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Ultrabook Production To Cause Shortage Of Aluminium Alloy Chassis

2012 is likely to be the year of the Ultrabook and as Taiwanese vendors flock to the new form factor under the leadership of Intel, there's a warning from sources within the Industry that the supply of aluminium alloy chassis for Ultrabooks may not match the expected surge in demand.

Aaron Lee & Steve Shen from Taiwanese tech publication Digitimes, report (opens in new tab) that both Catcher Technology and Foxconn Technology, two of Taiwan's biggest metal chassis makers, have been fully booked for the rest of 2011.

Catcher Technology is rumoured to have increased the number of its CNC machines from 9,000 units to 12,000 units in one year to account for the rise in orders.

Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba and Asus have already confirmed that they will release Ultrabooks soon, possibly before the end of the year.

Hewlett Packard, Dell and Sony are expected to follow shortly with the grand daddy of them all, Apple, certain to continue the production of its popular Macbook Air range.

The first ultrabook, the UX21, was announced by Asus at the Computex event in Taipei back in June, and is a concerted approach, led by Intel, to emulate Apple's success with the Macbook Air but in the Windows-based arena.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.