LAVA Electronics in talks with realty

Sweden-based electronic products maker LAVA Electronics is in talks with real estate firms Ansal API, Omaxe and Parsvnath for a possible India entry through a franchisee arrangement.

The LCD television maker, which gets 60% of its revenues from the B2B segment, is planning to sell its products to large hotel chains. The company clocked a turnover of e60 million last year. LAVA executives met officials of real estate companies during the weekend.

LAVA Electronics’ managing director Christian Svantesson said: “We are looking for a suitable franchise partner and aim to enter India by the third quarter of 2009.”

He said his company will have exclusive outlets to cater to consumers directly but five-star hotels would continue to remain its focus area. “We want to position the company as a high-end brand in India,” he added.

The firm has an assembling unit in Southern Sweden. While television cabinets, panels and other hardware are imported from Germany, software programming and product designing is done by the company at its Swedish unit.

The firm intends to replicate similar business models in India. Mr Svantesson said that initially the company would import and sell in India. It will start assembling products in the country after creating a presence among consumers and business houses.

LAVA sold 50,000 LCD televisions world-wide last year and targets to sell 70,000 sets this year. Currently, the firm has operations in countries such as Hong Kong, Australia, Spain, UK, Italy, France and the US.