Siemens Nixdorf's plans for global expansion are left in the lurch now Acer has backed out of an agreement to take-over the manufacture of its PC systems. The German firm will now have to look for a new partner, but claims it is in no hurry as business in the PC division has achieved healthy growth of 25% so far this year. Acer agreed in April to purchase the Augsberg plant and undertake all manufacture of PCs, notebooks and low-end servers for Siemens (SNI) world-wide on an OEM basis (see PC Week 28 April). Following the economic crisis in Asia, Acer sought to change the financial details of the deal. At that point it became unfeasible for SNI, a spokesman for the German PC manufacturer explained. This will not mark the end of all overseas investment for Acer, however. "The SNI case is an isolated case, not reflecting Acer's business status in the rest of Europe or the world," claimed an Acer spokesman. But it would not be looking for another European plant in the near future, he admitted. Nor will it be the end of the relationship between the two vendors. "Acer and SNI do have an active partnership/relationship going, through which real business is being transacted. However, we will not comment on the specific nature of that business," the Acer spokesman added. Similar in detail to the defunct Acer/SNI deal was the purchase of Tulip's manufacturing in Holland by US distributor Ingram Micro with a reciprocal agreement to manufacture PC systems (see PCWeek 23 June). It is possible that other global distributors like CHS or Techdata could be interested in SNI, but neither has approached the vendor yet.ware, software and services.
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