Computer maker Acer aims to conquer up to half of the netbook market next year, and estimates Aspire One netbook shipments will reach or surpass its goal of 5-6 million units this year. If these estimates are correct, the Aspire one may beat the ASUS Eee PC by a margin of almost one million units, as ASUS has a Eee PC shipments goal of only 5 million units for 2008/
Although the global economy is showing signs of weakening, Acer has said it is not feeling much impact and expects total PC shipments in 2008 to surpass 30 million units. The company is targeting a goal of 36-39 million units in 2009, according to company chairman JT Wang, adding that the company's notebook shipments are likely to grow 25-35%.
As for netbooks, Acer shipped around 2.4 million units in the third quarter and with demand for the Aspire one climbing in the US market, the company's shipment in 2008 will reach or surpass its goal of 5-6 million units, according to Gianfranco Lanci, the company president.
Lanci also added that in 2009, the global netbook market scale will expand to 30-35 million units, with Acer to grab a 40-50% share, equivalent to shipments of around 12-15 million units.