Toshiba Corp of Japan said yesterday that the company hopes to increase its market share in Taiwan to 10 percent this year, banking on the greater availability of low-priced notebook computers to local consumers.
"We are targeting a market share [in Taiwan] of 10 percent ? up from 3.8 percent in the last quarter of last year," Masanobu Honda, manager of the China Operations group at Toshiba's personal computer division, said at a press conference in Taipei yesterday.
The company hopes to achieve the goal during its 2005 fiscal year, which begins in April and ends in March next year, Honda added.
In the fourth quarter of last year, Toshiba ranked as Taiwan's fifth largest laptop vendor, while Asustek Computer (
Taiwan is a tough market with strong Taiwanese and global brands, Honda said, and the company expects to apply experience and strength gained in the global arena to the local market.
Worldwide, the Japanese vendor ranks as the third largest laptop vendor, with an 11.7 percent market share, behind HP's 15.6 percent and Dell's 15.3 percent, according to IDC.
Toshiba will expedite the time to market of its notebooks and roll out more low-end models priced under NT$39,900, which will make up 25 percent of its product lineup, said Alice Cheng (
Accordingly, Toshiba will increase outsourcing to Taiwanese contract manufacturers while retaining the in-house production of high-end models in its factories in Europe and China, Honda said. He declined to elaborate.
Toshiba currently outsources around half of its products to three Taiwanese laptop assemblers: Quanta Computer Inc (
"The number [of suppliers] is not important," Honda said, adding that the company would not seek new suppliers but rather focus on allocating the optimal amount of orders to the current three companies.
Toshiba yesterday rolled out four models of laptops equipped with Intel Corp's Sonoma platform, the upgraded Centrino mobile technology. The models were priced from NT$44,800 to NT$99,800, and are aimed at the nation's commercial and retail laptop markets.