[31.07.2020] Commenting on the takeover of Bombardier by the Alstom Group, Maria Leenen, Managing Director of SCI Verkehr, said: "This merger of the two largest European vehicle manufacturers will bring a massive change in the competitive landscape in Europe, but also worldwide. Even before the merger, 77% of new rail vehicles were supplied by the top 10 manufacturers worldwide. In 2017, it was only 73%. With the takeover, the concentration process is now gaining further momentum. It remains to be seen to what extent the European railways are pleased with the new champion, which today supplies 70% of the market for multiple units in Germany and almost 100% in France, for example. However, the merger is urgently required in order to secure large parts of the jobs in the railway industry in Europe in the long term".
Commenting on the EU Commission's decision, Maria Leenen said:"The approval is surprising in view of the strong market presence of the new company in important vehicle segments and countries and the critical stance that the EU Competition Commission still took in the attempted Alstom-Siemens deal. It is possible that the governments of Germany and France have been able to express their concern for jobs - particularly at Bombardier - so clearly that the Commission has given in to prevent anything worse from happening".