Acer believes its notebook market share in China will have a chance to reach 10% in the second half of 2010 from around 7-8% in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to company CEO Gianfranco Lanci.

Lanci also pointed out that Acer has good relationships with its notebook partners and is maintaining communication with its suppliers; therefore, labor and component shortages in China will not affect the company's shipments.

As for the question about whether the bond crisis that is currently rising in the Southern Europe countries, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy, will impact Acer, which is the largest notebook vendor in most of those countries, Acer chairman JT Wang said it will not be seriously affected since revenues from the countries are not very high, and it has insurance on its accounts receivable.

Lanci also added that Acer has not yet seen any problem in its sales in those countries.

Lanci pointed out that Acer expects its notebook shipments to drop 10% sequentially in the first quarter of 2010, better than the same period in previous years. The company has also increased its on-year shipment growth forecast for 2010 from the original expectations of 30% to 35-40%, up from IDC's estimates that Acer shipped 30.8 million notebooks in 2009.

In addition to its smartphone business, the company is also preparing for products such as e-book readers and Google Chrome netbooks, Lanci pointed out, but he did not reveal further details.


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