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  • Compaq Japan, DEC Japan to Merge Within This Year
  • June 18, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Compaq Computer K.K. and Digital Equipment Corp. Japan (DEC Japan) announced at a press conference held in Tokyo that they will merge within this year.
    Hajime Takayanagi, president of Compaq Japan, will serve as the president of the combined company.

    DEC stockholders in the United States approved the takeover by Compaq Computer Corp. of Houston, Texas.

    At the press conference in Tokyo, Takayanagi emphasized the impact of the merger. He said the new company will have a full line of products, including DEC's Alpha computers, and he noted that the combined company will have 1,850 employees.

    "We are advancing on IBM in scale," Takayanagi said.

    "Alpha will continue to be developed, and DIGITAL UNIX will be positioned as a standard model of the 64-bit machine by the new company," said Toshio Ueda, president of DEC Japan.

    Many details about the combined company have not been decided. The name hasn't been determined, and Ueda's tasks after the merger are yet to be firmed up. Moreover, the companies must develop practical plans for integration of overlapping product groups.

    Referring to it as an "inevitable issue," Takayanagi said that downsizing in Japan is probably imminent, in line with the parent company's staff reduction plan.

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    Updated: Wed Jun 17 15:48:54 1998