Asustek ranks among top 15 Asia-Pacific suppliers: research firm


TAIPEI–Taiwanese PC vendor Asustek Computer Inc. entered the list of the top 15 supply chain companies in the Asia-Pacific region at eighth place for the first time this year, the only Taiwanese firm to make the list, research firm Gartner Inc. said Wednesday. Acer Inc., another Taiwanese company, was ninth in 2011 but did not make it onto the list this year.

From a list of what it described as “qualified organizations,” Gartner identified the top 15 performers headquartered in the region based on revenue growth, return on assets, inventory and peer opinion.

Of the top 15 supply chain companies in the region, five are headquartered in Japan (Canon, Honda, Komatsu, Seven & I Holdings and Toyota) and four in South Korea (Hyundai Motor, Hyundai Heavy Industries, LG and Samsung).

Two of the listed companies are based in China (Huawei and Lenovo), one in Australia (Woolworths), one in India (Tata Motors), one in Singapore (Flextronics) and one in Taiwan (Asustek).

Samsung still leads Gartner’s list of the top 15 suppliers in the Asia-Pacific, which is dominated by high-tech, consumer electronics, automotive, retail and industrial products companies.

Hyundai Motor comes in second, followed by Tata Motors, Lenovo Group, Huawei Technologies, Woolworths, Toyota and Asustek.

Debashis Tarafdar, a research director at Gartner, said the Asia-Pacific supply chain leaders have maintained momentum in the difficult economic environment by reconfiguring their supply chains while staying focused on a demand-driven strategy.

“They are using best practices including demand sensing and shaping, segmentation and collaboration, to help manage demand volatility and deliver predictable results,” he said.

The Asia-Pacific list of companies is derived from a combination of sources, including the Fortune Global 500 and the Forbes Global 2000, with a revenue cutoff of US$10 billion.

The list is then pared down to the manufacturing, retail and distribution sectors to eliminate certain industries such as financial services and insurance, which do not have physical supply chains.