BERLIN, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Siemens (SIEGn.DE) is making ready a separation of its massive drive functions (LDA) enterprise, the German engineering and expertise firm stated on Monday, confirming media studies.

The separation of the unit, which produces heavy-duty electrical drive methods for ships, mines and rolling mills, is step one to a divestiture, Handelsblatt reported on Monday.

Greater than 7000 Siemens workers world wide together with round 2200 in Germany will likely be affected by the transfer, Handelsblatt reported, citing sources on the firm.

The unit is a part of Siemens’ so-called portfolio companies – operations which the corporate desires to both enhance or unload sooner or later.

“LDA is without doubt one of the main gamers available in the market and in a powerful place general and has carried out very properly in latest months,” a Siemens spokesman stated.

“We’ve now determined to carve out the LDA actions into separate authorized entities. We need to give this enterprise extra autonomy and entrepreneurial freedom in order that it could actually focus extra sharply on its markets and clients.”

The corporate declined to provide monetary particulars of the enterprise. The spokesman additionally declined to touch upon additional choices for the enterprise, and whether or not the spin-off was a prelude to discovering a companion for LDA or promoting the enterprise outright.

The transfer can be the most recent a part of the reshaping of Siemens below CEO Roland Busch, who has focused on digital and software-based acquisitions since taking cost on the Munich-based firm in February.

Siemens has targeted on manufacturing facility automation, transportation and constructing expertise in recent times, and exited sectors resembling medical gadgets and energy era with the flotation of Siemens Healthineers (SHLG.DE) and Siemens Power (ENR1n.DE).

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