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Struggling computer giant Fujitsu Ltd. on Wednesday unified four of its semiconductor subsidiaries in locations stretching from northern Miyagi Prefecture to southern Kagoshima Prefecture to boost the efficiency and cost competitiveness of its semiconductor operations.

Fujitsu said it will arrange for the new integrated company, Fujitsu Integrated Microtechnology Ltd., to concentrate on the assembly of sophisticated logic large-scale integrated circuits.

Logic LSI chips, like microprocessors, are used in such electronics devices as notebook computers, mobile phones, car navigation systems and digital audiovisual equipment.

The four units that have been integrated are Fujitsu Tohoku Electronics Ltd. in Fukushima Prefecture, Fujitsu Miyagi Electronics Ltd., Kyushu Fujitsu Electronics Ltd. in Kagoshima and the manufacturing division of Fujitsu VLSI Ltd. in Gifu Prefecture.

The new wholly owned subsidiary, capitalized at 450 million yen, will combine the unique product lineups as well as technological strengths of each of the four, Fujitsu said.

The new company will offer logic chips for use in such products as servers, mobile phones, audio-video equipment, Internet data transmitters, and “in-car systems” such as global positioning system devices and automobile engine controllers, a Fujitsu official said.

Teiichi Endo, who had spearheaded Fujitsu Tohoku Electronics until Tuesday, assumed the presidency of the new firm. Under the Commercial Code, Fujitsu Tohoku became the surviving company.

Toshiba spins off firms

Toshiba Corp. spun off five major businesses into five subsidiaries Wednesday to create a profitable and optimized group operating structure that promotes management flexibility, the major electric machinery maker said.

It said the structural changes are part of a three-year business plan announced in March.

The businesses are home electric appliances, information technology solutions, medical systems, materials, and components and electron tubes.

Toshiba Consumer Marketing Corp., set up in Tokyo with a capital of 3 billion yen, took over Toshiba’s home appliance business and integrated Toshiba Lifestyle-Electronics Corp., a subsidiary that had been undertaking domestic sales of Toshiba appliances.

Toshiba HA Products, capitalized at 2 billion yen, will be in charge of manufacturing home appliances.

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