Date
22 September 2017
The Fujitsu deal will come at a time when sales of smartphones and tablet computers are squeezing demand in the global PC market. Photo: Reuters
The Fujitsu deal will come at a time when sales of smartphones and tablet computers are squeezing demand in the global PC market. Photo: Reuters

Fujitsu set to integrate PC business with Lenovo

Japan’s Fujitsu Ltd. expects to reach an agreement soon on integrating its personal computer business with China’s Lenovo Group Ltd. (00992.HK), Reuters reports, citing Fujitsu president Tatsuya Tanaka.

Fujitsu said in October that it was in talks with Lenovo to cooperate in the design and manufacture of PCs. The companies had been aiming to finalize an agreement by the end of March.

“We are in the final stages of working out how best to create synergies for our two companies,” Tanaka said at a press conference on the company’s strategy. “We expect to wrap it up soon.

“It’s not like something unexpected happened, but we are trying to discuss everything thoroughly,” he said.

The talks are unfolding at a time when sales of increasingly sophisticated smartphones and tablet computers squeeze demand in a global PC market that peaked half a decade ago.

For Lenovo, the world’s largest PC maker, a deal could help boost its purchasing power and consolidate its footing in a PC market where profit margins are thin.

Its previous PC deals included buying the PC division of International Business Machines Corp. in 2005 and creating a PC joint venture with NEC Corp. in 2011.

“Details of any potential cooperation remain under discussion and there is no timeframe to communicate at this time,” said Charlotte West, a spokeswoman for Lenovo.

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