January 24, 1990 |
The European Community Commission and Japan have settled a three-year inquiry into the dumping of Japanese computer chips at unusually low prices in the European market, the commission said Tuesday. In a statement, the commission said that 11 Japanese companies agreed to set a minimum price for their chips, amounting to the average production cost plus a 9.5% profit margin. The agreement was a "sufficient guarantee against price competition from Japan," the commission said.
November 30, 1991 |
Siemens Offers to Share Chip Expertise: German electronics group Siemens has offered to share its expertise in semiconductors with Europe's struggling computer chip industry. In a recent letter from Siemens' chairman, Karlheinz Kaske, to the European Community's Executive Commission, Siemens offered Europe's other two chip producers--SGS-Thomson Microelectronics and Philips Electronics--access to technical know-how acquired in cooperation with International Business Machines Corp.
January 13, 1989 |
Britain and the European Community launched separate monopoly inquiries Thursday into a hostile Anglo-German takeover bid for leading British electronics firm Plessey Co. The bid, made in November by Siemens AG of West Germany and Britain's General Electric Co. (GEC), is worth $3 billion (1.7 billion pounds) and, if successful, would create one of Europe's biggest electronics concerns. Industry analysts said the investigations would give Lazard Bros.
January 26, 1990 |
The competition to develop high-definition television revved up on Thursday with the announcement that the U.S. divisions of two European electronics giants have joined NBC-TV to research advanced TV systems. Philips Consumer Electronics Co. said it will join an existing research venture of Thomson Consumer Electronics Inc. and NBC. Philips is part of NV Philips of the Netherlands, while Thomson is the U.S. division of Thomson SA of France.
July 12, 1990 |
A European consortium of high-definition television companies was launched Wednesday in a bid to make its version of razor-sharp pictures, wrapped in digital sound, acceptable throughout the world. The consortium, called "Vision 1250" because European HDTV screens will feature 1,250 horizontal lines instead of the 625 on conventional sets there, is a multinational group that will make HDTV production facilities available to film and TV professionals.