Madhav Sheth brings Honor brand to India with 100% local licensing, Rs 1,000 cr investment

Madhav Sheth brings Honor brand to India with 100% local licensing, Rs 1,000 cr investment
As the government pushes consumer electronics companies towards local manufacturing, former realme India chief Madhav Sheth announced a new venture called HonorTech, which is a 100 percent Indian joint venture (JV) collaboration, and will infuse Rs 1,000 crore by year-end, to begin with. Sheth, who has been a veteran in the Indian smartphone industry, said that his new venture HonorTech will bring the Honor brand ecosystem to India; he aims to capture a 4-5 percent market share in the country by the end of next year.
The infusion of Rs 1,000 crore will be channeled strategically into enhancing products, refining software offerings and expanding service capabilities. The company aims to achieve a projected revenue of Rs 10,000 crore by 2024. “With 100 percent licensing deal, HonorTech is vested with an unparalleled level of decision-making authority and decision-making rights. HonorTech is aligned with the government’s vision to make India a manufacturing hub and a driving force for innovation that has gained significant momentum in recent years,” Sheth emphasized. 
“We are looking to build an end-to-end supply chain in India. This will help generate an estimated around 4,000 new jobs by the end of next year." Headquartered in Gurgaon, HonorTech has joined hands with Noida-based PSAV Global to expand the Honor smartphones’ network in the country.  The partnership will pave the way for local partnerships as HonorTech is the first Indian company led by Indian leadership in this industry, working together in collaboration with PSAV, the existing Honor partner. This collaboration will allow HonorTech to select its product, partners, manufacturing, services and distribution networks for the domestic market.
“Through our collaboration, we offer India a global product and a strong brand with cutting-edge technology and a self-reliant ecosystem”, said Sheth. The entry of HonorTech will give a much-needed fillip to the Indian smartphone industry, which is currently going through a slow phase. The company will first launch a smartphone next month and then move into offering other consumer electronics devices. The Indian smartphone market shipped 64 million units in the first half of 2023, with a 10 percent year-over-year decline. In the second quarter (April-June period), the market grew by 10 percent over the previous quarter but declined by 3 percent YoY with 34 million units, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).
"We at HonorTech are leveraging our experience and expertise to catalyze transformative change, utilizing latent talent, technical knowledge, R&D, and global supply chain,” said Sheth.  Drawing on Honor’s global leadership in R&D and innovation, HonorTech will leverage over 7,800 research and development personnel, six research and development hubs and over 100 cutting-edge laboratories.
Source: IANS