According to PC World, Acer has purchased 75% control in Packard Bell. According to analysts, this move was primarily to stop Lenovo from doing the same, thus gaining entry into the European market.
Packard Bell ‘vanished’ from the US market in 2000, but has enjoyed continued success in Europe as Packard Bell Europe.
Ah yes…I do recall my first non-apple-compatible PC was a Packard Bell 486 sx-25. That is ’25’ as in megahertz. That was one cherry machine.