Lenovo has opened its first in-house manufacturing facility in Europe. Based in Ullo, Hungary, the factory focuses primarily on building server infrastructure, storage systems and high-end PC workstations for its customers throughout the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region.
This is great news for the local economy in Hungary, bringing increased production capacity, greater potential for collaboration with local vendors, and the creation of new job openings
The site already employs over 1,000 full-time staff in a variety of engineering, management & operational roles, with numbers continuing to increase as the facility moves towards full capacity.
Strong infrastructure, skilled labour and a location at the centre of Europe made Hungary the natural location for Lenovo’s first European in-house manufacturing facility. In addition, part of Lenovo’s investment has been supported with local government incentives through the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA).
Francois Bornibus, Senior Vice President and EMEA President, at Lenovo, said: “With our manufacturing facility in Hungary officially open, we’ve reached a profound milestone in our global manufacturing network optimisation and evolution. Hungary’s well-connected location puts us much closer to our European customers so that we can fulfil and sustain their needs while remaining at the forefront of innovation. As our business continues to grow around the world, this incredible new facility will play a key role in our plans to ensure future success and bring smarter technology for all to Europe more sustainably, quickly and efficiently.”
Róbert Ésik, CEO of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA), added: “We are delighted that Lenovo has chosen to cooperate with us and locate its new facility in Hungary. With the site now officially open, we expect to see new collaboration opportunities for local suppliers contribute towards Hungary’s prosperous economic environment.”
Covering almost 50,000 square meters across two buildings and three floors, the new site is one of Lenovo’s largest manufacturing facilities. The production line can produce more than 1,000 servers and 4,000 workstations a day – each one built specifically to customer requirements. Innovative automation capabilities are equipped throughout, including a first-class building management system operating on the shop floor and logistics area to monitor temperature, humidity, asset conditions and DIMM robotic labeling. This enables Lenovo to maintain optimal quality control of its products.
The new purpose-built building has been fitted with solar panels with a capacity of 0.5 megawatts – enough energy to power the equivalent of a small village. Building devices locally also dramatically reduces the freight miles these products incur, providing more efficient and sustainable transportation options. This combined with innovative manufacturing processes, such as Lenovo’s low-temperature solder process, will help Lenovo achieve its science-based climate goals.
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