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Mirc to launch eight Onida smart TVs models this fiscal

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on May 20, 2019 Published on May 20, 2019

Mirc Electronics sells consumer durable goods under Onida brand. File Photo   -  BusinessLine

In talks with Amazon and Google for smart feature options

Mirc Electronics, which sells consumer durables under Onida brand, plans to launch eight new smart TV models this fiscal and expects its air conditioner business to grow at 35-40 per cent, aided by intense summer across the country.

The home-grown brand that faces intense competition from Korean and Japanese companies expects the new models to hit the market in next two months. Mirc Electronics recently commissioned a facility to manufacture LCD panels at Wada in Maharashtra. The company also plans to set up a automatic washing machine manufacturing line either at its Wada or Roorkee plant.

Kaval Mirchandani, Director, Mirc Electronics told BusinessLine that the company has been working with Amazon and Google to introduce new features in TV and air conditioner models. Supported by Amazon’s Alexa and ViOT (visual internet of things) technology, it recently launched voice-enabled and smart inverter ACs Onyxs and Genio.

AC demand

The demand for air conditioner is expected to grow 10-15 per cent this year from 7-8 per cent last fiscal while that of inverter ACs was up 65 per cent with increasing disposable incomes and changing lifestyle, said Mirchandani. Despite the good growth, the air conditioner market in India is only 5-6 million as compared to 70 million in China which is incentivising energy efficient air conditioner models.

Mirchandani suggests, government should reduce GST on inverter air conditions to 12-18 per cent. Currently, air conditioners are charged 28 per cent of GST. The major demand for air conditioner is expected to come from Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Mirchandani said 80 per cent of consumer interactions with devices will be non-touch and 50 per cent of searches will be through voice by 2020.

Published on May 20, 2019
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