, responding to increasing competition as well as opportunities for growth in its home base, is responding with a new $100 million production as well as research and development plant.

AsiaPusle and other media sources report that the world’s No. 4 PC maker will build the facility in Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province.

"Our business has seen rapid growth during the past few quarters and that put great pressure on our production capacity," said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo’s chief executive officer.

Lenovo operates its global headquarters in Morrisville, but most of its operations are located in China. The company is the No. 1 PC maker in terms of Chinese market share and also began selling its own smartphone – the Lephone.

The company also over the past year has been expanding its sales and marketing efforts across China, including many rural areas. ()

No. 1 HP and No. 3 Dell are also beefing up manufacturing and marketing efforts in China. ()

The No. 2 PC maker, Acer, is based in Taiwan.

The new Lenovo facility will open in late 2011, be able to produce more than 10 million PCs and employ some 1,000 workers, according to Chinese media.

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