Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, and Wistron all have a message for Hewlett-Packard (HP): Big orders or bust. According to a report in Chinese-language Commercial Times, all three Taiwan-based notebook makers are refusing to accept low-gross margin orders from HP in 2011.
The tough stance is an attempt to end the fierce price competition that has been ongoing among notebooks makers since the better part of this year, an official with Quanta said. Quanta is expected to see lower overall notebook shipments in 2011, but better profitability.
So what of HP? The OEM found greener pastures at Flextronics, which accepted the company's low-gross margin orders at quotes lower than Quanta's, the Commercial Times reports.
According to reports, Asus is in the process or branching off its contract manufacturing wing and will create a new company Pegatron Investment Holdings Company. As part of the split, Asus will issue a bunch of shares, 75 percent of which will go to the company's shareholders, and 25 percent to be held by Asus.
It's not clear whether or not Pegatron will also offer its manufacturing services to other Taiwanese companies or if it will exclusively supply parts to Asus. But either way, Asus is expected to put a ton of effort into promoting its own brand identity. The other major benefit is that Asus will drop its own capitalization by up to 85 percent.
While AMD's split into separate design and manufacturing businesses comes to mind, this move is more in line with what Acer did back in 2001 when it formed an independent company called Wistron to handle its manufacturing division. The move proved crucial in expanding Acer's global presence, and the company now rivals Dell as the top OEM in the world.
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