January 23, 2020 / 8:17 PM / a month ago

ZF wins U.S. approval to buy Wabco on condition of asset divestiture

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - German auto parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG won U.S. antitrust approval for its $7 billion deal to buy U.S. rival Wabco, the Justice Department said on Thursday.

To win approval, the government required the companies to sell Wabco's steering components business, R.H. Sheppard Co Inc, since ZF and Wabco are the only North American suppliers of steering gears for large commercial vehicles. Wabco had acquired Sheppard in 2017.

The deal also won approval from the European Union on Thursday.

The proposed merger, announced in March, is aimed at helping ZF bolster its expertise in autonomous-driving technologies.

ZF and Wabco already jointly develop a so-called Evasive Manoeuvre Assist system, which combines Wabco's braking, stability and vehicle dynamics control systems for trucks with ZF's active steering technology. (Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Tom Brown)

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