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Jun 17, 2015

Bilfinger cuts losses with sale of Power business

FRANKFURT/METZINGEN, Germany, June 17 (Reuters) – German
engineering services firm Bilfinger plans to put its
Power business up for sale, its new chief executive said on
Wednesday, cutting its losses after five group profit warnings
in the past year.

The loss-making unit, which accounts for about a fifth of
Bilfinger’s total output and employs 11,000 people, has failed
to keep pace with upheaval in Germany’s energy sector that has
hit some of its biggest clients, while forays abroad have had
little success.

Jun 17, 2015

Networked factories key to Daimler’s productivity drive

SINDELFINGEN, Germany (Reuters) – Having standardized the layout of its factories and connected them to a shared computer network, Daimler (DAIGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is now crunching data from them to identify the most efficient way of making a car, its head of production told Reuters.

Markus Schaefer said in an interview the analysis was at the heart of the luxury carmaker’s drive to improve productivity, and in turn boost profit margins in its battle with German rivals BMW (BMWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Audi (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Jun 10, 2015

HeidelbergCement chooses shareholder payouts over acquisitions

BERLIN/STUTTGART, June 10 (Reuters) – Germany’s
HeidelbergCement said it would return more cash to
shareholders and be “disciplined” about acquisitions, having
chosen to stay out of a merger between rivals Holcim
and Lafarge that is reshaping the industry.

The company, which has met significant debt reduction and
other financial targets it set in 2009, said on Wednesday it
would focus on raising its dividend, expanding the company,
cutting debt further and possibly buying back shares.

May 13, 2015

BMW one big, happy family as squabbles damage rival Volkswagen

MUNICH/STUTTGART, May 13 (Reuters) – The normally secretive
family that owns BMW broke silence on Wednesday to
laud the company’s seamless management transition as rival
German carmaker Volkswagen inspects the damage from
a bitter leadership crisis.

The comments from Stefan Quandt, whose family controls a
stake of almost 47 percent in the Bavarian carmaker, highlight
the contrasting fortunes at two of Germany’s most influential
companies.

May 13, 2015

Piech misses Porsche AGM, as VW seeks to build bridges

STUTTGART/BERLIN, Germany, May 13 (Reuters) – Ousted
Volkswagen patriarch Ferdinand Piech did not attend
a shareholder meeting of the carmaker’s controlling clan on
Wednesday, fuelling uncertainty about his stake and future
involvement in the family business.

Piech, at the helm of Europe’s biggest carmaker for more
than two decades, was forced out as VW chairman last month over
his criticism of Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn, who was
backed by other stakeholders and family members.

May 8, 2015

Labour unrest looms at Germany’s stricken Bilfinger

FRANKFURT, May 8 (Reuters) – Bilfinger workers
will fight further job cuts at the struggling German engineering
services group, its works council said in a letter to
management.

Bilfinger is in the process of cutting 1,250 jobs as part of
an efficiency programme and another 370 at its power division,
which has suffered worst from budget cuts at German utilities
reeling from the country’s switch to greener energy.

Apr 16, 2015

VW committee meeting ends with no statement on leadership discussion

STUTTGART/BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) – A top-level Volkswagen AG (VOWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) committee meeting to try to resolve a leadership crisis caused by a rift between its chief executive and chairman has ended after less than three hours, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The source declined to comment on the result of the meeting, which was called after Chairman Ferdinand Piech sparked a leadership crisis by telling a magazine he had distanced himself from CEO Martin Winterkorn, who has run VW since 2007.

Apr 16, 2015

VW committee to meet on leadership Thursday -source

STUTTGART/BERLIN, Germany, April 16 (Reuters) – A top level
Volkswagen committee will meet on Thursday to try to
resolve a leadership crisis caused by the exposure of a rift
between its chief executive and chairman, two sources familiar
with the matter said.

The rift became public last week when Chairman Ferdinand
Piech said in a magazine interview he had distanced himself from
CEO Martin Winterkorn who has run VW since 2007.

Apr 15, 2015

VW struggle in ‘diplomacy phase’ as investors weigh CEO change

BERLIN/STUTTGART (Reuters) – Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) first leadership crisis in a decade has burst into the open with Chairman Ferdinand Piech’s surprise public denunciation of CEO Martin Winterkorn — but the standoff is now more likely to play out behind closed doors.

Piech, 77, will meet cousin Wolfgang Porsche and other family members within days, company sources said, to discuss the rift his comments appear to have opened between their branches of VW’s controlling clan.

Apr 13, 2015

Daimler Trucks to launch software services push

STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) – Daimler is preparing to expand and upgrade its software services to freight operators, the head of its trucks division said, in a move designed to ensure that big customers stick with its vehicle brands.

After more than a century of earning money by bashing metal, vehicle makers are looking for new revenue from connected services, which can make vehicles safer and more efficient. For large truck fleets, that can mean big savings.