MAHLE Powertrain confirms Wellingborough sale to Autocraft!

From MAHLE Powertrain Press Release:

MAHLE Powertrain confirms Wellingborough sale

Northampton, June 2018—MAHLE Powertrain has reached an agreement to sell its production location in Wellingborough, UK to Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions Ltd. The plant closure at the end of April was due to the premature termination of a key customer contract resulting from reduced market demand for machined engine castings. A number of employees from the Wellingborough site have now been relocated to other MAHLE facilities including MAHLE Powertrain’s main engineering facility in Northampton.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Autocraft, said: “Autocraft Drivetrain Solutions Ltd has purchased the building and assets of the MAHLE Powertrain Ltd site located on Booth Drive, as part of our vertical integration strategy. A proportion of assets will be transferred to our Grantham site while looking for opportunities to re-establish low volume machining at Wellingborough in 2018 to support Autocraft’s engine build requirements.”

MAHLE is a leading international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry as well as a pioneer for the mobility of the future. The MAHLE Group is committed to making transportation more efficient, more environmentally friendly, and more comfortable by continuously optimizing the combustion engine, driving forward the use of alternative fuels, and laying the foundation for the worldwide introduction of e-mobility. The group’s product portfolio addresses all the crucial issues relating to the powertrain and air conditioning technology—both for drives with combustion engines and for e-mobility. MAHLE products are fitted in at least every second vehicle worldwide. Components and systems from MAHLE are also used off the road—in stationary applications, for mobile machinery, rail transport, as well as marine applications.

In 2017, the group generated sales of approximately EUR 12.8 billion with around 78,000 employees and is represented in more than 30 countries with 170 production locations. At 16 major
research and development centres in Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Spain, Slovenia, the USA, Brazil, Japan, China, and India, about 6,100 development engineers and technicians are
working on innovative solutions for the mobility of the future.

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