The world of OEM and beyond
This site gives you a general idea of which Taiwanese manufacturers have contracts with certain notebook brands, though you can't always tell who is making a specific model.
I don't know about the Fujitsu Ps (saw your post on LeoG too
). I also wonder if Panasonic makes any of their own Y, W or R series. And if not, who does?
That site has plenty of mention of Fujitsu-Siemens with Uniwill, Wistron and Compal orders, but I think Fujitsu-Siemens are primarily bigger (14-15") European-market models.
This is the only mention of Fujitsu (without the -Siemens):
|Fujitsu Pocket PC PDAs
Fujitsu plans to place its first pocket PC PDA order with TW manufacturers, ordering 50K units this year. In total, Fujitsu plans to buy US$857.14M worth of IT products from Taiwan this year, including NB (150K, from Quanta and Compal)
That seems to indicate at least some of the Fujitsu models are made by Quanta and Compal. As to which specific models they produce, I have no idea. ("NB" = notebooks)
Here are few links I found, indicating that some of the Japanese brand notebook models (including Fujitsu) are actually made in Japan
or other countries (such as China) in Japanese-owned factories. Of course, they are also shifting towards buying more and more from Taiwanese ODMs.Japan PC makers to boost global notebook shipments
Toshiba must shut German, U.S. PC plants, analysts say
|To reach its output goals, Toshiba started up one of the world's largest notebook PC plants in Hangzhou, China, in April.
Fujitsu is building up its notebook PC production capacity at a domestic affiliate while NEC is increasing output of its products by a Taiwan-affiliated PC maker, which produces computers in China on order from outside firms.
Toshiba reorganizes laptop production
|Toshiba makes 75 percent to 80 percent of its PCs at its own plants in Tokyo, the Philippines, China, the U.S. and Germany, Toshiba spokeswoman Junko Furuta said. The company also buys PCs from Taiwan makers including Compal to sell under the Toshiba brand.
Toshiba to Move More Notebook PC Output to China to Cut Costs
|The Japanese manufacturer currently outsources 10 percent of its notebook PC production to Taiwan and a report said earlier it would raise the amount to 30 percent.
Under a new business strategy, Toshiba aimed to save about 8.0 billion yen in notebook PC production costs a year. Higher-end models would be made at its own factories in Tokyo, the Philippines and China.
China Outpaces Taiwan to Become Largest Notebook PC Maker
|Toshiba now manufactures around 3.5 million notebook computers, or more than 70% of its total output, in Japan, China and the Philippines. The rest is outsourced to manufacturers in Taiwan.
To start, all in-house production in the Philippines will be shifted to China. The PC production line at the Philippine factory, which turns out around 2 million units a year, will be shut down.
Toshiba's Ome facility in Tokyo, which manufactured roughly 700,000 units last fiscal year, will gradually scale back its production, shifting to specialize in product development and prototype creation.
Toshiba will also increase its outsourcing of production to Taiwanese companies from the current 30% to around 40%. This will enable the electronics giant to hold down risks related to concentrating production in China.
|China is projected to replace Taiwan as the world's largest notebook PC production base by the end of this year. Notebook PC production in China has grown hugely over the last 12 to 18 months with most of the major foreign notebook PC makers either completing or starting the relocation of their production plants to China.
"The estimated output from those foreign-owned plants in China could reach 20 million units in 2003. Assuming the worldwide notebook PC market reaches 36 million units in 2003, this means that China will produce more than 50% of the total worldwide volume this year," said Ann Bird, the China market analyst at IMS Research. "The foreign-owned notebook PC plants in China are mainly set up by the Taiwanese."
According to the IMS Report, despite the relocation of production to China and the huge growth in production volumes, there is still no strong intention of relocating notebook PC R&D operations to China, at least for now.
"It is predicted that some basic design work for notebook PCs will move to mainland China in the short term, but leading edge design and overall control will remain in the company headquarters, most of which are in Taiwan."