Related News

Home » Business » IT

NEC and Renesas agree merger

NEC Electronics Corp and Renesas Technology Corp said yesterday that they have agreed to merge their operations and form the world's third-largest semiconductor maker.

The companies aim to finalize negotiations in July and combine their businesses from April next year, they said in a joint press release. Reports of a merger had been circulating for weeks.

NEC Electronics, majority-owned by electronics giant NEC Corp, and Renesas said they are facing increasing competition in the chip industry, and market conditions have deteriorated since the global economy ground to a halt.

The semiconductor business requires massive upfront investment for production equipment, and selling prices face constant downward pressure as technology advances. A merger would allow the two companies to phase out older, less productive lines and better leverage economies of scale.

Other chip companies are also struggling. United States-based flash memory maker Spansion Inc and its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in March, and German manufacturer Qimonda AG declared bankruptcy in January.

The announcement was made after the markets closed in Japan yesterday.



Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend