Sony Sells VAIO to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP)

Subject: General Tech, Systems | February 6, 2014 - 03:26 AM |
Tagged: sony vaio, sony

Oh look, something that was not purchased by Lenovo.

Sony has decided to sell its VAIO brand to Japanese Industrial Partners (JIP). Sony has been developing computers under thO brand since the mid 90's. While never a top-five player in the industry, they had a significant presence in stores and in the possession of people I bumped into on a day-to-day basis. The division was apparently in the red. It currently employs 1,000 people, of which 250-300 are expected to be hired with this deal.

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Whether the rest will be laid off or reshuffled within Sony remains to be seen.

As for Sony, they hope to focus on smartphones and tablets. They had a significant presence at last month's CES where they brought multiple Xperia models. VAIO also had its share of the attention though, so I guess that really does not mean much.

The acquisition is expected to complete near the end of July.

Source: The Verge

February 6, 2014 | 11:00 AM - Posted by ThorAxe

Booo... my wife and I love our 13.3" VAIO Pro's...fastest SSD in an Ultrabook.

February 6, 2014 | 01:34 PM - Posted by pdjblum

Here's hoping they did not get JIPed.

February 6, 2014 | 02:49 PM - Posted by mLocke

Sony expects to lay off around 5,000 employees by the end of the 2014 financial year – 1,500 in Japan and 3,500 overseas.

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February 6, 2014 | 03:19 PM - Posted by Fishbait

Great, now all they have to do is sell off their camera and tv business's and they have a great shot at profitability. Also, SELL YOUR DAM MARVEL RIGHTS, I want Spiderman and Ghost Rider in the Avengers movies >:|

February 14, 2014 | 08:14 AM - Posted by Adam (not verified)

personnaly i have a sony vaio , i like this laptop so much

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