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Manufacturers of air purifiers report steep hike in sales since Diwali

Companies manufacturing air purifiers have witnessed a steep increase in sales as Delhi’s air continue to be heavily polluted, reports have shown.

Breath Delhi Updated: Dec 26, 2015 10:43 IST
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Roads in the capital choked with smog after Diwali celebrations, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, November 13, 2015. (Hindustan Times)

Companies manufacturing air purifiers have witnessed a steep increase in sales as Delhi’s air continue to be heavily polluted, reports have shown.

Philips has reported a 20-30% surge in sales this year, and Eureka Forbes, one of the first to enter the Indian market in 1996, says it is now selling 7,000-10,000 machines a month, as compared to 10,000-20,000 per year a few years ago. Blue Air says it has witnessed a five-fold sales jump in their purifiers since Diwali.

A 2014 report by WHO stated that Delhi is the most polluted city in the world. It also stated that more than 1.6 million people, mainly women and children, die prematurely due to high levels of indoor smoke every year.

Vijay Kannan, India Head of Blue Air, said, “The demand of air purifiers in the cities has increased. While we have registered an overall increase in the demand in the metros, post Diwali it is like boom in the market. We are hopeful that the technology would not just help people with asthma and other respiratory illnesses, but will contribute in reducing the rate of respiratory diseases in the cities.”