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Aug 17, 2015

Germany’s Mann + Hummel agrees to buy U.S. peer Affinia

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German industrial filter maker Mann + Hummel has agreed to buy U.S. peer Affinia (AFN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to boost its annual sales by $1 billion – or by more than a third – and gain access to the American market for heavy-duty and hydraulic filters.

Privately-held Mann + Hummel said it would not disclose the terms, but a regulatory filing by Affinia showed the purchase price was $513.1 million. The German firm will also take on debt from Affinia, which stood at $822 million at the end of June.

Jul 30, 2015

Philae lander shows there’s more to comets than soft dust

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The comet lander Philae may be uncommunicative at the moment, but the pictures and measurements it took after it touched down on a comet in November have shown scientists that the comet is covered with coarse material, rather than dust, and is harder than expected.

European scientists celebrated an historic first when Philae landed on a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November after a 10-year journey through space aboard the Rosetta spacecraft.

Jul 29, 2015

Bombardier says not in talks with Siemens on rail deal

MONTREAL/FRANKFURT, July 29 (Reuters) – Canadian plane and
train maker Bombardier Inc denied a report on
Wednesday that it is in talks with German engineering group
Siemens AG on merging their rail units.

The denial by a spokeswoman for Montreal-based Bombardier
followed a Wall Street Journal report on Wednesday that cited
unnamed sources as saying that Bombardier and Siemens were in
such talks.

Jul 24, 2015

Iran offers state assets to foreigners in investment drive

VIENNA, July 24 (Reuters) – Iran offered to sell state
assets to foreigners, said it would cut the government’s role in
the economy and pledged a tight monetary policy as it sought to
attract billions of dollars of investment from abroad after over
a decade of isolation.

At a business conference in Vienna this week, the first such
event since last week’s deal between Tehran and world powers on
its nuclear programme, top Iranian officials outlined an
economic policy package designed to win foreign investment.

Jul 23, 2015

Foreign firms say more than just sanctions hold back trade with Iran

VIENNA (Reuters) – Western firms are itching to return to Iran if sanctions are lifted, but to truly fulfill its potential Tehran should do more to make its business practices efficient and its environment welcoming, executives said at a trade conference.

At the conference in Vienna, Iranian officials touted their country – with a population of just under 80 million and annual output of some $400 billion – as a potential bonanza for investors in oil and gas, mining, engineering and cars.

Jul 23, 2015

Iran eyes $185 billion oil, gas projects after sanctions

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran outlined plans on Thursday for the rebuilding of its core industries and trade links in the wake of a nuclear agreement with world powers, saying it was targeting oil and gas projects worth $185 billion by 2020.

Iran’s Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh said the Islamic Republic would focus on its oil and gas, metals and car industries with an eye to exporting to Europe after sanctions have been lifted.

Jul 16, 2015

German cable provider Tele Columbus buys PrimaCom

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German cable company Tele Columbus has agreed to buy PrimaCom for 711 million euros ($777 million) in cash, combining the country’s third and fourth biggest operators as consolidation accelerates across Europe.

Germany has been slower to allow cable mergers than some other European countries which are down to one provider. It is one of the most important markets for both Vodafone and Liberty Global, who are exploring asset swaps.

Jun 22, 2015

Europe launches satellite to give Earth observation color vision

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Europe will on Monday will launch a satellite that will give its multibillion-euro Copernicus Earth observation project “color vision,” delivering valuable images that could help forecast crop harvests and respond to humanitarian crises.

The Sentinel-2a satellite, the second of a planned seven-member network, is to be launched aboard a Vega rocket from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana at 9:52 p.m. EDT (0152 GMT) Tuesday.

Jun 9, 2015

Thailand’s Central Group to buy majority stake in three German luxury stores

BANGKOK/FRANKFERT, June 9 (Reuters) – Thailand’s largest
retail conglomerate Central Group is to buy a majority stake in
three luxury department stores in Germany from property firm
Signa Group for an undisclosed amount, as part of its expansion
in Europe.

Central, controlled by the Chirathivats, Thailand’s
third-richest family, has been present in Europe since 2011 when
it bought the upmarket Italian department store chain La
Rinascente SpA for 205 million euros ($233 million).

May 21, 2015

German train drivers to end strike, agree arbitration

FRANKFURT, May 21 (Reuters) – German train drivers said on
Thursday they were suspending a long-running and economically
damaging series of strikes, agreeing to take a dispute over
negotiating rights with rail operator Deutsche Bahn to

The stoppage, the ninth in a series of strikes over the last
10 months that have delayed commuters and cost industry millions
of euros daily, will be suspended at 7 p.m. (1700 GMT) on
Thursday, drivers’ union GDL said in a statement.