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Quanta Computer has been named as the world’s largest assembler of notebook computers by IDC. In the heavily outsourced notebook sector, Quanta assembled 22% of all notebooks sold in the second half of 2002.

Quanta Computer has been named as the world’s largest assembler of notebook computers by IDC. In the heavily outsourced notebook sector, Quanta assembled 22% of all notebooks sold in the second half of 2002. The company’s customer list includes most of the leading branded notebook vendors, such as HP, Dell and IBM.

IDC reports that almost 75% of all notebooks produced in the second half of 2002 were produced by contract manufacturers. Along with Quanta, the top 5 contract manufacturers are Compal, Wistron, Arima, and Inventec. Over the next several years, the growth of notebook shipments is expected to outpace the growth of desktop shipments, as such IDC believes that there is still additional opportunities for contract manufacturers in this space.

“While the notebook marketplace is significantly outsourced, the strategies of the leading branded vendors do vary significantly,” says Kevin Kane, program manager of IDC’s contract manufacturing services research program.

“For example, Toshiba led the market in unit shipments during the period, yet the vendor outsourced just 20% of its production. Conversely, HP outsourced 100% of its notebook production during the period. The low incidence of outsourcing from the Japanese vendors is a trend we have seen throughout all product categories,” he adds.

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