Mainland firms Digital China Holdings and ZTE Corp lead a group of Asian information technology hardware companies poised to boost their share price performance next year, analysts said. 'Run with this year's winners and possible turnaround plays next year,' Alvin Kwock, executive director for Asia-Pacific equity research at J.P. Morgan, said yesterday on the sidelines of the company's Japan-Asia technology conference. Information technology products distributor and systems integrator Digital China, whose share price rose 50.3 per cent in the past 12 months, topped a batch of J.P. Morgan's solid-performing Asian hi-tech hardware stock picks that included Taiwanese firms Wistron Corp, Chroma ATE and Unimicron. ZTE Corp, the mainland's largest listed telecommunications-equipment manufacturer, is among a group of stock picks due for a turnaround next year. Other turnaround plays suggested by J.P. Morgan included Taiwanese-listed Acer, Quanta Computer, Pegatron, MediaTek, and Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known by its trade name Foxconn Technology Group. In a report, J.P. Morgan predicted Digital China would benefit from a rush by many global brands to expand into the mainland's lower-tier cities and the steady increase in consumption in those markets. Beijing-based Digital China supports more than 70 information-technology companies including IBM, Cisco Systems, Research In Motion and Hong Kong-based Octopus Cards. J.P. Morgan said Digital China was also thriving from systems-upgrade projects in the mainland's public sector and the local banking, e-commerce and logistics industries. Shenzhen-based ZTE is expected to continue generating hefty deals from the wireless and fixed-line network expansion of the three mainland telecommunications carriers. 'ZTE is recognised as a viable long-term player,' Kwock said.