Acer CEO predicts further PC market consolidation


Acer CEO predicts further PC market consolidation

Microscope contributor


Acer’s boss has predicted further consolidation in the PC industry but says it has no immediate plans to acquire.


Late last month, reports in the Far East quoted Acer chairman JT Wang as stating it was interested in buying a Japan-based PC company, weeks after netbook pioneer ASUS expressed interest in Toshiba.


Gianfranco Lanci, CEO at Acer told MicroScope it was constantly looking at potential acquisitions and technology partnerships but had nothing on the horizon.


“You can talk about acquisitions or partnerships like a joint venture, I think today this is one of the major activities in the industry, all of the people are talking together,” he said.


“Most of them realise that without consolidation the pie is too small and there are too many players,” he added.


The Taiwanese firm has already accounted for the aggregation of companies in the PC market; it forked out for Gateway, Packard Bell and eMachines to develop a multi-brand strategy in the systems market.



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