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Date: 19-08-15

Lenovo to make smartphones in Chennai, India

Lenovo to start the manufacturing of smartphones in Sriperambudur, Chennai, India. Lenovo's local plant has already started rolling out Moto E and soon the K3 note.

"Lenovo is not new to manufacturing in India. We recognized the potential of India and we invested in PC manufacturing several years ago. Lenovo's investment in the new manufacturing plant represents the potential we see in the Indian market and our long term commitment to our customers," said Chen Xudong, President MBG Group, Lenovo and chairman Motorola Mobility Operating Board. "In the past ten years, our brand has grown manifold in India. We are excited to expand our presence and tap into India's competent talent pool that will enable us to develop cutting-edge products for our customers across the world."

The campus will house 1500 employees for manufacturing lines, quality assurance, product testing, etc. Both Lenovo and Motorola will have separate manufacturing lines at the same facility.

"The Indian Government's thrust on 'Make in India' has opened up a plethora of opportunities for organizations looking to conduct business in India", said Amar Babu, COO, Asia Pacific & Chairman, Lenovo India. "Currently for smartphones, India is the third largest smartphone market in the world, according to IDC and we believe this an opportune time. Lenovo is transforming into a global consumer technology brand by differentiating itself on innovation and design. Today's announcement reiterates India's strategic importance in Lenovo's global strategy and we are confident that this will propel Lenovo to its next phase of growth, diversifying beyond PCs into smart connected devices."

"Lenovo’s decision to establish smartphone manufacturing in India and joining an increasing bandwagon of smartphone manufacturers is proof of Indian manufacturing competitiveness. The component and module eco-system will soon follow to support large scale manufacturing for a single category - smart phones. Smaller manufacturers then will benefit from this eco-system." said Vinay Shenoy, Chairman, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA).

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