Outsourcing product design for india market

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Outsourcing Product Design for India Entry - A Strategic Approach
It was a Friday evening when Roger Little, an engineering division‟s head for a mid-sized enterprise, was about to leave for the day. It had been a particularly hectic week and Roger was looking forward to the welcome weekend break to be with his family. Just then, he caught sight of the sales manager Carl Mayes, rushing towards him almost as if he held a billion dollar business deal on the point of closure.
Roger, I simply must speak to you at once!”
“Carl,” protested Roger, “it‟s Friday evening and I‟m on the point of leaving for the day! I‟ve haven‟t exactly had a particularly relaxing week as you very well know. Can‟t it wait till Monday?”
As Carl‟s face fell, Roger smiled and found himself softening involuntarily. “Okay, what‟s it about?”
“You remember our discussion about entering an emerging market like India?”
“What about it?”
With renewed enthusiasm now that he had his engineering head‟s full attention, Carl explained how he had through his extensive research, identified sizeable business opportunities in India. These opportunities needed discussions of their feasibility and the support required from Roger to pursue them.
Roger knew he was already running his engineering team on full capacity, on a constrained budget which was becoming increasingly difficult to handle. He found himself thinking – why not give Carl‟s strategy more serious thought?
However, at the same time, he also asked himself – would this really pay dividends? How on earth would he address and overcome the practical difficulties.
Without directly voicing his thoughts, Roger instead asked Carl the details of the challenges and risks associated with venturing into a strategy like this.
With a sound grasp on the facts and fundamentals, Carl explained to Roger the resounding success of many foreign companies that had entered the Indian market and how they had achieved success by introducing, sustaining and selling their products in the sub-continent.

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  1. 1. ENGINEERING SERVICES ARTICLESubscribe now to ensure you dont miss our articlesOutsourcing Product Design for India Entry - A Strategic ApproachIt was a Friday evening when Roger Little, an engineering division‟s head for a mid-sized enterprise, was about to leavefor the day. It had been a particularly hectic week and Roger was looking forward to the welcome weekend break to bewith his family. Just then, he caught sight of the sales manager Carl Mayes, rushing towards him almost as if he held abillion dollar business deal on the point of closure.Roger, I simply must speak to you at once!”“Carl,” protested Roger, “it‟s Friday evening and I‟m on the point of leaving for the day! I‟ve haven‟t exactly had aparticularly relaxing week as you very well know. Can‟t it wait till Monday?”As Carl‟s face fell, Roger smiled and found himself softening involuntarily. “Okay, what‟s it about?”“You remember our discussion about entering an emerging market like India?”“What about it?”With renewed enthusiasm now that he had his engineering head‟s full attention, Carl explained how he had through hisextensive research, identified sizeable business opportunities in India. These opportunities needed discussions of theirfeasibility and the support required from Roger to pursue them.Roger knew he was already running his engineering team on full capacity, on a constrained budget which was becomingincreasingly difficult to handle. He found himself thinking – why not giveCarl‟s strategy more serious thought?However, at the same time, he also asked himself – would this really paydividends? How on earth would he address and overcome the practicaldifficulties.Without directly voicing his thoughts, Roger instead asked Carlthe details ofthe challenges and risks associated with venturing into a strategy like this.With a sound grasp on the facts and fundamentals, Carl explained to Rogerthe resounding success of many foreign companies that had entered theIndian market and how they had achieved success by introducing, sustaining and selling their products in the sub-continent.
  2. 2. ENGINEERING SERVICES ARTICLEQuoting from a reputed business journal (http://news.yellowpages.co.in/danfoss-ramps-up-for-growth-in-india),“Danfoss announced the launch of „India 2015‟, a growth strategythat outlines how Danfoss plans to tap further into thefast growing Indian market aiming to triple its turnover by 2015. As part of the strategy, Danfoss expects to invest 500Million DKK over the next four years in a new R&D and manufacturing facility and simultaneously expand its sales effortthroughout the country.”Referring to another article in Business Today, an equally reputed journal,(http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/priming-a-difficult-market/0/11161.html), “If there is one market that hastested Grundfos‟ adherence to its core values, it is India. Eleven years later, today, its products have created a Rs 500-crore market for premium pumps, of which Grundfos controls half.”Carl substantiated further by quoting a few more successfulexamples of companies like Caterpillar, Emerson and Vestas.If you are an influencer or decision-maker faced with similar challenges, this article will suggest some strategies toachieve your business goals.In our last article “Product Design Challenges for India Entry”, we cited various perceived barriers fororganizations in the area of product design. This article on “Outsourcing Product Design for India Entry” willhighlight some points that will help organizations to pursue the emerging market opportunity.When the product design is carried out for entering an emerging market like India, the outsourcing has to be much morestrategic; identifying and choosing a partner well-versed about the market from various aspects narrated as six key pointsin the article “Engineering Design for the Indian Market”.Outsourcing product design has to be strategic due to the complexity and risk associated with it is dependent on theorganizations‟ core knowledge and business assets. Unless it is planned in advance, this will end up in tremendous effortto transfer the knowledge to the vendor.Though the reasons for outsourcing product design were primarily to reduce costs, improve time-to-market, increaseinnovation and to focus more on core capabilities, its purpose becomes more evident when it is for designing for enteringthe Indian market.The advantages and benefits can be multi-fold; from reducing or eliminatingthe effort and cost in setting up the initial infrastructure for market-study,research survey, competitor analysis, deploying an engineering team toincorporate these into the product for arriving at a product specification forlocalizing the product to the native market.Engaging a right product design partner can not only minimize theinvestment cost and risk associated in this project but also can accelerate theproduct launch time to a greater extent.BWIR had assisted many customers in the industrial machinery andequipment space to design, develop, manufacture and introduce theirproducts in the Indian market. Look for our study in the upcoming article on how a Europe-based manufacturer designed aproduct for entering the Indian market and realized the benefit of cost and speed-to-market.
  3. 3. Barry-Wehmiller International Resources8020 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105  (314) 862-8000info@bwir.com  www.bwir.comENGINEERING SERVICES ARTICLEThe writerishandling the businessoperationsforthe European Market and providesengineering and designconsultancy for thecountriesstrategizing to enteremerging marketslike India.You canreach himat vivek.maladkar@bwir.comorthe belowcontactnumberforany queries.About Barry-WehmillerInternational ResourcesBarry-WehmillerInternational Resources (BWIR) is a global provider of business and technology solutions to the mid -marketmanufacturing domain.With headquartersin St.Louis,Mo.,and global deliveryoperations strategically located to meet customerneedsthroughoutthe U.S.,Europe,SoutheastAsia andSouthAmerica,BWIR offersworld-classengineering services and enterpriseconsulting solutions that enable its clients to achieve a competitive edge in their marketplace.Vivek MaladkarManager Business Development – EuropeEmail: vivek.maladkar@bwir.comOffice: +44-11-58882522www.bwir.com

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