Need to strengthen component manufacturing to support PM’s Make in India campaign: ELCINA

ELCINA (Electronic Industries Association of India), along with Cyient and other key Industry Players such as BEL, HAL, C-DOT and Centum Electronics today announced SES 2016 to be held on 7th & 8th July 2016 at the BIEC.

The event would be inaugurated by Chief Guest Shri Manohar Parrikar, Hon’ble Minister for Defence, Government of India. The Raksha Mantri would be accompanied by key officials including Dr. Ajay Kumar, Addl Secretary, DeitY, Dr. G Sateesh Reddy, SA to Raksha Mantri, CMD, HAL and BEL.

The Deputy Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Subrata Saha and Padma Vibhushan, Dr. VK Aatre would also be gracing the event on 8th July, Chairing key conference sessions.

Some of the highlight sessions during the course of the 2 days would be topics such as Opportunities for Defence Industries under “Make in India Program”, Indigenization, Role of Academia & Electronic SME’s Clusters, Strategic Partners for Defence & Aerospace Programs to name a few.
The sessions would be chaired by current and former dignitaries from Ministry of Defence, Dept. of Electronics, Govt of India, C-DOT, DRDO, DEAL, HAL, BEL, and IIT Madras.

Talking to media Mr. Vikram Desai, President, ELCINA said “SES is a timely initiative as government has made its intention amply clear to enhance domestic value addition in this sector by active participation and investments by foreign as well as domestic companies. The role of Indian Companies & MNC’s is vital to achieve this objective and one of the goals of SES is to encourage the same by Policy advocacy and enabling closer cooperation between Indian and Foreign companies.”

“The demand of electronics products and systems in India is expected to grow to USD 400 Billion by 2020. At the conventional rate of growth of domestic production, it would only be possible to meet demand of about USD 100 Billion by 2020. Although the government attaches high priority to electronics and IT hardware manufacturing, its efforts have not led to a substantial impact owing to various policy restrictions.” Shared Mr Subhash Goyal, Past President ELCINA.

“Growth of electronics manufacturing in the country is being hampered due to lack of reliable power, high cost of finance, poor logistics and infrastructure and ELCINA is trying to provide a supportive eco-system through enabling development of Electronic Manufacturing Clustering and rectifying policy problems. Strengthening the presently weak components manufacturing base and encouraging targeted and proactive R&D are two other key challenges that need to be addressed,” further added Rajoo Goel, Secretary General, ELCINA.

SES is a yearly event that focuses on the Small & Medium industry and acts as a platform to bring together the government, defence organisations, private and public sector companies to have a role in catering to the country’s growing defence capability. It is a two-day event that also features an exhibition and conference that will focus on land, aerospace and naval systems along with homeland security.

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