DexKo Global Inc.
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DexKo Global Enters Strategic Partnership with VB-Airsuspension
DexKo Global Inc, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality chassis technology, chassis assemblies and accessory parts has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a minority shareholding in VB-Airsuspension, B.V. based in Varsseveld (Netherlands). This strategic partnership strengthens the core business of AL-KO Vehicle Technology. This shareholding is the logical next step in the development of their close relationship. The move will allow AL-KO Vehicle Technology to concentrate its know-how and development in the field of high-quality (air) suspension systems for motorhomes and light commercial vehicles.
VB-Airsuspension is a leading manufacturer of professional full air suspension, semi air suspension, coil spring and controlled shock absorber systems. The company’s proven expertise has made VB-Airsuspension a leader in the market and a specialist in retrofit components for 25 years. As part of the cooperation, all the know-how and expertise in the development and manufacture of (air) suspension systems will be brought together and concentrated in the Netherlands. The management of DexKo has full confidence in the future collaboration with the management and staff of VB-Airsuspension.
A new company building will be constructed to help support future growth. The existing buildings will continue to be utilized to provide space for Sales, Marketing, Development and the VB Academy to ensure the opening of further sales channels and the development of new products.
Fred Bentley, CEO at DexKo Global: “We are very pleased to have gained a strategic partner in the (air) suspension system sector in VB-Airsuspension. The result is an ideal expansion of our portfolio. The high quality standards of VB-Airsuspension’s products, first-class design and development, customer proximity and presence in the after-sales market, including service, are an exact match for the requirements of DexKo. We are continuously working to optimise our range of products and level of service and this partnership is consistent with our strategy.
Harald Hiller, President and CEO of AL-KO Vehicle Technology, emphasises the significance of this strategic partnership:
“Thanks to the cooperation with VB-Airsuspension, we are strengthening our position as a leading chassis manufacturer. We are building on the expertise and know-how of VB-Airsuspension, whose (air) suspension systems complement ALKO Vehicle Technology’s range of chassis technology. This will allow us to further enlarge our product range. In addition, I am particularly looking forward to working with the existing management team.”
Iginio Voorhorst, Managing Director and joint founder of VB-Airsuspension: We celebrated our company’s 25th anniversary on 1st April 2018. Now we are proud to have a strong partner at our side in DexKo. This step confirms our outstanding work as a healthy, growing company with an excellent market position and offers huge opportunities for a successful future. Based on our closeness to the market and our strong customer focus, we know the needs of our customers very well and can offer tailor-made solutions. This is where we can provide dependable support to DexKo. Looked at the other way around, this cooperation with AL-KO Vehicle Technology offers us access to new markets for which we already have a few ideas in the pipeline. We are prepared!”
Gerald Molenveld, Managing Director of VB-Airsuspension, emphasises: “We are going through a further, very important period in the history of VB-Airsuspension. I have been on the board for almost three years now. During this time, the company has developed very positively. VB-Airsuspension and AL-KO Vehicle Technology maintain a long-standing commercial relationship, therefore this strategic partnership is now the next logical step. I look forward to a good, successful future and the opportunities it will yield for us.”
The financial details of the partnership are not disclosed. Completion of the transaction is subject to the customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.