A.O. Smith doubles its Water Purifiers business
A.O.Smith the world’s largest manufacturer of water heaters doubled its water purifiers business in 2017 and is now planning a pan India roll out.
To expand across the country with presence in 46 cities
Bangalore : A.O.Smith the world’s largest manufacturer of water heaters doubled its water purifiers business in 2017 and is now planning a pan India roll out.
‘‘We grew our India business by over 40% in 2017 of which our water purifiers business more than doubled. Encouraged by the consumer response, we are now taking our distribution to 46 cities which will provide us access to 75% of the purifier market’’ said Parag Kulkarni, Managing Director of A.O Smith India.
“In three years the contribution of water purifiers to our total business has gone to 20%, which we expect would be at 30% in 2018”, commented Kulkarni. ‘’Focused on health and environmental benefits, our differentiated offerings such as hot water, Green Series of products which recover two times more water than an ordinary RO Water Purifier, Baby Safe - 8 Stage purification and professional service have been very well received by consumers’’, Kulkarni added.
The penetration of RO water purifiers is still very low. Growth of RO purifiers is higher than the other segments like UV and gravity in the category. As access to safe drinking water is still a big challenge for many in the country, the RO purifier market has tremendous potential to grow. Increasing response from tier II towns for better value proposition offers tremendous potential that can be leveraged.
A O Smith Corporation, which became the first water heater company from the US to enter India in 2008, has invested USD 75 million in India so far and have a full-fledged R&D team.