Acer’s manufacturing base in Chongqing commences operation - Ceremony to mark milestone achievement joined by Mayor Huang Qifan and Acer President Jim Wongise competitiveness on a global scale.
Acer’s new global IT manufacturing center in Chongqing has commenced production. Today a ceremony attended by Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan and Acer President Jim Wong was held to mark this achievement. The city of Chongqing in western China offers excellent infrastructure including land and air transportation, and stable manpower supply. The newly operational manufacturing center is expected to enhance Acer's worldwide business and logistics to boost overall competitiveness.
Acer President, Jim Wong, remarked, “Our decision to go west in China is a global strategy. Since December last year, the steps in setting up this manufacturing base have been smooth, enabling our production start in May. Acer is extremely grateful for the support of the Chongqing government and our manufacturing partners to make this a possibility.”
“Major OEM companies have already set foot in Chongqing and all will begin shipping by the second half of this year,” continued Wong. “Key component suppliers have also set up presence here to create a complete supply chain. To begin with, we will produce our notebook and netbook PCs in Chongqing and gradually expand our manufacturing volume. By the end of 2011, 30-40% of our total notebook and netbook PCs will be produced here.”
As the sole first-tier city in China's hinterland, Chongqing is uniquely and strategically positioned for economic planning, and fully supported by the central government. A well-established IT community with convenient transport links, Chongqing offers good water/electricity infrastructure and sufficient manpower supply. The additional benefit of its city government’s administrative professionalism and efficiency will greatly support Acer’s development.
Chongqing is a transportation hub with good transport networks by rail and air, and provides expedited global logistic clearance channel. By rail, Chongqing to continental Europe via central Asia to Germany, takes only 13 days or half the time compared to sea travel. By air, there are already nine cargo flights weekly to reach global destinations.
The ceremony that took place today was attended by 100 guests including high-level government officials of Chongqing, leaders of Acer’s OEM partners including Quanta, Compal, Wistron and Pegatron, key component representatives, and Acer executives.
As a symbolic gesture and appreciation for the full support of Chongqing government, Acer presented the first netbooks manufactured in Chongqing as gifts to Secretary Bo Xilai and Mayor Huang Qifan.
Founded in 1976, Acer is the world’s second largest vendor of total PCs and notebooks. Its core business focuses on the R&D, design, sales and marketing, and after-sales service of personal computers, tablets, smartphones, LCD monitors and projectors. The company has a global workforce of 8000 employees, and in 2010 consolidated revenues reached US$19.9 billion. The new manufacturing base is expected to boost Acer’s presence in China, solidify its leadership in the mobile-PC market, and raise competitiveness on a global scale.