Published: 11:34 PM, 21 October 2021
Xiaomi will now manufacture its devices locally in Bangladesh, as the world’s second-largest smartphone brand has opened a manufacturing plant in Gazipur of Dhaka.
The leading smartphone company revealed its ‘Made in Bangladesh’ plan at a special event at a hotel in the city on Thursday.
Xiaomi has collaborated with DBG technology BD Ltd to manufacture its smartphones in Bangladesh. DBG is a global EMS company, who has been operating manufacturing business around the world (China, Vietnam, India etc.) for several renowned brands of consumer electronics. They are public listed company in Hongkong Stock Exchange.
Salman F Rahman, adviser to the prime minister on private industry and investment, addressed the program as the chief guest while and Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for ICT attended the program as special guest.
Speaking the program, Salman Fazlur Rahman said, "We have great faith in young leaders and young companies like Xiaomi. These new generation companies and entrepreneurs will be key to the success of Bangladesh."
State Minister for Information Communication and Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak praised Xiaomi for setting up their production plant in Bangladesh. "This is a great initiative. I believe that from now on the people of the country will be able to enjoy all the latest innovative products of Xiaomi at a competitive price," he said.
In a video message, Mustafa Jabbar, post and telecom minister, said, "Today is a day of immense pleasure to us. In fact, of great pride for Bangladesh. Today a renowned brand like Xiaomi is setting up a factory in Bangladesh."
While presenting the keynote, Ziauddin Chowdhury, country manager of Xiaomi Bangladesh, has revealed that the Gazipur plant will be producing approximately 3 million mobile phones per year. Around 1,000 will be employed in the plant initially. The factory is situated in a standalone four-storied building with a total area of around 55,000 square feet, he said.
The first phone of the company to be assembled in Bangladesh belongs to Redmi sub-brand, which is expected to be available in the market from the first week of November this year. Subsequently POCO and Xiaomi series will be made in the country, he added.