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Acer plans to ship over atleast 40 million notebooks by the end of this year

The Taiwanese company proves it is still in the laptop business

In a press conference earlier this week, Acer announced a worldwide shipment goal of 40-45 million notebooks before the end of 2011 and a consequent increase in revenue. The company plans to meet the goal by relying on the reportedly rising demand in the notebook market, especially in China. Acer will additionally begin to open its new production plants in western China during the second half of 2011 in order to satisfy the higher shipment numbers.

Regarding the faulty Sandy Bridge debacle, Acer clarifies that any defective models will only affect the company’s first-quarter revenues by 1-2%.

The recent announcement may have been another response to last month’s rumors about Acer pulling out of the netbook business which made headlines and received the attention of the Taiwan-based Corporation. Soon after, the company was inclined to announce in a press statement that such allegations were absolutely false, and that Acer was just simply expanding its range of products available to consumers to include both notebooks and tablets.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-02-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)