Acer to stick with tablets despite poor sales

By on December 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

Acer to stick with tablets despite poor sales

Acer will continue to launch new tablets in 2012 despite slow sales of the company’s current tablet models. Commenting on rumors that Acer might slow its tablet efforts in 2012 or even exit the emerging market completely, company founder Stan Shih stated that Acer would not be giving up on tablets just yet. He added that the company will continue to build smartphones as well, and that there are currently no plans to make personnel cuts in its tablet or smartphone divisions as had been previously rumored. Shih conceded that sales of Acer tablets have been poor thus far, DigiTimes reported, but the Taiwan-based computer vendor seemingly sees too much potential in the tablet market to give up. The founder also noted that Acer started slow in the notebook computer market before becoming one of the world’s top PC vendors. More →

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Acer founder: Android will beat Apple

By on October 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM.

Acer founder: Android will beat Apple

Acer founder Stan Shih thinks Apple’s days at the top are numbered, and Google’s Android operating system will be the victor in the industry’s heated mobile platform wars. In an interview with Chinese-language Taiwan newspaper United Daily News as reported by Taiwan Economic News, Shih stated that Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system by volume and it will “outdo” Apple’s iOS in the near future. In particular, Shih sees Google’s alliance with Intel as a union that will lead to great things. The pair will develop innovative solutions that optimize Android’s speed and performance, Shih said, speculating that Android-powered, Atom-based mobile devices will outsell Apple’s portable gear. Finally, Shih noted that Apple’s “post-PC era” doesn’t mark an end to traditional personal computers, but rather a diversification of form factors and capabilities that will complement media tablets and other emerging devices — a sentiment that echoes an earlier BGR feature. More →

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Acer founder says tablets like iPad are a fad

By on August 5, 2011 at 4:45 PM.

Acer founder says tablets like iPad are a fad

Acer founder Stan Shih on Friday said that tablets like Apple’s iPad and ultrabooks like those in the works from numerous Intel partners — including Acer — are a “short-term phenomena.” Speaking with DigiTimes, Shih urged companies to continue focusing on notebook computers and innovative value-added products. Shih commended Apple for thinking outside the box when bringing the iPad to market, but said personal computers will continue to be requisites for businesses and consumers. When asked if Shih believed Acer’s upcoming low-cost 7-inch tablet would be a success, he noted that consumers indeed want low-cost options. Shih founded Acer, then called Multitech, in 1976 along with his wife. He ran the company until his retirement in 2004. More →

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Acer founder comments on former CEO’s move to Samsung

By on July 28, 2011 at 1:30 AM.

Acer founder comments on former CEO’s move to Samsung

On Tuesday, reports surfaced that Acer’s former chief executive officer Gianfranco Lanci has accepted a job at Samsung where he will lead the Korean company’s notebook business. Acer founder Stan Shih spoke with reporters during the ADOC 2.0 technology conference in Taipei on Wednesday and discussed the issue. While the move has yet to be confirmed by Samsung or Acer, Shih noted that it is common for executives to move between firms, especially for better gigs, and that the press should not be surprised. The calm remarks are a bit surprising as there is speculation that Lanci’s move could be a blow to Acer’s laptop business. Acer is currently the world’s No. 4 laptop manufacturer, trailed by Samsung in the No. 7 spot. More →

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Acer to focus on value, innovation instead of volume

By on April 8, 2011 at 4:50 PM.

Acer to focus on value, innovation instead of volume

Acer appears to have taken company founder and former CEO Stan Shih’s recent advice quite seriously. Late last month following news that Acer had lowered its guidance for the first quarter of 2011, Shih said Acer needed to overhaul its business if it hoped to remain competitive. He also noted that Acer should focus on improving its profit margin rather than becoming a leader in the PC market by shipment volume, as had been the company’s goal. Just two days later, Acer announced that its CEO, Gianfranco Lanci, was resigning from the company. Now, Acer’s interim CEO J. T. Wang said on Thursday that the company will indeed shift its focus away from shipment volume and will instead spend more time and money on research and development in an effort to deliver value and innovation to consumers. As an example, Wang said that Windows 8 and its support for ARM-based platforms would provide opportunities for new netbook and notebook designs. Wang also noted that while tablet sales will have an impact on sales of traditional computers, the devices’ impact on the market will not be dramatic enough to “kill” notebook computers or netbooks. More →

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Acer CEO resigns as company hits rough patch

By on March 31, 2011 at 9:09 PM.

Acer CEO resigns as company hits rough patch

It appears as though Acer founder Stan Shih will get his wish, as news of CEO Gianfranco Lanci’s resignation could mark the start of a much needed overhaul. Shih, who retired from the company in 2004, said on Tuesday that Acer is in need of an overhaul and a shift in focus from being a leader in the PC market to increasing profit margins. On Thursday, Acer announced that Lanci is resigning effective immediately, and company chairman J. T. Wang will step in as interim CEO until the company finds a suitable replacement. “The personal computer remains the core of our business,” said Wang in a statement. “We have built up a strong foundation and will continue to expand within, especially in the commercial PC segment. In addition, we are stepping into the new mobile device market, where we will invest cautiously and aim to become one of the leading players.” Wang continued, “In this new ICT industry, Acer needs a period of time for adjustment. With the spirit of entrepreneurship, we will face new challenges and look to the future with confidence.” More →

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Acer founder says company needs an overhaul

By on March 30, 2011 at 3:27 PM.

Acer founder says company needs an overhaul

Acer founder Stan Shih on Tuesday said the company needs to overhaul its operations in order to stay competitive with the changing market. Shih’s comments, which were made at a National Culture and Arts Foundation event in Taiwan, were a response to news that Acer had lowered its first-quarter guidance. Acer said that declining demand in the U.S. and Europe due to the rapid growth of the consumer tablet market would result in a 10% drop in sales for the first quarter. Shih believes that Acer should overhaul its operations and focus on increasing profit margins rather than becoming a leader in the global PC market. Acer noted on Tuesday that its net profit margin is expected to drop below 2% in the first quarter from 2.93% in the previous quarter. Shih, who retired from his role as head of Acer in 2004 after founding the company in 1976 and building it into the largest computer company in Taiwan, said significant overhauls are commonplace at Acer. The company founder said that in the past, Acer has undergone an overhaul every 10 years or so in an effort to adapt to changes in the global market. More →

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