Japanese Shipbuilding Giants Cut Their Losses

Tuesday, April 03, 2001
Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (IHI) said on Tuesday they would integrate their loss-making shipbuilding divisions in October 2002.

News of the alliance was welcomed by investors, who sent shares in Kawasaki Heavy up five percent to 168 yen while IHI closed at 272 yen, gaining 7.5 percent.

The alliance of Japan's second- and third-biggest heavy machinery and ship makers, intended to bring them back to profitability, reflects growing competition from Korean shipbuilders able to take advantage of low manufacturing costs and a weak won.

The two companies will form a 50-50 joint venture based in Tokyo and will make joint use of Kawasaki's plants in Kobe and Sakaide and IHI's plants in Yokohama and Kure, they said. The company will target annual sales of 200 billion yen ($1.5 billion) in the year to March 2005 with a ratio of current profit to sales at two to three percent, they said.

Two firms had initially planned to integrate their shipbuilding businesses with that of sixth-ranked Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., whose shipbuilding operations are profitable. Kawasaki and Mitsui Engineering began cooperating in 1999 on procurement, market research, design and output, and IHI joined the alliance late last year. However, Kawasaki and IHI said Mitsui Engineering would not be joining for the time being. They gave no reason. The two firms employ a combined 3,712 people in their shipbuilding businesses and all will move to the new venture.

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Blackstone Unlikely to Enter Commodities Trade

Blackstone exec doesn't expect move into commodities in near term Blackstone Group LP is unlikely to make a foray into commodity trading in the short term as

Cargill to Buy 100,000mt of Certified Ivorian Cocoa

U.S. agribusiness trader Cargill aims to purchase 100,000 metric tons of certified Ivorian cocoa this season, up slightly from 95,000 metric tons last season, West

CMA CGM Strengthens Madagascar Presence

Since the creation of CMA CGM Madagascar in 2003, container shipping company CMA CGM Group has continued to develop on the island to move closer to its valued customers

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1292 sec (8 req/sec)