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Sony, Fujifilm mull bids for medical systems unit

TOKYO -- Sony and Fujifilm Holdings are considering joining the fray to acquire a Toshiba medical equipment subsidiary, raising the prospect of a bidding war for a growth business.

     Toshiba will start preparing for an auction as early as next week to unload Toshiba Medical Systems. Multiple funds, such as U.S.-based Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, might participate as well. Other companies seen as potential buyers include Hitachi, Canon, General Electric unit GE Healthcare and the Samsung group.

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