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Lenovo & Fujitsu: Talks about cooperation confirmed

Lenovo & Fujitsu: Talks about cooperation confirmed
Lenovo & Fujitsu: Talks about cooperation confirmed
Fujitsu and Lenovo have confirmed that both companies are in talks about a potential cooperation in the PC business. Its a confirmation of the rumors that surfaced earlier this month.

The rumors were true: Fujitsu and Lenovo have announced yesterday that both companies are indeed in talks about a cooperation in the PC business. The rumors about such talks first surfaced in early October.

However, the two tech-giants do not mention a complete acquisition of Fujitsus PC business by Lenovo. The statement reads that they talk about a "strategic cooperation", which could be interpreted as: The companies seek to establish a joint-venture operation. It also fits with the statement that Fujitsu will continue to offer PCs and the related support.

The joint-venture operation could be similar to the one Lenovo and NEC have established a few years ago. Development, manufacturing could be merged, with the brands staying separate entities. Lenovo would take the leadership role, while Fujitsu would keep a stake in the joint-venture company.

How the deal will exactly look like (if a deal is reached) we surely will learn soon. According to the statement, the companies seek financial support from the state-controlled Japanese Development bank. Not without reason, as Lenovo also is in a tough spot right now. Its likely Lenovo can´t handle the financial risk on its on, due to the unsuccessful acquisition of Motorola.


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Benjamin Herzig, 2016-10-28 (Update: 2016-10-28)