Magna realigns business into four primary segments

Canadian auto parts giant Magna International Inc. said it will realign its divisions and create four global, product segments. It plans to report quarterly sales and earnings for each unit beginning in 2018.
The changes will provide investors with increased transparency, and allow for easier comparisons with the company’s industry peers, the company based near Toronto said in a statement on Tuesday.
The four newly developed divisions include:

  • Body exteriors and structures, which includes the body and chassis business, exteriors, roof systems, sealing systems and fuel systems operations;
  • Power and vision, which includes powertrain, electronics, mirrors, lighting and closures operations;
  • Seating systems, which is comprised of complete seat assembly facilities and the supplies needed for seating;
  • Complete vehicle assembly, which includes contract manufacturing operations and complete vehicle engineering centers.

The shift to four segments is “tied to the future of mobility,” Magna said in the statement.
“Specifically, our power and vision segment has electronics and software expertise, which are critical to our growth,” Magna CEO Don Walker said in the statement. “The changes we are making to our management structure will enhance our ability to innovate, by fostering greater collaboration and sharing of expertise across the company.”
Magna CFO Vince Galifi said with the changes in mobility, “we recognize the need to provide a higher level of transparency into Magna.”
Calls and emails placed to Magna weren’t immediately returned on Tuesday.

Magna shares rose 0.5 percent in early New York Stock Exchange trading to $57.29.
The company ranks No. 3 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide sales to automakers of $36.44 billion in 2016 — up more than $4 billion from 2015.
Fuente: Auto News