“Connect with India” event at Semicon West 2014


Dr. Ajay Kumar addressing the ‘Connect with India’ Dr. Also Ajay Kumar and Other Delegates at the Interactive Panel and Q&A

Dr. Ajay Kumar addressing the ‘Connect with India’ Dr.
Also Ajay Kumar and Other Delegates at the Interactive Panel and Q&A

Thursday, September 25, 2014: A Government – Industry Delegation led by Dr. Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, DeitY visited San Francisco, USA to participate in Semicon West 2014 and to promote investment in Electronics Sector from July 8-10 2014. The delegation consisted of Shri SK Marwaha, Director, DeitY, Shri MN Vidyashankar, President, IESA, Shri Deven Verma, Chairman and CEO, HSMC (along with other representatives of HSMC consortium), Mr Russell Ellewanger, CEO TowerJazz (along with other representatives of Jaypee consortium), Shri Nilaya Verma, Dr. Abhinav Akhilesh and Shri Varun Chandra, all Accenture.

SEMI, on the side-lines of SEMICON West 2014, organized an event named as “Connect with India – The Next Semiconductor Manufacturing Region”. The intent of this event was to herald and announce India’s arrival on the global Semiconductor manufacturing stage, more so in the context of the recently approved FABs. The event was well attended by over 150 leaders of the industry, as well as Industry Analysts, Academia, and Media. Dr. Ajay Kumar presented to the gathering about the Electronics Manufacturing agenda of India and also elaborated on the various policy level initiatives, including financial incentives that the Government of India has put in place to promote manufacturing of Electronic Hardware in India. An overview of the two proposed FABs was also presented to the gathering.

The consortia setting up FABs in India (led by M/s Jaiprakash Associates and M/s HSMC respectively) also made presentations highlighting their business plans and outlining investment opportunities around their FABs. The India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) president, Mr. MN Vidyashankar, also presented the industry’s view of the opportunity in India. Subsequent to the presentations, the floor was thrown open to questions from the attendees, and a panel comprising of Dr. AjayKumar, Mr. Russell Ellwanger (CEO, TowerJazz), Mr. Bharat Gupte (President HSMC), Professor Krishna Saraswat (Stanford University), Mr. Aninda Moitra (Country President, Applied Materials), Mr. Ashok Kumar (Imperial Capital) and Mr. MN Vidyashankar
(President, IESA) took the questions and also voiced their view on the potential for electronics manufacturing in India.

The following main viewpoints were discussed:
i. India is undertaking very big and critical projects with the two FABs, and it is important to ensure an on-schedule build-out and commercial success of the planned semiconductor FABs, including development of the up and downstream ecosystems, technology/market positioning and roadmap definition.
ii. It is important to build the IP and design ecosystem to sustain FABs.
iii. The government should focus on ramping up expertise and manpower to meet needs of FABs.
iv. There are enough and more business opportunities for the fab ecosystem in India and several players expressed interest to
participate in the ecosystem of the proposed FABs.
The event was very successful and generated a lot of interest from the industry. There are lot of firms and individuals who are
interested in participating in the India semiconductor story.

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