In line with its strategy to expand the company’s industrial footprint in India, Royal Philips Electronics announced commencement of operations at its first greenfield manufacturing facility for imaging sys-tems in the country. Located in Chakan, near Pune, 200 kilometers east of Mumbai, the Philips Devel-opment and Manufacturing Center will play an essential role in Philips’ commitment to locally develop and produce meaningful products and solutions that help improve access to healthcare for people in India and other growth geographies.
With this multimillion euro investment, Philips has reinforced and optimised its production capacity in India. The facility will focus on diagnostic and interventional imaging solutions, initially developed for the Indian market and then for global markets. These solutions will primarily target cardiology (cathe-terization lab) and radiology (general X-ray) applications. The first products to be manufactured in the facility will be diagnostic X-Ray systems and the Allura FC – Philips’ first India developed catheteriza-tion lab. The Allura FC is used in the diagnosis and minimally-invasive treatment of cardiovascular disease, one of the leading causes of death in India. Both products are aimed at the value segment in India and abroad.
The Pune facility was specifically designed with manufacturing flexibility in mind so that it can quickly adapt to changing market and product needs. Many of the products and components developed in Pune can also serve the needs of mature markets looking to replace or upgrade entry-level diagnostic devices.
Philips conducted in-depth research to understand the on-the-ground requirements in India and worked closely with healthcare partners to gain better insight into their ‘Made in India’ needs. This research indicated that several factors, including low operating costs, energy-efficiency, easy serviceability and support for high patient volumes, are critical to increasing healthcare access in India and thereby im-proving patient outcomes. The Pune facility will deliver this type of ‘Designed for India’ product, enabling healthcare providers in the country to provide care to those communities who have not had access to high-quality healthcare in the past.
In 2008, Philips initiated the expansion of its industrial and commercial footprint in India with the ac-quisition of Alpha X-ray Technologies and Meditronics, leading manufacturers of cardiovascular X-ray solutions and general X-ray systems, respectively. This enabled Philips to expand its portfolio and de-liver lower cost products that meet the growing needs of customers in India and other global markets.