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Continental Tyres, one of the leading brands in the tyre business around the world, has acquired their Indian partner Mode Tyres Company Limited. Though both the companies have stayed mum about the financials involved, Modi Tyres Company Limited has been valued at Euros 18.5 million (Rs. 115-crore approx.). Also Read - Audi releases prices for the A3 sedan in US
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The resultant firm will now be called ‘Continental Tyres India Limited and will focus on local production and distribution of bias and radial truck and bus tires as well as radial passenger car tires for the Indian market.
Commenting on the occasion, Nikolai Setzer, member of Continental’s Executive Board and head of the Passenger and Light Truck Tire (PLT) Division said: “The acquisition of MTCL underlines our commitment to the Indian market. It is part of our strategy to invest into local production of both passenger car tires and truck tires in growing markets in Asia.” For the commercial vehicle tire business, for which Setzer will be responsible within Continental as of August 1st as well, the move is an important signal: “India’s truck tire market is of outstanding relevance worldwide and exceeds with a size of 18 million tires per year already the Western and Central European market.” As well the PLT market shows substantial growth rates, both in replacement and original equipment business, where Continental has a strong position and long-standing expertise. “Thus, we are confident that our premium technology combined with the new local presence will make Continental a reliable and strategic partner both for the tire replacement business and original equipment manufacturers in India”, Setzer said.