March 10, 2009 at 1:59 pm
Clevo, a Taiwanese notebook/netbook manufacturer, has revealed that it is forecasting to ship 1.7 million notebooks & netbooks in 2009, a rise of 13 percent from last year. Of this number it expects 300,000 global netbook shipments, following a large ODM (original design manufacturer) order from a Portuguese wireless carrier. An ODM is a company which manufactures a product which ultimately will be branded by another firm for sale. This move by the as yet unnamed Portuguese wireless carrier highlights a growing trend by mobile operators to boost subscriber growth by providing self-branded netbooks. This is what Taiwan Mobile is doing and rumours suggest that Vodafone may be doing the same in Europe. Clevo formally introduced its M810L netbook at CeBIT last week and certainly wins points for trying to differentiate itself in terms of design.