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The discussions on the restructuring of ThyssenKrupp are accompanied by announcements from France, which Naval Group was ready <remains>, the Marine division of the Group, ThyssenKrupp to take Marine Systems (TKMS). Although reportedly the Supervisory Board agreed in its deliberations on 21 May 2019 to want thyssenkrupp as a whole, "largely". But against the background may become known in the last week (the FAZ reported on 17 May), a renewed interest shown from Paris (headquarters of the Naval Group), can be currently made on the future of TKMS definite judgment.

NavalGroup who earlier had DCNS, 2018 a cooperation agreement with Fincantieri closed - a joint venture with no cross-shareholding. In a constellation with ThyssenKrupp's division Kieler its broad-based naval shipbuilding group would create a global dimension.

The signals from ThyssenKrupp, where the course goes, are currently still unclear. According to Handelsblatt, the new concept envisages a transformation of the corporate headquarters in a lean holding company. The individual lines (steel, automotive, plant, elevators, yards) should get more autonomy. Partnerships and part sales are not excluded. The ThyssenKrupp CEO Guido Kerkhoff is then quoted as saying that further development would be conceivable with partnerships. This would apply to plant, auto parts - and also for the marine business.

At our request TKMS announced on 23 May:

"Marine Systems will continue to follow the path taken consistent: We want to develop the most advanced naval companies in Europe. And we need not hide: In the water sector, we are already fully occupied with orders from Singapore, Egypt and Israel at present. In addition, we want to set new standards again for Norway and Germany with the project 212CD. Above the waterline we are currently working on yet F125 and K130 and in various campaigns. Today we called the first and most modern Corvette for Israel. In Brazil and Egypt we are against tough competition well and successfully in the race. In the field Navel Electronic Systems we have the tests successfully completed the SeaSpider and agreed with Magellan cooperation for the production of anti-torpedo torpedoes.

To ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems to continue for the future, we invest in also heavily in equipping our sites and the training of our employees.

We have always said that we are open to a discussion on a European consolidation of the naval shipbuilding. But only if that makes sense economically and politically desirable. Fast emergency solutions have proven to be detrimental in the past. "

Cooperation between Naval Group and Fincantieri does not proceed without conflict. Open the two companies compete on the international stage in armament projects. In the French understanding among other things, focused on marketing, joint research and development cooperation is not an exclusive club of two. Hervé Guillou, Chief of Naval Group was quoted in connection with the signing of the agreement with Fincantieri: "Our composite remains for other partners open." TKMS defeated Naval Group in the competition for the construction of Australian submarines (ES & T reported).

Offers from the Elysée to a consortium of French and German naval shipyards history since 2001/2. At that time, the fate of the HDW, the trigger for setting up a European Marine Consortium, similar to Airbus, building on the core DCNS and HDW. Boost Gets this idea recently from the Aachener contract, which provides for an intensification of armaments cooperation. Such cooperation or even mergers in the military sector have to face again considerations of strategic (industrial and economic policy) concerns about obtaining know-how and jobs. In Germany, the naval underwater shipbuilding is a key technology. Prior to the National Maritime Conference in 2019 it was announced that the military surface vessels should receive the same status later this year.

Hans Uwe Mergener