Matsushita of Japan and Siemens of Germany launched the IPO of an approximately 75% stake in their joint venture, Epcos, on October 15. The offering is a dual listing on the New York and Frankfurt stock exchanges. It raised approximately euro 1.3 billion ($1.4 billion), making it one of the largest IPOs on the Frankfurt stock market. Epcos is one of Europe's largest manufacturers of passive electronic components.
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