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Accuride Completes Acquisition of mefro Wheels GmbH

| June 4, 2018

Accuride

Accuride Corporation – a supplier of components to the North American and European commercial vehicle industries –  announced that it has completed its acquisition of mefro wheels GmbH.

Headquartered in Solingen, Germany, Mefro Wheels supplies steel wheels to the European and Asian automotive, commercial vehicle and construction and agricultural equipment industries and operates eight manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia.  The closing transaction follows completion of the European merger-clearance process.

“Acquiring Mefro Wheels transforms Accuride into a worldwide industry leader, strongly positioned to supply wheel end system solutions to the global automotive and commercial vehicle industries,” Accuride President and CEO Rick Dauch said.  “Combining our two businesses is a game-changing move that extends Accuride’s geographic reach and resources, and significantly builds our capacity to serve global OEM customers.  In addition to doubling our core wheel business, we gain immediate positions in the European automotive market and the global off-highway equipment segment, creating multiple paths to generate additional organic growth.”

With the addition of Mefro Wheels, Accuride doubles its core wheels business to become a $1.2 billion global commercial vehicle wheel and wheel-end component supplier employing approximately 5,000 people and operating 16 manufacturing and assembly facilities across eight countries in North America, Europe and Asia.  The business transitions to become part of Accuride’s Wheels Europe and Asia business unit under the leadership of its President, Scott Hazlett.

Business Rebranding

Mefro Wheels will rebrand as Accuride, beginning immediately and continuing over the next 12 months.  This will extend the once largely North American brand further into the European and Asian commercial vehicle industry.  The rebranding also introduces the Accuride corporate brand into the European and Asian passenger car industry and global off-highway segment, including the agricultural, construction and industrial equipment markets.  Market-specific product-branding strategies are now in development.

Platform for Global Growth

The addition of Mefro Wheels marks Accuride’s second major acquisition under the ownership of leading New York-based private equity firm Crestview Partners, which acquired Accuride in November 2016 as a growth platform in the global commercial vehicle components sector.  Accuride took the first step in that growth plan in May 2017 by acquiring global commercial vehicle wheel and wheel-end supplier KIC, based in Vancouver, Washington.

 

 

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