A report that the company will move tech manufacturing to other Asian countries is inaccurate, Microsoft says.
Microsoft has denied that it’ll be , following a report that the rising US-China trade tensions had spurred the potential move. Last week, the Nikkei Asian Review said Microsoft, along with Amazon, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Sony, Nintendo, Asus and Lenovo, would start manufacturing products in other Asian countries such as Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand.
“The reporting from Nikkei Asia Review on Wednesday was inaccurate and does not reflect Microsoft’s manufacturing plans in China in any way,” a Microsoft spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement Monday night.
A Lenovo spokesperson last week said it too has no plans to move. In May, Lenovo had announced a $300 million investment in a new smart manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China.
HP said it refuses to comment on rumors and speculation, but last week the company said it’s “actively monitoring the situation and will continue to work with government officials to advocate for the best interests of customers, partners and consumers.”
Nikkei had also previously reported in June that 15% and 30% of all iPhone production out of China and has asked its major suppliers to weigh up the costs.between