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February 8, 1988

NIPPON APOLLO TO MANUFACTURE IN JAPAN

By CBR Staff Writer

Nippon Apollo Computer has made preparatory moves towards manufacturing in Japan by spinning out its specialist hardware integration arm and moving it into a new Integration and Distribution Centre to be built on the outskirts of Tokyo: this operation will marry Apollo CPUs sent from the US with disks and network controllers, printers, graphic displays and keyboards all sourced locally and chosen according to customer specifications; Japanese components already account for 30% to 40% of the value of Apollo’s systems sold there, and there is some financial advantage in local assembly of equipment to be sold in Japan, not least because it cuts lead times; arch-rival Sun Microsystems has plans to manufacture in Japan, Europe and Asia, but its main production base is still in the US.

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