MAHLE enhances commitment for Aftermarket engine components

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Stuttgart, March 7, 2011 – Dated back to January 1, 2011, the German MAHLE GmbH acquired all remaining shares in the Turkish engine components manufacturer MAHLE Mopisan. In Turkey, MAHLE Mopisan operates two production plants in Izmir and Konya as well as a regional warehouse for the Aftermarket in Izmir.

At the beginning of 2008, MAHLE acquired 60 percent of the shares and, since then, conducted comprehensive measures to integrate the company into the MAHLE Group and enlarge its development and production capacities. Since January 1, 2011, MAHLE holds 100 percent of the shares in MAHLE Mopisan. In the future, MAHLE Mopisan will be known as Parcalari Konya A.S. respectively MAHLE Motor Parcalari Izmir A.S.

The two plants produce pistons, piston pins, and cylinder liners in original equipment quality for the spare parts market and employs approximately 820 employees. Besides a complete reorganization of the production, a regional warehouse with 10,000 square meters was installed in the past three years to supply the Turkish market as well as neighboring countries in Western and Central Asia with the comprehensive MAHLE Aftermarket product range. The produced volumes as well as the sales turnover of the MAHLE Mopisan locations are projected to rise significantly in the coming years. A further enhancement of the MAHLE product program shall contribute to this rise.

The two production plants for engine components in Turkey excel through spare-parts optimized flexibility and small-volume competence in development, tool making, production, and distribution.

„With our commitment to MAHLE Mopisan, we support a production strategy which is tailored to the needs of the Aftermarket. Due to the increasing automatization in OE large-scale production of engine parts, this is necessary to warrant the large assortment variety needed in the Aftermarket. We will further integrate the two locations into the worldwide MAHLE Network”, says Prof. Dr. Heinz K. Junker, Chairman of the Management Board of the MAHLE Group.

MAHLE will present its enlarged product program and its production competence for the Aftermarket to public during the trade fair Automechanika Istanbul which takes place from March 7 to 10, 2011.

The MAHLE Group is one of the 30 largest companies in the automotive supply industry worldwide. With its two business units Engine Systems and Components and Filtration and Engine Peripherals, MAHLE ranks among the top three systems suppliers worldwide for piston systems, cylinder components, as well as valve train, air management, and liquid management systems. The Industry business unit bundles the MAHLE Group's industrial activities. These include the areas of large engines, industrial filtration, as well as cooling and air-conditioning systems. The Aftermarket business unit serves the independent spare parts market with MAHLE products in OE quality. In 2010, the MAHLE Group is expecting a sales figure exceeding EUR 5 billion; around 45,000 employees work at over 100 production plants and eight research and development centers.