Acer tipped to buy Fujitsu notebook business

A report suggested that Taiwanese notebook firm Acer could ensure it had a chance to beat Hewlett Packard in the notebook business through buying another company.

And according to Taiwanese wire Digitimes, a possible candidate for acquisition could be Fujitsu.  We don’t know if Fujitsu considers its notebook business is up for sale.

But as Fujitsu only shipped three million notebooks in 2009, compared to Acer’s 31 million and HP’s 37 million, the figures don’t really add up.

Acer has had a long term goal to be the number one manufacturer of notebooks worldwide – a goal its founder Stan Shih first announced back in 1990.

Last year it knocked Dell off the number two slot and has a market share of around 18 percent.

Digitimes points out that Acer would have to grow by over 45 percent to reach the number one slot and topple HP. That doesn’t seem likely if it buys Fujitsu’s notebook business, and HP is certainly not going to sit back and let the moss grow over its now rather successful business.