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First Saudi factory for PC notebooks and LCD screens

The first Saudi Arabian manufacturing facility capable of assembling PC notebooks and LCD screens has been officially opened in Riyadh. The 2000 square metre Silicon Valley Factory for Information Technology factory will also assemble servers and desktops.

The first Saudi Arabian manufacturing facility capable of assembling PC notebooks and LCD screens has been opened in Riyadh. The 2000 square metre Silicon Valley Factory for Information Technology will also assemble servers and desktops.

Plans also include offering a several product series to cover enterprise, small-to-medium businesses and the Small-Office-Home-Office markets in the Kingdom under the brand name of Bitcom.

“The Bitcom assembly plant in Riyadh heralds a new era for Saudi Arabia’s IT industry,” said Engineer Najeeb Al Ashqar, CEO. “Not only will the plant further enhance the Kingdom’s capabilities as a nation that has IT credentials to more than match its regional neighbours, but it will also offer opportunities for Saudi nationals to train and work in one of the most challenging and fast-paced industries in the world.”

“We are keen on bringing the best technologies and build quality products and we are closely aligned with Intel to take the latest platforms to market through joint marketing programs and activities. Our new factory in Saudi Arabia will give us the capability to take the latest notebook and desktop platforms from Intel to market.”

According to figures released during the recent Riyadh Gitex, Saudi Arabia currently accounts for 40% of total computer and IT application sales in the Middle East as a whole, worth close to an estimated US $5 billion. PC and notebook sales are on the increase and growth in Internet usage, e-commerce and e-banking are driving sales of related hardware and software applications.

“Whilst our initial target is the domestic market, our intention is to increase output to 1,500 units a day by the middle of 2007 to service regional markets as well as the Kingdom,” said Al Ashqar.

Through an initiative with the Human Resource Development Fund, Saudi nationals would be encouraged to apply to work at the Bitcom plant.

“This factory will offer opportunities for nationals to train and grow with us, building a career in Riyadh’s nascent IT manufacturing industry,” Al Ashqar added. “Currently, our workforce is 20% and together with the Human Resource Development Fund, our intention is to build that to be 60% Saudi over the course of the next 18-months.”

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