Computer Manufacturing Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 1/24/2022
SIC Codes: 3571, 3572, 3575, 3577
NAICS Codes: 3341
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Excerpt from Computer Manufacturing Industry Profile

Companies in this industry manufacture computers, such as mainframes, servers, personal computers (PCs), workstations, and mobile PCs (laptops, netbooks, and tablets), as well as computer peripheral equipment, including storage devices, terminals, and input/output devices such as printers, monitors, and keyboards. Major companies include US-based Apple, Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HP, and IBM, as well as ASUS (Taiwan), Canon (Japan), and Lenovo (China).

Annual worldwide PC shipments, including desktop PCs and laptops (but not tablets), exceed 260 million units, according to Gartner. The vast majority of the world's personal computers are produced in Asia by contract manufacturers.

The US computer manufacturing industry includes about 1,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $20 billion.


Demand is tied to consumer and business income. The profitability of individual computer companies depends on purchasing and production efficiencies, and on technological expertise. Large companies have economies of scale in purchasing and production. Small companies can compete successfully by specializing in certain products or by developing superior technology. The US industry is highly concentrated: the top 50 companies generate about 80% of revenue.


The industry's major product categories are computers (PCs, servers, mainframes), storage devices, and peripheral equipment (ATMs and point-of-sale devices).

Companies typically assemble PCs from components bought from other manufacturers. Key components like motherboards are specially made for a particular product, while disk drives and other components may be ...

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