Data General is to offer its worldwide manufacturing facility in Raleigh, North Carolina, as a contract manufacturing service called Valiiant. The service will be rolled out from the first quarter next year.
It has already lined up "several" clients, said company officials, with contracts signed worth up to $600 million in the first year. Its printed circuit board facility in the Philippines will also offer the service.
The 300,000-square feet plant in Raleigh already employs 300 people and manufactures DG's whole hardware range, including the Clariion family of storage products, which is sold largely through OEMs such as Hewlett-Packard, Storagetek and Bull.
Valiiant will manufacture everything from printed circuit boards to complete systems for clients round the globe.
Data General will expand the facility and hire more people as the contract manufacturing business grows. The company would not name the clients but they are expected to be IT firms with bases in the area, such as some IBM divisions.
The factory was opened in 1981 and boasts ISO 9000 and 9002 quality standard certification. It manufactures $900 million worth of systems annually.
DG originally had eight manufacturing plants around the world but now only two remain. Although many vendors have turned over excess plant capacity to making products for third parties and even competitors, DG claims it is the only computer systems supplier to offer a full contact service from its own plant. ICL set up D2D in the UK a few years ago, but this is now run as an autonomous business.
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