Feeds

Dell plots worldwide factory sell-off

Outsource to compete

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

Dell is trying to offload ownership of its factories worldwide as part of an overhaul of its production strategy, reports say.

The one-time PC champ has been in negotiations with major contract manufacturers and expects to flog most or all of its facilities "within the next 18 months", according to the Wall Street Journal. Dell's end-to-end ownership of design, manufacture, sales and distribution - once its key advantage over rivals - has become a burden as the main market growth area has switched from corporate desktops to consumer laptops.

The factory buyers would continue to build Dell machines on the sites. The plan is that by selling to the enormous Chinese groups that now make the vast majority of the world's computers Dell can improve its profitability, which has suffered recently.

Last week, the firm disappointed investors by reporting quarterly profits down 17 per cent despite rising revenues.

Dell doesn't have any manufacturing in the UK, but opened its third Irish site in 1998. It could struggle to sell factories in developed countries to contract builders who rely on low Asian labour costs.

Earlier this year Dell closed one of its Texan factories. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
OAM takes wireless signals to 32 Gbps
'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
More alleged private, nude celeb pics appear online
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door
Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time
The most comprehensive coverage the world has ever seen. Ever
Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up
Big Blue's big super's big appetite for big data in big clouds for big analytics
Seagate's triple-headed Cerberus could SAVE the DISK WORLD
... and possibly bring us even more HAMR time. Yay!
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.