Acer founder predicts end of U.S. PC makers

Acer became the world's second-biggest PC maker in terms of units shipped last year, and apparently, it's gotten pretty cocky about it. Agence France-Presse quotes the following statement from the Taiwanese firm's founder, Stan Shih:

"The trend for low-priced computers will last for the coming years. . . But US computer makers just don't know how to put such products on the market... US computer brands may disappear over the next 20 years, just like what happened to US television brands."

To his credit, Dell lost a considerable amount of ground last year, falling from second to third place behind Acer in the third and fourth quarters (but remaining second for the whole of 2009).

However, HP still holds the lion's share of the market by far—and last we checked, its headquarters were still in Palo Alto, California. HP's global market share actually grew from 18.9% in 2008 to 20.3% in 2009, too, so it's hardly falling behind like Dell. Current success may not necessarily translate into success 20 years from now, but Shih's prediction is still a bold one.

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