Blum India is excited by the combination of a maturing modular furniture market and digital environment: Nadeem Patni

Mr.Nadeem Patni, Managing Director, Blum India Pvt. Ltd.- modular furniture hardware manufacturer
Mr.Nadeem Patni, Managing Director, Blum India Pvt. Ltd.- modular furniture hardware manufacturer

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As the market for modular furniture including modular kitchens expands in India, so does the role of market leaders like Blum. The company, which started off by manufacturing horseshoe stud in 1952, is a name synonymous with the best in furniture fittings. Buildingandinteriors speaks to Nadeem Patni, Managing Director, Blum India Pvt. Ltd. for his take on the India market.

 

Mr.Nadeem Patni, Managing Director, Blum India Pvt.Ltd.
Nadeem Patni, Managing Director, Blum India Pvt. Ltd.

 

B&I: What is it that differentiates Blum from the other similar players in the modular furniture market?

Nadeem Patni: Blum being the market leader in the modular furniture fittings segment has always believed in the utmost quality of products. We are constantly committed to providing high-quality products and services to our customers, which has eventually helped us built a strong brand reputation. We have taken the initiative to build “Global customer benefits” philosophy, where every product and service should benefit manufacturer, dealer, consumer, and installer. Basically, anyone who comes across our innovation should benefit from it. Only if a product idea brings benefit to each of these four segments, it will be pursued further.

 

B&I: What new solutions will we see from Blum over the next 1-2 years?

Nadeem Patni: We’ve recently introduced AVENTOS HK top, our new range of HK lift systems to our product line. We own more than 90% of the global share when it comes to lift up systems, and so we’re confident that this new range will also pick up the pace in India. Along with this, next year we’ll be introducing new box systems in India called ‘MERIVOBOX‘ which has been in development for more than 8 years. For MERVIOBOX, the focus is on four themes: the platform idea, the design, the function, and the advantages for manufacturers. We’ve received a very good response from the conversations with our customers in the last Interzum in Cologne, which has given us a more optimistic view.

 

B&I: You have this experience centre in Mumbai. What is the idea behind it? How do you get the visitors to this centre? Are you looking at more of such experience centres across other cities in India?

Nadeem Patni: We wanted all our customers to experience the functional and practical side of the kitchen and other areas and not just focus on the design aspect. This showroom is equipped with AGE EXPLORER®, which gives the wearer a real-time experience of the future, and DYNAMIC SPACE, which helps in creating a smooth workflow in the kitchen. We want to bring the focus equally towards the functionality aspect of this experience centre. Once a customer enters our showroom, they are usually amazed by the technology we offer. In the near future, as we’re growing, we’re also looking at expanding these centres in other metro cities.

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B&I: How do you see the India market for modular furniture fittings shape-up over the next few years? What are some of the trends that you see would define the India market?

Nadeem Patni: India has been a trade dominated market for decades, but the share of this unorganized market is decreasing year by year. The new generation gets exposed to a lot of technology and innovations. This eventually paves the way for the immense growth of Modular furniture in the industry. With the digital transformation, it will be more realistic to say that trend is now shifting slowly but steadily. The awareness of modular furniture has been growing and the entry of online players like IKEA will also play an important role in this transition and in influencing the consumer mindset.

 

B&I: From India, you also are looking at countries like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. What are some of the typical differences and commonalities of these markets when compared to India?

Nadeem Patni: Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are very strong future markets for Blum. These markets appreciate our product quality and we have quite an established brand presence. In these countries too, the trend is shifting more towards modular furniture.

 

B&I: Blum is into an application-oriented solution. This requires training interventions. What are your plans for training programmes for the business value chain?

Nadeem Patni: We provide product training to our authorized dealers and distributors which makes it easier for them to cater to the end user. In addition, the EASY ASSEMBLY app provides assembly instructions and assembly videos for all Blum products, making the assembly and adjustment of Blum furniture fittings a breeze. We also have our in-house training centre in Mumbai, which helps us to give more in-depth trainings to installers. Providing the necessary services and training to our customers has always been our key focus. Currently, we’re extending our training programs to the students of Interior Designing and Architecture institutes. As these young minds enter this industry, it becomes important for them to get familiarized with our products and technology.

 

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