“We will open those centres this financial year. While the Taipei centre will come up next month, the Tokyo one will be started by March next. These international desks will help Taiwanese and Japanese companies set up engineering and manufacturing facility in India,” MN Vidyashankar, President of IESA, told BusinessLine.

He was here on Tuesday to take part in the Dr AS Rao Memorial seminar on ‘Make in India — ESDM 2016’ organised by the Instrument Society of India (ISOI) and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

The Bengaluru-headquartered association, a Nasscom-like organisation for electronics, hardware and semiconductor firms, is also opening Chapters in Chennai and Pune very shortly. About 300 companies in the ESDM (Electronics System Design and Manufacturing) industry are members in the organisation.

He said that although the country had emerged as a major semiconductor design hub in the world, it would take some time before it built strengths in the electronics manufacturing space. “In China, it will take just about 15 days from the ideation stage to making a prototype. But in India, it will take at least 1-2 years,” he said.

Ecosystem lacking

The IESA President said the country lacked an ecosystem to drive a manufacturing industry. “We need to improve the supply chain. We could achieve innovation-led design in the semiconductor space. But what we lack is design-led manufacturing,” he said.

The country needed to focus on the crucial building block of component manufacturing to strengthen the ecosystem. “In fact, it is happening now. Companies like Foxconn are setting up manufacturing bases in the country. But it will take 5-10 years to build a robust supply chain that could drive electronics manufacturing,” he said.

Issues such as labour laws and land acquisition have proved to be a problem for the manufacturing industry. “Several States are revising these laws. The change is happening,” he said.