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Aurubis in talks to sell flat rolled products business to Wieland

Metal News - Published on Wed, 14 Feb 2018

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Reuters reported that Aurubis AG, Europe’s biggest copper smelter, is in advanced negotiations to sell its flat rolled products unit to German cooper products company Wieland-Werke AG as Aurubis looks to expand into other metals besides copper. The unit, which made about 230,000 tonnes of copper and alloyed products in the past year and employed around 1,740 people, includes production sites in Germany, the United States, the Netherlands and Finland. It also has copper processing centres in Slovakia, Italy and Britain.

Its revenue amounted to around 1.3 billion euros (USD 1.6 billion) in fiscal year 2016/17.

The talks also include the sale of a 50 % shareholding in German copper products company Schwermetall Halbzeugwerk, the other 50 % of which is already held by Wieland Werke. About 300 people work at Schwermetall, whose revenue was around 330 million euros.

Mr Juergen Schachler CEO of Aurubis in a statement that “With the sale, we would leave the strip business and further strengthen our strategic orientation towards multi-metal business.”

Aurubis has announced a new corporate strategy involving expansion into other metals alongside copper.

In January it said it had agreed to take 100 % control of German copper wire and rod maker Deutsche Giessdraht by acquiring the 40 % stake held by Chile’s Codelco.

No financial details were given of the prospective flat rolled products deal, which would need approval of competition authorities as well as Aurubis’s supervisory board, though the company said the latter viewed the plan positively in principle.

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Posted By : Amom Remju on Wed, 14 Feb 2018
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