Supply chain
Digitimes Research: Taiwan sees decreased handset shipments in 4Q15
Luke Lin, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei

Total handset shipments by Taiwan-based brand vendors and ODMs reached 17.94 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, decreasing 5.7% on quarter and 29% on year, according to data compiled by Digitimes Research.

Among handset vendors, HTC and Acer saw their smartphone shipments increase in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to a month earlier, while Asustek Computer suffered sequential shipment decline during the period.

Combined shipments of handset ODMs, including Compal Electronics, Foxconn, Arima Communications and Wistron, dropped 20% sequentially in the fourth quarter, Digitimes Research noted.

Orders from Sony Mobile Communications, Microsoft Mobile and BlackBerry continued to decrease in the fourth quarter, affecting shipments at Taiwan-based ODMs.

Arima shipped less than 1.5 million smartphones in the fourth quarter as ODM client Asustek delayed some shipments to 2016. Although Compal received new orders from China-based LeTV in the quarter, the new orders were not sufficient enough to make up for the decreased orders from other clients, said Digitimes Research.

HTC regained its title as the top handset supplier in Taiwan in 2015, but saw its shipments continue to slide for the fourth consecutive year, to 16.9 million units. Asustek managed to double its shipments to 14 million units in 2015 and ranked as the fourth largest supplier, trailing after Foxconn and Compal.

For all of 2015, combined handset shipments at Taiwan's ODMs and brand vendors reached 76.58 million units, decreasing 9.7% from a year earlier.

This article is an excerpt from a Digitimes Research Quarterly Data Report (Taiwan handsets – 4Q 2015). Visit our latest Data reports.

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