From “Made in China” to “Make in In­dia”

Electrical Monitor - - EM INTERACTIONS -

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.

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