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Acer denies making touchscreen alliance

Staff writer, with CNA

Acer Inc (宏碁) yesterday denied a news report saying that it was organizing an alliance of touchscreen suppliers in the country to battle competitors in South Korea.

“The report is wrong,” Acer spokesman Henry Wang (汪島雄) said. “What Acer has to do now is to focus on our core business, improve our research and marketing abilities and provide a good user experience to raise our brand value and boost our operating profit margin.”

He said neither the company nor its chairman are involved in assembling a touchscreen industry alliance in Taiwan.

The Chinese-language Economic Daily News reported yesterday that Acer chairman and chief executive officer Wang Jeng-tang (王振堂) was organizing the nation’s first touchscreen industry alliance to take on industry rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co of South Korea.

The newspaper said the alliance would include chip designer MediaTek Inc (聯發科), flat-panel makers Innolux Corp (群創) and AU Optronics Corp (友達), touch sensor suppliers TPK Holdings Co (宸鴻) and Wintek Corp (勝華), as well as Asustek Computer Inc (華碩), HTC Corp (宏達電) and Acer.

Citing anonymous sources in an alleged preparatory committee, the paper said Wang Jeng-tang and Shyu Jyuo-min (徐爵民), president of the state-run Industrial Technology Research Institute (工研院), would co-chair the alliance after its establishment sometime before the Lunar New Year next month.

In an e-mailed statement, the institute said it has been meeting with suppliers in the touchscreen supply chain about an alliance, but no decision had been made regarding members or a chairman.

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