Lenovo Comments on Strike at IBM Server Factory in China

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Morete

Unfortunately, you have to learn to survive just like being in the military service. By the time IBM goes out of business, many past employees will be long gone and enjoying life. Work now days is like robbing a bank. You get in, take as much money as you can and then get out. The big difference is with business it is legal. Take no prisoners and I’ve heard that before.

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vrmlbasic

Hopefully incidents like these will inspire companies to "move on" from China. The collapsing of the "American System" and the collapse of Federalism forced companies to have to start funding countries that despise us in order to survive, that I get, but I still think it is folly to toss $ to China, especially when they keep talking about their military developments that US companies have thus financed.

Still, why is it that Apple can build a bazillion-dollar donut-shaped HQ in CA but won't build a plant to make iPhones in the US? :(

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jzsn

I don't think you understood this situation. It's Lenovo a Chinese company buying out a part of American IBM. A chinese owned company with its work force not going anywhere, at least you no longer get to decide. Decade ago, it used to be IBM who was the mother company that Lenovo tried to partner up with to elevate its own brand. If anything, this is the continue collapse of the American System, in which now Lenovo is the giant and is taking over IBM.

It used to be made-in-china but ran by American, but soon a great portion of many industries will be made-in-china, owned in china, run by china. There will be no "move on" as you speak of. Just google the article "Being eaten by the dragon" and "Chinese Companies Embark on Shopping Spree in Europe". You'll get an idea.

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Carlidan

What? Why the moved to China is cheaper labor and companies can basically do anything unethical there.

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vrmlbasic

High transit costs, unreliable construction and IP theft are all reasons to avoid China. So far, they have not outweighed the benefits, at least not for the Big Dogs like Apple/IBM. Perhaps this labor issue will be the push that makes supporting the Chinese economy, the economy of a hostile nation, less profitable than setting up camp elsewhere.

"Millions for an [idiotic] US HQ, but not a penny for a factory outside of a country that doesn't brag that they can nuke said HQ" has become the Apple mantra.

On the plus side, anything truly run by the Chinese will inexorably implode. Just a matter of time.

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jzsn

"High transit costs, unreliable construction and IP theft", they are about as bad or even worse in those alternative countries people have suggested such as India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Brazil etc all worse in these aspects. Btw China's transit system is able to handle the biggest human migration on earth every year. Don't know what you are talking about here. No other country's transit system can support the movement for the size of population. Compared to the inability to even dig a tunnel or build a intra-state rail road here in the U.S, truly laughable.

"Anything truly run by the Chinese will inexorably implode. Just a matter of time." Nice sentiment, tell that to UK government allowing the Chinese to build their next nuclear power plant.

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Carlidan

Doubtful China will economy well implode. The U.S or Euro will implode before they will. You seem to forget the China will be #1 economy with the next decade.

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Zizu

Hard to get perspective on how they handle things in China. I'm conflicted on this deal. On one hand I hate IBM for their abuse of patents. But I love Lenovo's laptops and customer service. Hope the workers don't get the short end of the stick.

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AFDozerman

"Closing" probably wasn't the best choice of words.

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Carlidan

Agree, same thought when i read it.