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Vedanta’s $20 billion chip, display unit to start production in two years

Vedanta is seeking incentives from Modi’s government and is also in talks with several Indian states on the unit’s location.

Vedanta Resources chairman Anil Agarwal (Photo by RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Pramod Thomas

Oil-to-metals conglomerate Vedanta chairman Anil Agarwal has said that the firm will finalise a location for its $20 billion (£15.9bn) semiconductor and display plants in India by mid-June. 

Agarwal added that the facility will have the first chip product ready in two years.

Vedanta said in February said it will diversify into chip manufacturing and announced plans to form a joint venture with Taiwan’s Foxconn to support Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s drive to make India a semiconductor manufacturing hub.

The company has plans for two separate units for chip and display manufacturing.

“Foxconn is our technical partner. We may not take equity partner for the fab,” Agarwal told Reuters, adding that the Apple contract manufacturer will have technical responsibility for the operation, from providing the tech to making semiconductors.

Vedanta is seeking incentives from Modi’s government and is also in talks with several Indian states on the unit’s location.

Agarwal said on the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum that the first phase of Vedanta’s project will entail an investment of $2bn (£1.6bn).

Private equity wants to be part of India’s semiconductor expansion and there was no shortage of funds, he said, while adding that Vedanta was yet to hold talks with PE firms.

India estimates its semiconductor market will reach $63bn (£50bn) by 2026, compared with $15bn (£12bn) in 2020.

“You have to create another Taiwan in India,” Agarwal said, noting that India will have to focus on bringing the entire semiconductor ecosystem locally for it to be a global powerhouse.

The Indian government has said it will expand incentives beyond an initial $10bn (£7.9bn ) plan for those investing in semiconductor manufacturing, as it aims to become a key player in the global supply chain for chips.

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