The MAHLE Group plans to acquire all the shares in Behr Hella Service GmbH, its current joint venture with Hella, and to distribute Behr Hella Service products via its own aftermarket organization. This step will further strengthen MAHLE’s position in thermal management. Following a transitional period, MAHLE intends to manage the spare parts business for thermal management products on its own, starting on Jan. 1, 2020.
MAHLE and Hella have agreed that MAHLE will take over Hella’s 50 percent share in the joint venture Behr Hella Service. The planned transaction is still subject to the approval by the antitrust authorities.
“Behr Hella Service has been a successful company for many years and is a perfect match for us, both strategically and technologically,” said Arnd Franz, member of the management board of the MAHLE Group and responsible for automotive sales and application engineering as well as for the aftermarket business unit.
Established in 2005, Behr Hella Service GmbH has specialized in the marketing and distribution of products for cooling and air conditioning in the automotive aftermarket. With the complete takeover of business activities, MAHLE will offer wholesalers and workshops the full spectrum of thermal management products from a single source in future.
“With this planned acquisition, we are complementing our aftermarket product range by a business field of great long-term importance,” said Olaf Henning, head of the MAHLE Aftermarket business unit. “Efficient thermal management will play an increasingly important role in future – for all powertrain technologies. This move will allow us to give the best possible support in this very promising area and to ensure the successful operation of workshops.”
“Our long-standing partner MAHLE will continue managing the thermal management business of Bella Hella Service on its own in future. As a result, we will align our aftermarket business more consistently with our strong original equipment competences, particularly in lighting and electronics, and will mesh these areas closely with our expertise in workshop equipment,” said Dr. Andreas Habeck, responsible for Hella’s aftermarket business segment. “Together, we will make the transition of the business activities as smooth as possible for our customers.”
Once the acquisition is complete, MAHLE says it will expand its distribution of thermal management products in the aftermarket outside Europe. The newly added activities are going to benefit from MAHLE Aftermarket’s extensive sales network.
Lighting and electronics specialist HELLA is restructuring its aftermarket business. HELLA will align its aftermarket activities to its own original equipment competencies in the areas of lighting and electronics while closely linking them to the company’s great workshop equipment expertise. The successful repair solutions business will then be further expanded in the areas of diagnostics and calibration. On August 1, 2018, HELLA will establish its new Mobility Solutions business unit for tapping into new digital business models.
“With our restructuring of the aftermarket business and the provision of innovative solutions, we want to expand our position as strong partner for wholesalers and workshops while laying the foundation for further profitable growth,” says Dr. Werner Benade, managing director of the Aftermarket division at HELLA. “As a consequence, we will align our aftermarket activities even more strongly along our core competencies in the future.”
HELLA earlier announced that it will sell the Danish and Polish wholesale companies FTZ and Inter-Team to Swedish company Mekonomen. Strategic options are currently still being reviewed for the existing Norwegian wholesale activities.