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Dell to make big investment in India

Dell has already announced that it would increase its headcount in India to 10,000.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 11:16 IST

Global computer major Dell Inc is set to announce a major investment in India when its chief executive officer Kevin Rollins visits the country this week.

Rollins would announce the new investment during his two-day visit to India, Dell founder and chairman Michael Dell informed a news agency at the World Economic Forum.

The US-based company is likely to open yet another development centre in India, though Michael Dell refused to divulge any details of what Rollins may announce and what kind of investments the company would be making.

Dell has already announced that it would increase its headcount in India to 10,000 and hence Rollins could announce more jobs in the country.

He said India and China were rapidly emerging as major markets for the firm's products in retail as well as enterprise domain and that they were capable of more than offsetting any slowdowns in other markets around the world.

But Dell said he was looking at India and China in a holistic manner and not just as a place where there were a large number of customers for his products.

"There is still a lot of potential in India -- both as a market where we can sell our computers but also as a place where we can invest and you will see us making more investments there," he said.

Dell said opposition in the West to outsourcing was definitely going down and people had begun to understand there were gains in outsourcing for the developed world too.

"Companies have seen huge productivity growths and have become much more competitive as a result of this process. Moreover, we are also seeing new job creations because of outsourcing.

"So it is not always or only about jobs shifting in one direction or jobs out of the US. There is a lot of economic benefit that the western economies derive also," he said.

First Published: Jan 29, 2006 10:52 IST