The next wave of globalization is swelling here, in this southern Indian city that was battered by a real wave during last year’s tsunami. This new wave is not about Gap T-shirts or Dell laptops, the poster children for the light industries that already have global supply chains. And it is not about software and/or call centers, the industries for which India is famous. Instead, this new globalization is about heavier manufacturing, particularly cars. Detroit’s panicking firms know it.
Mallaby’s talking about Chennai. Read the full piece.
What do you guys feel about this? Can Chennai really be a threat to Detroit? What does Indian manufacturing need to achieve its potential? In particular, what are the impediments the government can remove to make our manufacturing sector a success story? And what are the incentives it can create? Tell.