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Wistron targets mobile devices

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

Wistron Corp (緯創), the world’s third-largest contract laptop maker, yesterday said it is targeting 20 percent growth in non-notebook product shipments this year, with mobile devices showing stronger-than-expected momentum.

An increase in non-notebook shipments — including smartphones, tablets and servers — will boost the firm’s non-notebook product revenue contribution to 60 percent this year, a Wistron executive told reporters.

“As we expect the global PC market to remain depressed this year, our goal is to grow the company’s smart devices, and server shipments and sales,” an investor relations official said on condition of anonymity.

Shipments of mobile devices are expected to grow to between 30 million and 35 million units this year, up between 7.14 percent to 25 percent from 28 million units last year, the company said.

That was an upward adjustment from a previous forecast that shipments would grow as much as 17.85 percent to 33 million units this year.

With demand for online data access growing, Wistron aims to grow shipments of servers by 20 percent annually, particularly those supporting cloud computing technologies.

Given the persistent sluggishness in the traditional PC market, Wistron expects notebook shipments to contract 24 percent year-on-year to 20 million units from 24.1 million units last year.

“Wistron may be working on some new projects that the company has not yet disclosed,” Yuanta Securities Corp (元大證券) analyst Vincent Chen (陳豊丰) said.

Chen forecast Wistron’s smartphone and tablet shipments would fall 10.71 percent to 25 million units this year because of a loss of orders from Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (鴻海精密).

While Wistron could be selected as a new supplier of Apple Inc’s iPhone products this year, Wistron would likely obtain orders for just 5 million to 8 million units, not enough to offset a loss of orders from BlackBerry, Chen said.

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