Huawei to further its “Make in India” commitment, starts smartphone manufacturing in India

Made In India devices to hit Indian market as early as October, 2016 

New Delhi, 23rd September 2016: Reaffirming its commitment to India, Huawei today announced it will start to manufacture smartphones in India in collaboration with leading Sketch-to-Scale™ solutions provider, Flex, in October. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Union Minister, Information & Technology, Law and Justice made the announcement at Huawei’s ‘Make in India’ inauguration ceremony in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

Starting from first week of October 2016, the Flex manufacturing plant in Chennai will manufacture one of the Honor smartphones models. The plant will have the capacity to make three million units by the end of 2017. In addition, Huawei will be strengthening its after sales services in India with over 200 service centers, including more than 30 exclusive Huawei service centers in India.

Underlining its customer-centric approach, Huawei Consumer Business Group will also expand its distribution network by partnering with more than 50,000 retail outlets by the end of 2016.This retail network will add to the existing 350+ distributors in India to create a comprehensive, nationwide distribution system. Huawei, over the years, has established global appreciation for its products, both under the Huawei and Honor brands.

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Announcing the manufacturing facility from Delhi, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honb’le Union Minister, Information & Technology, Law and Justice said, “I would like to congratulate Huawei on their commitment to pursue their ‘Make in India’ vision. The Government of India is pleased to see so much enthusiasm for our “Make in India” initiative. We are working towards making India an electronic manufacturing hub. As India is set to become the second largest smartphone market, our government would like to invite even more businesses to come and manufacture in India. This is an opportune time to start manufacturing from India. The smartphone landscape in India is growing every day and such initiatives by technology leaders will help accelerate the growth of local manufacturing industry in India”. 

Mr. Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India said, “We have been present in India for the last 16 years and as part of our India focus, we have been consistently expanding our footprint in the market. This year especially has been of significance in our India journey. We recently launched our world class GSC in Bengaluru and the start of manufacturing in India is an affirmation of our commitment to India and supports the Make in India campaign. We are convinced about the growth potential and future of India and we’ll keep looking for opportunities to increase our presence here”. 

Adding further to the development, Mr. Peter Zhai, President, Huawei India Consumer Business Group stated, “We have seen significant acceptance of our smartphones in India over the last few years and have big plans for India. We have been evaluating a manufacturing unit for a long time and have partnered with Flex given their legacy, expertise and knowledge in providing sketch to scale solutions to leading companies globally.” 

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Jeff Reece, Head of Flex Telecom segment said, “We are thrilled to expand our global partnership with Huawei. Our alliance with Huawei in India is a testament of our commitment towards boosting local manufacturing. It also further demonstrates our commitment to bring innovative supply chain solutions, high-quality advanced manufacturing and after-market services to Huawei and ultimately the consumers. Mr. Reece further added, “Flex has been in India over the last 16 years and has the right building blocks to help our customers who wish to design, build, distribute and service their products both domestically and globally.” 

India is a very important market for Huawei and the company has renewed its focus on India working with two brands, Huawei and Honor, to cater to the widest cross section of consumers. Huawei has established strong consumer confidence in India by launching a series of products, for both the Huawei and Honor brands, including the launch of Huawei’s flagship P9 in India this year. Google has also collaborated with Huawei to make its premium Nexus 6P device.

Huawei’s latest manufacturing initiative is part of its commitment to the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ vision by harnessing local talent, coupled with the infusion of hi-tech R&D expertise and knowledge into the country. The smartphone manufacturing announcement is another milestone in Huawei’s 16-year journey in India which includes its largest overseas R&D Center and the recently inaugurated Global Service Center in Bengaluru.

LeEco brings one of the biggest online shopping extravaganzas – EPIC 919 SuperFans Festival – to India

Offers worth Rs 495 million+ up for grabs 

Bangalore, September 15, 2016:  Ever since its launch, global internet and technology conglomerate, LeEco is known to bring industry-first innovations to India. The biggest testimonial of this is the Superphones and SuperTVs that have been introduced in India with breakthrough technology at a truly disruptive prices. It is the only company in the world to have an innovative ecosystem-based business model. Continuing its tradition of innovating in India, LeEco is now bringing its EPIC 919 SuperFans Festival to India.

The EPIC 919 SuperFans festival has been phenomenally successful in China. Last year, EPIC 919 emerged as the third largest B2C online shopping festival and resulted in record-breaking 500,000 Le Superphones being sold in a single day! LeEco is known to offer innovative products and services in order to win customers and it is the first brand to bring a festival of this magnitude and scale in India. Indian consumers love to purchase technology devices and gizmos for their personal use and loved ones. The uptake of these devices is especially high during the festive season and LeEco through its EPIC 919 SuperFans festival is providing a perfect platform for consumers to shop till they drop.

The EPIC 919 offers will be available for 24 hours starting midnight of September 19, 2016 on LeMall.com and Flipkart. During this festival, LeEco will be extending fabulous offers worth Rs 495 million.

Commenting on the Epic 919 SuperFans Festival in India, Atul Jain, COO, Smart Devices, LeEco India, said, “We have always strived to offer unparalleled innovative offering to our customers and brining in the EPIC 919 SuperFans Festival is a step in the same direction. We continue to create new benchmarks of customer satisfaction.  We hope this one of its kind Shopping Festival will enable our consumers to experience our Superphones, SuperTVs and accessories at never- before prices”.

“We also aspire to make new industry sales records on our EPIC 919 SuperFans Festival Day,” Mr. Jain added.

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EPIC offers on Superphones

  • As a part of the EPIC 919 SuperFans Festival, the best-in-class LeEco Superphones will be offered at a great price on Lemall.com as well as Flipkart. Offers worth a whopping Rs 453 million will be up for grabs and it will go beyond all customer expectations.
  • LeEco has also tied up with Make My Trip as a special gift partner for the EPIC 919 festival and will be extending exciting offers on purchase of every Le 1s Eco, Le 2 and Le Max2.

EPIC offers on SuperTVs

  • Users can take home the Super3 X55 at cost free six months EMI on LeMall.com and Flipkart. On buying this TV through LeMall.com, users will get a 2.1 Ch SoundBar with Wireless Subwoofer worth Rs 19,999 free, while on Flipkart users can avail PREXO (Product Exchange Offer) up to Rs 25000.
  • On the Super3 Max65 or Super3 X65, users will get cost free six months EMI on both LeMall.com and Flipkart. Additionally, Flipkart will be offering exchange offer, where in users can get PREXO (Product Exchange Offer) up to Rs 25000.

As a countdown to the mega day, LeEco is partnered with Uber and giving users a chance to win gift vouchers and second generation flagship Superphone – LeEco Le Max2. To avail this offer, all the user has to do is take two uberPOOL rides between Saturday, 10th September to Friday, 16th September and use the promo code ‘EPIC919‘. All users stand to win a LeEco voucher worth Rs 500 that can be redeemed on LeMall.com. This offer is only valid for rides taken in Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Chennai.

This is just a teaser and LeEco will be coming out with more irresistible deals to excite the users and enable them to buy the next-generation LeEco Superphones and SuperTVs at a great price through its EPIC 919 SuperFans festival day.

LINKEDIN UNVEILS THREE STRATEGIC INITIATIVES TO DEMOCRATIZE ACCESS TO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY IN INDIA

Each initiative is made in India, by India, for India

Bangalore, September 12, 2016: LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, today announced three strategic initiatives aimed at delivering value to broader segments of students, professionals and companies by democratizing access to economic opportunity in India. These first-of-its-kind initiatives for LinkedIn, all designed and made in India are: LinkedIn Placements, LinkedIn Lite and LinkedIn Starter Pack.

LinkedIn currently has more than 37 million members in India, the second-largest and one of the fast-growing markets for the company globally. Besides professionals and students, LinkedIn’s member base includes government and business leaders such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw of Biocon and Rekha Menon of Accenture.

India is a vital market for LinkedIn, as we work towards realizing our vision of creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. It’s already one of the world’s most important economies, and continues to experience strong GDP growth. While LinkedIn has grown multiple folds in India since we started operating here 6 years ago, there’s so much more we want to do here. We are committed to India and to boosting our ability to deliver value to even more members and be a part of their professional growth journey, by investing and innovating locally,” said Akshay Kothari, Country Manager and Head of Product, LinkedIn India.

Mr Kothari added, “We are at the cusp of a new growth phase in India, where we are becoming even more relevant to the members and companies we serve. These new initiatives helps us keep pace with the rising demand for knowledge and access to opportunity.”

Details of the three strategic initiatives are as follows:

LinkedIn Lite: The majority of members access LinkedIn via mobile devices. LinkedIn Lite empowers professionals and knowledge workers to stay connected anytime, anywhere, even in areas where connectivity signals are not ideal. LinkedIn Lite is LinkedIn’s first, stripped-down mobile-website that is also data-efficient. The India team built this from scratch, with a focus on speed and efficiency of access. LinkedIn Lite loads four times faster, regardless of the mobile device and the network it is connected to, providing a fast, seamless experience to all its features and unlocking a lot of value for people in urban as well as rural areas. This product has started ramping and will be available to all Indian members in the next few weeks.

LinkedIn Placements: Following the pilot launch in November 2015, LinkedIn is now opening up the Placements product to students at all colleges and universities in India. LinkedIn Placements now provides a level playing field for every student, regardless of their location or college, so that they can have a shot at their dream job opportunity. Students can log into the site to take an online assessment test, which gives them direct access to thousands of openings in 35 top corporates in India. LinkedIn is excited to partner with Aspiring Minds, CoCubes, HackerRank and Wheebox for the assessment tests. This product is now live and can be accessed at linkedin.com/placements or placements.com.

Students are the leaders of tomorrow and they hold India’s future in their hands. Some of the best talent in India live in our villages, but they have historically not had access to good opportunities. LinkedIn Placements is a game-changer for them, providing them with a unique platform to get country’s best jobs” Mr Kothari said.

LinkedIn Starter Pack: The third initiative is aimed at all the ‘fireflies’ lighting up the Indian economy – startups and small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Exclusively designed for small, fast-growing companies, LinkedIn India takes its premium hiring, marketing and learning solutions and puts them into a single, easy-to-use package at a very special rate. This is “LinkedIn in a box” for SMBs and startups. This package is now live at linkedin.com/starterpack and open for applications. This package will be provided to 100 promising SMBs and startups, on a first-come, first-serve basis, in the initial pilot launch phase.