In­dia banks on South Amer­ica for lithium for EV bat­ter­ies

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With an eye on achiev­ing an all-elec­tric car fleet by 2030, In­dia has started reach­ing out to the ‘Lithium Tri­an­gle’ in South Amer­ica to meet the de­mand for the metal used in bat­ter­ies for elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

The coun­tries in the ‘Lithium Tri­an­gle’, com­pris­ing Chile, Ar­gentina and Bolivia, are also mem­bers of the In­ter­na­tional So­lar Al­liance (ISA), an ini­tia­tive of Prime Min­is­ter Modi, which fos­ters South-South co­op­er­a­tion. In­dia’s move to­wards elec­tric cars will help to cut its oil im­port bills.

Talk­ing to the Fi­nan­cial Ex­press (FE), Bolivia’s am­bas­sador to In­dia, Ser­gio Arispe Bar­ri­en­tos, said that with the largest lithium re­serves in the world, Bolivia can part­ner with In­dia in its elec­tric ve­hi­cle projects. A team from Tata Mo­tors is ex­pected to travel to Bolivia to ex­plore pos­si­bil­i­ties for sourc­ing lithium for its elec­tric cars.

De­ba­jit Palit, se­nior fellow and as­so­ciate di­rec­tor at The En­ergy & Re­sources Institute (TERI), told FE that it is im­por­tant for In­dia to

get lithium from the source coun­tries, which are mostly in Latin Amer­ica, if In­dia is to suc­ceed in its plans for elec­tric mo­bil­ity.

SEMI re­ports record semi­con­duc­tor pho­tomask sales of US$ 3.7 bil­lion

SEMI, the global in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing the elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­tur­ing sup­ply chain, an­nounced that af­ter sev­eral years of in­cre­men­tal in­creases, the world­wide semi­con­duc­tor pho­tomask mar­ket surged 13 per cent to a record high of US$ 3.75 bil­lion in 2017, and is fore­cast to ex­ceed US$ 4.0 bil­lion in 2019.

The mask mar­ket is ex­pected to grow 5 per cent and 4 per cent in 2018 and 2019, re­spec­tively, ac­cord­ing to the SEMI re­port. Key pho­tomask mar­ket driv­ers re­main ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy fea­ture sizes (less than 45nm) and the growth in man­u­fac­tur­ing in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

Tai­wan is the largest pho­tomask re­gional mar­ket for the sev­enth year in a row and is ex­pected to re­tain the top spot for the du­ra­tion of the fore­cast pe­riod. Korea rose in the rankings to claim the sec­ond spot.

L&T and BEL sign MoU for de­fence prod­ucts

L&T and Bharat Elec­tron­ics Lim­ited (BEL) have signed an MoU to de­velop and man­u­fac­ture de­fence prod­ucts and sys­tems for the evolv­ing do­mes­tic and ex­port mar­kets. The part­ner­ship also in­tends to lever­age the well-de­vel­oped sup­ply chain, vast ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise of BEL and L&T, to en­hance ex­ports in the de­fence sec­tor.

By com­bin­ing L&T’s man­u­fac­tur­ing, sys­tems de­sign and in­te­gra­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties as well as ex­ten­sive global foot­print with BEL’s core com­pe­ten­cies in elec­tronic equip­ment and sys­tems, the com­pa­nies look for­ward to en­hanc­ing their prod­uct range, jointly evolve new prod­ucts and en­hance busi­ness prospects.

Wipro and SBI lead cor­po­rate drive for EVs

Wipro Lim­ited and State Bank of In­dia (SBI) are com­mit­ted to tran­si­tion their global fleets to elec­tric ve­hi­cles (EVs) by 2030, be­com­ing the first ma­jor In­dian busi­nesses to join The Cli­mate Group’s global EV ini­tia­tive, EV100, to ac­cel­er­ate the roll-out of EVs world­wide.

The Cli­mate Group re­ported that Wipro will be­gin rolling out its plans in Delhi, Ben­galuru, Hy­der­abad and Pune, in­volv­ing nearly 2000 ve­hi­cles, be­fore also ad­dress­ing in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. As in­terim goals, the com­pany ex­pects to scale up the use of EVs to 500 in the next three years and to 1,000 by 2023.

Jar­nail Singh, In­dia di­rec­tor, The Cli­mate Group, said that the firm is thrilled to wel­come Wipro and SBI to EV100. He be­lieves that their lead­er­ship on elec­tric ve­hi­cles will send a strong de­mand sig­nal to the mar­ket in In­dia and be­yond.

Xiaomi pushes for smart­phone com­po­nent sup­pli­ers to in­vest in In­dia

China’s Xiaomi said it wants its global smart­phone com­po­nent mak­ers to set up base in In­dia, in what is likely to bring in as much as US$ 2.5 bil­lion worth of in­vest­ments into the coun­try, while also cre­at­ing up to 50,000 jobs.

Xiaomi’s push could boost Prime Min­is­ter’s Naren­dra Modi’s flag­ship ‘Make in In­dia’ drive that is aimed at adding tens of mil­lions of new jobs and turn­ing Asia’s No.3 econ­omy into a global man­u­fac­tur­ing hub.

Xiaomi, which be­gan as­sem­bling smart­phones through Fox­conn in south­ern In­dia in

2015, will now as­sem­ble parts like mem­ory sys­tems and pro­ces­sors on printed cir­cuit boards, lo­cally, said Manu Jain, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Xiaomi’s In­dia op­er­a­tions. This an­nounce­ment came a week af­ter New Delhi levied a 10 per cent im­port duty on some key smart­phone com­po­nents, in­clud­ing pop­u­lated PCBs.

De­fence ma­jor Thales tar­gets three-fold rise in rev­enue from In­dia

The French de­fence firm Thales is in the process of form­ing a joint ven­ture with Anil Am­bani’s Reliance De­fence Ltd, to in­te­grate In­dia-spe­cific ca­pa­bil­i­ties for 36 Rafale jet fighters, main­tain radars and elec­tronic sen­sors, as well as man­u­fac­ture high­per­for­mance air­borne elec­tron­ics.

The New In­dian Ex­press re­ported that Em­manuel De Ro­que­feuil, vice pres­i­dent and coun­try di­rec­tor, In­dia, said that the Let­ter of In­tent has been signed and the joint ven­ture will be set up by the end of 2018. The com­pany has set a tar­get for the near term to gen­er­ate an­nual rev­enue of US$ 1.23 bil­lion from In­dia.

The two com­pa­nies went ahead with this plan only af­ter the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion of In­dia (CCI) ap­proved the for­ma­tion of the JV be­tween them.

HMD Global, the com­pany be­hind the Nokia brand, aims to make com­po­nents in In­dia

Eye­ing ag­gres­sive growth in In­dia, Fin­nish com­pany HMD Global — which sells the iconic Nokia brand of phones — is work­ing hard to­wards man­u­fac­tur­ing its own com­po­nents in the coun­try.

In 2016, HMD Global got the li­cence to sell Nokia-branded de­vices for the next 10 years, and it re­vealed its first line-up last year.

“We are fol­low­ing the phased man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­gramme. In line with this, we have started hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with our part­ner, Fox­conn, to man­u­fac­ture our own com­po­nents in the coun­try,” Ajey Me­hta, VP and coun­try head-In­dia, HMD Global, told IANS (Indo-Asian News Ser­vice) in an in­ter­view. “It will hap­pen over a pe­riod of time. We may be a lit­tle be­hind sched­ule, but it will even­tu­ally hap­pen and the com­po­nents that at­tract im­port duty will be man­u­fac­tured here,” Me­hta added. The com­pany said it will also work with Fox­conn to set up sur­face mount tech­nol­ogy lines.

Ap­ple plans to ditch In­tel’s pro­ces­sors en­tirely by 2020

Over the last cou­ple of years, Ap­ple has been de­vel­op­ing spe­cialised chips to han­dle cer­tain func­tions in its phones and com­put­ers, and now, Bloomberg re­ports that the com­pany is gear­ing up to make all its pro­ces­sors in-house by 2020 and ditch its long-time sup­plier, In­tel.

The move is part of an ini­tia­tive called Kala­mata, which will see Ap­ple work to­wards get­ting more prod­ucts and soft­ware in its ecosys­tem to work well to­gether. An­other part of this plan in­cludes a new plat­form co­de­named ‘Marzi­pan’ that would run both iOS and MacOS apps. It’s said to be sched­uled for a launch some­time this year, and Ap­ple might an­nounce more de­tails at its World­wide De­vel­op­ers Con­fer­ence in June.

ISRO open to shar­ing EV bat­tery tech with pri­vate play­ers

The chair­man of the In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ISRO), K. Si­van, has said that ISRO will make its know-how on space-age lithi­u­mion (Li-ion) bat­tery tech­nol­ogy avail­able to pri­vate play­ers in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. Si­van made this an­nounce­ment af­ter the launch of the GSAT-6A.

“Gov­ern­ment-level dis­cus­sions are go­ing on to find suit­able in­dus­trial part­ners to man­u­fac­ture com­mer­cial grade Li-ion bat­ter­ies, which are cost-ef­fec­tive,” said Si­van. Cur­rently, Li-ion bat­ter­ies are be­ing im­ported from coun­tries like China and Japan. ISRO uses in-house Li­ion bat­ter­ies to power satel­lites and launch ve­hi­cles.

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