WABCO Holdings Inc. has acquired the remaining 51% interest of its South African partnership with Sturrock and Robson Industries. The transaction has allowed the company to create a wholly-owned WABCO business locally, to be known as WABCO South Africa.

WABCO Nick RensWABCO will now be able to introduce its extended global portfolio, including its recently acquired product lines, to the sub-Saharan region through WABCO South Africa’s wholly-owned distribution centre near Johannesburg. WABCO South Africa’s head office, as well as its distribution, assembly and vehicle testing facility, is based in Germiston, near Johannesburg.

The acquisition has also allowed it to improve improving its proximity to customers in the region as a whole, the company said in a statement. “The transition from a partnership to a wholly-owned operation in South Africa underpins our strategic plan to consolidate WABCO’s presence across the African continent and leverage the many opportunities in those markets,” says Nick Rens, President of the Trailer, Aftermarket & Off Highway Division at WABCO. “WABCO now serves the whole of Africa via wholly-owned operations, providing global resources and local expertise to both local and international customers, including fleet operators, enabling continued growth in the region.”

WABCO has been operating locally through a formal partnership with Sturrock and Robson, established in 1995. WABCO’s portfolio includes systems for advanced driver assistance, braking, stability control, suspension, transmission automation and aerodynamics.

The local organisation will be integrated into WABCO’s Trailer Systems, Off-Highway and Aftermarket Division. Its management team remains unchanged, while a total of 46 new staff members have joined WABCO as part of the transition.

“WABCO’s customers in South Africa and neighbouring countries already include the region’s top five trailer manufacturers, a strong aftermarket network and a wide range of commercial vehicle OEMs. With more than 25 years of local experience, a strong leadership team and now a fully owned operation, WABCO is positioned as a highly attractive partner to these big players as they seek to grow their own businesses in the sub-Saharan markets,” Rens concludes.


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