View in Other Languages Casio (TYO:6952), Hitachi (TYO:6501), NEC (TYO:6701) in Handset Businesses Merger Talks 卡西欧(TYO:6952)、日立(TYO:6501) 和NEC(TYO:6701)进行手机业务并购谈判 卡西歐(TYO:6952)、日立(TYO:6501)和NEC(TYO:6701)進行手機業務併購談判 
Casio (TYO:6952), Hitachi (TYO:6501), NEC (TYO:6701) in Handset Businesses Merger Talks
Casio (TYO:6952), Hitachi (TYO:6501), NEC (TYO:6701) in Handset Businesses Merger Talks

Tokyo, Aug 28, 2009 AEST (ABN Newswire) - Casio Computer Co. (TYO:6952), NEC Corp. (TYO:6701) and Hitachi Ltd. (TYO:6501) are in talks to consolidate their mobile phone operations as early as April 2010, industry sources said Friday.

NEC is negotiating to take an equity stake of more than 50 percent in a joint venture called Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., which was founded in 2004 by Casio and Hitachi, according to the sources. Casio has a 51 percent stake in the joint firm and Hitachi the remainder.

The three companies could reduce development and procurement costs, while Japan's domestic sales of mobile phone fell sharply.

The merger could create the second largest handset maker in Japan, with a combined share of more than 20 percent in the Japanese mobile phone market. Sharp Corp (TYO:6753) is the biggest mobile phone market in the country with 23 per cent market share.


Michelle Liang
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