Samsung to begin outsourcing laptop manufacturing in 2012

Samsung might outsource laptop manufacturers in Taiwan for next year; they might be planning an increase in production

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According to Taiwan’s industry executive, Samsung is about to farm out its first-time outsourcing contract for laptop computers with pure manufacturers next year. Even a Taiwanese ODM-based manufacturer has landed an insignificant contract.

Samsung has been cracking out computers in a factory in Suzhou, in China. The source also mentioned that Samsung has approached Taiwan’s contract suppliers, Quanta Computer Inc., Compal Electronics Inc., and Pegatron Corp. over the outsourcing deal.

But these companies mentioned that Samsung was only asking around for contract manufacturing information rather than being serious in finding a manufacturer. However some insider reported, Samsung has begun outsourcing laptop computer although the volumes are insignificant and will remain low in 2012.

The current factory of Samsung situated in Suzhou has a maximum production capacity of 17 million laptops a year however; it has shipped a maximum of 11 million systems till now. So the industry executives estimated the company is unlikely to boost the in-house capacity to deal with the growing number of laptop models.

Although there has not been any confirmation yet but if it happens to be true then the Samsung’s outsourcing is estimated to constitute a boon to Taiwan’s manufacturers although the volume might be insignificant in the beginning.

Samsung will be very ambitious regarding the laptop shipment in 2012 as they are preparing to deliver about 17 to 19 million systems. By the way, this year till third quarter they have managed to sell about 9.7 million laptops but by the end of the year they are expected to ship around 11 to 12 million systems. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-12-21 (Update: 2012-05-26)