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News   December 8, 2006   by Auto Service World

Truck-Lite Acquires Flexible Lamps Ltd.


It was announced today that Truck-Lite Co., Inc. of Falconer New York has purchased Flexible Lamps Ltd of Harlow, England.
Marketing under the Rubbolite and FL brand names, Flexible Lamps is a major manufacturer of incandescent and LED lighting for the commercial vehicle market.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
In announcing the purchase, Brian Kupchella, President of Truck-Lite said, “The acquisition of Flexible Lamps allows us to continue to support our customers’ global sourcing requirements. Flexible Lamps’ strong relationships with customers in the heavy duty truck and trailer markets, their extensive distribution network across Europe, and wide brand recognition fits our continuing efforts to be the ‘See and Be Seen’ lighting supplier for the worldwide transportation industry.”
Founded in 1924, Flexible Lamps employs approximately 600 people in three manufacturing and distribution facilities in England and France.
Major customers are Volvo, DaimlerChrysler, Scania, Ford, GM, Partco, and SDC.
Company sales in 2005 were over $50 million US.
Managing Director of Flexible Lamps, Dennis Cunning, stated, “We are excited to be a part of the Truck-Lite family. Truck-Lite and Flexible Lamps have the same philosophy of providing well engineered, high quality products supported by excellent customer service. The synergies from our two companies will take this focus to a new level.”
Headquartered in Falconer New York, with additional manufacturing facilities in Wellsboro, Coudersport, and McElhattan, Pennsylvania, as well as Birmingham England and Eisenach, Germany, Truck-Lite is a major producer of signal lighting, forward lighting, wiring harnesses, mirrors, turn signal switches, and safety accessories to the heavy duty truck, trailer, and commercial vehicle industries.


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