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01.04.2014
| Strengthening technological competence

Anvis France Decize

Strengthening technological competence

Steinau, April 1, 2014. The Anvis Group is investing in the modernisation and expansion of its rubber mixing department as well as in the development and production company for chassis components in the plant in Decize, central France. Due to historical existing structural problems in the production of automotive components since the takeover of the former Michelin plant, the Anvis Group is shutting down the manufacture of vibration units. This strategic re-organisation is the foundation for continuing to be successful on the vibration unit market and applying resources optimally throughout the company. "In this way we will satisfy our client's demands for competitive prices and fast delivery", Olaf Hahn, CEO of the Anvis Group, explained. The production shift required the downsizing of 194 jobs. On the other hand, "re-orientation in Decize secures the jobs of 259 well-trained employees on location". The re-organisation in French Decize and thereby the preservation of the location was made possible thanks to the long-term investment strategy of Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI), which took over the Anvis Group completely in the past year.

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The Anvis Group supplies high-quality anti-vibration system to automotive manufacturers like, VW, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, Audi, Porsche or MAN, for example. The plant in Decize, central France was brought in 2000 from Michelin in a joint venture with the German automotive supplier Woco. The over 100 years experience in the rubber industry and expertise in the production of chassis parts are at the core of the Anvis Group's know-how. Production itself, however, had been deficient for a long time. Thus in the last four years significant losses were recorded, which the Anvis Group had to offset. Triggered by the weak automotive industry at the end of the last century, production capacities were gradually being transferred to Eastern Europe. This trend is continuing and the French automobile manufacturers are also no longer obtaining their vendor parts exclusively from within their own country.

In addition, the automotive industry is passing the cost pressure onto the suppliers. "Whoever wants to keep up in global competition has to provide competitive prices", Olaf Hahn explained. Production structures like those in Decize do not enable manufacturers to achieve the required prices. "Changing market conditions as well as the unsustainable long-term losses in Decize have prompted us to make the strategic decision to transfer the production", Olaf Hahn continued. Because European Anvis clients meanwhile manufacture mainly in Eastern Europe, the construction of a new plant in Romania was a step towards optimisation of the supply chain and resource allocation. The proximity to clients reduces delivery times and costs. The new plant is also constructed according to the newest process and environmental standards, so that the Anvis Group is also contributing to sustainability.

Upgrading the location in France

The decades of experience gathered in Decize remain elementary for Anvis. That is why the company invested about 44 million Euros in the development and production of rubber mixtures as well as vibration-related industrial applications. In this way a modern development centre is being established, which is globally strengthening the technological competence of the Anvis Group and contributing to the company's successful growth rate.

Additional qualified employees are currently being sought after for existing departments in Decize. However, staff reduction in the production of automotive components is unavoidable. "We are aware of the consequences for the affected employees. That is why we have developed an extensive social plan", says Laurent Ragueneau, CEO of Anvis France Decize. At first, measures to optimise working hours and internal restructuring were attempted in order to limit the number of lay offs. The social plan contains generous compensations, counselling and support in finding new employment as well as funds for further education and re-training measures for the remaining 194 affected employees.

About the Anvis Group

The Anvis Group is active worldwide. Whether in the motor, transmission and chassis suspension or exhaust mountings and vibration absorbers - Anvis parts are built into the entire car. The main sector is the development of anti-vibration systems; systems to isolate vibrating parts in vehicles. The Group generates sales of over 300 million Euros at 13 locations worldwide. Clients include all leading automotive manufactures like VW, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, Audi, Porsche, MAN and many others. The company's competence also flows into other sectors, like the railway and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over 100% by Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI). TRI is a worldwide market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.

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ANVIS Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Strasse
www.anvisgroup.com

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28.05.2013
| Acceleration of global expansion and access to foreign OEMs

Acceleration of global expansion  and access to foreign OEMs 

Steinau, May 28th, 2013. Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. (“TRI”) acquires the entire share capital of Anvis Group GmbH ("Anvis Group"). After the completion of the procedures required by the European Commission and other relevant authorities the acquisition has now been completed by TRI acquiring 100% of the shares in Anvis Group. 

Anvis Group is a leading Germany-based manufacturer of automotive Anti-Vibration Systems (“AVS”). The group primarily works together with European automobile manufacturers which are supplied with components worldwide. Europe is one of the largest automotive markets globally and major OEMs (including major customers of TRI) have manufacturing footprints in Europe. TRI already has a manufacturing subsidiary in Poland from which it supplies AVS products to its Japanese customer base in Europe.

Leveraging on Anvis Group’s manufacturing footprint in Europe, NAFTA, Russia and China and relying on its strong relationships with European OEMs, TRI aims to accelerate the global supply to Japanese clients and to expand its foreign customer’s base, both targets TRI committed to under its mid-term management plan ("2015 TRI Group Vision"). In December 2012, TRI already established a joint venture with Anvis Group in Mexico. 

By joining forces with Anvis Group and its management team in combination with its complementary geographical footprint and over 200 patents, TRI can further expand its European customer base and reinforce the development and manufacturing capabilities of anti-vibration systems for small to mid-sized vehicles. In addition, TRI acquired Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies S.p.A., an Italy based manufacturer of automotive hoses in February this year.

 

About Anvis

Anvis is a globally active automotive supplier of innovative solutions for driving dynamics, comfort and road safety. The Group offers a broad product range, including chassis components, engine mount sysetms, exhaust system hangers as well as decoupling elements and mass dampers. Furthermore, Anvis generates approximately 10% of its turnover with industrial customers.

Anvis has 13 sites worldwide and has reached sales of more than € 300 million. Customers in the automotive segment include leading OEMs such as VW, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, Audi, Porsche, MAN, GM, Renault, PSA and many more. The industrial sector caters to customers in the railway and aerospace industries, as well as to a broad range of companies from other industrial sectors.

 

About Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI)

Japan based company Tokai Rubber Industries Ltd. was founded in 1929. Since then TRI developed to a world leading company in rubber technology.The company develops and manufactures components including anti-vibration rubber and hoses, IT-related components and a range of industrial products. Customers are automotive manufacturers and companies from a range of industries including steel, machinery, and IT equipment.

Annual sales of TRI reached 2 billion Euros in FY 2012. The company employs almost 18,000 people worldwide.

 

Publisher:
ANVIS Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
www.anvisgroup.com
 

Press contact:
Iris Korthals
phone: +49 6663 9128-340
fax: +49 6663 9128-4340
e-Mail: presse(at)anvisgroup.com

29.01.2013
| TRI acquires Anvis Group GmbH

Acceleration of global expansion  and access to foreign OEMs 

Steinau, January 29th, 2013. Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. acquires the entire share capital of Anvis Group GmbH ("Anvis Group"). Anvis Group is a leading Germany-based manufacturer of automotive Anti-Vibration Systems (“AVS”) predominantly serving European OEMs on a global basis. Europe is one of the largest automotive markets globally and major OEMs (including major customers of TRI) have a manufacturing footprint in Europe. TRI already has a manufacturing subsidiary in Poland from which it supplies AVS products to its Japanese customer base in Europe.

Leveraging on Anvis Group’s manufacturing footprint in Europe, NAFTA, Russia and China and relying on its strong relationships with European OEMs, TRI aims to accelerate the global supply to Japanese clients and to expand its foreign customer’s base, both targets TRI committed to under its mid-term management plan ("2015 TRI Group Vision"). In December 2012, TRI already established a joint venture with Anvis Group in Mexico.

By joining forces with Anvis Group and its management team in combination with its complementary geographical footprint and over 200 patents, TRI can further expand its European customer base and reinforce the development and manufacturing capabilities of anti-vibration systems for small to mid-sized vehicles. In addition, TRI has recently announced the acquisition of Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies S.p.A., an Italy based manufacturer of automotive hoses. TRI aims to further strengthen its complementary network on the global basis and is committed to provide the quality products expeditiously to its global customer base. The share purchase agreement was signed on January 28, 2013. The closing of the transaction is conditional upon merger control clearance.

 

About Anvis

Anvis is a globally active automotive supplier of innovative solutions for driving dynamics, comfort and road safety. The Group offers a broad product range, including chassis components, engine mount sysetms, exhaust system hangers as well as decoupling elements and mass dampers. Furthermore, Anvis generates approximately 10% of its turnover with industrial customers.

Anvis has 13 sites worldwide and has reached sales of more than € 300 million. Customers in the automotive segment include leading OEMs such as VW, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, Audi, Porsche, MAN, GM, Renault, PSA and many more. The industrial sector caters to customers in the railway and aerospace industries, as well as to a broad range of companies from other industrial sectors.

 

About Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI)

Japan based company Tokai Rubber Industries Ltd. was founded in 1929. Since then TRI developed to a world leading company in rubber technology.The company develops and manufactures components including anti-vibration rubber and hoses, IT-related components and a range of industrial products. Customers are automotive manufacturers and companies from a range of industries including steel, machinery, and IT equipment.

Annual sales of TRI reached 2 billion Euros in FY 2012. The company employs almost 18,000 people worldwide.

 

Publisher:
ANVIS Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
www.anvisgroup.com
 

Press contact:
Iris Korthals
phone: +49 6663 9128-340
fax: +49 6663 9128-4340
e-Mail: presse(at)anvisgroup.com

 

 

13.11.2012
| A joint venture between Anvis Group and Tokai Rubber Industries in Mexico

Anvis strengthens its competitive position in the American market

Anvis strengthens competitive position in the Americas / Joint Venture with strong strategic partner / Milestone in the global footprint strategy

Steinau, November 13th, 2012. Anvis Group has agreed with Tokai Rubber Industries of Japan to form two joint ventures at its site in Queretaro, Mexico. The two joint ventures will bolster the firm’s competitive position in the Americas. Under the new structure, Anvis’ existing Mexican plant becomes a joint venture with Anvis holding a 51% stake. At the same time, a new production plant will be established as part of a second joint venture, where Tokai will hold a 51% stake. Production at the new plant will start in fall 2013. Both companies committed to invest several million Euros into the further development of the site, where more than 200 new jobs will be created. 

A further step to strengthen the global footprint
In light of the continuing growth of the American automobile market, European, Japanese and American OEMs continue to expand their production capacities in North and South America. This development entails new opportunities for the automotive supplier industry. In line with the company’s medium term strategy of fostering its position in growing markets, the formation of these joint ventures marks a significant milestone.

Conditions for continued profitable growth
Anvis Mexico was founded in 1993. In 2011, the site generated sales of €21 million with its two key customers VW and Nissan. The joint venture structure ensures profitable revenue growth for both Anvis and Tokai. Synergies can be realized through the common utilization of the regional supplier structure and economies of scale resulting from the more efficient usage of resources at the site.

About Anvis 
Anvis is a globally active automotive supplier of innovative solutions for driving dynamics, comfort and road safety. The Group offers a broad product range, including chassis components, aggregate storage, exhaust system hangers as well as decoupling elements and mass dampers. Furthermore, Anvis generates approximately 10% of its turnover with industrial customers. Anvis has 13 sites worldwide and has reached sales of about € 300 million. Customers in the automotive segment include leading OEMs such as Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, Audi, Porsche, MAN and many more. The industrial sector caters to customers in the railway and aerospace industries, as well as to a broad range of companies from other industrial sectors. 

 

Publisher:
ANVIS Group Deutschland
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
www.anvisgroup.com

Press contact:
Guido Stanovsky
phone: +49 6663 9128-121
fax: +49 6663 9128-4121
e-Mail: presse(at)anvisgroup.com

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