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UPDATE 1-ZF sells Body Control Systems division to China's Luxshare
August 30, 2017 / 3:18 PM / 23 days ago

UPDATE 1-ZF sells Body Control Systems division to China's Luxshare

* Auto supplier ZF sells Body Control division to Chinese buyer

* Body Control Systems sells for less than $1 bln -source

* ZF revamping its portfolio (Adds source, background)

FRANKFURT, Aug 30 (Reuters) - German auto supplier ZF said on Wednesday it has sold its Body Control Systems division to China’s Luxshare as it reshapes its portfolio of technologies for a new era of self-driving and electric cars.

ZF struck an alliance with French car parts supplier Faurecia in May to develop interior and safety technologies for autonomous cars, reducing the need for ZF to keep its own Body Control Systems division.

ZF, which makes automatic gearboxes, and Luxshare declined to say how much the deal was worth.

Chief Executive Stefan Sommer said last December that ZF had launched the sale of the Body Control Systems division and said it “would not be a complete shot in the dark” when asked whether the company wanted $1 billion for the unit.

A person familiar with the transaction said however that the division sold for less than $1 billion.

The unit makes electronic parts for dashboards including switches, heating and air conditioning controls and displays, integrated electronic centre panels and modular steering column controls.

Luxshare Precision Industry Co, headquartered in Dongguan, China, makes cables and cable connectors for computers as well as communications and consumer electronics for automobiles and medical technology.

ZF, an unlisted supplier based in Friedrichshafen, a town on the shores of Lake Constance, wants to cut its dependence on combustion-engined cars, and has sought to shed non-core assets to help build up its expertise in components for autonomous and electric vehicles.

Earlier this month, ZF said it is able to consider large acquisitions in the wake of its $13.5 billion euro takeover of TRW in 2015. (Reporting by Edward Taylor and Arno Schuetze; Editing by Maria Sheahan and Adrian Croft)

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