Taiwan’s Lian Li has spent a lot of money ensuring that they can build high-quality cases. While the company’s competition has largely outsourced the manufacturing process to the Mainland, Lian Li manufacturers in an industrial suburb of Taipei.
Regardless of the heated competition, Lian Li’s cases are still known as some of the best around and often make their way into high-end PC builds. With this success has come with possibility of expansion. For example, the LanCool line which includes the extremely popular Dragonlord enclosure remains under Lian Li’s auspices but they produce a less expensive series of cases.
While many think of case manufacturing as a very much automated affair, Lian Li has kept a “hands on” approach to their trade. Every one of their cases is assembled by hand, using only the highest quality materials, even though certain products are meant to hit lower price brackets.
Manufacturing in Taiwan with a state of the art facility certainly has its advantages: Lian Li can quickly reconfigure their assembly line based on changing market conditions and the quality of the build is higher than its competition which chooses to manufacture in China. But this has also hurt Lian Li — its competition can manufacture at a lower cost thus align itself with growing demand for enthusiast cases on a value budget.
So exactly how is Lian Li prepared to tackle this competition given higher production costs and greater case variety on the market?
Hardware Canucks spoke with Lian Li spokesperson JP Skalamera to figure out how Lian Li is planning on tackling the challenges of this new market: