Feeds

Dell flees sinking US economy on quick boat to China

PCs tailored for migrant workers

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Dell will significantly raise its stakes in the booming economies of China and India as the company braces for lackluster growth in the US.

The world's number two PC vendor said it's developing new product models made specifically with Asian buyers in mind, and will increase its presence in the region.

"This year, we plan to introduce 50 per cent more notebook platforms than we introduced last year, including exciting new products aimed exactly at Chinese customer needs," CEO Michael Dell said at a news conference in Beijing today.

Dell said the PCs will meet "specifically the requirements that we see in countries like China and India," according to the Associated Press.

The company will also increase computer components purchased in China by 28 per cent this year to $23bn. It expects expand its presence to 1,200 cities in China by the end of this year — up from only 45 in 2007. Dell previously built up its Chinese armada by agreeing to sell computers through the local retail mega-chain Gome.

In its fourth quarter, Dell's sales in China grew by 54 per cent year-over-year. That compares with a 20 per cent domestic growth rate. Dell may not be number one, but it can still do the math.

"As far as the US goes, I think the US will be OK, but not the fastest-growing. We expect more growth in Asia," said Dell.

The company said it will also donate $210,000 to build six education centers in China to teach computer proficiency to children of migrant workers. Better make that laptop proficiency. ®

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.