Country's leading brand of electronics, electrical, IoT and home appliance products Walton is going to inaugurate its computer manufacturing factory in Chandra of Gazipur this month targeting monthly production of 60,000 unit laptops, 30,000 desktops and more 30,000 unit monitors.
With the inauguration on January 18, local customers are hoped to get 'Made in Bangladesh' labelled tech products at affordable prices, a press release signed by Assistant General Manager of Creative and Publications Department of Walton Group Augustin Sujan Barai has confirmed.
Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, also president of BASIS and inventor of Bijoy Bangla software along with State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak will inaugurate the Walton computer manufacturing factory.
Sources said, equipped with latest machineries from Japan and German technology, trail production has already begun at Walton Digi-Tech industries Ltd. with separate departments for computer and laptop designing, research and development, quality control and testing lab creating employment for nearly 1000 people.
The local brand eyes to expand its production capacity and will go for manufacturing of other computer accessories including pen drive, keyboard and mouse.
Md. Liakot Ali, In-Charge of Walton Computer Project, said: Most of the brands depend on imports of tech products while Walton, from the very beginning, emphasized on local production so that customers get 'Made in Bangladesh' labelled products at affordable prices.
Meanwhile, Uday Hakim, Senior Operative Director of Walton, said: Walton has taken various dream initiatives to save foreign currency and make the best use of our internal human resources for which we have launched the country's first ever mobile phone plant last year.
Now we are going to start computer production plant with plan to go for manufacturing of other ICT and IoT devices.
He hoped that the newly built Walton Computer Factory will cut the import dependency of the sector along with create scopes of various backward linkage industries including hardware and software. According to him, the launching of this computer plant is going to be a milestone for the development of hi-tech industries in Bangladesh.
Concerned sources said the beginning of computer and laptop production in the country will boost up the concept of 'Digital Bangladesh' as local customers will get digital devices at affordable prices which will help students in technology education while many unemployment youths will be able to earn livelihood by doing programming, web designing, outsourcing and other freelancing tasks.