ViewSonic eyes distributors in Arab states

ViewSonic, a leading manufacturer and provider of visual technology, is scouting for distributors in a number of Arab countries, said a senior official.

Speaking to this website recently, Junaid Gul, Country Manager, Middle East Region, said: “I’m looking for some distributors in Oman, Egypt (though we have people there) but still I can have one more and few distributors in Qatar as well.”

The company currently has three distributors in the UAE, one each in Lebanon and Egypt and two in Saudi Arabia.

ViewSonic is one of the world’s top provider of manufacturer and provider of visual technology, specifically CRT monitors, liquid crystal displays, projectors, plasma displays, HDTV technology, and mobile products, including Mini & All in One PCs and wireless monitors.

In the UAE, Gulf revealed that 18 and 19 inch screen monitors prices have gone up by as much as ten per cent in just two months due to supply shortage by some suppliers.

“Industry rates were coming down till November but we are again seeing upward trend – especially in 18 and 19 inch monitors. It was not a steady increase but a big jump from November to December of around 10 per cent as there is panel shortage,” Gul said.

The company recently launched 7” and 10” intelligent communicating tablets in the UAE priced at Dh1,899 and Dh2,199, respectively. 

The company has shipped 1,000 units and aims to sell all of them in a month time. “I will be very happy if I could sell 1,000 units per month,” he added. The new tablets will be introduced next in Saudi Arabia and Egypt in few months. Presently, Apple and Samsung are the market leaders in tablet segment and ViewSonic is the latest entrant in the market.

Gulf believes that the rivals priced tablets very high and have to slash prices over the next few months.
“I think the price at what we are launching is almost half the price of some rivals right now, so they might respond to it. Yes, in 6-8 months time, it (tablet prices) may come down because they are quite heavily priced,” Gulf affirmed

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