RALEIGH, N.C. — Computer manufacturer Lenovo, which is based in the Research Triangle, is launching a supplemental retirement plan for employees in China.

Lenovo is partially owned by an agency of the Chinese government.

By offering the pension plan, Lenovo is the first company to register a corporate pension program with the Chinese Ministry of Labor & Social Security. It is also one of the first information technology company in China to establish a corporate pension program.

“We are very proud to be among the first to offer leading-edge retirement benefits to our employees in China,” said Ezra Singer, Lenovo’s vice president of compensation and benefits. “This is a key milestone for our China employees and marks the continued evolution of Lenovo as a truly world class global organization as well as the strong relationship and deep commitment we have to our employees worldwide.”

The plan will include contributions from both the company and employees. Lenovo’s contributions are based on an employee’s number of years of service with the company as well as its financial performance.

Lenovo recently announced plans to layoff hundreds of workers it inherited when purchasing the personal computing division of IBM in 2005. The company is building a new corporate headquarters in Morrisville.

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