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And this was not all. Be it the mass market players like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Tata Motors or those keen on tapping the fast-growing luxury segment like Skoda, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi or Volkswagen - all were there at the mega show announcing India launch of their latest models and unveiling their concepts.
One automaker that presented itself as a 'complete brand' was General Motors, which is not only making efforts to tap the maximum selling compact segment but is also looking at the luxury segment.
Through the highly competitive pricing of its new compact car 'Beat', it could have triggered a price war in the mass selling segment.
The growing clout of Indian automakers was clearly underlined by a recent survey by leading consultancy firm KPMG, which said that global automotive market share winners over the next five years would include various new Chinese and Indian vehicle manufacturers, along with leaders like Hyundai/Kia, Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen.
From the current ranking of 11th largest passenger car market, India will jump to the seventh spot in the next five years. And it is not just about cars; India is also world's second largest two-wheeler market and fourth largest commercial vehicle market, besides emerging as a quality component manufacturing base with low-cost advantage. So, auto experts were not at all surprised with Honda's decision to export crucial components from its new plant in Rajasthan to its headquarters in Japan, while Hyundai and Suzuki Motors have already made India as their export hubs.
For the record, the week-long show, jointly organised by the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA), the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) since 1986, saw participation of over 2,100 exhibitors and launch of 25 new models (the biggest ever so far), besides unveiling of over two-dozen concept vehicles. It was a huge hit as far as footfalls were concerned as almost 20-lakh auto-enthusiasts, apart from those eyeing serious business opportunities, witnessed the extravaganza.
The auto show also helped companies gauge the mood of their Indian customers and accordingly plan their future launches in the booming market that recorded growth despite economic slowdown even as the markets in the U.S. and Europe fared badly.
One segment that has caught everybody's attention is the scope of battery-operated cars. It was precisely for this reason that some major carmakers like General Motors, Renault, Hyundai, Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki announced their plans to bring "green cars" in the near future. India is also being seen as a major source of e-cars for global markets.
On the other hand, the commercial vehicle segment saw global players like Volvo, Navistar, Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland and Mercedes-Benz renewing their focus on the Indian market, thanks to the boom in the infrastructure sector and consistent economic growth.
India is also poised to emerge as a major destination for hi-end biking, besides consolidating its position as mass bike market and its major exporter.
The entry of iconic Harley Davidson brand and Ducati bikes in India are examples of it, while other players like Ducati, Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda are bullish on the idea.
Similarly, the presence of component manufacturers in huge numbers, which included dedicated stalls from countries like China, Germany and Italy did not surprise Indian industry.
Besides seeing huge domestic potential, emergence of India as a manufacturing hub for exports has prompted them to make a beeline for the sub-continent. Interestingly, the domestic auto component industry is targeting a six-fold growth in exports by 2016.
Pointing out that component sourcing by both domestic and global auto majors turned out to be a major activity at this year's show, ACMA President Jayant Davar said, "India's advantage as an ideal cost-competitive hub is the key, and this is going to prop up component exports in a big way in the years to come." From around $20 billion in 2009, 20 per cent of which would be exports, Indian auto component industry is likely to touch $45 billion, of which 50 per cent would be from exports.
Author : Sandeep Joshi
Source : The Hindu
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
By Charles Dominick, SPSM
How Are Purchasing & Sourcing Different Today?
The new year's arrival made me ponder how purchasing in 2008 differs from purchasing in 1998. Here are the top 10 purchasing changes in those 10 years.
10. Technology Proliferated. Today, eProcurement and eSourcing are two of the most useful practices in purchasing. Ten years ago, those terms were unheard of.
9. Center-Led Procurement Arrived. In 1998, even top purchasing departments processed purchase orders. Today, purchasing departments aim to centralize the supplier selection process, not transactions, which are delegated to end users or outsourced.
8. Purchasing Grabbed More Spend. When purchasing departments deliver results, management seeks more spend that Purchasing can positively impact. Once sourced by other departments, categories like fleet management, benefits, and travel services are now sourced by Purchasing.
7. Social Responsibility Became A Top Priority. Whether for philanthropy or to avoid media scandals, management counts on Purchasing more than ever to buy from diverse suppliers, make environmentally-conscious decisions, and do business ethically.
6. Measurement Was Mandated. With the potential of smart purchasing widely known, senior management more strictly holds their purchasing departments accountable for results. The use of purchasing metrics and dashboards is now commonplace.
5. Strategic Sourcing Went DIY. In the '90's, strategic sourcing was done mostly by consulting firms hired to help companies reduce spend. Today, many companies have their own refined and documented in-house strategic sourcing processes.
4. Supplier Roles Expanded. In 1998, there was talk about "partnering" with suppliers. Today, there's action. Top purchasing departments actively develop their suppliers and look to the supply base for ideas, better performance, and innovation.
3. Global Sourcing Went Mainstream. Ten years ago, only the progressive companies were searching abroad for suppliers. Now, in some countries, it is difficult to find products manufactured domestically.
2. The CPO Position Got Adopted. This past year alone, I've encountered an unprecedented number of folks with the title "Chief Procurement Officer."
1. The Supply Chain Was Recognized. In the last decade, companies more closely analyzed the way material flows into, through, and out of the organization. This "supply chain" focus has those who once just placed orders now responsible for inventory, warehousing, outbound logistics, and distribution.
Source : Nextlevelpurchasing.com
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