Thyssenkrupp Open to Idea of German Steel Merger
Reuters reported that Thyssenkrupp has not dismissed the idea of merging its steel business, Europe’s second largest, with a rival. Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe CEO Mr Bernhard Osburg, citing pressure to rein in costs and creating lean structures, said “Consolidation certainly remains a key topic.”
As the wider Thyssenkrupp group is studying whether to split off the steel section, merge it, or take it private separately, Osburg said he saw many reasons in favour of an alliance and only several against it.
Smaller peer Salzgitter had cold-shouldered Thyssenkrupp in the matter but is undergoing a change at its helm. A joint focus on developing green hydrogen for steelmaking could become a unifying factor.