Lenovo PCs will be “made in America”

Lenovo, the Chinese PC manufacturer which acquired the IBM computer business in 2005, is about to return some of its production capabilities to the United States of America: the Beijing-based company announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility in the USA, a move that should improve its economic performances on the local market – while creating jobs in the process.

Lenovo’s first North American manufacturing unit will open next year in Whitsett, North Carolina with an initial investment of 2 million dollars, and is expected to create about 115 jobs. The factory will make laptops, desktop PCs, tablets and everything is sold under the “ThinkSomething” (Station, Server, Pad) brand.

The NC facility will join Lenovo’s manufacturing plants already operational all over the world (Mexico, Brazil, China, Japan, Argentina and so on), and the company says it will help making new products like the ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the ThinkCentre M92p desktop PC.

Lenovo is now the second-largest PC manufacturer in the world behind the USA giant Hewlett-Packard, but it's growing faster and according to market analysts the company will soon overtake HP and become the market leader.

Lenovo’s current market presence is stronger in Asia and Europe than in the USA, and the new production facility should help the company grow faster in North America as well.

Source: Computerworld

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Croc Ography said,
Screw "Made in America" I would like to see these jobs come to Canada.

I don't care where they make the products just so long as they do what I need them to.

I hate todays European and US based companies, everything is made in Asia. They should be dragged behind the shed. Nice to see Lenovo makes something in US.

Joni_78 said,
I hate todays European and US based companies, everything is made in Asia. They should be dragged behind the shed. Nice to see Lenovo makes something in US.
Us americans are partly to blame too you know. If we where willing to pay more for american based electronics. Then it would move back here.
But no, we want our free androids and cheap laptops instead.

I really miss the old "made in USA". It was almost always a guarantee of good products. At least comparing to "locally made" products (from the perspective of a third world resident).

I will say all the years I've worked in IT, and bought new equipment, Lenovo has built them best. Never had a problem except fot the M90z power supply recall. Even then, after I called them, they came the next day (including our TN office) to take care of all of them. Their ThinkPads are the best laptops I've ever worked with.

I agree that their support is the best and that they're one of the best choice for enterprises but I think I think that Samsung and some other brands are currently far more in touch with consumer needs.

Regarding reliability: from some reports (like this http://www.rescuecom.com/news-...ability-report-2012-Q2.aspx) Samsung hardware seems to be statistically 2-3 times more reliable than Lenovo and several other times more reliable than other brands. I think it's because Samsung uses their own hardware when possible: their hard drives, SSDs, ram and NAND memory are very reliable and that makes an huge difference on overall realiability since those components usually are the most likely to break.

warwagon said,
Chinese company made in the USA... now that's something I thought i'd never see!

You're not. It's only going to be ASSEMBLED here, because energy and transportation costs now trump labor costs (since it's going to be ROBOTS assembling these new machine, not Americans).

All the parts are made in China...which is where the profits will be going.

excalpius said,

You're not. It's only going to be ASSEMBLED here, because energy and transportation costs now trump labor costs (since it's going to be ROBOTS assembling these new machine, not Americans).

All the parts are made in China...which is where the profits will be going.

Even if robots are doing the assembly, people have to operate and maintain the robots and associated facilities, thus jobs in the USA.

nvllsvm said,

Even if robots are doing the assembly, people have to operate and maintain the robots and associated facilities, thus jobs in the USA.

We can just build more robots to operate and repair the other robots!

excalpius said,

All the parts are made in China...which is where the profits will be going.

So apple makes profit from cheap labour in china and takes into America = Okay but China doing same =/= ??? thats some logic...

Oh god, I just bought a ThinkCentre M71 and I can already say I will never buy anything from Lenovo again. Beside the use of pretty noisy fans and incredibly poor low-light screen with a terrible 1600x900 resolution that makes using DPI scaling impossible due to the poor vertical resolution (unlike 1680x1050) as soon as I completely my first software update the windows taskbar became unusable, their custom applications took 80% of the taskbar space and there was no way to resize them.

francescob said,
Oh god, I just bought a ThinkCentre M71 and I can already say I will never buy anything from Lenovo again. Beside the use of pretty noisy fans and incredibly poor low-light screen with a terrible 1600x900 resolution that makes using DPI scaling impossible due to the poor vertical resolution (unlike 1680x1050) as soon as I completely my first software update the windows taskbar became unusable, their custom applications took 80% of the taskbar space and there was no way to resize them.
Ouch! Im sorry! I bought a v570 and have had no problem with it.

Rudie32 said,
Ouch! Im sorry! I bought a v570 and have had no problem with it.

I think that just like any other brand you risk ending up with a dud if you can't try it first but the software breaking up the entire taskbar was the icing on the cake. That unfortunately was one of the best example of the fact brand or specs of a computers may not mean anything: when you end up with a screen where you can barely see anything until you turn off the light and can't get anything done because of the annoying whirring sounds everything else doesn't matter at all.

francescob said,
Oh god, I just bought a ThinkCentre M71 and I can already say I will never buy anything from Lenovo again. Beside the use of pretty noisy fans and incredibly poor low-light screen with a terrible 1600x900 resolution that makes using DPI scaling impossible due to the poor vertical resolution (unlike 1680x1050) as soon as I completely my first software update the windows taskbar became unusable, their custom applications took 80% of the taskbar space and there was no way to resize them.

Have never had any luck with Lenovo myself. Have an older T61 that I think is as close to being called a POS, as you can get. Only reason I don't call it that is it works, at least.

Can't say as any parts have ever died in any I've had or worked on.

NeoNut said,
Assembled in USA in from Chinese parts

Anything wrong with that? The chinese make damn good parts. In fact most of the asian engineering firms make better stuff than anyone else in the world. The problem is that the companies are too cheap to buy better grade parts and invest in better labour which results in things falling apart. Usually that's the problem, build quality rather than parts. Parts rarely en masse.

Auzeras said,

Anything wrong with that? The chinese make damn good parts. In fact most of the asian engineering firms make better stuff than anyone else in the world. The problem is that the companies are too cheap to buy better grade parts and invest in better labour which results in things falling apart. Usually that's the problem, build quality rather than parts. Parts rarely en masse.

Nothing wrong but it shouldn't be labeled made in the USA when all the important components are from China.

http://imgace.com/wp-content/u...in-usa-or-made-in-china.jpg

NeoNut said,
Assembled in USA in from Chinese parts

And using the next generation of robots.

The Chinese only were able to take the fine handwork assembly jobs for a very short time and now that the machines have caught up, it makes more sense to replace them with machines.

Auzeras said,

Anything wrong with that? The chinese make damn good parts. In fact most of the asian engineering firms make better stuff than anyone else in the world. The problem is that the companies are too cheap to buy better grade parts and invest in better labour which results in things falling apart. Usually that's the problem, build quality rather than parts. Parts rarely en masse.


Err yeah there is actually, chinese capacitors are generally of very poor quality which is why you see manufacturers like ASUS saying 'Uses JAPANESE capacitors!' and why the majority of LCD monitors and their corrisponding PSUs develop problems and suddenly start eating up electricity like there's no tomorrow.

Auzeras said,
Anything wrong with that? The chinese make damn good parts.

Yes, there is something wrong with that. The US has numerous laws regarding pay, working hours, employee safety, working conditions, maternity leave, etc and by shipping jobs to China you're basically bypassing all of that. It's the same with pollution standards - even though the US has laughably low standards China is even worse. Manufacturing products in China is basically a way to get around all accepted legal and moral standards.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Yes, there is something wrong with that. The US has numerous laws regarding pay, working hours, employee safety, working conditions, maternity leave, etc and by shipping jobs to China you're basically bypassing all of that. It's the same with pollution standards - even though the US has laughably low standards China is even worse. Manufacturing products in China is basically a way to get around all accepted legal and moral standards.

There is nothing wrong with competing in a global marketplace. You gotta do what you gotta do.

sava700 said,
why NC? I wonder what NC offered them to go there.

Believe it or not, for hardware, North Carolina has done pretty well for the tech industry for decades now. Has to do with being very tax-friendly toward businesses. Republicans, yada-yada-NO-OPINIONS-JUST-INFORMATION.

I had no idea of this until the first time I read The Soul of a New Machine (great book, btw). Ever since then, it stands out whenever I hear about hardware in that state.

Joshie said,

Believe it or not, for hardware, North Carolina has done pretty well for the tech industry for decades now. Has to do with being very tax-friendly toward businesses. Republicans, yada-yada-NO-OPINIONS-JUST-INFORMATION.

Perhaps if you stop bringing politics into discussions, then you won't need to put in disclaimers in all-caps.

As it happens, North Carolina is a purple state.

Democratic governors since 1993.

Current legislature is Republican, but the previous 4 were Democratic.

Obama won North Carolina in 2008, but previously it went Republican in presidential elections.

TomJones said,

Perhaps if you stop bringing politics into discussions, then you won't need to put in disclaimers in all-caps.

As it happens, North Carolina is a purple state.

Democratic governors since 1993.

Current legislature is Republican, but the previous 4 were Democratic.

Obama won North Carolina in 2008, but previously it went Republican in presidential elections.


Yaaayyyy off-topic info from someone who was somehow offended by my post.

Joshie said,

Yaaayyyy off-topic info from someone who was somehow offended by my post.

Pretty easy to make someone offended.. you said republicans and then you get democratic response.. Duh.

Its like saying you have candy but dont want to share. In full on caps.

Geranium_Z__NL said,

Pretty easy to make someone offended.. you said republicans and then you get democratic response.. Duh.

Its like saying you have candy but dont want to share. In full on caps.


I didn't realize the word Republican was offensive.