Compaq is establishing a manufacturing and assembly facility in Australia that will see the company producing all of its desktop units for the Australia/New Zealand market by April 1997. The Parramatta-based facility will also see the company provide its customers with a made-to-order PC service, according to Compaq MD Ian Penman.
"The build-to-order strategy has been a key part of Compaq's plan for over two years now and the facility in Australia will be a pilot for the corporation," Penman said. Upon receipt of the customer's order, the product will be built to the customer's requirements, including the addition of third-party software and options, Penman said. Compaq is expected to employ between 50 and 70 staff to run the new operation. In addition to the manufacturing facility, Compaq plans to establish its own finance company.