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New Delhi: India will be one of the top three markets for Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning—a joint venture between US headquartered Johnson Controls Inc. and Japan’s Hitachi Appliances, Inc—by 2020, its global chief executive officer Franz Cerwinka said on Wednesday.

At present, India is among the top 10 markets for the company that was established in October 2015, accounting for around 10% of its revenue. For the fiscal year 2015, Johnson Controls reported $37.2 billion revenue, of which about 28% came from its building efficiency unit, 18% from power solutions and the remaining 54% from the automotive experience business.

“We would continue to play in the top-end, or premium segment. But we are looking to tap the commercial air-conditioning space, including government projects, for faster growth. We are looking to double the India market over the next five years. But I can’t divulge the investment figures," said Cerwinka.

According to the global CEO, the company has about 11% market share in India which it aims to push up to 20% in next five years. “We will be launching more products for the residential segment. Innovation and development of the most energy efficient and environment friendly products will be our key priority to establish our brand’s success and unique identity," he added.

The company has invested about 150 crore in ramping up production capacity at its factory in Gujarat to 2 million units a year. “We’ll continue to increase capacity as the need be," said Gurmeet Singh, executive director (sales, marketing and business planning), Hitachi Home & Life Solutions (India) Ltd, a Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning Company.

On Wednesday, the company launched a range of energy efficient air conditioners in New Delhi.

Hitachi Ltd, the parent of Hitachi Air Conditioning Company, hasn’t been too aggressive in India in the consumer products businesses, including appliances. Kojin Nakakita, managing director of Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd who took charge in April 2015, told Mint last month that the company will sharpen its focus on the consumer appliances segment. “In home appliances, you need a proper channel for distribution…But now, we have developed the network for selling and service. Yes, there will be more products, such as washing machines and air purifiers," said Nakakita.

This season, AC makers are pushing energy saving as a USP. Fresh rollouts this year suggest companies like Godrej Appliances and Videocon Industries Ltd are eyeing a share of the premium market so far dominated by foreign brands.

Meanwhile, the industry is looking forward to implementation of the 7th Pay Commission that is expected to boost growth for the industry that witnessed a slowdown in the last two years. According to a report by rating agency ICRA, the impact of the implementation of the pay commission recommendations will result in a consumption boost of about 61,260 crore or 0.39% of gross domestic product and household savings is estimated to increase by 40,840 crore or 0.26% of GDP.

The appliances and consumer electronics sector in India is estimated to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 13.4%, to touch $20.6 billion (around 1.4 trillion today) by 2020, according to a recent study by consulting firm EY and Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA).

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