Apple Supplier Delta Electronics Plans to Quadruple Revenue From India

Apple Supplier Delta Electronics Plans to Quadruple Revenue From India

Taiwan-based Delta Electronics Inc expects to quadruple annual revenue from India over the next three years as it makes more power components in the country, in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push to develop industry.

Boosted by the rollout of India’s 4G broadband network, the company aims to generate about $700 million (roughly Rs. 4,795 crores) in revenue from the country by 2019, Dalip Sharma, Delta’s India managing director, said in an interview on Tuesday.

Delta’s revenue from India totalled $169 million (roughly Rs. 1,157 crores) last year.

The company, a supplier of components to Apple Inc, entered the Indian market in 2003. It recently unveiled a $500 million investment in manufacturing and research facilities in India.

Since becoming prime minister in 2014, Modi has travelled far and wide to promote his ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ campaigns, seeking to connect 250,000 villages to the Internet and courting investment to expand India’s manufacturing base.

“It’s taking time to change but we are feeling a lot of traction on the ground,” Sharma told Reuters on the sidelines of an industrial exhibition in the city of Bengaluru.

Indian mobile carriers are also spending billions of dollars buying up airwaves to meet surging demand for better connections as more Indians access the Internet through their smartphones.

Bharti Airtel Ltd, India’s biggest telecoms carrier, plans to invest nearly $9 billion (roughly Rs. 61,662 crores) over three years to upgrade its network to 4G, bracing for the full rollout of Reliance Industries Ltd’s 4G network, which will be the country’s biggest.

“The Indian market is actually pretty similar to China 20 years ago. Everything is moving up,” Delta Chairman Yancey Hai told Reuters at the same event.

Delta, founded in 1971, makes devices that control the flow of electricity in a range of products such as smartphones, personal computers and servers.

The company has 60 research and development centres and 38 manufacturing facilities around the world, including the United States and China.

In India, Sharma said Delta also expected to benefit from the expansion of data centres and solar power initiatives. Competition among individual state governments has improved the investment climate in the country, he said.

“We are in the right businesses,” Sharma said, “because the government is going to spend heavily on infrastructure in the next five to 10 years.”

Apple Opening Development Centre in Hyderabad, Likely to Focus on Maps

Apple Opening Development Centre in Hyderabad, Likely to Focus on Maps

Apple has confirmed recent reports that it plans to open a technology development centre in Hyderabad. The Cupertino-based company, which is becoming increasingly focused on the second most populous nation and third largest smartphone market in the world, is likely to utilise the development centre to bolster its mapping efforts in the country.

In a statement to Gadgets 360, the iPhone maker said, “We’ve been investing to expand our operations in India and are thrilled to have passionate customers and a vibrant developer community across the country.”

While Apple hasn’t shared the exact workforce it plans to devote to its impending India’s effort, it did note that over 150 Apple employees will support maps development at its upcoming development office in Hyderabad.

“We are looking forward to opening a new development office in Hyderabad that will be home to over 150 Apple employees supporting maps development. The office will also have space for many contractors who will support our ambitious efforts locally,” it told us.

Some of the recent job postings on Apple’s website suggests that the company will be primarily focusing on maps and navigation in India. The company posted four job postings last month looking for candidates with experience and expertise in mapping space.

“The Apple Maps team is seeking a highly results-driven Manager to drive the development of next generation of maps. Maps are an integral part of our daily lives, intersecting through multiple technology platforms,” one of the job applications read. “The team is destined to define user engagement across mobile and desktop devices with maps at the centre of decision making.”

The planned development centre in India also won’t be the first of its kind for Apple outside the United States, as several publications have reported. The company recently announced that it will be opening a development centre in Italy. The first of Apple’s development centres in Europe will aim to train mobile app software developers.

As Apple anticipates the first major slow down in iPhone’s sales, it is understandably looking at developing regions that are largely untapped, but have shown interest in its products. Which is where India comes into play. Numbers from Counterpoint suggest that Apple shipped over 800,000 iPhone units last quarter. The marketing research firm found it to be the “best ever quarter” for Apple in India. Moreover, Apple CFO Luca Maestri recently noted that iPhone sales in the country were up by 76 percent in the last quarter.

Tim Cook has also publicly acknowledged the importance of India for his company. “India is also incredibly exciting. India’s growth, as you know, is very good. It’s quickly becoming the fastest growing BRIC country,” he said during the company’s earnings call last month.

“Almost half the people in India are below 25. And so I see the demographics there also being incredibly great for a consumer brand and for people that really want the best products. And as you know, we’ve been putting increasingly more energy in India. India revenue for us in Q1 was up 38 percent. We also had currency issues in India, as everybody else did. Constant currency growth was 48 percent. So it’s a very rapidly expanding country. And I think the government there is very interested economic reforms and so forth that I think all speak to a really good business environment for the future,” Cook said during the earnings call.

It is widely believed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Silicon Valley, in which he metseveral top executives including Tim Cook, may have played an instrumental role in enticing Apple towards India. “[…] I think the government there is very interested economic reforms and so forth that I think all speak to a really good business environment for the future,” Cook had said.

More Details About iPhone 7, iPhone 5se Emerge

A new report claims that Apple for the first time is opting for EMI (electromagnetic interference) shield technology to be used on a variety of its chips on the upcoming iPhone 7. Additionally, a Taiwan-based website reports that Wistron along with Foxconn will be the primary suppliers of Apple’s long-rumoured iPhone 5se.

Apple is said to be using EMI (electromagnetic interference) shield technology to major chips including RF (radio frequency), connectivity chips, AP (application processor), and modems which is expected to increase the iPhone’s performance while reducing electromagnetic interference experienced by chips.

The report from Korea IT News also adds that Apple was until now applying the EMI technology to its PCB (printing circuit board) and connectors. The reason to opt for EMI (electromagnetic interference) shield technology for major chips in iPhone 7 was to prevent unwanted signals to occur due to electromagnetic interference. It adds that StatsChipPac and Amkor are the two companies responsible to handle EMI Shield technology on chips in the iPhone 7. It also says that the EMI shield process will be carried in South Korea.

“As clock signals of digital chips have increased and as diverse functions such as 3D-touch and others have recently added, reduction of electromagnetic waves have emerged as major topic of this industry. As other Smartphone businesses might be looking to apply EMI Shield technology to major chips just as Apple did, packaging and other related equipment industries will benefit a lot from this,” a representative of the industry said.

In other news, the much-rumoured iPhone 5se will have Foxconn as well as Wistron as suppliers. A Digitimes report says that Apple has been considering separating its order to different ODMs to “avoid risks.” Wistron is said to get small portion of the 4-inch iPhone orders from Apple this year.

All these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt as Apple has not mentioned anything about the upcoming device and the leaks legitimacy remains questionable. A recent report said that Apple will debut its next iPhone and iPad models on March 15.

The company is rumoured to gearing up for a new 4-inch iPhone, believed to be dubbed iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air at the same launch event on March 18.