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Mobile companies commit 11,000 cr investment under PLI scheme: ICEA

Major global players Samsung Wistron, Pegatron, Foxconn and Hon Hai and Indian companies such as Lava, Dixon, Micromax, Padget Electronics, Sojo, UTL and Optiemus have applied for benefits under the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme.

Samsung has announced to donate 2,000 smartphones to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK and Facebook is giving away 2,050 Portal video-calling devices.
Samsung has announced to donate 2,000 smartphones to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK and Facebook is giving away 2,050 Portal video-calling devices. (REUTERS)

Industry body ICEA, which represents top mobile phone makers like Apple, Foxconn, Wistron, Lava, etc, on Saturday said companies have committed investments worth 11,000 crore under the PLI scheme and they will surpass manufacturing estimates by 2 to 2.5 times.

Major global players Samsung Wistron, Pegatron, Foxconn and Hon Hai and Indian companies such as Lava, Dixon, Micromax, Padget Electronics, Sojo, UTL and Optiemus have applied for benefits under the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme.

According to the estimates of India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA), mobile phone companies will increase devices production in the country to around 27.5 lakh crore on higher side under the PLI compared to government's announcement of 11 lakh crore.

Union telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has announced that as many as 22 domestic and international firms have lined up with proposals for mobile phones production worth 11 lakh crore, which have potential to create direct and indirect jobs for around 12 lakh people over the next five years.

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"Applications received under the PLI scheme with cumulative investment commitments worth 11,000 crore, total production of mobile phones at 11.50 lakh crore with 60% production reserved for exports, generation of 3 lakh direct jobs...considered to be an extraordinary feat for the government's commitments towards Make in India and Aatmanirbhar Bharat objectives," ICEA Chairman Pankaj Mohindroo said in a statement.

He said that enhancing domestic value addition in the production locally to grow to 35–40% from the current 15–20% is also a major move towards creating self-reliant India.

"These were conservative numbers and the industry will surpass these by 2-2.5 times," Mohindroo said.

At present mobile phone production in the country is estimated to be over 2 lakh crore per annum, employing around 5-6 lakh people.

Prasad said that a total application under the PLI scheme has come from various countries including Taiwan, South Korea, Germany, Austria, etc.

"The benchmark for international companies was that they make mobile phones priced at or above 15,000. International companies that have applied are Samsung, Foxconn Hon Hai, Rising Star, Wistron and Pegatron," Prasad said.

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Foxconn Hon Hai, Wistron and Pegatron are contract manufacturers for Apple iPhones.

In terms of revenue, Apple accounts for 37% and Samsung 22% for global sales of mobile phones and the PLI scheme is expected to increase their manufacturing base manifold in the country, an official statement issued by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity) said.

The minister further said these companies will make thousands of crores investments based on the approval of their proposal

The companies that have applied for components production of around 45,000 crore include AT&S, Ascent Circuits, Visicon, Walsin, Sahasra, Vitesco and Neolync.

The government notified production-linked incentive scheme for large scale electronics manufacturing, the scheme for promotion of manufacturing of electronic components and semiconductors, and the modified electronics manufacturing clusters (EMC 2.0) scheme.

The government expects to attract 1 lakh crore investment in the sector and sees a target manufacturing revenue potential of 10 lakh crore by 2025.

The fresh proposals have exceeded the government's manufacturing revenue target but the final outcome will depend on the decision of the screening committee that will select projects eligible for incentives.