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    M&A: Novelis receives last clearance from European Commission for acquisition of Aleris
    Novelis Inc. has received the final clearance from the European Commission for its proposed acquisition of Aleris Corporation, a global supplier of rolled aluminum products, Novelis announced in a press release on 8 April. Novelis secured final approval from the Commission for the sale of Aleri...
    M&A: Infineon gets final regulatory approvals to acquire Cypress Semiconductor
    Infineon Technologies has announced it has received all necessary regulatory approvals for its acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor Corp, a company press release on 7 April showed. Infineon expects to close the transaction within five business days. The transaction will be funded through a combin...
    M&A: Recticel divests controlling stake in Automotive Interiors division, 50% stake in Eurofoam JV
    Recticel has entered into a definitive agreement with a Germany-based private investment firm Admetos GmbH to partially divest its ownership in Automotive Interior business, the company said in a press release on 6 April. Under the agreement, Recticel’s Automotive Interior division will be transfe...
    M&A: BorgWarner-Delphi acquisition clears regulatory hurdle
    US-based automotive powertrain components supplier BorgWarner’s planned acquisition of Delphi Technologies has received the requisite antitrust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission. The acquisition is being monitored closely since it came under risk when Delphi drew down its full USD500 mil...
    M&A: Austrian sensor specialist ams completes USD1.8 billion share sale to fund Osram acquisition
    ams has announced that it has completed a CHF1.75 billion (USD1.81 billion) share sale to partially fund the acquisition of Germany-based Osram Licht, according to a company press release on 31 March. ams shareholders exercised the subscription rights for 117.5 million new shares, corresponding to 6...
    M&A: BorgWarner issues statement regarding breach of agreement by Delphi Technologies
    American powertrain components manufacturer BorgWarner has issued a statement regarding its impending acquisition of Delphi Technologies. According to a press release issued by the company on 31 March, BorgWarner has stated that Delphi Technologies PLC provided notice to the lenders pursuant to its ...
    Diodes gets approval from Taiwanese authorities for acquisition of Lite-On Semiconductor
    Diodes has announced that it has been granted approval by authorities in Taiwan for the acquisition of Lite-On Semiconductor (LSC), according to a company press release on 30 March. Approvals from the authorities include the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission and the Foreign Investment Approval from the I...
    Ube Industries to acquire compound manufacturer Premium Composite Technology North America
    Japan-based Ube Industries has announced its decision to acquire Premium Composite Technology North America, Inc. (PCTNA), a consolidated subsidiary of Toyota Tsusho Corporation, according to a company press release on 23 March. Ube Industries and Toyota Tsusho entered into a share transfer agreemen...
    Austrian sensor firm ams expects to close Osram deal in Q2 2020
    ams has announced that, with respect to the acquisition of Germany-based Osram Licht, it expects the public offer to close in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. In a press release dated 19 March, the Austrian company has said it has increased its direct shareholding in OSRAM to 23.4%, funded from ex...
    TDK absorbs its wholly-owned subsidiary TDK-EPC Corporation
    TDK has decided to absorb and merge its wholly-owned subsidiary TDK-EPC Corporation, the company announced in a press release on 25 March. TDK Corporation will be the surviving company and TDK-EPC Corporation will be dissolved. The effective date of merger is scheduled to be 1 July 2020. Sig...
    ZF, WABCO expect to complete merger in Q2 2020
    According to a press release issued on 24 March, American auto parts maker WABCO and German auto components supplier ZF Friedrichshafen have stated that both companies have received all the requisite approvals from relevant regulatory authorities, with the exception of the Chinese State Administrati...
    ABB acquires majority stake in EV charging provider Chargedot
    Switzerland’s ABB has completed its acquisition of a majority stake of 67% in Chargedot Shanghai New Energy Technology Co., Ltd. (Chargedot), according to a company press release on 17 March. The transaction was first announced in October 2019. Significance: Chargedot supplies AC and DC chargin...
    M&A: TE Connectivity acquires majority stake in sensor maker First Sensor AG
    TE Connectivity (TE) has acquired a majority stake in sensor specialist First Sensor AG, according to a company press release on 12 March 2020. TE, through its wholly owned subsidiary TE Connectivity Sensors Germany Holding AG, holds a total of 71.87% stake in First Sensor. First Sensor is a tech...
    M&A: Accenture to acquire automotive embedded software developer ESR Labs
    Accenture has agreed to acquire ESR Labs, a Germany-based company that develops embedded software for leading German car brands and suppliers, Accenture said in a press release on 10 March. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The completion of the acquisition is subject to customary clos...
    M&A: Luxoft to acquire AI mobility systems developer CMORE Automotive
    Luxoft has reached an agreement to acquire CMORE Automotive, a Germany-based company specializing in the development and validation of artificial intelligence (AI)-driven mobility systems, DXC Technology, the parent company of Luxoft, said in a press release on 5 March. CMORE operates a network of a...
    M&A: Cypress gets CFIUS clearance for merger with Infineon Technologies
    Cypress Semiconductor Corp has announced the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has, on completion of its review of the proposed merger transaction between Cypress and Infineon Technologies AG, determined that there are no unresolved national security concerns. The ...
    STMicroelectronics to acquire majority stake in GaN specialist Exagan
    STMicroelectronics has signed an agreement to pick up a majority stake in French Gallium Nitride (GaN) specialist Exagan, the company announced via a press release on 5 March. Exagan will continue to execute its product targets while STMicroelectronics will help with the deployment. STMicroelectr...
    Adient enters agreement to sell fabric business to Sage Automotive
    Adient has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its automotive fabric business, including its lamination business, to Sage Automotive Interiors for USD175 million, the company said in a press release on 5 March. The planned sale include 11 facilities, mainly in Europe, with 1,300 employees. A...
    Punch Group acquires General Motors' propulsion engineering center in Italy
    Punch Group and General Motors (GM) have announced an agreement wherein, Punch Group has acquired GM’s propulsion engineering center in Turin, Italy, GM said in a press release on 27 February. The transaction between the two companies includes an engineering services agreement to support GM’s gl...
    Envision AESC to merge Envision AESC Energy Devices with Envision AESC Japan
    Envision AESC Group (EA Group) announced that it has decided to merge its subsidiaries Envision AESC Energy Devices (EA Energy Devices) with Envision AESC Japan (EA Japan) in a press release dated 26 February. EA Japan will be the surviving company and the merger's effective date is April 1, 2020. E...
    EDF acquires EV charging company Pod Point
    EDF has acquired a majority stake in Pod Point, one of the major electric vehicle (EV) charging companies in the United Kingdom, EDF said in a press release on 13 February. The acquisition is part of EDF’s newly formed joint venture (JV) with Legal & General Capital. As part of the JV, Legal &...
    Volvo Cars, Geely Automobile consider combining businesses
    Volvo Cars and Geely Automobile Holdings are considering combining their businesses to create a strong global group, the Sweden-based carmaker announced in a press release on 10 February. The two companies will set up a joint working group to prepare a proposal to their respective boards. The pro...
    PPG completes acquisition of manufacturer of automotive refinish coatings ICR
    PPG has announced the completion of its acquisition of Industria Chimica Reggiana (ICR) S.p.A., a manufacturer of paints and coatings for the automotive refinish and light industrial coatings industries, according to a company press release on 3 February. The company did not disclose the financial t...
    Fujitsu to reorganize semiconductor business
    Fujitsu has announced plans to reorganize its semiconductor business in a press release on 30 January. Under the terms of the reorganization, Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd (FSL) would be absorbed by its parent company, Fujitsu. The effective date of the merger is 31 March 2020. The first process will...
    Knorr-Bremse's indirect subsidiary Bendix to acquire R.H. Sheppard from Wabco
    Knorr-Bremse’s indirect subsidiary Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has entered into a definitive agreement to buy R.H. Sheppard Co., Inc. (Sheppard) from WABCO Holdings, Wabco announced in a press release on 30 January. The deal is valued at USD149.5 million. Sheppard is a major supplier ...
    BorgWarner to acquire Delphi Technologies for USD3.3 billion
    BorgWarner has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Delphi Technologies in an all-stock transaction for USD3.3 billion, BorgWarner announced in a press release on 28 January. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Delphi Technolog...
    Cooper Tire completes acquisition of Mexico JV tire plant
    Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has completed the acquisition of Mexico joint venture (JV) tire manufacturing facility, Corporación de Occidente S. A. de C.V. (COOCSA), the company announced in a press release on 27 January 2020. The company has increased its ownership stake in Mexican JV from 58%...
    Chinese automaker Great Wall agrees to buy GM’s plant in India
    Great Wall Motor has agreed to acquire General Motors’ (GM) Talegaon plant near Pune in Maharashtra, India, Reuters reported on 17 January. The deal is expected to accelerate the Chinese automaker’s plan to build and sell vehicles in India. Great Wall expects to formally close the deal by the se...
    Wind River acquires Star Lab to expand cybersecurity portfolio
    Wind River has acquired Star Lab, a company dealing with cybersecurity for embedded systems, the company announced in a press release on 14 January. Financial details and other terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition helps Wind River expand its software portfolio with an anti-tamper...
    TTTech Auto acquires Turkey-based ADAS company Red Pine Software
    TTTech Auto, a major player in safety software platforms for automated driving, has acquired the Turkish software company Red Pine Software, according to a company press release on 7 January. The acquisition became effective as of 1 January 2020. Red Pine specializes in automotive embedded software ...
    Volkswagen Group agrees to fully acquire digital company diconium
    Volkswagen Group (VW) has reached an agreement with the founding shareholders of Germany-based digital company disconium to take its full ownership by acquiring all of the shares in the company, the automaker said in a press release on 10 January. VW had acquired 49% stake in diconium in November 20...
    Freudenberg completes acquisition of Filc
    Freudenberg has completed its previously announced acquisition of Filc, Freudenberg said in a press release on 14 January 2020. Filc will be integrated into the Freudenberg Performance Materials Business Group and will continue trading under the name Filc for the time being. “With the acquisiti...
    PPG to acquire automotive refinish coatings manufacturer Industria Chimica Reggiana
    PPG has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Industria Chimica Reggiana (ICR) S.p.A., a manufacturer of paints and coatings for the automotive refinish and light industrial coatings industries, the two companies announced in a joint press release on 8 January. The transaction, subject to customa...
    Toray completes acquisition of automotive airbag cushion manufacturer Alva Sweden AB
    Toray Industries, Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of Alva Sweden AB, a manufacturer of cushions for automotive airbag systems, on 7 January, according to a company press release. Subsequent to the transaction, Alva Sweden AB retains its company name. Alva has been manufact...
    Chinese computer and telecom equipment maker Wingtech acquires controlling stake in Nexperia
    Nexperia has announced that Wingtech has officially acquired a controlling stake in the company from Beijing Jianguang Asset Management, a press release dated 24 December states. Details of the deal, including the consideration, were not disclosed. Nexperia will continue to remain an independent ...
    Eaton completes divestment of Automotive Fluid Conveyance Division
    In a press release issued on 2 January, power management firm Eaton announced that it has completed the sale of its Automotive Fluid Conveyance Division. The buyer of this division was international investment firm Quantum Capital Partners. However, the terms of the sale agreemen...
    ams achieves final acceptance level of 59.9% in takeover offer for Osram
    Austrian sensor specialist ams has announced the final results of its all-cash takeover offer for German supplier Osram Licht AG. According to a company press release on 2 January, ams has achieved a final acceptance level of 59.9% by the end of the additional acceptance period. The closing of the t...
    LS Power to acquire EV charging company EVgo
    US-based power and energy infrastructure company LS Power has decided to acquire electric vehicle (EV) charging company EVgo from Vision Ridge Partners, EVgo announced in a press release on 20 December. The transaction is expected to close in early 2020. Financial terms were not disclosed. ...
    Koito agrees to take full ownership of Indian JV
    Koito Manufacturing Co Ltd. has agreed to take full ownership of Indian joint venture (JV)—India Japan Lighting Private Limited (IJL)—according to a company press release on 23 December. Koito has decided to acquire all of the shares of IJL owned by its JV partner Lucas TVS Limited (L-TVS) for I...
    Showa Denko to acquire Hitachi Chemical
    Showa Denko  has decided to fully acquire Hitachi Chemical Company for JPY964 billion (USD8.8 billion), the company announced in a  press release on 18 December. The tender offeror aims to commence the tender offer by around February 2020. Significance: Showa Denko said that it has high...
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agree to sell Teksid’s cast iron business to Brazilian supplier Tupy
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has entered into an agreement with Tupy S.A. to sell FCA’s global cast iron automotive components business, which is operated through FCA’s subsidiary Teksid S.p.A., the automaker said in a press release on 20 December. The proposed sale includes Teksid’s cast i...
    Martinrea International to acquire Metalsa’s ‘Structural Components For Passenger Cars Division’
    Martinrea International Inc. has inked an agreement with Metalsa S.A. de C.V., Mexico-based manufacturer of metal structures for light and commercial vehicles of the automotive industry, to acquire the latter’s ‘Structural Components for Passenger Cars Division’, the two companies said in sepa...
    Groupe PSA and FCA agree to merge; sign binding ‘Combination Agreement’
    Groupe PSA and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have agreed to the terms of a previously-announced merger and signed a binding ‘Combination Agreement’ today (18 December), the two companies said in a joint press release. The 50:50 merger paves the way for creating the world's fourth largest autom...
    Denso picks up stake German start-up PiNTeam
    Denso has announced that it has bought a stake in Germany-based PiNTeam Holding, an in-vehicle embedded software technology provider, a company press release on 17 December stated. The details of the deal including the consideration and stake were not disclosed. Denso says the acquisition will bo...
    Waymo acquires UK-based AI firm Latent Logic
    Waymo has acquired Latent Logic, a spin-out of Oxford University in the United Kingdom developing scalable and efficient testing of autonomous vehicles using imitation learning to build realistic simulation of human behavior. The acquisition also marks the launch of Waymo’s first Europea...
    ams begins additional acceptance period of takeover offer for Osram
    Austrian sensor specialist ams has announced the start of the additional acceptance period of its all-cash takeover offer for German lighting supplier Osram Licht, according to ams press release on 11 December. ams has achieved an acceptance level of 59.3% during the main offer period, which expired...
    OCTO Telematics buys Nebula Systems
    OCTO Telematics has announced the acquisition of the entire share capital of Nebula Systems, a company press release on 4 December showed. Following the acquisition, Nebula technology will be integrated in the standard OCTO offering and all OCTO telematics devices will integrate these capabi...
    Repsol acquires Ibil's EV charging network
    Repsol has acquired Ibil’s charging network and energy commercialization services for electric vehicles (EV), the company announced in a press release on 4 December. Ibil will concentrate its activities in providing the market with technological and value-added services for installation and operat...
    ams’ tender offer for Osram crosses minimum threshold limit of 55%
    Austrian sensor specialist ams’ takeover offer for Osram Licht AG has crossed minimum threshold limit of 55%, the two companies announced in separate press releases on 6 December. ams informed that further steps to implement the transaction are expected to start in the very near future. The transa...
    GFG Alliance to buy aluminum plant in Belgium from Novelis
    GFG Alliance has reached an agreement with aluminum producer Novelis to buy the latter’s Duffel aluminum rolling mill in Belgium, subject to regulatory approval, Reuters reported on 6 December. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed by the company. Significance: “The deal is consi...
    Umicore acquires cobalt refining and cathode precursor activities in Finland from Freeport Cobalt
    Umicocre has acquired the cobalt refining and cathode precursor activities from Freeport Cobalt in Finland, the company announced in a press release on 2 December. Umicore has invested USD203 million on a debt and cash free basis, including approximately USD50 million of net working capital. Umicore...
    STMicroelectronics completes acquisition of Sweden-based silicon carbide wafer supplier Norstel
    STMicroelectronics has announced the completion of the full acquisition of Swedish silicon carbide wafer manufacturer Norstel AB for a total consideration of USD137.5 million, a company press release dated 2 December showed. STMicroelectronics acquired the remaining 45% after acquiring the first ...
    Freudenberg to acquire materials company Filc
    German technology company Freudenberg has signed an agreement to fully acquire materials company Filc, the company announced in a press release on 27 November. Filc is a manufacturer of needle punch nonwoven textiles and laminated materials, with a focus on the automotive and construction industries...
    Panasonic to transfer semiconductor business to Nuvoton Technology
    Panasonic Corporation has sold off its semiconductor business to Taiwan-based Nuvoton Technology, the company announced via a press release on 28 November. The business was primarily operated by business unit Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions. Financial details of the stock and asset transfer agreem...
    Trelleborg signs agreement to acquire TriTec Seals
    Trelleborg has signed an agreement to acquire TriTec Seals, the company said in a press release on 25 November. The acquisition, to be done through Trelleborg’s Sealing Solutions business areas, is expected to complete before the end of next month. The US-based TriTec offer offers engineered po...
    Aptiv completes gabocom acquisition
    Aptiv has completed the acquisition of gabo Systemtechnik GmbH (gabocom) from Bregal Unternehmerkapital, the company announce in a press release on 19 November. gabocom provides cable management and protection solutions for the telecommunications industry. Going forward, gabocom will operate with...
    Indorama Ventures completes acquisition of Sinterama
    Indorama Ventures, a global chemical producer, has successfully completed the acquisition of Sinterama S.p.A, an Italy-based producer of polyester automotive interiors and high-performance colored yarns, according to a company press release on 20 November 2019. Subsequent to the acquisition, Sintera...
    Magna to buy Wipac Czech to expand lighting capabilities
    Magna has agreed to acquire Wipac Czech s.r.o., a Czech Republic–based supplier of premium automotive lighting products, according to a company press release on 20 November. The transaction is expected to close by this month-end. Wipac Czech s.r.o. designs and develops automotive forward lighti...
    Synopsys completes acquisition of DINI Group
    Synopsys has announced the completion of acquisition of DINI Group, a California-based company dealing in FPGA-based boards and solutions, according to a press release on 15 November. The terms of the deal were not disclosed but Synopsys added that the acquisition was not material to its financia...
    Stanley Electric acquires shares in Pakistan-based automotive lights supplier Electropolymers
    Stanley Electric has acquired shares in Pakistan-based automotive lights supplier Electropolymers (Private) Limited, the Japanese supplier announced on 7 November. The company informed that it received a portion of shares by means of a third-party allotment implemented by Electropolymers, bringing i...
    Stanley Electric establishes production base for automotive lights in Philippines
    Stanley Electric has established a new production base for automotive lights in the Philippines, according to a company press release last month. The company announced the establishment of a production subsidiary in the Philippines following a series of talks with Germany-based HELLA, one of its bus...
    Hitachi Automotive Systems, a global mega supplier in the making
    Automakers and suppliers are joining forces to deal with the immense challenges created by megatrends such as connected cars, electrification, and autonomous driving. Today, there are hardly any automakers which are not investing in these fields. For new innovations with regards to these megatrends ...
    Nidec completes acquisition of Omron’s automotive electronics business
    Nidec Corporation has completed the previously-announced acquisition of automotive electronics business from Omron Corporation, the company said in a press release. The acquisition was completed on 31 October. Nidec also acquired a set of Omron subsidiaries—Omron Automotive Electronics de Mexico S...
    Hella to divest relay business to Chinese relay manufacturer Hongfa
    Hella has decided to sell its relay business to Chinese relay manufacturer Hongfa for EUR10 million (USD11 million), the company said in a press release on 12 November. The idea behind the divestment is for Hella to streamline its businesses following market trends in electric mobility and autonomou...
    Osram recommends shareholders accept current takeover offer from ams
    Osram has announced that it has concluded a comprehensive business combination agreement (BCA) with Austrian sensor firm ams and recommends its shareholders accept the current takeover offer from ams, the two companies said in separate press releases on 12 November. “ams welcomes the positive reco...
    GM sells shuttered plant in US state Ohio to electric pickup truck start-up Lordstown Motors
    GM has completed the sale of its Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio, United States, to an electric vehicle (EV) start-up for an undisclosed amount, Reuters reported last week. The start-up, Lordstown Motors Corp (LMC), plans to revamp the shutter plant to begin production of an electric pick-up truck ...
    Cooper Tire to acquire 100% ownership of Mexican JV facility
    Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has announced plans to increase ownership in its Mexican joint venture (JV) tire manufacturing facility, Corporación de Occidente S.A. de C.V. (COOCSA), from 58% to 100%, according to a press release earlier this month. To this end, Cooper Tire and Trabajadores Demo...
    ams announces start of acceptance period for new takeover offer for Osram
    Austrian sensor specialist ams has announced the start of acceptance period of an all-cash takeover offer for 100% of the share capital of Osram Licht AG at EUR41 per share, ams said in a press release on 7 November. Following clearance of the offer document, Osram shareholders are now able to tende...
    Aisin Seiki announces plan to merge with Aisin AW
    Japanese auto components and transmission manufacturer Aisin Seiki has announced a plan to merge with their automatic transmission production brand, Aisin AW, in a press statement released on October 31st. The planned management integration is being done in order to adapt to automotive industry disr...
    ABB to acquire major stake in China-based EV charging provider Chargedot
    Switzerland’s ABB is set to acquire a majority stake of 67% in Shanghai Chargedot New Energy Technology Co., Ltd. (Chargedot), a major Chinese e-mobility solution provider, the company announced on 28 October. The transaction is expected to be completed in next few months. ABB said it might increa...
    Honda agrees to merge three affiliate suppliers with Hitachi Automotive Systems to create new mega supplier
    Honda has concluded a basic merger agreement with Hitachi Ltd to merge its three affiliated suppliers—Keihin Corporation, Showa Corporation and Nissin Kogyo Co Ltd—with Hitachi Automotive Systems to create a global mega supplier with consolidated sales of JPY1.7 trillion (USD15.6 billion), ...
    FCA, PSA Groupe agree to combine business in 50:50 merger
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Groupe PSA have agreed to combine their businesses in a 50:50 merger, the two automakers said in joint press release today (31 October). The Board of Directors of FCA and the Supervisor Board of PSA have given mandates to their respective senior management teams t...
    Veoneer to divest brake system JV operations in Japan and China
    Veoneer has inked agreements to sell its 51% stake in the Japanese (VNBJ) and Chinese (VNBZ) entities that comprise Veoneer Nissin Brake Systems (VNBS) to its joint venture (JV) partner Nissin-Kogyo Co., Ltd. and Honda Motor Co Ltd, according to a company press release. The purchase price is ar...
    Lighting Suppliers strategy: Outlook
    ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and AD (autonomous driving) are now some of the main reasons for the automotive industry to improve safety for drivers and road users. Technologies such as laser, digital projections, and LED matrix are gathering momentum in the industry for both exterior an...
    Accenture acquires connected vehicle software provider FutureMove Automotive
    Accenture has acquired connected vehicles software provider FutureMove Automotive in a bid to offer more digital services to Chinese carmakers, the Yicai Global reported on 9 October. The deal will boost  Accenture's Industry X.0 framework and will offer digital consulting in smart connected in...
    General Motors, Tata Consultancy Services to collaborate on vehicle engineering
    In a press release issued on September 16th, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has announced their partnership with American automotive manufacturer, General Motors (GM). According to the agreement, TCS will acquire some specific assets at the GM Technical Center located in Bangalore, India. TCS will ...
    ams launches new takeover offer for Osram at EUR41 per share
    Austrian sensor specialist ams has launched a new takeover offer for German lighting major Osram Licht at EUR41 (USD45.8) per share with minimum acceptance threshold of 55%, the two companies announced in separate press releases on 18 October. Based on this new offer, Osram will be valued at ar...
    HT SAAE acquires majority shares in ERAE’s thermal business unit
    Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co. Ltd. announced on 9 September that its previously separate brands SDAAC and ERAE Automotive will now operate as a single brand named ESTRA. This is a direct result of the acquisition of majority shares by HT-SAAE of Korean firm ERAE Automotive. ...
    Piston Group acquires Marion Industries, becomes brake supplier to Honda
    Detroit-based supplier of electronics assemblies and chassis components, Piston Group, has announced their acquisition of Marion Industries recently, which assembles brake modules for Honda America. The company was purchased by the Piston Group from Ernie Green Industries. In addition to becoming...
    Freudenberg acquires FRICTins’ technology for low-friction powertrain and chassis components
    Germany-based Freudenberg Technology Group, in a press release issued yesterday, has announced the acquisition of the activities of the FRICTins GmbH start-up. This includes in particular the technology developed by FRICTins to improve the friction coefficient of automotive components. This enables ...
    Faurecia acquires Continental’s stake in interior JV
    Faurecia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Continental to acquire the German supplier’s 50% stake in their equally-owned joint venture (JV), SAS Automotive for EUR225 million (USD248 million), the company said in a press release on 14 October. SAS, founded in 1996, is a major sup...
    VW India companies merge to form Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited
    Volkswagen Group India has announced the consolidation of three of its passenger car subsidiaries after securing all the required statutory and regulatory approvals. The new entity will operate under the name of Skoda Auto Volkswagen Indian Private Limited (SAVWIPL). Significance: The compan...
    Minda Industries to acquire German lighting design and engineering company Delvis
    Minda Industries Ltd. (MIL) has entered into a definitive agreement with Germany-based automotive lighting design and engineering company, Delvis Gmbh, to acquire a 100% stake in the latter, according to a regulatory filing on 8 October 2019. The transaction is valued at EUR21 million (USD23 million...
    Honda acquires California-based app developer Drivemode
    Honda has announced the acquisition of California-based Drivemode via its research and development unit Honda R&D to strengthen new value creation in its digital and connected mobility products, according to a company press release on 7 October. “We are confident that new value creation wil...
    Martinrea announces additional investment in NanoXplore
    Automotive lightweight metal parts supplier Martinrea International has announced an additional investment in NanoXplore, a manufacturer and supplier of high-volume graphene powder used in diverse industries, including automotive, the company said in a press release last month. Martinrea invested 10...
    08-Oct-2019 News Investments
    Volvo Cars, Geely announce plan to merge their combustion engine operations
    Volvo Cars and parent company Geely have announced their intention of merging their current internal combustion (IC) engine operations into a separate, stand-alone business unit. This is being done in order to create a new global supplier that develops next generation IC engines and hybrid powertrai...
    HCL Technologies to acquire Sankalp Semiconductor
    Software services provider HCL Technologies has announced an all-cash offer for the acquisition of Sankalp Semiconductor for INR1.80 billion (USD25.4 million), according to a press filing last month. Sankalp will operate as a 100% subsidiary of HCL. “Sankalp will complement our strong semicondu...
    ams offer for OSRAM did not achieve minimum acceptance threshold
    Austrian sensor specialist ams has announced that it did not meet the minimum acceptance threshold of 62.5% required in conjunction with the all-cash takeover offer for Germany-based lighting supplier Osram Licht AG, according to a company press release on 4 October. Only 51.6% of Osram shareholders...
    Impact of increasing sensor fitment on the in-vehicle network
    ADAS for Autonomous Driving is the major force for the automotive in-vehicle networking sensor market; especially for image and radar sensors. These devices are being integrated into several interior and exterior components of the vehicle, including radar into bumpers and grills, and image sensors i...
    ams increases direct shareholding in Osram to 19.99%
    Austrian sensor specialist ams has increased its direct shareholding German lighting supplier Osram Licht AG to 19.99%, it announced in a press release on 1 October. This shareholding includes Osram shares unconditionally bought by ams but does not include the shares already tendered into ams’ all...
    Novelis gets European Commission approval for proposed acquisition of Aleris
    Novelis has received conditional approval from European Commission (EC) to acquire Aleris, the company announced in a press release on 1 October. The approval is conditioned upon the sale of Aleris' plant in Duffel, Belgium, which produces aluminum for the automotive and specialties markets. Novelis...
    Aptiv acquires German micro duct maker gabo Systemtechnik
    Aptiv has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Germany-based gabo Systemtechnik from private equity firm Bregal Unternehmerkapital for USD310 million, the US-based supplier said in a press release on 2 October. gabo Systemtechnik, also known as gabocom, specialises in advanced cable management ...
    Elmos Semiconductor completes sale of Silicon Microstructures to TE Connectivity's subsidiary Measurement Specialties
    Elmos Semiconductor has completed the sale of Silicon Microstructures (SMI) to Measurement Specialties, a subsidiary of TE Connectivity, the company announced in a press release on 30 September.   The subsidiary was deconsolidated on October 1 and the parties expect to close the transactio...
    ams raises takeover offer for Osram to EUR41 per share
    Austrian sensor specialist ams has increased the price of its takeover offer for 100% of the share capital of Germany-based lighting supplier Osram to EUR41 per share, ams announced in a press release on 27 September. ams declared the bid to be its “best and final” offer, which continues to expi...
    UMC gets final approval for acquisition of Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor
    United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has announced that it has received relevant regulatory approvals to complete the acquisition of Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor (MIFS), according to a company press release on 25 September. The acquisition is expected to be completed on 1 October. The final tra...
    CIE Automotive acquires Italy-based gears maker Somaschini
    CIE Automotive has acquired 100% of the share capital of Italian supplier Somaschini S.p.A for EUR79.6 million (USD87.4 million), the Spain-based automotive supplier said on 25 September. CIE will fund the acquisition through its available cash upon the closing date. The company expects to conclude ...
    Osram receives indicative offer from Advent and Bain Capital
    A consortium comprising Bain Capital and Advent has indicated a willingness to prepare a new takeover bid for Osram Licht, the German lighting supplier said on 25 September. In the coming weeks, the consortium intends to conduct confirmatory due diligence before deciding on a binding offer. In its l...
    Woodbridge buys out its JV with GSK Corporation
    Woodbridge has bought the entire stake in its Chinese joint venture (JV), Woodbridge GSK High Polymer Technology (WGSK), from its partner GSK Corporation, the company announced in a press release on 23 September. The acquisition includes molded foam manufacturing operations in China in Wuhan (WGSK),...
    Rheinmetall Automotive acquires minority stake in Carbon Truck & Trailer
    Rheinmetall Automotive, through its subsidiary KS Kolbenschmidt GmbH, has acquired a minority stake of 24.9% in Carbon Truck & Trailer GmbH (CarbonTT), according to a company press release on 11 September. Germany-based CarbonTT is a start-up company founded in 2013 with 12 employees. The compan...
    Osram publishes reasoned opinion on takeover offer from ams
    Osram’s executive board and the majority of its supervisory board have published their reasoned opinion on takeover offer from Austrian sensor company ams. According to an Osram press release on 16 September, the company board recommend in their reasoned opinion that Osram shareholders accept the ...
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