DGAP-News: KION Group acquires the Indian truck manufacturer Voltas Material Handling Pvt. Ltd. in its entirety

2012-11-02

KION Group acquires the Indian truck manufacturer
Voltas Material Handling Pvt. Ltd. in its entirety

  • Strong position in an attractive market offering long-term growth

Wiesbaden/Mumbai, 2 November 2012 - The KION Group has today acquired Voltas Limited's 34 per cent minority shareholding in Voltas Material Handling Pvt. Ltd. (VMH). VMH was founded jointly by the KION Group and Voltas Limited in May 2011. The KION Group has now become the sole shareholder. VMH will continue to use the 'Voltas' brand for its products and services. Mr. Sunil K. Gupta, currently the CEO of VMH, has also been appointed as Managing Director of VMH.

VMH is one of the KION Group's six brand companies. It develops, manufactures, sells and maintains forklift trucks and warehouse trucks under the Voltas brand. VMH's manufacturing is based in India and its business activities focus primarily on the Indian market. Its product range includes diesel trucks, LPG trucks and electric forklift trucks with load capacities of 1.5 to 16 tonnes plus warehouse trucks. Construction of a new plant in Pune enabled VMH to double its production capacity last year. VMH has a network of 14 sales offices and 35 dealerships with which it serves the hugely populous Indian market.

'The acquisition of VMH in its entirety is another milestone in our successful global growth strategy,' said Gordon Riske, CEO of the KION Group. 'This step paves the way for us to continue to tap into the Indian market and harness its attractive long-term potential for growth.'

Sunil K. Gupta, Managing Director of VMH, added: 'We want to build on our leading position in India and become - and stay - the undisputed number one. The pairing of VMH's experience of the Indian market with KION's technology leadership puts us in the best possible position to achieve this objective.'

The Company
The KION Group - comprising the six brands Linde, STILL, Fenwick, OM STILL, Baoli and Voltas - is Europe's market leader in industrial trucks, the global number two in the industry and the leading international supplier in China. The Linde and STILL brands serve the premium segment worldwide. Fenwick is the largest supplier of material-handling products in France, while OM STILL is a market leader in Italy. The Baoli brand focuses on the economy segment, and Voltas is one of the two market leaders in India. The KION Group employed roughly 22,000 people and generated revenue of around EUR4.4 billion in 2011.
Disclaimer
This press release contains forward-looking statements involving known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of the KION Group ('KION'), are difficult to predict and may cause future developments to differ significantly from assumed developments as expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements in this press release.
Any liability (including in respect of direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage) of any member of KION with a view to the information contained in this press release is expressly disclaimed. This press release does not purport to contain all of the information that may be required to evaluate any proposed transaction, and any recipient hereof should seek its own legal, accounting and other relevant professional advice.
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For further information please contact
Michael Hauger
Head of Corporate Communications
Tel.: +49 (0)611 770 655
Email: michael.hauger@kiongroup.com

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