Sales to drop 12 percent
The world’s nine major notebook computer makers including Apple Inc, Asustek Computer Inc (華碩電腦) are expected to ship about 12 percent fewer notebooks than expected this year, triggering a landscape change in the industry, NPD DisplaySearch said in a report released two weeks ago. The nine laptop brands supply 82 percent of the world’s demand, the US researcher said. The researcher said those notebook makers are expected to ship 134 million units this year, instead of 152 million units as it previously estimated. Jeff Lin, an analyst of NPD DisplaySearch, said shrinking demand and Intel Corp’s delay in launching its new Broadwell chip were the main reasons behind the reduction. Lin also said Samsung Electronics is expected to reduce its shipments, which will help boost HP’s, Lenovo Group’s (聯想) and Asustek’s market share in Europe.
Output grew 9 percent
The output value of optoelectronics for medical use in Taiwan grew an average of 9 percent per year the past two years to total NT$21.5 billion (US$707 million) last year, statistics released on Saturday showed. The Photonics Industry and Technology Development Association (PIDA, 光電協進會) said the growth was largely driven by local manufacturers’ sales to the US and Japan. The US accounted for 26 percent and Japan 28 percent of Taiwan’s total exports of optoelectronics for medical use between 2008 and last year, the association said. The growth in optoelectronics for medical use largely reflected vendors’ efforts to launch sophisticated medical devices, while rising demand for homecare services also boosted production of particular optoelectronic devices.