Siemens acquires non-controlling 25% share in Coelme Group
Siemens and Coelme Group have agreed to Siemens acquiring a non-controlling minority shareholding of 25% in Coelme Group.
Coelme Group is an Italian-based subsidiary of Southern States LCC, one of the leading manufacturers of high voltage disconnect switches. Coelme Group will continue to operate as a standalone company, independent of Siemens and the two companies will have a business relationship at Arm’s-Length Principle.
Ralf Christian, Siemens AG, CEO Energy Management Division, says: “The development and the flexibilization of the transmission grids are of greatest importance for achieving the climate targets. In this context, innovative high voltage disconnect switches remain an important portfolio. Our cooperation with Coelme accelerates innovations and broadens the range of offers for our customers”.
“We have built up a close relationship with Coelme Group for years as a valuable supplier of high-quality products,” said Beatrix Natter, CEO of Transmission Products at Siemens Energy Management. “With the signing of the share purchase agreement, we are raising our collaboration to a new level and we are looking forward to growing the business together with our partner”.
“Southern States and Siemens have had already many years of supply relationship in the United States and we look forward to much success in Europe,” said Southern States’ CEO Raj Anand.
“This agreement sounds like a good way forward after several decades of supply relationship between Coelme Group and Siemens,” said Francesco Basso CEO and Chairman of Coelme Group.
Closing is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019.