“Today`s announcement will allow us to further reduce our costs, while continuing to develop and deliver a full range of PC products and services for our customers,” said Bob Moffat, general manager of IBM`s Personal & Printing Systems group. “PCs are an important part of IBM`s e-business infrastructure offerings. We have adopted a strategy to make this activity even more competitive. This agreement supports this strategy of using the industry`s capabilities where it is useful to improve our costs and focusing more investment on areas that deliver the highest value to our customers. IBM now manufactures its NetVista desktop computers in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina, for customers in the United States and Canada and has this product line manufactured on its behalf in Greenock, Scotland and on the European continent for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. IBM will continue to design and market the NetVista desktop line and has signed a $5 billion outsourcing agreement with Sanmina-SCI to provide desktop manufacturing services to these markets.