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China, India Keen on Joint Ventures For e-vehicles

He also proposed to the two sides to hold a meet in the first half of this year in Beijing to explore cooperation possibilities between their firms

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China and India, the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters, are keen on joint ventures in manufacturing electric vehicles as companies from both countries held talks at a three-day event in Beijing.

India’s leading automakers such as Maruti Suzuki, Tata, TVS and industry associations participated at the 5th China EV100 Forum in Beijing where e-vehicle manufacturing firms from across the world were present.

The three-day event, which concluded on Sunday, was organised by China EV100, a private electric vehicle association of over 200 leading Chinese electric mobility industries.

Anil Srivastava, Principal Advisor at NITI Aayog, who headed the Indian delegation, met Chen Qingtai, President of China EV100.

According to McKinsey, China has emerged as the leader both in the supply of and demand for electric vehicles.

However, some Chinese firms believe India will surpass China in terms of demand for these vehicles.

Earlier, in an interview to IANS, the General Manager of China’s leading electric vehicle company, Sunra, Victor Lu, said he sees India emerging as the world’s biggest market for electric bikes.

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Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Twitter

Addressing the forum, Srivastava talked about India’s policy for the promotion of electric mobility, the current state of play and future roadmap.

He mentioned that India is committed to global environmental commitments and will encourage the development and adoption of clean energy and new energy transportation.

He also said that that Chinese electric vehicles companies can pay a substantive role in helping India achieving its ambitious goal of electric mobility by 2030.

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He mentioned that EV industries of both countries should have more interaction and proposed to establish a formal interaction mechanism between them.

He also proposed to the two sides to hold a meet in the first half of this year in Beijing to explore cooperation possibilities between their firms.

While meeting Srivastava, Chen said India was an important country for Chinese electric vehicle players and encouraged Chinese industries’ participation and investment in the Indian market. (IANS)

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India Becomes the Second Largest Smartphone Market After China: Report

India surpasses US to become 2nd largest smartphone market

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The Indian smartphone market surpassed the US for the first time on an annual level. Pixabay

New Delhi: Riding on Chinese brands, the India smartphone market surpassed the US for the first time on an annual level and this is the latest science and technology news, becoming the second-largest smartphone market after China globally — reaching 158 million shipments in the calender year 2019 with 7 per cent (YoY) growth, a report from Counterpoint Research said on Friday.

While Xiaomi continued to be the top player with 28 per cent market share in the calendar year 2019, Samsung was second with 21 per cent and Vivo at 16 per cent market share, said Counterpoint’s ‘Market Monitor’ service.

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India has now become the second-largest smartphone market after China globally. Pixabay

“Although the rate of growth for smartphone market hit single digit for the first time ever on an annual basis, India is underpenetrated relative to many other markets with 4G penetration in terms of subscribers being around 55 per cent,” said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Counterpoint.

“Chinese brands share hit a record 72 per cent for the year 2019 as compared to 60 per cent share a year ago.

“This year, we have seen all major Chinese players expanding their footprint in offline and online channels to gain market share. For instance, Xiaomi, realme, and OnePlus have increased their offline points of sale while brands like Vivo have expanded their online reach with Z and U series,” said Anshika Jain, Research Analyst at Counterpoint.

Over the past four years, Xiaomi, Vivo, and OnePlus have grown 15 times, 24 times and 18 per cent, respectively.

“This highlights that OEMs are mature enough to capture next wave of growth and expand their operations in India,” Jain added.

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Although the rate of growth for smartphone market hit single digit for the first time ever on an annual basis, India is underpenetrated relative to many other markets with 4G penetration in terms of subscribers being around 55 per cent. Pixabay

Samsung shipments remained almost flat (YoY) while it has shown a 5 per cent (YoY) decline in 2019.

“This is for the first time Samsung transitioned to a completely new portfolio targeting different channels (offline with A series and online with M series). However, it needs to double down its efforts to keep the momentum going,” the report noted.

While the smartphone market registered YoY growth, the feature phone market witnessed a steep decline of nearly 42 per cent YoY in 2019 and 38 per cent (YoY) in Q4 2019.

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“This is due to slowdown in the new shipments from Reliance Jio. However, the players such as itel, Lava, Nokia and Micromax registered positive annual
growth despite the overall segment declined showing the untapped potential of the market,” said the report.

In fact, itel emerged as the number one feature phone brand in Q4 2019, followed by Samsung and Lava. (IANS)