Infosys, Tata, Google Leads the List of Top Brands in India

Infosys LogoTLG published its first ever Index of Thought Leaders (2011, PDF) conducted in an emerging market. Topping the list is Infosys, the Bangalore tech giant which built its name through outsourcing and is now pouring R&D money into revolutionary new technologies, such as 3D phone screens. Second is Tata, the much admired conglomerate that owns Jaguar Land Rover and Tetley tea in the UK.

The top ranked foreign firm is Google, which enters the Index at number three.

[advt]One of the most eye-catching results is the absence of Apple from the Top 20. The Californian tech group, which came top in TLG’s most recent Thought Leaders’ reports in Britain and the United States, only managed 40th place in the India index.

Tata LogoCommentators have blamed Apple’s inability to crack India on its failure to adapt its business model to local tastes and budgets. Indian consumers can by a new Tata Nano car for the same price as three Apple iPhones.

The unique 2011 BRIC Index was conducted by TLG in partnership with the international research consultancy GlobeScan.

Key Findings:

  • Western brands need to watch out. Self-confident Indians place seven local champions in their Top 10. (UK index had just four indigenous British brands.)
  • Index leaders have successfully penetrated Western markets. Infosys (No. 1) and Tata (No. 2) are both true global corporations, with significant investments in US and UK.
  • Top-rated brands exploit high value sectors previously dominated by the West. Infosys develops 3D phone screens. Tata makes Land Rovers.
  • Indians value engineering and construction. In India, civil engineering giant Larsen & Toubro comes 5th. By contrast, US and UK dominated by tech and consumer brands.
  • Local knowledge makes the difference. Western firms that succeed (Google, Nokia and Facebook) are those that adapt their models to local conditions, or ones that form JVs with locals in the driving seat (Suzuki, Unilever).
  • Apple fails to crack India. The tech giant topped both US and UK indices, but slumps to 40th in India.

India’s Top 20 Corporate Thought Leaders

1. Infosys Technologies 11. Hero-Honda Motors
2. Tata Group 12. Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC)
3. Google India 13. Bharti Airtel Limited
4. Maruti-Suzuki 14. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited
5. Larsen & Toubro 15. Aditya-Birla Group
6. Nokia 16. The Oberoi Group
7. State Bank of India 17. HDFC Bank
8. Facebook 18. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
9. Hindustan-Unilever 19. Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited
10. Mahindra 20. Hyundai Motor India Limited

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