Fujitsu Siemens Computers

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Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH
Former type Joint venture
Industry Information technology
Fate Siemens' stake acquired by Fujitsu, became Fujitsu Technology Solutions
Founded 1999
Defunct 2009
Headquarters Munich, Germany
Key people Richard Christou (Executive Chairman)
Products Infrastructure Products, Infrastructure Solutions, Managed Infrastructure Services, Infrastructure as a Service
Employees Approximately 10,700 (as of March 2009)

Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH was a Japanese and German IT vendor. The company was founded in 1999 as a 50/50 joint venture between Fujitsu Limited of Japan and Siemens of Germany. On April 1, 2009, the company became Fujitsu Technology Solutions as a result of Fujitsu buying out Siemens' share of the company.[1]

The offerings of Fujitsu Siemens Computers extended from handheld and notebook PCs through desktops, server and storage, to enterprise-class IT infrastructure solutions and services. Fujitsu Siemens Computers had a presence in key markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, while products marketed elsewhere were sold under the Fujitsu brand, with the services division extending coverage up to 170 countries worldwide.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers placed a focus on "green" computers,[2] and was considered a leader or innovator in Green IT, across a wide variety of ecological and environmental markings such as Energy Star and Nordic swan.[3]

History[edit]

On the Fujitsu side, the origins of the company could be traced back to the mid-1980s merger of the PC-divisions of Finnish Nokia and Swedish Ericsson, when Ericsson PCs were known for their ergonomics and bright colors. In 1991, Nokia Data was sold to the British International Computers Limited (ICL). Later ICL was absorbed by Fujitsu. Ironically, Fujitsu was originally the data division of Fuji Electric, whose name was derived from its founders; "Fu" from the Furukawa Electric zaibatsu, and "Ji" from jiimensu, the Japanese transliteration for Siemens.

The Nokia MikroMikko line of compact desktop computers continued to be produced at the Kilo factories in Espoo, Finland. Components, including motherboards and Ethernet network adapters were manufactured locally, until production was moved to Taiwan. Internationally the MikroMikko line was marketed by Fujitsu as the ErgoPro.

The German half of the company, Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme, was the result of the merger of Nixdorf Computer with Siemens' data and information technology branch.

In 2003, the company won the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award for their use of information technology in an industry-transforming way.

It was announced in November 2008 that Fujitsu would buy out Siemens' stake in the joint venture for approximately EUR450m with effect from April 1, 2009.[4] Fujitsu Siemens was the last major European computer manufacturer.

The Fujitsu takeover went ahead as planned on April 1, 2009 — with the company renamed as Fujitsu Technology Solutions.[5] The old FSC website is no longer available.

Products[edit]

Fujitsu Siemens Computers' products included:

  • Media Center
    • ACTIVY
  • Notebooks
    • AMILO
    • AMILO PRO
    • CELSIUS Mobile
    • ESPRIMO Mobile
    • LIFEBOOK
    • Liteline
    • PCD
    • SCENIC Mobile

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