India’s manufacturing capacity has increased by 20 percent with addition of surface-mount capacity, totalling to 9.2 billion components per year.

India’s telephone subscriber base reached 1022.61 million in September, 2015 (TRAI) and has seen exponential increase in transfer of data, in turn making the sub-continent the world’s second-largest telecommunication market. The Indian mobile economy is growing rapidly and will contribute substantially to India’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to a report published by GSM Association (GSMA) in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). India’s manufacturing capacity has increased by 20 percent with addition of surface-mount capacity, totalling to 9.2 billion components per year. Nokia Chennai factory is the largest manufacturing facility in the Indian telecommunications equipment manufacturing sector with a workforce of 1500 highly skilled employees with latest manufacturing technology.

International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts India to overtake US as the second-largest smartphone market globally by 2017 and to maintain high growth rate over the next few years as people switch to smartphones and gradually upgrade to 4G. Driven by strong adoption of data consumption on handheld devices, the total mobile services market revenue in India is expected to touch USD 37 billion in 2017, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2 percent between 2014 and 2017; according to research firm IDC, the Indian telecommunication services market will likely grow by 10.3 percent year-on-year to reach USD 103.9 billion by 2020.

Industry 4.0 and IoT. A proactive approach is needed in manufacturing to help support this change in the Indian telecom market as well as to support global supply chain and we see a strong play of Industry 4.0 and IoT here. Nokia is already installing Industry 4.0 concepts and IoT initiatives, and implementing digitization of process and data analytics to help predict and prevent failure modes at both manufacturing as well as overall performance levels at the customer end.

Automation. The other key trend we are witnessing is in the area of management systems such as material movement through drones, automated outgoing inspection through robots, and 3-D automatic optical inspection to name a few. Nokia is also moving toward big data analytics, automated KPI monitoring with real time access, and remote management concepts. 

Quality and customer excellence, which builds on the strong foundation of Kaizen’s culture, will continue to be the key in making best in class quality products with cost efficiency. Nokia’s Chennai factory has implemented 2800 Kaizen’s, 250+ projects fetching significant cost-efficiencies in the last two years. 

Make in India Supply Chain. Nokia has ventured into improving the raw material supply chain by localizing at least 50 percent of heavy material that will be used in any of our product portfolios. This has also resulted in saving the fuel cost used for importing these raw materials and helping us in saving 226 tons of carbon foot prints this year.

Together, these trends and initiatives have the potential to realize the Make in India vision in manufacturing for India.



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