Technology Bulletin

    • Japan Will Restrict the Export of Some Materials U...
    • Jul 9, 2019
    • "Japan’s trade ministry said on July 1st that it will restrict the export of some tech materials to South Korea. The list of restricted supplies incl... View More
      "Japan’s trade ministry said on July 1st that it will restrict the export of some tech materials to South Korea. The list of restricted supplies includes polyimides used in smartphones, flexible organic LED displays, etching gas, and resist used to make semiconductors. That means Japanese suppliers who wish to sell those materials to South Korean tech companies such as Samsung, LG, and SK Hynix each will need to submit a contract for approval. In this case, the import period will be extended by about 90 days. This took effect on July 4th, but there is a one-month grace period. It seems that the Japanese government intends to inconvenience the tech exports to South Korea by lengthening the import period or complicating the process rather than imposing a ban on import. This could be the political intention of the Japanese government ahead of the elections this month, so the situation is likely to change sharply after voting ends in late July. Thus, it is too early to talk about the price increase of semiconductors, displays, or even the impact on final products' prices as well." - Sujeong Lim (Source: Tech Crunch)
    • Lantronix Recent Acquisition Extended Its Cellular...
    • Jul 9, 2019
    • "Lantronix acquires Maestro and FALCOM Holdings for US$4.9 million. This acquisition represents Lantronix’s commitment to becoming an end-to-end IoT ... View More
      "Lantronix acquires Maestro and FALCOM Holdings for US$4.9 million. This acquisition represents Lantronix’s commitment to becoming an end-to-end IoT solutions provider. As per Counterpoint Research, 5 billion cellular IoT module will ship globally during 2019-2025. This itself explains the opportunity of cellular IoT. Moreover, IoT is not a one-man show. To provide end-to-end solutions, companies either need to collaborate or need to acquire other companies. This acquisition will expand Lantronix’s cellular capability through IoT cellular gateways." - Satyajit Sinha (Source: GlobeNewsWire)
    • NITI Aayog Gives Short Notice to EV Industry for E...
    • Jul 2, 2019
    • "Two and three-wheeler companies in India have been urged to share their EV transition plans with government think tank NITI Aayog within two weeks. NITI A... View More
      "Two and three-wheeler companies in India have been urged to share their EV transition plans with government think tank NITI Aayog within two weeks. NITI Aayog is a body that suggests long-term policy measures to the Indian government. The development comes nearly a fortnight after NITI Aayog had proposed full electric transition for three-wheelers by 2023 and two-wheelers with an engine capacity less than 150 CC by 2025. With 14 of 15 most-polluted cities being in India, this is a welcome step moreover, without a proper policy road map, the transition to EVs under the targeted timeline will not be possible. The transition will not only help check pollution but would also reduce consumer spends on fuel and reduce the dependence of Indian economy on crude oil imports. Starting with two-wheelers will help build infrastructure like a robust network of charging stations, which will further pave the way for four-wheeler EVs in the future. However, there is strong government and industry push required to build proper infrastructure. It will also help the country acquire specialized tech and human resource needed to build this industry and provide power and range comparable to traditional combustion engines." - Varun Mishra (Source: Inc42)
    • Aprilia Plans to Add Bluetooth Connectivity to Its...
    • Jul 2, 2019
    • "The next generation Aprilia SR range of scooters will feature Bluetooth connectivity in addition to BS-VI compliant engines. The Aprilia SR150, SR125, and... View More
      "The next generation Aprilia SR range of scooters will feature Bluetooth connectivity in addition to BS-VI compliant engines. The Aprilia SR150, SR125, and the SR125 Storm will come loaded with a Bluetooth enabled speedometer console. Connectivity seems to be the next big offering in the two-wheeler segment in India. Piaggio has installed a connectivity solution for consumers which works by tethering a mobile device for navigation, Caller ID, and more. In addition, the BS-VI compliant scooters will also feature fuel injection systems and an ECU." - Prachir Singh (Source: Drive Spark)
    • Toyota Investing $2 Billion to Develop EVs in Indo...
    • Jul 2, 2019
    • "With the Indonesian government announcing a definitive EV development roadmap, Toyota is moving forward with its EV program in the country and will be inv... View More
      "With the Indonesian government announcing a definitive EV development roadmap, Toyota is moving forward with its EV program in the country and will be investing in phases, starting with hybrid vehicles.  The deal was agreed in Japan at a meeting between Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan and Toyota’s President, Akio Toyoda.  Indonesia, with its plentiful nickel laterite ore reserves, also has ambitions to be a major regional supplier of lithium-ion batteries. Car makers, however, remain cautious, as it requires advanced nickel smelting processing. Toyota, having already established partnerships with China's Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. and EV maker BYD Co. for battery procurement, is best prepared to realize its plans and remain ahead in the EV race in Indonesia." - Vinay Piparsania (Source: Automotive News)
    • Byrider and SiriusXM's Subsidiary, Automatic Lab,...
    • Jul 2, 2019
    • "The two companies, Byrider and SiriusXM’s subsidiary Automatic Lab, are participating in the latter’s Dealer Program. Pairing Automatic Lab&rs... View More
      "The two companies, Byrider and SiriusXM’s subsidiary Automatic Lab, are participating in the latter’s Dealer Program. Pairing Automatic Lab’s app with in-car adapters will allow drivers to access a wide range of connected services. It will offer safety and convenience, service alerts, engine light diagnostics, and recall information. For pre-owned vehicles, dealerships offer an Automatic Connected Car Assistant and a free subscription that includes three years of Automatic Crash Alert and Connected Maintenance services. Also, this package will include one month of Automatic’s premium services, including roadside assistance. This means, with Automatic’s app and adapter, most vehicles with the model year 1996 or later, can now become connected." -Vinay Piparsania (Source: ET Auto)
    • BMW Aims to Double Electric and Hybrid Sales in th...
    • Jul 2, 2019
    • "Many traditional car companies have been reluctant to venture into EVs with full force because they're expensive to develop and offer lower profitabil... View More
      "Many traditional car companies have been reluctant to venture into EVs with full force because they're expensive to develop and offer lower profitability. Further, until battery performance improves, and there is a wide deployment of recharging infrastructure, EVs require consumers to make compromises on the user experience that has been refined over many decades. Nevertheless, market trends and new regulations are forcing their hand. BMW has been dragging its feet on the bulk of its range while pointing at the innovative Project-i cars and a handful of hybrid models. Expect the learning from the Project-i-programme to be channeled into its core products more thoroughly and rapidly from hereon." - Peter Richardson (Source: The Guardian)   "Many traditional car companies have been reluctant to venture into EVs with full force because they're expensive to develop and offer lower profitability. Further, until battery performance improves, and there is a wide deployment of recharging infrastructure, EVs require consumers to make compromises on the user experience that has been refined over many decades. Nevertheless, market trends and new regulations are forcing their hand. BMW has been dragging its feet on the bulk of its range while pointing at the innovative Project-i cars and a handful of hybrid models. Expect the learning from the Project-i-programme to be channeled into its core products more thoroughly and rapidly from hereon." - Peter Richardson  
    • Asus Plans R&D Center in India
    • Jun 25, 2019
    • "Asus is evaluating possibilities to open its R&D center in India to become one of the top three players in India over the next three years.  It h... View More
      "Asus is evaluating possibilities to open its R&D center in India to become one of the top three players in India over the next three years.  It has recently launched its latest flagship smartphone, Asus 6Z, to enter into the premium segment and compete with players like OnePlus. This highlights that Asus has bigger plans for the Indian market, and it wants to make this region its top priority to grow its smartphones business globally. The brand is already doing well in the India market in the INR 8,000- INR15,000 segment with a focus on design and battery capabilities. Now, this is an attempt to make an entry in the premium segment, but it will be difficult to grab customer attention due to stiff competition from OnePlus. Also, pricing is a little higher for a new model, and Asus needs to do heavy marketing to get market share." - Anshika Jain (Source: ET Telecom)
    • Cashify Opens Its First Exclusive Store in India
    • Jun 25, 2019
    • "Cashify will buy old smartphones, offer screen repair services, sell refurbished smartphones and accessories at its first exclusive store in India. India ... View More
      "Cashify will buy old smartphones, offer screen repair services, sell refurbished smartphones and accessories at its first exclusive store in India. India is one of the fastest growing and untapped refurbished handset market in the world, but most of it is unorganized. E-commerce giants like Flipkart and Amazon have entered the refurb market, and even though these platforms offer warranties on refurbished phones, the trust and awareness still remain primary barriers for refurb adoption in India. Foraying into the offline segment, like the move by Cashify, will go a long way in bridging this gap. Cashify is the only notable player in this segment promoting trade-ins, in a country where 70% of the pre-owned phones are drawered. Building a brand in this segment will grant Cashify a first mover advantage in India. With China’s recommerce giant AiHuiShou as a strategic partner, diversification of its business into repairs, accessories, and a plan for aggressive offline expansion, Cashify appears well prepared for strong growth in the Indian recommerce space." - Varun Mishra (Source: Cashify)
    • President, Jair Bolsonaro, Signaled That He Might ...
    • Jun 25, 2019
    • "Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro tweeted on Sunday, June 16th, that his government is analyzing reducing import duty on technological products. Accordi... View More
      "Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro tweeted on Sunday, June 16th, that his government is analyzing reducing import duty on technological products. According to him, the reduction will be 4% from 16% currently, mainly to stimulate the competitiveness of technology innovation in Brazil. Next day, the Brazilian Association of Electrical and Electronics Industry (Abinee, in the Portuguese acronym) published that reducing import taxes would create legal uncertainty, and hurt investment decision in Brazil. Import taxes in Brazil are only a small part of the overall tax scheme imposed on imported technology products. More than 85% of the duties are regional taxes, which central government cannot change much. The reduction of 12% in taxes might only have a partial impact on the final price. But the Brazilian technology market, especially the smartphone segment, has been overprotected, and not competitive enough." - Tina Lu (Source: Istoe Dinheiro)

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