hardware parks being developed by Telangana.

“We are working on a concrete proposal to submit to the Telangana government. We are planning to submit a detailed report to it, clearly indicating what we want to do and what kind of support we expect from the government,” an Indian Cellular Association told BusinessLine.

“You need to have a strong ecosystem to have a viable handset manufacturing facility. We are lacking in quality workforce, component makers and other relevant things that go into making a handset. This has become a major hurdle in developing manufacturing facilities in the country,” he said.

An ICA delegation, led by its President Pankaj Mohindroo, held discussions with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao on Wednesday to discuss the proposal to set up a common hub. Earlier, the delegation visited a probable site to set up the hub.

“We may go for some individual units and shared facilities. This will help not only in reducing overheads but also build ancillary units that play a crucial role in building a successful handset manufacturing facility,” he said.

“We are in talks with mobile manufacturing firms. We will hear some good news shortly,” IT Minister KT Rama Rao said.

Two clusters

The State has developed two electronic manufacturing clusters on 900 acres near Hyderabad. It set a target to double the revenues to ₹12,000 crore from electronic hardware industry in the next five years.

The Minister said the government was keen to make inroads into the hardware industry after emerging a top destination in the software services industry.

“Realising the acute shortage for workforce for the hardware industry, we are planning to train about 15,000 youth exclusively for this sector,” he said.

Celkon Mobiles has been planning to set up its manufacturing base in one of the two Telugu States.

Hyderabad already is home for a couple of tablet firms. Canadian tablet maker Datawind had roped in QUAD and, then, VMC Systems to manufacture its low-cost tablets. Bizzbook, one of the first native tablet maker, too is based out of the city
 

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Well!! KTR again doing the hard sell

Minister for IT Mr KT Rama Rao accompanied with IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan addressed a gathering of some of the most prominent companies involved in financial services, equity and hedge funds, and property development based in Hong Kong. Close to 50 representatives of such companies attended the interactive meet. These companies play a crucial role in guiding investments as investors typically rely on their feedback on preferred investment locations in the world. Having learnt about the progressive and business-friendly policies and governance in the new state of Telangana, the companies expressed their confidence in the state.
The Consul General of India in Hong Kong Mr Prashant Agarwal, Chairman of Indian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong Mr M Arunachalam and Chairperson of CII Hyderabad Ms Vanitha Datla were present on the occasion.


Though this seems more interesting, as he is pushing for Companies(Hedge fund companies) who guide investors(actual companies who invest) to invest in particular location


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D-Link to Set Up Rs. 350-Crore R&D Centre in Hyderabad

http://www.business-standard.com/ar...e-r-d-centre-in-hyderabad-115060500446_1.html

Awesome Hyderabad - Great Location of India.

:cheers:D-Link to set up Rs.350 crore R&D centre in Hyderabad
:cheers:A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between D-Link and the Telangana government in Taipei
:cheers:The facility is expected to create 1,000 jobs.
:cheers:Jayesh Ranjan who is a secretary of Information Technology in the state of Telangana and Yang Yao Chuan who is Managing Director of D-Link have signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of ]IT Minister K. Tarakarama Rao.
:applause::applause::applause:
 

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KTR extends invite to Taiwan firms

Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Saturday met the top executives of Foxconn Technologies, FIH Mobiles and TECO Electric & Machinery Co as part of his visit to Taiwan and invited them to set up their units in Telangana.

In a meeting with the top executive of Foxconn Technologies that supplies implements to major companies such as Apple, the Minister explained about the new industrial policy of the State and the interest being evinced by several companies to set up their manufacturing units in Telangana. In the meeting with the CEO of FIH Mobiles, the Minister said some Indian mobile companies are planning to set up their units in Telangana and a unit of FIH would help it improve business in India.
 

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Nissan on dealership expansion drive opens another outlet in Hyderabad

Japanese automotive company Nissan today inaugurated its fifth dealership — Vibrant Nissan — at Gachibowli in Hyderabad, making it the fifth dealership for Nissan in the city.

This is Nissan’s 194th touch-point in the country, which spans across 126 cities, for both Nissan and Datsun vehicles.

Nissan is aiming to set up 300 sales and service touch-points across the country by the end of FY-2016.

This is one more step by Nissan to strengthen its dealership network in India as it aims at 5 per cent market share in India.

Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India said: “Hyderabad is one of the important markets for Nissan in India. There is a growing demand for passenger vehicles in the city and with our fifth dealership we look forward to catering to our existing and prospective customers. We also look forward to providing customers with products and better services closer to their doorstep through this association with Vibrant Nissan."

"We will continue to expand our dealer network in India to provide better services to our existing and prospective customers. We aim to have 300 touch-points for customers by FY16,” he said.

Located at Gachibowli in the IT hub of Hyderabad, Vibrant Nissan has a well-equipped showroom to showcase its complete portfolio of Nissan and Datsun cars.

Nissan Motor India is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co Ltd, Japan. The company was incorporated in 2005 and offers products across the hatchback, MUV, SUV and sedan segments in India. Nissan, together with its global alliance partner, Renault, has set up a manufacturing plant and a research & development centre near Chennai.
 

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Micromax to setup 500 crore manufacturing facility in Hyderabad

Mobile phone manufacturer Micromax will set up its manufacturing plant in Hyderabad with an investment of Rs.400 crore to Rs.500 crore, a Telangana government official said on Monday.

The unit will come up mobile manufacturing hub, proposed to be developed in Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) here.

State Information Technology, Electronics and Communication Secretary Jayesh Ranjan said that the hub will come up in EMC. "There is 1,000 acres of land available in EMC," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event.

The EMC is coming up in Maheswaram in Ranga Reddy district near Hyderabad. The government had originally allotted the land in 2008 for Fab City, a special economic zone for semiconductor companies, which did not take off.

The state government and Indian Cellular Association (ICA), the apex body of the mobile industry comprising manufacturers, brand owners, and application and solution providers, recently agreed to establish a first-of-its-kind mobile manufacturing hub. Representatives of various handset companies last week visited the site.

ICA national chairman Pankaj Mahindroo, Karbon mobiles chairman Sudhir Hasija and Celkon M.D. Y Guru had last week called on Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

The proposed hub is expected to generate 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh jobs. Karbon and other manufacturers have evinced interest in setting up their units.

Foxconn Group president Calvin Chin had also called on the chief minister here last week. A statement from the chief minister's office said Taiwanese iPhone maker was examining the possibility of setting up a manufacturing facility in Hyderabad.

According to Mahindroo, Telangana, despite being a late entrant, has lot of potential to start manufacturing activities.

He said he was impressed by the new industrial policy announced by the state government last week as it gave the investors right to clearance in a set time-limit.

Meanwhile, Celkon is all is set to launch its manufacturing facility in Medchal near Hyderabad.

Celkon's unit will begin with four production lines and will look to enhance capacity, the company said without specifying the investment for the plant.


Source: http://timesofap.com/politics/news/m...bad-plant.html
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Karbonn to setup 450 crore facility in Hyderabad

After Micromax and Celkon Mobiles, it is the turn of Karbonn Mobiles to announce plans to set up a mobile handset manufacturing facility in Hyderabad.

As Indian Cellular Association (ICA) pitching for a strong mobile manufacturing base in the country, Karbonn Mobiles has firmed up its plan to set up a facility in Hyderabad. The firm has pegged an investment of ₹450 crore on the manufacturing facility that can produce two million phones a month.

“We already have two assembly units in the country in Bengaluru and Noida. But there is not much value addition. What we are planning is a manufacturing facility. We, as part of ICA team, met Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao to discuss the possibility of setting up a mobile manufacturing hub. His response to our proposal was positive,” Sudhir Hasija, Chairman at Karbonn, said.

When ICA mooted the idea of establishing a hub, the Chief Minister asked them to come out with a concrete proposal. The association is in the process of preparing a proof of concept for the hub.

“We are No. 4 smartphone player in the country. We are confident of coming back at the third rank soon,” he told BusinessLine over phone after his recent meeting with the Chief Minister.

The company, which made a turnover of ₹4,300 crore in the financial year 2014-15, has 900 service centres and sold through 85,000 retail outlets.

JV with Chinese firm

“We are going to formalise a joint venture with a Chinese firm to set up the manufacturing facility in Telangana. We expect the facility to be operational in 12-18 months,” he said.

Asked about funding for the project, he said the firm would raise funds internally and no plans to raise funds from outside. Part of the capacity at the plant would go to produce feature (basic) phones, while the focus would be on smartphones.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/smartbuy/tech-news/karbonn-to-set-up-450cr-facility-in-hyderabad/article7318856.ece
 

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Update on Mr ktr fb page

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The recent trip of Mr Ktr's trip to Hong Kong and Taiwan and meeting with people of foxconn and d link updates are missing ... ?????
 

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Celkon opens phones manufacturing unit in Hyderabad

A number of mobile phone manufacturers are considering setting up units in Telangana, the State's IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao said on Friday. Inaugurating a facility of smartphone maker Celkon, which has been outsourcing from China, the Minister declared: "This is just the beginning. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is keen on a having a mobile manufacturing hub in Telangana.

"Micromax has decided to set up a plant near Hyderabad on 50 acres," the Minister said, adding he would be visiting South Korea and Japan soon to hardsell the State to electronic hardware manufacturers. Noting that both the Centre and the Telangana Government were on the same page with their 'make locally' approach, Mr. Rama Rao said that there were plans to develop hardware cluster in Maheswaram, Medchal and Ghatkesar, all near Hyderabad.

Celkon's unit is in Medchal and equipped with four assembly lines and has a capacity of two lakh units a month. It is to be expanded to 12 lines and a total of five lakh units capacity per month. Reiterating the focus of the Government on facilitating industrial growth to create jobs for youths, Mr. Rama Rao said that mobile phone units can provide large number of low-end employment opportunities to those from ITIs and diploma holders.

The State, he added, was keen on creating an eco-system that eventually will help host an analog Fab manufacturing unit. Celkon Chairman and Managing Director Y. Guru expressed satisfaction at becoming the first mobile phone manufacturer in south India. "This comes at a time when India is poised to become the largest consumer base for mobile phones and we are set to bring in a new phase of growth at Celkon," he said.

Executive Director Murali Retineni said that by next quarter the investment on the new facility will be around Rs.225 crore. Lion's share of Celkon monthly sales of 6-7 lakh units will be made in India.
 

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Telangana to create analog fab ecosystem around Hyderabad

The Telangana government is gearing up to create an ecosystem that will eventually help host an analog fab manufacturing unit in Hyderabad, according to state information technology (IT) and panchayat raj minister KT Rama Rao.

"The Indian Cellular Association has approached us with a proposal to set up a mobile manufacturing hub near Hyderabad. Many companies are keen to establish units not just to manufacture mobile handsets but also for battery packs and chargers etc. This will be a step towards hosting an analog fab cluster in the long-term," he said, adding that his ministry was in preliminary discussions with US-based Cricket Semiconductor to set up shop here.

Cricket Semiconductor had in February this year signed a memorandum of understanding with the Madhya Pradesh government to set up an analog fab in that state with an investment of $1 billion (approximately Rs 6,400 crore).

The Telangana government will provide tailor-made packages and rationalise taxes for such manufacturers that invest over Rs 200 crore in plant and machinery or provide employment to more than 1,000 people "to meet or beat the incentives offered by other states", he said.

Inaugurating smartphone player Celkon's assembly unit on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Friday, Rao said that he would be visiting South Korea and Japan pretty soon to invite electronic hardware manufacturers to Telangana.

"Micromax has decided to set up a mobile handset manufacturing plant near Hyderabad on 50 acre with an investment of Rs 500 crore," the IT minister said, adding that plans were afoot to develop hardware clusters in Maheshwaram, Medchal and Ghatkesar near Hyderabad.

The Celkon's assembly unit is equipped with four line with an capacity of 200,000 units a month. According to executive director Murali Retineni, the assembly unit would be expanded to 12 lines with a capacity of 500,000 units per month.

"We are in the process of setting up a manufacturing plant and component units in the vicinity of the assembly plant with an investment of Rs 200 crore. The idea is to locally manufacture 80 per cent of our production from the proposed plant within six months from now," he said.
 
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