Schramberg, April 14, 2023 - On April 13, 2023, the shareholders' meeting of WUS Printed Circuits (Kunshan) Co, Ltd ("WUS") approved the acquisition of a majority stake in Schweizer Electronic (Jiangsu) Co, Ltd ("SEC"). As a result, WUS's shareholding in SEC will increase from the current level of approximately 13% to 70%. The transfer of the shares and payment of the purchase price is expected to take place before end of April 2023.
Parallelly, WUS will carry out a capital increase of around EUR 29 million at the joint venture in China, in which Schweizer Electronic AG will not participate. Finally, SCHWEIZER will thus hold around 20% of the joint venture in China. This capital increase is also expected to take place in April.
The conclusion of this transaction for the joint venture in China is also the starting signal for further intensification of the long and successful cooperation with WUS. Already now, SCHWEIZER generates almost 30% of its consolidated sales through cooperation in the field of high-frequency PCBs.
Both companies have agreed to significantly expand this cooperation model. SCHWEIZER will thus significantly widen its range of competitive and high-technology PCBs globally. The core of the strategy remains the plant in Schramberg, Germany, with a central role not only by its technological excellence but also by improving supply chain resilience for European and American customers, as well as the joint venture in China, with focus on ensuring high production volumes of chip embedding technology. The joint venture will continue to operate under the name Schweizer Electronic, to represent European technology competence - produced in China. Under the new majority structure Schweizer Electronic AG will still retain a seat on the Board of Directors of SEC and will thus be able to actively influence the business processes in the joint venture.
In addition to the plant in Germany and the joint venture in China, SCHWEIZER will also have full access to the technologies of the other WUS plants. SCHWEIZER is thus expanding its offer based on a unique network in Germany, Taiwan, China and, in future, also Thailand.
This enables SCHWEIZER to address additional product and market segments and increases the opportunity for additional growth without the need for own high investments in production capacities. SCHWEIZER will develop from a manufacturer of highly specialised PCB technologies for niche segments to a system provider of a broad technology portfolio from Germany, China and Southeast Asia, and offer customers increasingly important additional services such as supply chain resilience, local value creation, global sales organisation, protection of sensitive intellectual property and the technological consulting expertise of a PCB manufacturer, which has convinced its customers over decades with competence and reliability.