Filter manufacturer Mahle is to acquire Hella’s shares in Behr Hella Service, subject to the usual approvals. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Currently, the operation is a joint venture between Mahle and Hella, but if the acquisition is successful Mahle intends to manage the spare parts business for thermal management products on its own.
There will be a transitional period, but it is planned that thermal products will be sold under the Mahle brand from the start of 2020.
Noting that Hella plans to concentrate on its core competences of lighting and electronics, coupled with workshop equipment, Dr Andreas Habeck, a BDM from Hella, said: “Together we will make the transition of the business activities as smooth as possible for our customers”.
Olaf Henning, Head of Aftermarket at Mahle said: “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 promising area and ensure the successful operation of workshops.