Acer and Asus make it into Europe top five PC players

Taiwanese makers of electronic gubbins such as PCs, Acer and Asustek, have conquered the Western European PC market for the first quarter of 2010, according to Gartner.

Acer and Asus are the only companies which have increased market share on the back of strong consumer demand, says Gartner. Asus has the fastest growth rate of the top five PC brands, and managed to almost double its share year-on-year from 4.8 percent to 7.9 percent.

Acer hit the number one spot with a 23.4 percent market share in Q1 2010, and consistently showed signs of growth in the consumer market, its all-in-one PCs supporting both mobile and netbook growth.

It’s good news for Taiwan which continues to do well for itself as PC factory of the world, with estimates that netbooks manufactured in the region will see 58.3 million units by 2014, according to iSuppli, a market research company.

Despite this, The Taiwan Economic News reports that Acer is going to raise prices on notebook PCs sold in Europe anyway, which will reflect the Euro not doing so fantastically against the US dollar. Chairman of Acer C.T. Wang said that his company simply can’t afford to abosorb global rising costs anymore.