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Axel Springer hy and Klöckner & Co forge strategic alliance

Steel News - Published on Thu, 17 Jan 2019

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Two successful trailblazers in the field of digital transformation have entered into a strategic partnership with immediate effect. Axel Springer hy and Klöckner & Co, through its digital unit kloeckner.i, will in the future work together to offer selected services, creating a unique consulting service provided by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Axel Springer and Klöckner & Co have realigned their respective businesses to meet the demands of the digital world with exceptional success. Both companies are pioneers and role models in the field of digital transformation and have now joined forces to share with other companies what they have learned. The partners bring complementary strengths to this new alliance.

Axel Springer generates more than 80% of its operating profits through digital offerings. These include numerous disruptive platforms that enjoy success across the globe. Set up in early 2017, Axel Springer hy is an Axel Springer SE Group company. The Axel Springer hy experts assist businesses with their digital and cultural transformation as well as in developing and implementing their strategy. Through kloeckner.i, Klöckner & Co has forged ahead with its own digital transformation, to the extent that digital channels already account for around a quarter of Group sales. The Company plans to increase this to 60% by 2022. In addition, Klöckner launched the XOM Materials platform, which makes it possible to digitally trade in a wide range of materials. The platform is also open to the Company’s competitors. Both companies effected internal cultural and organizational change in order to make these successes possible.

Axel Springer hy employs more than 40 digital experts who provide consulting services to customers outside of Axel Springer SE in the fields of analysis, strategy, cultural change, company building, investments and venturing. Since being set up in February 2017, it has handled 90 projects for 52 customers. In Berlin, almost 90 kloeckner.i employees are dedicated to the digital transformation of Klöckner & Co, as well as platform design, construction and operation. They are also responsible for driving cultural change within the Group. This team’s expertise will now for the first time be available on the open market. Axel Springer hy and Klöckner’s digital team will remain legally independent entities that offer their joint services to customers from a single source.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 17 Jan 2019
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