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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.
Written by Arif Mohamed, Contributor

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.

IBM can be contacted by telephone on 01256-343000.

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