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Lenovo Looks Ahead From Atop PC World

The Economist details the rise of Chinese computer giant Lenovo, from its humble start in a guard shack to the growing pains that followed its 2005 acquisition of IBM’s corporate PC division: Given all this, its recent...

Is Apple’s Popularity Waning in China?

Reuters reported Friday that Apple’s share of China’s smartphone market almost halved in the second quarter: For the first time, smartphone shipments in China overtook feature phones in the second quarter, with local...

China Overtakes US as Largest Market for PCs

The PC turned 30 on August 12th, the anniversary of the IBM 5150’s launch in 1981. For the first time since, the US has been displaced as the PC’s largest market, as declining American sales met surging demand from...

Chinese PC Giant to Cut Workforce

The Chinese PC manufacturing company, Lenovo, has announced workforce cuts of 11% due to the pressures of the global financial crisis. From BBC: One of the world’s largest computer manufacturers, Chinese-based Lenovo, says...

Brands Chase Beijing Games Boost

Big international brands like Adidas, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Kodak and VW are looking to the Beijing Olympics for gold and recognition. Chinese PC maker Lenovo is hopeful that the Olympics will help catapult their products...

Acer Beats Lenovo as Olympics Sponsor

From The Financial Times: Acer , the world’s third-largest personal computer vendor, has beaten its close rival Lenovo to become a global sponsor of the Olympic Games. Acer will become one of 11 global sponsors for the...

Acer Beats Lenovo as Olympics Sponsor – Kathrin Hille

From The Financial Times: Acer , the world’s third-largest personal computer vendor, has beaten its close rival Lenovo to become a global sponsor of the Olympic Games. Acer will become one of 11 global sponsors for the Olympics from January 2009 to 2012. It will supply notebook and desktop computers and monitors to the 2010 […]

Acer Buys Gateway to Cramp Chinese Plans for Lenovo – Tom Bawden and Sarah Butler

The Times looks at the recent deal by Taiwan’s Acer to buy U.S.-based Gateway through the lens of cross-straits relations: The deal represents a double setback to Lenovo and to China, which has a bitter and longstanding dispute with Taiwan over the island’s independence. Roger Kay, the president of Endpoint Technologies, an American consultancy, said: […]

Lenovo To Build Plants In India, Mexico – Ruth David

Chinese computer giant is really thinking, and acting global. From Forbes.com: Chinese computer maker Lenovo on Thursday announced that it would build new plants in Mexico and India at a cost of $31 million to ramp up production. The world’s third-biggest producer of computers plans to build its largest factory outside China in Monterrey, Mexico. […]

China’s Lenovo tops green list – UPI

From UPI: China may not be at the forefront of environmental protection, but one of its private companies is seen by some as the greenest business in the world. Computer maker Lenovo ranked in at the top spot of environmental group Greenpeace’s latest quarterly ranking of global electronics manufacturers. Once at the bottom of the […]

Lenovo Aims to Calm Fears Over Security – Mickey Meece

Interview excerpts from the New York Times with William Amelio, Lenovo’s chief executive on the Chinese company’s global vision and PR: Q. How did the State Department decision play out? A. It’s dying down dramatically. I personally spent time in Washington, along with other key executives, to help educate a lot of the lawmakers. The […]

China tempers criticism of US decision on Lenovo – Reuters

From Reuters via the Washington Post (link) China’s Commerce Ministry struck a more conciliatory note on Wednesday after saying a State Department decision to restrict the use of computers made by PC firm Lenovo Group Ltd. smacked of a Cold War mentality. Assistant Commerce Minister Huang Hai said that although China understood the right of […]

Lenovo profits dive after IBM purchase – China Economic Review

From China Economic Review (link) Lenovo reported a net loss of US$116.4 million for the quarter ended March 2006, compared with a $21.4 million profit a year earlier, the last full period before its purchase of IBM’s personal computer division. Company officials said restructuring contributed to the loss, but would reduce costs by US$100 million, […]

US limits use of Chinese computers – Reuters

From Reuters via CNet News (link): The State Department, reacting to security concerns after its purchase of computers from a Chinese company, will not use the equipment for classified information, an aide to Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf said on Thursday. In March, the State Department said it had purchased a batch of computers from […]

Chinese Computer Giant Showcases Capitalist Credentials – Terril Yue Jones

From the Los Angeles Times (link), with Q&A transcript: Yang Yuanqing heads the world’s third-largest maker of personal computers. But few in the United States have ever heard of him – or his company, for that matter. Lenovo Group aims to change that. Since the Chinese company bought IBM Corp.’s PC business last year for […]

Ronaldinho named to promote Lenovo brand – Zhou Wenyue

From Shanghai Daily (link): AS part of its global branding strategy, Lenovo, the world’s No. 3 personal computer maker, will use world renowned football player Ronaldinho as its global brand representative. Lenovo announced in Barcelona that it has signed a one-year deal with FC Barcelona football club to use Ronaldinho’s image to promote the Chinese […]

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