December 2018 Issue
Vol. 12 No. 10
Where is the Indian PCB Industry headed?
Where does the Indian PCB industry stand today? What are the factors that will drive its growth and what will hinder it? We tried to figure out the answers to these questions, and here is a collation of our findings.
Tamil Nadu: A magnet for investments
As India geared up to become a major manufacturing hub and investment destination, individual states like Karnataka, Delhi and Maharashtra took the initial lead. Now, other states are also moving up in the rankings and attracting large businesses. Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of the country, is one such shining example.
|In The News|
Engaging innovations from the automotive world – made in Japan
This year, NEPCON was hosted by the city of Nagoya on September 5, 2018. As has been the case with every edition of this show, this one also lived up to the expectations of being a platform that provides insights into the technology of the future.
| ||Green Energy|
"A lot more clarity is required on the net metering policies"
Rooftop solar photovoltaic installations have the potential to address climate change issues by reducing our reliance on conventional fossil fuel based energy. Indian solar players have also geared up to help the country achieve the set target of 175GW by 2022. In an interaction with the Baishakhi Dutta of Electronics Bazaar, Simarpreet Singh, founder, Hartek Solar Pvt Ltd talks about the company’s foray into the Indian solar space with the aim to make bigger inroads in the growing rooftop solar domain.
"We aim to clock a turnover of Rs. 6 billion this financial year
Headquartered in New Delhi, Ziox Mobiles has expanded rapidly since its inception, showing profitability and sales growth from its first year of operations. Ankur Gupta, chief technology officer of Ziox Mobiles, discusses a range of issues with Baishakhi Dutta of Electronics Bazaar, including how the brand has established its operations in India, its association with Reliance Jio, and its plans for the future.
| ||ePower Focus|
Transformers: Improving the efficiency of UPS systems and inverters
Growing awareness among users about how to protect electronic equipment from voltage fluctuations has been a key factor in the growth of the UPS system and inverter markets in India. This has naturally led to greater demand for the transformers used in them. Given the demand and supply gap with regard to utility power, the pace of industrial growth and the increasing income levels of consumers, for the transformer industry to grow, it needs to focus on innovation and affordability.
“The way to harness the power of innovation in technology is to attract fresh engineering talent and provide the opportunities to innovate and grow”
“In business settings, it’s good to have at least one person in the room who is completely nonchalant when everyone is on edge.” This is the success mantra followed by Suresh Babu, CEO of Caliber Interconnect Solutions Pvt Ltd. This adage has helped him overcome all possible hindrances that he encountered through his journey in the dynamic Indian electronics industry. In an interaction with the Baishakhi Dutta of Electronics Bazaar, he shares his entrepreneurial journey and redefines the meaning of success when it comes to real life.
| ||Industry News|
Xiaomi takes top spot in India’s smartphone market
Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has taken the top spot in India’s smartphone market, overtaking its rival Samsung in the July-September period of 2018.
• Test & Measurement
| ||LED Consumer Products|
• Portable Bluetooth speaker with LED lights
• Ceiling fan with LED crystals
• School bags with LED lighting
Evaluating the market capacity of Supercapacitors
Although supercapacitor technology is at a nascent stage in India, opportunity for this technology is huge considering the various application sectors. This report explores the potential for supercapacitors in India.
| ||Advisory Panel|
Electronics Bazaar Advisory Panel
Thought leaders of India’s ESDM sector, who are advising us on how to facilitate faster growth of electronics industry in India
AIoT: Helping to build a smarter world
The global electronics community has recognised the importance of embedded solutions and intelligent devices, which require the balanced fusion of hardware and software programs. In line with the latest developments, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) have gradually combined into a new domain—the AIoT. The Taiwan International AIoT show, organised along with TAITRONICS (Taipei International Electronics Show) 2018, gave a glimpse of AIoT’s immense possibilities.
“We aim to set up a fully automatic manufacturing line and achieve 7 per cent of market share by 2020”
With a 26-year old track record, Super Plastronics Pvt Ltd is going strong as an EMS provider in the national consumer electronics field, with product lines such as colour TVs, LED TVs, multimedia speaker systems, washing machines and induction cookers. Avneet Singh Marwah, director and CEO of Super Plastronics Pvt Ltd (SPPL), shares with Baishakhi Dutta of Electronics Bazaar how the company plans to gain a stronger foothold in the ACE (appliance and consumer electronics) industry.
The latest PCB handling systems to ensure productivity
Printed circuit boards (PCBs) require highly specialised techniques when being handled during the electronics manufacturing process. The latest PCB processing machinery uses high-tech design elements to ensure smooth operations and higher energy efficiency.
| ||LED News|
China-based Yeelight enters India, with smart lights compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Popular in Asia Pacific and European markets, China-based smart lighting company Yeelight has officially entered the Indian market.
“Using simulation software, we have been able to improve the battery life of our two wheelers by at least 30 per cent”
One of the main advantages of simulators is their ability to provide accurate feedback to users when designing real world systems. It is very expensive to actually make all the potential designs of a particular product, in order to assess its performance. In an interaction with the Baishakhi Dutta of Electronics Bazaar, Dhivik A., executive director, Go GreenBOV, shares his experience of working with simulation software and how it has improved the efficiency of his company’s products. He also talks of how the Indian EV market is positioned today.
| ||3D Printing|
“We are growing at a double digit rate in India”
Additive manufacturing is becoming a game changer in the manufacturing ecosystem as 3D printers and 3D printing software are gaining popularity. Olivier Ribet, vice president, industries, Dassault Systemes, speaks with Baishakhi Dutta of Electronics Bazaar about India’s adoption of 3D technologies, and the company’s strategy to strengthen its presence in the country.
"The 5G enabled digitalisation revenues will show growth rates upwards of 20 per cent until 2026"
What are the opportunities and challenges that leading PCB manufacturers should be ready for, with the arrival of 5G? To find that out, Rahul Chopra of the EFY Group spoke to Erich Schlaffer, project leader research & development, AT&S, Austria. The excerpts follow...
| ||Designing Software|
"Pulsonix 10.0 is the right product at the right time in India"
Since the arrival of electronic design automation (EDA) tools, the lives of design engineers have become much simpler. They can build their circuits accurately with the least amount of rework. Prototyping costs have come down and quality control has improved. But how have these tools advanced over time, and have they become simpler to use? Paromik Chakraborty of EFY Group caught up with Bob Williams, managing director and head of sales and marketing—Pulsonix brand, WestDev Ltd, to get the answers to these questions as well as to talk about the company’s latest release—Pulsonix version 10.0.
“We are strategically located in all major automotive electronics clusters worldwide”
The performance and accuracy of an IC depends primarily on how it is programmed, but finding the right talent in this field and arranging for the infrastructure may be expensive and time consuming for companies. The solution is to outsource IC programming services. Sravanthi Dagala, sales manager-India, EPS Global, talks to Baishakhi Dutta of Electronics Bazaar about the benefits of outsourced chip programming services, and how EPS Global is expanding its business in the domain.
“Component manufacturing needs large investments and none of the business houses or the government are keen to enter this space”
India’s electronics ecosystem is improving as more and more local producers enter this domain. But how can they catch up with multinational behemoths that have economies of scale to expand around the globe? G.S. Sharma, director, Shri Ram Marketing, shares his thoughts on this with Baishakhi Dutta of Electronics Bazaar.
"We are well-equipped to provide Li-Fi technology and related services in the country"
Wireless connectivity through cellular and Wi-Fi networks is indispensable for today’s IT environments. What if you could get speeds that are a 100 times faster than traditional Wi-Fi connections? Would you be interested in investing in such futuristic technology? This conversation between Anuj Dhir, vice president and business head, commercial lighting business, Wipro Enterprise Limited, and Nimeesh Kumar of electronicsforu.com, explores the opportunities for Li-Fi technology in India and Asia.
| ||Sourcing Mantra|
Advances in LED components to drive growth in the LED industry
Rapid advances in the electronic components domain are expected to boost the growth of the LED industry in India. These developments have helped to expand LED functionality. Yet the future of this industry depends on further improvements, investments in infrastructure and continuous R&D to increase production capacity and affordability.
|LED New Products|
LED signal lamps
Osram and Koito have released a series of standardised LED signal lamps with their XLS product family. These lamps are being used in the new Toyota Corolla Sport...