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The Condom Celebrates its Golden Jubilee in India

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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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Realme, Samsung Have Lowest Return Rates Among All Smartphone Brands in India

When it comes to reliability, Realme users rank their smartphones high (90 per cent), followed by Samsung (88 per cent) and Vivo (87 per cent)

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To get ahead in the fast-changing tech industry, Samsung said it will expand investment in burgeoning tech segments to propel growth. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese handset maker Realme and South Korean major Samsung have the lowest return rates among all smartphone brands in India, a survey by CyberMedia Research (CMR) said on Thursday.

The “CMR MICI” survey that included 4,000 smartphone owners across top eight Indian cities, focused on smartphone purchase process, key smartphone specs of priority, as well as issues with post-sales service, including repairs or replacements.

“The return rates in smartphone brands provide a measure of consumer satisfaction with their current brand and, in turn, implies that the brands have been able to excel in meeting consumer expectations. Our survey findings report the lowest return rate for brands, such as Realme and Samsung, in comparison to the prevailing industry average,” Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR, said in a statement.

The lowest return rates are determined by the first visit to the brand’s service centre within the first six months of purchase, for either repair or replacement, by both online as well as offline buyers.

Around three per cent of the total smartphone users visited a service centre for the first time within the first six months of their smartphone purchase, during the in-warranty period.

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Armed with a quad camera-system smartphone in every price segment along with an investment worth Rs 300 crore for its surface-mount technology (SMT) lines, Chinese handset maker Realme aims. Pixabay

When it comes to looks, design and feel, users of Vivo are most satisfied (99 per cent), followed by OPPO and Realme users (98 per cent each), and at third place, Xiaomi with 97 per cent satisfaction.

Across smartphone brands, users are excited about the design aesthetics, camera performance and build quality that phones sport across price bands.

Users indicated more satisfaction with intangible factors that they associate with their smartphones, including reliability and performance.

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“In order to win consumer mindset, smartphone brands need to invest in getting not just product design and product quality right, but they must ensure overall brand experience, and service quality right,” Ram added.

When it comes to reliability, Realme users rank their smartphones high (90 per cent), followed by Samsung (88 per cent) and Vivo (87 per cent). (IANS)