AS THE GLOBAL HUB FOR MOBILE HANDSET AND COMPONENT MANUFACTURING ACTIVITY: PANKAJ MOHINDROO, NATIONAL PRESIDENT – ICA & CHAIRMAN – FTTF
New Delhi: 21-10-2015
“Andhra Pradesh under the dynamic leadership of Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, the Hon’ble Chief Minister is fast turning out to be a preferred destination for mobile handset and component manufacturing companies. Suitable regulatory interventions and proactive support provided by the State Administration during the past 4-6 months are turning out to be the clinching factors to turn these investment decisions in favour of the State”, said Mr. Pankaj Mohindroo, National President, Indian Cellular Association (ICA) and Chairman – Fast Track Task Force (FTTF), set up by the GOI to promote mobile handset manufacturing eco-system in India.
“The Andhra Pradesh Government’s decision to set up a dedicated mobile handset manufacturing facility in Tirupati, the foundation stone of which will be laid by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, tomorrow ( i.e. 22ndOctober) will be another important milestone to leverage the State’s ability to attract further investments into this sector”, Mr. Mohindroo further mentioned.
“Foxconn has already started operations in Andhra Pradesh for manufacturing brands like Xiomi, Gionee etc. Other important brands like Micromax, UTL (Karbonn) and Celkon would be kick starting their manufacturing operations soon”, added Mr. Mohindroo.
“ICA has been closely supporting AP’s vision to establish the State as a leading global manufacturing destination for mobile handsets and its component eco – system. Not only are ICA’s efforts directed to transform the state into a manufacturing HUB, rather we are also working with the AP Government to set up design centres and incubation centres to establish AP as a truly Global scale Mobile Handset manufacturing HUB, based on the “Make in India” and “Digital India vision”, Mr. Mohindroo further reiterated.
The Government of India has set up a Fast Track Task Force (FTTF) to catalyze and re-establish a robust mobile handsets and component manufacturing eco-system in India by 2019 with the objective to produce approx. 500 Mn handsets (approx. INR 3,00,000 Crs in value terms) and generating employment opportunities for more than 15 Lakhs people.
Mr. Mohindroo further hailed the initiatives of the Government of India, such as “Make in India” and “Digital India” under the leadership of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi.
“After the launch of Make in India and Digital India movements by our visionary Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi and establishment of the Fast Track Task Force, there have been significant improvements in the investment scenario in the Mobile Handset and component manufacturing ecosystem and today we are witnessing most of the global and domestic mobile handset companies setting up or planning to set up manufacturing operations in India”, Mr. Mohindroo.
“Mobile phone manufacturing in 2015-16 will grow by more than 110 per cent compared to 2014-15, the year in which mobile handset manufacturing touched its nadir. Further, even with this robust growth, we will still reach only 12 per cent of our target of 3 lakh crores which we have to achieve by 2019. This is just a beginning” Mr Mohindroo added.
Shri Venkateswara Mobile & Electronics Manufacturing Hub at Tirupati will create more than 10,000 jobs within a year and we expect this hub to contribute at least 5% of our all-India target of 15 lakh jobs by the year 2019.
Indian Cellular Association (ICA) is the apex body of the Mobile Industry comprising of manufacturers, brand-owners, application & solution providers, distributors, retailers and eminent consumers of mobile handsets. The Association has been constituted to provide value and service to the mobile cellular industry in India by fuelling its growth, improving competitiveness, helping create a legal and ethical market and regulatory environment, thereby providing long-term benefits of mobile connectivity to the Indian masses.Some of its prominent members include Foxconn, Samsung, Microsoft, Nokia, Lava, Microsoft, Karbonn, Intex, Micromax, Celkon, HTC, Panasonic etc.
The Fast Track Task Force (FTTF) constituted by the Department of Electronics & IT (DeitY), under the Chairmanship of Mr. Pankaj Mohindroo (National President ICA), with Mr. Josh Foulger, Country Head & MD – Foxconn India and Mr. Hari Om Rai, CMD – Lava International as co-chairmen has been assigned the goal of “re-establishing and catalyzing significant growth in the Mobile Handset and Component manufacturing Eco-System in India”. Board Members of the FTTF include eminent technocrats, leaders of the industry and top bureaucrats representing various Ministries.