You don’t hear news like this too often these days, but according to Japanese business daily The Nikkei, HP is planning to shift part of its notebook production from China to Japan in the next few months. The Californian company plans to eventually manufacture all computers for sale in Japan in factories in Akishima near Tokyo.
For that, HP plans to hire 50% more workers in Akishima, boosting the number of employees there to 450. According to the Nikkei, labor costs in Japan are about four times higher than in China. But with this move, HP apparently wants to increase efficiency, be closer to the market, stand out with a “made-in-Japan” moniker, and push down delivery times especially to Japanese business customers.
The company wants to use existing production lines and utilize its global purchasing network in order to keep notebook prices in Japan at the same level. At the same time delivery time will go down from ten to five business days, if the report is to be believed.
HP just ranked 5th in PC sales in Japan last year (10% market share).