Business and Other Risks
3. Competitors and the Industry
The ICT sector is characterized by intense competition and fastpaced technological innovation. Events within the industry or actions by competitors could therefore have a substantial impact on our business results. Examples of such potential risks are listed below.
3-1. Price Competition
Changes in market environments, intensifying competition, technological innovation and other factors may cause prices for products and services to decline.
Anticipating such technology- and competition-driven price reductions for ICT services, including cloud computing, and the escalation of PC prices, we are pursuing a variety of measures to reduce costs, as well as efforts to expand sales of competitive products and services derived from an awareness of customer needs and industry trends.
Despite these steps, the Group still faces the risk of larger-than-expected declines in prices, as well as being unable to achieve cost reductions or sales growth due to fluctuations in procurement costs. Any of these risks could negatively impact Group sales and profitability.
3-2. Competition from New Market Entrants and Others
In addition to challenges posed by existing industry peers, competition from new market entrants continues to intensify in the ICT sector. Today, new entrants continue to emerge in market areas where the Fujitsu Group has a competitive advantage, thus entailing the risk that we may lose our competitive edge or fail to secure a clear competitive advantage in future business operations.
3-3. Competition in Technology Development
Technological advancement in the ICT sector occurs at an extremely fast pace, leading to rapid turnover in new products and technologies. In this context, remaining competitive requires the continuous development of state-of-the-art technology. While the Fujitsu Group does its utmost to maintain highly competitive technologies by expanding into markets such as cloud computing and smartphones, a loss in competitiveness versus other companies in the race to develop innovative technologies could lead to a decline in the Group’s market share and profitability, which would negatively impact sales and earnings. Further, sales and profitability could be affected by the development of groundbreaking technologies and services by competitors that would severely compromise the value of the Group’s services and products.