Japan’s Toshiba, Fujitsu, Vaio mulling PC business merger

(From Nikkei Asian Review)

Toshiba, Fujitsu and Sony spinoff Vaio are considering integrating their personal computer operations, a move that would create a top player controlling just over 30% of the Japanese market.

The three will soon begin negotiating the specifics, aiming to hatch a basic agreement as early as this month and launch the combined company in April 2016. The merged company would surpass the currently top-ranked NEC Lenovo Japan Group, which has a 26.3% share of the market.

Vaio, which was spun off from Sony in July 2014, would likely be the surviving company, with the other two making investments and transferring their operations to the combined entity. Staff would also likely be carried over. The leading plan is to thoroughly integrate domestic and overseas operations, from research and development to production and sales. Read more

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