The Bosch Group's recent acquisition of Accu Industries Inc. will broaden its distribution base and strengthen its workshop equipment business in North America, the company says. Bosch signed an agreement to aquire the operating assets of Accu Industries on March 12, but has agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The acquisition is expected to close in April.
"Above all, we want to improve the distribution and service offered by our Bosch Diagnostics business unit in North America. In this market, Accu Industries is well established in the aftersales segment, and is therefore a logical extension to the business we already have in the U.S.," says Hans-Peter Meyen, a member of the executive management of the Automotive Aftermarket division.
Accu Industries employs 45 associates and generated sales of roughly $16 million in 2007. The company sells tire changers, wheel balancers and wheel alignment equipment. With the acquisition, Bosch is strengthening its Automotive Aftermarket division, and further expanding the workshop equipment business of its Diagnostics business unit.
Accu Industries will become an integral part of the existing Bosch Diagnostics business in the United States. The President of Accu Industries, Tommy Saunders, will remain with the company in a senior management position.
In the future, Accu Industries is to assume responsibility for wheel and tire service in the U.S., in the area of both sales and technical support. Even today, the company works with more than 70 sales representatives and 200 authorized service centers in the area of workshop equipment. The assembly activities of Accu Industries will also be an addition to the global production network of Bosch Diagnostics.
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