Taiwanese PC giant Acer looks to be struggling in the notebook market at the minute with reports online that include job losses in China and sales falls of 10%.
Reports on Taiwanese news site Digitimes.com report on March 25 that Acer’s China operation would see 100 jobs or 10% of its workforce cut. The job losses are a result of a restructure of its Chinese operation with partner Founder Technology, that handles parts procurement and shipment of systems in the world’s most populous country.
Further reports today are that Acer has reduced its forecast for Q1 2011 growth from a 3% fall to now a drop of 10% sequentially (compared with Q4 2010). The lower result is said to be due to weak demand in the US and Europe.
Meanwhile, demand for tablet devices appears to grow unabated with reports of strong sales for Apple’s iPad 2 in the 25 countries of release on March 25. Although Apple has yet to official specify total sales to-date of its latest-generation tablet, general reports are that Apple has so far cleared one million iPad 2 sales since the device launched earlier this month.