Compal Electronics

Compal Electronics (simplified Chinese: 仁宝电脑工业股份有限公司; traditional Chinese: 仁寶電腦工業股份有限公司) is a Taiwanese original design manufacturer (ODM), handling the production of notebook computers, monitors, tablets and televisions for a variety of clients around the world, including Apple Inc., Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard and Fujitsu. It also licenses brands of its clients.

Compal Electronics, Inc.[1]
Public (TWSE: 2324)
IndustryComputer hardware
FoundedTaipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
(June 1, 1984; 36 years ago (1984-06-01))
HeadquartersNeihu, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
Key people
  • Rock Hsu (Chairman)[1]
  • Ray Chen (President & CEO)[1]
ProductsNotebooks, PDAs, televisions, and others
RevenueIncrease US$26.34 billion (2015)
Number of employees
Over 43,000 worldwide

It is the second-largest contract laptop manufacturer in the world behind Quanta Computer, and shipped over 48 million notebooks in 2010.[2]


Compal Electronics headquarters in Neihu, Taipei

The company is known for producing selected models for Dell (Alienware included), Hewlett-Packard and Compaq, and Toshiba. Compal has designed and built laptops for all of the major brands as well as custom builders for over 22 years. The company is listed in Taiwan Stock Exchange. As of 2017, revenues were US$24 billion, with a total workforce of 64,000. The company's headquarters is in Taipei, Taiwan, with offices in mainland China, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. Compal's main production facility is in Kunshan, China.

Compal is the second largest notebook manufacturer in the world,[3][4] after Quanta Computers, also based in Taiwan. It is one of the main supporters of Intel's Common Building Block initiatives.[citation needed]


Compal was founded in June 1984[1] as a computer peripherals supplier.[5] It went public in April 1990.[1]

In September 2011, Compal announced it would form a joint venture with Lenovo to make laptops in China.[6] The venture was expected to start producing laptops by the end of 2012.

In January 2015, Toshiba announced that due to intense price competition it will stop selling televisions in the USA, and will instead license the Toshiba TV brand to Compal.[7]

In September 2018, it was revealed that due to overwhelming demand for the Apple Watch, Compal was brought on as a second contract manufacturer to produce the Apple Watch Series 4.[8]



Compal subsidiary Compal Communications (華寶通訊, CCI) is a major manufacturer of mobile phones. The phones are produced on an ODM basis, i.e. the handsets are sold through other brands. In 2006, CCI produced 68.8 million handsets, and was the largest mobile handset ODM in the world. CCI's largest customer by far was Motorola. Year by year, Motorola's volumes have been reduced, and CCI's volumes have followed. In 2007, the volume was 48.7 million.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Company Information". Compal. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  2. ^ "Taiwan's Compal sees 2011 notebook shipments up 15 pct". Reuters. 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  3. ^ Stocks - International Herald Tribune
  4. ^ Lee, Sheena (2007-04-23). "Taiwan's Compal Q1 net profit up 18 pct y/y". Reuters.
  5. ^ "Company Profile". Compal Electronics. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  6. ^ "China's Lenovo and Taiwan's Compal enter joint venture to make laptops". The Washington Post. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
  7. ^ "Toshiba gives up selling TVs in the U.S". Consumer Reports. January 30, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-02. Citing intense price competition in the U.S. TV market, Toshiba says it will stop selling TVs in this country and will instead license the Toshiba TV brand to Compal, a Taiwan-based electronics company.
  8. ^ "Apple Watch Series 4 Expected to Gain Second Manufacturer Following 'Much Better Than Expected' Demand". Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  9. ^ "Mobile handset ODMs squeezed by EMS providers and Motorola's disappointing performance". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2010-09-17.

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