Middle East business for the US’ Digital Equipment Corporation is to grow by 30 per cent in the financial year ending 30 June, according to its regional director, Liam Foran. He attributes this to improved services and better sales since the company established its regional subsidiary, Digital Equipment Gulf, in Bahrain in early 1993.

The region’s computer hardware market is to grow two to three times faster than the 6.5 per cent a year expected for the rest of the world, analysts say. ‘We are well-positioned to reap the dividends of this growth,’ Foran says.

The Bahrain-based subsidiary will manage services for 14 Middle Eastern countries, expanding from its current customer base in eight countries. Digital specialises in computer hardware and software.