From “Made in China” to “Make in India”
lecrama 2016 had a dedicated China Pavilion, continuing the trend that was introduced in the preceding edition of Elecrama. The pavilion at Elecrama had around 80 exhibitors displaying an array of products right from cable lugs, cables and insulators—right up to sophisticated testing equipment. Electrical Monitor interacted with several exhibitors and despite the “language barrier,” could engage meaningfully with quite a few.
Shanghai Hiwave Composite Materials Co Ltd was one such company that was participating in Elecrama for the first time and was using it as a platform to launch its enterprise in India. With a brand “Hiwave Innovative,” the company had put on display a sophisticated gadget for testing the quality of welded contacts (see picture). Interacting with Electrical Monitor, Lawson Chen, the company’s chairman, explained that the machine
Egave detailed analyses of welded contacts and would be immensely helpful to several industries with the switchgear industry being a big beneficiary. Chen noted that the welding and contact quality of components can be securely established before they find their way in the final product. Enthused with the response that Elecrama 2016 could generate for his company, Lawson Chen was upbeat about his company’s prospects in India.
The onslaught of Chinese equipment in the Indian power sector has been a subject of significant debate. While industry associations, including apex body IEEMA, have never demanded protection from Chinese equipment, they have sought level-playing field against international competition. Several Chinese companies have expressed their willingness to set up manufacturing facilities in India, reflecting withdrawal of import duty concessions and the imposition of other Indian policies to check Chinese imports. The process of creating a level-playing field with Indian counterparts has begun, it strongly appears. China-based TBEA, amongst the largest transformer companies in the world, has already put up its manufacturing facility in Gujarat where it is rolling out extra-high voltage equipment like 765kV transformers, especially for Power Grid Corporation of India.