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HP hushing rivals by bullying contractors?

updated 08:35 am EDT, Wed October 15, 2008

HP Said Bullying Suppliers

HP could be trying to cement its position in notebooks by shutting at least one competitor out of supply deals, according to a controversial claim by southeast Asian industry sources. The American PC maker is allegedly demanding that its contract manufacturers refuse orders from ASUS and is said to be punishing those that take the latter's orders by reducing its own orders at these companies, hurting their overall business. The threat is supposedly prompted by ASUS' goal of becoming the fourth-largest notebook builder worldwide, which may eat into HP's estimated lead in worldwide PC sales.

The need has already been questioned by others in the industry, who argue that HP doesn't need to hinder an already small player in the field and that HP has larger competitors to worry about with suppliers in the area, such as Acer and Lenovo. In a notable example, Quanta is said to supply Apple and HP equally with notebooks and so isn't favoring one over the other.

HP has primarily come under threat from ASUS through the rise of netbooks, which were largely invented with the launch of the Eee PC and are still led by the ASUS-made line. The company participates in the field with the Mini-Note but is still a relatively small influence. Additionally, the recent global economic crisis triggered by US housing problems is widely recognized as having shrunk growth in the market, forcing tougher competition for the existing market rather than appealing to new users.

ASUS has so far said it's unaware of any manipulation of suppliers, while HP's Taiwan-area branch has declined comment.



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  1. Flying Meat

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    That's an easy one

    to fix. Broadcast the evidence, file suit for restraint of trade, then shut HP out.

    Seems like a pretty good way to stop these shenanigans, presuming the point of the article is true...

  1. Guest

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    MS Tactics

    HP has been too used to MS tactics and they are starting to act like them. Shut their asses down.

  1. Guest

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    Hp should not outsource

    May be HP should not have outsourced or ODMed their notebooks...See how one loses control over their product. Same thing happened to Dell.
    Do you think Taiwan or China ODM's would be what they are if IBM, Compaq, HP and Dell didn't teach them how to make notebooks?

    Time to bring in the design and manufacturing back to USA

  1. Guest

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    Hp should not outsource

    May be HP should not have outsourced or ODMed their notebooks...See how one loses control over their product. Same thing happened to Dell.
    Do you think Taiwan or China ODM's would be what they are if IBM, Compaq, HP and Dell didn't teach them how to make notebooks?

    Time to bring in the design and manufacturing back to USA

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