Vaio, Fujitsu, and Toshiba may join forces as a PC supergroup
In January, market research firm Gartner said the worldwide PC market fell by 8.3%. The market is expected to be in retreat for most of 2016.
What this foretells for Vaio’s newly renewed US business is unclear. It’s also not clear which brands the new company would use. Vaio expects to be the majority owner of the new company. That suggests we might see combination brands such as Vaio Dynabooks or Vaio Lifebooks, or maybe the newly formed PC giant will adopt a new brand name altogether – if this all happens, of course.
Moue tells Bloomberg the company may also work on other products such as smartphones. Vaio recently released a Windows 10 phone for the Japanese market.
Moue says Vaio expects to wrap up talks and have an agreement with Fujitsu and Toshiba by the end of March. Toshiba did not confirm that claim to Bloomberg, and a second report by Reuters says the company has no plans to pull of the PC market after its recent accounting scandal. That doesn’t discount the possibility of a merger, however.
IDG News Service