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ADLINK Aims for Becoming World's No. 3 IPC Maker in 2 Years

Jun 16, 2014 | By CENS

news-photoAn industrial mobile computer made by ADLINK. (photo from company website)


ADLINK Technology Inc., a major industrial computer maker in Taiwan, recently announced having successfully ventured into the industrial robot sector by supplying computer controllers for robots, according to company chairman Liu Jun.

The company claims to have topped global counterparts to become the largest supplier of robot computer controllers globally, with big customers in Europe and Japan.

Over the next two years, ADLINK said it is expected to become the No. 3 maker of industrial personal computers, or IPCs.

At his company's recent shareholder meeting, Liu said that ADLINK has been gradually taking market shares of major counterparts in IOT (Internet of Things) and factory automation segments, forecasting his company to become the No. 3 player in the global IPC market within the next two years, trailing top-two counterparts Advantech Co., Ltd. of Taiwan and Kontron of Germany.

Institutional investors said that ADLINK's consolidated revenue is expected to rise 20% to about NT$7.8 billion (US$260 million) this year, and then exceed an estimated NT$10 billion (US$333.3 million) by 2016.

In recent years, Liu said ADLINK has been aggressively developing business by continuously acquiring Ampro of the U.S., LiPPERT of Germany, and Penta of Germany (completed in the first quarter this year). In conjunction with the acquisition of Ampro, the chairman added, ADLINK's revenue from the U.S. market almost doubled from 2009 to 2013. This year, the U.S. market is expected to continue growing about 20%, the highest among other markets for ADLINK.

Thanks to added revenue from new customers in Australia, as well as better-than-expected orders placed by existng customer Nokia, ADLINK reported consolidated revenue of NT$796 million (US$26.53 million) in May, up 12.3% month-on-month (MoM) and 26.8% year-on-year (YoY), hitting again a new monthly record for the third consecutive month.

Flytech had consolidated revenue of NT$401 million (US$13.4 million), up 6% MoM and 13% YoY, and a new record for the month.

Advantech had consolidated revenue of NT$3.01 billion (US$100.4 million) in May, down 4.5% MoM but up 12.2% YoY. The company pointed out that its embedded core computing business has been enjoying stable growth, including a 25% YoY increase in May.


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