Lessons in frugality from India
GE’s 4,500-strong multidisciplinary research and development centre in Bangalore and its teams in cities like Hyderabad are currently on an expansion mode, aiming at a larger say in the company’s R&D activity besides also working on a greater number of homegrown products for the India market.
“In cost, I think we have an advantage because a frugal approach to engineering is something which will come more naturally to us here, so we are being given a very important role,” says Gopichand Katragadda, managing director, GE India Technology Centre. “One of the core programmes which has been picked up by GE on how to do things differently is called Litespeed. This is one of only four programmes across the company which is being used to develop knowledge and to teach the rest of GE how to do it. We have a leadership role from that standpoint.”
In the frugal engineering business, the India arm’s breakthrough product launched four years ago was a portable electrocardiogram built to work in rural areas. The machine, along with other products such as an incubator and phototherapy systems among others, has since found a
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