An unspecified ?global player? in the PC market is set to reap a large benefit from Unisys? decision today to withdraw from manufacturing everything but high end servers.
Brian Daly, a senior corporate communication officer at Unisys US, refused to say which company would reap the benefit of the decision.
Although both Compaq and Gateway 2000 are in the frame, he said that he would not comment on which company will OEM its machines and that the next 60 to 90 days will decide what happens.
He refused to comment on whether Unisys was talking to either Compaq or Unisys.
He said that he was unable to say whether or not layoffs at the company?s two factories in San Jose or in France would happen either.
?We?ll continue supplying notebook Pcs and low end servers in between the transition period,? said Daly.
?It?s premature to speculate on what the impact will be in terms of lay-offs,? he added.
The PC company, whether it be Gateway 2000, Compaq or another, will make notebooks, low-end servers and desktops with the Unisys brand.
Unisys will, he said, continue to manufacture many of its high end servers at its southern Californian plant, and he said that it also will continue to use a Gateway-ALR server it re-brands.
Neither Gateway 2000 nor Compaq would say whether either was the favoured company, with company representatives issuing a blunt ?no comment?.
Last year, speculation was rife that Compaq was looking to acquire Unisys service arms, a claim hotly disputed by senior executives at the company then. And rumours on Wall Street yesterday suggested that Gateway 2000 itself was up for sale.
Meanwhile, Daly said the company was clawing its way back to profitability. He said that the yearly results, out in a few weeks, would show that its net income would be three times what it was in 1996.
?We are making significant progress in our objective of becoming profitable,? he claimed.
Although Daly did not say it, it is clear that eliminating expensive manufacturing plants will cut down on some of the company?s overheads.
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