Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) Acer Inc, the world's No. 2 personal computer maker, expects its shipments of portable PCs -- which include notebooks and netbooks -- to reach 40 million units next year, making it the world's biggest portable PC maker, Acer Chairman J.T. Wang said Wednesday.
According to Acer Chief Executive Gianfranco Lanci, the Taiwanese company is expected to ship more than 30 million portable PCs this year.
Wang also forecast that the company's revenue will grow 15 percent in 2010, with shipments of personal computers rising 13 percent-15 percent next year.
Following an Acer report of record numbers for both consolidated revenue and net operating profit in the third quarter of this year, Wang said he also expects the company's shipments to grow another 10 percent in Q4.
Acer announced that consolidated revenues for Q3 should reach NT$167 billion (US$5.19 billion) , up 40 percent from Q2 and up 5 percent from same time last year, with a net operating profit of NT$4.7 billion.
The company, which is due to hold its Q3 investor conference Friday, overtook Dell as the world's No. 2 PC maker by shipment behind only Hewlett Packard (HP) as of Q3, according to analysts.
Wang also told reporters he expects the global portable PC market to grow by 50 percent next year, with Acer's shipments set to outperform the overall market.
Although Acer is unlikely to beat HP's shipments of large notebooks, Wang said Acer can exceed HP on shipments of netbooks and medium-size ultra-low voltage notebooks.
He added that emerging markets will be the company's major growth force next year. Acer has performed well in India and Brazil and has kept ahead in Russia, but still has much room for development in China, he said.
In addition, Lanci added that the company aims to be the No. 3 PC brand in China next year, with a 10 percent market share, up from 6-7 percent at present.
Lanci also noted that cell phones will be the focus for developing the China market over the next three years.
(By Carol Yeh and Fanny Liu)