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Taiwan's cell phone shipments could fall in Q4

Taiwan's cell phone shipments could fall in Q4

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Cell phone shipments from Taiwan for the fourth quarter are expected to fall from a year earlier reflecting a decline in orders placed by international brands to Taiwanese contract makers, according to Taipei-based Digitimes Research. In a research report, Digitimes said that Taiwan's cell phone shipments for the October-December period are expected to fall 21.3 percent from a year earlier to 19.88 million units. However, the fourth quarter figure will be 1.7 percent higher than the third quarter, the research firm said. According to the Digitimes forecast, it will be the second consecutive quarter for Taiwan's cell phone shipments to fall below the 20 million unit mark. In the third quarter, the country's cell phone shipments stood at 19.54 million units, down 11.5 percent from 20.07 million units recorded in the second quarter, the data showed. In the fourth quarter, Taiwan is expected to take a 3.5 percent share of worldwide cell phone shipments, down from 3.8 percent and 4.7 percent recorded in the second and first quarter, respectively, the Digitimes data showed. Digitimes said that international brands, such as Sony Mobile Communications and Microsoft Mobile, are expected to cut their orders to some major Taiwanese cell phone ODM service providers, so major local contract makers, such as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (??) and Compal Electronics Inc. (??), could witness their shipments for the fourth quarter fall from a quarter earlier. However, Wistron Corp. (??), another major ODM services provider, will benefit from an increase in orders placed by BlackBerry to boost its cell phone shipments in the fourth quarter, Digitimes said. Arima Communications Corp. (??), a smaller contract maker in Taiwan, will be a beneficiary of an increase in orders placed by the Taiwan-based brand Asustek Computer Inc. (??) and is expected to ship more cell phones in the fourth quarter, Digitimes said. While contract makers will suffer a decline in shipments in the fourth quarter, Taiwanese brands will post higher sales figures in the quarter, Digitimes said. Digitimes said that Asustek is one of these brands and expected to report higher shipments of cell phones as the PC brand has intensified its efforts to penetrate the world's smartphone market in a bid to offset the impact resulting from slowing global PC demand. The research group said that Asustek is likely to benefit from the launch of the new ZenFone series during the October-December period. Earlier this month, Asustek forecast its smartphone shipments will range between 20 million and 21 million for 2015, sharply up from 8.5 million units recorded a year earlier. (By Lo Hsiu-wen and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-21 20:35 GMT+08:00