Midea’s Takeover of KUKA: A New Milestone for Overseas M&A
Supervising professor: Huang Chunyan; Case Researcher: Deng Di    [ Language available : Chinese / English ]
Was Midea’s purchase of German robot company KUKA worth all the money and effort?

On May 18, 2016, China’s Midea Group acquired KUKA in a daring takeover bid - one of the largest overseas acquisitions by a Chinese firm. Valued at €4.5 billion, with huge implications for the robotics and home appliances sectors in China and globally, the news hit Europe like a bombshell. Midea was completely unknown in KUKA’s home country, Germany. How did this massive acquisition come about? What impact will it have on the future of the two firms, Midea and KUKA?

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