UPDATE 1-Taiwan's Quanta sees strong Dec shipments
* Expects December shipments to rise 54 pct
* Component shortage expected to ease as production climbs
* Shares have doubled this year, beating broader market (Adds details, background from para 4)
TAIPEI, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Quanta (2382.TW), the world's largest contract laptop PC maker, expects to ship up to 54 percent more units in December this year than in 2008, boding well for clients such as HP (HPQ.N) and Dell DELL.O.
It expected to ship between 3.6 million and 4 million laptop PC units in December, up from 2.6 million units in the same period a year earlier, a company official told Reuters on Tuesday.
"Shipment figures for every month in the fourth quarter have been largely similar," the official said. "We should be able to meet this year's target, although just barely."
The company had earlier said it expected to ship about 36 million laptop PC units this year. [ID:nTP351825]
A shortage of electronic components earlier this year was also easing, the official said, and was likely to improve in the next quarter as chipmakers and other component suppliers lifted production to meet growing demand.
The fourth quarter is typically a quieter season for most contract manufacturers, as many of them would have begun lifting production in the third quarter in preparation for the peak year-end holiday season.
This year, many PC brands, including Lenovo (0992.HK) and Acer (2353.TW) have said that Microsoft's (MSFT.O) launch of its Windows 7 operating system may help boost sales even further.
Many of the world's top technology brands do their own designing in-house and outsource the actual manufacturing to companies such as Quanta and crosstown rival Compal (2324.TW), who own large facilities in lower-cost countries.
Quanta gave its forecast after the Taiwan stock market closed on Tuesday. Its shares were down 0.87 percent, lagging a flat performance by the broader TAIEX .TWII share index. (Reporting by Roger Tung and Kelvin Soh; Editing by Chris Lewis)
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