Acer, Asustek PC shipments rise in Asia-Pacific area

Staff writer, with CNA

Sat, Jan 28, 2012 - Page 5

Acer Inc (宏碁) and Asustek Computer Inc (華碩電腦) recorded higher year-on-year PC shipment growth in the Asia-Pacific market excluding Japan, according to market intelligence and advisory firm International Data Corp (IDC).

PC shipments in the region grew 11 percent from 2010 to reach 119 million units last year, highlighting resilience in the Asian market despite the weak global economy that persisted throughout the year, the IDC said in a report released on Thursday.

Lenovo Group (聯想) continued to lead the market with a 22.5 percent share, not just holding strong in its home market of China, but also posting robust growth in the rest of the region. It was followed by Acer (11.6 percent), Dell Inc (10.4 percent), Hewlett-Packard Co (9.9 percent) and Asustek (6.4 percent), the report said.

Acer, which underwent a management reshuffle last year, enjoyed the highest year-on-year unit growth among its peers of 38 percent last year, while Asustek boosted its shipments by 34 percent compared with 2010, the report said.

“The PC market took a number of punches last year, be it from the uncertain global economy or from tablets, which competed for consumer attention,” said Bryan Ma (馬伯遠), associate vice president of Asia-Pacific client devices research at IDC.

“PCs will still face disk drive supply challenges in the early part of this year, but IDC also expects the market to rebound quickly by the second half to remain close to 10 percent growth for the year in the Asia-Pacific region,” Ma said.

Both Acer and Asustek reported lower share prices last year in the worldwide PC market, where Acer accounted for 11.2 percent and Asustek took 5.9 percent, taking fourth and fifth place respectively, research firm Gartner Inc said.

Worldwide PC shipments increased only 0.5 percent from 2010 to 352.8 million units last year, Gartner said, with weakening consumer demand in mature markets named as a major contributor to the stagnation.