Dell, HP To Move Up To 30 Percent Of Notebook Manufacturing Away From China

Anita - Jul 08, 2019


Dell, HP To Move Up To 30 Percent Of Notebook Manufacturing Away From China

Domestic and foreign corporations are looking to shift production from China due to D.Trump’s attempts to use punitive tariffs to seek friendlier trade terms.

Dell Technologies Inc and HP Inc have plans to move 30 percent production of their notebooks from China since tech giants in the world attempt to avoid escalating tariffs on US-made products, reported the Nikkei.

Meanwhile, Amazon.com Inc, Nintendo Co, Sony Corp, and Microsoft Corp are seeking to shift some of the production of the smart speaker and game console from China as well, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Other firms like Acer Inc, Asustek Computer Inc, and Lenovo Group Ltd are also considering their options.

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HP Inc has plans to move 30 percent production of their notebooks from China

Both domestic and foreign enterprises are looking to move their manufacturing away from the country due to the U.S President D.Trump’s attempts to take advantage of punitive tariffs to seek friendlier trade terms.

And while many businesses are preparing contingency plans as well as moving some selected assembly operations away or discovering substitute production places, few have shifted output in large amounts and the status of China as the world’s electronics production base isn’t likely to reduce anytime soon. And the search-engine giant Google has moved almost its US motherboards production to Taiwan, avoiding a 25% tariff, reported Bloomberg News last month.

"HP shares industry concerns that broad-based tariffs harm consumers by increasing the cost of electronics. We are actively monitoring the situation and will continue to work with government officials to advocate for the best interests of customers, partners and consumers," stated a spokesman. It was also noted by a Dell spokesman that the company has a worldwide supply chain and that it continues to explore "alternative sourcing, production, and logistics strategies to best serve our customers."

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Tensions between China and the US is increasing

Meanwhile, a spokesman of Lenovo claimed that the report from Nikkei was wrong but did not explain further. A spokesman of Acer mentioned the comment of CEO Jason Chen in May that the company intended to finalize a manufacturing plant for the U.S goods by the end of 2019 and is ready for any options. So far, spokesmen of Nintendo, Sony, Amazon, and Microsoft haven’t given any comments outside of regular business hours. And Nicky Wu, Asustek’s spokesman, refused to comment.

The U.S businesses, which are familiar with using China as the global workshop for a while, are seeking substitutes since tensions are escalating and the Chinese government shows signs of clamping down on foreign companies in the country. It is a movement that probably heralds a long-term, broader trend because the U.S and Chinese governments maintain sparing over anything from trade to market access.

The contract manufacturers from Taiwan which make almost all global electronics, comprising of Foxconn Technology Group, a partner of Apple Inc, have boosted the movement because of their clients’ request since 2018. As per the company, it can meet the demand of making all iPhones bound for the U.S away from China if needed, though Apple hasn’t asked for any movement so far.

The escalating trade war poses a risk of disrupting a complicated supply chain in the world including many countries but the U.S and China. Various components equipped in devices aren’t manufactured in the U.S in spite of being designed in this country. An Apple-designed phone processor is probably made by a Taiwan-based plant, and be packaged in another place before being transported to China to put into an iPhone.

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