Godrej Appliances undertakes strategic expansion with in-house backward integrated AC manufacturing plant, in line with its self-reliance vision.
Chennai, 15th April 2021: In line with its brand philosophy of ‘Soch Ke Banaya Hai’ and the brand value of Environment, Godrej Appliances, a business of Godrej & Boyce, the flagship company of the Godrej Group and one of the leading players in the Home Appliances industry, launched its range of 100% Made in India eco-friendly air conditioners with the added assurance of health. The new air conditioners come with a special ‘Nano-Coated Anti-Viral Filtration Technology’ which eliminates 99.9% viral and bacterial particles coming in contact with the Nano Coated Filter surface, safeguarding consumer health and improve the hygiene at home. Driving its commitment towards ‘Make in India’, the brand has set up a new AC manufacturing unit at its Shirwal factory. The entire new range spanning 30 models, uses only the most eco-friendly refrigerants – R290 and R32, thus offering the lowest Global Warming Potential (GWP).
The ongoing Covid pandemic has influenced purchase behaviour across categories with consumers seeking better health, hygiene and comfort at home where they are spending a lot more time. People are warming up to more sustainable, eco-friendly offerings. The other significant shift has been greater consciousness towards supporting India-Made Products. For the economy too, the pandemic has highlighted the importance of securing supply chains and being self-reliant. This is in line with the government’s vision of AtmaNirbhar Bharat which necessitates indigenous manufacturing, developing a pool of skilled labour and an ecosystem of component manufacturing in the country.
Manufacturing is one of the core strengths of Godrej Appliances. Via backward integrations, the brand has been working steadily over the years towards upping its indigenous manufacturing capabilities, with an intention to manufacture nearly all its product categories locally. Over the last seven years, the brand has invested Rs. 1100 crore in capacity, R&D and technology expansion, demonstrating attesting its commitment to ‘Make in India’. The brand recently inaugurated its new Air Conditioner manufacturing unit at its Shirwal factory in Maharashtra, in the presence of Ms. Nyrika Holkar, Executive Director – Godrej & Boyce and Mr. Kamal Nandi – Business Head and Executive Vice President – Godrej Appliances
The new AC line in Shirwal is spread across 1.50 lakh sqft. The brand has invested INR 50 Crores in capital, dedicated to machinery, tools infrastructure and backward integration for the air conditioner category including AC heat exchanger coils & Indoor Units. This will add 4 lakh units of AC production capacity at Shirwal in 2021. Another 4 lakh units of AC production capacity will be added in Mohali by 2025 with an additional similar investment, taking the total investment to Rs. 100 Cr. The backward integrated manufacturing unit will equip the brand with greater agility and flexibility in terms of its offerings – both features and aesthetics, enabling it to respond faster to changing consumer needs.
Commenting on the new assembly line, Mr. Kamal Nandi, Business Head and Executive Vice President – Godrej Appliances, said, “We take pride in our manufacturing capabilities. Both of our manufacturing plants at Shirwal and Mohali are the first in India to be coveted with CII’s GreenCo Platinum Plus rating, for our sustainable and green manufacturing practices. We have been working towards improving our indigenous manufacturing capabilities through backward integrations, moving a step closer to being able to manufacture most of our product categories in-house. The newly set up air conditioner manufacturing unit is yet another concrete step in bringing alive our founder’s vision of a self-reliant India, while taking care of the environment. A capital of INR 100 Cr is earmarked for the venture of ~100% in-house manufacturing of eco-friendly ACs in Shirwal and Mohali by 2025, augmenting production capacity to 8 lakh units. The new ACs supplement heavy duty cooling with 99.9%+ virus sterilization thanks to Anti-Viral Nano filtration technology, in view of the need for greater hygiene at homes.”
The nano-coated anti-viral filter has a special chemical coating that eliminates 99.9%+ viral and bacterial particles coming in its contact. The filter continues to retain its efficacy even after 50 washes, during routine maintenance, ensuring that it protects you throughout the life of the air conditioner.
Godrej Air Conditioners offer a host of consumer benefits.
- Heavy Duty Lasting Cooling:
- Powerful cooling with twin rotary compressors.
- 100% copper condenser & connecting pipes for long-term reliability and durability
- Heavy Duty Outdoor units with higher weight indicating better build and quality
- Corrosion-resistant blue fin technology in the evaporator and the condenser.
- Health, hygiene & comfort
- Anti-Viral Nano-coated filter technology for 99.9%+ virus and bacteria sterilisation
- Self-cleaning technology which inhibits bacterial growth and corrosion of the air conditioner.
- An Outdoor Unit with acoustic jacketing and an IDU with a BLDC motor for silent operation.
- Sleep mode that ensures comfort through the night
- Eco-friendly & Energy Efficient
- Uses only the greenest refrigerants R290 and R32 across its range.
- Only brand to offer world’s greenest R290 refrigerant technology, with Zero Ozone Depletion Potential and negligible Global Warming Potential
- Available in super efficient 5-star energy rating
The machines come with a 10-year inverter compressor warranty for added peace of mind. To further enhance its offering during the season, Godrej is providing limited period offers like subsidized installation offers along with the convenience of Same Day Installation at key cities and attractive finance offers on the entire range along with extended warranty benefits.
Santosh Salian, Product Group Head – Air Conditioners, Godrej Appliances, added, “Summers are becoming harsher every year and temperatures are already soaring in April this year. Last summer was a washout for the AC category industry wide, but we are upbeat about this summer season and expect that there will be good demand for ACs, partly influenced by the continued work and schooling from home trend also. We also offer a very strong 2 Tr Split AC portfolio, which is being positioned as a ‘living room AC’. Godrej Air Conditioners are known for heavy duty, energy efficient, and environment friendly cooling. We have retained all this but with the pandemic influencing people’s need for increased hygiene and health, our new ACs are also equipped with 99.9%+ viral and bacterial sterilisation. The wide range of eco-friendly products will be available across all channels and leading stores. With this 100% Made in India and Greenest AC range, we are confident of strengthening our position by growing our market share to 10% over the next 3 years.”
Service plays an important role in appliances as a whole, but especially so, in ACs. Godrej Smartcare, the service brand of Godrej Appliances was rated No.1 in a large-scale consumer research, two years in a row. Godrej Smartcare offers the widest service network with 680 service centres, more than 4500 Smartbuddy technicians who you can track via an app, a 24×7 call centre in 14 regional languages, WhatsApp service option and 185 Smart Mobile vans for enhanced reach and faster service.
The new range of eco-friendly and healthy Godrej ACs are available in both inverter and fixed speed technology, split ACs in 5-star and 3-star energy ratings.