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Cell phone exports from India increased threefold in 2nd quarter of 2021

9. September 2021

The rapid growth of India’s cell phone manufacturers and related industry continues. The value of exported goods tripled, reaching the equivalent of $589 million in the second quarter of 2021. According to the Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA), these are signs of recovery and further upturn in the industry. Last year at the height of the Covid 19 pandemic, export value was only around $164 million. ICEA Chairman Pankaj Mohindroo said the industry’s growth is in line with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make the country a manufacturing leader. The increased numbers also indicate a positive prognosis for future growth, which in turn indicates increased demand for imported resource materials and technical components for production, much of which in turn needs mandatory BIS certification.

Mohindroo added that despite a second Covid-19 wave, the industry has made substantial progress in manufacturing and exports. This was supported by government measures such as subsidies dependent on production volumes. In addition to cell phones, electronic goods in general saw export volumes double from the first quarter of last year, Mohindroo said. However, according to the ICEA, imports of laptops and tablets also increased by more than 50 percent in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the entire previous year. In numbers, the import value increased from $822 million to $1.37 billion.
The ICEA is keen to replicate India’s success in manufacturing and exporting cell phones to IT hardware such as PCs, laptops and tablets. Chairman Mohindroo said his association is in negotiations with the government to create conditions to support and attract hardware manufacturers to India. Ideally, the industry should meet at least 25 percent of global demand.

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About the author: Julian Busch is founder and Managing Director of MPR International GmbH
Publisher: MPR International GmbH

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