Ruggedized PC vendors impacted by US government budget stall [Global Data Point]
(Global Data Point Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The suspension of the US government's budget has delayed procurement of ruggedized PCs and is expected to impact vendors' sales performance for the fourth quarter of 2013, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Currently, Japan-based Panasonic is the largest ruggedized PC vendor with about 60% share of the market, while Taiwan-based Getac and US-based General Dynamics Itronix each have about 12%.
In addition to notebooks, the vendors have recently started releasing 7- to 8-inch ruggedized tablets and are also planning to release tablets with 11.6-inch displays.
Currently, Getac has 40% of its ruggedized PC revenues coming from North America, 20% from Europe and the rest from emerging markets such as China. In North America, the company is cooperating with Hewlett-Packard (HP), Synnex and CDN for channel distribution and is cooperating with Digital China for the China market.
Since Getac is expected to partner with more channel retailers in the near future, the company will be able to stay firmly as the second-largest vendor in the ruggedized PC industry in 2014.
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