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  • Optoelectronic Industry to Continue Brisk Growth
  • April 27, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- The output of Taiwan's optoelectronic industry surged in the last 10 years, increasing from NT$10 billion (US$300 million) in 1987 to NT$154.8 billion in 1997, according to the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).
    ITRI estimates that the production level is likely to reach NT$310 billion by 2000, or about 5.7 percent of the global output, to make Taiwan the world's third largest manufacturer of optoelectronic products. Pentium II microprocessors, will continue to stimulate market demand, industry analysts said.

    Synnex Technology International Corp. posted revenues of NT$8.29 billion in the first quarter, for an increase of 55 percent year-on-year, said Lin Chun-chien, assistant marketing manager. Its pretax earnings surged 105 percent, to hit NT$380 million. He added that while sales in the second quarter will likely be lower than in the first quarter, they are expected to grow at least 40 percent from the same period last year.

    Lin Hsien-lang, vice general manager of Acer Sertek, said that the company's sales grew 20 percent in the first quarter. Lin said he believes that when Compaq Computer Corp. and IBM Corp. have solved their inventory problems, PC makers will increase their sales in the second quarter. Acer Sertek has begun to expand its target clients from individuals to corporations.

    Synnex's Lin added that the sharp earnings decline of U.S. PC makers in the first quarter, due to the impact of the low-priced PC trend, is unlikely to repeat itself in the local market, as the two markets differ in terms of distribution and sales patterns. Taiwan's market segment of low-priced PCs is small, and such PCs should have a limited impact on the overall market.

    But because the number of PC retailers increased to 6,000 this year, competition is expected to intensify.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Sun Apr 26 19:06:59 1998