New Manufacturing Site Is Company's First in Europe
WARSAW, November 27, 2007 - Lenovo today announced the company will open a new manufacturing plant and fulfillment operations center in Legnica Special Economic Zone, Poland. The facility will support customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including product assembly and configuration, distribution services and logistics along with additional value-added services, such as custom imaging, asset tagging and labeling.
The new, 30,000 square meter facility will be located in Legnica SEZ in the Lower Silesia region of Poland and is expected to be operational in the third quarter of 2008. The plant will have an initial production capacity of over two million desktop PCs per year. The total investment value is estimated at over $20 million USD, which includes the manufacturing facility construction, tooling, salaries, taxes and additional contributions to the local, regional and national economies. Lenovo will employ approximately 1,000 people in Poland when the plant is fully operational.
With its new plant in Poland - the fifth new plant and fulfillment operations center Lenovo has announced this year - Lenovo's global manufacturing footprint now spans four continents and five countries. The four, new manufacturing facilities announced in 2007 include: Shanghai, China; Baddi, India; Monterrey, Mexico; and Legnica SEZ, Poland along with a fulfillment operations center in North Carolina, U.S.
By investing in and satisfying the need for Lenovo products in key markets Lenovo will
continue to reduce costs, shorten customer delivery times, and provide its customers in Europe with the value-added services they need.
"Our new plant in Poland is an example of Lenovo's worldsourcing strategy in action," said Gerry Smith, senior vice president Global Supply Chain, Lenovo. "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."
"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,' said Milko van Duijl, president Lenovo EMEA and senior vice president, Lenovo Group. "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."
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world's best-engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure, and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com.