Gateway closes NZ doors

PC manufacturer Gateway New Zealand has closed down.

PC manufacturer Gateway New Zealand has closed down.

Gateway New Zealand's website carries an "important notice to our loyal Australian and New Zealand customers" informing them of the decision.

"Gateway regrets to inform all our customers that it will no longer actively sell it's products in Australia and NZ; or from this ANZ website," it says. "Our site has been a popular one and will remain available to our existing customers to assist them with their support queries."

The central Gateway website confirms New Zealand and Australia will both cease operations along with several other countries.

"...the company announced today that it will immediately close all of its company-owned operations in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand."

Calls to Gateway's number are answered with a recorded message: "Gateway currently has a general staff meeting underway. Please call back after 1pm Australian eastern standard time or 3pm New Zealand time. We apologise for any inconvenience."

Gateway expects to announce its decision on the future of its European operations in the next month.

As reported in IDGNet last week (see Gateway may exit New Zealand following company review), Gateway was considering pulling back to North America and closing all its non-US offices.

Gateway New Zealand began operation with the purchase of PC Direct in 1998 for an estimated $7 million. Since then the operation has been downsized and has repeatedly slipped in the market share ratings. PC Direct peaked in 1996 at third overall PC sales in IDC's survey - Gateway ranked seventh last year and is 10th this year.

Ironically, Gateway's US website carries the message, "From the day Ted Waitt founded Gateway on an Iowa cattle farm, our business has been about people". The site also claims the company employs 20,000 people "on four continents".

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