IBM unveils $350m Ireland disk factory

IBM made a huge step forward towards its $440 million global expansion plan for its component business when it unveiled plans for a $350 million hard disk drive factory in Ireland yesterday.

The West Dublin disk factory will create 2,850 jobs and will be followed by expansion schemes in five other locations including a hard drive plant in Thailand.

Separately, Big Blue said it will outsource $2 billion of notebook and desktop systems from Taiwan's Acer, to expand its PC output. IBM will start marketing Acer-made machines next year. The deal follows a similar agreement between IBM and Samsung for $2 billion worth of monitors over the next three years.

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