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Packard Bell NEC

(Packard Bell, The Netherlands, www.packardbell.com) A major PC manufacturer that is the consumer brand of NEC Computers International and the home computing market leader in the U.K. and much of Western Europe.

Packard Bell's history dates back to 1926 when it was founded as a consumer radio manufacturer and later entered the defense electronics industry. It was acquired by Teledyne in 1968. In 1986, Beny Alagem and a group of partners acquired the Packard Bell name from Teledyne and formed Packard Bell Electronics. This company pioneered sales into the mass-market retail chains in the late 1980s and was the first to offer toll-free support to end users. In 1995, Packard Bell acquired Zenith Data Systems and, in 1996, merged with NEC's personal computer operations to become Packard Bell NEC. NEC reorganized its PC business worldwide in 2000, with Packard Bell closing its U.S. offices and focusing exclusively on Europe's consumer market. See NEC.
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NEC said that its European business continues to be profitable and growing, while Packard Bell NEC in the Americas (PBNEC) has reduced its losses significantly while still struggling in a fiercely competitive marketplace.
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We take pride in the fact that our PCs are always evolving to incorporate some of the latest technology and provide great value," said Mal Ransom, senior vice president, Packard Bell NEC Consumer Division.
Offering tremendous 3D and digital video performance at a great price point, S3's Savage4 accelerator provides an optimal graphics solution," said Pascal Cagni, vice president, Packard Bell NEC Europe.
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Packard Bell NEC and its affiliates comprise the fifth largest PC vendor in the world (IDC, April 1999).
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Blanchette will report to Jeff Cooke, executive vice president and general manager of NEC CSD, the Commercial Division of Packard Bell NEC Inc.
Similar microdesktops, like the Packard Bell NEC Z1, are designed to meet the growing computing needs and space constraints of the consumer market.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to deliver easy-to-use, affordable PCs that the whole family can enjoy," said Mal Ransom, senior vice president, Packard Bell NEC Consumer Division.