Asia Express - Mobile Communications
Fujitsu, Toshiba to Merge Mobile Phone Units
June 15, 2010
Fujitsu and Toshiba are currently engaged in talks on combining their mobile phone operations, Bloomberg reported on June 11, 2010. It is expected that the merged entity will become Japan's second largest mobile phone manufacturer. In terms of shipment volume, Fujitsu is three times larger than Toshiba, and it is estimated that Fujitsu would hold a majority stake in the new entity should the merger follow through.

With Kyocera's merger of Sanyo's mobile phone unit and Mitsubishi's retreat from the mobile phone sector, consolidation in the Japanese mobile phone industry has accelerated ever since. Casio, Hitachi and NEC have merged their mobile phone businesses into one unit, NEC CASIO Mobile Communications, on July 1, 2010.