Lenovo in top-five supplier rankings

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 August, 2011, 12:00am


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Lenovo Group has cracked the top-five ranking of the world's largest server computer suppliers for the first time in the quarter to June.

The mainland computer giant posted a 45.8 per cent increase in server shipments to 36,220 units in the second quarter, from 24,835 a year earlier, on the back of growth in all its geographic markets.

That was good enough for the company to seize a 1.6 per cent global market share and rank fifth among the world's top server suppliers, according to data from market research firm Gartner.

The results reflected Hong Kong-listed Lenovo's strong resolve to meet the recent goals set by its senior management.

Chief executive Yang Yuanqing said in May that the company, the world's third-largest supplier of personal computers, would expand its commercial business with servers and workstations.

Its servers, which are mostly sold to small and medium-sized enterprises, are geared for simple business applications including e-mail, messaging, storing and archiving data, and running an organisation's website.

Gartner estimated that total worldwide server shipments grew 8 per cent in the quarter to June to 2.333 million units from 2.159 million a year ago.

'The second quarter produced solid growth on a yearly basis, as the recovery that started in 2010 continues to eke out slow improvements,' said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice-president at Gartner.

With a 30.8 per cent global market share, Hewlett-Packard remained the world's top server supplier in the second quarter.

It saw an 11.7 per cent rise in shipments to 719,590 units from 644,172 the previous year.

HP was followed by Dell with a 21.9 per cent market share, IBM with 11.7 per cent and Fujitsu 3.1 per cent.

Yang declined to comment on speculation that Lenovo could target the personal computer business of HP, which recently announced that it was exploring options to shed that operation over the next 12 to 18 months.

'We see growth continuing in the commercial space, China and other emerging markets,' Yang said.

'We are confident in our business, our momentum and the opportunity to continue to deliver great products to all of our customers around the world.'

Lenovo's share price was down 0.20 per cent to close at HK$4.99 in trading yesterday.