Magna Completes $1.9B Acquisition of Transmission-maker Getrag

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Supplier and sometimes-assembler Magna International will buy German transmission-maker Getrag for roughly $1.9 billion, the Detroit News is reporting.

The deal would firmly plant Canadian-based Magna International as the world’s second-largest parts supplier behind Robert Bosch GmbH and ahead of ZF, which recently purchased TRW Automotive for $12.4 billion earlier this year.

“The trend among the suppliers is that we now have to be bigger as the auto makers go to us to do more for them,” Magna Chief Executive Don Walker told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

Magna is well-known for their Austrian subsidiary, Manga Steyr, which assembles cars for BMW including X5 and 5-Series, and will produce vehicles for Jaguar Land Rover.

Getrag produces transmissions for Ford, BMW, Renault, Volvo and Daimler. In addition to its significant contracts with those automakers, Getrag has a substantial business footprint in China that Magna needed, according to the Detroit News. In addition to being the largest automotive market in the world, China is the fastest growing market for dual-clutch transmissions, which Getrag produces.

The acquisition is the latest in a flurry of auto-supplier mergers and purchases. It’s the sixth major deal this year for auto parts suppliers.

Getrag produces about 4 million transmissions annually and employs about 13,500 people in Europe, Asia and North America. Magna generated about $36.3 billion in sales last year and employs around 133,000 people in 29 countries.

Walker told the Detroit News that the company would consider more acquisitions in the near future.

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  • Geozinger Geozinger on Jul 17, 2015

    I'm going to be the misspelling police here but this brings totally incomprehensible images to mind. Magna is well-known for their Austrian subsidiary, **Manga** Steyr, which assembles... In another lifetime, I was a typesetter. One learned to check their spelling as they typed. On another note, when do we think that the Stronach family will finally enter the car business under their own aegis?

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    • Ect Ect on Jul 20, 2015

      The Stronach family is out of Magna - Frank sold his shares a few years ago. The CEO of Magna was married to Belinda Stronach in the early '90s (he was a VP when they married, iirc). They divorced, and she replaced him as CEO in 2001. He got the job back when she left to go into politics.

  • VoGo VoGo on Jul 17, 2015

    Aaron, Magna only ANNOUNCED the transaction. They won't actually COMPLETE the acquisition until the stock is traded for cash, which is likely about 6 months from now.

  • Skink Skink on Jul 17, 2015

    I love how the host of "Motorwheek" flops his hands around and calls it,"GET-hragg".

  • HerrKaLeun HerrKaLeun on Jul 18, 2015

    "Getrag produces about 4 million transmissions annually" This doesn't sound a lot in the global car industry. But I assume it is a lot for 3rd party transmissions since many OEM built their own trannies. Here a suggestion for an article, the transmission industry and who makes whose transmissions etc. We know most motors are made by the respective OEM, but some are co-developed, or purchased. But we barely know about trannies. I know ZF had developped many of the 8/9 speed transmissions, but they are built by the respective car maker. does ZF built any of them as well? things like that.... I guess that is car and industry nerd stuff :)