Yes India is an elephant ! Slow and sluggish. But it is mighty and has huge potential. Its lack of speed may have caused it to lose on Electronics Manufacturing, where speed is utmost important - to keep moving with the fast changing technology- the agility required that China has acquired
India has succeeded well in other manufacturing sectors such as consumer goods, automobiles, fertilisers, clothing etc. which are not so fast paced as Electronics manufacturing.
Marc, I think this is a good article and I somewhat agree with you... but India is indeed "complicated."
Sure, China is complicated as well, but in different ways.
There are very valid reasons why India is way behind China, I mean, if India really did offer a similar manufacturing environment, just with more open government... don't you think there'd be a line of people queued up to invest there?
There is a long list of reasons why China has attracted far more manufacturing investment than India. Cost, quality, and availability of labor, is a big factor, but I think one of the biggest factors is infrastructure: China obviously has a far more advanced infrastructure in place, India lags far behind in many areas when it comes to basics such as ports, roads, and even access to reliable electricity.
Let me spin this another way: China already has an advanced high-speed rail system and will no doubt expand greatly upon it this decade. India has... well, much more basic issues to tackle before you see bullet trains careening all over the place.
Well Marc, it is a very fascinating editorial. First: you are right, people from US and Europe maybe could change their mindset and think about India in a different perspective, not limited to "service center" for savings, but as region for a new leadership in manufacturing. Second: "media consumption is booming" is giving me and additional bell. Vodafone, one of the biggest mobile operator in the world, has sold the branch in French and enforced its leadership in India. Was a randomic step or was a perfect strategy?
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