Lenovo has bucked the Far Eastern trend and announced plans to open a $20m manufacturing plant in Poland in Q3 next year.
Unlike other vendors, which are uprooting to make use of cheaper labour in the Far East, Lenovo plans to use the 30,000 square metre plant and accompanying fulfillment operations center to support customers across EMEA. It will employ around 1,000 people once complete.
With a capacity to produce over two million desktop PCs a year, additional services will include product assembly and configuration, distribution services and logistics and labelling.
Gerry Smith, senior vice president global supply chain at Lenovo, said: "Our new plant in Poland is an example of Lenovo’s worldsourcing strategy in action. In a world with just one time zone -‘now’ - Lenovo must source materials, assemble managerial and technical talent, and concentrate logistics, infrastructure, and production wherever they are best available – in this case, Poland. This new plant brings our manufacturing operations closer to our European customers, enabling Lenovo to better optimize its supply chain, enhance its competitiveness and serve our expanding customer base in this region.”
Milko van Duijl, president of Lenovo EMEA, said: " ”Selecting Poland as the location for Lenovo’s European manufacturing facility – featuring Lenovo's best-in-breed manufacturing processes – is a significant step in demonstrating our increasing presence in Europe and our strategy to grow in this market. To develop a state-of-the-art facility in Europe focused on improving the customer experience, Lenovo is leveraging its 'worldsourcing strategy,' that enables us to recruit the best local talent and international management where they are.”
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