GE Lighting may name India as outsourcing hub

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 30 October 2003, 08:00 Hrs   |    2 Comments
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BANGALORE: The $2-billion GE Lighting, the lighting division of General Electric, has shortlisted India as its outsourcing hub, its second such facility across the globe.

According to a report in Economic Times, an Indian daily, a team of quality inspectors from GE Europe recently certified a few Indian vendors to kick-start their outsourcing plans. This follows the restrictions imposed by some European nations on Chinese-made lighting products, a move which could adversely impact the company's outsourcing facilities in China.

"India is no more a software or information technology related services outsourcing destination. It has technical excellence to offer manufacturing products as well and GE Lighting has shortlisted India for this purpose though the exact amount of business that India would generate is not know at this moment," said K Venugopal, managing director, GE Lighting.

He added that the product range will start with manufacturing compact fluorescent lamps and the Indian facility will be certified by independent quality certification agencies as well as the parent company's quality certification team. He added that Indian electronics vendors also have been proven for global standards and GE Lighting’s outsourcing plans will also involve electronics solutions from India along with lighting ballasts.

He said that GE Lighting has plans to expand its product range for the commercial and industrial segment and customised lighting solutions will be made available for several Bangalore-based software firms. Venugopal added that the company is also targeting the emerging potential in mushrooming malls and shopping complexes across the country and specific lighting solutions for these projects.

GE Lighting, one of the most integrated manufacturer of lamp sources in India, markets a wide range of energy efficient and high quality light sources and luminaries in India and the neighbouring countries under the brand names GE and Cema.

The product range covers the complete spectrum of light sources including halogen, high intensity discharge, fluorescent and compact fluorescent and luminaries for indoor and outdoor applications. The company also designs lighting installations including indoor commercial, industrial and residential sites using Europic, a proprietary, sophisticated lighting application package. Some of firm’s clientele include IBM, Digital Equipments, Price Waterhouse, Pantaloon and Cisco.

Venugopal as chairman of the Indian Society of Lighting Engineers Karnataka centre said that the lighting industry is seeking liberalised norms from the government for manufacturing 16 mm (the commonly used tubelights are 38 mm) tubelights which is adversely impacted by some raw material restrictions.

(Source: Economic Times)

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