Frankfurt, Germany — Bosnian investor Hastor has tendered its 19% stake in Grammer to Ningbo Jifeng.
This ends a two-year power struggle over the German automotive seating and interiors supplier.
Hastor’s Cascade vehicle initially wanted to take over Grammer itself. It said in an August 2018 statement that the Chinese company’s stake made this impossible to achieve.
Hastor bought into Grammer in 2016. The German company’s management, feared business would suffer if the Bosnians increased their influence. They welcomed Ningbo Jifeng as a white knight. Ningbo, local politicians and the Grammer board, halted Hastor’s advance at the firm’s AGM in May 2017
The seat maker’s management warned in May last year that the growing influence of Bosnia’s Hastor family had reduced orders from car makers.
The Hastor family also owns auto supplier Prevent, which got into a dispute with Volkswagen Group in 2016 resulting in stoppages at VW plants. The family had demanded seats on Grammer’s supervisory board.
The Hastor family may not have taken the German company over; but the share prices has price roughly doubled since it bought the stake.