Rahul Kayastha first heard about OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) brands when he was studying in Malaysia. He was immediately interested and knew that he wanted to do something with it.
He later shared his idea to open an OEM laptop company in Nepal with a couple of other friends. “It seemed doable and everyone agreed',' says Siddhartha Rai, Chief Operating Officer of Rippletech.
Rippletech is Nepal’s first OEM laptop manufacturer. It was first launched in April 2020. The company brings different laptop parts from different parts of the world including Germany, Poland and other European countries. “We source some parts locally as well”, adds Rai.
Kayastha and his team came up with the idea of producing OEM laptops since the market for laptops is becoming more expensive with each passing year. Their main objective was to provide premium and cost-efficient laptops to the Nepali market, especially for Nepali gamers.
“The efficient supply chain management and the local production of the integrated system significantly reduce the cost of these high-performing laptops”, explains Rai. “We want our consumers to know the real value for their money, Ripple is the best budget laptop made in Nepal with no compromises on performance” he adds.
Ripple laptops cost between NRS 75,000 to 180,000. The public has responded pretty well to the cheaper alternative of high functioning laptops as they were sold out during pre-orders itself.
“It's safe to say that Ripple laptops are in demand in the market,” Rai explains. “The consumers have all left very positive responses on our social forms till now, and are very happy with their purchases along with our technical support”, he adds.
Rippletech faced a lot of criticism and skepticism in the beginning, as people were not sure about the brand and wondered if it was worth the money.
However, the support they are receiving at present from their consumers is something the team did not expect.
“We are thankful to the people who recognized our potential and supported us”, says Rai. “The Ripple family is growing every day and we are ever so grateful”, he shares.
As Nepal’s first laptop manufacturer, Rippletech pledges to build all types of laptops steadily. They look forward to creating a peculiar escapade that everyone can enjoy rather than focusing on particular groups of people in the near future.