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  • Taiwan's Computer Makers See Rising Orders for Servers
  • September 24, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- The growth in demand for servers and the popularity of low-priced PCs have prompted major computer companies to add servers to their list of products built by original-equipment manufacturers, and this trend has helped Taiwan's OEM suppliers.
    Taiwan-based manufacturers have been selected as OEM partners by such companies as Intel Corp., Compaq Computer Corp. and IBM Corp. This is in part due to their strong global capabilities in logistics and cost management.

    Acer Inc., First International Computer Corp. (FIC), Asustek Computer Inc. and Mitac International Corp. are able to produce servers. Yet, total server production in Taiwan amounted to only about 20,000 units last year, accounting for 1.1 percent of global output.

    The rising popularity of the Internet has stimulated growth in the server market. Dataquest, a U.S. market research firm, projects that demand for servers will continue to expand at a brisk rate in the coming years.

    Compaq Computer has chosen Inventec Corp. and IBM has selected Acer to produce servers for them. Such shipments are scheduled to begin in 1999, according to Inventec and Acer.

    Intel has selected Acer, Asustek and U-Lead Industrial Corp. to manufacture motherboards and other products.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Wed Sep 23 18:06:26 1998 PDT