Rise in shipments predicted
Global shipments of touch-enabled notebooks will show a sharp rise in the current half of the year as more consumers get into the habit of using portable devices with touch functions, according to a forecast by DisplaySearch. The market research firm forecast that 13.6 million touch notebooks would be shipped in the second half of this year, accounting for about 15 percent of all notebook computers shipped. That is up from 6.2 million units shipped and a 7 percent share in the January to June period, DisplaySearch said in a research note. Though the penetration rate of touch notebooks remains low even with the strong growth in the category, DisplaySearch said the product would become more popular over time because of growing consumer familiarity with touch-enabled portable devices. Touch-enabled notebooks are expected to have a 40 percent share of the overall notebook market by 2017, with annual shipments of 64.2 million units, the firm said.
Izzo to retain ECCT role
The European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) has announced that Giuseppe Izzo will serve as chairman of its board of directors next year for a second consecutive year. Izzo, general manager of local operations at STMicroelectronics Ltd, was elected by the new board of directors at their first meeting, following the chamber’s annual general meeting on Friday, the ECCT said in an e-mailed statement. Next year’s 15-director board and five supervisors were voted into office at the annual general meeting by ECCT members. With more than US$32 billion in direct foreign investments, European business remains the largest group of foreign investors in Taiwan.