May 20, 2019 / 6:43 PM / 4 months ago

Daimler plans to cut administration costs by 20%: Handelsblatt

FILE PHOTO: Ola Kaellenius, a board member of Daimler AG presents the new Mercedes GLC F-CELL during the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Incoming Daimler boss Ola Kaellenius is working on a cost cut program to reach profit margin targets which are threatened by global trade woes and ramp up issues at factories, Handelsblatt reported, citing company sources.

Kaellenius, who will take over from Dieter Zetsche after the company’s annual general meeting on May 22, has been working for months on a cost cut initiative, dubbed “Move”, which is expected to be ready in the summer, the paper said.

Central administration costs are to be cut by about 20%, the paper said, adding billions of euros in efficiency potential would be targeted.

Daimler declined to comment.

Kaellenius said earlier this month that Daimler will cut development costs of new Mercedes-Benz cars by a significant amount by 2025 and will intensify alliances with rivals as a way to improve margins.

Reporting by Christoph Steitz; editing by David Evans

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