Tata Group, India’s largest conglomerate with US$128 billion in 2022 revenue, will make a foray into the semiconductor business. The powerful group is expected to seek partnerships with existing semiconductor companies in the United States, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.
According to a Nikkei Asia report on Dec. 9, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chairman of the board of Tata Sons, the investment holding company of Tata Group, said that the group will start producing semiconductors in India within a few years.
Tata Group established Tata Electronics in 2020 and plans to set up semiconductor assembly testing business under this electronic component manufacturer, Chandrasekaran said.
He also said that Tata will have discussions with multiple players, suggesting the possibility of partnerships with existing chipmakers.
India manufactures products that use a lot of semiconductors, such as smartphones and electric vehicles. The Indian semiconductor market is on the uptick, but India does not have a proper semiconductor industry, so it is dependent on chip imports. The Indian automobile industry also went through difficulties in production and sales last year due to a shortage of semiconductors. The Indian government also laid out a plan to provide 760 billion rupees in support funds for semiconductor and display production.