US-based multinational semiconductor chip-maker Intel’s Indian arm is aggressive in its plans to lead the domestic market sales. The firm will be investing over $120 million in the country to consolidate its R&D infrastructure. Intel India has outlined a clear roadmap to deepen its roots in the country, introduce new products and leverage the 4,200 plus employee base in the country. Intel India president Kumud Srinivasan spoke to Shruti Ambavat on products and sales. Edited excerpts:
Are there any India-specific products that Intel is looking at targeting?
One of the things that we are exploring is partnering with our counterparts in Intel China to see how we can leverage the low-cost manufacturing that they have there. We are looking at leveraging that supply chain to lower the costs of some of the products particularly tablets and then introduce them to the India market.
In earlier interactions you mentioned that you dream to make India a manufacturing hub. Any success in implementing that plan?
What we are looking at doing is help India develop its manufacturing sector and find a win-win situation both for India and Intel. I recently met the Nasscom president and he mentioned that one could argue that in the last couple of decades while the IT industry grew by leaps and bounds, the manufacturing industry, like the electronics, slipped. And today, we are seeing the impact of that. People talk about how electronics is going to very soon surpass oil as a percentage of our imports. Very little of these everyday components are being manufactured in India today. That is what we would like to work with the government and industry forums like Nasscom on and this is how we can help to revive the electronics segment. We would like to move some of the supply chain to India since there are various components like lower and higher-level value-added products. We can also advice the Indian government in their efforts to bring silicon manufacturing to the country, given our vast experience in the segment.
What projects or talks have you already initiated with the Indian government?
We have initiated something in the education space where we are working to drive up the level of digital literacy in India. Because even if a person is functionally illiterate, he can be digitally literate. Intel started this with other companies and now the government has adopted it as one of their programmes.
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