Taipei, Asustek Computer Inc. and Acer Inc., two top Taiwanese PC brands, were the fourth and sixth largest notebook computer suppliers in the world in the first quarter, according to Taiwan-based market information advisory firm TrendForce Corp.
TrendForce said in a report that Asustek shipped 3.31 million notebook computers in the January-March period to take an 8.9 percent share in the global market, keeping its spot as the world's fourth largest supplier.
Asustek's first quarter shipments were down 20 percent from a quarter earlier, reflecting lower sales in the traditionally slow first quarter, and down 9.3 percent from a year earlier amid a continued slowdown in the global PC market, TrendForce said.
Acer remained in sixth place with a 7.5 percent share of the global notebook computer market after shipping 2.78 million units in the first quarter.
Its first quarter shipments were down 17 percent from a quarter earlier and 16.5 percent from a year earlier.
TrendForce said that although Asustek and Acer intensified efforts to penetrate the niche gaming PC market, their relatively low sales volume was insufficient to offset the decline in sales of mass-market low-end models hurt by the global market slowdown.
Worldwide, notebook computer shipments totaled 37.27 million units in the first quarter, down 15.7 percent from a quarter earlier and also down 1.4 percent from a year earlier, TrendForce said.
The global notebook computer market, it said, has felt the pinch of higher prices of select components such as passive components, DRAMs, metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors and driver ICs that have been in tight supply.
In the first quarter, HP Inc. of the United States remained the world's largest PC supplier, taking a 24.1 percent share in the global market, after shipping 9 million notebook computers.
HP's first shipments were down 18 percent from a quarter earlier but were up 4.4 percent from a year earlier. The year-on-year increase showed HP's efforts to raise its presence in overseas markets, TrendForce said.
China's Lenovo Group Ltd. came in second with a 21.2 percent share in the first quarter after shipping 7.9 million units, down 8.1 percent from a quarter earlier and down 1.6 percent from a year earlier, TrendForce said.
Dell Inc. was third with shipments of 6.19 million units and a 16.6 percent share. Its first quarter shipments were down 2.5 percent from a month earlier but up 14.5 percent from a year earlier, according to TrendForce data.
Apple Inc. of the U.S. shipped 2.89 million units in the first quarter, down 28 percent from a quarter earlier and down 15.1 percent from a year earlier, to take fifth with a market share of 7.7 percent.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel