The government has approved the setting up of an electronics manufacturing cluster (EMC) worth Rs 1.8 billion at Dharwad in Karnataka. The project, which is being set up at Kotur-Balur Industrial Area in the Dharwad district of Karnataka under the EMC 2.0 scheme, is expected to catalyse investments to the tune of over Rs 15 billion soon. Nine companies, including start-ups, have already committed to making investments of Rs 3.4 billion with an employment potential of 2,500 people. 

According to Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Karnataka is emerging as a global electronics manufacturing hub for the world, just as it is already a telecom hub with Apple plants in Kolar (Wistron) and Devanahalli (Foxconn). These new investments are creating jobs and development. The government is committed to building India as a manufacturing hub as part of its ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ policies.

This EMC has a strategic locational advantage and is well connected with NH-48 and Hubli Domestic Airport which will reduce the logistics and transportation cost of the industry in the EMC. The government has already approved a common facility centre for the development of an advanced testing facility in Mysore, Karnataka that will meet the various testing requirement of the industry.