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(TSEC: 3231)


It's the revenge of the little guy. For years, two Taiwanese manufacturers have ruled the notebook PC business: Quanta and Compal. With Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and others giving the bulk of their orders to the Big Two, smaller Taiwanese players like Wistron risked fading into oblivion. But as big customers recognize that they need to spread their orders around more to reduce the power of the Big Two, Wistron, with just 9% share of the notebook market, is one of the main beneficiaries. Shipments are likely to grow 70% this year, according to Taipei-based Primasia Research, with Dell orders rising 150%, HP up 167%, and Acer jumping 122%. Another edge for Wistron: It manufactures the Xbox 360 for Microsoft. Primasia predicts that Wistron sales will increase 38% this year, to $6.6 billion, with profit rising 40%, to $140 million.

Company Info

2005 Rank

Not Ranked

($ Millions)


Sales Growth
(over prev. year)

41 %

($ Millions)


Return on Equity

12.7 %

Total Return on Sales (12-mo.)


Share Price
As of 5/31/06



TSEC: 3231

No. of Employees

Industry Computers & Peripherals
*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 5/31/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

Wistron and its subsidiaries engage in the design and manufacture of information and communication technology products worldwide. It offers various products and services in the communications components and solutions and software industries/fields. The company's products include notebook and desktop systems, servers and storage systems, information appliances, networking, and communication products. In addition, Wistron provides customer-centric storage networking product line, including DAS, NAS, and Fibre Channel SAN systems, and offers integrated solutions designed to meet the demands of storage-intensive environments, and storage-based digital security solutions for data-rich digital video surveillance systems. It also offers an array of service solutions. The company provides its products primarily to IT companies worldwide, primarily in Asia, North America, and Europe. Wistron was established in 2001 and is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Simon Lin

Simon Lin

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Simon Lin is chairman and chief executive officer at Wistron. A Taiwan native, Simon earned his bachelor's degree from Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University before beginning his career as a design engineer for Sinotek Engineering's research and development division. Joining Acer as a regional sales manager in 1979, Simon went on to distinguish himself in numerous key positions before being named CEO and president of the PC Products Business Unit. Simon received the Outstanding Manager of the Republic of China Award in 1989. In 1996, he was named National Chiao Tung University's Outstanding Alumnus.

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