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Soaring Wage Bills Force HP To Move Laptop Manufacturing From China To Japan

Hewlett Packard has announced a shift from China to Japan for some of its laptop production.

According to thinq_ the company is retooling a desktop PC factory in Tokyo to produce larger quantities of portables. The overall aim to produce 1.4 million desktop and laptop units at the plant each year.

The move comes as rising living expenses for workers force Chinese manufacturers to bump up their wages.

It's hoped the move will shorten delivery times to Japanese clients by half, although reduced costs are unlikely to translate into cheaper prices for consumers