Wistron & Compal report Notebook Production is returning to normal while Quanta has started volume production in Taiwan
Compal Electronics and Wistron continue to see capacity recovery in China as more of their workers are returning to work, and may see their resumption rates for notebook production reach the usual slow-season level by the end of March, according to industry sources.
However, both firms remain concerned about tight component supply, while consumer demand is likely to be pushed back as the coronavirus has been spreading worldwide.
Although the outbreak is expanding worldwide, the epidemic in China has started slowing down recently, prompting the Chinese government to keenly assist local factories to resume their production with Taiwan-based notebook ODMs being one of the main targeting industries to receive assistance, the sources pointed out.
At the moment, most ODMs' factories are already seeing around 60% of capacity recovery, the sources noted.
Compal noted that February was the bottom of its first-quarter operations and its sales are expected to improve in March with a ramp-up in the production resumption rate. For more, read the full Digitimes report.
While Compal does make some MacBooks, Quanta makes the bulk of Apple's MacBook Air and Pro models and their official status was not included in the Digitimes report.
However, a Digitimes report in mid-February stated that Quanta Computer has started volume production at a new assembly plant in Taiwan to meet urgent needs from clients, but components shortages remain an issue. Quanta's Taiwan plant is to fulfill rush shipments to US brand vendors amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to industry sources.