Acer has nudged IBM aside to become the third largest notebook vendor in Europe by a whisker.
The improvement is thanks to the firm's acquisition of Texas Instruments' notebook division earlier this year.
Figures from market analyst Dataquest show that in the first quarter this year, Acer's share of the European notebook market more than doubled from 3.6% to 8.7%. IBM, a long-time top-three vendors, was pushed into fourth place, with 8.5% of shipments.
Texas Instruments previously held fifth position in the notebook market, with 5.1% market share, behind Dell in fourth place with 6.5%.
However, Acer's climb up the ranks still leaves it trailing well behind market leaders Toshiba and Compaq, who control 28.8% and 17.7% respectively.
"This figure is not a blip, because it relies on the strong showing of the Texas Instrument brand in the market, which is not going to go away," stressed Graham Jackson, managing director at Acer UK.
The company must cling on to its number three slot to succeed in the market. "A shakeout will occur and the three vendors at the top will be the only ones to make money," Jackson predicted. "One has to be in the top three."
However, Jackson was confident his company will win through. "Compaq has quality problems, Toshiba is diversifying," he noted, "so Acer has enough power to at least defend its position."
Acer claims it is the world's fourth largest PC company, because of its broad range of OEM rebadging deals with many of the market's top tier vendors.
Acer is still selling Texas Instruments machines under the TI brandname, and envisages doing so until its licence to the name expires in the year 2000.
The firm bought Texas Instruments' troubled notebook division in January this year for an undisclosed amount, with the deal finally being completed in March.
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