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In the course of the restructuring of shipbuilding in Europe, the thyssenkrupp Supervisory Board confirmed at its meeting on May 18 that the Group continues to keep two paths in mind: Where the Group sees good development potential due to its own market position and competitive strength, thyssenkrupp will continue to do so in the future focus on development. This applies in particular to materials trading, industrial components (forging business and slewing bearings) and the automotive sector. The performance in the Steel and Marine Systems business units is to be increased so that they remain profitable for the company. At the same time, consolidation solutions and partnerships are to be examined for them.

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is doing well in the 2018/19 financial year with sales of 1.8 billion euros and incoming orders of 2.192 billion euros - better than 2017/18 (1.389 billion euros or 648 million euros. Economically, this indicates relaxation thyssenkrupp announced on February 13, 2020: "Marine Systems was able to keep order intake at the level of the same quarter of the previous year. Operationally, the marine business remained stable with a black zero."

After the meeting of the supervisory board, it was said that naval shipbuilding could, in a consolidated position, survive better in the long term with partners in national and international competition. This suggests that the Kiel company could also be available for mergers. Oliver Burkhard, Chief Human Resources Officer and Labor Director at thyssenkrupp AG with responsibility for Marine Systems: “In order to secure jobs and shipyard locations, it makes sense to create a strong marine group. thyssenkrupp is therefore open to solutions that bring Marine Systems into an even stronger position in the long term. There are national and European options for this. "

thyssenkrupp Aufsichtsrat: Nationale oder europäische Lösung für Marineschiffbau

From the results of the meeting of the Supervisory Board that had only become known in the evening, no statement could be received from Berlin. As far as the marine area is concerned, politics is included in the considerations, it is said from Essen.

Hans Uwe Mergener