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India’s auto components industry has for the first time recorded a trade surplus of $600 million

India produces world-class components that automakers should use more

Piyush Goyal cautions automakers that the cost of not investing in innovation would be inevitable obsolescence

A nimble government and agile industry working together can capture markets across the world, says Piyush Goyal

The challenge before us during the ‘Amrit Kaal’ is to ensure that every single citizen is a stakeholder in the nation’s progress

New Delhi, NFAPost: Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles Piyush Goyal said that India’s merchandise exports have reached almost $390 billion as of March 14th and will certainly cross $400 billion in the current fiscal.

The Minister He was addressing the Atmanirbhar Excellence Awards and 7th Technology Summit 2022, organised by the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) in New Delhi. He added that India’s auto components industry had, for the first time, recorded a trade surplus of USD 600 million.

It may be noted that India’s Automotive Industry is worth more that $100 billion and contributes 8% of the country’s total export and accounts for 2.3% of India’s GDP and is set to become the 3rd largest in the world by 2025.

The Minister appreciated the resilient auto industry players who adapted and evolved to keep the industry going despite the five Cs, – challenges of Covid-19, container shortages, chip shortages, commodity prices and conflict.

Piyush Goyal said the government was sensitive to auto sector’s concerns related to chips shortage.

“The recently approved Semicon India Programme with a budget of Rs 76,000 Crores would help reduce import dependence and eventually help us become Atmanirbhar in the arena of chips,” said Piyush Goyal.

He added that the nimble Government and agile Industry working together collectively could capture markets across the world.

Highlighting India’s capabilities in the field of auto components manufacturing, the Minister asked automakers to make greater use of Indian made components. Stating that the Government held back stringent norms regarding import substitution due to Covid-19 and industry assurances on securing equal market access, the Minister urged automakers to buy local and substitute imports.

Congratulating the automotive for managing tech transitions smoothly, he pointed out that India could no longer afford to be closed and protective but will have to open up our markets along with striving to achieve greater penetration of global markets.

Spelling out the opportunities for the future of mobility, Piyush Goyal said that mobility of tomorrow would be dependent on the 7 Cs, – Common, Connected, Convenient, Congestion-free, Charged, Clean and Cutting edge.

Piyush Goyal gave a 4-point call for action to the auto components industry for to be future-ready. “It is a must for them to invest more in R&D, especially e-mobility, especially and battery tech,” said the Minister.

He urged them to disrupt existing targets, set higher benchmarks for performance and aspire to take 5 Indian companies into the top 50 global automotive suppliers club. Piyush Goyal encouraged them to identify core competencies and isolate key areas to reduce import reliance. He also called for designing world-class quality standards in the automotive sector.

Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles Piyush Goyal said that mobility is the next frontier in India’s fight against climate change.

“India is poised at the cusp of an e-mobility revolution that in the next 15 years and mobility landscape is expected to undergo a deep structural change. Here Indian auto-makers should look upon sustainability as an opportunity and not a challenge,” said Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles Piyush Goyal.

He asked the automotive industry to work on improving the e-mobility ecosystem, including fuel cell vehicles with Hydrogen storage, higher Lithium-Ion battery capacity at low price and better charging infrastructure. The Minister cautioned automakers that the cost of not investing in innovation and evolving to meet the needs of the future would be obsolescence.

Referring to the budgetary push to the EV industry, the Minister said that India has the potential to become a hub for EVs and Integrated Circuits (IC) technology. Expressing concern that lower volume of production would prohibit scale of production thus affecting business viability, he called for the promotion of scale of production in e-mobility.

Stating that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set the targets for Amrit Kaal, – the next 25 years, Piyush Goyal said India cannot afford to rest on the laurels of the last 75 years as the country celebrate the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ this year.

“The greater challenge before us, the greater responsibility that each one of us has on our shoulders is that in the next 25 years, the ‘Amrit Kaal’, as the Prime Minister has called it, is to make India a prosperous nation, a developed nation, a nation where every single citizen, especially the marginalised, is a stakeholder in the country’s progress and development,” said Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles Piyush Goyal.

Piyush Goyal also presented Dr. Pawan K Goenka, Chairman, Steering Committee for Advancing Local Value-Add & Exports (SCALE), Chairman Designate -In Space, Dept of Space, Government of India and Former MD & CEO, Mahindra & Mahindra with the ACMA lifetime achievement Award and applauded his tremendous contribution to the Indian automotive industry. He also appreciated ACMA and congratulated all the winners of the Atmanirbhar Awards.

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