M&A

Ube Industries, Kyocera to Form JV for 5G Base Station Ceramic Filters

Ube Industries Ltd (TYO:4208) and Kyocera Corp. (TYO:6971) have agreed to form a JV with the aim of expanding their operations around ceramic filters for 5G base stations. To initiate this, Kyocera will acquire a 51 percent share in Ube Electronics Ltd. (UEL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ube Industries. Kyocera and Ube Industries will then establish a JV under...

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Bando Chemical Sets Sights on Expansion in Medical Equipment Business

Belt manufacturer Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) is focusing on growing its business for medical and health care equipment – a sector where demand is expected to grow going forward. As part of this approach, the company recently spent 10.55 billion yen ($96.48 million) on acquiring Aimedic MMT Co. Ltd., which handles production, sales and afterservice for plastic surgery equipment....

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Toyoda Gosei Investing in Optical Design Experts Imuzak for Vehicle Module Development

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) is looking to accelerate its development of vehicle interior and exterior modules for the coming age of automated driving, investing in Imuzak Inc., a firm with strengths in optical design and evaluation. The outlay of 50 million yen ($450,000) is the first to be implemented by the new Corporate Venture Capital Department, established up by...

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Bando Chemical to Bolster Medical Device Business With Acquisition of Aimedic MMT

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) announced on April 5 that it signed a share purchase agreement to acquire all shares of Aimedic MMT Co. Ltd., a manufacturer, seller and provider of after-sale services for orthopedic medical devices. Acquired from a fund managed by the Polaris Capital Group Co. Ltd. for around 10.55 billion yen ($94.23 million), Aimedic MMT will become...

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Ube Industries to Acquire Spanish Compound Manufacturer Through European Subsidiary

Ube Industries Ltd. (TYO:4208) announced on April 8 that its consolidated subsidiary Ube Corporation Europe SAU (UCE) has decided to acquire Spanish compound manufacturer Repol SL. The companies have agreed to a share transfer on the basis of a deal for UCE to acquire a majority of Repol’s shares in late March. Based in Valencia, Spain, Repol operates a European...

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Bridgestone Acquires Digital Fleet Solutions Unit From Netherlands’ TomTom

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) on April 2 completed its acquisition of digital fleet solutions provider TomTom Telematics, a former business unit of TomTom NV of the Netherlands. The acquisition was effected after Bridgestone subsidiary Bridgestone Europe NV/SA received approval from regulatory authorities and satisfied other procedural requirements. The purchase price was 910 million euros ($1.03 billion). The acquired business operates the...

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