DigiTimes heard rumors that Acer and Wistron will cooperate to establish a laptop manufacturing plant in Brazil to assemble 14" notebooks. Wistron will reportedly operate the factory and volume production is anticipated to begin in May 2013.
Samsung Electronics was the largest notebook vendor in the Brazil market in the third quarter of 2012 with sales of 440,000 units, followed by Acer with 317,000 units, Brazil-based Positivo with 276,000 units, Hewlett-Packard with 186,000 units, Dell with 147,000 units and Asustek Computer with 88,000 units, the sources cited IDC statistics as indicating. Through setting up the factory, Acer stands a chance of surpassing Samsung to reach the largest notebook market share in Brazil, the sources said.
PC penetration in Brazil is forecast to grow from 30% to 66% over the next three years, with sales of 140 million PCs in 2014, the sources noted. In the Brazil market, 14-inch is the mainstream screen size for notebooks, the sources indicated.