The ping-pong game that being the world’s number one PC supplier has become swung in Lenovo’s favour in the second quarter, according to the latest figures released by analysts.
Both IDC and Gartner figures show that Lenovo has eased HP out of the top position by the slightest of margins, but it is still the first time that the Chinese manufacturer has been the global leader.
“We are proud that Lenovo has become the clear world leader in PCs, and we are grateful to our customers and to our global team for this success,” says Yang Yuanging, chairman and CEO of Lenovo. “Even in the toughest PC market ever, Lenovo has not only gained share, but we have steadily improved profitability and introduced even more innovative products for every market segment.
“The battle for PC leadership could certainly still go back and forth,” Yuanging adds. “But I am fully confident that there remains substantial room for profitable growth and groundbreaking innovation in the global PC marketplace.
“The PC market is changing, but it still represents a $200-billion opportunity,” he says. “Lenovo can capture more of this opportunity than our competitors because we have built great balance over the last four years. In our traditional strongholds – China and global commercial PCs – we have continued to gain share and build sustainable profit engines. Meanwhile, we have built scale and improved profitability in global emerging markets (where we are the leader) and global consumer PCs (number 2 overall). Balancing growth and profitability across our entire PC business is our focus going forward.
“PC leadership is just one milestone in a longer journey to become a true leader in the ‘PC Plus’ market, which includes tablets, smart phones, smart TVs and other “smart connected” devices,” Yuanging says. “Already, we have made great strides in these areas. Today, we are the number 3 ‘Smart Connected Device’ maker in the world. By continuing to focus on our formula for success – a clear strategy, innovative products, great execution and a diverse global team – I am confident that we can continue to drive profitable growth in our core business, and achieve the same success, over time, in the fast-growing PC Plus marketplace.”