On July 13, 2018, the German “Bundeskartellamt” (federal anti-trust office) issued authorization for the planned acquisition of the outstanding shares (40%) of Deutsche Giessdraht GmbH (Deutsche Giessdraht) by Aurubis AG (Aurubis). The competition authority’s consent is a prerequisite for completing the acquisition. The closing will take place on July 31, 2018.
On January 19, 2018, Aurubis and Codelco Kupferhandel GmbH (Codelco Kupfer-handel) entered into a purchase agreement for the acquisition of all shares of Deutsche Giessdraht in Emmerich an Rhein by Aurubis. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. Until now, Aurubis has held 60% and Codelco Kupferhandel has held 40% of the joint venture.
The complete acquisition of the shares is part of Aurubis’ strategic reorientation and aligns with the company’s intention to be active in industries of the future with its products. With this step, Aurubis is increasing its wire rod capacity and, accord-ingly, adjusting this capacity to its rising production of copper cathodes, the prelim-inary product for wire rod. Together with the Group’s other three wire rod facilities, Aurubis is therefore expanding its delivery reliability further.
For all customers who source the copper wire rod brand Rhein-Rod from Deutsche Giessdraht, there will initially be no changes. The existing 2018 supply contracts will not be affected by the transaction. Beginning in 2019, Aurubis will assume sole marketing of the Rhein-Rod brand.
Deutsche Giessdraht produces approximately 240,000 t of copper wire rod and has about 110 employees.
Aurubis AG is a leading global provider of non-ferrous metals and one of the largest copper recyclers worldwide. The company processes complex metal concentrates, scrap metals, organic and inorganic metal-bearing recycling materials, and industrial residues into metals of the highest quality. Aurubis produces more than 1 million tons of copper cathodes annually, and from them a variety of products such as wire rod, continuous cast shapes, profiles, and flat rolled products made of copper and copper alloys. Aurubis produces a number of other metals as well, including precious metals, selenium, lead, nickel, tin, and zinc. The portfolio also includes additional products such as sulfuric acid and iron silicate.
Sustainability is a fundamental part of the Aurubis strategy. “Aurubis responsibly transforms raw materials into value” – following this maxim, the company integrates sustainable conduct and business activities into the corporate culture. This involves a careful approach to natural resources, responsible social and ecological conduct in everyday business, and sensible, healthy growth.
Aurubis has about 7,200 employees, production sites in Europe and the US, and an extensive service and distribution system in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Aurubis shares are part of the Prime Standard Segment of the German Stock Exchange and are listed in the MDAX and the Global Challenges Index (GCX).