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Continental acquires 100% stake in Modi Tyres Company Limited Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
New Delhi: Continental has acquired 100% shareholding in Modi Tyres Company Limited (MTCL), a subsidiary of Modi Rubber LTD. The purchase price consideration for 100% of the shares of MTCL is approx. 18.5 million Euros.

MTCL has now become a fully owned subsidiary of Continental Corporation and will be renamed as Continental Tyres India Limited. The new entity will focus on local production and distribution of bias and radial truck and bus tires as well as radial passenger car tires for the Indian market.

Further to the announcement in April, Continental confirms that it has now received the necessary regulatory clearances and has completed the acquisition. Both parties have agreed to keep other commercial details of the transaction confidential.

"The acquisition of MTCL underlines our commitment to the Indian market. It is part of our strategy to invest into local production of both passenger car tires and truck tires in growing markets in Asia," said Nikolai Setzer, member of Continental’s Executive Board and head of the Passenger and Light Truck Tire (PLT) Division.

For the commercial vehicle tire business, for which Setzer will be responsible within Continental as of August 1st as well, the move is an important signal.

"India’s truck tire market is of outstanding relevance worldwide and exceeds with a size of 18 million tires per year already the Western and Central European market. As well the PLT market shows substantial growth rates, both in replacement and original equipment business, where Continental has a strong position and long-standing expertise. Thus, we are confident that our premium technology combined with the new local presence will make Continental a reliable and strategic partner both for the tire replacement business and original equipment manufacturers in India," Setzer said.

"The highly motivated employees in Modipuram, Partapur and Delhi are looking forward to contributing their profound knowhow of the Indian market as well as the company's local distribution structure to the success of the internationally renowned corporation of Continental in an increasingly competitive market environment," Alok Modi, former CEO of MTCL, pointed out at the closing of the deal.

Continental Tyres India Ltd will have its registered office in Delhi with manufacturing facilities both in Modipuram and Partapur. Currently, an integration team works jointly with the new employees on achieving an optimal start for Continental Tyres India with the full set of resources now available from Continental.

With sales of €26 billion in 2010, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs approximately 155,000 people in 45 countries.

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