Taipei, June 21 (CNA) The chairman of Taiwanese contract laptop maker Wistron Corp. said Thursday that non-Apple laptop shipments are poised for recovery and his company has maintained its expectation of posting annualized growth.
"The notebook sector has revived," Wistron Chairman and CEO Simon Lin said, forecasting a 20 percent improvement in the bottom half of 2012 compared to the top half of the year.
Speaking at a company shareholders' meeting, Lin said that Wistron maintained its target, made at the beginning of the year, of a 20 percent year-on-year growth rate in shipments of its various products, such as notebook and desktop computers, handheld devices, servers and LCD units.
Lin, however, projected a flat performance or a slight decline in shipments for the television assembly line.
In the past year, the notebook market was cannibalized by the rollout of Apple Inc.'s iPad, but consumers have gradually realized that notebooks cannot be simply replaced by iPads, Lin said.
While the impact of tablet computers on the notebook market has reached a certain degree, it is unlikely to extend further, he went on.
At the beginning of 2012, the market saw a positive economic outlook for the year ahead, but the situation looked very different by the end of first quarter, he said, adding the same realization happened to all product lines in general, as a result of the slow-down of the European and Chinese markets.
Nevertheless, he believed that the market is on a recovery path because market uncertainty has been eased and the influence of Window's new operating system Win 8 is going to take effect.
Lin also expressed the hope that the positive market signs could extend further.
(By Han Ting-ting and Nell Shen)