BERLIN, July 19 German car parts supplier ZF
Friedrichshafen believes buying U.S peer TRW Automotive
Holdings Corp would give it a better foothold in the
market for self-driving and connected cars, its finance chief
told a German paper.
Privately-held ZF Friedrichshafen said earlier this month it
was in early stage talks with TRW, which makes airbags,
electronics, and braking and steering equipment.
CFO Konstantin Sauer said ZF Friedrichshafen was well placed
in the areas of powertrains and chassis, but that other areas
were growing in importance, highlighting internet-enabled
devices and autonomous driving.
"TRW, with its years of market expertise, technology and
products would be the perfect complement," Sauer was quoted as
saying in an interview with Boersen-Zeitung on Saturday.
Rival German car parts supplier Robert Bosch is
also investing heavily in such new technologies.
TRW has a market capitalisation of around $11 billion, so
the deal would be a major acquisition for ZF Friedrichshafen,
which had revenue of 16.84 billion euros ($22.8 billion) in
Sauer declined to give details of financing for any deal in
the interview saying only: "You can assume that we have thought
long and hard about this to find a way that matches our company
He declined to comment on a time frame for the talks.
($1 = 0.7391 Euros)
(Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Sophie Walker)