Asia Express - Consumer Electronics
AUO to Acquire German BHTC for 600 Million Euros in Cash Deal
October 03, 2023

Taiwan-based AUO recently announced that it will acquire BHTC (Behr-Hella Thermocontrol GmbH), a German automotive tier-one component supplier, for 600 million euros (US$625 million; US$1= 0.96 euros) in cash. The transaction is slated for completion in the first half of 2024. Through this cooperation, AUO aims to transform from a display panel brand into a total solution provider, offering a complete range of products including panels, automotive systems, human-machine interface integration, and smart cockpits. BHTC has been a customer of AUO in the past and has factories in Europe, North America, India, and China. With this acquisition, AUO's overseas production bases will be established in one fell swoop. 

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