Sichuan quake has not affected notebook makers

BUSINESS AS USUAL::Taiwanese notebook makers reported that their factories had not been damaged and production has not been disrupted

Staff writer, with CNA

Mon, Apr 22, 2013 - Page 13

Several Taiwanese contract notebook computer makers operating in China’s Sichuan Province said on Saturday that their factories have not been affected by a deadly earthquake that struck the region earlier in the day, killing 208 people and injuring an estimated 12,000.

Contract notebook PC makers Quanta Computer Inc (廣達電腦), Compal Electronics Inc (仁寶電腦) and Wistron Corp (緯創) all reported that the magnitude 6.6 earthquake did not cause any disruptions at their factories.

A spokesman for Quanta, the world’s largest contract notebook manufacturer, said that its factory zone is located in the province’s Chongqing area, about 400km to 500km away from earthquake’s epicenter in Ya’an City (雅安), Lushan County (蘆山).

No damage has been reported at the factory and its production has not been affected, the spokesman said.

Quanta’s Chongqing factory has a monthly production capacity of about 1.5 million units, which accounts for 40 percent of the company’s total notebook shipments.

Compal vice president Gary Lu (呂清雄) said the earthquake, which struck at 8:02am, has not disrupted operations at the company’s Chengdu factory, which currently produces more than 500,000 notebooks a month.

Compal plans to gradually increase its production capacity at the Chengdu factory, where production costs are lower than in China’s coastal areas.

Taiwan’s notebook manufacturers began aggressively venturing into Sichuan last year, setting up production bases in Chengdu and Chongqing mainly for notebook assembly.