"A (Sony) breakup is long overdue"

Started May 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP Lab D Senior Member • Posts: 6,938
Re: A profitable imaging division

Doug J wrote:

Lab D wrote:

Doug J wrote:

Lab D wrote:

007peter wrote:

You would think that M43 fanboys would be more GRATEFULto Sony for making dumb investment mistakes Sony couldill afford wasting $642 millioons investing in a dying competitor. A much smarter strategy is to let Olympus died of its natural course (financial scandals) and eliminate a competitor without lifting a finger.

Source: Sony invests $642 million in Olympus, what’s it mean for photographers?

Instead of being so gleeful seeing Sony falter, keep in mind it is Sony that is keeping Olympus afloat

Lab D wrote:


Don't shoot the messenger.

While Sony is losing money in imaging (professional video services is profitable though), they saw the Olympus medical imaging division making money. They desperately wanted a piece of that pie. They only got a small piece though.

It might be a larger piece than we think. A medical business JV, Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc., has been created in which Sony has 51%.



That is a small separate venture for developing new technology and not the high profitalbe Olympus Medical Division.

That would be expected, but it'll be interesting to see how the JV develops.

btw, unlike Sony, Panasonic is profitable. When Sony breaks-up their electronics, Panasonic or Samsung may just buy at a discount. We do know Sony is under pressure and said they will continue to lose money in to 2015. Something has to give.


It should be nice for Olympus.  Sony should do most of the R&D and use their patents,  and Olympus will sit back and benefit.  Good deal for both.

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