APRIL 28, 2008 -- Fujitsu Ltd. (search for Fujitsu) and subsidiary Fujitsu Access Ltd. plan to merge and reorganize their photonic systems businesses in July. They expect the move will strengthen their photonics systems development, manufacturing, and sales operations for the Japanese market.
The Fujitsu Group develops and markets optical communications systems, including WDM and SONET backbone network systems developed by Fujitsu, and GE-PON access network equipment for customers in Japan developed by Fujitsu Access. As the market has evolved, however, the boundary between backbone and access networks has become increasingly blurred, the companies say. In this environment, the management of Fujitsu and Fujitsu Access deemed it necessary to generate greater collaboration by combining their capabilities and know-how, particularly for the development of next-generation photonic systems for the Japanese market.
The photonics divisions to be merged and reorganized are as follows:
- Photonics Sales Divisions: The Japan sales divisions of Fujitsu Ltd. and Fujitsu Access Ltd. will be merged into one Fujitsu Ltd. photonics sales division for the Japanese market.
- Photonics Development and Manufacturing Divisions: The Japan product development divisions of Fujitsu and Fujitsu Access and all of the companies' photonics manufacturing divisions will be merged and reorganized. Fujitsu will continue to develop products for markets outside of Japan. The power electronics business of Fujitsu Access, including its sales division, will continue to be managed by Fujitsu Access.
The merger of the sales divisions will reinforce the sales capabilities for the photonics business, while the merger of the development and manufacturing divisions will streamline and accelerate operations, the companies believe. Details on the merger and reorganization will be announced in the middle of May.