Personal computers company Lenovo has announced that it will open a new manufacturing plant and fulfillment operations center in the Legnica special economic zone of Poland for a total investment of over $20m.
According to the company, the new 30,000 square meter facility is expected to be operational in the third quarter of 2008 and will have an initial production capacity of over two million desktop PCs per year. It plans to employ approximately 1,000 people in Poland. The facility is expected to supply PCs in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
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, said Milko van Duijl, president of EMEA and senior vice president at Lenovo Group.
The company said that it is the fifth new plant and fulfillment operations center announced this year. Other manufacturing facilities announced in 2007 include Shanghai, China; Baddi, India; Monterrey, Mexico; and a fulfillment operations center in North Carolina, US.
According to the China Daily, this move of Lenovo is to expand its presence in Europe after it failed to acquire Europe’s largest local computer maker Packard Bell, and its rival Acer won the right to buy Gateway, which has a controlling stake in Packard Bell.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates