Apple is expanding its Asia procurement office in Taipei, Taiwan, and sending staff to open a branch office in Shenzhen, China.

The Taipei office that was established in 1994 and staffed by 30 people is expected to make $3 billion in purchases this year, with the figure increasing in 2002, according to Nasdaq.

The Taipei office also serves the mainland, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

Nasdaq also reports that Quanta Computer, a Taiwan-based notebook and PC manufacturer, will deliver between 300,000 and 400,000 notebook PCs to Apple next year.

Quanta denied rumours that Apple will next year order PowerBooks from rivals Compal Electronics or Wistron, rather than Quanta.

Quanta's current shipments to Apple are 30,000 to 40,000 units a month.