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In the wake of the successful conclusion of the arbitration proceedings over IBM’s complaints against the Japanese company, Fujitsu Ltd wants to waste no time in getting its IBMulators back into the European market – but this time the company is believed to have turned its back on any new agreement with Siemens AG or other intermediary, and to be ready to move into the market under its own name. Fujitsu’s M-series mainframes effectively disappeared from the European market after ICL proved such an unenthusiastic reseller that Fujitsu allowed its agreement to lapse, and Siemens subsequently stopped marketing the machines after it became embarrassed at the dispute between IBM and Fujitsu over the latter’s rewrites of MVS. Siemens offloaded its IBMulator interests on the Comparex Computer Systeme GmbH joint venture, which soon abandoned the fiction that it still marketed machines from Fujitsu as well as Hitachi Ltd. Fujitsu’s European computer base is in Spain, and from there it is expected to launch forays first into the West German and French markets, putting it into competition with its 46%-owned affiliate Amdahl Corp. Siemens is expected to continue to market Fujitsu’s VP line of IBM-compatible scientific supercomputers in major European markets.

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