Acer, Asustek record PC-shipment growth


TAIPEI — Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc. of Taiwan recorded higher year-on-year PC shipment growth among the top five vendors in 2011 in the Asia-Pacific market excluding Japan, according to market intelligence and advisory firm International Data Corp. (IDC).

PC shipments in the region grew 11 percent from 2010 to reach 119 million units in 2011, highlighting resilience in the Asian market despite the weak global economy that persisted throughout the year, the IDC said in a report released Thursday.

Lenovo Group continued to lead the market with a 22.5-percent share, not just holding strong in its home market of China but also posting robust growth in the rest of the region. It was followed by Acer (11.6 percent), Dell Inc. (10.4 percent), Hewlett-Packard Co. (9.9 percent) and Asustek (6.4 percent), the report said.

Acer, which had a management reshuffle in 2011, enjoyed the highest year-on-year unit growth of 38 percent among its peers last year, while Asustek boosted its shipments by 34 percent compared with 2010, the report said.

“The PC market took a number of punches last year, be it from the uncertain global economy or from tablets, which competed for consumer attention,” said Bryan Ma, associate vice president of Asia-Pacific client devices research at IDC.

“PCs will still face disk drive supply challenges in the early part of 2012, but IDC also expects the market to rebound quickly by the second half of the year to remain close to 10 percent growth for the year in the Asia-Pacific region,” Ma said.

Both Acer and Asustek reported lower share prices last year in the worldwide PC market, where Acer accounted for 11.2 percent and Asustek took 5.9 percent, seizing fourth and fifth places, respectively, said research firm Gartner Inc.

Worldwide PC shipments increased only 0.5 percent from 2010 to 352.8 million units in 2011, Gartner said, with weakening consumer demand in mature markets named as a major contributor to the stagnation.