Currently Lenovo is the fourth largest PC vendor globally behind Acer, according IDC and Gartner numbers, with 9 to 10% of the market. But the company has little presence in Japan. Conversely, NECís once substantial share of the global PC market has fallen dramatically in the last decade or so, but remains a market leader in its home country.
Neither company has confirmed or denied the rumors. According to Nikkei Business Daily, a deal with Lenovo is not expected to prevent current NEC systems from coming to market as scheduled. However, it would add to the trend of Chinese companies venturing into the Japanese market as well as Lenovo's ambitious global PC strategy. The companyís shipments grew 37% in 2010, far exceeding the industryís average growth of 14%.