Danfoss and Vacon to Join Forces in AC DrivesSeptember 11, 2014 by Jeff Shepard
Danfoss A/S announces a public tender offer for all shares of the Finnish AC drives company Vacon Plc. Vacon shareholders are being offered a cash consideration of EUR 34 for each share in Vacon, representing an aggregate equity purchase price of approximately EUR 1038 million. Danfoss' offer is a result of the company's strategic focus on creating profitable growth. Vacon is considered to be a good match to achieve this ambition. Today, both Danfoss Power Electronics and Vacon are significant players in the ac drives business, and together they will gain an even stronger market position, according to the announcement from Danfoss.
â€œAfter a careful examination of Danfossâ€™ offer, the Board of Directors of Vacon has unanimously decided to recommend that the shareholders accept it. Vacon is truly one of the great industrial success stories, even globally speaking. By joining forces, the two companies will create a Nordic-based global player â€“ a new AC drives business with the clear ambition to build a leading position in the AC drives market,â€ says Panu Routila, Chairman of the Board at Vacon.
â€œWe have a clear strategic ambition to be one of the absolute top players in the businesses where we operate. Vacon is a very strong and innovative player and by creating this new drives business we can ensure a strong long-term growth trajectory,â€ says Niels B. Christiansen, CEO at Danfoss.
Vacon is a global company with exceptional R&D, production, and supply chain competences in China, Finland, India, Italy, and the United States, and a highly skilled sales and service organization in 31 countries. The company plays a crucial role in building a new AC drives business to challenge the top players in the world. Finland, as a hotspot in the global AC drives business, plays an especially crucial role and Danfoss will be positioning Finland as one of its future centers of excellence along with the other power electronics centers worldwide.
â€œI believe that customers will benefit significantly from the two companies joining forces as they will bring even more competitive, innovative, and attractive AC drives to the market. Today, Vacon is stronger than ever, and it has a great future ahead together with Danfoss,â€ says Vaconâ€™s President and CEO, Vesa Laisi.