style="font-size: 13pt;" size="3">Faridabad,
one of the major industrial hubs of Haryana, generates around 60%
revenue of the state. It is home to many large-scale companies like
Lafarge, Shova, Imperial Auto, Star Wire India, JCB, Escorts, Yamaha,
Knorr Bremse, ACE, ABB, ACC, IndianOil (R&D), Havell's, L&T,
Mahindra Defence, Bharat Gears, et style="background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 0%; -moz-background-clip: border; -moz-background-origin: padding; -moz-background-inline-policy: continuous;">c.
city is emerging as an IT hub for the small and medium level
enterprises providing the resources such as skilled and qualified
professionals with a lot of scope of doing business due to proximity
to the national capital, New Delhi. Badkhal Lake, Suraj Kund
tourist complex, Aravali Golf Club, and Raja Nahar Singh Palace are
some of the famous tourist spots of the city.
style="font-size: 13pt;" size="3">The
Faridabad IT market is growing at a healthy rate of around 20% y-o-y
basis. Dealers are of the opinion that market for desktops has slowed
down in the SOHO business vertical as people are opting for laptops
which are compact, multi-user and portable. “Desktops are selling
in the corporate and government segment but when it comes to general
users, they prefer to buy laptops,” said Nidhi Sehgal of Klassic
Computech. Dell, Sony-VAIO, HCL, Acer are some of the brands which
are in high demand in the market. The Faridabad IT market has a
presence of around 100 resellers and 20-30 assemblers.
style="font-size: 13pt;" size="3">Dealers
say that multi-brand showrooms have taken away their major chunk of
business as these showrooms buy products in bulk, and style="background: rgb(255, 255, 255) none repeat scroll 0% 0%; -moz-background-clip: border; -moz-background-origin: padding; -moz-background-inline-policy: continuous;">they
a better pricing model for the customers besides providing
finance facility. One trend in the market is that the
customers first visit Nehru Place market in New Delhi to get all
necessary details about the product, then they demand the product in
style="font-size: 13pt;" size="3">Talking
about the vendor-dealer related issues, dealers say that they solve
it at an individual level as vendors do listen to their problems.
style="font-size: 13pt;" size="3">One
major problem with the Faridabad IT market is the absence of any IT
association as there is no forum to sit together to discuss various
issues. Sanjeev Malhotra of Prolab Computers said, “We consider it
as a major disadvantage in the IT business as there are times when we
need help to solve a problem and now when there is no help, our
business suffers.” Echoing similar sentiments, Sehgal said, “We
are sad that we don't have any association at the local level.
Everybody is fighting the battle on their own.”