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  • Taiwan's Monitor Makers See Strong Demand in Q4
  • November 18, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Local producers of computer monitors are witnessing strong demand extending into the fourth quarter, after having pulled through lean times in the first half.
    Royal Information Electronics Co., Ltd.'s monthly shipments have risen in recent months, from 250,000 units in August to about 300,000 units.

    The company expects to maintain monthly shipments of 300,000 units through the end of this year.

    Royal's new factory in China's Guangdong province is operating six manufacturing lines. The company plans to eventually shift all of its production of 17-in. and 19-in. monitors to China.

    Shipments of ADI Corp. totaled 200,000 units in September, but the October figure declined to 180,000, due to problems related to planning. However, the company expects its monthly output to top 300,000 units this month.

    ADI received export orders for 400,000 monitors for November and December, but the company couldn't accept all orders because its production lines would not be able to handle them, according to Chou Min-sheng, ADI's deputy general manager.

    Acer Peripherals Inc., by contrast, has seen its growth rate of monitor shipments slow down this month. Yet despite the slowing, the company's output for the fourth quarter is expected to top 1 million units.

    The sharp increase in demand for computer monitors in September and October has led to a tight supply of 17-in. CRTs and flyback transformers, an Acer Peripherals executive said.

    The situation is expected to be relieved at least partially after mid-November, the executive added.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Tue Nov 17 15:08:07 1998 PDT