thyssenkrupp’s IPO Strategy Gets Supervisory Board Support


In July 2018, Guido Kerkhoff accepted a higher position at thyssenkrupp AG. At that time, he had a tricky task of calming a firm in disarray. He embarked on a path to settle activist shareholders and stop unionists. For a handful months, it appeared as he might just pull it off.

However, in the face of dropping revenues and a share price in fall, Kerkhoff was forced to dump his plans of splitting the firm. Now, he’s embarked on a novel path, employing an initial public offering (IPO) of the elevator division to get time to solve the firm’s cash crisis. This week, in meeting with shareholders in London, he’s requested them to be patient and temper probabilities for the fast turnaround. Competitors might hold other ideas. According to a Reuters report, Kone Oyj is exploring a proposal for the unit. This would send thyssenkrupp shares recovering as much as 7.9%.

On a similar note, thyssenkrupp came into the news as it recently opened a novel service center in Brisbane, Australia. The new plant is ideally situated to back thyssenkrupp’s customer base on the East Coast of Australia. It will as well offer support for its clients in Oceania that use major logistics channels via Brisbane.

Donald Weir, CEO, Service, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, said that the firm wants to offer the best possible services to its customers. He added that the firm is continuously expanding its service offerings in the areas. In addition, he stated that through the firm’s investment in Brisbane, it ensures that its customers on the East Coast of Australia get advantage from the experience and knowledge thyssenkrupp’s worldwide service network offers. The firm recently invested approximately $0.69 Million in the latest service center. It includes 1,000 Square Meters warehouse, a 350 Square Meter office, and workshop space with room for about 30 staff members.

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