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Taiwanese notebook makers post strong China sales

Notebooks by Acer and TwinheadInternational continued to enjoy brisk sales in mainland Chinain 2000, with the two brands taking 9.8 percent of the totalmarket share.

Notebooks by Acer and Twinhead International continued to enjoy brisk sales in mainland China in 2000, with the two brands taking 9.8 percent of the total market share, according to statistics compiled by the China Center of Information Development [CCID].

TAIPEI (Asia Pulse) – A CCID report on mainland China's notebook market indicates that notebook sales in mainland China last year totaled 419,000 units, an increase of 40.6 percent over the total number of units sold in 1999.

Taiwan's Acer, as the sixth largest supplier of notebooks to the mainland Chinese market, sold 27,000 units, and Twinhead, the tenth largest, sold 12,000 units, according to the statistics.

China's Legend Group remained the leading supplier of notebooks in mainland China last year, selling 96,000 units, followed by IBM, which sold 79,000 units, and Toshiba, which sold 74,000 units.

Compact and NEC rounded out the top-five list, selling 36,000 units and 29,000 units, respectively.

Despite the fact that supply slightly surpassed demand last year, CCID market analysts said they are optimistic about the mainland Chinese market's potential, noting in the report that with sliding prices and reinforced functions, notebooks will continue to be in large demand in mainland China.