Manohar Lal Tandon or Manny is a well-known business tycoon in the electronic industry. Being the pioneer in computer hardware manufacturing and exporting in India, Mr.Tandonwas born in Punjab. He studied in Purdue University and acquired his MBA from Santa Clara University while working in a senior position with IBM. He headed the export division of IBM in India.
With the closure of IBM in 1977 he took over the IBM facility and retained its workers for the manufacturing of washing machines and cooking ranges. At the same time, he also started a unit of manufacturing of floppy recording heads in the Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) to export to his brother Srijang Lal Tandon’s company Tandon Magnetics.
Tandon Corp. had seven independent companies manufacturing and exporting products in the electronic, motors, magnetic and peripheralssector. Tandon was the Chairman and Managing Director and Tandon corp. became Tandon Group the largest manufacturer of computer hardware in India.
Tandon then formed Celetronix International which provided electronic manufacturing services to DTH providers. He also founded free recharge for mobile users in 2010 which was later taken over by the e-commerce company Snapdeal.
With the growing of the Tandon Group “Manny” also was the first to bring women workers into the technology industry with the help of an NGO he got permission from the high court to hire women to work in the night shift as a result of which he had the maximum number of women employees in his industry.
Tandon spearheaded a number of hardware exporting communities which focused on removing hardships in the smooth operations of the hardware industry and improving efficiency, simplifying procedures and reduction of controls to expediatiate exports. He headed the Prime Ministers Task force on computer hardware. He also was the Chairman of Electronics and Software Promotion Council and many such federations all over the country.
The Chairman of the Tandon group has been honoured with many awards for his contribution and pioneering in the field of electronics and hardware exports. All India Award Non-SSI, Trophy for excellence in IT hardware export for Tandon Group, Award for best exporter of federation of India Industries association, Trophy for highest performance amongst FTZ’s to name a few.
Today the Tandon group has ventured into jewelry, online manufacturing platform, goods delivery service, connecting companies and chemists, simplifying home insurance and many more such successful ventures. The latest being sponsoring the USC Global Conference in Tokyo in 2017.
Manny is a pioneer in the industry with the luck of gold. His vision and ideals are the foundation of a very successful future not only for himself but the nation as a whole.