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NEC, Hitachi and Casio handset JV announced, new Co. stock structure with NEC at 71%, Casio 20% and Hitachi 9%. PR here: http://bit.ly/OfWp4
Via NEC PR
NEC Corporation, Casio Computer and Hitachi, Ltd. today announced an agreement to integrate their mobile terminal businesses in April 2010 through the establishment of a joint venture company.
1. About the Business Integration
NEC develops and manufactures mobile terminals for NTT DOCOMO, INC. and SoftBank Mobile Corp. that capitalize on the company’s core competencies and incorporate wireless communications technologies such as W-CDMA and LTE, Linux platform development, low power consumption innovations and ultra-thin technologies.
In 2004, Casio and Hitachi jointly established Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. (CHMC) as a mobile terminal business company. CHMC capitalizes on image technologies from Casio’s digital camera business, water/shock resistance technologies from Casio’s wristwatch development and Hitachi’s image processing technologies in order to provide mainly CDMA focused mobile handsets for KDDI Corporation and SoftBank Mobile Corp. in Japan as well as Verizon Wireless in the USA and LG Telecom in the Republic of Korea.
The new company will boast a competitive portfolio of products that draws strength from the complete integration of business functions between NEC’s Mobile Terminal Operations Unit and CHMC, as well as merges the advanced technologies and product development experience of each company. Furthermore, NEC’s IT/Network technology supported product development capabilities linked to service business for enterprises and consumers, combined with CHMC’s consumer product technologies and planning strength, is expected to result in the creation of innovative synergies and the development of appealing new products, in addition to future growth that is anticipated from a range of new areas.
NEC, Casio and Hitachi will integrate their mobile terminal business in order to strengthen both domestic and international business while increasing competitive strength and capitalizing on each company’s brand recognition through (1) achieving synergies in a variety of fields, including sales expansion, procurement and customer service, and (2) reinforcing product development by unifying technological assets, know-how and resources.
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