LONDON There will only be four to five players in the PC business in a few years and consolidation will continue apace until there is an even bigger shakeout, Gianfranco Lanci, CEO and president of Acer Inc. said at the Taiwanese group's annual conference here.
Lanci also suggested that over the next few quarters Acer will beat Dell and become the world's second largest manufacturer by volume of PCs, netbooks and notebooks.
He also struck an upbeat note for the PC market generally, saying that demand for PCs was increasing.
However, he cautioned that profitability was still a major issue, and said "there is no room in this industry for more than four or five significant players."
He said growing demand in Europe and Asia, and notably China, would offset low demand in other markets, and that Acer's sales this year will remain on par with that achieved last year. "We are also expecting renewed growth for next year, said Lanci. "It seems we have lost one year in growth due to this financial crisis."
Acer had revenues of $16.9 billion in 2008.
As well as overtake Dell, Lanci suggested Acer would also close the gap with the market leader, HP, taking into account shipments of netbooks, notebooks and desktops.