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Compal sees flat notebook shipment growth for 2015 (update)

Compal sees flat notebook shipment growth for 2015 (update)

Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) Taiwan's Compal Electronics Inc. (??), the world's second-largest contract maker of laptops, said Thursday that its notebook PC shipments will remain flat this year but will still outperform the overall market. The company shipped 43 million notebooks in 2014, an increase of 10 percent year-on-year and beating its original target of 40 million units, Compal Chief Financial Officer Gary Lu (???) told a media briefing. He forecast that Compal's notebook shipments in 2015 will be equivalent to those shipped last year, outpacing a 5 percent decline in the overall market this year as estimated by research firm IDC. Given the stagnant PC industry, Compal will continue to diversify its business to non-notebook products such as smartphones, tablets, televisions, servers and automobile electronics, which are expected to make up 30 percent of the company's total revenue in 2015 compared with 23 percent last year, Lu said. Asked about the outlook for Compal's first-quarter shipments, Lu forecast that notebook shipments will decline 20 percent from 11.6 million units in the fourth quarter, citing seasonality in the January-March period. The company's first-quarter shipments of smartphones and tablets, however, are estimated to increase by a double-digit rate on the back of orders from new clients, Lu said without giving specific figures. Given the rising labor costs in China, Compal plans to move part of its smartphone production to its Vietnam factory, which is expected to begin mass production around mid-year with a monthly capacity of less than 100,000 units, he said. Compal's smartphone clients include Microsoft Corp., HTC Corp., Sony Corp., Lenovo Group Ltd. and Coolpad Group Ltd. as its smartphone clients, according to local media reports. Compal doubled its smartphone shipments last year to 20 million units and is targeting similar growth in 2015. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-19 17:42 GMT+08:00