Barrett likely to unveil expansion plans for India

New Delhi | Updated: Nov 18 2004, 05:30am hrs
Craig Barrett, chief executive officer of the worlds largest chip manufacturing company Intel, will begin his two-day visit to India from Thursday. The Intel chief will be accompanied by his wife. No top-level official delegation is expected with Mr Barrett, according to company sources. Even as Mr Barretts agenda has been kept under wraps, company officials indicated that he would announce Intels next round of expansion during the visit.

This is Mr Barretts sixth visit to the country since he took over in 1998. Company officials told FE: India has been projected by Intel as a centre for its core chip development work, as against China where only localisation and software development takes place. The development centre in Bangalore is working on the next generation mobile chipset.

Mr Barrett is expected to meet the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. He will also call on minister of communications and IT Dayanidhi Maran. Recently, Mr Maran had met chiefs of many global hardware companies during his visit to the US and expressed governments support to them for any future manufacturing facility in India.

Mr Barrett will also meet government officials as well as customers in New Delhi. He will announce the launch of Intel Learn programme, in addition to some initiatives the company plans to undertake with the government.

He is also scheduled to address industry representatives at a session on Growth and Competitive Advantage through Digital Transfor-mation.

On Friday, Mr Barrett will visit Bangalore where Intel has its chip design centre. He will also address a National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nass-com) seminar on Corporate Governance. This will be attended by industry CEOs and other delegates, officials said.