According to Marbridge Daily, Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo (HKG:0992.HK - News) announced in Japan yesterday that it has become the leading vendor in the Japanese market. Ostensibly, Lenovo is citing IDC Japan 2H 2012 figures that were released earlier this month that put its market share at 25.4 percent.
This comes one year after Lenovo paid $175 million (in shares) to NEC for a 51 percent stake in the subsequent NEC Lenovo Japan Group joint venture. Prior to their agreement, NEC held about 20 percent of the market, while Lenovo had about 5.6 percent. So technically, they are holding steady in the market.
But in comparison to its competitors, standing still is actually moving forward. Market runner-up Fujitsu dropped 8.7 percent on the previous year (15.3 percent), as did HP and Dell, dropping 8.8 and 9.8 percent respectively on the year before. Toshiba, interestingly, fared well growing 2.3 percent on the previous year.
Lenovo has been active in Japan since 2005, and IBM (who it acquired in 2005) has been selling PCs in the country since back in the 80s.
It was recently announced that Lenovo’s new Thinkpad XI Carbon (pictured below) will be hitting Japan soon, giving fans there a very sexy Ultrabook option.