Foxconn Cancels $19.5 Billion Investment Plan with Vedanta for Semiconductor Production.

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In a recent development, Foxconn, the Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturer, has decided to abandon its $19.5 billion investment plan with Vedanta Limited. The joint venture aimed to establish semiconductor and display manufacturing facilities in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Modi. However, Foxconn's withdrawal from the partnership poses a setback to India's ambitions of attracting international investors for local chip production.

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Foxconn's Decision:

According to a Reuters report, Foxconn (2354.TW) stated that it will not proceed with the joint venture with Vedanta, without providing specific reasons for the decision. The collaboration between Vedanta and Foxconn had been in progress for over a year, focusing on a promising semiconductor project. However, the two companies mutually agreed to discontinue the partnership, resulting in Foxconn's removal from the venture, which is now wholly owned by Vedanta.

Implications for India's Chip Manufacturing Plans:

India has been keen on promoting chip manufacturing as a vital component of its economic strategy. Prime Minister Modi has prioritized this sector to propel India into a "new era" of electronics manufacturing. The cancellation of the Vedanta-Foxconn investment plan is a setback to India's goal of attracting global investors for local chip production, hindering the government's efforts to reduce reliance on imports.

Foxconn's Diversification:

Foxconn, renowned for its assembly of iPhones and other Apple products (AAPL.O), has been diversifying its business in recent years by venturing into chip manufacturing. The decision to scrap the joint venture with Vedanta does not signal a complete departure from this sector, but rather a change in investment plans.

Stalemate with STMicroelectronics:

Earlier reports from Reuters indicated that the Vedanta-Foxconn project was progressing slowly due to a deadlock in negotiations involving European chipmaker STMicroelectronics (STMPA.PA) as a partner. The Indian government expressed a desire for STMicro to have a more significant role in the partnership, potentially through acquiring a stake. However, STMicro did not show interest in such an arrangement, leading to an impasse in the negotiations.

India's Semiconductor Market Potential:

Recognizing the significant potential of its semiconductor market, estimated to reach $63 billion by 2026, India introduced a $10 billion incentive scheme to attract investments in chip manufacturing. The funds were expected to come from the Vedanta-Foxconn joint venture, the international ISMC consortium featuring Singapore-based IGSS Ventures as a technology partner, and Vedanta-Foxconn themselves. However, the cancellation of the Vedanta-Foxconn investment plan puts a dent in these prospects.

Conclusion:

The decision by Foxconn to scrap its $19.5 billion investment plan with Vedanta for semiconductor production in India is a setback for the country's ambitions of becoming a self-reliant chip manufacturing hub. Prime Minister Modi's vision of a "new era" in electronics manufacturing faces challenges in attracting international investors. Nevertheless, Foxconn's commitment to diversifying into chip manufacturing suggests that the company remains interested in exploring opportunities in this sector.

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