Sharp drop in motherboard shipments expected in Q1 2019

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 23 2019 @ 09:44 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Industry sources told DigiTimes that demand for motherboards will remain poor this quarter. In top of the usual seasonal factors, demand will also be lower than a year ago due to sluggish demand from cryptocurrency miners. Motherboard shipments fell over 10 percent in 2018 but this year the decline is expected to be less than 10 percent.

In this slipping market, ASUS, MSI, and ASRock have a chance of maintaining volumes at 2018 levels. DigiTimes writes Gigabyte, Biostar and ECS will be hit harder due to their higher proportion of shipments to the entry-level segment.
Vendors' profitability from their motherboard businesses is also expected to slump in 2019, the sources noted. In 2018, worldwide brand motherboard shipments were around 40 million units with Asustek shipping around 14-15 million, Gigabyte 10 million, MSI six million and ASRock four million.

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