According to sources close to Asustek, the company's third quarter notebook, netbook, and motherboard shipments improved significantly from the previous quarter, exceeding the company's previous forecast, despite tight component supply. Now with the release of the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, Asustek chairman Jonney Shih is also very optimistic about growth momentum in the fourth quarter and 2010.
Perhaps even more important news to many observers in Taiwan are reports that Asustek has begun looking to hire more workers. The company has started soliciting applications to fill needs in its R&D and marketing departments, sources close to the situation revealed. The sources explained that in response to warming market conditions, Asustek has lifted a freeze on hiring that has been in effect since the end of 2008. Various departments are set to benefit, including the company's handheld business groups, its parts and components business group and its systems group. The sources elaborated by noting that Asustek's graphics card, notebook and handheld device businesses need more staff. The company is also desperately short on engineers for its communications business, as well as sales and marketing personnel.