Forms IT Hardware Committee to recast the manufacturing roadmap
New Delhi, 22nd July 2021: India Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA) today announced a high-level committee to proliferate manufacturing and exports of the IT Hardware (Laptop/Tablet) sector. Through this initiative, ICEA envisions making India the largest manufacturing and export centre globally by 2031. The Committee, chaired by HP India Managing Director Ketan Patel, will create a roadmap to ensure significant investments to develop a globally competitive IT hardware component, parts, and design ecosystem in India by 2026.
ICEA has been in deep discussions with global brands such as HP, Dell, Apple, Wistron, Flex, Foxconn and their Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) companies to find ways to recast the IT manufacturing vision to unlock its full potential. The newly formed IT hardware committee is an outcome of our deep engagement with the Government and the brands.
Talking about the initiative, Mr. Pankaj Mohindroo, Chairman, ICEA, said, “ICEA is committed to The Honorable Prime Minister’s mission of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and Digital India. The world’s top EMS companies are already in India, and Indian companies are also learning to build electronics products for leading global OEMs. At ICEA, we are determined to make India the next global hub for electronics manufacturing in partnership with the Government, and IT hardware shall be the next success story after mobile manufacturing in India”.
“Under the leadership of Mr. Ketan Patel, the IT Hardware committee shall develop a new roadmap for laptop and tablet manufacturing in India. The Committee includes powerful brands and EMS companies such as HP, Dell, Lava, Foxconn, Wistron and Flex. In addition, lava is tying up with a significantly large global EMS company, which would bring the desired skills and scale”, Mr. Mohindroo further added.
Mr. Ketan Patel, MD, HP India, said, “The PC and tablet market is approximately USD 230 billion globally, and it is essential to create economies of scale to build a sustainable manufacturing base in India. I wish to prepare a concrete IT manufacturing roadmap for the next five years with desired outcomes regarding employment, contribution to GDP, and possible value additions. Our interactions with the Government have been highly encouraging, and the Government seems determined to build a globally competitive electronics manufacturing ecosystem in India”.
“I believe IT hardware manufacturing is a great window of opportunity, and the industry will leave no stone unturned in supporting MeiTY and realizing the vision of the Government of India”, added Mr. Patel.