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Dell launches India manufacturing plant

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Chennai, Dec 5 (UNI) PC major Dell today formally launched its India manufacturing plant to produce desktop computers for the domestic market.

The third facility in the Asia Pacific region after Penang (Malaysia) and Xiamen (China), the unit, coming up on a 50 acre site with initial investment of Rs 280 crore at Sriperumbudur Hi-tech park, was launched with the ceremonial unveiling of an architectural model of the plant by Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

Union IT and Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran, Dell President, Asia Pacific and Japan, Steve Felice, Vice-President Asia Operations Simon Wong and other company officials were present.

Mr Wong said the initial capacity of the plant, which would begin commercial production during the first half of 2007, was planned at 4,00,000 units per annum.

''We will focus on manufacturing desktop computers catering to the Indian market alone in the first few years as it makes up about 60 per cent of Dell's current business in India'', he added.

Mr Felice said the state government had earmarked about 100 acre land near the plant for its suppliers to set up their bases.

Mr Maran said his Ministry would make efforts to provide zero duty regime to the IT industry across the value chain of manufacturing, along with extending tax holiday for ITeS industry beyond March 2009.

He said the facility at Sriperumbudur would give Dell rapid access to customers whom they could not reach from manufacturing facilities located in Malaysia or elsewhere.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Karunanidhi said within six months after his government assumed office, six major companies had set up their base in Tamil Nadu with total investment of Rs 2,700 crore.

The government's proactive policy and single window clearance provided easy entry and made the State a chosen destination for FDIs.

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