updated 10:20 am EST, Mon November 7, 2011
HP consumer notebooks will use 'Made in Japan'
According to Japanese business daily The Nikkei, HP will move production of its consumer-oriented notebook computers for the Japanese market from China to its plant near Tokyo [subscription required]. The company says the goal of the change is to reduce delivery time, simplify logistics, and use the "Made in Japan" tag in its marketing. HP also switched production of its business laptops to the Akishima plant in August.
One of the models HP plans to move to production in Japan is the 15.6-inch Pavilion dv6-6b00. By February 2012, the company plans to be on pace to manufacture a total of 500,000 notebooks yearly in Japan.
HP says the change means notebooks can be shipped to customers five days after the order is placed, compared to 14 days for a notebook to arrive from plants in China.
The Akishima plant also produces all of HP's desktop PCs sold in Japan. [via Tech Crunch]