It seems like the Chinese companies are on a buying spree and their favorite shopping destination is Italy. A few year’s ago, a Chinese firm named Qianjiang Group took over one of the oldest motorcycle companies, Benelli Motorcycles.
Now, another Chinese firm called China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) will soon strike a 7.1 billion euro deal to buy world’s fifth largest tire manufacturer, Pirelli. The deal has been agreed with Pirelli’s top shareholders on Sunday. A weak euro is said to be the reason for such takeovers. Post the takeover, ChemChina will gain access to technology to make premium tires.
“The sale of a prized piece of our industrial system like Pirelli to foreign buyers would not be a drama in itself if Italian capitalism were able to face up to international competition and the government had an industrial policy,” the head of Italy’s biggest union, Susanna Camusso said.
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