Lenovo takes control of Fujitsu’s PC division in an effort to shore up sales

In a move that has been in the works since over a year ago, Lenovo is set to bolster its computer business – which has slipped in terms of performance this year – by snapping up a majority stake in Fujitsu’s PC division.

Fujitsu Client Computing Limited (FCCL) was spun off by Fujitsu in early 2016, and later in the year, the company said it was exploring a ‘strategic cooperation’ with Lenovo.

That has come to fruition with FCCL becoming a joint affair owned by Lenovo, Fujitsu, and the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) – with Lenovo having a 51% stake, and DBJ owning a 5% stake (with Fujitsu having the rest, naturally).

Lenovo will initially pay Fujitsu $156 million (around £120 million), with a further up to $112 million (£85 million) to be paid depending on the company’s performance running up to 2020.

Retaking the top

Doubtless Lenovo hopes that this will help shore up its PC sales figures, which as mentioned have taken a bit of a dive this year, with the company losing its number one spot in the global market to HP Inc.

Previous to that, Lenovo was top dog in the PC arena for quite some time, but back in July, going by Gartner’s figures for Q2 2017, it lost that crown with shipments dropping by 8.4% year-on-year, whereas HP grew by 3.3% to overtake the Chinese giant.

Via: Reuters

Darren is a freelancer writing news and features for TechRadar (and occasionally T3) across a broad range of computing topics including CPUs, GPUs, various other hardware, VPNs, antivirus and more. He has written about tech for the best part of three decades, and writes books in his spare time (his debut novel - 'I Know What You Did Last Supper' - was published by Hachette UK in 2013).