FRANKFURT, Feb 12 (Reuters) – German engineering firm
Bilfinger said it would pay a bigger dividend than
expected and sell its troubled offshore wind division after a
2014 marked by a 35 slide in operating profit and a string of
The firm’s move towards more profitable services from lower
margin construction and engineering coincided with painful
adjustments key customers such utilities RWE and E.ON
were making as Germany switches to renewable energy.
MUNICH/FRANKFURT, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Siemens Chief
Executive Joe Kaeser applied the finishing touches to his
overhaul of the German industrial group with the announcement on
Friday of 7,800 job cuts designed to streamline management and
The roughly 2 percent cut to the trains-to-turbines group’s
global workforce will generate productivity gains of about 1
billion euros ($1.14 billion) by the end of 2016, Siemens said,
as the company strives to close a profitability gap with rivals
such as General Electric and Switzerland’s ABB.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – China will have more robots operating in its production plants by 2017 than any other country as it cranks up automation of its car and electronics factories, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) said on Thursday.
Already the biggest market in the $9.5 billion global robot trade — or $29 billion including associated software, peripherals and systems engineering — China lags far behind its more industrialised peers in terms of robot density.
FRANKFURT, Feb 4 (Reuters) – The new boss of Germany’s Osram
Licht said he wanted to speed up a restructuring at
the company that helped to drive its quarterly operating profit
up 23 percent.
Osram, the world’s second-biggest light maker after Dutch
Philips, has cut thousands of jobs as it seeks to
refocus its business on higher-margin LED lighting, where it is
racing to stay ahead of Asian rivals.
FRANKFURT, Feb 4 (Reuters) – German fashion house Hugo Boss
has reported lower-than-expected pretax earnings,
citing a weaker consumer mood and taking one-off charges due in
part to an overhaul of its Middle Eastern distribution network.
In an unscheduled release of preliminary full-year results,
it said pretax earnings edged 1 percent higher to 437 million
euros ($501 million), missing the average analyst estimate of
470 million after 19 million in one-off charges, mainly due to
severing ties with a Middle East sales agent and the planned
consolidation of its production facilities.
FRANKFURT, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Austrian steelmaker
Voestalpine’s foreign expansion plans, focused on the
United States, will not be changed by the weak oil price or
euro, its chief executive said on Tuesday.
Voestalpine, which sells steel and steel-based products to
the automotive, railway and engineering industries, among
others, has targeted the energy sector as one of its key growth
areas and until recently had benefited from the U.S. shale boom.
BOCHUM, Germany, Jan 30 (Reuters) – ThyssenKrupp’s
chief executive emphasised the importance of cost cuts over
disposals in his turnaround plan for a group which is breaking
with its steelmaking roots to focus on more profitable capital
Heinrich Hiesinger dampened hopes on Friday for any swift
disposals of ThyssenKrupp’s steel assets, submarine-building
unit or automotive parts business, although he said his work did
include “active portfolio management”.
MUNICH, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Siemens missed first-quarter
profit forecasts and announced management overhauls at its power
and gas and healthcare divisions, putting pressure on chief
executive Joe Kaeser ahead of a shareholder meeting on Tuesday.
Kaeser, a former Siemens finance chief who ousted Peter
Loescher as CEO in a 2013 boardroom coup, is also expected to
come under fire from shareholders over the decision to spend
$7.6 billion on U.S. oilfield equipment company Dresser-Rand
last year, just before a steep slide in the oil price.
MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – German industrial group Siemens (SIEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) is set to face a storm of questions on Tuesday over its $7.6 billion (£5 billion) decision to buy U.S. oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand (DRC.N: Quote, Profile, Research).
Investors attending its annual shareholder meeting will want to know how the acquisition, agreed in September in a scramble not to be left behind by the U.S. shale boom, will benefit them, given the halving of the oil price since then to around $49.
DUBLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Business leaders in Europe gave a mixed welcome to the European Central Bank’s moves to bolster growth and inflation in the euro area on Thursday, with many – especially in Germany – concerned the program could delay unpopular economic reforms.
The ECB launched a government bond-buying program despite opposition from Germany’s Bundesbank and concerns in Berlin. Supporters say it will get credit flowing to boost growth.