The EADS group has been rebranded as Airbus Group from today (2 January 2014) uniting all its activities under a single brand. Airbus Group has also renamed two of its three divisions. Going forward, the Group is now home to:
- Airbus, focussing on commercial aircraft activities
- Airbus Defence and Space, integrating the Group’s defence and space activities from Cassidian, Astrium, and Airbus Military
- Airbus Helicopters, comprising all commercial and military helicopter activities.
“For many years, Airbus has been a globally renowned synonym for technology breakthrough as well as aeronautic passion and pride,” said Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders. “Joining forces under the strong Airbus brand gives all our operations and employees the thrust and lift to capture global markets.”
Furthermore, the Group is launching procedures to change the legal form of its holding by 2015: Once renamed, Airbus Group N.V. shall turn into a European company, Airbus Group SE (Societas Europaea) which will continue to be registered in the Netherlands.
“We are a pioneer for European industrial integration. It is a logical step and high time that our multinational culture is also mirrored in our legal structure,” said Enders. This legal conversion has no impact on the organisation or operations of the Group.
Both the legal name change into Airbus Group N.V. and the conversion of the legal form into SE are subject to approval of the annual general meeting (AGM) of shareholders: while adoption of the new name is expected at the AGM in May 2014, the legal conversion is targeted for approval in May 2015.
The company stated that these steps complement the transformation process of the Group. In less than two years, the company has not only modernised its governance, broadened the shareholding structure, and united the headquarters, but also thoroughly overhauled its company strategy and launched the integration of the defence and space businesses, it said.