Foxconn head says Apple & Dell are key partners in joint bid for Toshiba's memory unit

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Apple, Dell, and Kingston are currently the three other partners in a Foxconn-led group bidding for Toshiba's memory unit -- though still more tech firms may sign on with just days to go, according to Foxconn's chairman.




"I can tell you Apple is in for sure," Terry Gou said to Reuters on Monday, claiming that Apple's involvement has been approved by CEO Tim Cook and the board of directors. Gou noted that Amazon is simply close to signing on, despite comments made last week. Talks are also underway with Cisco, Google, and Microsoft.

Toshiba is scheduled to announce a preferred bidder on June 15, though the Japanese government has been pressing for a delay, given that a government-backed consortium has yet to finalize its bid. Reuters sources indicated that that group -- which also includes U.S. storage maker Western Digital -- is planning to offer 2 trillion yen, or about $18 billion, and may partner with Bain Capital.

Western Digital already jointly operates a Japanese memory chip plant with Toshiba, but the two companies have been in a legal battle over the auction. The former argues that by even considering other bidders, Toshiba broke the terms of the joint venture.

Toshiba's favored bidder is reportedly U.S. chipmaker Broadcom, which is said to be partnering with U.S. equity firm Silver Lake on an offer worth 2.2 trillion yen, or roughly $20 billion.

The Foxconn bid has typically been seen as unlikely to succeed, since the Taiwan-based company has close ties to China, and the Japanese government has vowed to halt any deal that would risk transferring important chip technology out of the country. Trying to allay these fears, Gou on Monday insisted that his consortium has no Chinese capital, and that Foxconn proper would have no more than a 40 percent stake in Toshiba's memory business.

Foxconn is Apple's main assembly partner, and also owns Sharp, one of Apple's display suppliers. If it does win, that may help Apple and other associated bidders secure a steady memory supply for their devices.

Toshiba's NAND flash memory business is the second biggest in the world, but the company is selling it off to cover billions in losses from its bankrupt U.S. nuclear division, Westinghouse.

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    trobertstroberts Posts: 701member
    "Toshiba's NAND flash memory business is the second biggest in the world, but the company is selling it off to cover billions in losses from its bankrupt U.S. nuclear division, Westinghouse."

    That last part is messed up. They are trying to get rid of something that is profitable just so they can cover the losses, in the billions, of something that is not.
    jbdragon
  • Reply 2 of 5
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 2,078member
    troberts said:
    "Toshiba's NAND flash memory business is the second biggest in the world, but the company is selling it off to cover billions in losses from its bankrupt U.S. nuclear division, Westinghouse."

    That last part is messed up. They are trying to get rid of something that is profitable just so they can cover the losses, in the billions, of something that is not.
    For Clean energy and powering all these Electric Cars, we really need modern Nuclear power plants getting built!!! Does Apple even want to get into partnership with Google and Amazon and all these other company's for 1 Memory company? Apple has so much money, they could easily just buy the company, or at least just keep it between Apple and Foxconn.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    jbdragon said:
    troberts said:
    "Toshiba's NAND flash memory business is the second biggest in the world, but the company is selling it off to cover billions in losses from its bankrupt U.S. nuclear division, Westinghouse."

    That last part is messed up. They are trying to get rid of something that is profitable just so they can cover the losses, in the billions, of something that is not.
    For Clean energy and powering all these Electric Cars, we really need modern Nuclear power plants getting built!!! Does Apple even want to get into partnership with Google and Amazon and all these other company's for 1 Memory company? Apple has so much money, they could easily just buy the company, or at least just keep it between Apple and Foxconn.
    The Japanese Government would not let Apple buy Toshiba outright.

  • Reply 4 of 5
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,452member
    jbdragon said:
    troberts said:
    "Toshiba's NAND flash memory business is the second biggest in the world, but the company is selling it off to cover billions in losses from its bankrupt U.S. nuclear division, Westinghouse."

    That last part is messed up. They are trying to get rid of something that is profitable just so they can cover the losses, in the billions, of something that is not.
    For Clean energy and powering all these Electric Cars, we really need modern Nuclear power plants getting built!!! Does Apple even want to get into partnership with Google and Amazon and all these other company's for 1 Memory company? Apple has so much money, they could easily just buy the company, or at least just keep it between Apple and Foxconn.
    It's not that simple. The Japanese government has to sign off on the sale, and if it was JUST Apple, or JUST Apple and Foxconn it's not very likely according to the article. 
  • Reply 5 of 5
    tshapitshapi Posts: 291member
    Toshiba theoretically can probably regrow its memory business. But if I remember correctly, they are actually not selling it in its entirety,  they are selling a stake in it or a portion of it. 

    There are also also other aspects that Apple probably doesn't want a part of. Apple is really only getting into bed with these people to essentially get wholesale prices on nand and be in the loop for the future of memory. 
    edited June 2017
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