Auto component industry may touch $100 bn mark in decade

Auto component industry may touch $100 bn mark in decade Rajkot: Indian auto component industry, which is currently valued at USD 30 billion, is expected to grow at USD 100 billion in the current decade on a robust domestic demand even as rising inflation and interest rates continue to be major challenges.
 
"The Indian auto component industry may cross USD 100 billion mark by 2020 by growing at a 15 percent CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate)," Azaz Motiwala, a principal consultant with the city-based Ikon Marketing Consultants told reporters quoting from a national survey conducted by the firm.
 
Motiwala said the industry for the first time, during FY11 recorded a Year on Year (YOY) growth at the highest 36 percent compared to the last year on major contribution from exports at USD 5 billion and fresh investment from US at approximately USD 2 billion.
 
However, during the FY12 the growth is estimated to remain at almost half to the previous year at around 15-18 percent, he said, adding the prime factors that could hamper the industry growth are: lingering post-crisis difficulties in high-income countries, political turmoil in the Middle-East and North Africa and slow industrial production and trade from Japan due to earthquake and tsunami.
 
According to him, the domestic demand is going to be adversely affected due to rising inflation and interest rates.
 
When asked about the overall outlook of the industry, Motiwala observed the adverse macro economic factors such as GOI's policy of promoting Free Trade Areas (FTAs) that lead to increase in the threat of imports and technology absorption, besides proposed withdrawal of Duty Entitlement Pass Book (DEPB) scheme, which might prove detrimental for exports, will also contribute to hamper the overall industry growth.
 
The government has extended the DEPB scheme till September 30, even as an alternative scheme is in the works.

PTI