HP moves production of consumer notebooks from China to Japan

Back in June, HP announced something very unusual: it would move production of business notebooks for the Japanese market from China to Japan. In August, the company actually started manufacturing these devices at its factory in Akishima, near Tokyo.

Apparently, the US company sees potential in this step, because Japan's largest business newspaper The Nikkei is now reporting that HP will also be relocating the production of notebooks for the country's consumer market from China to Japan. The aim is to shorten the delivery time, to use the "Made in Japan" nickname in marketing and to simplify logistics.

For example, one of the models soon to be produced in Japan is the 15.6-inch Pavilion dv6-6b00.HP says that with the move, notebooks can be delivered to customers in just five days of receiving an order, significantly less than the 14 days required by factories in China.

HP plans to manufacture a total of 500,000 notebooks annually in Japan by February next year. The company also produces all desktop PCs sold in the country at its Akishima plant.