Six Indian brands among world’s 500 best

SLPMA President Sanjaya Jayaratne

NEW DELHI, (Asia Pulse) – As many as six Indian brands including — Tata, Airtel, State Bank of India, Reliance, Indian Oil Corporation and Infosys — have been named amongst the world’s 500 best brands this year by global consultancy firm ‘Brand Finance’. The Tata is the only Indian brand making it to the top 50, as per the latest ranking.

Tata has improved its ranking in the coveted list from 50 in 2011 to 44 this year. Its brand value has also increased to US$16.3 billion this year from US$15.8 billion a year ago, the valuation consultancy Brand Finance said.

Amid falling demand in western economies and rising commodity prices, high level of diversification in Tata business portfolio has meant that the group has been able to generate revenues in numerous areas, Brand Finance said.

“Historically, Tata’s brand equity has always been very strong with the group having been regarded as one of the world’s most reputable organisations for a number of decades,” it added.

The list was topped by technology giant Apple which replaced internet major Google and emerged as the most valuable brand with a brand valuation of US$70.60 billion.

Apple improved its position significantly over last year’s ranking of 8th.

Among brands in India,