New Delhi: In view of the potential in India and the surrounding region, BlackBerry smartphones-maker Research in Motion (RIM) is likely to set up a manufacturing unit in the country. They are also eyeing to make this unit an export hub.

 RIM spokesperson said, "India is an important and strategic market for RIM and its exciting and fast-growing mobile sector offers major potential for further expansion. As part of RIM's strategy in India, the company has been building its resources in order to support the growing opportunities.”

Canada-based RIM's Chief Information Officer Robin Bienfait will be in India to meet with major BlackBerry customers as well as a variety of current and prospective business partners, the company said.

Sources indicated that Robin would be visiting Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi to identify a location for setting up the plant. If fructified, this would be RIM's first manufacturing facility in the Asia-Pacific region, comprising 18 countries in which BlackBerry has a presence and is growing significantly.

The company said, "RIM is always evaluating investment opportunities, including manufacturing and logistics, and Robin plans to further explore such possibilities in India during her visit.”

However, setting up such a plant may involve an investment of anywhere between USD 150-250 million to begin with.
 
According to the latest reports available, RIM is one of the top five mobile phone manufacturers and as far as Indian operations are concerned, it has a retail presence in over 75 cities across the country.

(Agencies)