Japanese companies divest as well as invest in Europe

The eagle eyed will have spotted that our revised ranking below for the top 30 largest Japanese employers in Europe for the year ending 2016 is not quite in rank order.  Only a third of the reports covering the financial year ending 2017 are available but based on what we can dig out, we can say that acquisition hungry Nidec have topped 10,000 employees in Europe so will be higher than their 2016 ranking.  Dentsu Aegis have also been gobbling up agencies and Bridgestone has acquired a couple of tyre companies in France.

Some of the more established technology brands have been acquiring around Europe too such as Panasonic (Ficosa in Spain, Zetes in Belgium), Konica Minolta (Mobotix in Germany, Dactyl & OMR in France) and Sony (eSaturnus in Belgium, Plumbee and Ministry of Sound and TruTV in the UK).

At the same time, Japanese companies are beginning to consider exiting investments, which is a relatively new development.  Some have had this forced on them of course, like Toshiba selling Landis & Gyr and Westinghouse. Lixil was a new entrant into the top 30, having acquired Grohe, the German bathroom company and Permasteelisa, the Italian construction company but is now in the process of selling the latter to a Chinese company. “It may have been forced to sell assets it had trouble integrating” according to a source quoted in the Financial Times.

Hitachi, having acquired German company Metabo in 2015/6 is now selling it off with the sale of its power tools division to KKR.

Toshiba may well fall out of the rankings as a consequence of selling off its businesses and Takata may no longer qualify as a Japanese company, as it is about to be acquired by Chinese company Key Safety Systems.

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Rank Company Total EMEA employees y/e 2015 Total EMEA employees y/e 2016 % change
1 Sumitomo Electric Industries 56477 56273 -0.36%
2 Yazaki 45200 47600 5.31%
3 Fujitsu 29467 28707 -2.58%
4 Canon 22356 24826 11.05%
5 Hitachi 11759 19984 69.95%
6 Ricoh 18525 18643 0.64%
7 NTT Data 15000 18000 20.00%
8 Toyota 19118 17445 -8.75%
9 Asahi Glass 14563 16153 10.92%
10 Nissan 16535 16149 -2.33%
11 Toyota Tsusho* 15500 15750 1.61%
12 Denso 14489 15646 7.99%
13 JT Group 12150 15516 27.70%
14 Dentsu* 11000 15000 36.36%
15 Bridgestone (only for Europe) 12255 12932 5.52%
16 Takata 12518 13400 7.05%
17 Sony 13170 12530 -4.86%
18 NSG 12043 12358 2.62%
19 Nidec 3994 4545 13.80%
20 Konica Minolta 9048 9824 8.58%
21 Panasonic 10163 9981 -1.79%
22 Toshiba 11060 9923 -10.28%
23 Lixil 2298 8743 280.46%
24 Honda 8597 8111 -5.65%
25 JTEKT 7262 7292 0.41%
26 Itochu* 7200 7200 0.00%
27 Daikin 6774 7175 5.92%
28 Kyocera Group 7159 7338 2.50%
29 Fast Retailing 5240 6450 23.09%
30 Olympus* 6400 6400 0.00%
TOTAL 437,320 469,894 7.45%

 

*Best estimate as figures not disclosed in annual report

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