ZEEL rises to 24th position in Interbrand's 2017 Best Indian Brands Report

MUMBAI: ZEEL has emerged as the only media company to figure in the list of Interbrand India’s top 40 valuable brands.

As per the 2017 Best Indian Brands Report, ZEEL, which is celebrating the 25th year of operations, has progressed to 24th rank from the 25th rank it held last year. The media company’s value has risen by 5% and is Rs 47.95 billion.

The Top 40 Indian Brands have a combined total value of Rs. 4755.7 billion, an increase of 5% from 2016.  For five consecutive years, Tata Group has continued to hold the top position. However, 2017 has been an interesting year in the world of brands and businesses; despite Airtel’s strong performance, Reliance jumped to the second spot which brings to light the success driven by the launch of Jio, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries that provides wireless 4G LTE service in the country.

This has been a highly competitive year for telecom, given the advent of Reliance Jio. Despite the challenges faced, telecom brands have outperformed themselves and grown the market.

Following Airtel is HDFC Bank at number four, and the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), State Bank of India, Infosys, Mahindra, ICICI, and Godrej round out the Top 10. The best growth performances belonged to Maruti, Reliance, HDFC, JSW, and Kotak highlighting the relevance of Purpose Centricity, Technology, and Brand in driving their growth.

More than half of the Best Indian Brands came from five sectors: Automotive (5), Diversified (10), Financial Services (12), Telecom (2), and Technology (2). Automotive is one of the top growing sectors, leading the change is brand Maruti Suzuki, which posted a 19% increase in brand value versus 2016.

Breaking into Best Indian Brands for the first time at number 17 is Royal Enfield, an Indian motorcycle manufacturing company, with brand value at Rs. 90.8 billion, riding on its successful year on year financial performance and earnest branding efforts which have been consistently executed across touch points. The other new entrant comes from the “basic materials” sector – Ambuja Cement at #40 with brand value at INR 15.18bn, given its strong financial performance despite the impact of demonitisation and its recent merger with ACC, Ambuja is staged to drive growth.

“The Best Global Brands understand that brands are the platform for growth. A quick look at the top growing brands confirms how outgrowing the now and changing at the speed of life creates admirable value growth. Encouragingly, the top growing Best Indian Brands too have begun to understand and demonstrate the levers that drive growth and value. Maruti Suzuki, our top growing brand for the second year in a row has done an exemplary job with Reliance, Kotak, JSW, HDFC and Ashok Leyland not far behind. Our analysis of the Best Global Brands reveals some simple truths. Truths that are useful for Indian Brands to consider while driving growth in our rapidly changing market,” said Interbrand India MD Ashish Mishra.

On being the top Indian brand for five consecutive years, Tata Sons brand custodian Harish Bhat said, “Tata is a brand that is synonymous with leadership and trust.  The Tata brand has a truly global reach and a presence across diversified businesses.  Over the past 149 years of its existence, the Tata Group has consistently kept the community at the centre of everything it does, in line with the vision of its founder, Jamsetji Tata. Simultaneously, Tata has remained relevant to every generation, powered by its pioneering spirit. These values make Tata a unique and powerful brand that is well regarded and much loved by all its stakeholders.”

On being one of the top growing brands this year, JSW Steel director, commercial and marketing Jayant Acharya said, “JSW is known for its ambitious growth story as well as for its commitment to the nation. We have been able to take on challenging goals and convert them into reality while ensuring inclusive growth in the communities we live in. Our initiatives in the sports and community streams have already established our impact beyond our immediate stakeholders. We are further strengthening our Brand to bring positive transformation and prosperity to every life we touch.”

“We are living in one of the most exciting periods of change—societal, technological, industrial—that impacts every aspect of commerce and life. In this ever-shifting context, to grow, brands need to outgrow. Outgrow barriers, challenges, markets, competition, mindsets, technology and potential. Which is why businesses need brands more than ever. The Best Indian Brands understand this value in belief systems and purposes, and hence propel this change without losing the way” said Interbrand EMEA, Latam, and India CEO Gonzalo Brujo.

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