If a new report is accurate, three of the biggest PC makers in Japan could merge their operations into one company. Toshiba, Fujitsu and Vaio are reportedly considering such a move, which would result in a new business that would control 30 percent of the Japanese market.
According to Nikkei Asian Review, the three companies will enter talks later this month, and a basic agreement for the merger could happen as early as December, with the merged company officially launching in April 2016:
" 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."
The story points out that Toshiba has a strong business in the U.S. thanks to the popularity of its Satellite laptops. Fujitsu was already planning to spin off its PC business sometime in the spring of 2016.