DaimlerChrysler to Sell mtu Aero Engines
Posted on November 21, 2003
To avoid any misunderstandings, please find attached the press-information from DaimlerChrysler which clarifies the fact that mtu Aero Engines, Munich (and not MTU Friedrichshafen) is being sold.
Stuttgart, Germany - The Board of Management of DaimlerChrysler AG has approved the sale of the engine manufacturer, mtu Aero Engines GmbH, of Munich, to the US financial investor, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR). The transaction is expected to be closed by the end of December, subject to the approval of DaimlerChrysler's Supervisory Board and clearance by the relevant anti-trust authorities. mtu Aero Engines will continue its programs and cooperations, especially its close strategic alliance with the US engine manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney, as before. mtu Aero Engines, a 100% subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG, employs some 8,300 persons and achieved revenues of about EUR 2.2 billion in 2002. About 80% of this total was accounted for by the civil aero engine business. The sale to KKR opens up additional opportunities for the further development of mtu Aero Engines.
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