Acer plans 30%-40% of its total notebook and netbook PCs to be produced in Chongqing by the end of this year. Picture: The launch ceremony for Acer's operations in Chongqing. (Photo/China Times)
Acer Inc, the world's No. 2 PC vendor, said Thursday it had begun operations at its second China base in Chongqing, which will contribute a third of its mobile computer shipments this year.
The western China city offers excellent infrastructure, including land and air transportation, and a stable supply of manpower, which are expected to enhance Acer's worldwide business and logistics, the Taiwan-based company said in an email statement.
"Our decision to go west in China is a global strategy, " said Acer President Jim Wong in the statement.
He said that the establishment of the manufacturing base had progressed smoothly since last December, which had allowed the company to start production in May.
"Acer is extremely grateful for the support of the Chongqing government and our manufacturing partners to make this a possibility," Wong said.
Major OEM companies have already established a foothold in Chongqing and will begin shipping by the second half of the year, he said. Key component suppliers are also already in place there, creating a complete supply chain, he noted.
Acer will begin by producing its notebook and netbook PCs in Chongqing and will gradually expand its manufacturing volume, according to Wong.
"By the end of 2011, 30% to 40% of our total notebook and netbook PCs will be produced here," he said.
Acer said that Chongqing has a good rail and air transportation network, and provides expedited global logistics clearance.
It takes only 13 days to send shipments by rail from Chongqing to Germany, twice as fast as by sea, while there are nine weekly cargo flights to global destinations, Acer said.