Philips To Make Energy Saver Lamps In India

Kolkata, November 26: | Updated: Nov 27 2002, 05:30am hrs
Philips India Ltds lighting division is mulling the manufacture of the new generation energy saver lamps in India in another two years. Currently, the company sources these products from the nearby South-east Asian markets and will begin manufacturing them in India once the demand in the domestic market increases.

Speaking at the launch of a new series of lamps here, Philips Lighting Division senior general manager, marketing R Nandakishore said that the brownfield manufacture of this energy saver lamps will require a minimum investment of Rs 10 crore. We can offer a price advantage to consumers once we begin manufacturing here but there are certain issues that have to be taken care of before we do that, Mr Nandakishore said. Philips lighting division has four manufacturing facilities in India Electric Lamp Manufacturers (India) Ltd [ELMI] in Kolkata, Punjab Anand Lamp Industries Ltd (PALI) near Mohali, Philips Glass India Ltd (PGIL) and formerly known as CG Glass in Baroda while a fourth unit at Kalwa near Thane. To begin manufacturing the lamps in India, Philips needs to go for an upgradation drive in any of these four units. To begin manufacturing, we need to produce a minimum of 80 lakh units of these lamps to make the capacity utilisation which we feel will take another two years time, Mr Nandakishore said. Philips has so far imported 30 lakh units of energy saver lamps in 2002 from its own manufacturing units in SE Asian countries. As of now, the total market for lamps in India is pegged at Rs 2,000 crore with the organised and unorganised sectors together. Of this, Philips has an overall marketshare of 29 per cent.