It was this day exactly five decades back that the erstwhile Hindustan Latex Ltd, now known as the state-run HLL Lifecare Ltd, produced the first condom in the country at its factory near here.
As it celebrates its golden jubilee, condom production at HLL Lifecare has crossed two billion pieces, matching global standards, and it is the only company in the world which is a one-stop shop offering everything in birth control solutions.
Over the years, this company has come to be referred to as the “safest” companion of many a bedroom and has taken the ‘pleasure’ business to new heights, through innovations and new products.
The company’s flagship brand “Moods” comes in more than 19 variants and the marketing portfolio of the company currently has more than 70 brands in its kitty.
A peep into the history of the company shows that the Central government set up its National Family Planning program in the 1950s.
With condoms, then, being mainly imported and heavily priced, their availability at low cost to the common man turned out to be vital for the success of the governmenta’s “Small Family Happy Family” campaign.
In the 1960s, the Centre decided to start a company for the manufacture of condoms at affordable rates in Kerala where rubber is the principle cash crop. On March 1, 1966, Hindustan Latex Ltd was incorporated as an undertaking under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The foundation stone for the first manufacturing plant, with a production capacity of 144 million pieces, was laid at Peroorkada, near here on th January, 14, 1967.
Thereafter, on this very day in 1969, commercial production began with the technical collaboration of Okamoto Industries of Japan.
The year 1976 witnessed the first phase of development with an increase in the production capacity to 288 million pieces a year.
Later, to meet the growing need of condoms for the national family planning programme, the company expanded its production units here and at Belgaum in Karnataka in 1985.
In the 1990s, the company diversified into various other products and services and the dream goal of becoming a Rs 1,000-crore company was successfully accomplished when HLL notched up business worth Rs 1,296 crore in 2010.
Through this long journey, HLL has floated seven institutions, besides foraying into Research and Development and has a opened 60,000 sq ft state-of-the-art R&D centre here. (IANS)
After cementing its position across four key business verticals — camera, home printers, office printers and commercial printing solutions — Canon India is now ramping up its effort to top the growing healthcare imaging and security surveillance market in the country, a top company official said here on Wednesday.
After grabbing a substantial share in the Indian market in the professional printing segment which has been among the fastest growing verticals for Canon in India, the company now eyes diagnostic imaging market which is witnessing a tremendous growth with new super-specialty hospitals and diagnostic centres being opened at a fast pace, including in the tier II and II towns.
“In 2020, our key focus areas will be medical and security verticals in India. There have been a strong demand in the field of diagnostic imaging like MRIs, CT scans and X rays in the recent past which, we think, is an important segment for us in this country going forward,” Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India, told IANS.
Although India will be the youngest country in the world by 2020 with a median age of 29 years, the number of elderly people is likely to increase significantly after that, according to the “State of Elderly in India” report.
By 2021, the elderly population will reach 143 million.
According to market research firm Mordor Intelligence, the increase in life expectancy over the years has resulted in an increase in the population of the elderly. Hence, the growing geriatric population is expected to augment the demand for diagnostic imaging equipment.
The global medical imaging market was approximately $34 billion in 2018 and is expected to generate around $48.6 billion by 2025, according to Zion Market Research, and the of a huge patient pool and rise in the number of hospitals and diagnostic centres in India, Japan and China are anticipated to fuel the medical imaging market in the Asia Pacific.
“Today, if you go to a hospital and take a picture of your chest, that needs to be printed on a film. We propose to print that on a paper. This is my economical and environmental-friendly vision,” said a beaming Kobayashi on the sidelines of the launch of its flagship camera EOS-1D X Mark III.
According to him, security is another big area to focus on.
“Security surveillance camera systems have come of age and at Canon, we are aiming to make a revolution in this area soon,” said the executive.
Canon’s business in India is divided between business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) verticals.
The B2C category includes camera and home printers while B2B includes commercial printers and sales to corporates and MSMEs.
Canon India also showcased EOS-1D X Mark III – the flagship product from the Canon EOS range, featuring latest advancements and innovations in digital imaging technology.
“On the camera front, India offers great opportunities in segments like wedding, wildlife, sports and media. One great observation is that the demand for high-end cameras is also coming from smaller Indian towns and we are excited about this,” said C. Sukumaran, Director, Consumer Systems Products and Imaging Communication Products, Canon India.
Priced at Rs 575,995 (taxes included) for the body, including 512GB CF Express Card and Reader, the EOS-1D X Mark III will be available mid-February onwards at select retail outlets across the country.
The EOS-1D X Mark III offers an unmatched continuous shooting speed up to 16fps with viewfinder shooting. It houses a newly developed 20.1MP Full Frame CMOS sensor.
“The newly developed algorithms in the camera enable not just eye detect and face detect autofocus but also head detect autofocus. This allows highly precise autofocus and tracking even in challenging conditions and with multiple and rapidly moving subjects,” informed Sukumaran.