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Lenovo Announces Official Opening of U.S. Computer Manufacturing Line in North Carolina



  Lenovo Announces Official Opening of U.S. Computer Manufacturing Line in
  North Carolina

Second-Largest PC Company Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Whitsett, N.C. and
                     Celebrates Growth in American Market

Business Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- June 5, 2013

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY), the world’s second-largest PC vendor, hosted
a grand opening ceremony today attended by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
and other prominent local dignitaries at its first U.S. personal computer
production facility in Whitsett, N.C.

With the return of PC manufacturing to the U.S., the company is adding 115 new
manufacturing jobs in North Carolina and is on track to fully ramp up
production by the end of June. Lenovo’s bold move to develop the long-term
strength of the American PC market defies the decades-old trend of US
electronics firms relying on overseas facilities for manufacturing and other
outsourced functions. The 240,000-square-foot Whitsett facility, located
approximately 10 miles east of Greensboro, serves four critical business
functions: Logistics Center, Customer Solutions Center, National Returns
Center, and now U.S. Manufacturing Production.

The new U.S. PC manufacturing line began operations in January 2013, and is
capable of producing some of Lenovo’s newest and most innovative Think-branded
products, including ThinkCentre M92p Tiny desktop, ThinkPad Tablet 2, ThinkPad
Helix convertible ultrabook and more. The new manufacturing line arms Lenovo
with the capability to deliver products to customers with even greater
efficiency and reliability, in addition to offering an expanded and more
valuable set of PC-related services, including custom product configurations,
imaging, asset tagging, bundling of products, and more.

Governor Pat McCrory, and other elected officials were on site to participate
in Lenovo’s announcement to foster job growth in North Carolina and witness
firsthand the company’s investment in its aggressive strategy to expand its
in-house manufacturing capabilities around the world through its first U.S. PC
production line. Currently, Lenovo’s operations are estimated to positively
increase state output by more than $1 billion, as reported by the recent
economic contribution analysis from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
Lenovo plans to continue its focus on driving product innovation, investing in
the U.S. market and supporting business growth in North Carolina now and in
the future.

To further celebrate and mark the continued growth of the company’s U.S. PC
manufacturing line and its presence in North Carolina, Lenovo donated and
presented 36 ThinkCentre Desktops made in Whitsett to the Greensboro YMCA to
be used for youth development and education programs.

QUOTES:

“Lenovo has achieved record growth and market share in the U.S. PC market, and
the Whitsett manufacturing facility will enable us to further expand our
presence here,” said Yuanqing Yang, chairman and CEO, Lenovo. “The facility is
a demonstration of our commitment to and confidence in the North American
market, and we see tremendous opportunities for the continued growth and
development of our manufacturing footprint here in the United States.”

“Our in-house manufacturing strategy gives us control over both product
development and supply chain operations. This type of vertical integration is
a source of competitive advantage for Lenovo. With the PC manufacturing
facility in the U.S., we are able to provide an enhanced customer experience
by offering specialized services that our North America customers value,” said
Gerry Smith, the former head of Lenovo’s Global Supply Chain and now
president, Lenovo Americas.

“I am proud that Lenovo is continuing to invest in North Carolina, bringing
needed jobs to the Greensboro area and providing a foundation for future
economic growth in our state,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “Lenovo has been
producing innovative and exciting products around the world and now they are
in North Carolina’s backyard and we’re fortunate to have them.”

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About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US34 billion personal technology company
– one of the top two PC makers in the world and an emerging PC Plus leader –
serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building
exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile Internet devices, Lenovo’s business is
built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong
strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM
Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets
reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and
services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and
Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of
mobile Internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global
Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing,
Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more
information see www.lenovo.com.

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