Coronavirus Could Impact Global Laptop Shipments By Up To 36% In Q1 2020 [Report]

With the coronavirus continuing to impact technology manufacturing in China, a new report suggests that we can expect the global shipments of notebook computers in Q1 2020 to fall considerably. In fact, we could see more than a third taken off the normal numbers.

According to DigiTimes, we could see reductions as high as 36% in Q1, with the outbreak of coronavirus being blamed.

Quanta Computer is one of those impacted and it currently builds Apple’s MacBook line of products. It has already moved some manufacturing to Taiwan, but the issue remains getting the parts required in order to construct machines.

“Severe labor and components shortages and stagnant logistics arising from the coronavirus outbreak are derailing supply chain in China, which commands over 90% of global notebook production.”

Quanta is thought to be getting ready to push forward plans to move more production out of China and into Taiwan in an attempt to try and satisfy its commitment to its US partners. We’d expect Apple to be at the top of that list.

While a massive 36% reduction in notebook shipments is noteworthy, it’s important to also remember that a fall of around 17% was already expected during Q1. Still, a reduction of this magnitude would still leave companies short of stock on their shelves.

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