Feeds

Acer calls for profit levelling

Fair shares for all

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Acer's president has called for a fairer division of the spoils in the PC industry this morning, but stopped short of pointing the finger at any profit hoggers.

Gianfranco Lanci, kicking off the vendor's press beano in Madrid, trumpeted the company's progress in recent years, which has seen it take the top spot in notebooks in Europe, finally break into the top five in the US, and take the number three spot worldwide.

But he bemoaned the fact that even though Acer is producing consistent operating profits of three to four per cent, any other industry would consider this a disaster.

"The distribution of profitability in the industry is very questionable," he said.

"A few people are making all the profit. Others are struggling."

However, he predicted this would change as factors other than raw Gigahertz came to the fore. With an increased focus on energy consumption, he said form factor - something the PC vendors have more control over - will come to the fore.

However, Lanci demurred when it came to identifying exactly who was hogging the profit. When asked by one journalist how he proposed to "put the squeeze on Intel", he replied: "I didn't say that and I'm not going to answer. I don't want to put the squeeze on anyone." ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.