Wednesday 26th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

VW expects 200m euro savings from MAN takeover

German motor manufacturer Volkswagen is looking for supply chain saving of 200 million euros a year from a takeover of MAN.

The group has launched a formal bid for the truck maker after announcing on 9th May that it had acquired MAN shares accounting for more than 30 per cent of the voting rights. It is now making a mandatory public offer to all third party shareholders in MAN SE at 95 euros per share.

The move will open the way for greater co-operation between MAN and Scania, the Swedish truck maker. VW owns 71.8 per cent of Scania – while MAN owns 13.5 per cent.

The intention is to maintain the two brands, but VW says it has identified a broad spectrum of synergies from the combination identified in the areas purchasing/procurement, research & development and production.

Last year, MAN and Scania said they were exploring co-operation in a number of areas including gearboxes, rear axles and hybrid components.

VW reckons first portion of synergies of at least 200 million euros a year is achievable mainly in the area purchasing/procurement without significant implementation costs.

Beyond that it sees significant additional benefits as it turns the two businesses into an integrated commercial vehicles group.