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Kinpo plans mass hiring next year, chairman Hsu says

Staff Writer, with CNA

Kinpo Group (金仁寶集團), which includes one of the world’s largest contract notebook computer makers, Compal Electronics Inc (仁寶電腦), will recruit at least 10,000 employees next year to meet demand in its software design and hardware manufacturing sectors, the conglomerate’s chairman said on Saturday.

“Although both the domestic and global economies are facing uncertainty and volatility, our group needs an injection of new blood to help upgrade our operational efficiency and productivity,” Kinpo Group chairman Rock Hsu (許勝雄) said at an anniversary celebration of the group’s 3G mobile telecom service arm, Vibo Telecom Inc (威寶電信).

Kinpo’s workforce will approach 100,000 by the end of this year, up from 86,000 last year, Hsu said, adding that the group will continue to hire in the coming year.

He also said the group would devote more energy to the expansion of its smartphone and green technology businesses next year.

In an effort to help Taiwan realize its goal of reducing carbon emissions, Hsu said that Kinpo would focus on the development of LED bulbs and other solutions.

Hsu said the component supply chain for the PC industry was not expected to return to normal until February because of the serious flooding in Thailand.

He said the PC business would bottom out in the first quarter of next year and regain momentum in the second half of the year.

Saying that both the European and US economies are overshadowed by numerous uncertainties, Hsu said Taiwan should focus more on exploring Asian markets and should do its utmost to maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait in the years ahead.

“Given our limited domestic market, we cannot afford to adopt a closed-door trade policy and we in the business community hope our government will continue to help us explore overseas markets through the upgrading of competitiveness,” he said.

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