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The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators

There is not much agreement about what makes an idea innovative, and what makes an innovative idea valuable. For example, discussions on whether the internet is a better invention than the wheel are more likely to reveal personal preferences than logical argumentation. Likewise, experts disagree on the type and level of innovation that is most beneficial for organizations. Somestudiessuggest that radical innovation (which does sound sexy) confers sustainable competitive advantages, butothersshow that “mild” innovation – think iPhone 5 rather than the original iPhone – is generally more effective, not least because it reduces market uncertainty. There is also inconclusive evidence on whether we should pay attention to consumers’ views, with somestudiesshowing that a customer focus is detrimental for innovation because it equates to playing catch-up, butothersarguing for it. Even Henry Ford’s famous quote on the subject – “if I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said fast…

Lava to invest Rs 500 crore to set up manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh

In line with ‘Make in India‘ initiative, domestic handset vendor Lava will invest Rs 500 crore to set up a manufacturing plant in Tirupati. Earlier this week, Prime MinisterNarendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for a dedicated mobile handset and electronics manufacturing facility at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. 
According to officials, apart from Lava, the facility will house brands like Micromax,Celkon and Karbonn. ”The manufacturing plant, which will be operational in 2017, will target production capacity of five million phones a month once fully functional. Lava will invest Rs 500 crore for this facility that will be set up over 20 acres of land allotted by the government,” company’s International Chief Manufacturing Officer Sanjeev Agarwal told PTI.
He added that the facility will aim to generate employment for 12,000 people.
“Over the next few years, we plan to develop the entire manufacturing ecosystem in India and promote localization of components,” Agarwal said.
Lava’s existing manufacturing unit in Noida, which has a monthly capacity of one million units, was commenced six months back.
“We have already achieved manufacturing cost as competitive as that in China (from Noida unit). Moreover, with our robust infrastructure, we are delivering products with 50 per cent better quality as compared to products made in China,” he said.
This development is an important milestone in Lava’s journey and will help deliver on the promise to empower people to do more and be more by generating employment and imparting skills, he added. In July, Lava had said it will invest Rs 2,615 crore over the next seven years to set up two manufacturing units in India. Once operational, the units will have a combined capacity of 18 million handsets per month.
Global handset makers like Samsung and domestic players like Micromax and Spice have assembly units in India. Recently, international players like Xiaomi, Gionee and Asus have announced assembly units in India in partnership with electronics major Foxconn in Andhra Pradesh. Handset makers are looking to tap the multi-billion dollar opportunity in India, which is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the world.
The Indian handset industry is poised to overtake the US as the second-largest market in next few years. According to research firm IDC, shipments in India grew 44 percent year-on-year to 26.5 million units in April-June 2015 quarter.
Lava ranked fourth in the tally with seven percent market share, after Samsung (23 percent), Micromax (17 percent) and Intex (11 percent).