Not only has India established itself as a prime destination for automotive manufacture, it has fast emerged as an auto export hub for both small as well as heavy vehicles. Major auto behemoths have set up shop in the country, tying Make in India into the global supply chain. Prominent ‘Made-in- India, for the world’ examples include: Renault’s export of its Kwid to Mauritius, Suzuki’s Baleno to Japan, Honda’s Jazz to South Africa and Volkswagen’s Vento to Mexico.
Driven by the Government’s visions of Digital India and ‘Zero Net Imports by 2020’, major efforts are underway to establish India as a global electronics manufacturing hub. From 60 million mobile handsets in 2014-15, India’s mobile manufacturing capacity has increased to 110 million mobile handsets in 2015- 16. With 72 new mobile handset and component manufacturing units set up in last two years, India has emerged as a mobile manufacturing hub. From global giants like Xiaomi, Gionee and Samsung to homegrown Makers like Lava and Micromax, the world is choosing to make its electronics in India.
One of the largest solar power plants is open in Kumuthi in Tamil Nadu. Cochin Airport became the world’s first to operate only on solar power. Under ease of doing business, renewables is now a ‘white industry’, exempting it from environmental clearances. India has embarked on the world’s largest renewable energy expansion programme, with a 175 GW target by 2022, and the world has taken notice. “I’m very optimistic about what could happen with renewable energy in India,” said World Bank Prez Jim Yong Kim.
In 2016-17, 8,231 km of national highways were constructed across the country, compared to 2013-14’s total of 4,260 km. Similarly, on an average, 130 km of roads were constructed daily in 2016-17 compared to an average of 73 km daily between 2011-14. Roads & Highways is central to the Government’s agenda of building a ‘New India’. Testament to this is Bharatmala, India’s biggest ever highway project, which aims to develop and expand 83,000 km of roads by 2022.
The widespread availability of raw materials and the presence of a highly-skilled workforce have catapulted India to the top, establishing it as a research and manufacturing hub. India makes its presence felt in the global pharmaceuticals supply chain, as the world’s largest provider of generic medicines accounting for 20% of global export volume. In a big boost for affordable, accessible healthcare, India’s first indigenously-developed, life-saving Rotavirus vaccine Rotavac was launched in 2014.
Food Processing is one of India’s sunrise sectors and is vital to the country’s development, bringing together agriculture and industry. Under Make in India, Ministry of Food Processing is assisting 135 integrated cold chain projects while 7 Mega Food Parks were operationalized. Each creating 5,000 jobs and benefitting 25,000 farmers. The industry is also at the forefront of ease of doing business reforms, from a single dedicated investor facilitation cell to custom clearance reforms.