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Vista demand boosts laptop sales

Huge demand ahead of Microsoft's launch

The world's largest contract laptop computer maker shipped over 2 million notebook computers during January, an all-time high for a single month, due to strong orders ahead of the launch of Microsoft Windows Vista, according to the company's president.

Taiwan's Quanta Computer, which counts Apple, Dell and HP among its clients, also expects its sales this year to exceed $15.2bn, said Michael Wang, Quanta's president. Last year, its sales were $14bn.

This year, Quanta expects to ship over 25 million laptop computers, up about 30 percent over last year. The company believes the notebook computer industry will experience strong growth over the next three years.

Despite strong laptop computer shipments, Quanta has seen profit margins fall as stiff competition among PC vendors forces pricing down. There are also several contract laptop makers for vendors to choose from, ensuring competitive bidding for big orders. To combat lower margins, Quanta has expanded its product offerings to include mobile phones, smartphones and Apple iPods.


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