Intel, a global technology leader, has announced a strategic alliance with eight Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) companies and Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) to enhance the production of laptops in India. This collaboration, a significant milestone for the Indian electronics industry, leverages Intel’s extensive expertise in the IT sector to provide crucial technological and operational insights. The partnership aims to establish a robust laptop manufacturing sector in India, aligning with Intel’s commitment to driving technology-driven growth in tandem with the Make in India initiative.
Participating Indian companies include Bhagwati Products Ltd, Dixon Technologies India Ltd, Kaynes Technology India Ltd, Optiemus Electronics Ltd, Panache Digilife Ltd, Smile Electronics Ltd, Syrma SGS Technology Ltd, and VVDN Technologies Private Ltd. For some of these entities, this collaboration marks their inaugural entry into the laptop manufacturing domain. The joint effort between Intel and the Indian manufacturing ecosystem seeks to equip these companies to meet both domestic and global demands for laptops.
Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, expressed his satisfaction with Intel’s partnership with India, emphasizing its role in catalyzing the electronics manufacturing ecosystem for laptops and computing devices. This initiative aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to propel India’s Digital Economy to $1 Trillion and enable the electronics manufacturing ecosystem to contribute $300 billion by 2025-26.
As part of the collaboration, Intel has shared its expertise to facilitate the production of complete entry-level laptops in India. This includes implementing state-of-the-art Surface Mount Technology (SMT) assembly lines, establishing quality control processes for components, and benchmarking finished products. Intel has also provided support to ODMs covering both Semi Knocked Down (SKD) and Completely Knocked Down (CKD) processes.
Santhosh Viswanathan, VP & MD, India Region, Intel, highlighted the significance of this collaboration for the Indian electronics industry, stating, “Bringing in Intel’s technology-related investments and global system supply chain ecosystem knowledge exemplifies our dedication to fostering electronic manufacturing capabilities in India. By enabling the laptop manufacturing process – from surface mount technology assembly to finished product – we are not only meeting the demands of the Make in India initiative but also contributing to the technological progress of the nation.”
In a move to showcase the broader impact of this collaboration, Intel will host the India Tech Ecosystem Summit in November, bringing together numerous local manufacturers to exhibit a diverse range of devices made in India.