As growth of the notebook industry slows down, ODM firms have been more sensitive to production cost changes. While scattered manufacturing plants mean higher production costs, the ODMs have been working towards centralizing their production. Nevertheless, brand clients have been more eager to diversify risks by issuing orders to plants in different locations. But the ODMs have managed to have Acer agree to shifting most of its production to western China.
HP has shifted production for most of its notebooks to Chongqing while Dell and Lenovo's production mainly takes place in Chengdu. As for Acer, its major ODM partners Quanta Computer and Wistron have moved 100% of their notebook production capacity to Chongqing while Compal Electronics, which maintained 50% of capacity in Kunshan and 50% in Chongqing in 2012, will increase the proportion of capacity in Chongqing to 90% in 2013, the sources said, adding Compal will start moving its equipment in the second quarter.
Acer to shift 90 of notebook production to Chongqing, China
Posted on Monday, Mar 04 2013 @ 10:30 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck