Category — Electronic

Apple Looks to Expand in India

India has offered to allow Apple Inc., to import mobile handset components intended for use in local manufacturing tax free; but these concessions will be subject to the condition of increasing local value addition over a period of time.

Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary at the Ministry of Electronics and IT told Reuters, “We have offered them tax exemptions on those components which could not be manufactured in India.” She added that Apple will need to increase the local manufacturing component gradually in phases of 3, 5, 7, and 10 years as the local capacity builds up.

In mid-May, Apple‘s OEM partner, Wistron, started assembling the iPhone SE in Bangalore, India, in order to lower the price point and make it more affordable to Indian consumers.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, the federal minister for Electronics and IT said that Apple had approached the Indian government to expand Wistron’s facilities in Bangalore, and that government officials were in touch with Apple for expanding the facility and setting up new plants.

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May 26, 2017   No Comments

iPhone SE Will Be Manufactured in India

ICT Service Management Solutions, owned by Taiwan’s Wistron Corporation (Apple’s original equipment manufacturer) will manufacture the iPhone SE at its factory located in Yeshwanthpur, a suburb of Bangalore.

Forbes reports that Wistron obtained an official certification from the Bureau of Indian Standards for Model A1723, which is the 4-inch iPhone SE with a small screen. “With its great screen with brightness and colors, it is an ideal phone for those who are using Apple for the first time. It will go well with Indian buyers,” said Amit Misra, an IT analyst from Bangalore. ”

iPhone SEWith aim of getting a significant share in the India market, Apple discounted the iPhone SE to Rs. 19,999 or  $310.

April 21, 2017   No Comments

Scientists in India Develop Credit Card-Sized ECG Device

Scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center have developed a credit card-sized Tele-ECG machine that can transmit an ECG over any smartphone to any part of the world. This 12-channel ECG machine works on an Android-platform, can be recharged via a mobile charger, and is priced at $61. It is likely the smallest of its kind.

“The quality of the ECG is excellent and it has come to me in two to three different formats for me to view,” Dr. Hemant Haldavnekar, a consulting physician, said.

 Hand-held ECG Device

“This is a small low-cost ECG machine that on a single charge can record 300 ECGs. It is rightly suited for rural areas,” the developer of the tele-ECG machine, Vineet Sinha, scientist, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai, said reports NDTV.

March 21, 2017   1 Comment

Apple Tries to Sell Used Phones in India

CNBC reports that Apple‘s application to sell refurbished iPhones  — aimed at boosting sales in India and countering a slowdown of its sales  in China — has yet to be approved, as India typically requires single-brand retailers to source at least 30 percent of their raw material needs from local suppliers. Currently, Apple sells products in India through distributors.

India’s minister of finance, Arun Jaitley, told CNBC in an interview, “Now am I to be concerned with job creation or not? Or am I only to allow foreign companies to sell products in India and not create jobs in India?” Exceptions could be made in certain cases of specific high-technology areas, and the government would take a call on whether Apple’s application met this criterion or not, he added.

Jobs creation is a key component of  the “Make in India” initiative promoted by the government to encourage foreign manufacturers to set up shop in India.

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June 5, 2016   No Comments

Rockwell Collins Outfits India’s Military Radios

Rockwell Collins, Inc., headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has received a contract from state-owned Electronics Corporation of India Ltd., for communications and navigation components that are used in the digital V/UHF radios manufactured by Electronics Corporation, reports ASD News. These communication devices are IP-enabled state-of-the-art transceivers for ship to ship, ship to shore and ground to air communications, said Rockwell Collins in a news release.

V-UHF Transceiver

V-UHF Transceiver

“The recent award is part of a long-term agreement signed with ECIL in 2010. To date, Rockwell Collins has delivered more than 1,000 units to ECIL” said Sunil Raina, managing director, India, for Rockwell Collins.

 

May 22, 2016   No Comments