Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to join forces
Responding to the challenging market environment and high price pressure, two strong partners are bundling their individual strengths and establishing a powerful and globally well positioned joint venture. An agreement to this effect has just been signed. According to the agreement, MHI will hold a 51-percent and Siemens a 49-percent stake in the joint venture. Subject to approval of the relevant authorities, the joint venture will start operations in January 2015.
Both partners are contributing their metallurgical industry activities to the joint venture. The new joint venture will integrate Mitsubishi-Hitachi Metals Machinery, Inc. (MH) – an MHI consolidated group company with equity participation by Hitachi, Ltd. and IHI Corporation. Siemens and MHI ideally complement one another with regard to their product portfolios, production know-how and geographical spread.
The new joint venture with approximately 9,000 employees will focus fully on business with iron, steel and aluminum-producing industry. The company's structures are lean and tailored to global market requirements and the international competitive environment. The bundling of competencies will result in a powerful joint venture that is better able to compensate for market fluctuations.
The company's headquarters will be located in the United Kingdom. The joint venture includes supply agreements for Siemens' Industry Automation and Drive Technologies Divisions. ■