MOSCOW (MRC) -- French auto components moulder Groupe Plastivaloire is set to boost its industrial footprint in North America with the acquisition of its US rival TransNav Inc, USA, as per Plasticsnewseurope.
In October, Plastivaloire of Langeais, France signed a binding memorandum of understanding confirming the group would purchase 100% of the capital of the US parts moulder headquartered in New Baltimore, Michigan. Family-owned Plastivaloire, with 27 production and development sites, including plants in Tunisia, Turkey and Mexico, is awaiting approval for the deal from the US antitrust regulators. It expects a decision before the end of this year.
TransNav, run by the Dutch Vreeken family, operates three plants in Danville, Kentucky, at its New Baltimore base in Michigan and near Puebla, Mexico with a workforce of over 580. It has nearly 100 injection moulding machines from 20 – 4,400 tonne clamping force.
Eighty per cent of TransNav’s business comes from auto component production, supplying products such as moulded interior and external trim, wheel trim, and fuel tank parts to major US vehicle builders and global tier one suppliers.
TransNav is still growing and, according to Plastivaloire, is on course to achieve annual sales worth USD105m (EUR92m) in 2018.
Groupe Plastivaloire said this deal will establish it in the US for the first time, boosting its growth in North America in line with its strategy of internationalisation. Its takeover of TransNav will accelerate its annual sales which could now reach its 2020 target of EUR750m by the end of this year, the group said.
This will pass an “important milestone” on the way to Plastivaloire’s next goal of reaching a turnover of EUR1bn by 2025, according to its chief executive officer Patrick Findeling whose family manages the group.
The French company points to a number of valuable synergies achieved through its latest acquisition including the firms’ complementary client portfolios and shared technology expertise in tooling and complex injection moulding.
It will also complete the group’s market coverage in Europe and North America, positioning Plastivaloire at the heart of two Mexican vehicle manufacturing hubs with TransNav’s Puebla plant and its own existing operation at San Luis Potosi in central Mexico.