Taiwanese electronics companies should see orders increase by 14 percent this year, aided by growing demand for next-generation products such as Microsoft Corp's new Vista system, one of the organizers of the annual Computex show said yesterday.
With more Vista-compatible products hitting the stores, demand for new computers and related electronics peripherals may pick up later this year, offering a boon for local manufacturers, a Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA,
"Taiwan is home to most of the world's biggest electronics companies and is also one of the best sourcing places," TAITRA vice president Walter Yeh (
Local firms may receive orders worth between US$14 billion and US$14.5 billion this year, compared to US$12.7 billion last year, Yeh said.
Computex opens its doors runs through Sunday, with 1,333 vendors from overseas and at home.
Local motherboard makers such as Asustek Computer Inc (
Those new motherboards, which are also compatible with Intel Corp's due-core and latest quad-core processors, will allow computers to shrink in size, while processing documents faster and storing more multimedia data.
Computer monitor maker Nexgen Mediatech Inc (
Local chipset maker VIA Technologies Inc (
Computex will have a record high of 2,926 booths, TAITRA said. With the completion of a new complex, TAITRA plans to offer enough space for about 5,000 booths next year, which would to allow 400 more companies to join the fair.
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