Philips, Al Faisaliah in 50-50 JV

Updated 01 October 2012
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Philips, Al Faisaliah in 50-50 JV

RIYADH: Royal Philips Electronics and Al Faisaliah Medical Systems (FMS), a subsidiary of Al Faisaliah Group, signed an agreement yesterday to set up a 50-50 joint venture to sell Philips health care solutions and services across the Kingdom.
Prince Mohammed bin Khaled Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, president and chief executive officer of the Al Faisaliah Group and Philips Chief Executive Officer Frans van Houten signed the deal.
The proposed transaction is subject to governmental approval and certain contractual and other closing conditions, and is expected to close in the first half of 2013. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
The joint venture will combine Philips' strong health care portfolio, including medical imaging systems, patient monitoring devices and clinical information solutions, with FMS' recognized knowledge of the market requirements and strong position in Saudi Arabia, the largest economy in the Middle East by GDP.
The Saudi Arabian health care market is estimated to grow by 8 percent annually between 2013 and 2017, driven by targeted government spending on health services and hospital infrastructure.
"Through the partnership between Philips and Al Faisaliah Medical Systems, we combine Philips' clinical expertise and innovations, with Al Faisaliah Medical Systems' thorough knowledge of local customer needs and requirements supported with our talented staff and strong infrastructure," Prince Mohammed bin Khaled said.
"We expect that the joint venture (JV) will contribute to new levels of health care services for the people of Saudi Arabia."
Over the past 35 years, we have been working diligently on developing and investing extensively in health solutions and systems through Al Faisaliah Medical Systems, the prince said, adding that by partnering Phillips and Al Faisaliah Medical Systems, the two parties combine the strength of scientific research and innovations that Philips represents.
"By partnering with Al Faisaliah Medical Systems in a joint venture, Philips can accelerate its growth in the important Saudi Arabian market for health care products, services and solutions," said Houten. "We have built a strong and trusted relationship with FMS over the past 40 years, and with this joint venture we are now taking the next step to address important health care opportunities in a growth market."
The joint venture with FMS builds on Philips' ambition to better serve the needs of local markets and respond to the specific health care needs of the population in Saudi Arabia.
In addition, the joint venture will facilitate a focus on developing the next generation of skilled Saudi health care professionals through dedicated education and training programs.
Royal Philips Electronics is a diversified health and well-being company focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of health care, consumer lifestyle and lighting.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2011 sales of 22.6 billion euros and employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home health care, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, home and portable entertainment, and oral health care.
Al Faisaliah Medical Systems (FMS), a subsidiary of Al Faisaliah Group Holding Co., was founded in 1973 and based in Saudi Arabia with a vision to be the leading health care solution provider in the Middle East.
It is currently operating in 6 Gulf and Levant countries with 19 offices throughout the region and over 700 employees. FMS is a major player in offering optimized wide range of services, providing planning, identification, supply, management, and design services to any health care structure in any country through continuous collaboration and partnership with international health care leaders.
FMS' mission is to serve the health care community by offering innovative and quality solutions and services at competitive values to customers, and to leverage the quality of health care services in the region by being trendsetters and making the new de-facto standards. Through its patented CardioSpace program FMS dominates the market in turnkey cardiology projects in Saudi Arabia.


BMW plans massive cost cuts to keep profits from sputtering

Updated 20 March 2019
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BMW plans massive cost cuts to keep profits from sputtering

  • ‘Our business model must remain a profitable one in the digital era,’ chief executive Harald Krueger said
  • Total number of employees is set to remain flat at around 135,000 worldwide

MUNICH: German high-end carmaker BMW warned Wednesday it expects pre-tax profits “well below” 2018 levels this year as it announced a massive cost-cutting scheme aimed at saving $13.6 billion (€12 billion) in total by 2022.
A spokesman said that “well below” could indicate a tumble of more than 10 percent.
The Munich-based group’s 2019 result will be burdened with massive investments needed for the transition to electric cars, exchange rate headwinds and rising raw materials prices, it said in a statement.
Meanwhile it must pump more cash into measures to meet strict European carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions limits set to bite from next year.
And a one-off windfall in 2018’s results will create a negative comparison, even though pre-tax profits already fell 8.1 percent last year.
Bosses expect a “slight increase” in sales of BMW and Mini cars, with a slightly fatter operating margin that will nevertheless fall short of their 8.0-percent target.
“We will continue to implement forcefully the necessary measures for growth, continuing performance increases and efficiency,” finance director Nicolas Peter said at the group’s annual press conference.
BMW aims to achieve €12 billion of savings in the coming years through “efficiency improvements” including reducing the complexity of its range.
“Our business model must remain a profitable one in the digital era,” chief executive Harald Krueger said.
This year, most new recruits at the group will be IT specialists, while the total number of employees is set to remain flat at around 135,000 worldwide.
Departures from the sizeable fraction of the workforce born during the post-World War II baby boom and now reaching retirement age “will allow us to adapt the business even more to future topics,” BMW said.
All the firm’s forecasts are based on London and Brussels reaching a deal for an orderly Brexit and the United States foregoing new import taxes on European cars.
“Developments in tariffs” remain “a significant factor of uncertainty” in looking to the future, finance chief Peter said, adding that “the preparations for the UK’s exit from the EU will weigh on 2019’s results as well.”
In annual results released ahead of schedule last Friday, BMW blamed trade headwinds and new EU emissions tests for net profits tumbling 16.9 percent in 2018, to €7.2 billion.