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Chinese Technology Giant Huawei Opens ‘Market-Oriented’ OpenLab in India

It will offer ICT training to nearly 400 personnel per year and provide "ICT Career Certification" to 250 engineers per year; and "Proof of Concept Training" to nearly 100 engineers annually, Huawei said

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Huawei unveils quad-camera phone Y9 in India. (IANS)

To accelerate enterprise digitisation in India and help the industry test and develop innovative solutions, Chinese technology giant Huawei on Friday launched its first “market-oriented” OpenLab in the country which is the company’s 12th such facility globally.

“Over the next three years, Huawei will be investing $23 million jointly in its OpenLabs in India and Thailand. These facilities will provide platforms for customers and partners to innovate together using Huawei’s ICT capabilities and India’s local talent,” said Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India.

Compared to traditional technology-centric labs, Huawei said its OpenLab Delhi will be market-oriented, and aims to develop hardware and software services as well as solutions based on customers’ requirements during their digital transformation.

Built as a part of Huawei’s Global OpenLab Programme, the OpenLab Delhi will provide Huawei ecosystem partners and customers a platform to freely test and customise their solutions.

The OpenLab Delhi will focus on driving smart city innovations in areas as diverse as IoT (Internet of Things), smart building, smart campus (perimeter alarm, smart parking, energy efficiency management and visitor management), smart transportation, intelligent video surveillance solutions and convergent command and control solutions, Huawei said.

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The OpenLab Delhi will focus on driving smart city innovations in areas as diverse as IoT (Internet of Things).

“In the future we will extend the range of solutions to digital banking, smart energies, and more and more areas,” Derek Hao, President, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei India, told IANS.

“With this OpenLab, Huawei looks to serve India as well as global partners and customers leveraging its global expertise, talents, technologies, and customer business successes,” he said, adding that the facility will serve as a co-innovation platform for Huawei, its customers and partners for incubating industry solutions to address the challenges of digital transformation.

The OpenLab Delhi, located at the company’s Gurugram headquarters, will also be providing training and certification to Indian ICT talent in the latest technologies.

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It will offer ICT training to nearly 400 personnel per year and provide “ICT Career Certification” to 250 engineers per year; and “Proof of Concept Training” to nearly 100 engineers annually, Huawei said.

In the first three quarters, Huawei achieved 60 per cent growth in the enterprise business in India, compared to the growth achieved in the three quarters of last year, Hao said, adding the the Huawei Enterprise Business Group is now serving top manufacturing, retail and large enterprise customers in India. (IANS)

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India To Become Global Steel Manufacturing Hub By 2031

The Modi government seems determined to boost the country's crude steel production capacity to 300 MT by 2030-31 in a bid to make India a global steel manufacturing hub

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Modi government seems determined to boost the country's crude steel production capacity. Wikimedia Commons

The Modi government seems determined to boost the country’s crude steel production capacity to 300 MT by 2030-31 in a bid to make India a global steel manufacturing hub.

At present, China is the world’s largest steel producer with a production capacity of 928.3 MT of crude steel (2018), while India, with 106.5 MT of crude steel production, ranks second on the list. Dedicated participation of all stakeholders is a must to achieve the projected capacity target of 300 MT by 2030-31.

To deliberate on major issues plaguing the sector, the Ministry of Steel is organising in Delhi on Monday a day-long conclave, during which Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will seek suggestions from the stakeholders to address its challenges, identify opportunities and arrive at tangible interventions that can aid the growth of the Indian steel industry.

The National Steel Policy 2017 envisages ‘creating a self-sufficient steel industry that is technologically advanced, globally competitive and promotes inclusive growth’.

Being the third largest steel consumer in the world after China and USA, India’s per capita steel consumption at 74 kgs is one-third the global average of 225 kgs.

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Being the third largest steel consumer in the world after China and USA, India’s per capita steel consumption at 74 kgs is one-third the global average of 225 kgs. Wikimedia Commons

Various countries have focused on rapidly increasing their steel consumption in the high growth phase of their economy. At present, India’s majority steel demand comes from construction, infrastructure, automobiles and capital goods, among others.

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Steel intensive construction offers an increased pace of durable and environmentally sustainable construction. Its recyclable nature also contributes to the circular economy.

The government has set a target to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25, therefore promoting domestic steel industry is essential, given its high GDP multiplier and critical role in the construction and infrastructure sectors, said the Ministry. (IANS)