Set for growth with acquisitions

SAF-HOLLAND takes the next steps for implementing its growth strategy 2020 with two acquisitions. The majority takeover of the Italian manufacturer V.ORLANDI S.p.A. allows the commercial vehicle supplier to further expand its special-purpose range with coupling systems and components.

With the full acquisition of York Transport Equipment (Asia) Pte. Ltd., the internationally active company greatly strengthens its market position in the fast-growing transport markets in the APAC region and in India. With V.ORLANDI, SAF-HOLLAND strengthens its position as the number two in fifth wheel couplings on the European market. The Italian company with 60 employees manufactures trailer couplings for trucks and special fifth wheel couplings at its two locations in northern Italy. With this acquisition, SAF-HOLLAND expands its business with couplings and drawbar eyes for trailers and specialpurpose commercial vehicles in the segments of industry, agriculture, forestry and mining. V.ORLANDI achieves around 20 per cent of its turnover with coupling systems for agricultural and forestry vehicles. “On the one hand, we use V.ORLANDI to strengthen our strategic market position for fifth wheel couplings and to expand our know-how for coupling
systems for trailers and niche vehicles. On the other hand, we strengthen our position in important regional markets such as Russia, the Middle East and Australia. V.ORLANDI has a
strong spare parts and accessories business which we can combine perfectly with our aftermarket activities,” summarises

Leading market position in India
With the acquisition of York Transport Equipment (Asia) Pte. Ltd., SAF-HOLLAND
strengthens its position in the APAC region practically overnight. At the same time,
the group of companies rises to become one of the market leaders for trailer axle
and suspension systems in India, one of the fastest growing transport markets
worldwide. In emerging markets in Southeast Asia, such as Thailand, Indonesia
and Vietnam, as well as in Australia, SAF-HOLLAND will have an appreciable
position in the future through York. “We position ourselves for the foreseeable
change towards technologically more sophisticated solutions in these countries
early on. Similar to China, we expect that loading and safety regulations will be
tightened successively during the coming years, as in other APAC markets. SAFHOLLAND
is well prepared for this with its product portfolio,” explains Borghardt.
Strong position with spare parts and accessories
York and its subsidiaries in the York Group are regarded as one of the leading
suppliers for trailer axle and suspension systems in India. The Group with
headquarters in Singapore sells a wide range of components for trucks and trailers
in the entire APAC region. York has a strong market position, especially in the field
of heavy duty trailer axles and mechanical suspensions. On the Indian
subcontinent, the Asian group of companies is one of the most important suppliers
of spare parts and accessories for trailers and semi-trailers. The York Group has
established a powerful service and spare parts network in this region in recent years, comprising over 200 service points and dealers. York supplies most truck
and trailer manufacturers in the region from important manufacturing sites in Pune
(India) and Qingdao (China). The acquisition of York effectively strengthens the regional presence of SAFHOLLAND and its aftermarket business in the APAC region and in India. In addition to this, the commercial vehicle manufacturer further expands its position outside the previous core markets of Europe and North America.