Compal expects to ship over 50 million notebooks

Compal Electronics expects to ship more than 50 million notebooks this year. The Taiwanese contract maker of notebooks had previously said it expected to ship 48 million units to its customers. According to Taiwan Economic News, the company’s president J.T. Chen expects growth in the second half of this year to increase by 10 to 15 percent compared to the first half.

Chen expects total shipments to be somewhere in the range of 52.5 million to 53.75 million notebooks by the end of this year. Due to the weak euro, unit sales will sum up to 25 million in the first six months. Additional demand will come from the US government later this year, which will replace old notebooks and make companies like Dell, HP, Acer and Lenovo rather happy – and ODMs (original device manufacturers) like Compal too, which naturally build notebooks for various brands. Chen also said Compal is preparing tablet products based on Windows, Android and MeeGo for release in the third and final quarter.

Compal also released its sales figures for May today and stated consolidated revenue of NT$73.4 billion (US$2,3 billion), an increase of 3 percent month-over-month and 93 percent year-over-year. So far, the ODM has this year sold notebooks and netbooks to its customers worth a total of NT$364,9 billion, or US$11,2 billion. The ODM outperformed its rival Quanta in the first quarter and secured the number one spot for itself.

Market soothsayer Gartner recently said it expects a total of 376.6 million PCs, notebooks, netbooks and tablets to ship this year. Global spending on new units able to run Windows 7 and smaller devices running not-yet bloated OSes such as Android and Chrome is estimated to reach US $245.4 billion.