In an interaction with Industry Outlook, Rajeev Sharma, Chief Strategy Officer, Mitsubishi Electric India Pvt. Ltd. shares his views on the current trends in electronics manufacturing industry in India and how it is evolving with new technology adoption.
How do you see the electronics manufacturing industry in India? Which technologies are accelerating the evolution of this segment and how?
The electronics manufacturing industry in India is growing significantly and expected to grow more in the upcoming years as well. Many manufacturers including the Japanese companies who have diverse expertise in manufacturing electronics goods are eager to explore the domestic market in India.
The technologies which are accelerating the evolution of the electronics manufacturing Industry are the availability and technical support of advanced key components like Semiconductors. For example, Mitsubishi Electric has created a Small, High-efficiency Gallium Nitride (GaN) Power Amplifier Module for 5G Base-Stations. The new technology eliminates the need for transmission lines in 5G power amplifiers. It also reduces the 5G base-stations power consumption. With the introduction of such technology, the electronics manufacturers would be able to understand and adopt to best technology to support needs of diverse segments from telecom to traction.
Another example is the J1-Series pin-fin direct water-cooling structure, mainly for motor drive applications in electric and hybrid vehicles. The company’s new module is expected to contribute to further compactness, weight reduction, and reduced power consumption in inverters for electric and hybrid vehicles. Mitsubishi Electric pioneered the mass production of power semiconductor modules for hybrid vehicles in 1997. In our context this module is now available for manufacturers and designers so that they could explore, test and seek feasibility of making Electric vehicle components locally with indigenous technologies.
Apart from better availability of key components and the core technology to develop electronics manufacturing, Factory Automation products and solutions are also supporting to increase their efficiency and productivity. The automation technology has evolved so much over time that it is now possible to control and monitor the whole manufacturing facility remotely.
What are the most pressing challenges faced by electronics manufacturers in terms of new technology adoption? How can they address those challenges?
The most pressing challenge faced by the electronics manufacturers in terms of new technology is creating cost-efficient products. The investment needed in technology and manpower for an electronics manufacturer is huge. This is because of the nature of the products, and high precision required.
Partnership is the key. We share latest technologies, train their manpower and support product development with the help of highly skilled technical teams. We have been supporting manufacturing more from a technical support perspective than a product perspective. In India, we have a strong presence with 6 technical centers and 3 Service Centers, along with almost 18 Authorized Service Centers (with 2 in Bangladesh and 1 in Sri Lanka)