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Samsung to buy US auto parts supplier Harman for $8 bn

South Korean giant Samsung Electronics bids to enter growing market for automotive technology to produce ‘connected’ cars

SEOUL, South Korea, Nov 14 – Samsung Electronics said on Monday it would buy US auto parts maker Harman International Industries for $8 billion in a bid to enter the growing market for automotive technology to produce “connected” cars.

Board members of Samsung – the world’s largest producer of smartphones – had approved the all-cash acquisition of the Connecticut-based firm for $112 a share, Samsung said in a statement.

The deal – the largest by Samsung in terms of value – would give the South Korean giant a “significant presence” in the global market for online-connected auto parts including telematics, the firm said.

“Harman perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions, and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time,” Samsung vice chairman Kwon Oh-Hyun said in a statement.

“Harman immediately establishes a strong foundation for Samsung to grow our automotive platform.”

Harman produces high-end audio systems and other internet-enabled entertainment features for global carmakers including General Motors and Fiat Chrysler.

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