When it comes to notebooks, most consider the big names to be Hewlett-Packard, Acer and Toshiba. That may be the case when it comes to retail but the big names when it comes to actual manufacture are Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics and Wistron.

These are the major original design manufacturers (ODMs) used by the big-name brands to make their notebook PCs.

And despite the global financial crisis, the meltdown in Europe and anything else going on, all three are bullish about the upcoming “back to school” third quarter of 2010.

In a report on Digitimes.com, Quanta reports that it expects to see a 10-15% growth in shipments for the quarter. Rival Compal expects to see between five and 10% growth while Wistron is banking on a 15-20% growth spurt for the quarter.

These figures are in line with research from analysts IDC suggesting that 2010 will be a strong year for PC sales with notebook sales worldwide expected to grow by over 28% over the year.

According to the Digitimes.com report, expect to see HP to sweetend deals by bundling a printer with its Compaq-branded notebooks while other brands will launch “buy a notebook get a netbook free” deals.

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