According to a recent report, Toshiba, Fujitsu, and VAIO are thinking about merging their PC businesses into one. The three Japanese companies will likely sign a basic agreement this month and with the newly formed company launching in April 2016.
The report also indicates that VAIO will likely be the only surviving name from the three-company merger as Toshiba and Fuijistu will transfer their operations into the combined company. VAIO was originally Sony’s PC division until it was sold to Japan Industrial Partners in 2014 due to poor sales. VAIO only recently re-entered international markets in the US and Brazil with the VAIO Z Canvas.
Toshiba, Fujitsu, and Japan Industrial Partners (VAIO) will invest about 30% each into the new company. Once the merger is complete, the new company will control approximately 30% of the Japanese PC market, becoming the leading PC supplier in Japan. Currently, NEC Lenovo Japan Group is the leader with about 26% of the Japanese PC market.