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Record 2020 Means PC Manufacturers Are Struggling To Meet Demand

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The world bought a record amount of PCs in 2020 due to the global pandemic that forced millions to work from home and manufacturers still are months away from fulfilling outstanding orders according to hardware industry executives and analysts.


Remote work and learning had increased the demand on computers during the coronavirus pandemic. This is because people prioritised PCs and larger devices for work instead of smartphones.


Annual global shipments of  laptops and desktops, had hit about 300 million in 2008 and recently were sinking toward 250 million. However, 2020 tells a different story.

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Some analysts expect sales of PCs in 2020 will hit about 300 million shipments. This will represent a 15 per cent increase from 2019. Tablets are experiencing an even faster growth.


According to research firm, Canalys,.the number of installed PCs and tablets in the world will reach 1.77 billion the end of 2021. This is a huge increase from 2019’s numbers at 1.64 billion.


To meet the demand, the world’s big PC vendors added suppliers, sped up shipping and even teased better models launching in 2021. However, that has not been enough to meet the demand.


“The whole supply chain has been strained like never before,” said Gregg Prendergast, Pan-America president at Acer.


He says Acer has been absorbing the cost to fly laptops directly to its education customers, instead of boats and trains to speed up shipping. Still, with assembly lines behind production schedule, some customers have to wait four months to get their shipments.



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