Lenovo closes plant in Baddi Himachal Pradesh

Lenovo, the world’s number four PC vendor by volumes, has closed down its manufacturing unit at Baddi, Himachal Pradesh to improve cost efficiency. Lenovo started operations at Baddi during the second half of 2007 with an installed capacity of 2 million units a year.

In a report in the Economic Times, Lenovo India MD Amar Babu confirmed the closure of the unit. “We have stopped the operations and production at our Baddi unit and there are only certain legal processes to be wound up” he was quoted by ET.

The Baddi plant was supposed to cater to the regional market needs in the North, since Lenovo already has an existing plant at Pondecherry targeting South India.

Majority of the leading PC vendors in India have their manufacturing bases in the Southern part of the India with many of them opening their second plant in North India.

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14 Responses to "Lenovo closes plant in Baddi Himachal Pradesh"

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  2. KOTGARH   January 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Hope this is not the begining of the exodus.

    Reply
    • Abhishek   January 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

      Do we have any reason to prevent it? For example infrastructure developments in the area. Speak to any employee working in Baddi about living conditions at Baddi. They would never endorse the idea and they prefer Pinjore or Kalka or Chandigarh to live at. Take a cue from Greater Noida industrial belt. What was it at the beginning? Just a piece of waste land (non agricultural land). See it today it has best of townships ready and dozen more are lined up. Best of the companies, corporates, malls are moving into. In fact many reputed academic institutions have also opened up their facilities. Best of road to talk about – the expressway. Ya some issues like public transport, safety, etc are still there but are improving gradually. That is called an all round development of an area catering to social needs as well.

      At Baddi we talk about performance in terms of production, revenue, big names and based on this we call it pharmaceutical hub of Asia. But what about the real economic growth?

      Im not comparing Himachal to Noida but it present a case to reconsider our policies over and again before the job of many is lost. Human resources don’t need just a job.

      Reply
      • kotgarh   January 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm

        Human resources don’t need just a job but a job is much better than no job.
        We need to look at the big picture and the government machinery should have forsight to overcome these stumbling block. Not much is lost yet… things could be salvaged from here.

        I feel we still need them to stay here for 3 very simple reasons.

        1. To build the economy of the state
        2. To provide employment for the educated unemployed youths in the state
        3. To encourage others to join and model townships of Noida & Gurgaon

        – I am not an expert on the economy and politics of the state but I feel the state machinery lacks clear vision more than money.

        And by the way when is the Tax Holiday coming to end.

        Reply
        • NITYIN   January 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm

          The tax holiday ends in March 2010

          Reply
          • kotgarh   January 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm

            No wonder Lenova is packing up. The question is how many more.

      • NITYIN   January 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm

        Spot on Abhishek!! Living conditions apart Baddi has become a notorious hub for criminals and even the police do not venture out alone at nights. Trust me, this is what a constable posted there told me once.

        The more we talk about infrastructure and living conditions and facilities, the more I am convinced that we need ‘outsiders’ to teach us how to create decent living conditions. I know I am opening a pandora box by this statement but this is simply not in our blood. Be it our leaders or the babus, both are visionless. I recently traveled to Delhi in a roadways bus and saw the miserable conditions of the ‘scheduled’ HRTC bus stops in Sanwara in Himachal Pradesh. Those shack dhabas are still the same from my student days back in the early 90s. Why is to so hard for our policy makers to offer a decent stopover for the passengers. See what Haryana has done. Anyways, will cover this in a separate post.

        I am more and more getting convinced that we Himachalis lack a vision for creating ideal living conditions. We were blessed as the nature took care of this aspect and we have failed when it came to create something ourselves. Take the example of toy train. We still are content with the early 20th century railway system which Britishers left with us. We did not add a single inch to this track!!

        Reply
  3. KOTGARH   January 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Hope this is not the begining of the exodus.

    Reply
    • Abhishek   January 19, 2010 at 5:56 pm

      Do we have any reason to prevent it? For example infrastructure developments in the area. Speak to any employee working in Baddi about living conditions at Baddi. They would never endorse the idea and they prefer Pinjore or Kalka or Chandigarh to live at. Take a cue from Greater Noida industrial belt. What was it at the beginning? Just a piece of waste land (non agricultural land). See it today it has best of townships ready and dozen more are lined up. Best of the companies, corporates, malls are moving into. In fact many reputed academic institutions have also opened up their facilities. Best of road to talk about – the expressway. Ya some issues like public transport, safety, etc are still there but are improving gradually. That is called an all round development of an area catering to social needs as well.

      At Baddi we talk about performance in terms of production, revenue, big names and based on this we call it pharmaceutical hub of Asia. But what about the real economic growth?

      Im not comparing Himachal to Noida but it present a case to reconsider our policies over and again before the job of many is lost. Human resources don’t need just a job.

      Reply
      • NITYIN   January 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm

        Spot on Abhishek!! Living conditions apart Baddi has become a notorious hub for criminals and even the police do not venture out alone at nights. Trust me, this is what a constable posted there told me once.

        The more we talk about infrastructure and living conditions and facilities, the more I am convinced that we need ‘outsiders’ to teach us how to create decent living conditions. I know I am opening a pandora box by this statement but this is simply not in our blood. Be it our leaders or the babus, both are visionless. I recently traveled to Delhi in a roadways bus and saw the miserable conditions of the ‘scheduled’ HRTC bus stops in Sanwara in Himachal Pradesh. Those shack dhabas are still the same from my student days back in the early 90s. Why is to so hard for our policy makers to offer a decent stopover for the passengers. See what Haryana has done. Anyways, will cover this in a separate post.

        I am more and more getting convinced that we Himachalis lack a vision for creating ideal living conditions. We were blessed as the nature took care of this aspect and we have failed when it came to create something ourselves. Take the example of toy train. We still are content with the early 20th century railway system which Britishers left with us. We did not add a single inch to this track!!

        Reply
      • kotgarh   January 19, 2010 at 8:00 pm

        Human resources don’t need just a job but a job is much better than no job.
        We need to look at the big picture and the government machinery should have forsight to overcome these stumbling block. Not much is lost yet… things could be salvaged from here.

        I feel we still need them to stay here for 3 very simple reasons.

        1. To build the economy of the state
        2. To provide employment for the educated unemployed youths in the state
        3. To encourage others to join and model townships of Noida & Gurgaon

        – I am not an expert on the economy and politics of the state but I feel the state machinery lacks clear vision more than money.

        And by the way when is the Tax Holiday coming to end.

        Reply
        • NITYIN   January 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm

          The tax holiday ends in March 2010

          Reply
          • kotgarh   January 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm

            No wonder Lenova is packing up. The question is how many more.

  4. kotgarh   January 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Human resources don’t need just a job but a job is much better than no job.
    We need to look at the big picture and the government machinery should have forsight to overcome these stumbling block. Not much is lost yet… things could be salvaged from here.

    I feel we still need them to stay here for 3 very simple reasons.

    1. To build the economy of the state
    2. To provide employment for the educated unemployed youths in the state
    3. To encourage others to join and model townships of Noida & Gurgaon

    – I am not an expert on the economy and politics of the state but I feel the state machinery lacks clear vision more than money.

    And by the way when is the Tax Holiday coming to end.

    Reply

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