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Date : 2012-08-23



ELCINA, India’s oldest and largest interactive association and forum for electronics and IT manufacturers, along with Vittal Innovation City (VIC) announced the launch of its ESDM Model Cluster - the first of its kind Integrated electronics cluster for electronics component and equipment manufacturing in India in Ananthpur District (AP), near Bengaluru. ELCINA has been advised by Department of Electronics & IT to take the lead in establishing manufacturing Clusters and this is the first such initiative in the country. This is one of the first of the 200 proposed clusters to be set up under the draft National Electronics Policy 2011 of Government of India to propel the growth of electronics manufacturing industry in India. This Electronics cluster is based on a recommendation by a Task Force set up by the Department of Electronics & IT (DeitY), Government of India, to realize the opportunity provided by the rapidly growing electronic hardware and telecom market.

Mr. N. Vittal, Chairman, VIC, said "We are privileged to be partnering with ELCINA and the Govt of India in this project and the synergy between our two organisations has created a great potential for successfully providing electronics manufacturers with the best and most cost effective infrastructure."

Expressing great satisfaction at this launch, Mr T Vasu, President ELCINA said that "Such medium sized Clusters were conceptualised by ELCINA more than two years ago with the objective to overcome disabilities faced by high value added Electronics manufacturers in a zero duty environment that was crippling the growth of the industry. I am sure that this initiative will be followed by many more such clusters and change the landscape of the industry in India".

Mr. Rajoo Goel, Secretary General, ELCINA said: "We are very excited to partner with Vittal Innovation City for this first-of-its-kind electronics cluster which would be driven and managed by the Cluster members. Combined with VIC’s global experience and extremely eminent management team, we are confident that we will be able to jointly create a benchmark for the industry. Mr Goel congratulated the Dept of Electronics & IT (Deity) on the excellent Policy they had drafted and the industry was eagerly looking forward to its early announcement".

Mr. A Gururaj, Managing Director, Electronics Cluster, VIC said: "It is an honour and great opportunity to be recognized as the first cluster by ELCINA in this ambitious project of the Govt of India. We hope to make this ELCINA Manufacturing Cluster in partnership with Vittal Innovation City a showcase cluster for the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing sector in India"

ELCINA conceptualized a cluster where its members can leverage on world-class common infrastructure to become globally competitive, both in terms of price and quality. ELCINA members can collaborate to offer a broader set of services, and build full products for their customers. Vittal Innovation City is a unique pioneering cluster project spanning education, design, R&D, manufacturing and social infrastructure focused on innovation. The ELCINA-VIC cluster has been designed and conceptualized combining both the visions of ELCINA and Vittal Innovation City. This is the first initiative to establish a modern Cluster Manufacturing facility for electronics hardware which will provide a level playing field to manufacturers in India. It will give a growth spurt to small, medium as well as large enterprises in the electronics sector and also aims to attract international electronics component manufacturers to invest in India.

The Cluster would be owned and managed by the members who have manufacturing units located within the Cluster. The responsibility of running the cluster will be held jointly between ELCINA and VIC.

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