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  • Compal Electronics Boosts Production of Monitors in China
  • October 28, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Compal Electronics Inc., a Taiwan-based electronics maker, announced that monthly production of 15-in. computer monitors will likely reach 250,000 units at its China factories by December.
    Compal executives said that although prices of computer monitors are declining, the company has no intention of giving up its production lines and marketing channels.

    The company also is developing its notebook PC and telecommunications operations, and has become a major original-equipment manufacturer for Dell Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., NEC Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd.

    New products, including a docking station for notebook PCs, are on the drawing boards, and the company plans to make such devices at its new plants in Kunshan, China.

    Compal executives said that the company is attracted by the labor pool and low production costs in China.

    Because many of Taiwan's makers of electronics components have set up plants in Kunshan, the company has no problem finding a steady supply of components and parts to build products there.

    The company employs 1,700 Chinese workers, and has 260 Taiwanese workers stationed in Kunshan.

    Its second plant will begin operations by December, and it will soon start construction of its third plant there.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Tue Oct 27 17:20:05 1998 PDT