Apple's MacBook manufacturer Asustek has sent its Mac development team to supervise the initial production runs of the new portable Mac.

A DigiTimes report claims the manufacturer has sent its design team to its manufacturing plant in China's Suzhou to oversee production as it is ramped-up. "Volume shipments are expected to start in June," the report reveals.

"Industry observers are bullish about the sales potential of the new MacBook line-up and anticipate shipments will exceed two million units this year, thanks to a competitive pricing strategy," the report observes.

Apple launched its feature-packed new portables this week, claiming the new machines to be "up to five times faster than the iBook and up to four times faster than the 12-inch PowerBook".

The new MacBooks cost from £749.