Asia PC shipment up 30% last year

Asia Pacific PC shipment reached 17.3 million units last year, representing a growth of 29.6 percent over 1999, according to Gartner Dataquest, a unit of Gartner Group Inc.

SINGAPORE--Asia Pacific PC shipment reached 17.3 million units last year, representing a growth of 29.6 percent over 1999, according to Gartner Dataquest, a unit of Gartner Group Inc.

Specifically, China, Korea, India, Indonesia and Thailand posted strong annual growth rates and increase in market shares from 1999, Dataquest said in a statement today.

In 2000, China was the largest PC market in Asia (excluding Japan) with a 37.8 percent market share. It recorded a growth of 32.8 percent to 6.56 million units over 1999.

The next largest market was Korea with a 20.6 percent market share or 3.57 million units. It recorded the highest year-on-year growth of 75.6 percent in the region, excluding Japan (see Table 1 below).

Meanwhile, PC shipments in Australia and Taiwan declined 1.5 percent to 2.06 million units, and 5.5 percent to 1.08 million units respectively. Australia and Taiwan were the third and fourth largest markets respectively last year.

On Australia, Dataquest said: "Despite aggressive pricing amongst the major vendors in the month of December, the lingering effects of the Olympics, unfavorable exchange rates and rising petrol prices (in the later part of 2000) resulted in a cautious buying environment there."

Lowered IT spending from the government and education segments and the lack of economic policy to encourage PC purchases contributed to negative growth for Taiwan, the research firm noted.

China's leading PC manufacturer Legend seized the largest regional market share of 10.5 percent in 2000. It registered a growth of 88.6 percent to 1.82 million units over 1999.

Next in line is Samsung Electronics with a 8.4 percent market share or 1.46 million units. The vendor recorded a year-on-year PC shipment growth of 86.6 percent.

IBM came in third with an 8.1 percent market share, recording an annual growth of 27.9 percent to 1.4 million units. In 1999, Big Blue was in pole position ahead of China's Legend (see Table 2 below).

"With the exception of Dell, non US-based companies performed better," Dataquest said. Dell recorded a 68.9 percent growth with 671,051 units shipped last year.

"China is a huge market in Asia Pacific and its success alone can propel the market share of a vendor.

"China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) may introduce more PC vendors into the market and increase competition. It is therefore imperative that existing vendors have a concrete business strategy and invest to grow country wide," said Dataquest senior analyst Lillian Tay.

Table 1: Unit shipments by country

2000 Share 1999 Share Growth
China 6,560,521 37.8% 4,939,359 36.9% 32.8%
Korea 3,570,347 20.6% 2,033,540 15.2% 75.6%
Australia 2,058,863 11.9% 2,089,645 15.6% -1.5%
Taiwan 1,080,612 6.2% 1,143,475 8.5% -5.5%
India 1,030,964 5.9% 686,699 5.1% 50.1%
Hong Kong 603,609 3.5% 445,207 3.3% 35.6%
Singapore 525,018 3.0% 491,455 3.7% 6.8%
Malaysia 425,133 2.5% 347,253 2.6% 22.4%
Indonesia 383,425 2.2% 276,769 2.1% 38.5%
Thailand 358,197 2.1% 247,223 1.8% 44.9%
New Zealand 260,669 1.5% 247,962 1.9% 5.1%
Philippines 248,476 1.4% 225,339 1.7% 10.3%
Vietnam 120,572 0.7% 112,470 0.8% 7.2%
Rest of Asia/Pacific 113,740 0.7% 91,571 0.7% 24.2%
Asia Pacific 17,340,146 100% 13,377,966 100% 29.6%
Note: Data includes desktops and notebooks
Source: Gartner Dataquest (February 2001)

Table 2: Unit shipments by vendor

2000 1999 Growth
Legend 1,821,700 965,906 88.6%
Samsung Electronics 1,463,500 784,200 86.6%
IBM 1,396,662 1,091,650 27.9%
Compaq Computer 1,171,049 965,824 21.2%
TriGem Computer 880,000 439,850 100.1%
Hewlett-Packard 872,640 673,972 29.5%
Acer 866,858 671,075 29.2%
Dell Computer 671,051 397,191 68.9%
Great Wall 371,391 253,364 46.6%
Founder 352,570 279,774 26.0%
Others 7,472,725 6,855,161 9.0%
Total 17,340,146 13,377,966 29.6%
Note: Data includes desktops and notebooks
Source: Gartner Dataquest (February 2001)

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