Digi Times — Taiwan-based ODMs will ship an estimated 32.067 million notebooks (not including detachable hybrid models) during the third quarter of 2015, accounting for 81.6% of the global total and increasing 2.4% on quarter but decreasing 12.2% on year, according to Digitimes Research. There will be 39.288 million notebooks shipped globally in the third quarter, growing 2.5% on quarter but slipping 12% on year, Digitimes Research indicated.
Digi Times — China-based ODMs LCFC (Hefei) Electronics Technology and Uniwill Technology are expected to have notebook shipments in 2015 significantly increasing on year, posing increasing competitive pressure on Taiwan-based notebook ODMs, mainly Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron and Inventec, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Want China Times — A subsidiary of Taiwan’s leading laptop contract maker, Wistron Corp, teamed up Tuesday with Chinese handset maker ZTE Corp. to offer a multimedia app that enables live-streaming TV programs and voice calls via the Internet. The Witsmart app is developed by Wistron Information Technology & Services (Wistron ITS) and comes preloaded initially only with the ZTE Blade S6 Plus smartphone, which went on sale in Taiwan Tuesday at NT$9,888 (US$320) through the PChome online store.
Wistron shipped 1.3 million notebooks in May, down 7.14% from 1.4 million units in April and the company currently expects the volume in the second quarter to suffer a sequential decline, down from original expectations of 0-5% growth. The company noted that its clients are not aggressive in pulling in their orders and this could be because consumers are waiting for the release of Windows 10 and have delayed their notebook purchases.
Apple is reportedly planning to unveil a new range of iPhones in the second half, and among the new smartphones, the 4-inch entry-level iPhone 6C is expected to be manufactured by Wistron, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, the ODM declined to comment on clients or orders. Wistron and Compal Electronics recently joined as manufacturing partners of Apple. Wistron is mainly handling the vendor’s previous-generation iPhones while Compal assembles iPads.
TAIPEI — Taiwanese contract electronics makers Wistron Corp. (緯創) and Compal Electronics Inc. (仁寶) have been named as suppliers to Apple Inc., according to a report on the website of the U.S. electronics giant. Wistron has been building iPhones, while Compal has been assembling iPads, Apple’s 2014 supplier report said Thursday.
Notebook ODM Wistron will set up a software R&D center with 200 engineers initially in southern Taiwan, while fellow maker Quanta Computer will expand software R&D manpower to support production of data center servers to compete for orders for setting up private or private/public hybrid cloud computing platforms, according to the companies. Inventec will also expand R&D center by recruiting 1,000 software engineers in 2015.
Wistron has announced consolidated revenues of NT$56.36 billion (US$1.81 billion) for November, down 2.45% on month, but up 14.27% on year and combined consolidated revenues of NT$531.59 billion for the first 11 months of 2014, down 7.7% on year. In November, Wistron shipped 1.9 million notebooks, 1.6 million smart handheld devices (tablet and smartphone), 450,000 LCD TVs, 1.1 million desktops, 700,000 LCD monitors and 170,000 servers.
Quanta Computer’s white-box server subsidiary is planning to establish new branches in Hangzhou and Shenzhen, China to tighten its partnerships with China-based Internet players Alibaba and Tencent, while Wistron has cooperated with industrial PC (IPC) player Arbor Technology to seek Internet of things (IoT) business opportunities.
Apple is rumored to release a 5.5-inch and a 4.7-inch iPhone in 2014 with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) said to be manufacturing both models, while Pegatron has landed 30% of the 4.7-inch model’s orders, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Orders for the existing 4-inch iPhone will be outsourced to Wistron.
TAIPEI — Taiwanese contract laptop maker Wistron Corp. (緯創) has partnered up with longtime customer Dell Inc. to work on a sustainable solution for electronic waste recycling — by building waste into new computers. Wistron said in a Tuesday press release that, for the first time, its third-party certified “closed-loop” recycled plastics are being used to make computers for the U.S. brand’s upcoming computer line.
Wistron Information Technology & Services (Wistron ITS), an IT-related service provider and subsidiary of ODM Wistron, expects its revenues for 2014 to increase by a 2-digit percentage on year, the company said at a May 16 investors conference. Wistron ITS focuses on providing technical consulting services, IT outsourcing services, business process outsourcing services and product globalization services.
Wistron and Inventec will begin ODM production of ARM-architecture servers for Hewlett-Packard (HP) in the second half of 2014, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Some component makers will start shipping products for HP’s ARM-based servers in May. Although ARM solutions are unlikely to become an immediate threat to Intel, the sources believe the extra option should provide clients more leverage to bargain for better prices and more resources from Intel.