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Quanta says it could fail to meet Q4 notebook shipment target

Quanta says it could fail to meet Q4 notebook shipment target

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) Quanta Computer Inc., the world's largest notebook computer ODM service supplier, said Friday it may not meet its notebook shipment target for the fourth quarter of this year because of weakening global demand. Quanta said its shipments during the October-December period were also affected by a hard disk drive shortage due to serious flooding in Thailand, a major supplier of the component. The company said it expected fourth-quarter shipments to fall below the 14.5 million units shipped from July to September after having projected shipments to stay level quarter-on-quarter. Quanta's shipments in November fell to 4.4 million units from 5.3 million registered in October. The company said demand in December has been even weaker than in the previous month, leaving it pessimistic about hitting the 14.5 million target. For the year as a whole, Quanta said its shipments are expected to reach the lower end of its target range of a 5-10 percent increase from the 52.10 million units shipped in 2010. In the 11 months to November, Quanta posted sales of NT$989.52 billion (US$32.66 billion), down 0.6 percent from a year earlier, with notebook computer shipments at 51.6 million units. Quanta's latest warning echoed U.S. chip maker Intel Corp.'s recent downgrade of its sales forecast for the fourth quarter. The U.S. high-tech giant cited weakening global PC demand and PC production disruptions caused by disk-drive shortages as factors behind the lower revenue estimate. Quanta said that because the global economic slowdown is likely to continue casting a shadow over the PC sector, it remains cautious over market prospects for the first quarter of next year. (By Han Ting-ting and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-05-15 17:40 GMT+08:00