(Chairman & MD)
(US$1.95 billion) (2017)
(US$291 million) (2017)
(US$5.43 billion) (2017)
(US$1.27 billion) (2017)
Number of employees
Videocon Consumer Electronics & Home Appliances
In 1985, Aurangabad based Nandlal Madhavlal Dhoot founded and incorporated Videocon International with a goal of manufacturing 100,000 TV sets per year. "Videocon became the first company to bring colour TVs in India," claims Anirudh Dhoot, the founder's grandson (and Venugopal Dhoot|Venugopal Dhoot's son) and Videocon's current director.
The Videocon group's core areas of business are consumer electronics and home appliances. They have recently diversified into areas such as Direct-broadcast satellite|DTH, Electrical power industry|power and oil exploration.
In India, the group sells consumer products like Color television|colour televisions, washing machines, Air conditioning|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 paise is the 100th unit of 1INR) per second with bundled Subscriber Identity Module|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 Marshmallow|Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, 4G with VoLTE, 13MP Rear + 5MP Front Camera with LED Flash.
In 2009, Videocon launched its DTH product, called Videocon d2h|d2h. As a pioneering offer in the Indian Direct To Home|DTH market and introduced first radio frequency remote in India, Videocon offered LCD & TVs with built-in DTH satellite receiver with sizes 19" to 42". This technology is known as DDB. It provides service with lesser transmission losses resulting in richer picture and sound quality. It also eliminates the need for separate set-top-box and its remote. Videocon is the first brand to introduce DDB technology in India. The unit was sold to Dish TV in 2018.
Videocon Telecommunications Limited has a licence for mobile service operations across India. It launched its services on 7 April 2010 in Mumbai. The company closed its mobile services in 2017 after spectrum sell to Bharti Airtel. It continues it wired internet services under Connect Broadband brand.
Videocon owns three retail brands : Planet M, DigiWorld and Next (Indian retailer)|Next.
Videocon Petroleum has 25% stake in Ravva oil field which is operated by Cairn India in Andhra Pradesh.
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. The acquisition catapulted Videocon into the No. 3 slot in the global pecking order for CPTs.
In 2005, Videocon Group took over Philips colour TV plant and took over three plants of Electrolux India. Today, it has evolved into a conglomerate with annual revenues of over US$4.8 billion.
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.