Acer aims to top global PC market in 2011: report

The Acer ICONIA, which has two all-point multi-touch displays, is seen during a news conference in New York, November 23, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

ZURICH (Reuters) - Acer, now the world’s second-largest PC vendor, hopes to clinch the top spot from rival HP next year, the Taiwanese company’s chief executive told a Swiss newspaper on Sunday.

“If the mobile world continues to grow, we will necessarily replace HP as the world’s biggest computer-maker,” CEO Gianfranco Lanci told the SonntagsZeitung in an interview.

He also said the group would sell more than a million telephones this year.

Acer entered the smartphone industry last year, aiming to reach 6 percent to 7 percent of the market in three to five years.

Its success has so far been very limited, but handset vendors are closely watching the PC vendors move into their marketplace.

Reporting by Catherine Bosley; Editing by Marguerita Choy