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  • First International Computer Gets Big Order from NEC
  • August 13, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- NEC Corp. gave its first order in Taiwan for production of notebook personal computers to First International Computer Inc. (FIC).
    An FIC manager said that the orders are for a total of 600,000 "bare-bone" models, and are valued at over NT$10 billion (US$287 million).

    Shipments are scheduled to begin at the end of August, with 30,000 units to be delivered in September, to increase to an average of 50,000 in the following months.

    The production cost of notebook computers made in Japan is now close to that of models made in Taiwan, due to the decline in the yen's value.

    For this reason, the FIC manager said that Taiwan stands a slim chance of winning Japanese orders for large numbers of complete machines.

    However, Taiwan-based entrepreneurs specialize in the "built-to-order" (BTO) approach, of which bare-bone deliveries are an integral part. Because of this strategy, they are likely to win more orders from Japanese electronics companies, he added.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)


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    Updated: Wed Aug 12 20:54:06 1998 PDT