Another era has come to an end: once built the first notebook computer, the giant announced to leave! Sharp pick up

Guide: the head of Toshiba said that currently Toshiba has sold its notebook business and all its shares to sharp, and the relevant transaction was completed in early August. This also marks that Toshiba has officially withdrawn from the notebook computer business that has been in operation for 35 years. Two years ago, Toshiba sold 80.1% of its computer business to sharp for $36 million, which renamed the unit DYNABOOK. In June 2020, sharp exercised its right to purchase the remaining 19.1% of Toshiba’s shares. Toshiba issued a statement on August 4 that the transaction had been completed. Later, CCTV reporters contacted the relevant person in charge of Toshiba for the first time. The person in charge said that currently Toshiba had sold its notebook computer business and all its shares to sharp, and the relevant transaction was completed in early August. This also marks that Toshiba has officially withdrawn from the notebook computer business which has been in operation for 35 years. In 1985, Toshiba launched the world’s first notebook computer, the t1100, which is also known as “the pioneer of notebook computer”. With an internal rechargeable battery, a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive and 256K memory, the product opens the door to the design of a flip top laptop that we are already familiar with. It is also known as the world’s first laptop. In order not to be eliminated by competitors, Toshiba insists on innovation. In the 1990s, Toshiba began to increase power on its satellite line and began to use the small, lightweight port é g é series to make mobile work more possible. < / P > < p > based on this, the birth of these products made Toshiba the largest laptop manufacturer from the late 1990s to the 2000s. It was during that decade that the PC market gradually took shape, and Toshiba regularly ranked among the top 5 PC suppliers. However, with the influx of more manufacturers and the shrinking PC market, on the one hand, Toshiba’s innovation has gradually been unable to meet the needs of users; on the other hand, competitors such as Lenovo, Dell and HP have risen rapidly. In the 2010’s, Toshiba has been far behind its Lenovo, Dell and HP. < / P > < p > according to Reuters, when Toshiba sold its PC business shares to sharp in 2018, its PC market shipments had dropped from 17.7 million units at its peak in 2011 to about 1.4 million units in 2017. < / P > < p > while the market share continues to decline, PC business has become the financial burden of Toshiba group, which has exposed losses for five consecutive years when it was sold to sharp. According to Toshiba’s financial report, the sales volume of Toshiba’s PC business unit was y146.68 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2018, down 11.1% from y165.06 billion in fy2016, and the net loss reached y8.21 billion. However, judging from the operation of the whole Toshiba group, this move seems to be expected. In recent years, Toshiba has been exposed to financial fraud for many times, and the whole group is also in deep debt crisis. In addition to selling PC business, Toshiba also sold its TV business to Hisense, its white appliance business to Midea Group, and its chip business to a consortium led by Bain Capital, a US private equity firm. < / P > < p > as the acquiring party, sharp expects to return to the PC market by acquiring Toshiba’s PC business. “The acquisition of Toshiba PC business is in line with sharp’s future strategic development strategy.” In 2018, sharp CEO Dai Zhengwu said in an interview. At that time, sharp was acquired by Foxconn as a subsidiary of Foxconn. Mr. Dai said sharp would return to the IT hardware market to sell hardware products, including personal computers and other products, produced by its parent company, Foxconn, under the sharp brand. < / P > < p > as the world’s largest OEM manufacturer of iPhone, Foxconn has the advantage of scale and cost, and can purchase electronic devices at a lower price than other companies. In addition, Foxconn also has efficient production technology and sales network. These will be the important advantages of Sharp’s return to the PC market. After purchasing Toshiba’s PC business, sharp launched a series of new products to revive the DYNABOOK brand, but its share in the PC market did not increase significantly. According to IDC data, in the whole year of 2019, sharp computers shipped 1.46 million units in the Japanese market, with a market share of 8.4%, ranking behind Lenovo, HP and Dell. < / P > < p > in terms of the global market, sharp’s share is still insignificant. According to the data released by canalys, a technology market research company, in the second quarter of 2020, the world’s top five PC manufacturers accounted for 78% of the total market share, while other manufacturers accounted for only 22% of the market share. Science Discovery

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