Taipei, June 27 (CNA)
Compal Electronics Inc., one of Taiwan's leading contract notebook computer makers, has cut its forecast for worldwide shipments in 2015 amid caution toward global demand.
Compal President Ray Chen announced the revised and more negative forecast about the global notebook computer market at an annual general meeting held Friday.
He said that with the launch of Microsoft's next operating system -- Windows 10 -- expected in August, consumers will likely put their purchase plans on hold, which has been dragging down shipments. Consumers tend to watch closely whether new products will work, so this could also affect buying interest, Chen said.
As a result, Chen said, Compal expects worldwide notebook computer shipments will fall 4 to 6 percent year-on-year in 2015, a downward revision from an earlier estimate of a 3 percent fall.
Chen said that Compal has also held a cautious attitude toward the global cell phone market, expecting that worldwide mobile phone shipments for 2015 could grow 10 percent from a year earlier, down from the previous prediction of a 15 percent year-on-year increase. The executive said that as tablet computers are expected to face more pressure from smartphones that have large-size screens, worldwide shipments could fall 10-15 percent year-on-year in 2015, compared with a previous estimate of a 1 percent decline.
Despite the unfavorable outlook for notebook computers, smartphones and tablet computers, the major devices in Compal's product line, Chen said that the company will try its best to reach its goal of shipping 100 million units of the three products this year, braving the headwinds in the global market.
Meanwhile, Chen said that Compal will reopen a factory located in Pingzhen District of Taoyuan, which has been idle for more than a decade, to roll out storage devices, since the company has secured a large number of orders.
Compal is planning to recruit more than 200 employees to help the Pingzhen factory restart operations in the third quarter of this year. It is expected to have an annual production capacity of 500,000 units. (By Han Ting-ting and Frances Huang)
Taipei, June 27 (CNA)