Compal is an original design manufacturer (ODM) – that is to say a company which makes notebooks for big brand names.
According to a report in Digitimes, Chen expects shipments to hit 40 million units next year.
But he is conservative about touchscreen notebooks, despite Microsoft’s best efforts, and thinks they’ll only account for 15 percent of shipments next year. Compal will ship 15 million tablets next year.
He told the Taiwanese wire that its customers have been placing additional orders in this final quarter and expects notebook business to increase as enterprises are forced into upgrading as Windows XP reaches the end of the road.
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