Lenovo Opens New Plant in Poland

New manufacturing site is company's first in Europe.

Lenovo announced on Nov. 27, that it will open a new 30,000 square meter manufacturing plant and fulfillment operations center in Legnica Special Economic Zone, Poland. With initial production capacity of over two million desktop PCs per year, the facility will provide product assembly and configuration, distribution services and logistics along with additional services, such as custom imaging, asset tagging and labeling.

Employing 1000 when fully operational, the plant will cost $20 million and will service markets in Eurorpe, the Middle East and Africa, according to a company statement.

"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."

This plant is the fifth new plant and fulfillment operations center Lenovo has announced this year. 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.

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