PC Makers Hit By Trade War
Taiwanese laptop and PC maker Acer says PC supply chain companies will see their profitability dented by lingering US-China trade conflicts.
Acer says the companies must absorb part of cost increases resulting from production line relocation, or face the 15 percent additional tariffs on notebooks starting on December 15, imposed by the Trump administration.
While PC sales should improve in the second half of the year, Acer CEO Jason Chen says uncertainties associated with the US/China trade tensions and between Japan and South Korea will impact any improvements.
He said the upcoming tariffs will hurt supply chain makers and consumers as they jointly foot the bill – and brand vendors will be forced to raise terminal sales prices.
HP, Dell, Acer and Asustek have already raised prices.