Server buyers ask Lenovo for made-in-Mexico models instead of Chinese kit

India customs delays, security suspicions behind purchasing preference

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Some server-buyers are asking Lenovo to supply equipment made in Mexico rather than gear made in China.

So says Nutanix senior veep and head of Asia-Pacific-and-Japan Matt Young, who in conversation with The Register today said he’s aware of buyers in India who’ve made the request.

Security suspicions are one reason some buyers prefer Mexican kit. Another is that some imports from China have languished on Indian docks for rather longer than imports from other nations.

Young said Lenovo “will go out of its way to make sure the customer is happy,” and is ready to comply with such requests because it has factories in Mexico and elsewhere that can crank out kit buyers feel does not present extra risks of any sort.

The Register has asked Lenovo it if is aware of such requests and is willing to accommodate them. The vendor declined to respond to our requests by the time of writing.

The situation doesn’t seem to be hurting either company. Young said Nutanix scored over 40 per cent year-on-year growth over the past quarter in India, despite the pandemic, thanks in part to customer interest in Lenovo servers.

If widespread, this purchasing preference would be another expression of anti-Chinese sentiment that has seen some organisations divest made-in-China products, and others decide to only purchase products from other jurisdictions. ®

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