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Japan's top four computer makers to boost output 10%

AFP , TOKYO

Japan's top four makers of personal computers are ready to boost their combined global shipments of notebooks to a new high, taking back slices of the market from foreign rivals, a press report said yesterday.

The four firms, led by Toshiba Corp, plan to ship a combined total of 9.79 million notebook PC units in the year to next March, up 10 percent from the previous year, the business daily <

As notebook PC demand is heating up in the US and is set to recover in Japan, the four firms aim to focus on high-performance products with enhanced audio-visual and networking functions, the report said.

Combined shipment volume rebounded to a record high in the year to last March after a 5.6 percent fall during the previous year, the report said.

Toshiba, the maker of the Dynabook series, plans to raise its global notebook PC shipments by 14 percent to 4.5 million units in the year to next March.

Fujitsu Ltd intends to expand notebook PC shipments by 17 percent to 1.95 million units while NEC Corp is targetting an 8 percent increase. Sony Corp's output is estimated to be almost flat from a year ago, the report said.

To reach its output goals, Toshiba started up one of the world's largest notebook PC plants in Hangzhou, China, in April.

The plant is expected to produce 750,000 notebook PCs in the year to next March and 2.4 million units the following year.

Toshiba, which was toppled by Dell Computer of the US as the world's biggest notebook PC producer in 2001, is battling again for the top spot with Dell and another American computer giant, Hewlett-Packard.

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