Buoyant Industry, but Analysts Worry about Acquisition Boom

Friday, September 05, 2008

Samsung Heavy Industries' overcrowded shipyard boasts about 40 months' worth of orders, yet analysts say that the seemingly buoyant shipbuilding industry may soon be heading into a multiyear downturn, and that bold efforts to buy up other shipbuilders - currently led by Hyundai Heavy Industries and STX Shipbuilding - could backfire in a costly way, IHT reported.  Analysts say that new ship orders are dwindling and shipbuilding shares have not yet hit bottom. The slowing global economy is hurting worldwide trade and rising steel prices are squeezing shipbuilders' profit margins.  Meanwhile, STX Group, the South Korean company that is the parent of STX Shipbuilding, is finalizing its buyout of Aker Yards, the biggest European ship maker. The deal cost STX $1.3 billion, including the latest $636 million tender offer.  New yards are under construction in and abroad, including shipyards in the owned by Hanjin Heavy Industries, but it is difficult and time-consuming to find a suitable site, negotiate investments and train workers as companies compete for orders that require a high level of technical expertise.
Source:  IHT

Maritime Reporter October 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


New Boat Delivered to Tampa Bay Pilots

The Tampa Bay pilot association has taken delivery of its second Chesapeake Class launch and the first in a new generation of Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding’s mid-size pilot boats,

HII’s Petters Honored by Coast Guard Foundation

HII president and CEO Mike Petters honored at the Coast Guard Foundation’s Salute to the United States Coast Guard in New York   Mike Petters, president and CEO

Thordon’s COMPAC for US’ Largest Containerships

Thordon Bearings has signed a contract to supply COMPAC seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing solutions to two Jones Act containerships under construction at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc.

Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Port Authority Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
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: 0.1695 sec (6 req/sec)