Inventec to ship a million Nook Colors before year's end

It appears that Inventec’s Nook Color touch controlled e-book readers have been something of a success, with over a million expected to have shipped to Barnes & Noble in 2010.

It was only released in mid November, having been announced in late October, but apparently the pester power of over a million kids has paid off, or perhaps parents are trying to attempting to purchase an educational Christmas present rather than Call of Duty Black Ops for their wee’uns.

Inventec is also expected to land orders for 6-7 million Palm WebOS-based tablet telecommunication devices from HP next year, according to sources close to Digitimes.

The firm is expected to see its server business unit generate revenues of $2.29 billion this year and grow to $3.2bn in 2011 according to Richard Lee, Inventec chairman and CEO.

Meanwhile Inventec appears to slowly be moving away from the notebook market as it aims to lower the proportion of notebook revenue from 80 percent in 2010 to 70 percent in 2011, while raising its profitability in the coming year, according to Lee.

Inventec could see a slowdown in shipments to the Chinese market, with reduced orders from HP and Acer meaning that only 16 million notebooks were shipped in 2010, industry sources said.

However this could see a turnaround in 2011 with orders from Dell  Fujitsu-Siemens and Wyse Technology expected to boost notebook shipments by 25 percent to 20 million units.

Shipments from Inventec’s plant in Chongqing are expected to top five million units in 2011, according to Richard Lee, accounting for 25 percent of total notebooks shipped from the city.