|Venugopal Dhoot |
(Chairman & MD)
|Revenue|| ₹12,828.6 crore|
(US$1.95 billion) (2017)
| ₹1,915.67 crore|
(US$291 million) (2017)
|Total assets||₹35,738.5 crore|
(US$5.43 billion) (2017)
|Total equity||₹8,391.07 crore|
(US$1.27 billion) (2017)
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||Videocon Consumer Electronics & Home Appliances |
Videocon Industries Limited was an Indian company headquartered in Mumbai India. The group had 17 manufacturing sites in India and plants in Mainland China, Poland, Italy and Mexico. It was the third largest picture tube manufacturer in the world. The group is a US$5.5 billion global conglomerate. Videocon has various brands under its portfolio.
In 1985, Aurangabad based Nandlal Madhavlal Dhoot founded and incorporated Videocon International with a goal of manufacturing 1 lakh TV sets per year. "Videocon became the first company to bring colour TVs in India," claims Anirudh Dhoot, the founder's grandson (Venugopal Dhoot's son) and Videocon's current director.
In India, the group sells consumer products like colour televisions, washing machines, air conditioners, refrigerators, microwave ovens and many other home appliances, through a multi-brand strategy with the largest sales and service network in India.
Since the entry of Korean Chaebols and their rising popularity in the Indian market, Videocon from a stand-point of market leader has seen a slow decline to become a no. 3 player in India. The company continues to do well in the washing machine and refrigerator segment.
In November 2009, Videocon launched its new line of mobile phones. Videocon has, since launched a number of handsets ranging from basic colour FM phones to high-end Android devices. In February 2011, Videocon Mobile Phones launched the hitherto unknown concept of 'Zero' paise (1 paisa is the 100th unit of 1 Indian Rupee) per second with bundled SIM cards of Videocon mobile services for 7 of its handset models.
In July 2015, Videocon Mobiles launched its own flagship smartphone Videocon Infinium Z51+ in India.
On 7 June 2016, Videocon Mobile launched its new smartphone 'Videocon Cube3 V50290' in India. It includes features like 12.7 cm (5 inches) screen with 5 Multi-Touch Point, Dragontrail X 2.5D Curved Glass, Quad Core 64-bit Processor, Smart Gesture Support, 3000mAh battery, Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, 4G with VoLTE, 13MP Rear + 5MP Front Camera with LED Flash.
Acquisition of CPT arm of Thomson SA
Videocon acquired the colour picture tube (CPT) businesses from Thomson S.A. of France having manufacturing facilities in Poland, Italy, Mexico and China along with support research and development facilities in the fiscal year 2005.
Fall of the company
Controversy with ICICI loan fraud
On 4 October 2018, Chanda Kochhar, the ex MD and CEO of ICICI Bank had to step down from her position following allegations of corruption in sanctioning loans to Videocon. Amidst investigations related to Videocon bad loans, she was forced by the board of ICICI Bank to take indefinite leave. The Central Bureau of Investigation named Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar as beneficiaries in the financial fraud. Venugopal Dhoot, the promoter of Videocon had fraudulently transferred part of the loan received from ICICI Bank to the Kochhars' business entreprise after Chanda Kochhar, Sandeep Bakhshi became the full time Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank.
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