Feeds

No more buys from Acer

Digesting Gateway and Packard-Bell

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Acer has pulled itself off the acquisition trail for the foreseeable future and will spend the next couple of years digesting Gateway and Packard Bell.

Acer reckons its integration plan for Gateway will be in place for November, with the combined company ready to hit the ground on 1 January.

The Taiwanese PC giant insists the deal will not cause upheaval in its channel, as Gateway has already ditched the direct model it once relied on.

The deal could see the Gateway brand re-enter Europe, though not necessarily the brand's former Western Europe stamping ground.

The Taiwan-based firm's $710m purchase of Gateway – with veteran consumer brand Packard Bell thrown in almost as an afterthought- is all but complete.

Acer president Gianfranco said the company had no plans to make any further acquisitions for the next 24 to 36 months. "I really don't see how we could think about another acquisition."

Lanci said the company already had an integration team in place drawing up plans for combining the firms. He said the parent intended to leverage all the knowledge and best practices in the acquired companies.

More tangibly, perhaps, he said the firm intended to keep all its brands. Given that Gateway also owns the eMachines brand, this gives it five established brands to play with.

However, in practice, the company will probably use not more than two brands in each country.

Lanci described Gateway and Packard Bell as mainly consumer brands.

Packard Bell looks set to be the vendor's consumer desktop brand in EMEA, with some presence in the US. This leaves the Acer badge on the firm's notebook products, and its business desktops and servers.

Gateway's heartland will remain in the US, but the brand could be rolled out in Eastern Europe, and its existing presence in China and Japan could be expanded. There doesn't seem to be any prospect of the firm's cow coloured boxes running in the streets of Europe any time soon.

Lanci refused to discuss how much the Packard Bell operation will cost Acer, except to say "We're not talking about hundreds of millions." ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’
Catapult me a Mojito, I feel an Digital Innovation coming on
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else
Spill those Android secrets, or we’ll fine you
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.