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Multinationals at the Gate: Best Indian Cities for Locating your R&D Centers

  • ID: 336168
  • Report
  • March 2006
  • Region: India
  • 25 Pages
  • JamBuster Technologies Pvt. Ltd
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  • Astra-Zeneca
  • Henkel-Loctite India
  • Lucent Bell Labs
  • Motorola
  • Pfizer
  • Samsung
  • MORE
This research was founded to provide insight into globalization of multinationals’ R&D resources with focus on India. The founding team brings 21+ yrs of US R&D management experience.

Today, more than 100 multinationals have active R&D centres in India. But the India R&D story is just starting to unfold as many more companies are currently either evaluating an India Centre or are in the process of setting one up. Once you decide to set up an India Centre, the next big question is where? Which Indian cities are the front-runners in terms of access to people, infrastructure, and overall cost?

This report investigates Ten Indian Cities using five key criteria as drivers and inhibitors. Each of these criteria is further researched through multiple sub criteria. Utilizing a quantitative analysis, this report provides an objective basis for scoring and ranking the cities. Our geometric ranking model is shown to be more sensitive than the weighted arithmetic ranking used in other reports.

This report builds on our experience with Chemical, Materials, Pharmaceuticals & Agro-chemicals R&D Centres and an extensive knowledge of Indian cities and concludes that the leading Indian cities of the future are just starting to emerge and be recognized. Utilizing this knowledge offers a long-term strategic advantage for companies planning to set-up or expand their India R&D presence. For other industries, the publisher can provide a custom study for relevant criteria.

Most of the data used in these reports were collected by the author through direct, primary contact during September 2005 through March 2006. A limited amount of secondary data, obtained from reputable sources, has been used but only after being spot-checked.



Educational Institutes: NAAC Rating, Websites, Various Ratings. National Labs: CSIR website, calls and emails to institutes. Corp R&D Labs: Websites, Cross references.

Real Estate

Data from Money Outlook (Mar 2005 -Mar2006)– Real Estate Section, Actual Builder spot calls, double checks through Colliers International Asia Pacific (India Report Sept 2005) & Knight-Frank Pune Office. Other sources Real Estate sections in Times of India & Economic times.


Roads: Actual city visits (Aug 2005 – Jan 2006). Power: State electricity Boards – telephone calls to check black-out times. Telecom: Communication with Reliance, Tata-VSNL & BSNL for services offered.
Water: Determined water supply and schedules searched the relevant newspaper sites for water supply.

Cost of People

Spot Interviews, HR Contacts, Salary Surveys.
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  • Astra-Zeneca
  • Henkel-Loctite India
  • Lucent Bell Labs
  • Motorola
  • Pfizer
  • Samsung
  • MORE
1. Executive Summary

2. A New Millennium

Table 1: Selected Multinationals R&D Centers in India from Study

2.1 R&D Strategy

2.2 India: A Quick Look

3. Criteria Investigated

Table 2: Criteria & Sub criteria for the Study

3.1 Cities in The Study

3.2 Overall Attractiveness Index

4. Data Collection

5. Results:

5.1 Access to People (A2P)
Table 3: Number Of Science & Engineering Educational Institutions By Cities
Table 4: Contribution Rules
Table 5: A2P Education Scores
Table 6: A2P National Labs Scores
Table 7: Corp R&D Contribution Rules
Table 8: A2P Corp R&D Scores

Figure 1: ACCESS TO PEOPLE (A2P) Scores

5.2 Access to Infrastructure (A2I)
Table 9: Sub Criteria & Scores for A2I
Table 10: Status on Basic Necessities
Table 11: Status on Transportation

Figure 2: ACCESS TO INFRASTRUCTURE (A2I) Scores Across The Cities

5.3 Cost of People (CoP)
Table 10: Sub Criteria & Scores for CoP
Figure 3: Cost of People (CoP) scores across the city

5.4 Cost of Infrastructure (CoI)
Table 11: Sub Criteria & Scores for CoI
Figure 4: Cost of Infrastructure (CoI) across the cities

5.5 Catalyst (C)
Table 12: Sub Criteria & Scores for CAT
Figure 5: Catalyst (C) across the cities

6. Ranking
Table 13: City Overall Attractiveness Index
Table 14: The Best City Attractive Index Ranking

7. Conclusions

8. Profile
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The Companies Mentioned are as follows:-

Texas Instruments
ST Microelectronics
Sun Microsystems
Veritas software
Nortel Networks
Lucent Bell Labs
Henkel-Loctite India
GE Global R&D
ICI National Starch
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