INVESTMENT POTENTIAL STUDY INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY

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February 2009

IMRB International

January 1, 2008

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Preface
Thai-Indian business relations have improved considerably over the past decade. Thailand and India are close to concluding a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) covering trade in goods by 2010. The Free Trade Agreement between Thailand and India is expected to improve trade relations between the two countries further. The FTA covering trade in goods would lead to long term mutual benefits in trade and investment and the partnership would be expanded further to cover technology knowledge and expertise India's primary imports from Thailand are machinery, electronic appliances, textiles, plastic material, transport equipment, vegetable oil and latex. The major items of imports under FTA are polycarbonate, cathode-ray tubes, color-TVs, air conditioners and Aluminum products. Thailand‘s main imports from India are jewelry, gemstones, steel, pharmaceuticals and ferrous metal ores. India's trade with Thailand could touch USD 7 billion by 2010-11 propelled by a doubling in transaction under Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The EHS was implemented on September 1, 2004, under which tariffs on 82 items were to be phased out by September 1, 2006 by both the sides. The trade between Thailand and India is estimated to be US $ 7 billion by 2010-11 from US $ 2.2 billion in 2005-06. The total trade of 82 items under Early Harvest Scheme (EHS) of the FTA was increased by over 140 percent to about US $ 358.63 million in 2005-06 from US $ 149 million in 2003-04. The share of these 82 items in India-Thailand trade increased from 10.34 percent in 2003-04 to 15.68 percent in 2005-06. Thailand‘s export to India of the identified 82 EHS items was increased from US $ 84.64 million to US $ 275 million during the period from 2003 – 04 to 2005 – 06. During the same time, India‘s export to Thailand of these items increased from US $ 64.28 million to US $ 83.03 million during the same period.

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In 2007, Thailand‘s export for these 82 items was US $ 406.31 million. Due the FTA between two countries, Thailand is able to manage the trade surplus of US $ 598 in 2007 in bilateral trade between Thailand and India. With significant potential for growth of business between the two countries, the Ministry of Commerce, Thailand and Royal Thai Embassy would like to understand the investment potential across the following identified product categories:1. Home Utility and Furnishing: This would broadly include three product categories:a. Furniture – Largely focusing on house hold furniture e.g. Sofa-set, Dining table, Corner / corner table etc. Also covering office furniture e.g. office chairs, cubicles, tables etc and open-air furniture i.e. the furniture used in the garden, near pools etc b. Interior Decoration items – This would include Showpieces, Wooden handicraft, photo frames, and artificial flowers. c. Utensils – Household (kitchen), HoReCa (Hotel Restaurant Catering) Segment, Institutional / Office d. Plastic Products - Food containers, plastic storage boxes etc e.g. Cello, Tupperware, Milton, Nyasa etc 2. Construction Material: This would include Bathroom Fittings, Tiles/Floorings (including wooden), Roof Tiles (used in the costal areas), Metal (Al, Tin etc) / Gypsum boards used for partition 3. Hospitality Services: This would be understood with the objective of tie-up with existing hotels – spas, specialty restaurant (e.g. Thai cuisine restaurant), health wellness services etc. The client would be interested in management control and running the property. The stand-alone spas e.g. Kaya clinic is also covered in the purview of the study. 4. Auto parts and accessories: It would cover both types of auto parts:-

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clutch plates etc and high volume low value items like break pads etc). moulding etc) and 4-wheelers – both cars and commercial vehicles. These parts would be for 2-wheelers (e. This report is for Home utility and furnishing segment that includes Furniture. Essential auto parts (low volume high value items e.g. Utensils and Plastic Products. music systems. Module 1 – Home Furnishing (Furniture & Interior Decoration) 2. gear box. Thailand and Royal Thai Embassy has commissioned Business and Industrial Research Division (BIRD) of IMRB International to avail its research based consultancy services. Interior Decoration items. Report for each of the above-mentioned product categories shall be submitted separately in four different modules. this report is divided and presented in two parts as follows: 1. Given the similarity and overlap in couple of these product categories. Module 2 – Home Utility (Utensils and Plastic Products) INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY -3- . Accessories / decorative items e. alloy wheels etc In order to understand the trade potential across the above categories.g.g.a. the Ministry of Commerce. b.

.......................... 14 E......................................2........................2.......................... Furniture and Handicrafts & Décor Industry in India.2................................. Furniture Industry in India.. Global Crafts and Decorative Industry ................................................................... 21 1....................................................... Indian Décor and Handicrafts Industry .....................1..................................................................................... Major Exporting Nations ...4.. Consumer Insights ................... Overview ............................TABLE OF CONTENTS MODULE 1 – Furniture & Decorative Items Industry of India Executive Summary .... 21 1.................................................. 23 2......................................... 14 E...........1...................27 3..........................................................6....................................................................................................... 13 E..............1.................... Industry Analysis .. Segmentation – Exporting Nations ..............................2..................................... 11 E.............................. The main furniture exporting countries ............................................................................................................... 27 INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY -4- ..............................................1........................................................................2........11 E. 22 1.. 18 1..........1.................... India – a preferred destination for International Business ......................5................................. Décor and Handicrafts Industry Value Chain .....1.... Global Furniture and Handicrafts & Décor Industry .............4..1......................2...................... INDIA – Important Trends in Indian Economy .............. Global Furniture Industry ............................................... Recommendations for Thai Investors ................................... 14 E..............1...... 16 1............. Furniture Industry Value Chain ... 27 3............................................... Overview: ..........................................1...................................................... 13 E......................................... Furniture Industry ..........................................................2........................ 21 1.......................... Furniture Industry Analysis.............................................7.....4..............................18 1........... 18 1. 15 E........................... 12 E................................. 11 E.......1................. Understanding the Value Chain of Furnishing Industry..................................4.............3...................................................................................3...................2....... Major Importing Nations ......... Overview: .2.............1.. 13 E...2......................5...... 20 1.......................................5............... SWOT Analysis of Décor and Handicrafts Industry...............24 3...........

..........3..... 47 5....................................... 38 4..... Problem Recognition / Need Awareness Stage ..... Respondents Profile ..........1..... 50 6............... 34 4............. 37 4.......................................................... Bargaining power of Suppliers ..................1........................................2..............3.................. Indian Handicrafts and Decorative Industry . Industry Segmentation ..........1..................2... Purchase Decision.....1........................ 33 3....................................... Furniture Industry Value Chain . Overview .3.............................................. Indian Furniture Industry Analysis – Five Forces Model ..............................................2............................1..............................3........... 29 3...2.....................................................................2.............52 6................................2...............................1.....2.......................... 27 3.2..............................1....................................1............... 54 6....................5.. Furniture Industry and Organized Retailing ................................................................ Competitive Rivalry ............. Domestically Manufactured Furniture............................................ 48 5.....35 4..1............1........................2.................. Understanding the Value Chain ..........1...................................................................1................2............................................................................ 52 6.............................................1............................................................. Evaluation of Alternatives ......4............................................................................................................ Threat of Substitutes ................... 45 5...............................................................................1..................................................2.................. Key Demand Drivers of the Furniture Industry.....1.................3..............................2.......... Indian Handicrafts & Décor Industry – SWOT Analysis .............. Imports ...........................1....1................................................2............3...........................1.....2................................. 32 3................ 46 5........................................................................................................................ Challenges in the Indian Handicrafts and Décor Industry ............ Purchase Decision Process – An Introduction ....... Industry Analysis ......1.............................................. 46 5..................... 53 6......................................................................................4............. Handicrafts & Décor Products Value Chain .................................4............................... Handicrafts Clusters in India ... Classification / Segmentation of the Industry: ... 31 3...................... Threat of New Entrants......... Bargaining power of Customers ........................................... 35 4........... Information Search ................................... 43 5.................... 60 INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY -5- ........ 47 5........ 30 3....................... 31 3.... 35 4................................................. Industry Growth Trends and Forecasts ...2..... Consumer Insights ........................................2.......................... 57 6...............................................2.......4......45 5.... 55 6....... 41 4........................ Distribution Structure ........4.

....................... 68 7...............................................................3............................................................. 80 E........................................... Consumer Insights ............................ 78 E... 66 7........ 72 8............. 83 E................... 71 8....................................................... 76 Executive Summary ................................ Distribution ...1................ Market Attractiveness of Tableware & Plastic Container Industry................ Tableware Industry in India.2.. 81 E.. Style Spa ................................. Godrej Interio ....... 75 8.. Annexure A: Profile of Major Players in the organized sector of Indian Furniture Industry 71 8............................................1.......... Plastic Container Industry in India ...................4.......................................... 80 E..... Value Chain – Tableware & Plastic Container Industry ...........1..... 84 INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY -6- ..........2............................... 64 7...............3...............1.......................65 7.. Durian ...........5 Post-Purchase Evaluation ...............4.................................................1................1..............6...1................................................................1.............................................................7.................................. 81 E................................................................................... Recommendations ......................................... 81 E.2.... Entry Options .........................4............... 75 8...... 79 E...................................... Role of Wooden Handicrafts Industry in Indian Economy ..............6........................................................................1...........................................2............................................................................................ Market Attractiveness ....... 62 6............................................ Value Chain for Importers – ..................... Recommendations for Thai Investors ......................................1.........1......................................................... 82 E..... Wooden Handicrafts Industry – Overview ......2............................................................................................................................. Tableware Industry.. Industry Analysis .... Customers‘ Perceptions about Thailand ....................3............ Brand Building & Promotion ............................78 E........................ How to Enter the Four Market Segments .............................................................. Plastic Container Industry .......1.................2......................... 70 8......................... Annexure ................... 82 E.......................................1..3................... 65 7.................................3...................................................................................... 69 7..................................... Value Chain for Manufacturers – ................................2........................................................................2...........................................................................................2..............71 8..2..............................1...................2........... Factors That Affect Growth ..........5...... 73 8...............................................................................................................3.....

9. Global Scenario ..................................................................................................86
9.1 Global Tableware Industry: .................................................................................................... 86 9.1.1 Overview: ..................................................................................................................... 86 9.1.2 The Changing Consumers ............................................................................................ 86 9.2. Global Plastic Products Industry............................................................................................ 88 9.2.1. Plastic Industry ............................................................................................................ 88 9.2.2 Plastic containers .......................................................................................................... 88

10. Tableware & Plastic storage containers Industry in India ..........................89
10.1. Tableware Industry .............................................................................................................. 89 10.1.2. Industry Segmentation ............................................................................................... 89 10.1.3. Customer classification.............................................................................................. 92 10.1.4. Major manufacturers in India .................................................................................... 93 10.1.5. Growth Drivers for Tableware Industry .................................................................... 93 10.1.6. Analysis of Tableware Industry in India ................................................................... 96 10.1.7. Critical Success Factors for Tableware Industry ....................................................... 98 10.2. Plastic Containers Industry in India ..................................................................................... 99 10.2.1 Overview .................................................................................................................... 99 10.2.2 Industry Segmentation .............................................................................................. 101 10.2.3. Customer classification............................................................................................ 102 10.2.4. Major manufacturers in India .................................................................................. 102 10.2.5. Growth Drivers for Plastic storage containers Industry .......................................... 103 10.2.6. Analysis of Plastic storage containers market in India ............................................ 103 10.2.6. Analysis of Plastic storage containers market in India ............................................ 104 10.2.7. Strengths and the weaknesses of the industry ......................................................... 106 10.2.8. Critical Success Factors for Plastic storage containers ........................................... 107

11. Imports structure in Indian Tableware & Plastic containers market ......108
11.1. Overview ............................................................................................................................ 108 11.2 Current Import Duty Structure ............................................................................................ 108 11.3. Major brands being imported in Indian tableware market ................................................. 108 11.4. Major brands being imported in Indian Plastic containers market .................................... 109

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11.5. Channel Structure for Importers ........................................................................................ 109

12. Understanding the Value Chain ...................................................................111
12.1. Value Chain of Tableware Industry ................................................................................... 111 12.1.1.Case study for Tableware: Value chain of La Opala RG Ltd. .................................. 111 12.2. Value Chain of Plastic Containers Industry ....................................................................... 112 12.2.1. Case study for Plastic containers: Value chain of Cello Thermoware Ltd. ............. 113

13. Consumer Insights .........................................................................................115
13.1. Overview ............................................................................................................................ 115 13.2. Customer Purchase process................................................................................................ 115

14. Conclusion ......................................................................................................121
14.1. Market Attractiveness ........................................................................................................ 121

15. Recommendations ..........................................................................................122
15.1. Entry Strategy .................................................................................................................... 122 15.2. Positioning of Tableware & Plastic storage containers ..................................................... 123 15.3. Target Product Categories.................................................................................................. 123 15.4. Target Customers ............................................................................................................... 124 15.5. Distribution ........................................................................................................................ 124 15.6. Brand building & Promotion ............................................................................................. 125 15.7. Value Chain ....................................................................................................................... 125

16. Annexure .........................................................................................................126
16.1. Profile of major players in tableware category .................................................................. 126 16.1.1 La Opala ................................................................................................................... 126 16.1.2 Yera .......................................................................................................................... 127 16.1.3. Bharat Pottery Ltd. .................................................................................................. 128 16.1.4. Art d‘ inox ............................................................................................................... 129 16.1.5. Magppie ................................................................................................................... 130

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16.2. Profile of major players in Plastic storage container category .......................................... 130 16.2.1 Cello.......................................................................................................................... 130 16.2.2. Tupperware .............................................................................................................. 131 16.2.3. Hamilton .................................................................................................................. 132 16.3. Import Legislation in India ................................................................................................ 134 16.3.1. Principal Law & Import Export Policy.................................................................... 134 16.3.2. Mode of Pricing and INCO TERMS ....................................................................... 134 16.3.3. Customs Duty .......................................................................................................... 135

17. References .......................................................................................................137

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10 - .MODULE 1 .INVESTMENT POTENTIAL STUDY FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ITEMS INDUSTRY OF INDIA INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY .

The organized sector. In terms of value. India – a preferred destination for International Business India has undergone tremendous economic Rising consumption development in last few decades. fast growing middle class with rising income levels and majority of Indian population falling in below 34 years of age.Executive Summary E. This figure is growing at 30% for the last few years. Considering the fast growing and barely tapped middle class market. Almost 80% of real estate developed in India is residential space and the rest comprise of Office. 15% Industry Segments Household. These trends along with the growth in sectors like real estate have a significant positive impact on the Furnishing Industry in India. Some of the major changes and recent trends that have given strength to Indian economy include India joining the trillion-dollar GDP club. Industry Segmentation – The furniture industry can be segmented into the following three categories:1. which accounts to 10 percent of the total market. has contributed significantly to the overall industry growth by witnessing significantly higher growth rate between 17 and 20 percent. is growing only at a rate of 5 to 6 percent. 20% Contract. Household segment – The size of the overall real estate industry in India is estimated to be around US$ 12 billion (Source: FICCI). India has now become one of the most Rising income Multiplier effect GDP growth Rising production favored destinations for international businesses to expand. Furniture Industry in India The Indian furniture industry is fragmented in nature with many small players. as experts opine.1. this industry is worth INR 350 billion (2007-08) maintaining a growth rate of 10 percent. 65% INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 11 . However.2. the unorganized sector. E.

Other than these factors. diversified product portfolio. As per the World Travel Market‘s Global Report 2008. lack INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 12 . albeit slow down in global economy.3. which are likely to remain a strategic priority as growth is predicted to be robust. indicating continued growth for the furniture industry. high ratio of value addition. The industry production is estimated to be worth INR 210 billion (2007-08). The Indian handicrafts industry. increasing affluence of Indian consumers and growth in hospitality and tourism industry of India have significant influence on the industry demand. Office segment – In line with the growth in the Indian economy and subsequent demand for office space. growth in the organized retail industry. Within the household segment. which has a status of cottage industry. The thrust on real estate and office construction is expected to sustain in the near future. while 45 per cent live in houses with three rooms or less. E.office. hotels and hospitals. 2. The consistent growth in the Indian economy and rising living standards are the key factors driving the demand of the Indian furniture industry. real estate growth. major share is the middle class population of India. About 25 per cent of the urban middle class populations live in homes with five rooms or more. The few important features of Indian handicraft and decorative industry are low capital investment. high potential for export and foreign exchange earnings and flexible production. has grown at a promising rate of 15 to 20 percent in the last few years. out of which a significant proportion (close to INR 90 billion) is exported. The growth of hotel industry in India can be attributed to the recent growth in the service industry and economy as a whole. Contract segment – It primarily caters to hotels and its growth is consequently linked to growth in tourism and development of new hotels. Indian Décor and Handicrafts Industry The handicraft industry employs seventy million people in India. this segment has witnessed good growth at a compounded annual growth rate of 20%. 3. However. scope for new tourism development could be seen notably in emerging economic giants India and China. shopping malls. cheap and skilled labor.

The channel flow across these two categories is summarized in respective charts below. lack of awareness of international and new trends and poor promotional campaigns are a few drawbacks that need to be addressed. Understanding the Value Chain of Furnishing Industry E.2.4. ethnic products of the decorative type is the large  Most common channel  Carry variety of product categories under one shop E – Retailers  In recent times. E. Décor and Handicrafts Industry Value Chain The handicraft industry supply chain of India (shown in the adjoining figure) largely consists Importers / Wholesalers Producers of importers and wholesalers who supply goods to retailers and small chains. internet has emerged as a major distribution channel for décor items handicrafts items INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 13 .4. Furniture Industry Value Chain The value chain of the Indian furniture industry can be divided under two broad categories – imported furniture and domestically manufactured furniture.1.4. Franchisee Manufacturers Imports Own Stores Distributor s Importers Distributor s Franchisee Retailers Imported Furniture Value Chain Domestically Manufactured Furniture Value Chain Raw Material Suppliers Manufacturers Own Stores Distributor Raw Material Imports s E. The most popular channel for distribution of the more Small Retailers Large Retail Chains  Stock in bulk  Sell to final consumers or small retailers Final Point of Sale traditional.of infrastructure & technological support.

available opportunities and potential threats and respective impacts of each of these.5. In view of this market scenario.number of small and independent retail stores. less interest of young people in craft industry are some of the industry weaknesses. To sum up. E. variety of products categories provide an advantage to the décor and handicrafts industry.low costs.5. industry has witnesses a rapid growth in the organized segment. This provides an attractive opportunity for Thai companies to enter the organized sector of Indian furniture industry. However. However. The summary of the analysis is as follows: The furniture industry is fragmented in nature. inadequate information of new technology. The industry is vulnerable to new players with factors like increasing demand. SWOT Analysis of Décor and Handicrafts Industry The strength factors like low barriers of new entry. it can be said that any investor who wants to enter India as an industry player can take great advantage from following factors . factors like lack of infrastructure and communication facilities. comprising of many small and unorganized players. comparatively low capital investments and easier imports. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 14 . ignorance / lack of information availability.2.5. low capital investment. lack of co-ordination between government bodies and private players. Furniture Industry Analysis The Porters Five Forces model has been used to analyze the industry. abundant and cheap labor to compete on price. weaknesses. inadequate information of current market trends. The suppliers are also not in a position to bargain much with the manufacturers due to the domestic availability and easier imports of raw material. the internal competitive rivalry is not significant. Industry Analysis E. due to growing demand and initial stage of organized sector growth.1. there is an increasing demand but limited number of dominant players. customers are not able to experience a wide variety and new range of products. Although 90% share of the industry remains with the unorganized sector. low competitive rivalry. E. Comparing the strengths. growing demand.

Other than these occasions. furniture and decorative products are also purchased during celebrations around Diwali or marriage seasons. purpose and price. In terms of price range. quality.  After sales services / warranty period is an important consideration in the purchase process of furniture goods. visiting exhibitions become the source of information and point of purchase as well. attractive and varied designs. in case of furniture it is a joint decision between husband and wife (also influenced by the children in some cases). renovation and new home purchases. . Sometimes. However. Indian customers see Thailand as a country with more innovative.E.  As expected. The other factors that are considered are aesthetics. In case of interior decoration items. There is association of fragility with Thai products in the consumer mindsets. On a comparative scale. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 15 . The company can set up its own showrooms across the country.6. with exclusive product designs and position itself as a brand that will be always there to provide after sales support. it was observed that home furnishing purchase decisions are mainly taken by women in the household. Thai price range will fall somewhere close to China and India. Word of Mouth.  The most preferred information sources for furniture purchases are internet. print media and exhibitions. because of high money outlay involved in it. there is no such information search phase.  Perception about Thai companies – In terms of product design and quality. consumers perceive Thailand as a country that will offer most of the products at affordable prices. It is recommended that a new player who wants to enter in the Indian market is should have multiple point of presence and established brand name in addition to meeting consumers‘ expectations for basic looks and quality. Consumer Insights Key consumer insights. which can have a positive impact for decoration related product categories but can have a negative impact in case of furniture and utensils. important from the point of view of foreign entrants are as follows:  The major reasons identified for home furnishing purchases are related to home remodeling.

considered as a price competitive country. attractive and ethnic products in the handicrafts and décor industry Joint Venture / Medium Scale Firms Direct Selling and Marketing Tie ups with Builders and Architects Service Industry (IT and BFSI Sector) .Mid Size Offices Handicrafts & Décor Products Imports Buying and Selling Agents. Warehouses in Tier 1 cities. Better Packaging. High Quality. Recommendations for Thai Investors The recommendations for the identified four potential market entry segments can be summarized as follows:-. will grow at 20% CAGR in coming four to five years Establishing own retail chains – Specialty Store/Home Improvement store format Upper Middle Class Product Innovation. Strong Logistics Network. Large Volumes. Market Segments Key Take Out from the Market Study Expanding Middle class and Upper middle class Entry Strategy Either through Joint Venture or step by step entry by establishing only a liaison office first Distribution Route Target Segment Critical Success Factors Household Furniture – High End Segment India is a complex country with cultural variation  important to gather information first Middle . Thailand is perceived to be price competitive Thailand  Positioned as a country with delicate. Warehouses and connectivity through strong Logistics Network. Customization Household Furniture – Low End Segment Imports Tying up with existing Retail Chains – Hypermarket Format Middle – Middle Classes Competitive Prices.middle and Upper middle class ready to pay extra to ensure durability However. through wholesalers Middle Class Large Product Assortment. Better packaging. Exclusive designs. Brand Name and After Sales Support Office Furniture Institutional Customers look for brand names that can compliment with their own brand name Indian customers are now spending more on Home Furnishing Among Indian customers.E. Product Exclusivity. Well – Established Brand Name. Thailand is seen as a country with a status quotient attached with its products. After Sales Support.7. Timely Delivery. Perceived as a shopping destination of moderately affluent class of the society Office Space in India is growing rapidly. Ethnic / Culture based Positioning INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 16 . Availability.

Growth in Allied Sectors. providing an opportunity to make good margins Increasing Affluence of Indian upper middle class. Household Furniture – High End Segment  Given higher disposable income. Handicrafts & Décor Products There is no need for macro-investment.The market attractiveness analysis of the above-mentioned four segments has been done based on factors like Industry Growth Stage. Minimum efforts and investments required for  market development (entry through JV and distribution through existing hypermarkets) and promotion. No strong industry player in this segment INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 17 . The findings from this analysis can be summarized in the table below: Market Segment Market Attractiveness Main Criteria / Advantages Huge target customer base. Potential Entry Barriers Scale of Investments required etc. Growth of Customer Segments. advantage in terms of Household Furniture – Low End Segment volume. customers are ready to pay an extra buck for better quality and designs. Office Furniture  growing at a fast pace (20% CAGR). Products are  present throughout the low value to high value added band. Limited number of sector strong players in the industry. Competitive Scenario. Huge demand but limited supply from organized sector Office Segment of India is in a booming stage.

world production of furniture is worth about US$ 307 billion. There are two countries. Furniture production in emerging countries currently amounts to 35% of the world total in value. 3% Developed Countries of the world total.9% phenomenon of the past decade is the increased degree of openness of the furniture markets. the United States.5% 26. providing the most important stimulus to world furniture trade. measured as the ratio between This imports increase and is consumption. 3% Canada.2% 20% 15% 10% 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 21.3% 29. 4% U. reaching 25% in 2001 and almost 30% in 2006.1. 15% France. Global Furniture Industry 1. particularly important in the United States. 3% Poland. Canada and France) together produce 50% in value of the world total. 12% U. 3% Emerging Countries World Furniture Production Other Emerging Countries. Japan.1. 18% Germany. China and Poland.5% 24. Overview: According to the CSIL‘s (Centre for Industrial Studies) ―World Furniture Outlook 2008‖ report. 8% China.. 7% Japan.S.. Italy.7% 30. where production is increasing rapidly.1.6% 22.1.3% 24. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 18 . Germany.0% 29. The furniture production of all developed countries combined covers 65% Other Developed Countries. Growth of the imports/consumption ratio has been rapid. The seven major industrial economies (which are. 3% Italy. where the trade deficit for furniture was almost US$ 22 billion in 2006.8% 28. The opening of furniture markets over the past Ten Years The most important structural Imports/Consumption Ratio 35% 30% 25% 20. It is now leveling off and it is estimated that in the next few years it will remain at a level of about 30%. the United Kingdom.K. Global Furniture and Handicrafts & Décor Industry 1. in order of furniture production. 21% India.

Canada and Mexico) about 33% of foreign furniture trade is within the three countries In the Asia and Pacific countries. in which case. more than 40% of total foreign furniture trade is within the region.International trade of furniture has grown faster than furniture production because of the opening of the main furniture markets in the last ten years. mostly from Italy From the new EU members to Western Europe. only one-half of world furniture trade can be considered "global" in the sense that it takes place between countries in geographically distant regions. The most important of these flows are:    From the emerging countries of Asia to the United States (67% of outgoing flows from this area) and to Europe From Europe to the United States. World trade of furniture grew by 7% in 2007 and was equal to US$ 97 billion. On balance. it would be equal to US$ 102 billion. trade within regions amounts to about 47% of total world furniture trade. Therefore. It is expected that this figure will grow by 5% in 2008. World Trade of Furniture (In US$ Billion) 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 45 48 52 51 55 65 77 84 91 97 102 A sizeable percentage of international furniture trade is carried out within the economic regions into which the world economy can be divided:    In the European Union (15) and Norway and Switzerland about 57% of foreign furniture trade takes place within the same countries In the NAFTA area (US. especially to Germany INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 19 .

The main furniture exporting countries The main furniture exporting countries are China. the share of developed countries decreased by 23% to the advantage of some emerging countries: From 1997 to 2006 China's share increased from 4% to 19%. are number one furniture importing country on a world scale. Canada and Mexico. Vietnam and Malaysia.2.S. however. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 20 . Italy. Italy moves from first to second and Poland from eighth to fourth.3 billion in 2007 (preliminary) in current dollars. Poland and Canada. Percentage breakdown by geographic area in 1997 and in 2006 was also studied. Other major furniture exporting emerging countries are Poland. Several interesting changes that emerged from this study are as follows:    The European Union lost about 15 percentage points The new EU members gained about 6 percentage points The Asia and Pacific area gained 13 percentage points The surge of imports into the United States was accompanied by an increase in exports from China. About 52% of exports come from developed countries.1. with imports growing from US$ 8. China moves to the first position becoming the leading exporter. Germany. The evolution of exports by the main exporting countries between 1997 and 2007 was as follows: The relative positions of the main exporting countries have changed considerably between 1997 and 2007. The U.1.6 billion in 1997 to US$ 25.

4% of the total imports followed by UK which accounts for 7. The rising levels of consumer disposable incomes together with the tendency to accessorize and re-style homes with unique articles are the major driving factors for the surge in demand for crafts and decorative products. are now exposed to sophisticated designing. Canada. Major Importing Nations The top 10 markets. and consumer preferences.2. manufacturing processes. Despite the fact that it is a highly competitive market. the market is becoming highly price competitive in the low and medium value market segments. the world crafts and decorative market has been witnessing a good growth from 2001 onwards. Japan. it continues to remain the most attractive market because of the sheer purchasing power and stability of the market. prone to impulse purchases. 1. Another significant change is the surge in contract manufacturing arrangements between EU and Asian countries like China. these countries. However. Germany is the second largest importer and accounts for 8. Hong Kong. which include countries such as USA.1. and raw material. technology.2. Hong Kong and Taiwan. which result in shorter product cycles. USA is the largest importer accounting for 32. which have been doing well on basic factors of production like labor and raw material. As a result.2. Increases in population and multi-ethnic composition are other factors that make this market attractive. This has enabled a country like China to leverage its inherent strengths like availability of abundant and quality labor. Global Crafts and Decorative Industry 1. Currently. United Kingdom.8% of INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 21 . Germany. France. As a result. to become the single largest exporter with a market share of about 30% in the total world exports. Exporters are at their best in delivering products low price products that match consumer preferences.5% of the total world imports of crafts and decorative products. account for 77. Belgium and Spain. the market is more oriented toward fashionable products and hence.1.3% of the world imports. the demand is more for low price products. product requirements and standards.2. which are usually machine made. Overview Driven by positive changes in major markets like USA and Europe.

China‘s ability to supply large volume and wide range of low-cost products has pushed in the forefront of competition. 85% of these imports are for the purpose of re-exports. Major Exporting Nations China. Hong Kong is also a large importer of crafts and decorative especially from China. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 22 .3. 1. Germany. Spain and Mexico are the top ten exporters of crafts and decorative products in 2003. Italy. USA. India.the world imports. France. However. China is the largest exporter of craft and decorative products.2. Turkey. Hong Kong.

China and India are the two leading competitors Low –End Market Segment VALUE among Asian countries. woodwork and some varieties of textile from other Asian countries are mostly handcrafted. V O L U M E Middle Market Segment High – End Market Segment furniture and lighting articles.1. Belgium. toys and dolls. These countries occupy leadership positions in categories like ceramics.In the low and medium value products. Taiwan. These are mostly machine made. ceramics. and supply high value crafts and decorative products. a large proportion of produce from Hong Kong and Taiwan are machine made. Apparently. Malaysia and Philippines are the other leading Asian suppliers of low to medium value products. furniture.2. France. Spain and UK dominate the high-end market Italy Germany France Turkey USA Spain UK Poland Taiwan Hong Kong Belgium Korea India China China India Thailand Vietnam Malaysia Indonesia segments. leather goods. Low – End Market Segment . 3. About 90% of products of Chinese origin are completely or partly machine-made. USA. 2. High-End Market Segment . whereas Indian products are mostly handcrafted and exemplify a high degree of craftsmanship. The main factor that distinguishes product from these countries is the level of mechanization. Hong Kong. glassware. Czech Republic.4. Korea are major players in the medium value products.Eastern European countries like Poland. Turkey.Countries like Italy. Indonesia. Barring Hong Kong and Taiwan. Hungary and Romania and Asian countries like Hong Kong. Segmentation – Exporting Nations The exporting nations can be classified in different leagues based on the value of products they export and the markets they address: 1. Thailand. Taiwan. products categories such as basketwork. Vietnam. They also re-export product imported from other neighboring Asian countries. Germany. Middle Market Segment . INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 23 .

3%. Indian income levels will almost triple in next twenty years. India has undergone tremendous economic development in last few decades. India has now become one of the most favored destinations for international businesses to expand. competitiveness of Indian economy and favorable demographic trends a compounded annual growth rate of 7. The emerging middle class will surge tenfold.896 INR. To be precise. Average real household income will grow from 113.Given the substantial scope for continued productivity increases in Indian businesses. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 24 . the shape of the country‘s pyramid will also change dramatically. Exploding Middle Class – As Indian incomes rise. with a CAGR of 5. after US. It will command 60% of the country‘s spending power. India will create a sizeable and largely urban middle class. Brazil.2.3% can be assumed from 2005 to 2025. If the same is achieved. Tripling Indian Incomes . with an exception of China. UK.50% 1% 2% 4% 6% 8% 10% between 2012 and 2014 to become the third largest. China.Recently joined the trillion-dollar GDP club India economy is now fourth largest in the world and is estimated to cross Japan 2007 2002-2006 1980-2002 1950-1980 1900-1950 0% %age Average Annual GDP Growth 9. Rising India . Mexico & Germany.744 INR to 318. Considering the fast growing and barely tapped middle class market. exceeding 500 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% 8% 1980 Growing Middle Class 500 368 220 65 22% 2000 %age Population 32% 2010 2025 Million People 60% 200 0 600 400 million by 2025. 2. 3.20% 8% 6% 3. Important Demographic and Economic Trends 1. Following part of this chapter outlines the major trends and changes that India has gone through during past decades. INDIA – Important Trends in Indian Economy Moving its population out of poverty and generating huge demand. This is much faster than income growth in other major markets. India today is seventh most attractive destination for foreign direct investments.

assertive and risk takers generation. Rising consumption Rising income Multiplier effect GDP growth Rising production 5. a generation that is either ready to step or has recently stepped into next stage of their INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 25 .11 Billion % Population 2011 16% between 25 – 34 years . India will be defined as a country with self-confident.5 5.5 8.9 49% below 24 years 9.8 7.5 6.1 1. 16% of its population belongs to an age group of 25 to 34. 80+ 75-79 70-74 65-69 60-64 55-59 50-54 45-49 40-44 35-39 30-34 25-29 20-24 15-19 10-14 5-9 0-4 0.6 8 10 12 0 2 4 6 As can we also see from the above chart.5 9.With 49% of its population below 24 years of age.6 4.6 2.8 1.9 10.4. The aggregate consumption in India will grow from 17 trillion INR today to 34 trillion by 2015 and INR 70 trillion by 2025.5 9. India to be the world’s fifth largest consumer market by 2025 – Given the rapidly increasing household incomes and a robustly growing population will lead to a striking increase in overall consumer spending. Young and Home Maker India . Above-mentioned four factors combined result in a multiplier effect leading to an accelerated economic growth.2 9.7 3.2 Total Population: 1.Target Segment for Home Furnishing market 6.0 2.

Rapid population growth.7% of the total household expenditures of India) INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 26 . 2. this segment will be maximally responsible for the Home Furnishing product purchases. Almost 80 % of real estate developed in India. hotels and hospitals b) India possesses the elements of very strong demand growth on the housing market in the coming decades. decreasing household sizes and a housing shortage of currently 20 million units will call for extensive residential construction. following variables also have significant impact on Furnishing industry in India: 1. By 2030 India will need up to 10 million new housing units per year. Changing Indian Families – Some of the recent trends in the Indian households which will have a significant impact on the furnishing industry are: a) Sudden and accelerating growth in number of nuclear families  Requirement for setting up new Homes b) More working women  Increasing number of double income families  Higher disposable income  Higher spends across all categories of purchases c) Consumers becoming status / class conscious  Higher expenditure on Home Furnishing and Decor products (Wallet share of home furniture and furnishing has already touched 2. This figure is growing at a pace of 30% for the last few years. shopping malls.lifecycle – Married Life. to be around US$ 12 billion. Housing Market set for strong growth – a) The size of the overall real estate industry in India is estimated by FICCI. Considering the needs of this age group that is to make new homes. rising incomes. is residential space and the rest comprise office. Other than the above-mentioned general economic and demographic trends.

Kian.2. @Home. Industry Segmentation Application / Customer Segment Wise – As with the global market. Furniture and Handicrafts & Décor Industry in India 3. Durian – 3% Remaining 70% share of the organized furniture industry can be attributed to some of the region wise or product segment wise strong players. home furniture is the largest segment in the Indian furniture market. 15% Industry Segments Household.1. Dominant players in the organized sector with their respective market shares within the organized sector are listed below (also shown in adjoining chart): 1.1. Tangent. 65% segment. 20% Contract. Furniture Industry 3.3. Style Spa – 5% 3. Godrej and Boyce – 23% 2.1. the office furniture segment with a 20 per cent share and the contract Office. accounting for the remaining 15 INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 27 . accounting for about 65 per cent of furniture sales. Millennium lifestyles. This is followed by. This is divided into two broad categories – Unorganized Sector and Organized Sector. 3. As low as 10% (INR 35 billion) of the Indian furniture industry is the share of organized sector. According to industry experts. Renaissance.1. unorganized sector commands the market with a share of around 90% (INR 315 billion). Overview: Size of Indian furniture industry as estimated by the industry experts is approximately worth INR 350 billion. V3. to name a few – Featherlite.

indicating continued growth for the furniture industry. but the trend seems to be declining slowly.percent. The rich and upper middle class is typically very attentive to design and quality. the average life of a piece of furniture is about 20 years and some artisans‘ pieces are used for as long as 50-70 years. The growth of hotel industry in India can be attributed to the recent growth in the service industry and economy as a whole. Contract segment (Fifteen Percent Share) The contract segment caters primarily to hotels and its growth is consequently linked to growth in tourism and development of new hotels. A typical middle class urban Indian home has five rooms (including kitchen and bathroom). Home furniture (Sixty Five Percent Share) Home furniture in India is available in a wide range. Demand for furniture of international standards is limited to the larger cities. which are likely to remain a strategic priority as growth is predicted to be robust. in line with the growth in the Indian economy and subsequent demand for office space. European style furniture is only found in homes of the urban upper class. About 25 per cent of the urban populations live in homes with five rooms or more. This segment has witnessed rapid growth in recent years. Colonial furniture is still very common in India. so price is rarely a determining factor. About 16 per cent is estimated to live in single-room homes. scope for new tourism development could be seen notably in emerging economic giants India and China. to cater to different customer needs. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 28 . The thrust on real estate and office construction is expected to sustain in the near future. Office Furniture (Twenty Percent Share) The office furniture segment caters to the commercial and office space. According to the World Travel Market‘s Global Report 2008. In general. albeit slow down in global economy. while 45 per cent live in houses with three rooms or less. It is also estimated that the wealthier classes do not change furniture very frequently. The type of furniture used depends on the customer‘s affluence and taste. Brief description of each of these three segments is provided below.

will not be affected much.it is bought only when one wants to renovate or wants to do away with old furniture while shifting to a new place. In this regard. changing lifestyles and India‘s overall economic growth. furniture market. industry experts have two different viewpoints . like earlier days.3.Now days nobody has the time to employ a carpenter to get his or her furniture made in home. As such needs can wait. as recession cannot have significant impact on household demands.  Lack of Time .Furniture is never seen as an urgent customer need . which is dominated by household furniture. Industry Growth Trends and Forecasts Maintaining a decent rate. recession might decline the demand. Now. no one has the time to get the furniture made by the carpenter. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 29 .3. However.1. select something that they like. the overall furniture industry is expected to grow at 15% CAGR for next five years. which goes along with latest trends. An interesting trend underlying this growth rate is that the organized sector of the industry has shown a better growth falling between 17% .20%. the overall furniture industry has grown at 10% since last two three years. This can be further attributed to higher disposable incomes. some level of uncertainty has definitely cropped up after the economic recession has hit the globe.Customers no more want to take the pain for deciding designs or raw material for their furniture. However. This faster growth of organized sector can be attributed to certain factors like:  Growth of overall organized retail industry is the most important reason for faster growth of organized players in furniture industry.  Convenience . which suits his wallet and buy immediately. Especially with the growth in the number of double income families – where both husband and wife are working. more importantly. Considering the recent developments in organized retail industry and rapidly changing consumer markets as constant factors. they just want to go to a retail store.

Higher Disposable Incomes. Increasing number of double income families Retail Industry Growth – Increase in number of organized retail stores. rapid increase in number of hotels in India New Affluent Indian Consumer . growth in office space – IT/BPO/ BFSI Changing Consumer Demographics . leading to easier product availability Key Growth Drivers Tourism and Hospitality Industry growth – Rising number of foreign tourists in India. Key Demand Drivers of the Furniture Industry Consistent growth in the Indian economy and rising living standards are the key factors driving the demand of the Indian furniture industry.3. Other than these two. significant spends on home décor due to peer pressure INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 30 .Rising income levels. entry of modern retail formats.4. home loans at lower interest rates.Buying latest style/designs to keep up with the fashion / trend. factors and sub-factors having significant influence on the industry demand are as follows: Real estate growth – Increasing demand for residential space.1.

creative. some part of Indian market are still untapped and market is price sensitive. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 31 . Indian Handicraft Industry has the status of cottage industry in India. culturally attached.3. It has shown continuous growth at the rate of 15-20% over the years and contributes major role for export and foreign earnings.2. This gives rise to an opportunity for new entrants to tap some price sensitive customers who cannot afford the highly expensive products made available in the metros and tier 1 cities of the country.3 billion is being exported. religiously and socially symbolic and significant.2. functional. Low capital investment. Lack of awareness of international and new trends and Poor Promotional campaigns are a few drawbacks of industry. Indian handicrafts and decorative industry has a unique place among all the industries. Mechanical tools may be used as long as the direct manual contribution of the artisan remains the most substantial component of the finished product. Overview As it represents rich culture and tradition of the country. Defining Handicrafts: Handicrafts can be defined as products. artistic. According to one of the study. Lack of Infrastructure & Technological support. which are produced either completely by hand or with the help of tools. However. Cheap and skilled labor. India is one of the important suppliers of handicrafts to the world market. decorative. Such products can be utilitarian. diversified product portfolio. which needs to be overcome. High potential for export and foreign exchange earnings and Flexible Production are few important features of Indian Handicraft and Decorative Industry. In spite of having diversified products. about 70 million people are engaged in handicrafts sector all over the country and their annual production is around INR 210 billion out of which products worth of about INR 90. Numerous artisans are engaged in crafts work on part-time basis. Handicrafts are made from raw materials and can be produced in unlimited numbers. traditional. aesthetic.1. Indian Handicrafts and Decorative Industry 3. but it has shown promising growth and evolved as one of the major revenue generator over the years. high ratio of value addition. The Indian handicrafts industry is highly labor-intensive cottage based industry and decentralized. being spread all over the country in rural and urban areas.

2. 3. Products served by this industry can be distinguished as follows:                 Metal ware Wood ware Hand printed textiles Embroidered and crocheted goods Shawls Carpets Bamboo products Zari goods Imitation jewellery Paintings Earthenware Jute products Marble Sculpture Bronze Sculpture Leather Products Other miscellaneous handicrafts INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 32 . heritage and culture. Handicrafts are a substantial medium to preserve of rich traditional art. Classification / Segmentation of the Industry: Handicrafts and Decorative industry comprises of diversified products portfolio and there is large variety available in market.2. They provide many opportunities for employment even with low capital investments and become a prominent medium for foreign earnings.The Cultural and Economic Importance of Handicrafts: The Cultural Importance: Handicrafts play very important role in representing the culture and traditions of any country or region. traditional skills and talents that are associated with people‘s lifestyle and history. The Economic Importance: Handicrafts are hugely important in terms of economic development.

Madras. Kolhapur. Kerala & Jagadhari. private enterprise and strong NGO movement. Thanjavur. Handicrafts Clusters in India Handicrafts industry is widely dispersed across different states of India. Hoshiarpor. Jaipur. Jaipur. Lucknow. Mandap.2. only a few states and regional clusters contribute maximum to the exports. Nagina. Jodhpur Kashmir. Farrukhabad. Kerala & Behrampur (WB) Amroha. Kohima (Tribal) lndore. Beedar. Madras. Jaselmer Saharanpur. Indian handicraft traditions are influenced by the local topography. Srinagar. Agra. Jodhpur Rajasthan. Baroda. Moradabad. Aligarh. Dharmshala / Chamba & Srinagar Agra.3. Jodhpur. These regions are the major source of exports and have better infrastructure. Amritsar. Jodhpur. Although artisans and artisans are found in most parts of the country. Jaipur is a classic example of effective synergies between tourism. climate. Madras. Chennapatna. Baster. Madras. Baster. Product Category Artmetalware Regional Clusters Moradabad. Shanti Niketan (WB) Wooden Artwares Hand printed Textiles & Scarves Embroidered goods Marble & Soft Stone Crafts Papier Mache Crafts Terracotta Zari & Zari Goods Imitation Jewellery Artistic Leather Goods INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 33 . Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Jaisaimer. Madras. craft traditions. Jodhpur. Sambhal. Sagru & Sanganer Kutch (Gujarat). Kullu. and socio-religious factors. The rich craft heritage of India is unique and as diverse as its customs and traditions. Mysore. Sambhal. The following table lists the major clusters for the production of different handicrafts items in India.3. Amritsar. Jagdalpur. Jaipur. These are Gujarat. Delhi. Baster Delhi. market development and innovative activity in comparison to the eastern states of the country. Jodhpur. Rewari. Bangalore. Jaipur. Jaipur Agra. each one specializing in one or other type of handicraft activity.

silk. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 34 . who purchase artifacts at low prices and sell them to the buyers at exorbitant rates.3. scrap and virgin metal. identities of true craftsmen are guarded by the middlemen. the artisans are not in a position to furnish any large-scale orders. Challenges in the Indian Handicrafts and Décor Industry Lack of economies of scale Owing to inherent problems of finance.2. Often. This asymmetry of information is often exploited by the intermediaries. dependence on simpler tools and social issues. Lack of information on buyers Local artisans are mostly illiterate and do not have information about their prospective buyers. Lack of information on sellers The importers often find it difficult to access the local artisans directly. Scarcity of Raw Material Challenges Décor and Handicrafts Industry There has been a decline in the availability and quality of some of the raw materials used in the production of handicraft goods. thereby pocketing the huge margins. who do not wish to lose their commissions by enabling direct contacts between the craftsmen and importers. The raw materials with acute shortages include cane.4.

furniture imports in India have grown at a CAGR of 64%.00 160. Korea. Philippines and Japan.43 2005-06 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03 2001-02 0.93 20. but it INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 35 .00 Imported vis-à-vis domestic . fuelled by the boom in housing and commercial construction. This increase can be attributed to factors like increasing demand for furniture.00 120.Imported furniture is India is present in all segments – Low Price to Premium priced furniture. Understanding the Value Chain 4. Germany.00 58. China and Malaysia tops this country list by contributing the most to the industry.1. which is of the same quality and better designs. Increasing income levels and influence of global lifestyle trends have also influenced many Indians to move towards imported furniture. Furniture Imports in India (in Million USD) 152. the entire value chain of the Indian furniture industry can be understood under two broad categories:   Imported furniture Domestically manufactured furniture 4.00 92.1.4. However. Furniture Industry Value Chain Given the significant contribution of imports.79 CAGR = 64% 80. Spain. still it is preferred more than the local products because of better finish and use of modern technology and machinery in case of imported products.Over the 5-year period from 2001 to 2006.00 32. Italy. Indonesia. There is a segment of locally manufactured products. The current furniture imports are mainly from China.93 40. Malaysia. Imports Trend .1. It can be available at both cheaper and higher prices in comparison to domestic furniture.

At the same time. Example . the Indian government continues to reduce tariff rates from a peak rate of 300 percent in 1991 down to current rate of 31. (for e. There is a good demand for mass produced imported furniture as they could be purchased ―off the shelf‖ and.g. these are 1. this rate ranges between 31 and 36 percent based on the type of furniture imported. Government does not allow FDI in single brand retailing for imported products in India whereas for the local products there are no such restrictions. there has been decline in import duties on wood and wood products. For furniture.is available at significantly higher prices. there are market players who are solely into importing and selling furniture in India. lack of reliability and responsibility in terms of after sales services. the local product is good in comparison to the imported products. there are two categories of suppliers who are responsible for furniture imports in India. Actually. Value Chain for Imported furniture – In the current scenario. Style Spa and Godrej are good examples. Whereas in terms of availability. Franchisee Manufacturers Own Stores Distributors Retailers Importers Distributors Imports INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 36 . Because. Current Import Duty Structure . there are also some drawbacks associated with imported goods. furniture is being imported by both sectors of the industry – Unorganized and Organized. This category can also be termed as Traders.70 percent on standard value of goods. The figure below summarizes the entire value chain of imported furniture industry in India. In case of organized sector. imports are preferred. 2. for rest of the categories.the product life is quite short.Wood product imports were liberated in India in 1995. Style Spa‘s focus is on bedroom furniture) therefore. Within the sector. Manufacturers – Some players are importing furniture along with their own manufacturing set-ups. could be used instantly. most of the manufacturers in the current scenario have some strength areas or competency in some specific product segments. Since then. Importers – In addition to the above category.

The difference between value chain of domestically manufactured furniture from that of imported furniture lies at the first stage. Wood accounts for nearly 65 per cent of all furniture made in India. as well as imported wood. 25% Wood. there is an additional level of stakeholders before manufacturers. The key raw materials include wood. Raw Material Share Plastic. Malaysia and Myanmar. In this case. 10% Metal. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 37 . availability & sourcing). It also imports MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) boards from Europe.4. raw material (type. The above stated difference is depicted in the figure below: Franchisee Raw Material Suppliers Manufacturers Own Stores Distributors Raw Material Imports There is a wide variety of raw material used for furniture making in India. This includes several types of indigenous wood. metal and plastic. these are raw material suppliers.2. These factors combined together are responsible for deciding the actual value of the furniture. Domestically Manufactured Furniture Various aspects related to customers (changing lifestyle and preferences). 65% India imports wood from various South East Asian countries such as Indonesia. capacity to build (production capacity and utilization) and capability to design (availability of professional designers) drive furniture manufacturing industry. with bamboo and cane also being used in some cases.1.

navy etc. 2 and 3 cities of India. Both the above-mentioned models sell directly to end customers. thus positioned as Home and Interiors Store. 2. these can be multi brand stores. no other intermediaries are involved.Godrej Interio is a unit of Godrej . Along with this. the leading player in organized furniture industry of India.One of the largest engineering and consumer products‘ company in the country having varied interests from engineering to personal care products. Catering to office as well as home furniture needs. Distribution Channel Structure – Godrej Interio has adopted two types of distribution models: 1. this model of distribution largely sells the latter. is present in both office and home furniture. In contrast to the above category. Franchisees – named Interio. with more focus on office segment. Case 1: Distribution Model of Godrej Interio – Brief Profile . Godrej Interio also specializes in providing customized solutions to some specific institutional segments like labs.3. be it individuals or institutions. Direct selling through own retail stores 2. There are more than 500 franchisees. 4.1. This model sells both office as well as home furniture.Depending upon the type of raw material to be imported. Godrej Interio. Own retail Stores – named Lifespaces. Interio owns around 58 stores spread across 25 cities in India. Particleboard is preferably imported from Thailand and rubber wood from Malaysia. For example. Through distributors or franchisees Distribution channel structures of three major players are described below for better understanding. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 38 . different players have different preferences. located in tier 1. Distribution Structure Distribution channel adopted by leading furniture-manufacturing companies in India can be classified into two broad categories: 1.

INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 39 . 74 stores are company‘s own stores and remaining 16 are stores owned by exclusive dealers – which cannot sell other products or brands. these are multi brand multi product outlets. Bedroom furniture accounts for 65% of the total sales. The company is pioneer and one of the largest manufacturer in panel based furniture made from particleboard. Indian Furniture Products Limited / Zuari  Distributors  Dealers In this case. Remaining 35% is from living room and miscellaneous categories. Birla conglomerate promotes Style Spa Furniture Limited as a company. Style Spa has positioned itself as specialist in Bedroom Furniture. Further. office furniture Godrej Interio does direct selling. Through Dealers – Second model is of selling the furniture through dealers. presentations are made pro actively to sell) or else by attending to the requests received from the customers directly. Out of these 90. There are no other intermediaries. Style Spa is only into home furniture. but these are not exclusive stores. 2. Case 2: Distribution Model Style Spa Limited Brief profile: Zuari Chambal Group of K.e. i. distributors take away the products on cash and carry basis. Indian Furniture Products Limited is the manufacturing company. except for less than one percent of their customized services to some special institutional segments. Then distributors give away the product to the dealers. There are 90 showrooms of style spa all over India – making Style Spa the largest chain of furniture showrooms in India. in this case. Distribution Channel Structure – Furniture is sold through two routes – 1.In case of institutional customers. in home furniture category. The same is done through either cold calling (whenever there is news of any company or office expanding. Although. Style Spa Exclusive Stores These are exclusive stores owned by the company where only style spa products can be sold. K. furniture manufactured in this company is sold under the brand name of Zuari. furniture is sold under the brand name of Zuari.

but only for some categories of furniture . and they cannot sell other brands.chairs. 98 percent of Durian‘s Sales is from imported furniture and only 2 % is from domestically manufactured. Distribution Channel Structure – Two types of channel 1. In case of Home furniture. PVC doors. China.Durian is mainly into manufacturing of plywood. Material that is imported is stored in warehouses and then distributed to showrooms all across India.Home as well as Office furniture. Durian has a main/central warehouse (2. Hyderabad and Bangalore. However. Some of the material is manufactured. and Italy. Orders are generated in these project offices and their demand is communicated to Mumbai head office. Durian is present in both categories . Depending upon the gap of demand and supply (furniture already available in warehouse) import / manufacturing decisions is taken. Durian mainly caters to the needs of the individual customers. Office chair. arrangements are made for the logistics and material is finally sent to the destination showrooms. Orders from different showrooms come to the central warehouse through their ERP system.Case 3: Distribution model of Durian Industries Limited Brief Profile . 2. and decorative veneer. part is imported (depending upon demand of the project). There is one more warehouse in Delhi for meeting the demand of 6-7 retail showrooms in Delhi. By this route. these dealers are authorized exclusive dealers. It is also into manufacturing. Spain. which is importing and distributing in India. Dealers own remaining 12-13. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 40 . it is present in almost all types of products. 30 are owned by Durian. Durian currently imports furniture from Malaysia. Durian has limited presence in case of office furniture – Office table. Project sales – This model is mainly to cater to institutional customers. Conference table and Book Shelves. Then as per the orders. 1998 onwards Durian entered in furniture trading. Durian has project offices in all the major cities like Delhi. modular workstations. Thailand. Out of 43.2 lakhs sqft area) in palgaon (100 Km from Mumbai). Through retail showrooms – 43 retail showrooms of Durian are present across India.

however one product category is restricted to one floor only. In terms of space.000 sq ft. a unit of PRIL (Pantaloon Retail India Limited) is one such example. Furniture Bazaar is the section of Big Bazaar that focuses on furniture. Furniture Industry and Organized Retailing India has seen a resurgence of Retail sector.Big Bazaar. Emergence of shopping centers mainly in urban centers with facilities like car parking and finally growth of modern retail formats like hyper and super markets trying to provide customer with ‗3 V‘s . space that is allotted to furniture as a category may vary between 15. Emergence of organized retail industry has its impact on the Furniture Industry as well. the customer segment that is targeted is the middle class of the country. The latter. The basic approach is bulk display and minimum handling by stores personnel. Furniture Bazaar along with being present as a furniture-dedicated section under Big Bazaar is also present in two other INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 41 . In this category of retail. Variety and Volume‘ is the latest trend. These hypermarkets are typically multi storied. India has grown from the traditional Mom and Pop stores present here and there in the neighborhood catering to the convenience of the consumers.4. mostly follows modern formats as far as retailing to end customers is concerned. The retail formats present in the furniture industry of India can be categorized into following two categories: a) Hypermarkets b) Specialty Stores or Home Improvement Stores Hypermarkets A hypermarket is a superstore that combines a supermarket and a department store.1.000 sq ft to 25.Value. Its product assortment goes beyond routinely purchased goods and includes furniture. with discounts offered to customers who are willing to carry heavy appliances and furniture out of the stores. large and small appliances. which is largely dominated by unorganized sector in terms of supply. Example . demand etc. Through this format.000 square feet to 200000 square feet depending on various parameters like store location.4. clothing and many items. which carries an enormous range of products under one roof. such hypermarkets in India are present in the range of 50. The result is a very large retail facility.

For a detailed understanding of this category. The objective with which these stores operate is to provide one stop shop for those who are setting up new homes or those who are renovating their homes. e Zone (consumer durables and electronics) and Depot (books. the appropriate term would be specialty stores. kids' room market. the aspirational customer as well as the lifestyle-driven customer. dining market. markets and services. thus it is comparatively easy to manage the supply chains. bedroom market. music. The markets section features products for living market. example of Home Town is explained below: Home Town. Home furnishings.Mr. kids' room. dining room. kitchen market. grihapravesh. Home Stop (Shoppers Stop). Electrician. etc). This category of stores is explained in the next section. best wishes. Plumber. Home Centre (Lifestyle) etc. Carpenter. Considering the fact that these stores not only specialize in furniture as a product category but also focus on other home furnishing and home décor related categories. kitchen & bathroom in the exhibitions section. Tilewala. door delivery and installation. Mr. Home Town is an amalgamation of the value and lifestyle propositions. Mr.formats – online store and stand-alone stores (in few places). Home Town has live displays of various rooms such as living room. bedroom. Since this format has less diverse product range. Specialty Stores / Home Improvement Stores A specialty store can be defined as a retail format that concentrates on a limited number of categories along with some complimentary categories. keeping traditions alive in a contemporary world. The store also has a customer service desk to help customers with any service related challenges. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 42 . Design Centre. mattresses. In case of latter. these can be termed as home improvement stores as well. so appears eminently approachable to the budget-buyer. a unit of PRIL. bathroom market. Mr. The displays echo the aspirations of the consumer. The services section offers service options such as . Painter. is divided into three sections – exhibitions. Examples of such formats in Indian furniture industry can be Home Town (Pantaloon Retail India Limited). These kinds of stores provide a high level of service in their focus categories.

importers/ wholesalers and large retailers want a closer relationship with production in order to implement customized product development. internet has emerged as a major distribution channel for décor & handicrafts items There is a definite trend in the Indian market towards flattening of the distribution channels for crafts and decorative products. which has further INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 43 .2. The importers/retailers prefer to deal directly with the producers /exporter. The reason being.4. The distribution channel for crafts and decorative products in India follows the following model - Producers Importers / Wholesalers Final Point of Sale Small Retailers  Most common channel  Carry variety of product categories under one shop Large Retail Chains  Stock in bulk  Sell to final consumers or small retailers E – Retailers  In recent times. thus eliminating the need for an independent exporter and as they are working less with sales representatives. Handicrafts & Décor Products Value Chain The Handicraft supply chain of India consists of importers and wholesalers who supply goods to retailers and small chains. Secondly. an essential for staying competitive in the market. Even the smaller independent shops that deal with the traditional. there has been a rapid growth in the increase of crafts and decorative products sales through large retailers like national and chain stores and mail order catalogue. As such the importers/wholesalers are increasingly buying from producers with export marketing capacity. ethnic products do most of their own importing and dealing with manufacturers.

they cater to the higher-end market with special up-market ranges. ethnic products of the decorative type is the large number of small and independent retail stores. department stores and hypermarkets are becoming the more prominent distribution mode. The small importers/wholesalers are also no longer working with sales representatives so as to keep price margins competitive & because sales representatives are geared to work with large wholesale companies that have greater volumes and higher price margins than small to mediumsized companies. that are functional and not purely decorative. Since the large department stores cannot compete on the terms of price. This is mainly because the large retail chains prefer to import directly from the producers and thus eliminate the role of the importers/wholesaler. Direct import retailers that work with more than one supplier in a given country often opt to work with an independent agent or an overseas export consolidator who is responsible for coordinating orders and shipments. However. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 44 . with respect to products.accelerated the flattening of the distribution channels. The most popular channel for distribution of the more traditional.

virtual office space. Threat of new entrants Because of growing domestic market. Reliance. However. with imports getting easier day by day Till date. large business conglomerates are planning to enter the industry in organized sector. At the same time. Is there a monopoly in supply side? 2. Industry Analysis 5. Only a limited number of dominant players are present in the organized sector. it is important to consider the following five critical factors: 1. 3. Supply side is largely dominated by the unorganized sector 2.1. huge demand is there. (E. Indian Furniture Industry Analysis – Five Forces Model To determine the competitive intensity and thus the attractiveness and opportunities of the Indian Furniture Industry. Bargaining power of Suppliers Low. Bargaining power of Customers With fast growing middle class and changing lifestyle. industry entry does not require very huge investments. in absence of the latter there is a possibility switching to unorganized 3. Intensity of competitive rivalry – what is the level of competition among the existing players of the industry 4.5. traditional furniture. Bargaining power of the customers – how strong is the position of buyers. but can have significant impacts Intensity  High Medium 5.g. small homes. No other significant barriers Low INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 45 . Threat of substitute products – How easily can furniture be made cheaper or substituted by other products 5. Competitive Rivalry Industry shifting from highly unorganized towards organized sector Moderate competition among handful of players existing in organized sector 4. Aditya Birla Group). as raw material is not only available from local abundant supplies but can be imported as well. Threat of Substitute Products No significant threat except for the possibility of new concepts like plastic furniture. Threat of new entrants – How easy or difficult it is for new players to enter the industry? 1. Such concepts might take years to come. Bargaining power of the suppliers – how strong is the position of suppliers.

Today‘s affluent Indian consumer is ready to spend extra to buy as per his/her aspirations. 5. He/She is aware about the latest trends/fashion. Similarly. India as a country has abundant raw material supplies for this industry. it can be said that they have it. has access to many information sources including worldwide sources like internet. Overall. knows the best deal and is more knowledgeable. but the easier imports of raw material also lower the bargaining power of the suppliers. one might shift to town side shops from the unorganized sector to avail more options in designs or price. To comment on the overall bargaining power of the consumers. they cannot always do so because there are only a limited number of players in the organized sector. it can be said that there is more of a positive aspect associated with the bargaining power of the consumers – that is they want to shift to organized sector and have more options from the latter. unlike the finished products supplies. Even though when consumers want to purchase branded furniture to ensure in terms of quality and reliability. Given these characteristics. In fact. at the same time there are limited options available for the consumers from the organized sector.2. Bargaining power of Suppliers In terms of raw material. Bargaining power of Customers As discussed in the earlier sections. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 46 . It is no more difficult to import the raw material of your choice. Indian consumer has undergone a change in terms of lifestyle and purchase behavior. there are countries that specialize in different categories of raw materials. Indonesia is preferred for importing synthetic rattan. options available in the domestic as well as international market. There will not be a significant threat of consumers buying from unorganized sector if there will be more players in the organized sector. For e.g.A detailed analysis of these five forces determining the competitive intensity and attractiveness of the Indian furniture Industry is provided below: 5. However. Malaysia is known for its Rubber wood.1. cane and MDF (medium density fibreboards). In this situation. Not only the domestic availability. Therefore. However. but of a medium intensity only.1.1. the raw material supply industry is yet very far away from shifting towards the organized market. it can be said that the raw material suppliers have low bargaining power. Indian consumers have the right to choose from the various options available for him.

who do not have a permanent residence and keep shifting their locations. these new players have not faced a tough competition because of following factors:  Growth Stage: Organized sector of this industry is still in its growth / unsaturated stage and it will still take a significant number of years for organized industry to reach up to a saturation level when all the products segments of the industry would be tapped by one or the other player o In the current scenario. Especially those.g. However. 5. This huge demand and lesser number of players in the organized sector has been the reason behind insignificant competition among the existing players. These changes / new concepts can be:  Plastic Furniture: With time. there is maximum one player having a significant presence in one product segment. with 90% share. Durian in living room furniture. Considering this. easy to maintain etc. there has been a recent. convenience. Therefore. the internal competitive rivalry can be said to have a force of moderate level on the overall attractiveness of the furniture industry. plastic furniture has grown and taken a share in living rooms of most of the Indian households.1. Given this. the proportion of Indian population that wants to buy branded furniture is increasing day by day. Factors like lightweight. can motivate the new and young homemakers of India to buy plastic furniture. Threat of Substitutes There is no significant threat of furniture being replaced by other products as such. each of these players still have a scope to expand to serve to the wide spread needs of the country  Growing Demand: Given the higher disposable incomes and other lifestyle related changes mentioned in the earlier sections.5. rapid and day-by-day increasing growth of the organized sector. a handful of players have mushroomed in the latter segment of the industry. to sum up. there is a possibility of other concepts of furniture usage coming into picture and affecting the current product basket.4. For e. the industry might also think of INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 47 . Nevertheless.3. unorganized sector takes away the major proportion of the overall Indian furniture industry. Competitive Rivalry Today also.1. will prefer such options. That too. Godrej in office furniture. On the other hand. Style Spa in bedroom furniture.

affording big homes will not an easy option for most Indians. especially in the organized sector. also make this industry vulnerable to new players. Threat of New Entrants As explained above. one kitchen and one bathroom. Concept of studio apartments (apartment with one big living cum bedroom with attached kitchen. most of the middle class families of India reside in a house with five rooms. For example.5. the demand is growing exponentially but there are only a limited number of players on the supply side. demand for office furniture will go down substantially. easier imports etc. In that case. might sweep away the traditional household and office wooden furniture. This kind of change. However. which might take years to come. other factors like comparatively low capital investments.  Small Homes: In the current scenario. – Reliance and Aditya Birla Group – details are as follows: INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 48 . one common room/living room. which includes two bedrooms. 5. some of the known and big business houses of India have already taken steps to foray into this industry. There will be tendency of staying in smaller homes.innovative ways to come up with high strength and designer plastic furniture. this might not be the case in coming years. However. Given the high rentals and huge overhead costs of running an office. Given this. it might happen in future that most of the knowledge sector companies follow a concept of virtual office. This will lead to sharp decline in furniture demand. India is also catching up fast with the work from culture.  Concept of Virtual Offices: Following the trends of western countries. all these above-mentioned concepts might take ample number of years to percolate and have an effect on the industry. Given the higher prices and space constraints. bathroom) might catch up. This provides a fine opportunity for new players to enter the industry.1. Along with the increasing demand.

It plans to add one more furniture store in Hyderabad by early 2009. our destination hypermarkets will cater to monthly and event-based shopping requirements. where two stores from furnishings and furniture segments would be co-located. is also looking to expand the format while synergizing it with home furnishing format.The Delhi store has been set up under the label of ‗Reliance Living‘. 250-300 crore to expand its retail business and set up at least a dozen hypermarts across the country under the brand name More Megastore in the coming financial year. To summarize the above analysis of the industry. This threat of new entrants also can be taken care off by adopting appropriate actions in terms of tying up with right players of the industry. apparel and what-have-you for the husbands and wives to shop together. This provides a very attractive opportunity for Thai companies to enter the organized sector of Indian furniture industry. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 49 . furniture." he added. including two more in NCR and two in Hyderabad. The retail arm of Aditya Birla Group. every household product for the woman of the house. mobiles. The company plans to have five more stores by end of the fiscal in March 2009.Reliance Retail to set up 100 Reliance Trends stores by 2011 . setting up most suitable distribution channels. a live bakery and a cozy café for parents to relax. besides making a foray into furniture segment and adding more stores for home furnishings." Birla said. The More Megastore is a one-stop shop for the entire family. Here we offer an extensive range of 60.000 products catering to every need of a household. which opened its first furniture store — Reliance Living Furniture — in Delhi.Reliance Retail plans to set up 100 Reliance Trends outlets by 2010-11. For interested players. Aditya Birla Retail Ltd (ABRL) has announced plans of investing Rs. Reliance Retail. "While our conveniently located neighborhood super marts all over the country provide all the daily and weekly shopping needs. The company is also expanding its newly launched Living Furnishings format. there is no significant threat. "As you walk through the Megastore. electronics. at the end also consists of a set of recommendations with suggestions on all the above-mentioned factors. this report. marketing with right positioning platforms. you will find an excellent toys and stationery mart for children. it can be said that there is huge demand but limited number of dominant players. Except for the threat of other new entrants. targeting the most apt class of consumers.

2. small cities. and untapped market Lack of promotion of products Inadequate market study and marketing strategy Capacity to handle limited orders INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 50 . Indian Handicrafts & Décor Industry – SWOT Analysis           Large. diversified and supportive retail infrastructure Diversified product range that service different market Low barriers of new entry Abundant and cheap labor hence can compete on price Low capital investment and high ratio of value addition Aesthetic and functional qualities Variety of products categories Exporters willing to handle small orders Increasing emphasis on product development and design up gradation Strengths SWOT Analysis Indian Handicrafts & Decorative Industry Weaknesses            Lack of infrastructure and communication facilities Unawareness about international requirements and market Lack of co-ordination between government bodies and private players Inadequate information of new technology Inadequate information of current market trends Less interest of young people in craft industry Lack of skilled labor Still confined to rural areas. diversified and potential market It has strong.5.

 Craft producers have to compete on price. Inadequate supply chain management and distribution reduces the sector‘s commercial viability and economic sustainability. South Africa. Real Estate that offers great requirements of handicrafts products Development of domestic and international tourism sector E-Commerce and Internet are emerged as promissory distribution channels to market and sell the craft products Large discretionary income at disposal of consumer Growth in search made by retail chains in major importing countries for suitable products and reliable suppliers Developing fashion industry requires handicrafts products Opportunities SWOT Analysis Indian Handicrafts & Decorative Industry Threats   Quality products produced by competing countries like China. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 51 .      Development of sectors like Retail. Increased and better technological support and R & D facility in competing countries  In spite of having diversified products. which are beyond the reach of people belonging middle and lower middle class. quality and delivery for different segments. some part of Indian market is still untapped and market is price sensitive.  Products are high priced in big and metro cities.   Inappropriate energy supplies to rural and sub-urban areas.

As per the scope of the study. one more qualification criterion was applied within the above-mentioned profile of respondents . out of nine FGDs. Detailed findings from these FGDs are as follows: 6. This qualification criterion enabled the respondents to answer and discuss the information areas more appropriately by linking their thoughts with their last purchase. Objective of the FGDs being capturing the consumer behavior. Thus. but it is catching up fast with the middle . A2 and B1 males. one FGD was also conducted with working males.000 (Twenty Five Thousand Rupees) in last six months.Each respondent should have purchased furniture worth at least or greater than INR 25. playing a role of chief wage earners in their households between 38 and 45 years of age *SEC refers to socio economic classification. which is done based on the educational qualification and occupation of the chief wage earner of the household. However. In order to get responses that are more accurate.1. This concept is not only gaining importance in the upper class of the society. and especially in case of furniture and furnishing. A brief profile of the respondents identified for these discussions is given below:   SEC* A1. across two age groups – 25 to 32 and 38 to 45 years SEC A1. respondents were asked for their inputs on various behavioral and perception based aspects with respect to buying household items. To understand the in-depth consumer behavior associated with home furnishing purchases. these FGDs were conducted in such a manner that there is a considerable representation of both the categories of women – workers as well as homemakers. there was a special focus on four product categories – INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 52 . this fact was vetted that females play a major role in most of the household purchases.6. focus group discussions (FGD) were conducted across India as a part of this study. A2 and B1 working females and housewives. considering the role of males as chief wage earners and financer in most of the decisions.middle and upper – middle class as well. Respondents Profile Based on exploratory study. they have a significant role. at the same time. Consumer Insights The recent trend in the Indian consumer mindset is ―the concept of good living‖.

Utensils and Plastic products.Furniture. Purchase Decision Process – An Introduction Behind every visible act of making a purchase. Need or Problem Recognition Information Search Evaluation of Alternatives Post Purchase Behavior Purchase Decision Consumer purchase behavior with respect to Furniture and Home Décor products is explained below with the help of above-mentioned process: INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 53 . Following part of this section outlines the findings from these group discussions for the furniture and Home Décor products. These behavioral sciences help answer questions such as why people choose one product or brand over another. how they make these choices. In addition. lies a decision process.2. not all decision processes lead to a purchase. The purchase decision process is the stages that every buyer passes through in making choices about which products and services to buy. Home Décor products. The figure given below represents the five common stages of any buying process. 6. All consumer decisions may not always include all stages. depending upon the degree of complexity and level of involvement in the product. Understanding or investigating this process is necessary from the point of view of understanding the mental and social processes that precede and follow the purchase actions.

two surveys were conducted – General Survey with approximately 3000 respondents General Survey Luxury Survey from the middle class and a Luxury Survey with around 1000 affluent customers from Source: The Home Furnishing & Décor Report 2008 INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 54 . The need can be triggered by internal stimuli when one of the person‘s normal needs rises to a level high enough to become a drive. As expected. for gifting in daughter child marriage and sometimes due to attractive offers available in the market during festive seasons like Diwali. we were shifting to our new home and I didn‟t want to carry any old items there” Homemaker. people end up changing their furniture. In this study.” Homemaker. Delhi Other than these two occasions. Problem Recognition / Need Awareness Stage This is the stage when consumer recognizes a problem or need. the major reasons identified for home furnishing purchases as identified in a study that was conducted in early 2008 to understand the consumer buying and spending preferences with regard to Home Furnishings are shown in the adjoining figure.6. SEC B1. It was observed that most of the furniture purchases are made  While setting up and decorating a new residence or While renovating a residence “I can also buy furniture whenever there are attractive discount offers in the market. Furniture – Given that. In addition.2. Delhi “Last time when I bought furniture. there is limited space in household.1. furniture purchases are always need based. SEC A2. furniture is purchased in any of the following cases – old furniture goes faulty.

in an unplanned manner based on urge created by liking a product very much. Information Search This is a stage in which the consumer searches for information. SEC A2. Other then such on the spot purchases. I have no other considerations while buying” Housewife. whenever I like I just pick up. This is usually done on higher value purchases.the upper class. a customer buys home décor products in a planned manner at following occasions –  Whenever such products are to be purchased for ‗vaastu‘ or ‗fengshui‘ purpose. In case of furniture. 6. The consumer may simply have heightened attention or may go into active information search. reliability of brand “For decorating home. Impulse buying refers to buying decision made immediately. never plan. Vaastu or good luck plants. he should be ready to spend. if the product is of high value.2. example – Laughing Buddha. I buy on the spot. websites about latest trends and lifestyle  Word of Mouth – for collecting information on aspects like quality. wind chimes etc   When need arises to buy for gifting purpose While decorating a new home or redecorating a home during Diwali or Marriage in a home Although most of the decisions are impulse.2. the major reasons for such purchases are redecorating or renovating existing homes. some of the stages of the above mentioned decision process is followed. Interior Decoration Items – Considering the low level of utility/purpose of home décor products. this stage is followed in case of furniture but not that much applicable in home décor products. and based on consumer responses in the discussions it is understood that these products can be categorized under impulse purchases. information sources that are referred the most are as follows:  Internet – Websites of the manufacturers and retailers. Therefore. If I am with my husband. As can we see from the figure. Mumbai INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 55 .

53 percent. price. window-shopping is also an important source of information. In other words. the majority of customers. 54 percent of respondents said it was the need to see the actual product. identify internet/websites as the source they use to help decide what and where to make their next big-ticket furniture or major appliance purchases (shown in the adjoining chart). 25 percent indicated the cost of home delivery as the main reason they would not purchase online. offers. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 56 . they would not make their next home furniture or major appliance purchase online. 31 percent indicate that they expect to also purchase online. When respondents were asked to select the main reason. Print Media – Newspapers and Magazines – mostly referred for knowing the brands. discount offers or schemes available  Trade fairs and Exhibitions – to know more about products from other countries. as this is the only platform for gaining knowledge about global designs. As per the findings of Home Furniture and appliances survey conducted in March 2008. Referring to the same study. shopping malls. quality and trends Sometimes customers also gain information on the new products designs. and brands by going and seeing the displays at places like clusters of furniture malls. departmental stores etc. it was also observed that of the consumers who say they research furniture and appliances online.

I picked quite a lot from there to decorate my home. durability of the furniture also takes in the first position along with aesthetics as far as important parameters are concerned. visiting exhibitions become the source of information and point of purchase as well. Investigation of this stage leads to the understanding the most important and in-depth aspects related to consumer behavior. Sometimes. the three most popular decorating styles based upon how the consumers' homes are currently decorated are casual. there is no such stage of information search phase. Delhi In this stage.2. Since furniture is still considered to be a product for long term utility. how does it appear in the first looks. I saw very beautiful products from Thailand. Parameters identified as important to consumers while buying furniture and interior decoration items are as follows: Furniture – When it comes to Furniture and related home accessories: the first thing the Consumer will look for is the Aesthetics along with Durability.3. yet the first factor influencing the buying behaviour will be its looks. traditional and contemporary in that order. As identified in the Home Furnishing and Décor Report 2008. Furniture though has a purpose. It‘s only from these international trade fairs that customers become aware of the products or specialties of other countries and if they like it. 6. The luxury consumers tended to show less of a preference for casual and rank traditional and General Survey Luxury Survey Source: The Home Furnishing & Décor Report 2008 INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 57 . Evaluation of Alternatives “Some time back. the information collected in the above stage is used by the consumer to evaluate alternatives. while I was in a trade fair. they buy also.In case of interior decoration item purchases. This stage involves weighing different product attributes and their ability to deliver benefits.” Homemaker. SEC A2. Before this I never knew about Thai products.

30. Number of Family Members and average guests visitors at a time. as this is imported from some other country” . whenever furniture needs repairs or services like making the furniture termite resistant. Having satisfied the primary functionality that is seating or sleeping. This factor will influence the type and size of Furniture Purchase. Customers do not want to limit their transaction up to buying a product.contemporary styles higher in their overall value system. do not have a support system to take care of the after sales aspects. but not ready to compromise on quality. many times this factor acts “Furniture should be durable. Reason behind this is that furniture is a Value Additive and Long Term Use Product. These are listed below:    Bed: 14000 – 28000 Rupees Sofas: 20000 – 50000 Rupees Full Bedroom Set (Bed + Wardrobe + Dresser + TV trolley): 28000 – 52000 Rupees Another factor which is considered as important is After Sales Support. Bangalore as a negative point or limitation for buying imported furniture. As most of the players who are selling furniture imported from other countries. should come with at least one year of warranty.Married. Based on the customer inputs. For example – Is it a sofa cum bed. It should not happen that if I am buying imported furniture and I face some problem and if I go back. price bands of main home furniture products have been identified for the middle and upper middle class. will come up. customers have developed resistance for buying imported furniture until and unless it comes with a warranty period and long buyer – seller relationship advantage. Second most important parameter is the Functionality. What is the seating arrangement required in the house. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 58 . the secondary functions like multifunctional. the shop keeper tells me that we are not responsible. SEC A2. Price affects the decision but does not impact much as compared to other factors like durability and designs. Working. They want the company to take care of the furniture whenever they shift places. storage etc. The other styles included in the survey are shown in the chart. Indian customers are now ready to pay an extra buck. does it have storage capacity. Thus. Overall few statistically significant differences are found in terms of home decorating preference.

some considerations are there depending upon the type of product category. Home Town. most of the purchases in this category are impulse purchases. the factors considered while buying home décor products are Price (should not be too expensive) and Aesthetics (look and design). in some cases. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 59 . Therefore. the key take out is that if a new player wants to enter in the market. it should establish itself in India in a full fledge manner with its own showrooms across the country. Buying from such established shops or malls gives them a satisfaction in their subconscious that if something goes wrong then somebody would be there to take care of their furniture. Thus. Interior Decoration items – As mentioned earlier. there is a perception among customers that branded furniture comes with a package of additional costs. which sometimes become difficult to afford. at the same time. where the products being considered are of high value.Significance of Brand as a consideration parameter while buying furniture – recent shifts in customers buying preferences includes shift from unbranded towards branded furniture as a major trend. it can be said that brand is an important indirect parameter fulfilling the expectations related to factors like quality and warranty. In general. so this stage of buying process holds less relevance. durability and brand are not relevant in this case. Tangent. Branded furniture as defined by the customers is furniture available at malls or shops like – Durian. However. Factors like quality.Quality and After Sales Service. Furniture Walla. with exclusive product designs and position itself as a brand which will be always there to support it customers. and @Home. Home Stop. Reason for preferring brands is again related to the two factors mentioned above . However.

this role shifts accordingly. we had to change our decision at the end because we were buying study table for our son and he did not like the decision. functionality (bed with or without drawers/storage boxes. Based on the various factor considered and evaluation of alternatives. it was a joint decision between me and my husband.4. the role is clear. 38.2. all three of us who went and bought it” – Housewife. considering that furniture is a high value and long-term investment.Where to buy and What to Buy. In case of nuclear families. but in case of joint families. sofa cum bed etc. type of wood – Husbands Decisions related to price / budget – Joint decision. if imported – which country. Finally. Depending upon the family composition. Objectives of these focus group discussions also included identification of the decision makers. However. purchase decision is made. Purchase Decision This stage mainly includes following decisions . influencers and most preferred points of purchase. equal role of both husband and wife “Last time I bought furniture. Ahmedabad INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 60 . The roles can be divided as follows: Decisions related to design. For marketing any product successfully. imported vs. it is of critical importance to market it to the right person and from the right place. color. These findings are as follows: Furniture – Given the fact that Indian homes are still a place to be managed under females. furniture purchase decision is mainly in the hands of the woman in the house. women of the younger generation take the decisions. It is very important for any company to target the person who takes this decision and one who plays a major role in influencing this decision. domestic.6. while elder women (mother in law) also plays a major role.) – Wives Decisions related to point of purchase. SEC A2. husbands are the influencers and their influence matters to such an extent that the decisions can be termed as joint decisions. in either case – be it homemakers or workers. fabric (in case of upholstered). In addition.

In such cases only. Delhi INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 61 . 41. Thus. trustworthiness in terms of after sales support like repair and replacements drives the decision. I know if I need their help in future. and Durian etc. They will not vanish like any other small one off kind of showroom of imported furniture on gurgaon highway. Home Town. they will be there. As mentioned earlier. I can‟t trust those shops” – Husband. Godrej. vaastu experts or interior decoration consultants influence the decisions. customers will always prefer to buy from companies that put their brand name on imported products and are accountable for the after sales support. It was identified that the services of a home decorator or designer are a luxury of the affluent. General Survey Luxury Survey Source: The Home Furnishing & Décor Report 2008 As far as decision of point of purchase is concerned. these are impulse decisions. Some 20 percent of the luxury consumers reported using the services of a home decorator or designer in the past year. SEC A1. some of the affluent and upper class families have involved themselves in getting their homes decorated by interior designers and architects. “I would prefer to buy from brands like Home Stop. Examples of such companies as given by customers include names like Style Spa. Home décor products – Since. Durian.Use of Home Decorators or Designers: In addition to the above roles played in traditional Indian families. other than husbands acting as influencers in all the purchases. In the general home survey some 12 percent overall used the services of a decorator. some of these products are purchased from vaastu / charm / good luck perspective. and Style Spa. customers prefer to buy from wellestablished brands that are there in India since years. Thus. interior decorators also play a major role. depending upon who has liked the product buy it. in some cases. In case of imported furniture.

real outcome of the transaction come . etc. support provided by the seller. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 62 .5 Post-Purchase Evaluation Any transaction between a buyer and seller does not end when a product is purchased. Based on the experiences of using the product. after sales communication.Satisfaction or Dissatisfaction. Such post purchase effects can be reduced by taking appropriate steps like warranties.2. Shortly after a purchase customers develops Cognitive Dissonance. This is the buyer‘s doubts about whether it was the right decision or not.6.

After Sales Services / Warranty Period Alternatives Evaluation Interior Decoration – No such considerations. Post Purchase Behavior support in disassembly and reassembly while shifting to new home and after sales communication is expected from the seller INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 63 . Magazines. Sometimes bought for gifting purpose or if suggested by Vaastu experts Information Sources Furniture – Newspapers. Preferred to be bought from well-established brands or chain of showrooms Interior Decoration – Who likes it. if the product is very expensive. while renovating a house. buys. Husband can influence in terms of spending or budget. Trade Fairs / Exhibitions. Wife plays a Purchase Decision major role. price can be a constraint Furniture – Joint decision between husband and wife. Kids influence for new trends and designs.Learning from Consumer Insights . Word of Mouth from Family or Friends Interior Decoration – Trade fair / Exhibitions Furniture – Aesthetics.Summarized Furniture – While shifting to a new house. Purpose. look and feel of the product matters. Quality. Sometimes. Furniture – Customers look forward for provisions like warranty. Price. Need Trigger Sometimes for occasions like Diwali or Marriage in the family Interior Decoration – Mostly impulse purchases.

Projective techniques are used to understand the in-depth feelings. but behind other countries like Italy and France” “Thailand has amazing and very beautiful designs of artificial flowers and paper crafts” In terms of Price “While I was on a trip to Thailand.” “Comparing with other countries. value systems. mostly bachelors or newly married. would like to spend weekends with family members” “A person buying Chinese furniture will be again young. motives and perceptions of the customers. they are innovative. affluence. I did a lot of shopping because I could afford most of the products there. Customers’ Perceptions about Thailand In terms of Product Quality & Designs “Thailand offers more variety in designs. more traditional in his approach. working with MNCs. like furniture. it is better than China and India. where I could not buy much” “I think Thailand is present in all price ranges like China. respondents were put under a projective technique of imagining and describing the lifestyles of three different personalities – (A) Person buying furniture from Thailand. But in some. would shop from places like malls. lifecycle stage. who is young. (B) Person buying furniture from China and (C) Person buying Indian furniture. Based on their imagination of the above-mentioned three personalities. newly married. its like China present in low end as well as high end furniture” “I think products from Thailand are very much affordable” Lifestyle Association* “A Person buying Thai products (furniture) would be a person. experimental in approach.6. unlike Dubai. designs are attractive and eye catching. working in call centers. A summary of responses is given in the box above. respondents were asked to describe the latter in terms of age. and would like to spend his weekends either shopping or travelling” “A person buying Indian furniture would be middle aged.” “In some product categories. weekend spending pattern.3. hobbies etc. like decorative items Thailand is costlier than India. will spend weekends shopping” * As a part of the Focus Group Discussions. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 64 .

Customization Entry Strategy Distribution Route Target Segment Critical Success Factors However. considered as a Household Furniture – Low End Segment price competitive country. So. Exclusive designs. High Quality. following are the key recommendations with respect to the four potential market entry segments.middle and Upper middle class of India is ready to pay extra buck in order to ensure durability Tying up with existing Imports Retail Chains – Hypermarket Format Middle – Middle Classes Competitive Prices. Better packaging. Perceived as a shopping destination of moderately affluent class of the society INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 65 . Well – Established Brand Name. How to Enter the Four Market Segments Based on above analysis of the Indian furniture and Decorative items industry. Strong Logistics Network. Thailand is seen as a country with a status quotient attached with its products.7. Market Segments Key Take Out from the Market Study Middle class and Upper middle class are expanding. Warehouses in Tier 1 cities. Recommendations for Thai Investors 7. Availability. it is important to gather information about the market first through Joint Venture or step by step entry by establishing only a liaison office first Middle . Establishing own retail chains – Specialty Store/Home Improvement store format Upper Middle Class Product Innovation. Either India is a complex country Household Furniture – High End Segment with cultural variations after every 500 Kms.1. After Sales Support.

Product Exclusivity. However. Ethnic / Culture based Positioning Among Indian customers. in this segment Thai investors should build up in terms of branded and high design furniture. it is more appropriate for global players to enter India INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 66 . not volumes. Buying and Selling Imports Agents. Thus. distribution and brand building strategy is provided below: 7. Especially. will grow at 20% CAGR in coming Office Furniture four to five years Joint Venture / Medium Scale Firms Direct Selling and Marketing Tie ups with Builders and Architects Service Industry (IT and BFSI Sector) Mid Size Offices Timely Delivery. it would be of critical importance for the investors to understand the market deeply in order to build a strong position.1. through Middle Class Large Volumes. Warehouses and connectivity through strong Logistics Network. it is important for any entrant to understand the market first. attractive and ethnic products in the handicrafts and décor industry Thailand is perceived to be price competitive wholesalers A detailed description of the entry.Office Space in India is growing rapidly. Brand Name and After Sales Support Institutional Customers look for brand names that can compliment with their own brand name Indian customers are now spending more on Home Furnishing Large Product Assortment. Handicrafts & Décor Products Positioned as a country with delicate. Given that India is a complex country and there are strong cultural variances leading to different taste and preferences. Entry Options (a) High End Furniture Segment – The focus of this segment will be value.1. Better Packaging.

Teknion plans to maintain an assembly unit with standard furniture and standard product ranges. The role of such an office is to gather information about the possible market opportunities and provide information about the company and its products to prospective Indian customers.through partnerships like joint ventures. Teknion employs permanent employees for its operations in India. It has an after-sales service function that includes reconfiguration and new orders. Teknion also plans to establish a new showroom and a joint venture with Indian distributor. Mumbai and Bangalore. the liaison office is not allowed to undertake any business activity in India. This company initially established a liaison office in India and the company‘s operations were focused in Chandigarh. An example of such an approach is explained below: Case Study – Teknion. benefit should be taken from the already established organized retail sector of India. (b) Low End Furniture Segment – Motive of Thai investors in this segment should be to serve to the middle class masses and play on volumes. Rather than putting high investments in setting up own infrastructure. Typically. Liaison/representative offices can be set up as an intermediate step before entering on the own or through a joint venture. The firm also employs sub contractors for installation of its furniture solutions. In the longer term. Hyderabad. This may be extended from time to time. New Delhi. the entry process can be divided into two steps for better understanding of the market. Presently. Thai manufacturers can just import their furniture here and get good margins. As volumes based on price competitiveness would matter more than brand name or other criteria. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 67 . Teknion‘s aim in India is to establish itself as a leading designer and promoter of high quality furniture solutions. A liaison office in India is permitted to carry out only specified activities and the permission for the same is given for a period of three years. Presently. Setting up of operations through a joint venture will lead to the following advantages for a foreign investor:    Already established distribution/marketing set up of the Indian partners. Teknion imports furniture from its Malaysian operations. Financial resources availability of the Indian partner Established contacts of the Indian partner that help smoothen the process of setting up of operations Or else.

if any company wants to expand. but logistically it is not possible for them to reach in all the parts of the country. In case of the commercial segment. For example. Therefore. the most critical factor will be availability .to cater to India’s diverse customer needs and a spread-out market. it is very important to make the right thing available at the right time. in this segment it would be critical to tie up with an already existing and well-established brand name that fits fine in the customers‘ mind. For the home segment. Such requirements can be taken care off by having appropriate and required investments in the infrastructure as well. which at the back end is supported by its mother warehouses and twenty other small warehouses across India. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 68 . The critical success factor in this case would be to make the product easily available in at least the top 20 cities of India. the key requirement would be to ensure timely deliveries and satisfaction in terms of value for money. key criteria of the customers in this market segment would be that they would like to buy furniture from a brand name that will compliment the consumers own brand. Indian furniture industry has now become a part of the fashion industry. In case of high value products as well. There are some players. it should have a strong logistics network to expand. Distribution Distribution or supply chain management is critical for furniture manufacturers for catering to both. Last but not the least. this route of entry shall be more beneficial. Therefore.1. which have a strong regional presence and have good furniture designs. 7. the aim should be to cut on huge investments of establishing own infrastructure and enter India through imports route. logistics also play a very important role. Thus.2. where the affluent and high-income middle class of India resides. The challenge would be to do the same without adding to inventory or costs. which includes both office and hotels. the home and commercial segments. (d) Décor and Handicrafts Products Segments – Based on its positioning as a country with reasonable priced handicrafts and decorative products. Thailand has a better option to play on volumes rather than value. company needs to have its own warehouses at least in all the top six cities of India otherwise timely distribution becomes difficult.(c) Office Furniture Segment – As mentioned earlier. Thus. Style Spa‘s one of the strength areas is availability of its furniture stores throughout India.

new product introductions. Interactive Media and Trade fairs or Exhibitions. These free products are mainly accessories and home décor products like lamp etc.7. any player wanting to focus in this category. Individual Customers – This segment of customers is also price sensitive. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 69 . the next step is to build the brand value. such activities are helpful mainly in the home furniture segment. In recent times. it would prefer to have its infrastructure. it would be helpful to focus itself as a company with good quality furniture and a company which shall be available for after sales services as and when the need arises.1. India. Other than this. Such as discounts. this segment of customer is price sensitive. Institutional Customers – As institutions. follows many old rituals of buying new things or renovating the house around auspicious occasions like Diwali or a marriage in the home. Once the customers are aware about the presence of a particular product or company. Well-known brand names are looked up to in this category as well to ensure Quality. This is applicable in case of both institutional as well as individual customers. For any player wanting to focus on home furniture.3. Therefore. brand as a buying decision parameter has gained significant importance in the consideration sets of the customers. but quality and reliability factors play more important role as compared to price. The same can be done through various routes – Print Media. Examples of promotion activities by one of the major players Durian – Twice in a year Durian offers its customers flat 60% discount on all the products available in all its stores. At the same time. As far as promotion is concerned. interior and furniture that compliments or enhances its own brand. latter being the most appropriate method for introducing a new brand or product from a new country. Durability and Trustworthiness. be an office or hotel. package options for doing the entire bedroom/living room. interior decoration products or accessories free with furniture. such kind of promotions would be more helpful in Diwali or Marriages seasons. Thus. should position as a well-known brand available at optimum value for money. Various methods that are prevalent in the market can be adopted. still being a traditional country. Brand Building & Promotion First step for any new player is to create awareness about its products in the market. there is one or the other item that is provided free of cost to the customers.

No strong industry player in this segment INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 70 . This ranking has been done based on the various criteria. such as:       Industry Growth Stage Growth of Customer Segments Growth in Allied Sectors Competitive Scenario Potential Entry Barriers Scale of Investments required etc. Huge demand but limited supply from organized sector Office Segment of India is in a booming stage. Minimum efforts and investments Household Furniture – Low End Segment  required for market development (entry through JV and distribution through existing hypermarkets) and promotion. The findings of the above analysis are as follows: Market Segment Market Attractiveness Main Criteria / Advantages Huge target customer base. an evaluation in terms of market attractiveness was undertaken to develop a rank order for each of these. Household Furniture – High End Segment  Given higher disposable income.7. Office Furniture  growing at a fast pace (20% CAGR). Market Attractiveness Along with the above-mentioned entry suggestions in the four product segments. providing an opportunity to make good margins Increasing Affluence of Indian upper middle class. Limited number of sector strong players in the industry. Products Handicrafts & Décor Products  are present throughout the low value to high value added band.2. There is no need for macro-investment. advantage in terms of volume. customers are ready to pay an extra buck for better quality and designs.

middle class of customers 71 INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY . Annexure A: Profile of Major Players in the organized sector of Indian Furniture Industry 8.1. Style Spa positions itself as Bedroom Furniture Company. style spa is importing chairs and dining table made from rubber wood. present in 145 cities across India   Style Spa and Zuari‘s combined last year (07-08) sales – 120 Crores Only manufactures bedroom furniture. living room furniture (sofas. dining tables) are imported – o Imports from Malaysia and China o Rough break up of sales – 65% manufactures. 35% imported o Half leather and full leather sofas we are importing solely from China. Style Spa Company Profile        Indian furniture products limited is manufacturing company and Style Spa limited is the marketing company Is one of the largest manufacturer and pioneer in panel based furniture Manufacturing facility is 14 kms from Chennai Company owns 90 exclusive stores which makes it the largest chain of furniture showrooms in India Also sells furniture under the brand name of Zuari through dealers.middle and upper . 65% of their business comes from Bedroom furniture Strength of Style Spa – its nation wide presence o With 90 style spa showrooms.1. Similarly. present in all states of India o Similarly in case of Zuari.  Style Spa as a company targets middle . which are not their exclusive stores.1.8. dining table and centre table with glass and metal we are again importing from China only o From Malaysia. Annexure 8.

this dependence on the manufactured furniture will go down to 45-50%. TV trolleys. these are only imported. Current dependence on the factory is 65%.5 percent of the above amount Two type of distribution models: o 58 Own retail Stores – by the name of Lifespaces.2. o Reason to grow more on imports is higher margins on imported products o For their strength. this model sells both office and home furniture INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 72 . This includes only bedroom furniture . Godrej Interio        Godrej Interio is primarily into furniture – both home and office Also serves some special segments like navy. while the company expands. entertainment units.  Expansion plans o Sales target for 2008-09 = 140 crores o Targeting 400-450 crores in next three years time. by name of Interio franchisees located in tier 1. value for money. wardrobes. economical Godrej Sales 2007-2008 – 800 Crores (2/3rd office furniture) Exports – 2. Godrej largely sells home furniture through this model o Franchisees – More than 500 in number. new product introductions.  Promotion activities undertaken: Discounts.1. We are not into manufacturing of chairs or sofas or dining at our factory. 2 and 3 cities. Production capacity of the factory – 2. dressers. Such promotions are done in Diwali and marriage season.000 units furniture per year. that is by 2011 o When expanding. computer tables and study tables. Style Spa will continue to depend on its factory only. bedside tables.beds. 00. 8. These can be multi brand stores. which is bedroom furniture. package options for doing the entire bedroom. laboratories / provide customized services also depending upon customer needs Godrej – present in all product categories (focused more towards office furniture) Godrej is present in all price ranges – Premium. import component will go up.

Dealers own remaining 12-13. Material that is imported is stored in warehouses and then distributed to showrooms all across India. Office chair. Orders are generated in these project offices and their demand is communicated to Mumbai head office. Hyderabad and Bangalore. Durian offers different customized options depending upon the regional preferences. mainly Thailand and Malaysia. modular workstations Last year (2007 – 08) – Approximately 100 Crores In case of office furniture. Thailand. 3+2+2 for Delhi. For e. strong in leather sofa category Actually in case of sofa sets. Some INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 73 . Spain. By this route. Italy Also into manufacturing – only for some categories of furniture . 2+1+1 for Mumbai or 3+1+1 for Kolkata      Break-up of Durian Showroom sales: 60% Household and 40% Office Furniture 98% of Durian‘s Sales is imported furniture and only 2 % is manufactured Durian is mainly importing from China – 50% Remaining 50% from other countries. China. 30 are owned by Durian. decorative veneer 1998 onwards Durian is in furniture trading Import furniture from Malaysia. and they cannot sell other brands. these dealers are authorized exclusive dealers.1. Durian         Durian is mainly into manufacturing of plywood. PVC doors. Little bit from Taiwan.8. Out of 43.chairs. most of the players have a set pattern of selling 3+1+1 sofa sets.g. Spain and Italy Two types of Distribution Channel o Through retail showrooms – 43 retail showrooms of Durian are present across India.3. Conference table and Book Shelves Household category – Almost all types of household furniture. o Project sales – This model is mainly to cater to institutional customers. Durian mainly caters to the needs of the individual customers. Depending upon the gap of demand and supply (furniture already available in warehouse) import / manufacturing decisions is taken. Durian has limited presence – Office table. Durian has project offices in all the major cities like Delhi. However.

table stands.of the material is manufactured. arrangements are made for the logistics and material is finally sent to the destination showrooms.000 of monthly income Promotion activities undertaken by Durian o Up to 60% discount twice a year o Free Accessories of 10% amount of bill amount.  Durian has a main/central warehouse (2.Families with at least Rs 40.   Durian‘s target market . Orders from different showrooms come to the central warehouse through their ERP system. part is imported (depending upon demand of the project). There is one more warehouse in Delhi for meeting the demand of 6-7 retail showrooms in Delhi.2 lakhs sqft area) in palgaon (100 Km from Mumbai). Then as per the orders.upper middle class . anything related to home décor INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 74 . Accessories like table lamps.

8. This makes India one of the chief exporters of wooden handicrafts in the world market. fine designs. The Indian wooden handicraft sector is the second largest employment provider (after agriculture).2. According to the classification of Indian industries. and has emerged as one of the major sources of foreign exchange earnings for India. Women constitute a large section of the handicrafts industry. Although India's handicraft exports show a consistent increase of sixteen per cent every year. Role of Wooden Handicrafts Industry in Indian Economy The wooden handicrafts industry plays an important role in the Indian economy.1. khadi. and handicrafts. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 75 . Wooden handicrafts fall in the category of small-scale traditional industries.60 lakhs Small-scale industries are classified into two categories:   Modern small industries like power looms etc. or with the use of simple tools.2. Indian wooden handicrafts reflect unmatched workmanship. including people belonging to the weaker sections of society. The term 'wooden handicrafts' refers to a wide range of wooden items carrying utilitarian and artistic value that are made by hand. and form an important export commodity of India. Wooden Handicrafts Industry – Overview Wooden handicrafts are specialized skills passed on from one generation to the next. The wooden handicraft sector provides a high ratio of value addition. It employs about six million artisans. Indian wooden handicrafts are much sought after the world over. This industry requires low capital investment and other resources. sericulture. coir. Traditional industries like handlooms. and subtle elegance. its share in the international market is not more than two per cent. 8. a small-scale industry is defined as an industry that is:   Not registered under the Factory Act Investment in fixed assets does not exceed Rs.

Wooden handicrafts are sold at least three to four times the price paid to the craftsmen.2.2. They are:  The Indian handicrafts industry is a decentralized one.  Most of the craftsmen in the wooden handicraft sector live below the poverty line. while taking up other means of alternate options of livelihood. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 76 .  Production of wooden handicrafts in India is chiefly dependent on the raw materials available locally. Mass existence of craftsmen combined with an excellent production base has failed to aid India towards cashing on the existing opportunities. Deforestation comes across as one of the main reasons for the setback in production levels of wooden handicrafts. The artisans work on a part-time basis.  The wooden handicrafts sector is based in rural India where lack of proper infrastructure and working capital is a major cause for concern. Craftsmen are not independent enough to resort to direct marketing of their own products. As a result. There are a number of factors that affect the growth of the Indian wooden handicraft sector. they are unable to handle the threat to their industry from machine-made products. Improper pricing mechanisms and the intervention of middlemen deprive the artisans from getting their due. the products are not sufficiently remunerative. They are also ignorant of the benefits bestowed on them by the Government. and are illiterate. Factors That Affect Growth Though India is one of the chief suppliers of wooden handicrafts in the world market. its share in world imports is insignificant. As a result. Weak infrastructure leads to delay in delivery and affects the quality of finished products.  The Indian wooden handicrafts sector is plagued by poor marketing strategies.8.

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The major growth drivers for this industry in India are –  Increasing middle class population  Increasing per capita income  Growth in organized retail  Ownership of luxury products  Openness to Trade  Increasing Hotel & Catering Industry The tableware industry in India can be segmented based on –  Application o Dinnerware. The organized tableware market which is around 8% of the total market comprises of both domestic players like La Opala RG Ltd. and contributes maximum to the sales of tableware manufacturers. Based on the application of tableware . Magppie.market is growing at the rate of 15-20% on an average after taking into consideration the effects of slowdown. at INR 12 billion which is the largest in the total tableware market in 2007-08. Art d‘Inox as well as multinationals like Corelle.The organized tableware . Luminarc etc. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 78 . Out of these segments.Executive Summary E. o Beverage Range o Barware Range)  Material used for manufacturing o Stainless Steel – with & without Matte Finish o Ceramic – Bone China & Porcelain o Glassware – Transparent glassware & Opalware).1.a.beverage range is the fastest growing product category growing at around 20-25% p.. Bharat Bone China Ltd. the market size of Glassware. RAK Glass.. Tableware Industry in India The tableware market in India is estimated to be around *INR 30 Billion in 2007 including the unorganized market.

The industry is divided into organized & unorganized players with organized player capturing 58% of the total market size of consumer plastic goods. kitchenware. Pearl Pet. writing instruments. Plastic Container Industry in India The consumer plastic goods industry includes household ware. However. E. Cello. The major growth drivers for his industry in India are –  Openness to Trade  Increasing disposable income & middle class  Increasing pattern of corporate gifting/ freebies  Increasing storage requirements with increase in working women  Replacing old containers of steel with plastic due to rising modular kitchen concept  Impact of organized retail These factors would enhance the growth of a new entrant in this market if they enter with the optimal set of products after keeping in mind the changing consumer preferences. airtight and aesthetically appealing. The kitchenware. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 79 . which are leakage proof.2. Ltd.The major sets of customers in tableware are domestic consumers & institutional consumers (hotel/ catering & corporate players). The organized plastic container market has few major players who are Hamilton Housewares Pvt. Eagle Thermoware etc. purchase of products in these categories is expected to rise in future.. molded luggage. The changing preference of people for using plastic containers for storage purpose in turn is promoting the growth of this industry. tableware and household products contribute around INR 15 billion to the revenues of the total consumer plastic goods industry (according to Frost & Sullivan‘s Report on ‗A Strategic Supply Side Analysis of Indian Exporters of Plastic Consumer Products‘ in 2003). and molded furniture. They want quality products. Tupperware. The domestic consumers at present occupy the largest consumer base for products in this category. with the increase in gifting trend amongst Indian consumers & growing number of hotels / restaurants.

Also. reach to maximum number of customers possible and to save on cost.3. through company‘s own stores. through multi-brand outlets & retailers with minimum number of intermediaries in between to ensure presence across all geographies. E. Own Stores Factory Multi brand outlets es / Institutional sales Raw Material Sourcing Distributor Dealer / Retailer Customer INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 80 . In case of institutional players. the branded plastic containers can be used for gifting purpose as well as for corporate gifting / freebies for product promotion.e. Value Chain – Tableware & Plastic Container Industry E.3.1.Plastic Container Industry can be segmented as Storage Boxes  Thermoware  Dine ware The plastic container industry is growing at the rate of 12-15% with the increasing storage requirement of people and preference for more aesthetically appealing containers rather than stainless steel containers due to modular kitchen concept coming in place. thereby enabling the growth of this industry. Value Chain for Manufacturers – The tableware & plastic container industry in India follows a similar value chain model. it is very important for the manufacturers to source raw material from a supplier who provided them at low cost and from a near-by source. The major set of customers for plastic container industry is domestic consumers & institutional consumers (hotel/ catering & corporate players) with domestic consumers occupying a larger share of the pie. In order to minimize expenditure at each level of the value chain. they should optimally utilize all the available channels for distributing their product i.

through retail outlets or directly sell to customers. The major threat posed to tableware industry is from new entrants due to the attractiveness of this industry. Customer Imports Importers / Super Distributor Retailer Distributor / Dealer Customer Retailers Customer E. However. it can be inferred that there are small number of players in the organized tableware market.1.3. variety & changing preference for purchase of lifestyle goods. Existing competition & substitute products pose medium threat to the tableware industry.4. after analyzing the tableware industry in India. Thus. the major target segment i. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 81 . middle & upper middle class prefer to purchase products from the organized market due to better quality.e. it is very important that the importer/ subdistributor should be an exclusive distributor of that brand to reduce the bias which arises because of difference in the margins offered if selling multiple brands through a single distributor and they should utilize all the channels optimally to reach maximum number of customers. Thus. for a new brand to establish its name in the Indian market. Industry Analysis E. whereas the unorganized market is highly fragmented. who are posing threat to an investor in this industry to varying extents. However. Tableware Industry The tableware industry is affected by existing competition. Value Chain for Importers – Importers or Super distributors in Indian tableware & plastic container industry can be exclusive distributors or multi-brand distributors.4. They may sell the products through various channels like through a distributor/ dealer. new entrants who would be entering this industry and substitute products.2. supplier & buyer bargaining power. it is very important for a new entrant to position its products in the Indian market based on the needs of the consumers that are not fulfilled from existing products.E.

Plastic Container Industry This industry when analyzed through Porter‘s Five Force Model revealed that the major threat is posed by new entrants & competition amongst existing players due to increase in the size of this market. It can also be purchased for gifting purpose.4.5. Many players in the medium scale industry are also selling branded products. which will be good for the future prospects of the industry. Maintenance o In plastic storage containers. there are access capacities available in the Indian market. Consumer Insights Key consumer insights. Aesthetics INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 82 . Quality. Functionality. Hygienic. word of mouth from family or friends are the most common sources of gaining Alternative Evaluation o In tableware. Price. newspapers. E. Brand. o In plastic storage containers.Quality.. trade fairs/ exhibitions. Variety. Information Sources o For both these product categories. Aesthetic Appeal. Also.2. which can help to boost the production in the future. They may also purchase for gifting on occasions like Diwali or Marriage in the family. the amount of investment required to start the business in this segment is low. Variety. increasing disposable income of people & preference of people for branded & good quality plastic products which attracts new entrants. with the increase in number of family members and when they need to replace the old tableware. These factors attract foreign investors to venture in this industry. the products are evaluated based on the following parameters . important from the point of view of foreign entrants are as follows: Need for purchase of Tableware & Plastic Containers o Tableware is purchased whenever the need arise. magazines.This is because of the rise in number of working women. most of the purchases are impulse in nature and also depends upon the increasing storage requirement. the products are evaluated based on the following parameters.E. Also.

Purchase Decision o For both these product categories, wife plays a major role in purchase of the products in these categories. Kids also influence the decision in selecting new trends and designs. o They prefer to buy from well-established brand outlets or chain of showrooms. These products are purchased once in six months with no fixed budget in mind Post Purchase Behavior o For both the product categories, customers look forward for provisions like warranty, replacement of defected products & should be communicated about the same

E.6. Market Attractiveness of Tableware & Plastic Container Industry
Market attractiveness analysis of the above-mentioned four segments has been done based on factors like Industry Growth Stage, Growth of Customer Segments, Growth in Allied Sectors, Competitive Scenario, Potential Entry Barriers Scale of Investments required etc. The findings from this analysis are summarized in the table below: Market Segment Market Attractiveness Main Criteria / Advantages
Demand is huge and it‘s the fastest growing category (more than 20% p.a.); competition is high ;Both domestic & institutional customers purchase products in this category for personal as well as gifting purpose; entry barriers are minimum and customers change products in this category very often; investment required in terms of plant setting & manufacturing cost is less than other categories; margins are low Demand base is increasing with the increase in possession of lifestyle products; few players in the organized market; growing product category (around 20% p.a.) ; both domestic & institutional customers purchase products in this range; Investment required is more than in beverage range category; margins are high Comparatively slow growing category; customer base is limited to institutional customers (Hotel & Catering Industry) & upper middle class segment in domestic customers; investment required is more than other categories; competition is less; margins are high Demand is huge in this segment; competition is high; growth is almost stagnant at 12-15% p.a.; both domestic as well as institutional customers purchase products in this category; investment required is low in this product category; entry barrier is low; margins are low

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Thus, Tableware is the most attractive category and within tableware, a new entrant should focus upon Beverage Range & Dinnerware for entry in the Indian Tableware market.

E.7. Recommendations
India has retained its position as the second-most preferred global location for foreign investment in 2008 and will continue to do so till 2010, lagging only behind China, according to the World Investment Report 2008. Tableware & Plastic Containers imports from other countries are increasing because changing preference of people towards lifestyle goods and desire for more variety. Thus, it is very important for a new entrant to enter this industry with the right entry strategy and targeting most profitable set of customers with positioning of products according to consumer needs Entry Strategy o In order to enter the tableware market in India, the potential investor should enter either through Joint Venture or Merger & Acquisition with the existing player in this industry in India o In order to enter the plastic storage container market in India, the new entrant should enter either through Joint Venture or through strategic alliance with an existing player in that market Positioning o Tableware should be positioned as easy to maintain i.e. unbreakable, scratch free, easy to handle and clean & available in variety of designs & colors across all regions in India o Plastic Storage Container should be positioned as leakage proof, beneficial for storage of all kind of food materials- perishable & imperishable. Target Product Categories o In tableware, beverage range especially tumblers is the most fastest growing category o In plastic storage containers, containers for storage of perishable food items is an important critical success factor for positioning their products

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Target Customers o For both these categories, women in upper middle class & middle class should be the target segment Distribution o For institutional customers, direct distribution system is the best option for both these product categories o For domestic consumers, multi channel or hybrid distribution network ensures coverage of wider market Brand Building & Promotion o Through proper mix of advertisement in print media, T.V., exhibitions etc. o Introducing schemes like scratch card, discounts etc. on occasions like Diwali for customers & schemes for dealers should also be used to motivate them to sell more

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the western European tableware manufacturers have to pursue clever brand and price policies. stoneware. etc. and these table ware mainly comprise of coffee-tea sets. price segment (high-end. but also innovations in design. And they prefer to spend their precious disposable income on leisure products rather than fine china. material (fine china.1 Overview: Tableware is marketed these days as a lifestyle product. tea and coffee pots. tea and breakfast sets.9. However.2 The Changing Consumers Tableware can be classified in six basic ways: style (formal or casual.1. drinking glass sets. sales of tableware have been trending ever lower in the traditional western European markets. mass merchants. egg cup etc. Technology has to keep pace with these changes. Cooperation between the suppliers of machinery and raw materials has become much closer. and retail category (the INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 86 .). cups and source boats.1 Global Tableware Industry: 9. restaurants. traditional or contemporary). the market for ceramic and porcelain tableware is different to that of Europe. According to the use of tableware in USA. In the last ten years. place of origin (imported vs. mid-range. manufactured domestically). soup tresses. it can be divided into three categories i. hotels. distribution channel (department stores. Ceramic and porcelain table ware are used by household.1. positioning themselves not only in the up-market segment. Global Scenario 9. dishes. or low-end). salad bowls. in particular because optimizing process quality is a challenge that can only be mastered by working together. barracks. Dinner sets. plates. It is the large market very competitive with high professional importers/ distributors placing large orders.e. glass). USA is one of the biggest market for ceramic and porcelain tableware. therefore. Targeted outsourcing for manufacturers in high-wage countries is very much a part of this strategy and thereby introduces Asian manufacturers into the process. specialty stores. sugar bowls. The market leaders among the tableware manufacturers are pointing to the fact that it‘s not just technological innovations that count. End consumers now want a more personalized service in all areas. 9. In addition.

Since many consumers now consider tableware a replaceable fashion product. The house wares mass market dominates the U. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 87 . The growth of casualware has increased the market for specialty glassware (such as sugar containers and creamers). This color trend is expected to continue into the millennium. lifestyles and attitudes toward the home. and the introduction of open-stocked casual lines. manufacturers and retailers are aggressively designing new patterns to keep with this trend. Some tabletop manufacturers have responded with comprehensive. major companies like Noritake and Lenox have developed more casual lines of crystal or have repositioned their formal stemware at lower prices.S. less expensive range of tableware over the next few years. Decorated glassware has also become more popular. Even so-called formal crystal stemware is being used in casual ways by the consumer."upstairs" china/crystal/silver department vs. plus accessories in the same or alternative materials. The interest in embossed and textured looks in glassware also continues to grow. Consumers have turned toward a more casual lifestyle around the world. dinnerware market. Such colors as Spanish green and Mediterranean blue have emerged as everyday basics in glassware.These trends are leading to a new style defined as transitional. In response. while the market for stemware and barware remains flat. mix-friendly stories in open-stock. two-pronged marketing approach: open-stock availability of their traditional lines. Formal companies have thus explored a more proactive. This casual trend has even extended to the foodservice industry. The casual trend has also resulted in a demand for brightly colored glassware. steady demands for formal ware continues. While casual tableware patterns are popular. the global tableware industry has faced changes in purchasing habits of consumer products. which is something between casual and formal. comprised of several coordinating patterns. In recent years. the "downstairs" house wares department). Wedgwood is trying to address this trend as well by introducing a casual. especially fruit and flower decorations with gold accents. with some restaurant chains using "warm" tableware patterns.

2 percent annually and polyolefin alone make up for the 63 percent of the entire polymer industry. The global demand for polymers is 139. The demand for the major polymers is growing at a rate of 5.6 percent per year.8 percent of the chemical output. the global capacity for polymer production is around 170 MMTA and is growing at a rate of 10. Out of this. For many years now. The demand for Polyolefin is growing at an even faster rate of 5. Plastic Industry The global plastics industry is marked by dynamic growth with both quantity and quality aspects helping boost the upswing. This gives us an idea of the size plastic industry and the significance that it holds in the global scenario. This becomes even more significant when the global polymer industry is growing by almost twice the rate of the global GDP.04 MMTA.2. At present.The estimated demand from the US alone (for plastic food containers) has been estimated to touch as much as $21 billion by 2009.5 percent per annum. Based on Frost & Sullivan‘s Report -2003. a good global economic climate and ongoing substitution processes in favor of plastic have combined to foster steady expansion in the sector. Global Plastic Products Industry 9. Plastic has occupied a major role in the lifestyle of the 21st century.9.2 Plastic containers Plastic bottles accounted for 77 per cent of plastic container weight in 2003 and will continue to remain the dominant type for during this decade.2.6 percent of the entire chemical output and polyolefin output is US $ 61 billion that is 3. Commodity plastics contribute US $ 90 billion that is 5.3 MMTA out of which polyolefin form 89. overall population growth. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 88 .1. There are tremendous capacity expansions that are happening for polymers all over the world. These three regions form the major polymer production regions of the world.2. 9. the firm predicts. more than 35 percent of the capacity is in Asia – pacific region and around 28 percent of the capacity is in the North America. Western Europe contributes to around 21 percent of the entire capacity. Currently. five HPL supported FIBC units exported 7 KTA worth goods annually.

1. In the organized market. Bharat Bone China Ltd. who are a part of this large chunk of market size.1. Magppie. Tableware Industry 10. Overview .The tableware market in India is estimated to be around *INR 30 Billion in 2007 including the unorganized market.4 Billion including domestic manufacturers & brands imported from abroad which are sold through organized retail channels.e.. Industry Segmentation The tableware market is classified according to their application & raw material being used for their manufacturing. Tableware & Plastic storage containers Industry in India 10. RAK Glass.. around INR 2.2.1. *The Financial Express – June 2007 10. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 89 .10.1. The organized and unorganized market has a huge difference in terms of value but with the rising disposable income of middle class & upper middle class as well as growth in hospitality industry. Luminarc etc. the organized market is growing at a much faster rate than the unorganized market. there are both domestic players like La Opala RG Ltd. Art d‘Inox as well as multinationals like Corelle. Graph: Percentage share of the organized and unorganized tableware market in terms of value The organized market is 8% of the total tableware market in India i.

salad bowls. fruit bowls. Category wise market share for organized tableware 38% Dining ware Beverage & Bar ware 62% INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 90 . wine sets. This category is growing after beverage range because of the growth in hospitality industry. saucer. pudding set.1. Segmentation Based on application Based on their application.5 Billion. the tableware is broadly classified as: Tableware Market Dinnerware Beverage Barware Within each product categories. cocktail shakers. cups.4 Billion) comprises of Dinner ware i. Around 62% of the total organized tableware market (INR 2. dinner set. jugs etc. etc. lemon sets. The growth in this category is fast with the changing lifestyle & increasing income of people.2. This is the fastest growing category in tableware especially among glassware. Rs. the products are:  Dinnerware range – This includes plates (quarter / full).1. trays etc.10.   Beverage range – This includes glasses. Barware range – This includes ice buckets.e. cutlery. 1.

Based on the responses of players in the organized tableware market.Based on the responses of senior managers in the organized glassware & opal ware -Based on the responses of a senior manager in the organized ceramic tableware INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 91 .2. Stainless Steel  Glassware  Ceramic  The total market for stainless steel tableware with matte finish is INR 400 million in the organized tableware market The total market for glassware is INR 12 billion in overall tableware market The total market for ceramic tableware with is INR 2. Major kinds of material which are used for the manufacturing of Tableware are: Tableware Market Stainless Steel Without Matte finish With Matte finish Ceramic Bone China Glass Transparent Glassware Opal ware Porcelain The market for tableware is dominated by a large number of unorganized players for stainless steel tableware.1.2. Segmentation Based on Raw Material The material used for their manufacturing may differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. market size of each category in India based on the material used can be predicted.15 billion in the overall tableware market  Total market for opal ware is INR 6 billion in the overall tableware market .10. it is difficult to predict the share of stainless steel tableware in the total table ware market.Based on the responses of a senior manager in the organized steel tableware with matte finish . Hence.

Domestic customers Vs.1. Customer classification According to the usage of tableware. can be used in microwave as well as for serving and are used by most of the domestic as well as institutional players. Apart from these two categories. the customers can be classified in two groups. This is because glass wares are available in variety of designs. There are 16 units in the organized sector in India with a total installed capacity of 43. exports also form a major proportion of the total sales for all the manufacturers.Glassware has the largest market size in terms of value in the Indian tableware market.000 tones per annum. Also. opal ware which is unbreakable in nature is preferred by most of the consumers for domestic purposes as well in hotels / catering. the corporate customers include a majority of Pharmaceutical companies. Institutional customers for Tableware 44% Domestic customers Institutional Customers 56% Graph: Percentage share of the tableware market in terms of customer base in organized tableware market of INR 2. Ceramic ware comprising of crockery and tableware is produced both in organized and unorganized sectors.3. namely:   Domestic customers – for personal usage / gifting Institutional customers o Corporate customers – for gifting & as freebies o Hotel / Catering & Restaurant customers – for business usage Amongst the Institutional customers.4 Billion INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 92 . Bone China crockery ware is being imported from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in view of the better availability of raw material there. 10.

4.Presently. in Opal ware Yera in Glass ware Bharat Pottery Ltd. the tableware industry in the organized segment is growing at the rate of 15-20% on an average taking into consideration the effect of slowdown. 10. The fastest growing category is beverage range.5.1. Major manufacturers in India The major domestic manufacturers in India for Tableware according to the material used for manufacturing are:      La Opala RG Ltd. where tumblers are the most fast selling items. there is a huge market for new players to enter this industry through proper marketing & sales network.1. Growth Drivers for Tableware Industry Increasing per capita income Impact of growth in organized retail Increasing middle class population Key Growth Drivers Ownership of luxury products Openness to Trade Increasing Hotel & catering industry INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 93 . in ceramics & stone ware Art d‘inox in steel with matte finish Magppie in steel with matte finish 10. Thus.

 Increase in per capita income with the growth in I. which really adds to excessive expenditure*  Increase in the number of middle class & upper middle class o The middle class currently numbers some 50 million people. Government of India.T. and is expected to reach INR 826. o The current market size of luxury-very premium goods and services is INR 840 Billion which is rising at 16% p. but by 2025 will have expanded dramatically to 583 million people—some 41 percent of the population** o These households will see their incomes balloon to 51. according to KSA Technopak  Increase in Hotel & Catering industry o There are some 1.. with a total capacity of about 110.980 hotels approved and classified by the Ministry of Tourism. ITES.000 hotel rooms o The hospitality industry is poised to grow at around 25-30% p. Real Estate industry which leads to increase in expenditure o Planned expenses are to increase by 47 per cent and non-planned expenses increased by (about) 6 per cent.a.1 billion)—11 times the level of today and 58 percent of total Indian income**  Increase in the ownership of luxury products.76 billion by 2010 INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 94 .a.5 trillion rupees ($1.

has become a very popular concept in urban India  Openness to trade. it is expected that it would grow at the rate of 15-20% for next five years.o Dining in restaurants on weekends and other holidays. the demand for this category will not be affected much for the organized players.Growing Young Population (March 2007) ** Business Week – May 19 2007: Next Big Spender‟s – India‟s Middle Class Thus. But tableware is a need based category and with the increasing disposable income and growth in hospitality industry. after considering the drivers for the growth in Tableware Industry. with family members and friends. it would certainly affect the demand in this industry. However. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 95 . due to the economic recession in recent times. channelization of investment and deregulation in India would promote imports /exports with other countries *The Times of India: Advantage India.

Also. 1. imports have become cheaper 4. However. Joint venture of Versace with Rosenthal and several other players in the lifestyle brands are targeting the upper middle class after looking at the rising opportunities in this segment Intensity  High Medium Low INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 96 . however steel prices are increasing which has increased the bargaining power of suppliers of steel tableware 3. In addition. due to FTA between India & several countries. bargaining power of customers is increasing Raw material is available in abundance in India & is also imported from abroad like Bone Ash. people want change and get bored of their old tableware after some time. Bargaining power of Customers With fast growing middle class and changing lifestyle. Also. there are few major players who are a part of the organized tableware along with importers who are selling brands from abroad by establishing their sales & distribution network in India. Competition is increasing because of the entry of new players & joint ventures with the existing players. In addition. Analysis of Tableware Industry in India The tableware industry is highly disorganized in India. Bargaining power of Suppliers 2. several players are coming in the lifestyle products category in Joint venture with established brands in India.10. Threat of Substitute Products The organized market as well cheaper products being imported from countries like China are a major threat to the products manufactured in India or abroad. Also. stainless steel utensils sold in unorganized market & melamine tableware which are cheaper are substitutes in this category 5. huge demand is there. Threat of new entrants Several new players & importers are coming in this market. Competitive Rivalry Industry shifting from highly unorganized towards organized sector. with the increasing competition in organized market.6. However.1.

Thus. Thus. Thus. Threat from new entrants . Thus. their bargaining power is also increasing with the increase in awareness level. this is an attractive segment to focus upon in household segment as well amongst the lifestyle goods. 2.e. the threat posed by substitute products is medium in this product category.1. Bargaining power of customers – Customers have a limited choice base in the organized market at present. Substitute products – Due to large base of unorganized market & economies of scale. Thus. they can be used as a substitute for these product categories which are expensive. Thus. several new players are coming with the existing players diversifying their product portfolio. the threat posed by new entrants is high. in order to capture a significant market share in this category. 5.With the increasing size of middle class & increasing disposable income. But with the increase in the number of new entrants. But this bargaining power is limited by the product & quality attributes i. 3. the threat posed by existing competition is medium because of the difference in the raw material being used for manufacturing these products. 4. Bargaining power of suppliers – Raw material for the manufacture of ceramic ware and unbreakable glass ware is imported from outside India from cheaper sources. products in this category are imported from several countries which would increase with the increase in demand in future. Also. the stainless steel utensils can be manufactured at a lower price than glassware or ceramic ware. Competition amongst existing players – The players in the organized market are targeting the same set of customers in the domestic consumer‘s i. brand proposition. the bargaining power of suppliers is low for these material categories except in the case of steel ware because of the high bargaining power of steel suppliers in India. middle class & upper middle class.e. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 97 .

They need to adopt various marketing initiatives to promote their brand and sell their products through various channels rather than just one source.10. it is very important for a new entrant that they have good distribution network with wide coverage and with minimum number of intermediaries to save on cost.1.7. Critical Success Factors for Tableware Industry A well connected distribution network Targeting domestic as well as institutional customers Focus on easy to handle & low maintenance tableware CSF Creating a Brand Image Knowledge of needs & expectations of target customers Proper marketing activities in various media Based on the above-mentioned critical success factors. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 98 . In addition. creating the brand image in the minds of consumer in the Indian market is very important for a new entrant by proper positioning of their products based on the strategy being followed by them.

Writing instruments. gift articles and novelties. Consumer plastic goods account for approximately 15 % of the market.0 13.3 Growth Rates 10 25 20 15 INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 99 . The plastic industry has been witnessing tremendous growth due to the widening of its application spectrum and penetration of new generation polymers in all the key sectors of Indian economy. The Indian plastic processing industry possesses strong capacities and capabilities in these segments.000 plastic processing units in the country. and personal care products.10. Plastic Containers Industry in India 10. Within this market. and kitchen ware by US totaled $ 1000 million in 2002. At present.000 to 30. molded furniture.1 Overview Based on Frost & Sullivan‘s Report on ‗A Strategic Supply Side Analysis of Indian Exporters of Plastic Consumer Products‘ in 2003. household ware and kitchen ware is the largest segment both in terms of domestic demand and the export potential from India. etc.0 9.2. Toys. tailoring materials. there are 25. Kitchen ware. and the respective growth rates for 2002 Categories Molded Luggage Molded Furniture Writing instruments Kitchenware. Almost 50 percent of the plastic manufacturers have some operations in this particular category.2. Consumption of plastics will be touching 4 million tons per annum in almost 2 years and is growing at a rate of 14 percent per annum. Writing instruments and travel ware are other promising segments having a potential to generate export revenues. Given below is the break up of the following consumer goods in polymer consumption. personal care products.7 49. Table ware & Household products Total Source: Frost & Sullivan . Plastic is one of the fastest growing industry segments in India. Consumer goods include Household ware.2003 KTA 150 140 40 190 520 Size in revenues in Billions 12.6 14. revenues. The total imports of household articles. molded luggage.

With changing preference of people for using plastic containers for storage purpose is promoting the growth of this industry. air-tight and aesthetically appealing. Unorganized tableware market in India 42% Organized 58% Unorganized *Based on the responses of a senior manager of an organized player in plastic container market INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 100 . Organized Vs. The changing lifestyle and increasing disposable income is enabling people spend on products in this category which are either branded or imported and are also good in quality attributes. They want quality products which are leakage proof. The plastic products industry comprises of storage boxes & thermoware containers.Indian plastic container industry comprises of a large number of unorganized players and few organized players who dominate with major market share in this industry. The industry is divided into organized & unorganized players with organized player capturing 58% of the total market size of Consumer Plastic goods.

bottles.  Food Preparation boxes – They can be used for preparing food items like shakes.g. Pulses. flasks. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 101 . which are primarily used for storage of fruits. storage and serving purposes.  Storage Canisters. juices etc. vegetables.10. Wheat. jugs.These are large sized boxes. For e.. Rice.2.  Microwavable boxes – They can be used for heating and cooking food items in microwave. Dine ware – This includes bowls.2 Industry Segmentation The plastic product market is classified as: Plastic Container Storage Boxes    Thermoware Dine ware Storage boxes – This includes boxes for dry food items as well as cooked or uncooked perishable food items Thermoware – This includes lunch boxes.  Refrigerator & freezer boxes – These are air tight & liquid tight boxes. salads. water storage jugs etc. mixing bowls etc. They are multipurpose boxes and hence used for cooking. hot pots. jugs. Dry Fruits etc. based on their application and benefits offered are classified as:  Dry Storage boxes – They are used primarily for the storage of food items which can be kept for a longer duration of time. Mugs STORAGE BOXES used in kitchen. which are perishable in nature. used for stocking dry food items like pulses etc.

2.1. Tupperware Pearl Pet Eagle Thermoware INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 102 .4. the customers can be classified in two groups. they are already importing plastic storage containers from Thailand for last 4-5 years. The plastic container industry is growing at the rate of 12-15% with the increasing storage requirement of people and more aesthetically appealing containers rather than stainless steel containers. 10. the branded plastic containers can be used for gifting purpose as well as for corporate gifting / freebies for product promotion. Ltd.The level of imports for these storage boxes used in kitchen is increasing at a fast pace.2. exports also form a major proportion of the total sales for all the manufacturers 10. However. it is during the last 1. namely:   Domestic customers – for storage purpose / gifting Institutional customers o Corporate customers – for gifting o Hotel / Catering & Restaurant customers – for business usage and for promoting their products by offering plastic containers as freebies Apart from these two categories. Also. Major manufacturers in India The major domestic manufacturers in India for Plastic containers are:      Cello Hamilton Housewares Pvt. As per the views expressed by a retail giant in household product category in India.5 years that the volume of import has grown from Thailand within the plastic container category. Customer classification According to the usage of tableware.3.

Growth Drivers for Plastic storage containers Industry Openness to Trade Increasing disposable income & middle class Impact of organized retail Key Growth Drivers Increasing pattern of corporate gifting/ freebies Plastic replacing steel due to rising modular kitchen concepts Increasing storage requirements with increase in working women INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 103 .2.10.5.

Also. new entrants find this market very attractive Intensity  High Medium Low 1. 1. Thus. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 104 .6. products in this category are imported from several countries which would increase with the increase in demand in future. Threat of new entrants Several new players & importers are coming in this market. people prefer steel containers for storage than plastic because plastic is considered unsafe. People tend to prefer branded products and hence the bargaining power is low due to less number of players in organized market Raw material is available easily in India & is also imported from abroad like Polycarbonate.10. Threat of Substitute Products The unorganized market offers cheap substitutes in this category. Bargaining power of Customers With fast growing middle class. 5. With increasing middle class & working women.2. Analysis of Plastic storage containers market in India The plastic container market is highly disorganized in India although the majority of market share is possessed by organized players. huge demand is there. increasing working women and changing lifestyle. Increasing organized retail is also supporting the growth of this industry. The new entrant should offer products which are good in quality and comparable in price offered by existing players. this is an attractive segment to focus upon in household goods. Bargaining power of Suppliers 2. Several players are also importing plastic containers from other countries with increasing demand & better quality offered. Also. the threat posed by new entrants is high. competition is increasing 4. Threat from new entrants . Competitive Rivalry The number of players in the organized market is less but with increase in imports due to FTA agreement with several countries. Polyurethane are available at lower price in Asian countries than in other European countries 3.With the increasing size of middle class and increase in number of working women.

4. Hence.e. Competition amongst existing players – The existing players are posing threat to the new entrants due to established brand name and trust in the minds of customers. 3. Polycarbonate. Thus. the threat posed by these substitute products is moderate because of the increasing preference of people for branded & good quality products. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 105 . Bargaining power of customers – Bargaining power of customers is low in organized market because of the good quality plastic being used for the manufacturing of storage boxes which allows them to spend. Substitute products – Due to large number of unorganized players in the plastic product category. they imitate these products and offer them at much lower cost due to usage of low quality plastic. Thus. the intensity of threat posed by them is high in this product category. Polyurethane are available at cheaper price in Asian countries. 5.2. the threat posed by bargaining power of suppliers is low in this product category. Bargaining power of suppliers – Raw material for the manufacture of plastic containers i. good aesthetic appeal. Hence. air-tight. quality is important for the target customers who are willing to shell out money for the product attributes like leakage proof.

Strengths and the weaknesses of the industry Strengths    There are access capacities available in the market. Export markets are tapped by very few players because of non-availability of resources in terms of representations in the foreign markets as well as capacities. both at the domestic and the export level. which can help to boost the production in the future Many players in the medium scale industry are also selling branded products. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 106 .7.  Most of the companies are privately owned entities and are lacking in managerial aspects. which will be good for the future prospects of the industry The amount of investment required to start the business in this segment is low Weaknesses    The industry is dominated by a few players in terms of revenues as well as number of goods produced.10. Imports from the Chinese manufacturers are hampering the growth of the industry.2. Indian products find it difficult to compete in the price-sensitive markets.

They should have a trained sales team to promote their products rather than spending much on advertising. it is very important for a new entrant that their products are different from the ones offered by existing players.10. air tight & aesthetically appealing‖ products Targeting domestic as well as institutional customers for freebies CSF Creating a Brand Image Knowledge of needs & expectations of target customers Trained sales team to create awareness amongst customers Based on the above-mentioned critical success factors. Critical Success Factors for Plastic storage containers A well-connected distribution network Focus on ―Leakage proof. Also.8. They should have a large presence across all the regions in India.2. They should target working women for this product category. they should create a brand image in the minds of consumer about the benefits being offered by their products over other similar products. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 107 .

1.3. Corelle. In case of SAARC countries like Pakistan. there are players like Shubhda Impex. In order to import products in this category importers have to pay import duty 11. Apart from custom duty. are not facing any barriers at present. Thailand and many others. Overview In case of tableware category.11. In case of plastic containers & storage boxes.. total custom duty can be as high as 50 % of purchase price. Sri Lanka. who are importing products in tableware category. Tupperware etc. Iran. Crystal D‘Arques. Major brands being imported in Indian tableware market        Corelle in Opal ware Milton Treo in glassware & opal ware RAK Porcelain in ceramics & porcelain Luminarc in opal ware Noritake in ceramics & porcelain Crysal D‘Arques Paris Other Chinese brands INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 108 . state local taxes are charged at 12 % based on the states where it‘s sold.2 Current Import Duty Structure Players importing products in India from other countries. Imports structure in Indian Tableware & Plastic containers market 11. World Kitchen. either single brand or multiple brands from several countries like China. the major players which are importing consist of Lock n Lock. the duty paid is half of what is paid in case of imports from other countries. RAK Porcelain etc. Sri Lanka. For products that do not fall in the FTA. they have to pay custom duty for importing the tableware & plastic products (containers & storage boxes) from abroad. They are importing brands like Luminarc. total duty paid by importer is 30% (Basic Duty + Additional Duty + Educational Cess) of the purchase price. Paris. RAK Glass etc. In both these categories. 11.

5.4. however.11. 11. Manufacturers & importers follow the same import procedures. China etc. Manufacturers in plastic products category like Cello & Hamilton. similar items can be co-branded and sold. they might also import products from countries like Europe. through licensing agreement with Indian manufacturers. Channel Structure for Importers The channel structure for manufacturers importing tableware & plastic containers from other countries is: Multi brand outlets Exporter Manufacturers Distributors Own Stores es Dealers (in some cases) Retailers / Customers In case of manufacturers in tableware category. import products from Italy. Major brands being imported in Indian Plastic containers market   Lock n Lock Tupperware These brands are imported by both Indian manufacturers as well as importers (in organized market). & sell them under their own brand like Milton sells glass ware imported from other countries with the brand name ‗Milton Treo‘. This helps the foreign manufacturers to utilize the patent/ trademark of Indian manufacturers and can sell their products in Indian market to the same target customers. Thailand. their channel structure may differ in terms of distribution of the products in this category. Players like Cello have tie-ups with Italian brands like ENJOY manufacturing the products in India under Cello‘s brand name through licensing agreement. In addition. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 109 . The advantage for this kind of model is that the well-established players in Indian market can use their sales & distribution market for similar product categories imported from other countries.

RAK Porcelain. However. The advantage of selling products through exclusive importers is that they would focus on establishing the brand name & selling the same through their distribution channel. However. Thus. for products which are imported. it is important that either they are sold through a licensing agreement with an established player in the market in that country or through exclusive distributors of their products being imported. the margins are very high. Lock n Lock etc. However. The super distributors may be multi brand distributors or exclusive distributors as in the case of Noritake. In case of tableware. Thus. sourcing price for importers are around 60% . INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 110 .80% less than the selling price varying from high volume to high value items. they may promote those brands / products which they think is more profitable to them or the margins are high. Noritake.The channel structure for importers in tableware & plastic containers (both organized & unorganized players) in India who sell products with the same brand name as they are sold in their own country is: Retailer Imports Importers / Super Distributor Customer Distributor / Dealer Retailers The major importers in India are unorganized players. they have a limited presence due to lack of proper infrastructure in terms of distributing these products across the country. Arc International sells Luminarc. some of the organized players in both the categories who have set up their offices in India for distribution of the brands manufactured abroad like World Kitchen sells Corelle. in case of importers who are importing multiple brands.

by focusing on those activities in the value chain to squeeze out the cost from value – adding activities. thus. It started manufacturing crystal ware in March 1996 sourcing the exclusive right to use the technical know-how. chip resistant and 100% recyclable mark. promoted by Mr. world class quality. a leading manufacturer of crystal ware globally. With the increasing demand of products in these categories. provide them at competitive price. (LORL). Discussed below is the value chain of one of the leading tableware industry player. it is very important for manufacturers to maintain the availability across the country.1. About the company .12. It has a range of 100 products including tea cups. Inbound Logistics & Operations . microwave safe. plates. 12. their value chain should be designed in such a manner that. data for the manufacture and sale of crystal ware (Brand name: Solitaire) in India and abroad. Understanding the Value Chain 12. from Doosan Glass of South Korea. In the year 1999 the company merged with itself Radha Glass. Sushil Jhunjhunwala and Ajit Jhunjhunwala. casseroles and the like. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 111 . Art d‘inox. information. La Opala has an USP of elegant designs. decreasing their cost of manufacturing to pass on the benefits to customers. Magppie.La Opala RG Ltd.The company made a diversification in the field of glass tableware by producing (24% lead oxide) lead crystal ware at Madhupur.1. mugs. They also import bake ware from abroad.1. Yera etc. Bihar. beverage & barware. In order to achieve this.e. Value Chain of Tableware Industry The products being manufactured in India in tableware category include dinnerware.Case study for Tableware: Value chain of La Opala RG Ltd. a group company manufacturing plain Opalware. bowls. Another plant has already started functioning in Uttaranchal with imported equipments being used for manufacturing the new brand called ‗DIVA‘ in which the material used is almost unbreakable. The major manufacturers in these categories are La Opala. The new unit avails an exemption of excise duty and income tax for 10 and 5 years respectively. La Opala‘s core strategy is cost leadership i. and is involved in the business of manufacturing Opalware and Crystal ware products. they would save on cost at each level of value chain.

Marketing & Sales – They are targeting masses between the age group of 21-35 years*** of age and among the institutional players. manufactured in India in plastic container category. Value Chain of Plastic Containers Industry The products. Services – They tend to provide new varieties at economical cost to the customers like unbreakable material being used to manufacture tableware. The main outlets currently include departmental stores. 15 in South & 20 in East India. include Storage Containers. Cello. through advertisements in print media and are planning to come on TV. Westside etc. For example Magppie has its own stores. some of the manufacturers do. Thermoware & Dine ware. They have tie ups with several multi brand outlets like Shoppers Stop. they target Pharmaceutical companies and Four & Five Star hotels. 25 in West.Outbound Logistics – La Opala has a well-established distribution network across the country to make their products available all across the country. *** Based on the responses of a Senior Manager at La Opala 12.. Eagle Thermoware etc.2. With the increasing demand of INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 112 . Ltd. They are promoting their products through distributor. La Opala has a total of 85*** distributors across the country with 25 distributors in North. The major manufacturers in these categories are Hamilton Housewares Pvt. They introduce several consumer schemes like scratch card system & festive discounts. general utensils merchant and gift retailers. Their distribution network is as shown below: Own Stores Factory es Multi brand outlets / Institutional sales Raw Material Sourcing Distributor Dealer / Retailer Customer * Although La Opala does not has its own stores. Tupperware.

Bombay. WIMPLAST -Italy & SUMMITOMO – Japan Strong in house R&D base.Plastic containers. About the Company  Cello Thermoware ltd.E. 12. as they were later positioned. Rathod.2.1.A. Managing Director and Mr.Founded by Mr. G. Kenya & U. in May 10.D. that the Indian market had ever seen     Mr. Case study for Plastic containers: Value chain of Cello Thermoware Ltd. value chain of manufacturers should be such that products are available across all geographies. 1986. Deputy Managing Director.S. with just 60 workers and 7 machines engaged in the manufacture of the finest range of Casserole. U. Pankaj Rathod.more than 300 engineers and plastic technologists Inbound Logistics & Operations      They have increased production capacity by 1 million & are continuously adding on to their capacities of production every year of 10 % -15 %. or Hot Pots. at a small factory in Goregaon. developed the Unique Breakthrough Insulation technology THERMI-GUARD Many product designs PATENTED in Europe They have warehouse and sales offices in different locations in India. Nepal. Chairman. Discussed below is the value chain of one of the leading tableware industry player.A. . INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 113 .Germany. spearheaded the growth & diversification into new products and markets First & Largest Manufacturer of Branded household products in India. Sri Lanka. Investment of more than USD 50 million in ultramodern plastic processing machines from BATTENFIELD. having wide range of plastic moulded products Annual sales turn over of more than USD 100 million and exports of USD 28 million 2100 employees. Pardeep Rathod.

They are planning to increase the number of distributors by 100 in next 1-2 years Multi brand outlets / Institutional sales Factory Raw Material Sourcing Distributor Dealer / Retailer Customer Sales & Marketing –    Dealer oriented activities are incorporated i.. they directly sell through the factory They have 90 exclusive distributors in this product category throughout India. those dealers who achieve higher sales target.A. Services –  Availability is a major concern in this business. receive more benefits in terms of the revenue Direct selling team is in place for corporate sales They also incorporate schemes for customers in festival seasons like Diwali. Germany.. U.S. Cello ensures that their products are available across all cities through a well connected distribution network INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 114 . Japan etc Outbound Logistics –     They sell it through distributor network who then sell it to the retailer For organized retailers. Thus. summer season etc. Regularly export to more than 60 countries including U.e.K. Italy.

Tableware – With the changing lifestyle & customer preferences. Daughter‘s wedding etc. FGD findings for these two product categories are presented below: 13. in this stage the consumer recognizes the need for purchasing a particular product. Anniversary. SEC A1/A2. they may purchase products in this category just because they like something while visiting a store (Impulse Purchase)    „I would buy tableware at occasions like birth day parties . birthday parties For changing old tableware with new ones With increasing requirements of family members For gifting on occasions like Diwali. SEC A2/B1 . for any player entering the tableware & plastic containers industry. Also. Bangalore „ I would buy tableware in festive season or for show off. they may also purchase tableware if they can exchange their old tableware with new ones or some festive offers are going on (discounts). Customer Purchase process 1.Thus. 25-32 years.1. Kolkata INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 115 .e. 25-32 years . Their value chain should be organized in such a way that each activity aligns with the strategy they want to incorporate in the Indian market 13. SEC A2/B1 .kitty parties & when many people are coming at a time‟. it is very important to effectively utilize all the activities in the value chain based on the strategy they want to follow i.2. Overview As mentioned earlier. When the items break. Delhi „ I would purchase tableware when the need arises and for change‟ – Working . Cost Leadership or Differentiator. 38-45 years .Housewives‟. then they need to replace them with a new set Other than the above mentioned reasons. the major reasons when consumers find that they need to buy Tableware were observed as:      For occasions like Kitty parties. Consumer Insights 13. FGDs conducted across the country covered the consumer insights for four product categories inclusive of plastic products and utensils as well. At the Problem Recognition / Need Awareness Stage – As discussed above.Working .

SEC A1/A2. 25-32 years. even if there is no need at present (impulse purchase which refers to buying decision made immediately. they should be moisture proof. they might purchase these items. Information Sources – The major sources of information for products in this category are:   Word Of Mouth – after hearing about the quality of products from friends/ family. most people prefer to use glass containers and not plastic containers across majority of the regions. Also. Information Search – In case of tableware & plastic products. the purchase of plastic containers is increasing for carrying food items. people in Southern India prefer to store food items in stainless steel containers rather than plastic boxes. 25-32 years . For microwave. With the difference in the storage of food items.   „ There are no specific occasion or any function for purchase of these items because plastic items are useful always‟. their purchase would depend upon the kind of item to be stored like for perishable items. the customer doesn‘t spend much time in searching information about such products because they are not very high value items and are purchased whenever the need arises or even if there is no need. they may purchase them for changing the old boxes with new ones & for gifting on occasions like Diwali etc. SEC A2/ B1. Kolkata 2. in an unplanned manner based on urge created by liking a product very much). But they can also be purchase anytime you find them. With the modular kitchen concept coming in place. Hyderabad „ I would purchase plastic products when the need arises and for change‟ – Working . consumers tend to purchase those products Print Media ( Newspapers & magazines) – customers tend to refer these sources to know about different brands in the market & schemes/discounts going on in the market at any point of time INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 116 .Plastic Products – Although products in this category (storage boxes. With the increase in number of working women. containers) are purchased whenever they need to store food items – perishable / imperishable. people prefer to purchase plastic products which are aesthetically appealing and keep the food items fresh. Also. since they are not very high value items.Working women.

should be light in weight. they would not mind paying extra price for that       Brand.Most of the imported products are displayed in these exhibitions & customers visiting these places tend to purchase them if they like the products being displayed  „For purchase of tableware . SEC A2/B1 .It should look good & available in various shapes & designs. 25-32 years. handling of the product should be easy. several sub-aspects are present.Housewives. SEC A2/B1.we see them before purchasing the same as displayed in stores or if someone has given reference or told about the quality of products‟ . SEC A1. from where customers can see. Parameters identified as important to consumers while buying Tableware are as follows:  Quality – In this parameter. Finish of the product should be good Maintenance – It should be easy to handle and can be cleaned easily „For purchase of tableware . It should be trustworthy. Variety – It should be available in variety of colors & designs.Working . touch & feel about the quality of products as well as the price range suitable for them  Trade fairs & exhibitions.  Price – This is considered less important in comparison to quality. Ahmedabad „While purchasing tableware. luxury products. Usually customers have no fixed budget for this category of products.we see the brand we are purchasing should be trustworthy‟. 38-45 years. Bangalore 3. we see that handling & cleaning of products should be easy‟-Working . preferably they should be unbreakable. So even if it‘s expensive but satisfies them on quality & social status front. Aesthetic appeal.It should be able to reflect social status i. Evaluation of Alternatives – This stage involves weighing different product attributes and their ability to deliver benefits based on the information collected in the previous stage & based on the requirements of customers.e. They should not loose color. 38-45 years. Mumbai INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 117 . Retail stores – Most of the multi brand outlets display products of different brands.

Men are only involved in the financial decision making or in accompanying women while making a purchase. they are not freely available in open market. This includes that the plastic should be of good quality. SEC A1/A2. „For purchase of tableware& plastic products. However. we see that it should be air tight & food has to be preserved well. Purchase Decision – This involves decision related to what to purchase & from where to purchase & who will purchase. Mumbai 4. they are admirers‟. in selecting any product children might influence the decision in terms of design & looks of the product. SEC A2/ B1. 38-45 years. it can be kept in fridge & microwave.Working. They should be available in various sizes.Working . & should be odor less‟. 3845 years. SEC A1. But it is not as important as quality of the products. 25-32 years. food items kept inside should not smell & the taste of food should not change. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 118 . SEC A2/B1. But people also face barriers in the purchase of branded plastic ware because they are expensive and can be purchased only through agents like Tupperware i. Delhi „Brand is an important criterion in the purchase of plastic ware like Tupperware‟. Although there is no fixed budget kept for the purchase of these products.e.e. They should look good & after washing the color should not fade or it should not get disfigured. Kolkata „We see that after washing the color should not fade or disfigure & it should not start looking old‟Housewives.Working. Lid should be comfortable & durable. Bangalore The frequency of purchase of products in these categories is almost once in every six month. 25-32 years. but price does mater to customers. It should be air tight & leak proof in order to store food items in them. It should be hygienic & should be multi-purpose in nature i. It should be long lasting.    „For purchase of tableware .In case of Plastic products the major parameters are quality & functionality of the container. Brand is also considered as an important parameter in the purchase of products in this category for upper middle class & higher class people. Husband only takes care of financial part. Key decision maker in case of both tableware & plastic products are women. we are the Decision maker.

Point of Purchase- In order to purchase these items, customers prefer multi brand outlets like Pantaloons, Shopper‘s Stop, Big Bazaar etc. where they can see, touch & feel these items & can compare with other brands as well in terms of functionality as well as prices. Also, they find variety in terms of colors & designs under one roof in these stores and they can go their any time along with their family. They prefer exhibitions as well to purchase these products, but the major problem, which they face in these exhibitions, is that no exchange is possible in these exhibitions as they are temporary in nature, which is not the case in case of multi brand outlets or shopping malls.
„For purchase of tableware & plastic products, we purchase from malls, exhibitions & Home furnishing stores‟Working, SECA1, 38-45 years, Mumbai

5. Post Purchase Evaluation – In these product categories, customers expect that there should be an exchange mechanism if the product is defected and some kind of guarantee / warrantee schemes should be provided based on the kind of product they are purchasing. Also, customers should be made aware of such schemes in advance so as to build trust in their mind.

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Learning from Consumer Insights - Summarized

Tableware – Whenever the need arise, with the increase in number Need Trigger of family members or parties and when they need to replace the old tableware. They may also purchase for gifting on occasions like Diwali or Marriage in the family. Plastic Products – When they need to store food items but mostly Information Sources impulse purchases, sometimes bought for gifting purpose as well. Tableware & Plastic Products – Newspapers, Magazines, Trade Fairs / Exhibitions, Word of Mouth from Family or Friends

Tableware – 1. Quality 2. Price 3. Brand 4. Variety 5. Aesthetic Alternatives Evaluation Plastic products – 1. Quality 2. Functionality 3. Hygienic 4. Variety 5. Aesthetics Tableware & Plastic products – Wife plays a major role in purchase Purchase Decision of the products in these categories. Kids influence for new trends and designs. They prefer to buy from well-established brands or chain of showrooms. Husband can influence in terms of spending or budget. These products are purchased once in six months with no fixed Post Purchase Behavior budget in mind Tableware & Plastic Products – Customers look forward for provisions like warranty, replacement of defected products & should be communicated about the same Appeal 6. Maintenance

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14. Conclusion
14.1. Market Attractiveness
Based on the understanding of Tableware & Plastic Storage Container category, an evaluation in terms of market attractiveness was undertaken to develop a rank order for each of these. This ranking has been done based on the various criteria, such as:       Industry Growth Stage Growth of Customer Segments Growth in Allied Sectors Competitive Scenario Potential Entry Barriers Scale of Investments required etc.

The findings of the above analysis are as follows: Market Attractiveness

Market Segment

Main Criteria / Advantages Demand is huge and it‘s the fastest growing category (more than 20% p.a.); Competition is high ;Both domestic & institutional customers purchase products in this category for

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lifestyle products; Few players in the organized market; Growing product category (around 20% p.a.) ; Both Domestic & Institutional customers purchase products in this range; Investment required is more than in Beverage

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Plastic Storage Container Growth is almost stagnant at 12-15% p. Customer base is TablewareBarware Range  limited to institutional customers (Hotel & Catering Industry) & upper middle class segment in domestic customers. JV has its own pros & cons since it will limit the control over business and dilution of control takes place and the partner may become a competitor. But the major advantage of these mechanisms is that an investors can use the technology as well as the name of the existing brands in Indian market. Entry barrier is low. 15.. these entry mechanisms are less risky in comparison to fully owned INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 122 . Competition is less. a new entrant should focus upon Beverage Range & Dinnerware in Glass material for entry in the Indian Tableware market. Tableware is the most attractive category and within tableware.1. Entry Strategy In order to enter the Indian tableware market. Competition is high.a. Margins are low Thus. the potential investor should enter either through Joint Venture or Merger & Acquisition with the existing player in this industry in India.range category. Investment required is more than other categories. Both domestic as  well as institutional customers purchase products in this category. Margins are high Demand is huge in this segment. Through M & A they may use the established distribution network of the existing player along with inbound and outbound logistics for managing the product availability and delivery to the final customer. following are the key take-outs for potential entrants in Indian Tableware market: 15. Recommendations Based on the analysis of tableware industry in India. Also. Margins are high Comparatively slow growing category. Investment required is low in this product category.

2. the new entrant should enter either through Joint Venture or through strategic alliance with an existing player in that market. beneficial for storage of all kind of food materials.e. 15. a new entrant should first enter the Indian tableware market with beverage range particularly tumblers in variety of shapes & designs and them they can increase their product portfolio with barware and dinnerware as well when they are able to establish their brand name in the Indian market. Thus. Target Product Categories Based on inputs from industry experts. they can also offer large containers for storage of imperishable items and thermoware as well. tableware should be positioned as easy to maintain i. Also. In plastic containers for storage purpose. the fastest growing category in tableware is Beverage range followed by Dinnerware.3. Later. they should tie up with the existing player in the Indian market with similar positioning of products in tableware segment to effectively utilize the value chain of that player and pass on the benefits to customers. they should offer variety in terms of size. leakage proof. Also. 15. they can sell their products to the same target customers. color & utility. middle class & upper middle class women.e. unbreakable. In order to enter the Indian plastic container industry it is very important that the products are widely available across all geographies.manufacturing facilities where the chances of loss are high. they should enter the market with products for storage of perishable food items and can be used in both refrigerators & microwaves. scratch free. Thus. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 123 .perishable & imperishable. Positioning of Tableware & Plastic storage containers In order to target the masses i. Also. In case of Plastic containers for storage purpose. they should be positioned in such a manner that they are different from the other products in this category in terms of quality of plastic used. in order to enter this market in India. easy to handle and clean & available in variety of designs & colors across all regions in India.

exclusive boutiques. the target customers should be Corporate & Hotel/ Catering segment for gifting or as freebies for promoting their product and for personal usage. selling through company stores as well as multi brand outlets like Magppie sell their products through Multi brand outlets. there is a need for direct distribution system where there are no other parties involved in the distribution process that take ownership of the product. Also. Distribution In order to sell the products in tableware & plastic storage containers category to institutional customers.15. but by 2025 will have expanded dramatically to 583 million people—some 41 percent of the population. it can be seen that women especially newly wed in upper middle class & middle class should be target segment for a new entrant as the middle class currently numbers some 50 million people. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 124 . leakage proof and safe.g. shop -n-shop model where dedicated space in an outlet is provided to Magppie. However. This approach expands distribution and allows the marketer to reach a wider market i. In case of dinnerware & plastic storage containers. Also. the marketer must be careful with this approach due to the potential for channel conflict. For beverage and barware. For selling to domestic consumers at large. 15. salesperson) is involved in the distribution process. Multi channel or hybrid distribution network should be used where a marketer is following a multi-channel or hybrid distribution system. Personal Selling Systems should be employed where a person whose main responsibility involves creating and managing sales (e. They can also target companies & hotels due to the increase in the gifting levels of companies & rising hotel & catering industry due to the next commonwealth games which are going to take place in India. Target Customers Based on the analysis of the Indian Tableware & Plastic storage container market.4. number of working women is increasing who need plastic storage containers for themselves & their kids which are air-tight. generally by persuading the buyer to place an order.e.. there is a considerable increase in the disposable income and people are purchasing more number of lifestyle goods because of the rising income levels.5. In the direct distribution system. the target customers are domestic users who use these products for their personal usage or for gifting.

Value Chain It is very important for a new entrant to align all the activities in the value chain in accordance with the strategy adopted for selling their products in India & based on the need gaps faced by the consumers from the existing players. proper mix of advertisement through print media.. Also. in order to successfully position the brand in consumer‘s mind it is important that proper mix of brand name. For an investor in the tableware & plastic storage containers market in India. it is very important that the new entrant specifies & communicates about the quality they are offering. Also. should be employed. schemes like scratch card. 15. it is easy to utilize the technical know-how of the existing manufacture as well as their patent/ trademarks.6.15. raw material acquisition would be easier from the existing suppliers in the Indian market.V. it is very important that the product attributes are specified clearly not just to the consumers but internally within the organization & how these product attributes would help in satisfying the customer requirements. service standards. should be employed on occasions like Diwali etc. Thus. how it is different from others & establish an image of credibility in the minds of consumer.  Inbound Logistics & Operations – After having tie-ups with the existing players in India who are manufacturing products similar to the positioning of the products manufactured by a new entrant.7. T. discounts etc. Brand building & Promotion In order to build a brand in a new market. product guarantees. exhibitions etc. packaging and the way in which it is delivered is employed. Also. in order to reinforce this image in the mind of customers. in order to establish the brand image of its product. image. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 125 .

Also. Profile of major players in tableware category 16. they can utilize multiple channels of distribution – Retail. on channels emphasizing on family shows and through web-sites like ebay. Also. a new entrant should focus upon Tableware category – Beverage Range & Dinnerware in Joint Venture or Merger & Acquisition with an existing player and ensure that the products are available across all geographies and address customer needs in terms of scratch free. 16.1.1 La Opala Company Profile  The Jharkhand plant of La Opala has a capacity to manufacture 3. Thus. Direct Selling & Exclusive Outlets and expand the distribution channel based on the demand of people across various regions in India. Outbound Logistics – The new entrant can utilize the warehousing facility and distribution network of the existing player in the tableware & plastic storage containers market. unbreakable & maintenance is easy and inexpensive. they need to educate the customers about the differentiating features of their products and benefits they offer to the customers.  Marketing & Sales .V.1. Annexure 16.500 tones per annum of opal glass tableware and 1.They can utilize the existing network along with the establishment of new methods of marketing like direct marketing as employed by Tupperware.600 tones per annum of crystal ware under the brand name ‗Solitaire‘ INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 126 . Thus. promotion schemes to attract customers during festive season can be incorporated and institutional players can be offered discounts based on bulk purchases. advertising on T.com  Service – The products if offered with some guarantee or replacement warranty for a fixed period of time.

       Another plant at Uttaranchal has production capacity of 4.a.1.V. discounts etc.INR 2000 – 4000 o For higher class –INR 1000 for six glasses ( crystal ware)   For selling their products in institutional segment . they directly pitch in for customers.4 Billion Out of total sales worth INR 600 million. INR 400 million are into dinnerware & INR 200 million into beverage & bar range They are growing at an average of 20-25% p. 16. From distributors. For institutional sales. their last year sales were INR 600 million in the domestic market & exports worth INR 1. they target pharmaceutical companies & five star hotels They have a total of 85 distributors (multi brand) in the country.      The margin they pay to distributors is 10% and dealer gets a margin of around 20-25% on the amount being sold by them They also sell their products through multi brand outlets where products are directly transported through their factory They imported bake ware from other countries worth INR 350 million in last year They use print media for advertising about their products & are planning to come on T. the product goes to dealers / retailers. Beverage range is the most fastest growing category amongst dinnerware. They also have consumer schemes like scratch card.2 Yera Company Profile INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 127 .3000 o For upper middle class.000 tones per annum and manufactures opal glass tableware under the brand name ‗DIVA‘ La Opala has 10% market share in opal glass ware market i.e. beverage & barware and bake ware They are targeting masses in India in the age group of 21-35 years for selling their products Their price range varies according to the target customers – o For masses – INR 1200 .

tumblers. Tumblers are the fastest growing category amongst the products being manufactured by Yera (Shreno Pvt. Gujarat with total production capacity of 165 tones per day. 1 in glass ware market. They have achieved sales of INR 20 million per month – highest amongst all ceramic ware companies The total market for ceramic tableware is INR 2130 million and Bharat Pottery Ltd. lemon sets. dinner sets. Ltd.             The company has a manufacturing facility in Baroda.) They are targeting middle class people in India & price of products being manufactured by them lies in the range of INR 50 – 1000 Last year total turnover for Yera was INR 650 million out of which 90 % of the sales were in domestic market & 10% sales were in exports Out of the total domestic sales.1. Company profile      They have a manufacturing facility in Jaipur with the production capacity of 2 lakh pieces per day They have a turnover of more than INR 1 billion last year They are into dinnerware and beverage & bar ware – plates. Bharat Pottery Ltd. Their market share in total glassware market of INR 12 Billion is 5. jugs. Platters.e. bowls etc.3. They are into dinnerware & beverage range. They are utilizing their production capacity fully. glasses. INR 850 million) in this market INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 128 . they have a direct sales team They promote their products through trade fair. has a market share of 40% ( i. dinner sets etc. mugs. The company is No. 60% sales were among domestic consumers & 40% sales were among institutional & hotel/catering sector They have a total of 400 dealers across India & around 62 in North They sell their products through dealers/ distributors ( multi brand) to retailers For institutional sales .4% They manufacture plates. cups & saucer. exhibitions and advertising in print media They are importing Bar ware from China & Iran worth INR 200 million 16.

serving ware . Pantaloons etc. They give advertisements in newspaper. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 129 . where 55% are domestic customers . 25% are hotels/ catering & 20% are institutional segments      Their products lie in the price range of INR 4000 to INR 10000 ( dinner set) They have a total of 150 distributors in India distributed district wise They sell their products from distributors to small retailers.   They are growing at the rate of 15-20% per annum where ceramic tableware industry is growing at the rate of 5-10% Out of the total sales of Bharat Pottery Ltd. glass .4. magazines and introduce promotional schemes to attract customers 16. 85% is sales in domestic market where as 15% sales come from exports In the domestic sales. home accessories & office accessories They use steel with ceramics.000 units per month They are into the manufacturing of tableware . Haryana They manufacture around 4. Big Bazzar . 85% consist of dinner ware & 15% consist of beverage range . For institutional sales. they have a sales team They also have tie-ups with multi brand outlets like Shoppers Stop.1.00. wood & leather to manufacture these items They are targeting upper middle class Their product range starts from INR 300 -15000 Major portion of their sales come from corporate sales (60%) & from domestic sales (40%) Bar & beverage range contributes to around 50-55% of their total sales They have their own company stores to sell their products & also have distributors who sell to retailers (Multi brand outlets).. Art d’ inox Company Profile          Their manufacturing facility is located at Rohad .

décor.2. Haryana They have a turnover of more than INR 1250 million They are into the manufacturing of dining. Also. Magppie Company Profile    Their manufacturing facility is located at Kundli .2.1. Vacuumware.a. they have a sales team to directly pitch in for corporate who purchase their products for gifting & five star hotels 16. 60% comes from exports & 40% from domestic sales Presently. they sell through distributors They promote their products through advertisements in print media. to multi brand outlets . Nonstick Cookware items and Toothbrushes INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 130 . Household Plastic Items. Profile of major players in Plastic storage container category 16. Plastic Moulded Furniture. they initiate special offers for customers 16. whereas industry is growing at 15% 20% p.1 Cello Company Profile  CELLO Group are the manufacturers of Thermoware. beverage range.. barware. they have 10 stores of which seven are into retailing stainless steel products and three in modular kitchen They are planning to open 40 more stores in next 3-4 years They sell their products through Multi brand outlets. Writing Instruments.e. For institutional sales.5. through PR activities & CRM. shop -n-shop model where dedicated space in an outlet is provided to Magppie For channel sales i. exclusive boutiques. tabletop accessories. Dining & Barware are the fast growing categories whereas Décor is a slow growing category          They are presently growing at the rate of 35% p. They are targeting upper middle class & institutional players Price range for their products start from INR 700 – INR 75000 Out of their total sales.a.

which is innovative. but in metro's they have 2-3 distributors /city.thermoware Their products are priced in the range of INR 2500 per unit of thermoware They sell it to distributor network who then sell to retailer and for selling through organized retail.T.2. They give extra benefit to dealers if the sales are more They are importing steel flasks from China & have tie-up with Italian brand & Thai brand ‗ENJOY‘ to manufacture the same with their name in India for 10 years 16. breakthrough product . 70%.1 million per month Their products percentage break-up is 30% .Lunch boxes.         Cello has seven up-to-date manufacturing units in Daman (U.2.5 billion They are targeting middle & upper middle class to high income group having income class of above INR 25. They have a distributor after every 100 kms. Dry storage boxes . with latest molding machines and excellent infrastructure Cello has developed the unique.) and one in Pune. they directly sell through company warehouses They have 90 distributors who are exclusive distributor in this product category through out India. Tupperware Company Profile    They have their manufacturing facility in Hyderabad They offer products in plastic kitchenware which are classified as.Thermi Guard. giving Cello an edge over rival products They use Polycarbonate . food preparation items & serving items They use Polypropylene ( cloudy view plastic) & Polycarbonate ( clear view plastic) as raw materials in the manufacturing of their products INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 131 .plastic . Polypropylene & High tensile strength plastic as raw material The present sales turnover of CELLO has reached INR 3. They tend to avoid intermediaries & are planning to increase the number of distributors by adding on 100 distributors in next 1 . 000 – INR 0.2 years    They select those distributors who exhibit a good financial background and ability demonstrated in similar line of products for 4 – 6 years They have introduced dealer oriented activities rather than the usual promotion activities to sell their products. protective shield.

Whereas cloudy plastic products are less expensive and fast growing category Their products are priced in the range of INR 145 for a container to INR 2500 for a dinner set They are targeting SEC A & SEC B women in the age group of 25 year onwards They have a direct selling team i. upper middle class & higher income group of annual income of INR 0. insulated and non . containers. Water Jugs. & Silvassa have been awarded the ISO 9001 :2000 certification for successful implementation of Quality Management Systems Their products are targeted to the class of customers who are masses means lower middle class & some middle class pre dominantly due to the basic gifting nature of Indian culture The price of their products ranges from INR 300 – INR1000 Also.5 million & above The products for these customers are in the price range starting from INR 2000 – INR 3000 like Barware INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 132 .2.M and undertake several below the line activities like kiosks in malls.insulated Tiffin. Hamilton Company Profile    Milton is one of the oldest players within the organized plastic Industry in India Milton developed its own technology and technical know-how and pioneered the Thermoware segment Milton has over 350 key selling items in its product basket ranging from Casserole. women who join as a consultant and after appointing six more consultants in their team. they do advertising in women magazines and are venturing into TV. school activities for students who use lunch boxes most often.e.      Milton's world-class plants in Pune. They source their products from distributors. Water Bottle. They are already using F. they become managers.    Clear plastic products are more expensive. they target another segment of people i.   For institutional sales . hence they are slow growing category. Vacuum flask. loyalty club for consumers who want to keep in touch with what is going on in Tupperware 16.e. they have a direct selling team in the company For promoting their products. tubs etc. Soft thermoware items & regular household items like trays. buckets.3.

mini metro . Marketing takes place through distributors (more than 200) present in every metro. big towns . mini towns in India INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 133 .

need to secure an import license. 16. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 134 . Paris. imports of all goods are Free except for the items regulated by the policy or any other law for the time being in force. Principal Law & Import Export Policy Principal Law Imports in India are governed by the Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation) Act 1992. should be fully conversant with the mode of pricing and the manner of payment for the imports.2. In exercise of the powers conferred by the Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation) Act 1992 items. Importers need an Importers/Exporters Code Number from the Directorate General of Trade in order to be able to import 16. The importer for his benefits should know the meaning of the technical terminology. To avoid ambiguity in interpretation of such terms. the Government of India has liberalized the Import Policy and practically all Controls on imports have been lifted. The full cost and risk involved in bringing the goods from this place to the desired destination will be borne by the buyer. Imports may be made freely except to the extent they are regulated by the provisions of Import Policy or by any other law for the time being in force. A large number of Consumer goods are freely importable without license.3. These terms have almost universal acceptance and are explained below: Ex-work 'Ex-work' means that the seller's responsibility is to make the goods available to the buyer at works or factory. For import of items appearing in the restricted list you. Under this Act. has give detailed definition of a few standard terms popularly known as 'INCO TERMS'. Mode of Pricing and INCO TERMS While finalizing the terms of import contract.1. coffee and cocoa.3. the Importer.16. Import Legislation in India With the globalization of the Indian economy and consequent upon comfortable balance of payments position. These terms thus represents the minimum obligation for the seller. the overseas suppliers normally quote the terms prevailing in international trade. International Chamber of Commerce. As regards mode of pricing. not appearing in Prohibited list or restricted list can be imported freely without any import license. It is mostly used for sale of plantation commodities such as tea.3.

but they are also used for road transport. The buyer has to contract with the sea carrier for the carriage of the goods to the destination and pay the freight. the point of delivery is fixed to the ship's rail and the risk of loss or of damage to the goods is transferred from the seller to the buyer at that very point. As will be seen though the seller bears the cost of carriage to the named destination. 'On board' means that a Received for Shipment' Bill of Lading is not sufficient. Customs Duty Customs duty is levied under the Customs Act. the seller's obligations are fulfilled and the buyer notified. 1962 on the import of goods into India.3. the risk is already transferred to the buyer at the port of shipment itself.3. Cost and Freight (C & F) The seller must on his own risk and not as an agent of the buyer. Such B/L if issued must be converted into 'Shipped on Board B/L' by using the stamp 'Shipped on Board' and must bear signature of the carrier or his authorized representative together with date on which the goods were 'boarded'. 16. Cost Insurance Freight (CIF) The term is the same as C & F but with the addition that the seller has to obtain insurance at his cost against the risks of loss or damage to the goods during the carriage. The seller's obligations are fulfilled when the goods are delivered to the carrier. Free on Board (FOB) The sellers‘ responsibility ends the moment the contracted goods are placed on board the ship. The buyer has to bear all costs and risks of loss or damage to the goods hereafter. This being a shipment contract.Free on Rail (FOR)/Free on Truck (FOT) These terms are used when the goods are to be carried by rail. contract for the carriage of the goods to the port of destination named in the sale contract and pay the freight. Free Alongside Ship (FAS) Once the goods have been placed alongside the ship. 1975. Customs duty on imports comprises the following:    Basic Customs Duty Additional Customs duty in lieu of excise duty Additional duty of customs to countervail state taxes/VAT 135 INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY . The rates of customs duty are laid down in the Customs Tariff Act. free of cost to the buyer at a port of shipment named in the sales contract.

The government of India has entered into a number of free trade agreements with trade partners like Thailand. additional duty in lieu of and additional duty of 4 % in lieu of sales tax/VAT payable on the sale of goods is also applicable on the imported goods. Similar trade agreements with ASEAN. benefit under export promotion capital goods scheme etc. imported goods. Thus. and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries and Singapore to promote preferential tariffs for certain identified goods. Sri Lanka. Mercosur countries and the European Union are also on the anvil.5%. Education Cess The general rate of basic customs duty ranges between 0 % and 20 %. Further certain exemptions/concessions (drawback of duties. However. Certain specified categories of goods are exempt from this levy in accordance with commitments under the WTO.) are available for import of specified products such as IT products or for imports under specific schemes and projects. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 136 .74 % because of the additional duties. In addition. 2 % education cess is also charged on the aggregate customs duties. are subject to an effective customs duty rate of 36. with most products being charged duty at a rate of 12. The primary basis for the valuation of goods under the Indian customs law is the transaction value.5 %. which have a basic customs duty rate of 12.

Mumbai d) Furniture Bazaar. Retailers and Importers a) Durian Furniture. Mumbai h) Noritake. Delhi c) Evok (HHRL). Mumbai b) Home Stop.. Mumbai c) Home Town. References Primary Research In-depth interviews were conducted with following categories of organizations 1.. Mumbai INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 137 .. Delhi i) Bharat Bonechina. Delhi j) Tupperware India. Mumbai e) La Opala RG Ltd. Mumbai f) Fine Living – Wooden Furniture and Interior Concept. Delhi l) Big Bazaar . Mumbai h) Magpie International Ltd. Co. Delhi f) Art d'Inox. Mumbai g) Living in Style. Chennai i) Shudhda Impex.Future Group. Delhi 2. Gurgaon d) Milton Global Ltd ( Hamilton). Mumbai e) House full International Ltd. Gurgaon k) Yera.17. Ltd. Delhi g) Cello Thermoware Ltd. Manufacturers & Retailers a) Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Mumbai b) Style Spa Furniture Ltd.

Frost & Sullivan Report INVESTMENT POTENTIAL IN INDIAN HOME UTILITY & FURNISHING INDUSTRY 138 . Kolkata 4. Market feasibility study and Business development plan for the Handicrafts sector. Hyderabad 7. EPCH Country Study. D&B Report 6. CSIL Report 4. The World Furniture Outlook. Delhi Nine Focus Group Discussions were also conducted to obtain consumer insights for the identified product categories. Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce. Delhi (2) 2. Mumbai (2) 3. Ahmedabad 5. USA. IBEF Report 3. A Strategic Supply Side Analysis of Indian Exporters of Plastic Consumer Products.Imports 3. Bangalore Secondary Research Sources 1. Industry Associations a) EPCH – Exports Promotion Council for Handicrafts. India 2. Frost & Sullivan Report 5. Chennai 6. These were conducted across following cities 1. Report on Furniture Industry in India. Furniture Market and Opportunities.

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