September 24, 2023

SemiconIndia 2023: PM Narendra Modi says India can be a reliable partner in supply chain

Referring to the side effects of the pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the world needs a reliable supply chain and it is India which can be that partner. “Who can be a more trusted partner than the world’s largest democracy (India),” he said, speaking at the inaugural session of ‘SemiconIndia 2023’ in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

PM Modi expressed happiness at the growing global trust in India. “Investors trust India as it has a stable, responsible and reform-oriented government. The industry has faith in India as infrastructure is developing in every sector. The tech sector believes in India as technology is growing here. The Semiconductor Industry trusts India as we have a massive talent pool”, he said. “Skilled engineers and designers are our strength. Anyone who wants to be a part of the world’s most vibrant and unified market has faith in India. When we tell you to make in India, it also includes that let’s make for India, Make for the world”, he added. The Prime Minister said that India understands its global responsibilities and is working on a comprehensive roadmap with friendly countries. SemiconIndia 2023 witnessed the participation of representatives of major companies. CEO of Cadence Anirudh Devgan, Chairman of Foxconn Young Liu, Chairman of Vedanta Anil Aggarwal, CEO of Micron Sanjay Mehrotra, CTO of AMD Mark Papaermaster, and President of Semiconductor Products Group at Applied Materials Prabu Raja were present on the occasion. The conference, its second edition, organised by India Semiconductor Mission in partnership with industry and industry associations, is aimed to make India a global hub for semiconductor design, manufacturing and technology development. Semicon India was held in Bengaluru last year. The theme of the Conference is ‘Catalysing India’s Semiconductor Ecosystem’. On the first day of the conference, American multinational semiconductor Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced it will invest approximately USD 400 million in India over the next five years. The planned investment includes a new AMD campus in Bengaluru that will serve as the company’s largest design and R&D centre. It intends to add about 3,000 new engineering roles by the end of 2028 in India. Notably, India recently received various investment proposals in the semiconductor ecosystem.

Last month during PM Modi’s state visit to the US, Micron Technology announced it will invest up to USD 825 million to build a new semiconductor assembly and test facility in India with support from the Indian government. Also, Applied Materials had committed to invest USD 400 million to establish a collaborative engineering centre in India. Lam Research had proposed to train 60,000 Indian engineers through its Semiverse Solution virtual fabrication platform to accelerate India’s semiconductor education and workforce development goals.