Con il comunicato stampa di seguito allegato, Fujitsu ha reso noto di aver raggiunto un accordo con Toshiba finalizzato al passaggio sotto il controllo di quest'ultima della propria divisione legata agli hard disk drive (HDD), formalizzato al momento attraverso lo strumento del "memorandum of understanding (MOU)" (una dichiarazione di intenti, ndr), propedeutico alla firma di contratto vero e proprio. Le due aziende contano di completare il trasferimento del business degli HDD (sviluppo, produzione e vendita) dall'una all'altra entro la fine del primo trimestre dell'anno fiscale 2009.
Dal punto di vista finanziario, la transizione avverà mediante la formazione di una nuova azienda, controllata per l'80% da Toshiba e per il 20% da Fujitsu; a regime la quota di Fujitsu sarà azzerata al fine di determinare il pieno controllo da parte di Toshiba.
Tokyo, February 17, 2009 — Fujitsu Limited and Toshiba Corporation today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)
on the transfer of Fujitsu's hard disk drive (HDD) business to Toshiba. The companies plan to conclude a transfer contract
at an early date, and aim to complete the transaction in the first quarter of fiscal 2009.
Fujitsu will facilitate the transfer by bringing its HDD-related businesses and functions together in a new company. Toshiba
will acquire about an 80 percent stake in this company and make it a Toshiba Group subsidiary. In order to promote a smooth
transfer, Fujitsu will continue to hold a stake of under 20 percent in the new company for a certain period of time, after
which it will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba.
The consolidation of the two companies' HDD businesses will enable Toshiba to reinforce its already strong position as a leading
vendor of small form factor HDDs (2.5-inch and smaller HDDs), widely used in notebook PCs, mobile devices, automotive and
consumer electronics. It will also give Toshiba entry into the enterprise HDD market for server and data storage system applications,
where Fujitsu is currently a leader. Toshiba aims to build its position in the enterprise market to meet expected growth in
demand for data storage systems.
Entry into the enterprise business will allow Toshiba to further enlarge its market-leading solid state drive (SSD) business
by developing SSD products for servers and enterprise storage systems, fusing Toshiba's NAND flash memory technology with
Fujitsu's enterprise HDD technology. This move is expected to spur expansion of the rapidly expanding SSD market.
By taking advantage of the integration of Fujitsu's HDD businesses, Toshiba also aims to strengthen collaboration with HDD
parts suppliers and to promote cost reductions and the development of new technologies.
Going forward, Toshiba aims to build on the consolidation to raise its share in the overall HDD market to over 20 percent
Details of Transfer:
Under the MOU, Fujitsu will transfer to Toshiba its HDD design, development, manufacturing, sales, and all other functions
currently carried out by Fujitsu and Fujitsu Group companies, with the exception of Fujitsu's HDD head and media businesses.
The following are expected to be the main assets covered by the transfer:
- Fujitsu's HDD development, manufacturing, and sales divisions
- HDD manufacturing subsidiaries Fujitsu Computer Products Corporation of the Philippines (FCPP) and Fujitsu (Thailand) Co.,
- HDD design, development, quality assurance and other departments of Yamagata Fujitsu Limited
- HDD technology development department of Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
- HDD sales and marketing offices outside Japan
Source: Fujitsu Press Release