Acer Incorporated (LSE: ACID, TWSE: 2353) (traditional Chinese: pinyin: Hóngji Gǔfèn Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī) is a Taiwan-based multinational computer technology and electronics corporation that manufactures desktop and laptop PCs, personal digital assistants (PDAs), servers, storage devices, displays, smartphones and peripherals. Acer provides e-business services for business, government, education, and home users.
Acer Group has its headquarters in Xizhi, New Taipei City.
Since the early 2000s Acer has streamlined its operations, spinning off all of its manufacturing operations, which the company considered to be of low value. Acer has implemented a new channel business model, shifting from being a manufacturer to a pure brand company that markets and distributes its products, while leaving the actual production process in the hands of contract manufacturers.
The company also owns the largest franchised computer retail chain in Taipei, Taiwan.
Acer was founded by Stan Shih , his wife Carolyn Yeh, and a group of five others as Multitech in 1976, headquartered in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. It began with eleven employees and US$25,000 in capital. Initially, it was primarily a distributor of electronic parts and a consultant in the use of microprocessor technologies, but over time it emerged as a PC manufacturer. The company was renamed Acer in 1987. In 1993, Acer posted record profits of $75 million; 43 percent of that year's net was generated by the DRAM joint venture, considered "the most efficient in the DRAM industry" by some observers. Total sales grew to $3.2 billion in 1994, and net income increased to $205 million, as Acer America turned its first annual profit in the 1990s. From 1994 to 1995, Acer advanced from 14th to ninth among the world's largest computer manufacturers, surpassing Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Toshiba.
The Aspire PC was unveiled in 1995. In 1996 the company expanded into consumer electronics, introducing a host of new, inexpensive videodisc players, video telephones, and other devices in order to boost global market share.
Acer further extended its foray into laptops with the purchase of Texas Instruments' mobile PC division in 1997.
In 2005, Acer published its first environmental report, for which the company used the GRI guidelines.All of Acer’s tier-one suppliers have acquired ISO 14001 certification. In October 2010, Acer dropped from 11th to 12th place out of 18 leading electronics manufacturers in Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics, with the same score of 4.1 points out of 10. The Guide ranks electronics makers according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change. Greenpeace praises Acer for its proactive support to improve the revised EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive and its effort in toxic chemicals. In particular, the company scored maximum points for further restrictions of hazardous substances, and an immediate ban on BFRs, chlorinated flame retardants (CFRs) and PVC. Acer’s new Timeline series notebook, Aspire 3811TZ, 3811TZG, 3811T, and 3811TG are free from PVC and BFRs and Acer aims to phase out these toxic substances in its personal and mobile computing products by 2011 backtracking from its previous commitment to eliminate them in all its products.
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