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HP CEO Lores On Boosting PC Supply And 3-D Printing Medical Parts For The Coronavirus Response

In an interview with CRN, Lores also spoke about how HP is aiming to support partners during a period of economic upheaval.

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HP Inc. has moved rapidly to assist in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, from providing hospitals with crucial 3-D printed parts to helping meet the surging demand for PCs and monitors in work-from-deployments, HP CEO Enrique Lores said in an interview with CRN.

The company is seeing "significant" improvements in production levels in China, with manufacturing now expected to be back at full capacity in the second quarter, Lores said. And to help with the fight against the coronavirus, HP--the maker of the Multi Jet Fusion 3-D printer--is working with partners to 3-D print medical parts that are badly needed. The crisis "is showing the value that 3-D printing can have," Lores said. "It makes the time between design and production much shorter than with older technologies. And it allows local manufacturing, which is critical in a period like this. It is really highlighting how 3-D printing has the potential of transforming the manufacturing industry."

Meanwhile, HP has been striving to stay in close contact with partners, Lores said, and to provide assistance with issues such as financing where needed. "We want to support [partners] in any way they need," he said.

What follows is an edited portion of CRN's interview with Lores.

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