Taiwan IT supply chain has considerable global influence, says Intel VP

Taiwan IT supply chain has considerable global influence, says Intel VP

Monica Chen, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Tuesday 3 June 2014]

Taiwan’s IT supply chain is highly capable of integrating technologies and maintaining product quality and therefore has considerable global influence, according to Intel Sales and Marketing Group vice president and Taiwan country manager Jason Chen.

Facing fierce market fluctuations during the post-PC era, both Intel and Taiwan’s IT supply chain have been aggressively adjusting their business models to meet latest business trends and despite the fact that many still believe Taiwan IT players are unlikely to get away from the ODM/OEM industry, many Taiwan IT players are still trying to transform their businesses to create new demand, Chen said.

Many Taiwan players such as Quanta Computer and Asustek Computer have cooperated with Intel to jointly develop new products and technology recently and the partnerships are expected to create significant business opportunities, Chen pointed out.

However, Taiwan players will still need to focus on nurturing software and service talent, technology R&D ability and creativity, and to strengthen their hardware and software integration.

Wearable devices and highly-integrated Internet of things (IoT) are both new markets that will increase demand for emerging applications such as cloud computing, network calculation and storage, noted Chen, adding that Taiwan’s IT supply chain should pay more attention on the new business opportunities and with more innovations and technologies, it will have a good chance to hold a strong position in the market.

As for Intel’s investments in China, Chen pointed out that Intel’s strategy for China’s supply chain is completely different than the one for the Taiwan supply chain. Intel’s partnership with the supply chain in Shenzhen, China is mainly targeting the local market. However, products made by China’s supply chain may not be suitable for Taiwan or other countries. Intel is hoping the investments will allow the company to quickly enter the first-tier battlefield of China.

For the worldwide PC market, Chen noted that the decline of the PC market will slow down significantly in 2014 and with Windows XP stepping down plus the replacement trend in the enterprise market, demand for PC market is likely to start recovering in the future.


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