Asia Express - Computing
Sony in Talks to Sell PC Business
February 06, 2014

Sony is considering selling its PC operations to the private investment fund Japan Industrial Partners for an estimated price at 40 billion Yen to 50 billion Yen (US$394 million to US$493 million; US$1=101.44 Yen) as part of the company's revival plan to concentrate on smartphone business, reported Japan's Nikkei on February 5. As part of the discussion, a new company may be founded by the fund to continue PC sales under the Vaio brand in Japan and handle after-sales service. Sony will only have a small stake in the new company and maintain PC operations in a handful of overseas markets where the Vaio brand is recognized. Sony's major Taiwanese PC contract manufacturers include Quanta, Foxconn, and Wistron.