Bund könnte bei Thyssenkrupp-Tochter TKMS einsteigen

Produktionshalle von TKMS in Kiel

Produktionshalle von TKMS in Kiel

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According to Defense Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD), the German government is considering an entry into the Kiel submarine shipyard Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). Pistorius said, „We are considering it,“ during a visit to Kiel. However, the considerations have not yet been concluded. This process will take at least until the end of the year. The „Handelsblatt“ had previously reported on this.

The marine company belonging to the Essen-based industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp intends to become independent. TKMS CEO Oliver Burkhard stated that this would be „a better way forward: for Thyssenkrupp, TKMS, our customers, Berlin, and thus for Germany.“ Several options are reportedly possible for a separation: the involvement of external investors (private equity), an initial public offering or partial IPO, and government intervention.

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