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January 31, 2011

Lenovo Holds Ground-Breaking Ceremony for Operations Center in Chengdu, China

A ground-breaking ceremony for Lenovo’s (News - Alert) new operations center was held recently in China’s Chengdu High-Tech Zone.

The site was selected by the company, and on Oct. 29, 2010, Lenovo reached an agreement with the local government of Chengdu, which is located in southwest China's Sichuan province.

The operations center includes a production center, a marketing center, and a research and development center, according to a press release on TMCnet.

Among those attending the ceremony were: Chengdu’s Mayor Ge Honglin, Chengdu’s Vice Mayor Bai Gang, Assistant to the Mayor Han Chunlin, Director of the Chengdu High-Tech Zone Qiao Song, and several vice presidents of Lenovo.

The operations center has a production capacity of 10 million PCs per year. Manufacturing will start in late 2011.

A research and development facility will be opened at the site, eventually. It is expected to have about 1,000 employees. When it opens, the company said it will be an important global R&D center for the Lenovo Mobile Internet division.

In addition, Lenovo will create a commercial complex and regional center at the Chengdu site, to serve the Western Chinese, Central and Southern Asian, and European markets.

"Chengdu is not just a benchmark city of Western China, it is also a key bridge to face Central and Southern Asia, and spread [out to] Europe," Qiao Song, senior vice president of Lenovo Group, said in a press release. He said that building the new operations center implements Lenovo's global strategy.

The new operations center will also feature the company’s “best practices” taken from its seven current plants. It will have “advanced information systems and automation facilities,” according to the press release.

Chengdu is an important city for the Chinese high-tech industry. Several well-known companies have located there, such as Intel, Dell (News - Alert), Foxconn, TI, Compal, and Wistron.

Bai Gang said the presence of Lenovo will promote the city as an “electronic and IT industry base,” according to the press release.

The operations center is expected to be over 100,000 square meters in size, according to PC World.

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Ed Silverstein is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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