By Pavel Alpeyev,Bloomberg
TOKYO: Hewlett-Packard Co., the world’s largest maker of personal computers, agreed to partner with Hitachi to sell PCs for businesses in Japan.
Hitachi will sell machines made by Hewlett-Packard under its own brand, using its distribution channels, the two companies said on 9 March. Tokyo-based Hitachi will also supply maintenance and support services, they said.
The agreement is an extension of a partnership in 1989 between the companies, which includes servers and storage devices. Hitachi and the Palo Alto, California-based Hewlett-Packard will also carry out joint research on computer security.
The two companies, which saw their share of Japanese personal-computer shipments shrink in the first half of this fiscal, face competition from NEC Corp., Japan’s biggest PC maker, Fujitsu Ltd and Dell, which control more than half of Japan’s shipments.
NEC had a 21.4% share by shipments, followed by Fujitsu with 18.6% and Dell Inc. with 15.6%, according to MM Research Institute.
The share of Hewlett-Packard, Japan’s sixth-largest PC maker, declined to 6.2% in the six months ended 30 September from 6.4% a year earlier, MM Research said.