Back in February, details emerged of big plans to unify three of the PC industry's best-known manufacturers, in an effort to compete more effectively amid a global slump in PC sales. Talks have been underway for some time between Toshiba, Fujitsu and Vaio, and according to the CEO of Japan Industrial Partners - which purchased Sony's ailing Vaio PC business in 2014 - those negotiations were originally expected to be completed by the end of last month.
However, it seems that things haven't gone to plan, and as The Wall Street Journal reports, those talks are now at risk of collapse. Citing unnamed sources, the report claims that Vaio has already abandoned the negotiations, and while Toshiba and Fujitsu are still in talks, it's said that neither company wishes to take a majority stake in the joint operation.
At one stage during the talks, Vaio was said to have agreed to take a controlling stake in the company, but the three companies could not reach an agreement over the exact terms of that proposal. Vaio eventually abandoned the talks entirely, as it reportedly believed that they were 'going nowhere'.
Toshiba didn't comment on the ongoing negotiations, but a spokesperson for the company told the WSJ that the company is still considering 'various options' for its PC business.
Source: The Wall Street Journal