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Top-2 NB PC motherboard makers in Taiwan optimistic about 2010.

Taipei, Feb. 10, 2010 (CENS)--HannStar Board Corp. and Gold Circuit Electronics Ltd. (GCE) of Taiwan, the world's two leading notebook PC-use motherboard makers, are optimistic about the market this year and have upgraded their shipment forecasts.

HannStar Board registered consolidate revenue of NT$1.87 billion (US$57.6 million at US$1: NT$32.5) in January, up 11% month-on-month (MoM) and a 103.9% year-on-year (YoY) increase. HannStar Board said that its utilization rate was about 90% in January, a similar level as months in the fourth quarter of 2009.

GCE, though has not publicized January results, also enjoyed smooth sales. The company has decided to overwork at production lines in Changshu and Suzhou, Jiangsu Province of China during the Chinese New Year holidays in mid-February so as to meet strong demand. The capacity utilization rate at GCE's Changshu plant has reached 90%, while that of the firm's facilities in Suzhou and Taiwan is about 80%.

Global shipments of notebook PCs were 150 million to 175 million units in 2009. HannStar Board and GCE delivered 67 million and 29 million notebook PC motherboards last year, respectively, together accounting for about 60% of the global supply. Shipments of the former was 10 million units higher than originally expected, while that of the latter was a little bit lower than 30 million units originally forecasted.

GCE is very optimistic about shipments this year. The company aims to ship 40 million notebook PC motherboards, up 37.93%, including products supplied to Apple's iPad tablet PCs.

HannStar Board pointed out that the global notebook PC shipments this year are expected to grow by 20%, generating a strong-enough growth momentum in the company's motherboard shipments. The company aims to deliver 80 million notebook PC motherboards this year, up 19.4% from 2009. HannStar Board is also the board supplier to Microsoft's X-Box 360 game console.

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Date:Feb 10, 2010
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