Supply chain
Taiwan handset shipments dip in 1Q18, says Digitimes Research
Luke Lin, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei

Shipments of handsets by Taiwan's brand vendors and ODMs totaled 17.8 million units in the first quarter of 2018, down 27.8% on quarter but up 17.5% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

The Foxconn Group led all brand vendors and ODMs in unit shipments in the first quarter despite a cutback in both smartphone and feature phone orders from HMD Global (Nokia). Asustek Computer and HTC managed to retain their second and third rankings in the quarter although both saw their shipments decrease.

ODMs Compal Electronics and Arima Communications took the fourth and fifth positions, respectively, in unit shipments.

Digitimes Research expects combined handset shipments by Taiwan's brand vendors and ODMs to expand 24.2% sequentially in the second quarter, as Foxconn is set to ramp up its shipments thanks to a rebound in orders from HMD Global, and Asustek will see a significant shipment growth in the quarter amid the increasing availability of its new models.

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