Prof. Cleopas Angaye, the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) has described the newly opened 200 PCs per day capacity assembly factory of Speedstar brand of computers as a welcome development.

He stated this at the official opening of the new factory in Lagos . The NITDA boss noted that Beta Computers has demonstrated a commendable doggedness in the local PCs assembling industry , adding that Speedstar brand has been certified by NITDA.

"I congratulate Beta Computers Limited, the proud owners of the Speedstar brand of Computers on the official opening of its assembly factory today. Everyone who understands the difficult climate under which information technology has evolved in Nigeria should also congratulate Beta Computers" he said.

Stiff competition from foreign OEMs, unfriendly fiscal regimes for importation of semi and completely knocked down parts and low demand for local brands, he said, were some of the challenges the local PCs Assemblers have had to face.

While commending the improvement and expansion in the production process of Beta Computers during his facility visit of the company's Semi-Automated motorized conveyor line , Angaye noted that henceforth computer assembly companies would need to meet certain guidelines and standards, adding that the production process must be automated like that of Beta Computers.

"The systems of local PCs companies must pass stress tests simulated to fit our environment, and must be compatible with Linux and the range of open source application software. I am happy that most of the existing companies already meet the guidelines especially, Beta Computers with its Semi-Automated motorized conveyor line for actual assembly of 200 PCs per day. It is very commendable." Angaye noted.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Managing Director of Beta Computers Limited Will Anyaegbunam restated the commitment of his company to the Nigerian IT industry, saying that their destination is West African sub-region.

"The Speedstar factory we are opening today is the first of its kind in Nigeria . Not conveyor line to assembly PC parts or move finished products to and from the warehouse. This factory and the men who to do the installation were originally planned to be imported fully built from Taiwan as it is carbon copy of a few there that we visited and came back with video copies of it. At the end, we sourced everything and parts from local companies and used local engineers to put up what we are proud to say is a Nigeria PC factory built by Nigerians for the assembly of a Nigerian brand for Nigerian" Anyaegbunam explained.

According to him, Beta Computers does not need to import anybody or robots to maintain and support the plant as a result of the use of local technicians and engineers to build the factory. Nigerian technicians and engineers can do most of the work  given out to expatriates if given the chance.

"We proved that with this factory. We only played the video of the various factories in Taiwan and China for them as a template to come up with what we have today. We are happy with the end product and we are confident you will to" the MD of Beta Computers explained.

With excitement, he noted that the Speedstar factory is another first in a list firsts that Beat Computers has recorded over the years, adding that Speedstar brand is the first local PC brand to be registered in Nigeria in 1996.

"It is the first PC in Nigeria to have a model series that has 3 years full warranty covering labor and parts for the CPU and Monitor. It is the first local Microsoft Direct OEM partner in Nigeria . It is the first and only local PC brand that passed the Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs test, (WHQL) from Nigeria " he said

At 200 PCs per day capacity, he assured that Beta Computers is fully geared to meeting any size of orders, adding that the products are of the highest quality that out performs even the international brands.

He further assured that in 3-5 years to come Beta Computers will build a larger integrated factory that will have capacities in excess of 600 PCs per day for the actual manufacture of components such as memory, cards and optical drives.

 (SOURCE: This Day)