Sony to set up manufacturing unit in India

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Sony, manufacturing unit, India

Electronics major Sony India said it is still serious about setting up its own manufacturing in India but nothing concrete has materialized so far.

Kenichiro Hibi, Managing Director, Sony India opined that they don’t deny any possibility. He further said that they are still in discussion for opportunities in the future to expand manufacturing, but nothing concrete has been done.

The company, he said, has already started assembling TVs and media products in India with a local partner. Manufacturing of some products resumed in the country after almost a decade. Sony has its own manufacturing facility in China, Malaysia and Japan, Hibi said. It has a software development centre in India with 1,500 employees.

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The electronics major is aiming for a 30 per cent sales growth during the festive months of August-November in the country this year with Rs 150 crore push in promotion and campaign for the period.

In West Bengal, Sony is targeting a 40 per cent growth in flat panel and overall growth of 30 per cent, Sony India sales head Satish Padmanabhan said. Flat panels contribute in excess of 50 per cent of its India sales followed by audio and the segment is growing rapidly.

However, Sony India officials refused to divulge the sales figures. Sony, which failed to make much headway with mobile phones, has decided to pull out from the mass segment altogether and concentrate only in the premium segment with handsets priced above Rs 20,000.

By Baishakhi Dutta

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