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News   November 9, 2007   by Auto Service World

Brembo Acquires Hayes Lemmerz North American Plants


Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc. and Brembo S.p.A. have announced the sale of Hayes Lemmerz Automotive Brake Components division to Brembo North America, Inc.
Hayes Lemmerz Automotive Brake Components division includes production facilities in Homer, Michigan and Apodaca, Mexico that manufacture brake rotors and drums for the North American passenger car and light truck markets.
The division employs approximately 250 people, including 64 technical associates. The divisions 2006 sales were approximately US $120 million.
Under the agreement, Brembo North America, Inc., a subsidiary of Brembo S.p.A., has acquired all of the stock of two Hayes Lemmerz subsidiary companies that own the brake manufacturing operations in Homer and Apodaca and certain assets used in connection with the divisions sales, marketing and engineering group located in Hayes Lemmerz headquarters in Northville, Michigan.
The amount of the transaction is approximately US $58 million, debt-free.
We have built a strong business with a solid reputation for quality products, delivery and performance, said Daniel Sandberg, President of Hayes Lemmerz Automotive Components Group. Combining this business with an international, technically dynamic brake company like Brembo will better position the combined company to grow and compete in the global market. Our brake teams in Homer, Apodaca and Northville look forward to leveraging our shared commitment to superior customer service, product innovation and technology.
I am very pleased with the acquisition of this well-managed and successful business, commented Brembo Chairman, Alberto Bombassei. This is another important step for Brembo in the NAFTA region, where we already have a strong presence with 2006 sales of approximately $ 140 million. Our purchase of Hayes Lemmerz rotor business will greatly improve Brembos leadership position in the North American brake rotor market. We continue to believe that North America, as a mature and sophisticated market, is one of the most important in the world which fits well with Brembos strategic position. This transaction will provide Brembo with a solid manufacturing base to supply all the North American operations of all of our customers, Mr. Bombassei said.


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