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June 17 (Bloomberg) -- Hewlett-Packard Co., the world’s largest maker of personal computers, said it will shift some production of laptops to Japan from Shanghai this year to shorten delivery times to customers in the country.
The company will assemble laptops geared for corporate customers in a Tokyo factory that currently makes desktop PCs, said spokesman Naoto Miyazawa, confirming an earlier report in the Nikkei newspaper. HP, as the company is known, aims to produce 1.4 million desktops and laptops a year at the plant, he said.
“China has become less attractive as a global manufacturing base,” said Yuichi Ishida, a Tokyo-based analyst at Mizuho Investors Securities Co. “Personnel expenses in China are rising by about 20 percent a year.”
Shifting production from China will allow Palo Alto, California-based HP to shorten product delivery times in Japan to five business days from 10 days, Miyazawa said. Japan accounts about 2.5 percent of HP’s global PC sales by volume, Miyazawa said.
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