Dentsu acquires Gleam Futures via Dentsu Aegis Network as a cultural bridge

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Dentsu uses London based Dentsu Aegis Network as a cultural bridge to acquire representation of about 40 YouTube stars Dentsu acquires Gleam Futures: invests to acquire 90% ownership Dentsu acquires Gleam Futures, who “develop, monetize & protect” digital-first talent, ie mainly YouTube focused stars. Japanese companies have a dramatically different culture than Western, European or… Continue reading Dentsu acquires Gleam Futures via Dentsu Aegis Network as a cultural bridge

SoftBank acquires ARM Holdings plc driven by paradigm shift to Internet of Things (IoT)

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On 18 July 2016 SoftBank announced to acquire ARM Holdings plc for £17 per share, corresponding to £24.0 billion (US$ 31.4 billion) by Gerhard Fasol SoftBank acquires ARM: acquisition completed on 5 September 2016, following 10 years of “unreciprocated love” for ARM On 18 July 2016 SoftBank announced a “Strategic Agreement”, that SoftBank plans to… Continue reading SoftBank acquires ARM Holdings plc driven by paradigm shift to Internet of Things (IoT)

Toray acquires Delta-Tech SpA to expand carbon fiber business in Europe

Toray acquires Delta-Tech: 55% of Italian fiber manufacturer Delta-Tech SpA including Delta-Preg SpA Toray management program Project AP-G 2016: “thorough implementation of growth strategy through innovation and aggressive management” Toray acquires Delta-Tech: acquires 55% of outstanding shares of the Italian prepreg manufacturer Delta-Tech SpA including the fully owned subsidiary Delta-Preg SpA. Delta-Tech SpA and Delta-Preg… Continue reading Toray acquires Delta-Tech SpA to expand carbon fiber business in Europe

Suzuki Volkswagen “Wagen-san” divorce: a teachable moment

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“Mr. Suzuki didn’t want to be a VW employee, and that’s understandable” (Prof. Dudenhoeffer via Bloomberg) Suzuki Volkswagen divorce: Volkswagen makes approx US$ 1.3 billion profit, Suzuki comes out more or less even by Gerhard Fasol, All Rights Reserved. 18 September 2015, updated: 27 September 2015 A smiling Martin Winterkorn and Osamu Suzuki (79 years… Continue reading Suzuki Volkswagen “Wagen-san” divorce: a teachable moment

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd opens £82 million train factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, UK

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Hitachi received orders for 866 Intercity Express Program (IEP) carriages and for 234 carriages for Abellio’s ScotRail program, following 174 “Javelin” carriages Hitachi Rail putting competitive pressure on Europe’s rail established rail manufacturers: Hitachi Rail has “on time delivery” at the top of the list of commitments to customers by Gerhard Fasol Winning a series… Continue reading Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd opens £82 million train factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, UK

Financial Times to be sold to Nihon Keizai Shinbun Corporation (株式会社日本経済新聞社, Nikkei Inc.)

Financial Times to be sold to Nihon Keizai Shinbun Corporation (株式会社日本経済新聞社, Nikkei Inc.)

Nikkei won the race. Axel Springer withdrew. £ 94 million made the difference. by Gerhard Fasol On July 23, 2015 at 15:13 (3:13 pm) British Summer Time, Pearson and Nihon Keizai Shinbun Corporation announced the sale of the Financial Times Newspaper to Nihon Keizai Shinbun Corporation for £ 844 million (approx. US$ 1.3 billion) –… Continue reading Financial Times to be sold to Nihon Keizai Shinbun Corporation (株式会社日本経済新聞社, Nikkei Inc.)

TOSHIBA sells KONE holding for approx. US$ 0.95 billion

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Toshiba sells its 4.6% holding in Finnish elevator company KONE by Gerhard Fasol TOSHIBA sells KONE holding – fall-out from Toshiba’s accounting issues TOSHIBA sells KONE holding: In the wake of Toshiba’s accounting issues, Toshiba announced the sale of its 24,186,720 shares, corresponding to a 4.6% holding in Finnish elevator company KONE for EURO 864.7… Continue reading TOSHIBA sells KONE holding for approx. US$ 0.95 billion

Fits.me acquired by Rakuten

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Rakuten continues worldwide acquisitions to globalize by Gerhard Fasol acquired London based virtual fitting room mannequin venture Fits.me Rakuten, Japan’s largest e-commerce + e-finance group, is acquiring many companies around the world both to acquire technology, and to acquire e-commerce capabilities outside Japan in order to globalize. Find some of Rakuten’s recent acquisitions in Europe… Continue reading Fits.me acquired by Rakuten

Nidec acquires automotive pump company Geräte- und Pumpenbau GmbH Dr. Eugen Schmidt

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Electrical water pumps (EWP), electrical oil pumps (EOP) “for everything that spins and moves” by Gerhard Fasol Nidec acquires German pump manufacturer Geräte- und Pumpenbau GmbH Dr. Eugen Schmidt via the subsidiary Nidec Motors & Actuators (Germany) GmbH (“NMA(G)”) on February 2, 2015. Geräte- und Pumpenbau GmbH Dr. Eugen Schmidt and subsidiaries have been renamed:… Continue reading Nidec acquires automotive pump company Geräte- und Pumpenbau GmbH Dr. Eugen Schmidt

Nidec acquires power generators manufacturer Motortecnica s.r.l.

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Nidec continues acquisitions in Europe in the motor and electrical equipment sector Nidec: “for everything that spins and moves” Nidec acquired the Italian electrical machinery construction and repair company Motortecnica s.r.l. on May 15, 2015 via its Italian subsidiary Nidec ASI S.p.A. (formerly, Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A), which Nidec had acquired in May 2012. Motortecnica… Continue reading Nidec acquires power generators manufacturer Motortecnica s.r.l.

LIXIL announces losses of YEN 33.2 billion (US$ 265 million) due to Joyou AG’s insolvency filing

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LIXIL (“Link to good living”) acquired approx. 70% of German listed Chinese subsidiary Joyou AG via the GROHE acquisition Joyou AG files for bankruptcy On January 21, 2014, LIXIL had acquired 87.5% of the German bath fixtures company GROHE Group (“Pure Freude am Wasser”). The GROHE Group owns 72.3% of Joyou AG, thus Joyou AG… Continue reading LIXIL announces losses of YEN 33.2 billion (US$ 265 million) due to Joyou AG’s insolvency filing

Domino Printing Sciences plc to be acquired by Brother Industries

Transition from analog printing to digital printing drove coding and marking printer Domino to partner with a stronger company Domino valued at 1.03 billion pounds (US$ 1.5 billion) 97% of today’s printing is analog, however there is a transition now to digital printing. Domino Printing Sciences is specialized on analog printing and now transitioning to… Continue reading Domino Printing Sciences plc to be acquired by Brother Industries

abaGada, Israeli digital performance agency, acquired by Dentsu and to be rebranded as iProspect

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Dentsu continues acquisition of digital and mobile agencies in Europe and Israel To overcome cultural issues of a traditional Japanese leading corporation, Dentsu acquires via London based Dentsu Aegis Network by Gerhard Fasol On April 20, 2015 Dentsu announced another investment in its quest to strengthen its global footprint and to strengthen capabilities in mobile… Continue reading abaGada, Israeli digital performance agency, acquired by Dentsu and to be rebranded as iProspect

Mindworks – “the fastest growing digital agency in Greece” – to be acquired by Dentsu

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Dentsu continues acquisition of digital and mobile agencies in Europe To overcome cultural issues of a traditional Japanese leading corporation, Dentsu acquires via London based Dentsu Aegis Network by Gerhard Fasol On March 11, 2015 Dentsu announced another investment in its quest to strengthen its global footprint and to strengthen capabilities in mobile and digital:… Continue reading Mindworks – “the fastest growing digital agency in Greece” – to be acquired by Dentsu

Hitachi agrees with Finmeccanica S.p.A. to acquire rail business of AnsaldoBreda S.p.A. and 40% of rail signaling company Ansaldo STS S.p.A.

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AnsaldoBreda rail business to help Hitachi to compete globally with Siemens, Bombardier and Alstom by Gerhard Fasol Finmeccanica accelerates restructuring, reduces debt and focuses on aerospace, defense and security Hitachi Ltd (株式会社 日立製作所) and Finmeccanica S.p.A. announced on February 24, 2015, that their Boards of Directors have agreed for Hitachi to: acquire the rail business… Continue reading Hitachi agrees with Finmeccanica S.p.A. to acquire rail business of AnsaldoBreda S.p.A. and 40% of rail signaling company Ansaldo STS S.p.A.

Canon offers SEK 23.6 Billion for CCTV leader Axis AB

Canon aims for leadership in the US$ 15 billion global video surveillance market by Gerhard Fasol Canon offers 50% premium on Axis Aktiebolag share price of Monday Feb 9, 2015 Canon is one of Japan’s most successful electronics groups, with imaging as one of Canon‘s core business areas. On February 10, 2015, Canon launched a… Continue reading Canon offers SEK 23.6 Billion for CCTV leader Axis AB

itelligence AG acquired by NTT Data

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NTT DATA Business Solutions Largest global SAP reseller and one of the largest SAP solution providers On 23 October 2007, NTT DATA, NTT DATA Europe and itelligence AG announced a partnership, and NTT DATA announced to intention of an offer to acquire the shares at € 6.20 per share, about 37.2% higher than the closing… Continue reading itelligence AG acquired by NTT Data

EU investment in Japan could be 50% higher had Vodafone succeeded in Japan

EU investment in Japan could be 50% higher had Vodafone succeeded in Japan

EU investment in Japan is about € 85 billion – it could be 50% higher! by Gerhard Fasol Vodafone-Japan: what could the value be today? Had Vodafone succeeded in Japan, Vodafone-Japan could be worth about US$ 50 billion today, about 1/2 of Vodafone’s total global market-cap today, and combined investment in Japan by European (EU)… Continue reading EU investment in Japan could be 50% higher had Vodafone succeeded in Japan

Yaskawa acquires The Switch Engineering Oy, manufacturer of generators for wind power

The Switch Engineering Oy was valued US$ 265 million in 2011 Trend: Japanese companies acquire European renewable energy technology companies On July 2, 2014 Yaskawa Electric Corporation acquired all shares of The Switch Engineering Oy, which are not owned by the Switch. The acquisition price was not announced, however, AMSC in 2011 had agreed and… Continue reading Yaskawa acquires The Switch Engineering Oy, manufacturer of generators for wind power

DC Storm acquired by Rakuten Marketing to strengthen marketing analytics and attribution

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Rakuten acquires marketing attribution specialist Following acquisition of Adometry by Google and of Convertro by AOL On May 28, 2014, Rakuten Marketing announced the acquisition of the Brighton (UK) based marketing attribution specialist DC Storm. Although terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, Google on May 6, 2014 acquired Adometry for about US$ 150 million,… Continue reading DC Storm acquired by Rakuten Marketing to strengthen marketing analytics and attribution

Lesmobilizers SAS acquired by Dentsu and to be integrated into Isobar

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Dentsu acquires French mobile marketing agency Lesmobilizers Lesmobilizers SAS to be integrated into Dentsu’s Isobar by Gerhard Fasol On March 4, 2014 Dentsu announced further European investments in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: Dentsu acquires French mobile marketing agency Lesmobilizers SAS. Lesmobilizers SAS – Mobile Applications Creators Lesmobilizers SAS are a dedicated agency… Continue reading Lesmobilizers SAS acquired by Dentsu and to be integrated into Isobar

Tokyo AIM became the Tokyo PRO market, and London Stock Exchange quits Japan. Here is why!

Tokyo AIM: LSE sells its share in the Tokyo AIM joint venture to Tokyo Stock Exchange and leaves Japan Initially, London Stock Exchange and Tokyo Stock Exchange created Tokyo AIM as a joint-venture company in order to create a jointly owned and jointly managed Tokyo AIM, modeled according to the very successful London AIM model.… Continue reading Tokyo AIM became the Tokyo PRO market, and London Stock Exchange quits Japan. Here is why!

Socializer acquired in Poland by Dentsu, joins Isobar

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Dentsu acquires Socializer acquired in Poland by Gerhard Fasol Socializer joins Isobar On January 20, 2014 Dentsu announced further European investments in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: Dentsu acquires Poland’s social media agency Socializer Socializer SA Socializer SA was founded in Warsaw, Poland, in March 2011, earned gross profits of UKL 1.7 million… Continue reading Socializer acquired in Poland by Dentsu, joins Isobar

Japan’s direct investments in EU flourish, while EU investments in Japan stagnate

Japan to Europe direct investment: Japanese companies acquire EU companies for EURO 10 billion/year, total Japanese investments in EU are EURO 160 billion

Investment flow between EU and Japan shows strong impact from the Lehmann shock economic downturn. Investment flow from EU to Japan remains at relatively low levels around EURO 1 billion annually, while investments by Japanese companies in the EU are on the order of EURO 10 billion per year currently. M&A and direct investment (FDI)… Continue reading Japan’s direct investments in EU flourish, while EU investments in Japan stagnate

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EU Japan investments: European investments in Japan total about EURO 80 billion and are steady, while Japanese investments in EU increase rapidly

EU Japan investment stock EU Japan investment: EU to Japan EU to Japan investment register EU investments in Japan have been relatively constant around EURO 80 billion. There has been a marked reduction in EU investment in Japan in 2006 due to the withdrawal of Vodafone from Japan with the sale of Vodafone KK to… Continue reading EU Japan investment stock

Simple Agency srl investment by Japan’s advertising giant Dentsu

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by Gerhard Fasol Dentsu further expands the global footprint in Europe Social, content and digital marketing empowerment based in Italy On July 30, 2013 Dentsu announced another European investment this year in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: the acquisition of a 70% majority share in the Italian Simple Agency via Aegis Media Italia,… Continue reading Simple Agency srl investment by Japan’s advertising giant Dentsu

Social Embassy BV acquired by Dentsu

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Dentsu further expands the global footprint in Europe Content & community management, brand engagement, social media, SNS advertising based in The Netherlands by Gerhard Fasol On May 23, 2013 Dentsu announced another European acquisition within the single month of May 2013 in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: the acquisition of the leading Dutch… Continue reading Social Embassy BV acquired by Dentsu

Kinecto, Romania’s leading digital advertising agency acquired by Dentsu

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by Gerhard Fasol Renamed Kinecto Isobar On May 14, 2013 Dentsu announced the acquisition of the Romanian digital advertising agency Kinecto via its subsidiary Dentsu-Aegis, based in London. Following the acquisition, the company was renamed Kinecto Isobar. Kinecto Kinecto International SRL is one of the most important digital advertising agencies in Romania, and was founded… Continue reading Kinecto, Romania’s leading digital advertising agency acquired by Dentsu

Hitachi Consulting acquires operations management consulting firm Celerant Consulting at a value of about US$ 145 million

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Hitachi Consulting growth is in line with Hitachi’s Smart Transformation Hitachi Consulting aims to grow to US$ 1.5 billion annual revenues by FY2015 by Gerhard Fasol Hitachi Consulting announced on January 2, 2013 the acquisition of the UK based operations management consulting firm Celerant Consulting. Caledonia Investments announced the sale of its 47.3% ownership in… Continue reading Hitachi Consulting acquires operations management consulting firm Celerant Consulting at a value of about US$ 145 million

Alpha Direct Services (ADS) acquired by Rakuten to build European logistics

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Rakuten builds European logistics infrastructure Rakuten’s 6th acquisition in Europe Rakuten is aggressively globalizing in the face of intense competition by Amazon.com, and more recently Alibaba. As part of global growth, Rakuten is acquiring a string of e-commerce, e-book, online media, and software and service companies in Europe. Now Rakuten has started to build fulfillment… Continue reading Alpha Direct Services (ADS) acquired by Rakuten to build European logistics

Horizon Nuclear Power acquired by Hitachi for £696 million

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Hitachi to build 6 GigaWatt of nuclear power in UK by Gerhard Fasol E.ON and RWE to withdraw, Chinese consortium lost bid In tune with Germany’s “Energiewende”, E.ON and RWE npower decided to sell Horizon Nuclear Power. On October 29, 2012 Hitachi Ltd (株式会社日立製作所) announced the agreement to acquire Horizon Nuclear Power for £696 million… Continue reading Horizon Nuclear Power acquired by Hitachi for £696 million

Aquafadas SAS acquired by Rakuten via e-reader company Kobo

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Kobo acquires French digital publishing tool company Aquafadas Rakuten acquired e-reader manufacturer Kobo Rakuten acquired 100% of e-reader manufacturer Kobo for US$ 315 million in cash in January 2012. Kobo announced the acquisition of French digital publishing company Aquafadas on October 10, 2012. Aquafadas http://www.aquafadas.com was founded in Montpeller in 2004 by Matthieu Kopp (CTO)… Continue reading Aquafadas SAS acquired by Rakuten via e-reader company Kobo

Buongiorno SpA acquired by NTT Docomo for € 209 million (US$ 260 million)

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NTT Docomo acquired Italian mobile content, apps and service provider in a public tender offer Buongiorno SpA becomes fully owned subsidiary of NTT Docomo NTT Docomo acquired mobile content provider Buongiorno SpA in August 2012 following a public tender offer via Docomo’s German subsidiary DOCOMO Deutschland GmbH. The shares were delisted from the Italian Stock… Continue reading Buongiorno SpA acquired by NTT Docomo for € 209 million (US$ 260 million)

Dentsu acquires Aegis

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Aegis Group plc, a UK company with French roots by Gerhard Fasol Dentsu’s challenge to grow global footprint while managing cultural differences On Thursday, July 5th, 2012, Dentsu announced the acquisition of Aegis Group plc, a UK company with French roots, centered on media advertising media buying. Dentsu’s need to globalize Driving this acquisition was… Continue reading Dentsu acquires Aegis

Nidec acquires Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A

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Reorganized as Nidec ASI Nidec: “for everything that spins and moves” Nidec acquires Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A. from HVEASI Holding BV, affiliated with Patriarch Partners LLC. The acquisition was completed in May 2012. Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A (ASI) renamed: “Nidec ASI S.p.A.” and set up a Japan subsidiary Nidec ASI Japan Corporation to develop Nidec… Continue reading Nidec acquires Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A

Rakuten acquires UK e-commerce portal Play.com

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Play.com: third European company acquired by Rakuten.com Rakuten continues global battle with Amazon.com On September 21, 2011, Rakuten announced acquisition of 100% of the UK e-commerce portal site Play.com for UKL 25 million (approx. US$ 40 million). Rakuten’s acquisition of Play.com (UK) follows the acquisitions of PriceMinister (France) and Tradoria (Germany). Play.com Play.com sells music,… Continue reading Rakuten acquires UK e-commerce portal Play.com

Landis+Gyr acquired by Toshiba and The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ)

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Landis+Gyr to become “independent growth platform” within the Toshiba Group for smart meters and smart grid by Gerhard Fasol Landis+Gyr acquired by Toshiba (60%) and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (40%) for US$ 2.3 billion Landis+Gyr acquired by Toshiba and The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan: this acquisition was finalized with a shareholder’s and share… Continue reading Landis+Gyr acquired by Toshiba and The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ)

Rakuten acquires 80% of German e-commerce platform Tradoria

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Rakuten continues global expansion Competing with Amazon.com…. On July 28, 2011, Rakuten announced the acquisition of 80% of Germany’s e-commerce site Tradoria for a “double-digit million” amount. Tradoria has been rebranded as Rakuten.de and has become part of Rakuten Deutschland GmbH. Tradoria Tradoria was founded in 2007, and today has more than 4400 online stores… Continue reading Rakuten acquires 80% of German e-commerce platform Tradoria

Value Team SpA acquired by NTT Data

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NTT Data’s a bridgehead to Brazil and South America Value Team SpA serves about 300 clients with about 3000 professionals On April 25, 2011, NTT Data announced the acquisition of 100% of shares of Value Team SpA via the subsidiary NTT Data Europe GmbH & Co KG for about € 250 million. Value Team SpA… Continue reading Value Team SpA acquired by NTT Data

Rakuten acquires French ecommerce portal PriceMinister.com

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Rakuten continues to globalize via acquisitions Rakuten seeks to compete globally with Amazon.com Rakuten acquires 100% of shares of PriceMinister S.A. for €200 million (= approx. US$ 250 million). The transaction is expected to close at the end of July 2010. PriceMinister S.A. PriceMinister was founded in 2000 by current CEO Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet, and Pierre… Continue reading Rakuten acquires French ecommerce portal PriceMinister.com

Suzuki Metal Industry Co Ltd acquires valve spring wire maker Haldex Garphyttan Wire

Suzuki Metal with Garphyttan to become global player of Nippon Steel Group’s wire rod business Suzuki Metal Industry Co Ltd to issue news shares to be acquired by Nippon Steel Group to finance the acquisition of Garphyttan AB from Haldex Group On December 25, 2008, Nippon Steel Group and Suzuki Metal Co Ltd announced the… Continue reading Suzuki Metal Industry Co Ltd acquires valve spring wire maker Haldex Garphyttan Wire

TDK acquires passive electronic component maker EPCOS

Acquisition value of YEN 200 Billion (approx. US$ 1.859 billion) by Gerhard Fasol EPCOS becomes part of 100% owned subsidiary TDK-EPC Corporation On July 31, 2008 TDK launched an offer to buy all outstanding shares of EPCOS, thus acquiring 100% of EPCOS. Value of the acquisition transaction was on the order of YEN 200 Billion… Continue reading TDK acquires passive electronic component maker EPCOS

Yamaha acquires Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH

Yamaha acquires Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH

Yamaha Corporation acquires Vienna based 170 year old piano manufacturer Yamaha acquires Bösendorfer: Vienna piano manufacturer L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH founded in 1828 L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH was founded in 1828 in Vienna (Austria), and is one of the world’s most respected piano manufacturers. Bösendorfer was sold to a US wood manufacturing company, later by… Continue reading Yamaha acquires Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH