Fujitsu Siemens Computers

Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH was a Japanese and German vendor of information technology. The company was founded in 1999 as a 50/50 joint venture between Fujitsu 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]

Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH
Company typeJoint venture
IndustryInformation technology
Founded1999; 25 years ago (1999)
Defunct2009; 15 years ago (2009)
FateSiemens' stake acquired by Fujitsu, became Fujitsu Technology Solutions
Key people
Richard Christou (Executive Chairman)
ProductsInfrastructure Products, Infrastructure Solutions, Managed Infrastructure Services, Infrastructure as a Service
Number of employees
Approximately 10,700 (as of March 2009)
ParentFujitsu, Siemens

The offerings of Fujitsu Siemens Computers extended from handheld and notebook PCs through desktops, server and storage, to IT data center products 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 ecological and environmental markings such as Energy Star and Nordic swan.[3]

Fujitsu Siemens sponsored McLaren Mercedes Formula-1 team in 1999 and 2000.

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 and Lohja factories in 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.

Also on the Fujitsu side, the company fully acquired Amdahl corporation in 1997 which was a manufacturer of IBM compatible mainframes. The mainframe market was an area where Siemens also had a strong presence in, especially in Europe. The mainframe strategy of Siemens was different however as it produced its own line of mainframes that were not IBM compatible. Before the acquisition of Amdahl, Fujitsu also already had its own division that produced IBM compatible mainframes so the Amdahl acquisition was part of a market consolidation effort.

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 €450m with effect from April 1, 2009.[4] Fujitsu Siemens was the last major Japanese/European computer manufacturer.

The Fujitsu takeover went ahead as planned on April 1, 2009—with the company renamed Fujitsu Technology Solutions.[5] The FSC website was terminated.

Products edit

Fujitsu Siemens Computers' products included:

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Fujitsu: "Fujitsu Technology Solutions will drive transformation for Fujitsu" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, April 1, 2009
  2. ^ The Green IT Review: "Fujitsu Siemens Steams Ahead" Archived 2020-07-28 at the Wayback Machine September 24, 2008
  3. ^ The Industry Standard: "Fujitsu Siemens goes seriously green" Archived 2009-08-28 at the Wayback Machine, November 8, 2007
  4. ^ Fujitsu: "Fujitsu to Acquire Siemens's Stake in Fujitsu Siemens Computers" November 4, 2008
  5. ^ "Fujitsu CEMEA&I". Retrieved 17 April 2018.

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