Inventec announces plans to ramp up overseas operations
Taiwan’s Inventec Corp. (
) , which assembles laptops for Hewlett- Packard Co. and Dell Inc., said on Tuesday it plans to expand overseas operation sites to help its customers react more quickly to the fast- changing industry.
Inventec Chairman Richard Lee ( ) said his company operated a research and development center in Japan from 2007 to 2010 and set up a final assembly plant in Singapore about two and half a years ago, but the two facilities were later closed.
“Over the past few years, we have made most of our efforts in mainland China and somewhat neglected other operation sites that were established previously. We hope we can restart these projects,” Lee said on the sidelines of a press event to launch a startup incubation initiative held by the Cloud Computing Association in Taiwan.
Inventec took its first step at expansion by building an aftercare service center in Japan for its PC clients and is evaluating a project to set up a final assembly factory there, following requests by some Japanese partners, Lee said.
The Taiwanese manufacturer is also looking to resume its operations in Singapore, which can help its customers tap into neighboring markets like Malaysia and Indonesia by manufacturing closer to consumers and seeking more business opportunities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN), he said.
Inventec’s new Indian factory is expected to begin production in the late second quarter or early third quarter, primarily for notebooks, Lee said, adding that the factory may assemble smartphones and servers in the future to target India’s domestic market.
In addition to Taiwan and China, the company currently has two research and development centers in Houston and Santa Clara in the United States, with two final assembly factories in Mexico and the Czech Republic, according to Lee.