Companies in this industry manufacture computers, such as mainframes, servers, personal computers (PCs), workstations, and mobile PCs (laptops, netbooks, and tablets), as well as computer peripheral equipment, including storage devices, terminals, and input/output devices such as printers, monitors, and keyboards. Major companies include US-based Apple, Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HP, and IBM, as well as ASUSTeK Computer (Taiwan), Canon (Japan), and Lenovo (China).
Annual worldwide PC shipments, including desktop PCs and laptops (but not tablets), exceed 260 million units, according to Gartner. The vast majority of the world's personal computers are produced in Asia by contract manufacturers.
The US computer manufacturing industry includes about 1,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $24 billion.
Demand is tied to consumer and business income. The profitability of individual computer companies depends on purchasing and production efficiencies, and on technological expertise. Large companies have economies of scale in purchasing and production. Small companies can compete successfully by specializing in certain products or by developing superior technology. The US industry is highly concentrated: the top 50 companies generate about 80% of revenue.
Products, Operations & Technology
The industry's three major product categories are computers (PCs, servers, mainframes), which account for about 40% of US industry revenue, as well as
Sales & Marketing
Finance & Regulation
Regional & International Issues
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Quarterly Industry Update
Trends and Opportunities
Call Preparation Questions
Glossary of Acronyms