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3 Fujitsu S'pore units to merge

Fujitsu will merge three of its Singapore units by next month. The three entities are regional software research and development center Fujitsu Singapore, the Asia Pacific operations headquarters Fujitsu Asia, and Fujitsu Computer.

SINGAPORE--Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu will merge three of its Singapore units by next month.

The three entities are regional software research and development center Fujitsu Singapore, the Asia Pacific operations headquarters Fujitsu Asia, which handles the sales and support of telecommunications systems, and Fujitsu Computer, which markets information processing systems.

The consolidation is intended to improve efficiency, and is not expected to involve the industrial giant's other units here. Its other local businesses handle liquid crystal displays, personal computers and air-conditioners.

According to a report in The Straits Times, this move will not affect the staff in the three units, which each have a headcount of about 100.

The move comes in the wake of cost-cutting measures by other multinationals here.

Last week, electronics maker Aiwa announced over 200 layoffs. Philips of Holland has also said it will shut its local mobile phone research and development unit.