Purchases made in the automotive sector in 2015
Grupo Antolin buys Magma
In April the Grupo Antolin the design and manufacture of automotive interior components, reached an agreement with global automotive supplier Magna International to acquire its interiors division, enabling it to double in size in terms of turnover, after reporting 2014 revenues of €2,225m. The deal has enabled it to become the third largest company in the automotive interiors market.
Grupo Antolin thus strengthened its position in key industry markets with a strong presence in Europe, North America and Asia.
The group increases both its technological capacity and its diversity in terms of manufacturers. Thanks to this operation, it will be able to start manufacturing higher technology doors that will complement and help improve the existing ones.
This new division is headquartered near Munich, making it one of the Spanish company's main locations.
Panasonic and the Generalitat buy Ficosa
The Japanese multinational Panasonic Corporation joins the capital of Ficosa Internacional, a company in which it will hold up to 49%, to launch a new electronic mirror business and expand its alliance in advanced driver assistance systems. The rest of the company's capital will be held by Ficosa Inversiones, an asset management firm owned by the Pujol family.
For its part, the Generalitat de Catalunya has taken an equity stake in the company by capitalising a €60 million loan (€50 million plus interest of €10 million).
Panasonic contributes €100M in a capital increase by which it acquires 32% of the capital. The rest, up to 49%, is the purchase of the capital from the company's minority shareholders, who through this operation leave Fiscosa. In this way, Ficosa International will control 51% of the remaining capital and will have five representatives on the board of directors to the Japanese four.
Diana Capital buys Basque steelmaker Fundiciones Estanda to strengthen its position in the automotive industry
An investment group led by Diana Capital acquired the Basque high-strength steel producer Fundiciones del Estanda in March, after its second fund, for €100m.
Among other objectives, the new owners want to invest in "its diversification into cement, mining and automotive business lines, which now account for 40% of sales, with the aim of projecting the company towards world leadership in its different branches of activity".
Meleghy Automotive buys IPM Group
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