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NewsPoster Sep 20, 2013 02:16 PM
Asus chairman keeps an 'open mind' about possible Acer merger
Taiwan-based computer producers <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294445==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/09/02/aspire.r7.upgraded.with.haswell.acer.active.pen.su pport/" rel='nofollow'>Acer</a> and <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294446==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/09/19/next.nexus.10.set.to.be.designed.and.manufactured. by.asus/" rel='nofollow'>Asus</a> could potentially merge in the future, according to a new report. Asus chairman Johnny Shih, responding to a query relating to a possible merging of the two companies, suggested that the industry is currently in a transitional period, and that everyone involved should "keep an open mind" about such a prospect. <br />
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Acer founder Stan Shih advised <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294450==http://bit.ly/16uN5a6" rel='nofollow'>to</a> <em>China Times</em> that it was best to "go with the flow" and to be "open-minded," and that if either company were to approach the other, they should do so with a "benevolent spirit" and to act for the maximum benefit of both companies involved. <br />
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The two companies have been <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294447==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/02/17/asus.transformer.tf300t.matches.acer.a510/" rel='nofollow'>heading</a> in a <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294448==http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/10/06/acer.and.asus.use.fiber.to.try.and.undercut.apple/" rel='nofollow'>similar direction</a> for the last few years, with both offering relatively identical product ranges at times. A merger would in theory strengthen the two companies into one larger entity, and possibly help all involved weather what has been previously called the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294449==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/04/10/apple.toshiba.beating.industry.average.still.suffe ring.downturns/" rel='nofollow'>worst year in 20 years</a> for PC shipments. <br />
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Talk of a merger affected the markets, with Asus shares rising 1.69 percent by the end of the day yesterday, and Acer's shares also going up by 0.5 percent.
 
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