Packard Bell NEC and NEC to merge sales outside Japan

By Julian Matthews

PENANG–Packard Bell NEC Asia Pacific and NEC will consolidate its desktop PC, notebook and server businesses, outside Japan, under a single entity by the year 2000.

“Managing and operating from the same organization gives certain advantages. Now, we are able to serve corporate customers worldwide under one umbrella. All products and services will be unified,” said Wim Giezenaar, vice president and managing director of Packard Bell NEC Asia Pacific in a statement.

Packard Bell NEC and NEC sales offices in the region operated independently of each other previously.

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NEC, Packard Bell NEC To Unify Asia Pacific Operations

By Julian Matthews

NEC Computers International BV, a newly named company to push the NEC and Packard Bell brands globally outside of Japan and China, will merge all its Asia Pacific operations by the year 2000.

“The PC and server business will gradually be integrated into one organization starting from this year. This current development has begun in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand offices, to be followed by operations in Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong,” said Wim Giezenaar, vice president and managing director of Packard Bell NEC, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

Giezenaar said, however, that NEC subsidiaries will continue its direct systems integration business in the region, which includes PCs and servers.
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Packard Bell NEC will not shut down Asia Pacific plant

by Julian Matthews

PENANG–Packard Bell NEC will not shut down its Asia Pacific plant in Penang nor layoff any of its staff there or in sales offices in Middle East, Australia or New Zealand.

Company spokesperson Grace Lau confirmed this in a response to CNET Asia following the announcement of drastic restructuring of its US unit with 80 percent staff cuts and withdrawal of the Packard Bell brand from retail shelves.

“There are no cuts in Asia Pacific that we are aware of at this moment,” said Lau, who said the company in fact just advertised for new engineers last month.

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