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HP to make Chromebooks in India from 2 October

HP and Google partner to produce Chromebooks in India, supporting digital education and the Make in India initiative.

Production of HP Chromebooks is set to commence on 2 October 2023.Premium
Production of HP Chromebooks is set to commence on 2 October 2023.

HP Inc. has partnered with Google to manufacture Chromebooks in India, bolstering the government’s efforts to promote IT hardware production in the country.

The Chromebooks—laptops that run on Google’s Chrome operating system—will be manufactured at the Flex facility near Chennai, where HP has been producing a range of laptops and desktops since August 2020. The production of HP Chromebooks will start on 2 October and will cater to the demand for affordable PCs in India, mainly from the education sector.

India is trying to bolster local production of laptops and other IT hardware through a combination of incentives and restrictions on imports. The government’s production-linked initiatives (PLIs) offer funds to encourage companies to make in India, while the proposed import management system aims to curb imports.

“Manufacturing Chromebook laptops in India will allow Indian students to get easy access to affordable PCs. By further expanding our manufacturing operations, we continue to support the Make in India initiative of the government," said Vickram Bedi, senior director of personal systems at HP India. “HP is committed to advancing digital equity, and we have been driving many initiatives to enable digital education across India."

Chromebooks are leading devices in K-12 education, catering to over 50 million students and teachers worldwide. The partnership will propel a joint vision to support the digital education ecosystem in India and help more students enhance their learning by providing affordable, safe and high-quality computing devices to education authorities, schools and institutions.

“The local production of Chromebooks with HP marks an important step in our efforts to continue supporting the digital transformation of education in India," said Bani Dhawan, head of education, South Asia, Google. “We hope this collaboration will help accelerate the adoption of technology in more schools so that every student and educator have access to the tools and skills to pursue their personal potential."

HP is also one of the key participants of the IT hardware PLI scheme where the government will give a share of revenues earned by local production of IT hardware products.

HP significantly expanded its manufacturing operations in India when, in December 2021, it started manufacturing a wide range of laptops in the country, including its EliteBooks, ProBooks and G8 series notebooks. It also expanded its portfolio of locally manufactured commercial desktops by adding various models of desktop mini towers, mini desktops, small form factor desktops and a range of all-in-one PCs. These products include both Intel and AMD processor options, and cater to a wide range of customer segments.




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Gulveen Aulakh
Gulveen Aulakh is Senior Assistant Editor at Mint, serving dual roles covering the disinvestment landscape out of New Delhi, and the telecom & IT sectors as part of the corporate bureau. She had been tracking several government ministries for the last ten years in her previous stint at The Economic Times. An IIM Calcutta alumnus, Gulveen is fluent in French, a keen learner of new languages and avid foodie.
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Published: 28 Sep 2023, 01:29 PM IST
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