TN leads in au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics sec­tor

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“Tamil Nadu is the sec­ond largest econ­omy in the coun­try and has sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tages in at­tract­ing in­vest­ments, es­pe­cially in the au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics sec­tor. Though a silent per­former, Tamil Nadu has a con­sis­tent growth rate of 7% and at­tracts in­vest­ments in 12 ma­jor sec­tors,” M Vel­mu­ru­gan, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man, In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion, Tamil Nadu In­dus­trial Guid­ance and Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Bureau, said at the 4th edi­tion of the con­fer­ence on Au­to­mo­tive Elec­tron­ics. The event was or­gan­ised by the Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII) on the theme: ‘Next Mega­trends in Au­to­mo­tive Elec­tron­ics’.

TN has a long his­tory in the au­to­mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor and went on the right path of build­ing com­po­nents base, he said. Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, Vel­mu­ru­gan added, “Tamil Nadu stands num­ber one in al­most 10 pa­ram­e­ters as of 2018. In a re­cent sur­vey, the State has been ad­dressed as the best per­former with over­all per­for­mance in all the sec­tors.” Ac­cord­ing to the re­sult pub­lished by the Na­tional Coun­cil of Ap­plied Eco­nomic Re­search (NCAER), Tamil Nadu is ranked num­ber two in over­all per­for­mance and ranked num­ber one in var­i­ous other pa­ram­e­ters like in­fra­struc­ture, skilled man­power, good gov­er­nance and many more, he added.

The con­fer­ence on Au­to­mo­tive Elec­tron­ics dis­cussed var­i­ous cur­rent and fu­ture trends in au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics and served as an op­por­tu­nity for stake­hold­ers to es­tab­lish syn­ergy in the spe­cial area of in­ter­est. Speak­ing at the event, Amit Jain, Con­fer­ence Chair­man and CEO, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Ad­vance Elec­tron­ics, Tech­nol­ogy and De­vel­op­ment, UNO MINDA, NK Minda Group, said the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor was at a trans­for­ma­tion phase and a lot of changes would come in the next few years. There is huge de­mand in the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor and ev­ery­one should look at In­dia as a ma­jor place for in­vest­ments. Ashok Chandak, Se­nior Di­rec­tor, NXP Semi­con­duc­tors, said, “Au­to­mo­tive sec­tor is the big­gest con­trib­u­tor to GDP and is the driv­ing force be­hind in­no­va­tions. The ar­chi­tec­ture of the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor is chang­ing and is cre­at­ing more and more op­por­tu­ni­ties. As we go into mul­ti­ple do­main ar­chi­tec­ture the net­work­ing in­side the ve­hi­cle will change. The key do­mains in ar­chi­tec­ture in­clude soft­ware, se­cu­rity and safety. We should see how these mega­trends should be ap­plied im­me­di­ately. It will be the elec­tron­ics that is very in­stru­men­tal in re­al­is­ing all fu­ture vi­sion which we look for. There are three im­por­tant things that are hap­pen­ing world­wide: con­nec­tiv­ity, au­tonomous and elec­tri­fi­ca­tion. All these things should drive to safe and se­cure mo­bil­ity.”

“In­dia is the hub for au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics. In­fra­struc­ture, meth­ods and tools, sys­tems and process, and in­no­va­tion ecosys­tem are the key fac­tor for au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics sec­tor to take lead. The ADAS func­tion­al­ity, which is rel­e­vant for In­dia is some­thing that we need to fo­cus on. A few other ar­eas where we could adopt are the au­tonomous en­ergy brak­ing for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles and buses, lane de­par­ture warn­ing etc. These are pos­si­ble and rel­e­vant to the In­dian mar­ket. It might be dif­fi­cult and com­plex to bring these tech­nolo­gies in, but many things are hap­pen­ing to make this avail­able for the In­dian mar­ket,” Srini­vas Arava­palli, Au­to­mo­tive Tech­nol­ogy Con­sul­tant, said.

Ashok Chandak, Sr Di­rec­tor, NXP Semi­con­duc­tor, Amit Jain, Con­fer­ence Chair­man & CEO & ED – Adv. Elec­tron­ics, Tech­nol­ogy & De­vel­op­ment, UNO MINDA, NK Minda Group, M Vel­mu­ru­gan, IES (R), Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man - In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion, Tamil Nadu In­dus­trial Guid­ance & Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Bureau and Srini­vas Arava­palli, Au­to­mo­tive Tech­nol­ogy Con­sul­tant

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