Rheinmetall takes over Expal

A mortar unit from the 10th Para Brigade preparing to fire their weapons during training in October, 2019. BTDM

SHAH ALAM: Dusseldolf-based Rheinmetall AG today announced it has taken over Spain’s Expal Systems S.A. Among other, the move brings the group new ammunition production capacity.\

From Rheinmetall:

Rheinmetall AG today (November 14, 2022) concluded a purchase contract with MaxamCorp. Holding S.L. of Madrid to acquire the entire share capital of Expal Systems S.A of Madrid, a globally renowned ammunition maker. Completion of the transaction, for which a closing date in summer 2023 is sought, is subject to approval by the competition authorities and other regulatory checks. The purchase price agreed between Rheinmetall and MaxamCorp., which is due after closing, is based on an enterprise value of €1.2 billion.

In making this acquisition, the Düsseldorf-based technology enterprise is seeking to bolster its core weapon, ammunition and propellant business in a sustained way, with increased spare production capacity and an expanded product portfolio the prime focal points.

In a dynamic market situation propelled by massive demand for military equipment in multiple countries, the acquisition provides Rheinmetall with swift access to significantly greater capacity. Given the expected large increase in demand from numerous nations, Rheinmetall wants to position itself as strongly as possible to address the anticipated inflow of new requests for tender for ammunition purchases. Of special strategic importance to Rheinmetall in this context is the resulting access to extra production capacity for propulsions and charges, which are subject to bottlenecks in Europe in the meantime.

Because the product spectrums of the two companies complement each other so well, the acquisition substantially augments Rheinmetall’s existing range of products, especially in the fast-growing market for artillery and mortar ammunition as well as mortar systems. The buyout also adds to Rheinmetall’s portfolio in the field of fuses and rocket propulsion systems, for example, as well as in medium-calibre ammunition and aircraft armament, while simultaneously reducing the Group’s dependence on suppliers for some industrial intermediates and ammunition components.

In important areas like purchasing and sales, synergies will have a positive impact on costs, which will also benefit customers.

Thanks to this acquisition, Rheinmetall is gaining a valuable strategic foothold in Spain, and thus direct access to this important market. Rheinmetall sees maintaining the company’s existing technology and staff as essential; all operational locations (Trubia, Burgos, Navalmoral, El Gordo, Albacete and Murcia in Spain as well as Texarkana, Texas in the USA) are therefore to remain open.

Expal Systems S.A. expects sales in FY 2022/23 to be around €400 million.

The company’s total capacity offers scope for potential annual sales of €700 to €800 million.

Army Chief General Zamrose Mohd Zain looking at the Hilux one-tonne GS Cargo truck with the Expal 81mm mortar in the back ground. TD

What this got to do with us then? As you are probably aware, the Army recently took delivery of Expal 81mm mortars and its firing solutions. Rheinmetall is of course one of the biggest sub-contractors of the LCS programme.

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6 Comments

  1. No need to worry much.

    For many years, the South African supplier of 155mm ammo for the G5 howitzer, was also partially bought out by Rheinmetall.

  2. @nimitz
    Yes the FDR has the final say on arm sales from any German affiliated company even if it is a subsidiary located elsewhere. This is the reason why Rheinmetall had a clandestine partnership with Denel SA for selling German arms to 3rd parties with less discretion. There was a documentary in DW reporting on this shady roundabout way of German arms trade a few years back.

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