The Indian hardware industry has lost one of its doyens with the passing away of Piyush Singhal, the founder of Lipi Data Systems. Though Singhal had off late dissociated himself from the limelight, it in no way can reduce his immense contribution in building up the Indian hardware industry in the eighties. It was Singhal who first took on international giants like IBM head-on with competitive pricing for Lipi's range of line printers. Besides, he was one of the first people to start exporting hardware from India when he started exporting printers to Russia as early as mid eighties.
Singhal who was suffering from liver problem for quite sometime, had been hospitalized for almost a fortnight. He passed away on Monday, June 30.
Expressing his grief on the demise of Singhal, Pradeep Gupta, CMD and Publisher, Cyber Media (India) Ltd, said, "He was one of the earliest entrants into what used to be hot at that time--data processing centers. He and his brother set up Computronics which at that time (in 70s) imported mainframe computer on which data processing used to be done for a number of companies. As hardware took roots, he moved into that area with printer manufacture."
Recalling Singhal's contribution in the formation of Cyber Media, Gupta said, "When I was starting Cyber Media, he was one of the few persons that I consulted to test out the idea. His advise was indeed very valuable. He was always a great friend of Cyber Media."
Expressing deep sorrow on Singhal's demise, Raj Saraf, CMD, Zenith Computers Ltd, said, "I am extremely sad at the demise of Piyush Singhal. He was a stalwart in the real sense of the word.
Cyber News Service