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Vedanta Ltd adds semiconductors and display glass ventures to its portfolio
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Vedanta Ltd adds semiconductors and display glass ventures to its portfolio

| @indiablooms | 07 Jul 2023, 08:32 pm

New Delhi: Natural resources and technology conglomerate Vedanta Limited Friday announced the addition of semiconductors and display glass manufacturing ventures to its diversified portfolio.

This represents a large growth opportunity for India where the semiconductor market stood at $ 24 bn in 2022 and is estimated to reach $ 80 bn by 2026, stated the company in a press release.

The display panel market is estimated to be worth $ 7 billion and is expected to grow to $ 15 billion by 2025. Currently, India imports 100% of these requirements.

“India is in a sweet spot to capitalize as the world looks to diversify critical supply chains in semiconductors and display fab,” said the press release.

Vedanta’s acquisition of the said businesses will be affected by way of a share transfer at face value of Twin Star Technologies Limited’s Semiconductor and Display SPVs.

TSTL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volcan Investments Limited, the ultimate holding company of Vedanta Limited.

“In approving these acquisitions, the Board of Vedanta Limited believes Vedanta and its shareholders, as well as India’s economy, can benefit from the tremendous opportunity these shifting global dynamics provides,” the press release added.

Speaking on the development, David Reed, CEO of Vedanta’s Semiconductor Business, said, “I believe that India can become the next semiconductor hub for the world. It has all the ingredients for success.”

Vedanta Ltd will leverage its expertise in large-scale manufacturing and operational excellence and partner with the best global companies to drive the two businesses, said the press release.

Domestically made semiconductors and display glass will facilitate affordable electronics - smartphones, laptops, televisions, and electric vehicles for all Indians.

Speaking on the occasion, Vedanta Chairman, Anil Agarwal said, “Vedanta is committed to making India self-reliant in electronics. This is the beginning of the creation of a Silicon Valley in India, a cutting edge and world class electronics ecosystem. My dream is for every Indian youth to have an affordable smartphone, laptop and an electric vehicle.”

Akarsh Hebbar, Global MD, Vedanta’s Semiconductor and Display Business, said, “We believe that semiconductors and display fab are at the core of any electronics ecosystem. This will also spawn the creation of multiple ancillary industries and opportunities in both downstream and upstream, creating jobs and will be a GDP multiplier.”

Y.J. Chen, CEO of Display Business, said, “This is India’s time to become only the 5th country in the world to manufacture display glass. The impact on consumers in terms of affordability of devices will be huge.”

“Vedanta has an existing presence in the LCD glass substrate business through its subsidiary Avanstrate Inc. which is a pioneering top global manufacturer of LCD glass substrates. Vedanta is therefore in a strong position to leverage the experience and expertise in its glass business to its new presence in the Display ecosystem in Japan, Korea and Taiwan,” read the press release.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has also been signed by the respective SPVs in September 2022 with the Government of Gujarat, to set up the semiconductor and display fabs, in Dholera, Gujarat, the company added.

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