EFY EXPO 2012 A Big Show, Re­sult­ing In Big­ger Busi­ness

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nder the cloud of a global eco­nomic slow­down and the de­pre­ci­at­ing ru­pee, ev­ery­one thought that or­gan­is­ing an elec­tron­ics ex­po­si­tion would be a bad idea. Yet, EFY proved this wrong. EFY Expo 2012 demon­strated that the In­dian elec­tron­ics in­dus­try knows the art of sur­viv­ing and can flour­ish even in the worst sit­u­a­tions. With the sole aim of ac­cel­er­at­ing the growth of the elec­tron­ics in­dus­try in In­dia, the Expo fo­cused not only on com­po­nents and man­u­fac­tur­ing equip­ment but the en­tire eco-sys­tem.

The three-day event took place at Pra­gati Maidan, New Delhi, from Fe­bru­ary 16 to 18. The Expo had bustling ac­tiv­i­ties on all days and also led to some se­ri­ous long-term busi­ness de­ci­sions, ac­tu­alised by man­u­fac­tur­ers and their buy­ers.

With over 12,000 ‘wor­thy’ footfalls over three days, the event was a huge suc­cess. The Expo saw many happy ex­hibitors and sat­is­fied vis­i­tors. Right from man­u­fac­tur­ers and buy­ers to stu­dents, the Expo at­tracted all kinds of peo­ple re­lated to the elec­tron­ics in­dus- try, from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.

Over 450 lead­ing brands ex­hib­ited the very best of their tech­nolo­gies at Hall No. 11. The Expo of­fered busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in var­i­ous elec­tron­ics sec­tors in­clud­ing com­po­nents, test and mea­sure­ment equip­ment, train­ing and ed­u­ca­tional so­lu­tions, PCB man­u­fac­tur­ing, elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­tur­ing ser­vices (EMS) and elec­tron­ics de­sign.

A po­tent blend of sem­i­nars, con­fer­ences and sum­mits run­ning in par­al­lel at the three-day event aimed to pro­vide use­ful in­sights into the In­dian elec­tron­ics in­dus­try—for the ben­e­fit of de­sign engineers, man­u­fac­tur­ers and se­nior decision mak­ers alike. Sachin Pi­lot, Min­is­ter of State for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, in­au­gu­rated the event.

Pi­lot re­leased a re­port ti­tled ELCOMAS, which was based on in­puts from 540 elec­tron­ics com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ers in In­dia. Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing of em­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties from the In­dian elec­tron­ics in­dus­try, Pi­lot said, “We are at least a decade late in start­ing ini­tia­tives like set­ting up elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­tur­ing clus­ters in In­dia. There is no rea­son why we can­not make In­dia the elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­tur­ing hub of the world. But un­less the in­dus­try it­self is very com­pet­i­tive in qual­ity and price, there is noth­ing any gov­ern­ment can do.”

He added, “The In­dian elec­tron­ics in­dus­try should en­sure that its com­po­nents and the prod­ucts meet qual­ity stan­dards glob­ally, and they should not be ex­or­bi­tantly priced. We have to move si­mul­ta­ne­ously on all fronts. The Elec­tron­ics De­vel­op­ment Fund is worth Rs 50 bil­lion, which can be availed by mem­bers of the In­dian elec­tron­ics in­dus­try.” The min­is­ter also sug­gested that the elec­tron­ics in­dus­try in In­dia should work as a unit, which will help the min­istry for­mu­late bet­ter poli­cies.

Aakash is the hottest topic in In­dia right now, so it was but nat­u­ral that there would be a dis­cus­sion about this piece of tech­nol­ogy—es­pe­cially since it still re­mains an enigma to many. While re­veal­ing the mys­tery be­hind the world’s cheap­est tablet de­vice, Dr Anu­pam Gupta from IIT Jodh­pur, who is part of the team that de­signed the Aakash, dis­owned the de­sign of Datawind’s Aakash tablets cur­rently be­ing sold in the mar­ket. Giv­ing the de­sign lessons from the IIT Jodh­pur team that de­signed the Aakash tablet, the pro­fes­sor said that among all

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