Faurecia might be ‘last of the Mohicans’ in contamination control

© Reuters. SUBMIT PICTURE: Patrick Koller, Chief Executive Officer of French cars and truck parts provider Faurecia, postures prior to the business’s 2016 yearly outcomes discussion in Paris, France, February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) – Faurecia does not mean to let go of its contamination control service in spite of the set up end of combustion engine sales, as business will stay rewarding for a very long time and help in reducing financial obligation, the automobile devices provider’s president informed Reuters.

“We occupy more than 65% of the market share (with our two main competitors), so our probability of being the last of the Mohicans is very strong, and that is very valuable,” CEO Patrick Koller stated at journalism days of the 89th Paris Motor Show.

“Other companies will have to throw in the towel because they will no longer have the space to operate … and since customers need a supplier, we can regain market share without investing in capacity,” he included.

Although Koller stressed that the strategy to go all-electric by 2035 – implying no exhaust pipelines – is a European strategy, not an American or Asian one, depollution is still set to weigh less greatly in its turnover, around 15% in 2025 and less than 10% in 2030.

Yet the money generation from this service, concentrated on long-lasting agreements, will assist Faurecia minimize the financial obligation sustained in the acquisition of German devices maker Hella that developed the Forvia group.

The brand-new group, whose activity portfolio now consists of hydrogen storage, seats, cockpit, lighting, and contamination control, will provide its medium-term method on Nov. 4.

Koller likewise verified the group’s goal of reaching 250 million euros ($244 million) in synergies and one billion euros in possession disposals, which he revealed quickly after the Hella acquisition.

“As for synergies, we are perfectly in line with our business plan. As for asset disposals, we are perfectly confident in our ability to deliver on this billion,” he stated.

After the sale of 33.33% of HBPO for 290 million euros, the group is “in the final stages of negotiation” for other divestments and anticipates to reveal the finalizing of numerous of these deals by the end of the year, Koller included.

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