PM Modi welcomes Foxconn’s plans for expanding electronics manufacturing capacity in India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met Taiwan-based manufacturing giant Foxconn‘s Chairman Young Liu and hailed the company’s electronics manufacturing plans in the country. The Taiwan-based company is also planning to set up an EV manufacturing plant in India.
Foxconn’s EV manufacturing arm, Foxtron, is planning to set up manufacturing plants at various locations in southeast Asia, including India.
“Glad to meet Mr. Young Liu, Chairman, Foxconn. I welcome their plans for expanding electronics manufacturing capacity in India, including in semiconductors,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
Glad to meet Mr. Young Liu, Chairman, Foxconn. I welcome their plans for expanding electronics manufacturing capacity in India, including in semiconductors. Our push for EV manufacturing is in line with our commitment of Net Zero Emission. pic.twitter.com/sC1AoGWn9c
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 23, 2022
“Our push for EV manufacturing is in line with our commitment to Net Zero Emission,” the Prime Minister said in the tweet.
Liu also met Akarsh Hebbar, Vedanta Group’s Global Managing Director of Display and Semiconductor Business, to discuss the next steps for their proposed partnership to manufacture semiconductor chips in the country.
Vedanta and Foxconn signed an MoU in February to form a joint venture company in India.
Vedanta will hold 60 percent of the equity in the JV while Foxconn will own 40 percent.
“The Vedanta-Foxconn partnership will, in the coming years, arrest the electronic component import bill of around $100 billion. Vedanta and Foxconn are in discussion with some state governments, to finalize the location of semiconductor units soon,” the companies said in a statement.
This is the first joint venture in the electronics manufacturing space after the announcement of the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for semiconductors and display manufacturing.
Vedanta is planning to invest around $15 billion in a phase-wise manner over the next 5-10 years to build displays and semiconductor chips in India. The JV will look at setting up a semiconductor manufacturing plant in the next two years, said the companies.
India, which aims to become a global semiconductor hub in the coming years, is set to pump $30 billion into its technology sector to achieve independence on chips so that it isn’t “held hostage” to global suppliers.
The Indian government recently announced an outlay of Rs.76,000 crore (around $10 billion), under its production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme, separately for the development of a semiconductor and display manufacturing electronics ecosystem.
In the last few years, India has been actively promoting cooperation with Taiwan in trade, investment, tourism, culture, education, and people-to-people exchanges. The two countries have also constituted teams to expand fruitful collaboration in education and skill development.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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