i am doing a research project for school and i need to know how the IBM Thinkpad is manufactured (like where and by whom?) i am also intrested in finding where i could get this information online.
I don't know... I just ordered one and the shipping tracking indicated it came from Hong Kong. My guess is that costs in Hong Kong are too high for manufacturing, but just over the border in Guangdong Province there are lots of big factories.
The secret phrase you are looking for is "Original Design Manufacturer" or ODM. You'll probably have to do a little digging, but a Google search like this one http://www.google.com/search?q=IBM+original+design+manufacturer+laptop yeilds some interesting results.
IBM has a plant in India at Pondichery where they assemble the Thinkpads.
There should be a label on the bottom of your ThinkPad telling where it was manufactured. Mine have come from Japan and Mexico.
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