Bertelsmann strengthens its footprint in growth regions by expanding its businesses in China and establishing new Corporate Centers in India and Brazil. In China, the Group invests in emerging digital companies via a fund, thereby securing high capital gains as well as valuable access to the country’s young media and creative scene. The company concurrently steps up its activities in China, especially in TV production businesses, the book and magazine business, and services.
In New Delhi and Sao Paolo, the new Corporate Centers support all divisions in developing their businesses and establish new digital media and education activities. In 2013, Bertelsmann invests in the Indian online education platform WizIQ, and the following year, in the leading Indian online marketplace Pepperfry.com. In Brazil, education companies are the focus: Initial fund investments are followed by direct investments in promising companies like JusBrasil and Bidu.
Meanwhile, the services subsidiary Arvato is realigned towards growth. The gravure printing activities and all international printing companies are spun off into the new Be Printers division, and the services business is strengthened by a series of prestigious acquisitions as a result. In 2013, for example, Arvato acquires the financial services company Gothia and in 2014 becomes the leading European logistics partner for online fashion orders to the fashion industry online with the acquisition of the e-commerce group Netrada.