Technological advances in the electronic industry continue to revolutionise communication and access to information like never before. Here are top computer manufacturers according to Investopedia and Forbes.
1) Apple Inc.
Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Apple Inc. has been at the forefront of the computer hardware industry since its founding in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Gerald Wayne.
Its hardware products include Mac personal computers, iPod portable media players, iPad tablet computers, iPhone smartphones and Apple Watch smartwatches.
Apple has sales of $199.4 billion (Sh20.5 trillion) and assets of $261.9 billion (Sh30 trillion). Its market capitalisation stood at $621.6 billion (Sh64 trillion) as of December 2015.
2) Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
The South Korean company focuses on producing mobile electronic devices. Since introducing its flagship Android phone, Galaxy S, and Galaxy Tab, the first mainstream Android tablet, Samsung has been one of the most successful tech companies in the world.
It makes more smartphones than any other company in the world. As of December 2015, its sales stood at $195.9 billion (Sh20.2 trillion), assets $209.6 billion (Sh21.6 trillion) and market capitalisation of $187.8 billion (Sh19.3 trillion).
Founded in 1911, the New York-based firm started as a producer of punch-card tabulating machines. It launched its first personal computer in 1981 called IBM PC, which quickly became the industry standard. Its focus on business solutions and networking has helped it to remain a major force in the industry.
As of December 2015, it had sales of $93.4 billion (Sh9.6 trillion), assets of $177.5 billion (Sh18.3 trillion) and market capitalisation of $130.8 billion (Sh13.5 trillion).
4) Foxconn Technology Group
The Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturing company is headquartered in Tucheng, New Taipei. With over one million employees, it is one of the world’s largest electronics contractor manufacturers and the largest producer of Apple products.
However, rising competition for Apple contracts and improving Chinese labour standards have cut into its profits. As of December 2015, it had a market capitalisation of $40.3 billion (Sh4.15 trillion).
5) HP Inc.
Hewlett-Packard Company, also known as HP Inc., is one of the two companies that resulted from the split of HP in 2015. The company, headquartered in Palo Alto, California, produces personal computers and printers.
Facing a decline in the personal computer market, HP decided to streamline operations by creating two smaller companies. The other company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, focuses on server and other hardware sales to businesses. HP Inc. has a market capitalisation of $21.9 billion (Sh2.3 trillion).
The computer technology company has its headquarters in Beijing, China, and Morrisville, North Carolina. The company designs, develops, manufactures and sells personal computers, tablet computers, smartphones, workstations, servers, electronic storage devices, IT management software and smart televisions.
As of December 2015, the firm had sales of $44.3 billion (Sh4.6 trillion), assets of $29.3 billion (Sh3 trillion) and a market capitalisation of $11.4 billion (Sh1.2 trillion).
Established in 1935, Fujitsu is the second-oldest technology company after IBM. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, it designs and manufactures a wide array of products including personal computers, mobile phones, servers, storage systems, notebook PCs, tablet PCs and accessories, scanners, printers, optical networking solutions, broadband transmission, switching technologies, car audio, navigation systems and mobile communication equipment.
As of December 2015, Fujitsu had sales of $45.1 billion (Sh4.6 trillion), assets of $26.8 billion (Sh26.8 trillion) and a market capitalisation of $10.9 billion (Sh1.1 trillion)
8) Quanta Computer
The Taiwan-based manufacturer of notebook computers and other electronic hardware is an original design manufacturer. It designs and manufactures a product as specified before it is eventually rebranded by another company.
Quanta builds electronics for companies such as HP, Dell, Lenovo and Apple. As of December 2015, it had sales of $30.6 billion (Sh3.15 trillion), assets of $19.2 billion (Sh1.98 trillion) and a market capitalisation of $9.3 billion (Sh958 billion).
Based in Taipei, Taiwan, the firm manufactures and sells computers, communication products and consumer electronics. Its products are sold in the US under ASUS brand and include laptops, tablet computers, desktop computers, mobile phones, servers, computer monitors, motherboards and various computer components.
As of December 2015, it had sales of $15.8 billion (Sh1.63 trillion), assets of $11.1 billion (Sh1.14 trillion) and a market capitalisation of $6 billion (Sh618 billion).
Based in Taipai, Taiwan, the firm is one of the world’s leading original design manufacturers of notebook PCs, computers, monitors and TVs for companies such as Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, HP and Fujitsu.
The company’s main production facility is in Kunshan, China. As of December 2015, Compal had sales of $28 billion (Sh2.9 trillion), assets of $12 billion (Sh1.24 trillion) and a market capitalization of $3.6 billion (Sh370.8 billion). -Compiled by Seth Onyango