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TN electronics policy likely to be announced next month

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on January 24, 2019 Published on January 24, 2019

TN IT secretary Santosh Babu   -  The Hindu

In a bid to make Tamil Nadu an electronics manufacturing hub, the State government is likely to announce an electronics policy next month which will be aligned with the Centre’s National Electronics Policy 2.0, likely to be released in February.

“We will compare other similar policies and announce ours. The State is ranked second behind Noida in electronics manufacturing. We want to become No 1 in the country and the new electronics policy will be focussed towards that,” said Tamil Nadu IT secretary Santosh Babu.

‘Final touch’

“The draft electronics policy is ready, and we are giving it final touches before the announcement,” he said at a seminar on Making Tamil Nadu an Electronics Manufacturing Hub at Tamil Nadu Global Investors Meet 2019.

The policy has been drafted by the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu with officials from electronics manufacturers like Foxconn India, Nokia India and Salcomp giving their inputs, he said.

Ajai Chowdhry, Promoter, HCL and Chairman, India Angel Network, speaking at the seminar, said electronics is nearly $1.3-trillion market globally, and is a part of everything ‘around you.’ Tamil Nadu, has for a long time, held a prime position in the electronics manufacturing sector. The State should look at exports ‘very seriously,’ he said.

Complete ecosystem

The State government should create a complete ecosystem, including component manufacturers, to support electronics manufacturing. Tamil Nadu should take efforts to bring component manufacturers to the State, he said.

Sudharshan Pitty, Head, Manufacturing Operations, Nokia India, said the largest company-owned volume manufacturing facility at Oragadam is one of the first companies to make 3G, 4G and 5G equipment in India.

“We are manufacturing the latest telecom equipment for the world. We supply our products manufactured here to over 100 countries,” he said. He attributed the success to an ecosystem support for manufacturing that include logistics and skilled workforce, he said.

Quality talent pool

According to Barkathulla Khan, Director, Visteon Electronics, India, the company has invested nearly $35 million in the last four years, and provides direct and indirect job opportunity to over 1,500 people.

Software for global OEMs are done from Chennai, he said, attributing the success to the availability of quality talent pool and strong base for technical education and research.

Salcomp, the No 1 global manufacturer of chargers for mobile devices, has nearly 40 per cent of its total 14,0000 workforce in Tamil Nadu.

“Five chargers per second are churned out of our lines in Chennai,” said Sasikumar Gendham, CEO, Salcomp Manufacturing India.

Published on January 24, 2019
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