“IDC data showed notebook shipments will total 290,000, but we think that 250,000 is a more plausible number. Last year, notebook shipments reached 480,000 units and are expected to drop to 300,000 in 2010”, said Balmus.

In the nine months through September this year, Acer Romania imported 31,000 notebooks, to which are added 30,000 units in retailers’ unsold inventory from 2008. Last year, Acer imported 100,000 notebooks.

The PC-maker said its fourth quarter notebook PC shipments should increase by 25,000 units.

In third quarter 2009, Acer has captured a market share of 28.3%, 6% above year-ago level, but notebook shipments fell 26.1% to 21,034 in Q309, from 28,456 in Q308.

According to Bogdan Iftemie, Acer’s sales manager, the company aims for a top-5 position in desktop computer segment. “As for desktop computer segment, we aim for a top-5 position in the fourth quarter 2009, or first quarter 2010. In the monitor segment, we aim for a top-3 position”, Bogdan Iftemie added.

Acer Romania is the second largest projector maker, with a market share of 14.6%. Acer’s LCD is also in the Top5, taking up the fourth position with a share of 7%.

Worldwide, Acer Group is one of the world’s top 3 companies for total PC shipments, is No. 2 for notebooks, and has a global workforce of more than 6,000 employees. Revenues in 2008 reached US$16.65 billion, 18% more than in 2007. Last year, Acer sold 30 million personal computers and expects shipments to increase to 40 million in 2009.