Established in 1976, Acer is a hardware + software + services company dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of innovative products that enhance people's lives. Acer's product offerings include PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets, smartphones and wearables. It is also developing cloud solutions to bring together the Internet of Things. Acer is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016 and is one of the world’s top 5 PC companies. It employs 7,000 people worldwide and has a presence in over 160 countries. Please visit www.acer.com for more information.

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2012 - Present
• Transforming into a "hardware + software + services" company, with BYOC as a key focus

2001-2011
• Transitioned from a manufacturing-oriented company to a marketing and sales-oriented company

1987-2000
• Built-up Acer brand equity
• Undertook globalization and diversification of business

1984-1986
• Established Multitech brand
• Established OEM manufacturing business

1976-1983
• Commercialized microprocessor technology
• Established manufacturing business

1976-1983 1984-1986 1987-2000 2001-2011 2012-Present

Commercialized microprocessor technology. Established manufacturing business

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1976

  • Founded under the name Multitech; Focused on Microprocessor trading and promoting their applications.

1977

  • US branch office established.

1978

  • Established a microprocessor learning center to train engineers for Taiwan's IT industry.
  • Began publishing the Microprocessor Bulletin to promote computer literacy in Taiwan.
  • Acer, then an unlisted company, offered employees the option to purchase company shares, setting a precedent in Taiwan with far-reaching influence for the island’s IT industry

1980

1981

  • Established manufacturing operations in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
  • Unveiled its first branded product: Microprofessor-I.

1982

  • Launched its first 8-bit home computer: Microprofessor-II.

1976-1983 1984-1986 1987-2000 2001-2011 2012-Present

Established Multitech brand. Established OEM manufacturing business

1984
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1986
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1984

  • Began exporting 16-bit PCs under Multitech brand.
  • Japan branch office established.

1985

  • German branch office established.

1986

  • Unveiled its 32-bit PC ahead of IBM.

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Built-up Acer brand equity. Undertook globalization and diversification of business

1987
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1992
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1998
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1987

  • The Acer brand was created, signify its move towards globalization.

1988

  • Launched IPO.

1989

  • Stan Shih introduced the vision of Taiwan as a "High-tech Island."

1992

  • Undertook first transformation: “Global brand, local touch.”
  • Stan Shih presented the Smiling Curve concept to the public.

1995

  • Launched Acer Aspire multimedia PCs, signifying its aspiration to serve the consumer market.

1996

  • Announced its corporate mission: Breaking down barriers between people and technology.

1997

  • Acquired Texas Instruments notebook business.

1998

  • Became official IT sponsor of the 13th Asian Games and introduced the world's first PC-based management system for a major international sporting event.

2000

  • Undertook second transformation: Business units spun-off to create OEM manufacturing business Wistron Corp., and branded businesses Acer Inc. and BenQ Corp.

1976-1983 1984-1986 1987-2000 2001-2011 2012-Present

Transitioned from a manufacturing-oriented company to a marketing and sales-oriented company

2001
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2001

  • Announced its Mega-Micro eEnabling Business, which introduced a mega structure and micro services concept; precursor of future cloud services.

2002

  • Unveiled the world’s first convertible tablet PC: Acer TravelMate C100.

2005

  • Became No.1 notebook brand in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
  • Launched the Ferrari 4000, the world’s first carbon-fiber notebook.

2006

  • Became official sponsor of Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1.
  • Ranked No. 3 in notebooks worldwide.

2007

  • Acquired Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell.
  • Ranked No. 2 in notebooks worldwide.
  • Ranked No. 3 in total PCs worldwide.

2008

  • Entered the smartphone market.
  • Launched its first mobile internet device: Acer Aspire One.
  • Hosted its first CSR Forum to take steps towards creating a more sustainable supply chain.

2009

  • Launched Acer Aspire Timeline notebooks.
  • Became the world’s No. 2 brand in total PCs

2010

  • Unveiled eco-friendlier PVC-free and BFR–free Acer Aspire Timeline notebooks.
  • As a Worldwide Olympic Partner in the computing equipment category, Acer provided PC infrastructure to support the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
  • Ranked No. 2 in both worldwide total PCs and notebook shipments.

2011

  • Debuted its first Ultrabook: Acer Aspire S3.
  • Began shipping products from Chongqing, China manufacturing base.

1976-1983 1984-1986 1987-2000 2001-2011 2012-Present

Transforming into a "hardware + software + services" company, with BYOC as a key focus

2012
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2012

  • Unveiled the world's thinnest Ultrabook: Acer Aspire S5.
  • Announced the AcerCloud app.
  • As a Worldwide Olympic Partner in the computing equipment category, Acer provided PC infrastructure to support the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
  • Launched the award-winning Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook.

2013

  • AcerCloud app begins to support Windows, iOS and Android devices.
  • Undertook third transformation: Announced Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC™) and its intent to transition into a hardware + software + services company.

2014

  • Debuted on the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index and listed on the MSCI Global Sustainability Index.
  • Honored by Reader's Digest with a “Gold” 2014 Asia Trusted Brand award in the consumer electronics category.
  • Hosted its first BYOC™ Forum to foster discussions on IoT opportunities and trends.

2015

  • Demonstrated Acer's hardware + software + services capabilities through the development of an online ticketing system.
  • Announced new Predator gaming lineup, spanning desktops, notebooks, tablets and monitors.
  • Launched the industry's first 15.6 inch Chromebook, providing customers with a complete Chromebook range, from 11-15 inches.
  • Coined the term “Internet of Beings” (loB) to describe the BYOC™ ecosystem, which focuses on providing highly secure technologies for communication, and facilitating the consolidation and sharing of information.
  • Acer BYOC™ provided contestant tracking service to Taiwan's First IAAF certified marathon.

2016

  • Launched the strategic "BeingWare" program to meet the needs of people in the cloud era with Acer's competitive edge in hardware, software and cloud services.

2012 - Present

Transforming into a "hardware + software + services" company, with BYOC as a key focus

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2012
  • Unveiled the world's thinnest Ultrabook: Acer Aspire S5.
  • Announced the AcerCloud app.
  • As a Worldwide Olympic Partner in the computing equipment category, Acer provided PC infrastructure to support the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
  • Launched the award-winning Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook.
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2013
  • AcerCloud app begins to support Windows, iOS and Android devices.
  • Undertook third transformation: Announced Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC™) and its intent to transition into a hardware + software + services company.
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2014
  • Debuted on the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index and listed on the MSCI Global Sustainability Index.
  • Honored by Reader's Digest with a “Gold” 2014 Asia Trusted Brand award in the consumer electronics category.
  • Hosted its first BYOC™ Forum to foster discussions on IoT opportunities and trends.
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2015
  • Demonstrated Acer's hardware + software + services capabilities through the development of an online ticketing system.
  • Announced new Predator gaming lineup, spanning desktops, notebooks, tablets and monitors.
  • Launched the industry's first 15.6 inch Chromebook, providing customers with a complete Chromebook range, from 11-15 inches.
  • Coined the term “Internet of Beings” (loB) to describe the BYOC™ ecosystem, which focuses on providing highly secure technologies for communication, and facilitating the consolidation and sharing of information.
  • Acer BYOC™ provided contestant tracking service to Taiwan's First IAAF certified marathon.
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2016
  • Launched the strategic "BeingWare" program to meet the needs of people in the cloud era with Acer's competitive edge in hardware, software and cloud services.