Compal Electronics expects to ship 40 million notebooks and desktops in 2017, growing 10% on year, company president Ray Chen said at a March 28 investors conference.
PC shipments in first-quarter 2017 will decrease 15% sequentially and those in the following quarter will increase 5-10% sequentially, Chen said.
Smart device shipments in the first quarter will slip 20% sequentially but those in the second quarter will hike 50% sequentially.
Shipments for PC and non-PC products in 2017 will reach 90 million units, rising 10% on year. In addition, The ODM expects to ship 10 million smart wearable and IoT devices in 2017, hiking 100% on year.
Commenting on the current components shortages, Chen alleged that DRAM makers may be reducing supply in order to hike prices. But SSDs (solid-state drives) are in real shortages, will at least remain until the end of 2017, Chen noted.
Compal also announced investment of CNY700 million (US$101 million) for a 2.1507% stake in Leshi Zhixin Electronic Technology (Tianjing), a subsidiary of China-based LCD TV vendor LeEco, which is an ODM client of Compal.