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Asustek: misuse of energy labels corrected

Asustek: misuse of energy labels corrected

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Leading computer vendor Asustek Computer Inc. said Thursday that it has already corrected an internal oversight that led to certain products being labeled as energy-efficient without having first undergone government certification. The company said it put a stop to the misuse of the labels after a July 2012 order from the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), explaining that the problem was an internal misunderstanding about the process for qualifying for energy certification. Its staff was under the mistaken impression that energy labels can be used on machines with new, as-of-yet-unapproved processors if the CPU met the efficiency standards of previous models, Asustek said. Due to the incident, the company has been barred from applying for certifications on new products until Feb. 5, 2014, but its operations have not been affected, it said. The PC vendor also explained that it is still eligible for bidding for government contracts using products that have already been certified. News of the energy label misuse broke Wednesday, when media reports accused Asustek of using the labels as a means to win government contracts worth over NT$10 billion (US$340 million) on uncertified products. Asustek denied reports that Vice Chairman Jonathan Tseng had been questioned by prosecutors over the matter, calling the claim "untrue." The media attention left shares of Asustek down 2.0 percent Wednesday, rebounding off of a plummet of nearly 5 percent earlier in the session. The stock regained its footing Thursday, finishing up 1.82 percent at NT$224.00. Hua Nan Securities analyst Henry Miao said that judging from the performance of Asustek shares Thursday, the impact of the controversy on its stocks has already begun to fade, and investors will likely turn their attention back to market fundamentals at a time when global PC sales remain weak. (By Lo Hsiu-wen and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-01-19 00:30 GMT+08:00