by Mbali Zulu

Top of the class

Lenovo trumps all

Yang Yuanqing; Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Lenovo
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According to the latest industry figures reported on July 11 by IDC and Gartner, Lenovo has become the number 1 PC supplier in the world.  IDC reported that Lenovo reached 16.7% global PC market share in 2Q 2013, up from 15.0% in 2Q 2012, one year ago.

 Gartner stated Lenovo reached 16.7% share this quarter, up from 14.9% last quarter and the same 14.9% from 2Q 2012, one year ago.  This marks the first time that Lenovo has been the clear global leader in PCs according to both of these widely accepted reports.

 The following statement can be attributed to Yang Yuanqing, chairman & CEO, Lenovo:

 “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.   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.  But I am fully confident 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 $200billion opportunity.  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 two 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.   Already, we have made great strides in these areas.  Today, we are the number three 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 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.”


In Lenovo’s fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, IDC said that Lenovo had achieved a record global PC market share, expanded faster than the overall PC market for the 16th consecutive quarter, led the market in three of the seven largest PC markets – China, Japan and Germany – and reached double digit share in 39 countries. 

 More than half of Lenovo’s revenue then comes from outside of China.  While delivering significant volume and revenue growth, the company’s profitability reached record heights with earnings up 34% last year.

 Further, Lenovo has accelerated its transformation to become a top competitor in the PC Plus era, capturing a 5.9% share of the global market for smart connected devices and becoming the third largest supplier.  The company is the number two smart phone and number two tablet company in China, the world’s largest PC+ market.  Further, more than 10% of the company’s revenues now come from hot growth segments such as smart phones and tablets.




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