Several days ago, the European Commission has started a full-scale investigation to assess the proposed takeover of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) by the Hyundai Heavy Industries Group (HHI). The investigation completed on 17 December while was carried out under the EU Merger Regulation.
Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings Co Ltd’s $1.8 billion merger with rival shipbuilder Daewoo is expected to face a full-scale investigation in Europe due to serious EU antitrust concerns. Reuters now reports that the European Commission will launch an investigation into the deal in the following days, after a preliminary review ends on Tuesday, December 17.
Following contradictory statements, China announced Friday the merger of the country’s two state-owned shipbuilding giants, China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) and China Shipbuilding Industry Co (CSIC), in a move expected to boost competitiveness of Chinese shipbuilding industry.
The two major mergers of South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. and DSME, and Chinese shipyards China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. and China State Shipbuilding Corp., are expected to control nearly half of the global shipbuilding market, forging a new reality for the global shipping industry.
Several mergers between Chinese shipbuilders are putting South Korean mid-size companies, which are already struggling, into risk. Because of these mergers, are medium-sized Korean shipyards worry that they could lose deals to construct oil tankers to Chinese companies, like it happened for bulk carriers.
Worker unions at South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. staged a partial strike on Thursday to protest against the merger with the compatriot major Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd (DSME).
Hyundai Heavy Industries is expected to sign an official agreement with Korea Development Bank on March 8 to take over Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. However, even if the deal closes, HHI will still have to solve several issues in order to fully acquire DSME. One of the issues the HHI faces is that is the evaluation of the merger proposal by major countries, such as the US, the EU, China and Japan.
China is considering a plan to merge the two biggest shipbuilders of the country, China State Shipbuilding Corp. with China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. in an attempt to surpass South Korea. China preliminary approved the merge of China State Shipbuilding Corp. and China Shipbuilding Industry Corp.
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