The History of Fujitsu-Siemens Computers
Fujitsu-Siemens was focussed particularly on producing ecologically sound computers and the enterprise was seen as a leader in ‘Green IT’. Despite sponsoring the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team from 1999 to 2000 (a sport not exactly known for a low carbon footprint), the company has a longstanding record of leadership in the field.
As of 2012, the company was 3rd out a total 21 major manufacturers on the ‘Cool IT’ leaderboard, according to Greenpeace.
The Fujitsu brand certainly has some longevity, as it is the 3rd oldest IT company in the world, beaten only by IBM and Hewlett Packard. Founded on June 20th, 1935, under its original name ‘Fuji Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturing’. The company even survived the chaos that ensued after the Allied occupation of Japan after WWII. Their association with the German company Siemens also goes back to that time.
Fujitsu Ltd is the fourth biggest IT services provider in the world and is listed as a Global 500 company. The main thrust of the business is computing products, but it also has several subsidiaries that offer a diverse range of services in enterprise computing, telecommunications, air conditioning and microelectronics. The company currently employs in excess of 159,000 people and is listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange, selling products in over 100 countries.
Today the brand that is Fujitsu manufactures a range of and notebook PCs, desktops, servers, storage and datacentre products. The company has a major presence in the major European, Middle Eastern and African markets and continues to be one of the world’s largest players in the world of computers.
Mergers and partnerships have been a common thread throughout the long history of Fujitsu and things are no different today. In the last few years, the enterprise has collaborated with GLOVIA International and VMware. As serial innovators, Fujitsu will most probably be involved in consumer electronics for the next 80 years and beyond. Cloud technologies, visualisation products, and multi-vendor network automation are just a few of the fields the company is working in today.