Computer maker Dell aims to boost investments in China to more than US$25 billion a year over the next decade amid plans to expand delivery of information-technology services to its second-biggest market after the United States, a senior executive said yesterday. That estimate would top a commitment to spend more than US$100 billion over the next 10 years on facilities, employment, research and development, and purchases from suppliers, which Dell announced in September. 'Let me clarify: we spend about US$25 billion a year inside China,' Stephen Schuckenbrock, global president for large enterprise business at Dell, told a news conference. This figure, he said, included 'all the procurement and manufacturing that we do here to support [operations in] the rest of the world'. 'So over the next 10 years, if you set that [US$100 billion target] aside, we will still invest tens of billions of dollars in expansion within China - including building development centres, further manufacturing capacity, data centres and [other mainland] resources to serve Chinese customers,' Schuckenbrock said. 'Forget the US$100 billion ... we will invest a lot more money to support the growth of China.' Dell, which was the mainland's No 2 personal computer supplier in the second quarter, behind market leader Lenovo Group, invested US$23 billion last year on domestic sourcing of computer components and other related products. That was an increase from US$18 billion in 2007, which reflects a growth trend that Dell expects to continue. In May this year, Stephen Felice, the president of Dell's global consumer and small and medium business operations, said the company's annual mainland sales were approaching US$5 billion. Dell sees steady gains on the mainland because of rising demand for personal computers. Market research firm IDC has forecast personal computer shipments on the mainland will reach 97 million units in 2012, surpassing the estimated 93 million units in the United States during the same period. Schuckenbrock said Dell, bolstered by its US$3.9 billion acquisition of US information-technology services provider Perot Systems last year, was now adding more services-related operations in key markets worldwide, including the setting up of two data centres on the mainland. The Perot buyout also included the mainland consulting business of Bearing Point, which allows Dell to be competitive against the domestic services operations of IBM and Hewlett-Packard. Alex Yung, vice-president at Dell China, said the company's goal was to have 25 per cent of its mainland business in services account from the current 10 per cent. The domestic operation of retail giant Wal-Mart is already a major services customer.