Facing new market pressures, PC makers such as Acer are circumventing traditional production conduits in favor of more in-house development, according to analysts. As a result, fewer companies could be outsourcing their work to manufacturers in Taiwan, which currently contributes to more than 90% of the world's laptop production and design. "New products are changing too quickly. The degree of difficulty is increasingly higher. Having your own R&D is now a must," said David Chang, chief financial officer at Asustek, which is based in Taiwan.
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