Acer Aims To Overtake HP As #1 PC Shipper

It's a familiar line from Acer, but it's always worthy of a laugh or smile. The company seemingly feels that they're worthy of being the best in the world, and as any good company should, they're pursuing the gold relentlessly. They're actually closer to the top than most would expect, being second today only to Hewlett-Packard in terms of global shipments.

Yes, Acer has risen above Lenovo, Dell and Asus. Nice little factoid for your weekend trivia session, right? According to Chairman J.T. Wang, that number two position will soon become number one, as he remains "confident that it will accomplish its goal of becoming the No.1 notebook vendor this year despite some negative impact from the economic woes in Europe and wage increases in China."

The company is expecting revenues to rise in Q3 from 10% to 15% (compared to Q2), as they're currently performing better than expected in some nations. Wang followed up with this: "We have responded faster than our competitors to the demand in the market. We are one of a very few that is able to respond to the market when demand stabilized in the latter part of the second quarter because we were prepared."

Acer has been touting their ability to weather the economic storm, and during their Q1 investor conference, the company stated that they expect PC shipments to rise as high as 50% this year. As it stands, Acer already is #1 in terms of notebook shipments, but they're hoping to soon be #1 overall. How will they do that? By shipping around 10 million desktops this year to go along with 10 million notebooks, notably by launching "fewer models based on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system."

And if you thought that was Acer's only goal, think again. The company also plans to ship around seven new smartphone models this year. Busy, busy!