Lenovo's Layoff Plan Shows Supply Chain Management Critical To Electronics Manufacturing

BEIJING, March 20 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Analysys International, a leading Internet based provider of business information about technology, media and telecom (TMT) industries in China, says supply chain management has become critical to the electronics manufacturing industry.

News Background

Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd. announced it will lay off about 1,000 employees, or 5% of its global workforce, and integrate its global sales and back-office support as part of a restructuring plan, which will cost it $100 million in charges but save it about $250 million annually from next year. Other components of the plan include moving the global supply chain closer to the manufacturing and suppliers, and moving its corporate headquarters from Purchase, N.Y., to Raleigh, N.C. Lenovo also said its desktop computer operations would be centralized in China.

Quick Analysis

Profit in the electronics manufacturing industry is becoming more marginal. Lenovo faces challenges to the costs and flexibility of its global supply chain. Cost and service quality determines the future development of Lenovo. Analysys International says centralizing desktop computer operations in China is, on the one hand, helpful for reducing manufacturing costs; on the other hand, it is helpful to improve the entire supply chain performance.

China is one the fastest growing PC markets in the world. Lenovo's integrating supply chain in China will have great benefits in the near future. However, in a long-term point of view, Lenovo has to take into consideration improving its global coordinated manufacturing capability and utilizing its global supply chain resources to expand its PC market share in the world.

Centralization of manufacturing reduces manufacturing costs, however, it is very likely the distribution channel and terminal retail sales costs will rise sharply. Lenovo must pay attention to its global cost control to avoid the counteraction.

As China's economy further opens up, Chinese electronics manufacturing industry faces pressure from international players both at home and abroad. The market has higher demand for cost control and supply chain flexibility. The electronics manufacturing industry should strengthen the supply chain management.

Analysys International's Position

In a short-term point of view, Lenovo's layoff plan reduces costs and improves operation efficiency, which shows Lenovo's consolidation of IBM PC unit has entered the practical stage. In a long-term point of view, this adjustment brings new challenges to Lenovo's global manufacturing capability of desktop PC business.

Analysys International will hold the First China Supply Chain Management Summit Forum in Beijing on May 17th and 18th, 2006. The forum will focus on topics of reducing total costs, improving supply chain flexibility, and global supply chain operation.

About Analysys International

Analysys International is the leading Internet based provider of business information about technology, media and telecom (TMT) industries in China with the mission to help their clients make better business decisions. They provide data, information and advice to 50,000 clients worldwide, representing 1,500 distinct organizations; they also deliver over 150 consulting engagements a year, and hold more than 20 events that draw in over 8,000 attendees. Their clients include executives from companies like technology vendors, vertical information technology users, as well as professionals from professional service companies, the investment community and government agencies. For more information, please visit the web site at http://english.analysys.com.cn.

    For more information, please contact:

     Jessica Wang
     Overseas Media Manager
     Analysys International
     Tel:   +86-10-6466-6565 x394
     Fax:   +86-10-6466-7102/7103
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