Vietnam's first PC manufacturer, Saigon ETMC, has placed a $US78 million order for components to enable it to manufacture 100,000 laptop and desktop computers by the end of 1999, according to local reports.
Last month, Ho Chi Minh City-based Saigon ETMC showed prototypes of its Advanced Vietnam Computer (Avicom) at a Vietnam expo, marking the first appearance of a local PC brand.
The contract for the components has been signed with US company Harrison Digicom, which is a major shareholder in the joint venture between Saigon ETMC and Vietnam's Southern Electronics & Informatics.
Saigon ETMC hopes that its Avicom range, which consists of three standard desktop models, one network computer (NC) and two notebooks, will find a market niche between no-name systems assembled locally and high-priced imports from Compaq, Acer and IBM.
Harrison Digicom also said that Saigon ETMC has received a letter of intent from a Hong Kong company for an order to assemble for export a variety of computer components at an annual commitment of $US20 million or more.
The letter of intent was issued by A-Max Technology, a major worldwide supplier of electronic components to electronics and computer manufacturers. The order from A-Max Technology is for modem cards, I/O cards, PC computer main boards and other products not specified.