German automotive supplier the Mahle Group has increased its holding in BrainBee, an automotive workshop equipment specialist, to 80% of the company’s shares, to support its aftermarket growth.
In a 22 May statement, the Stuttgart, Germany-based supplier said the purchase was an “important step toward becoming a solution provider.”
Mahle, which had already held a minority stake of 20% in BrainBee since September 2017, said its aftermarket business was “significantly expanding” its European presence in the area of equipment and services for workshops.
Based in Parma, Italy, BrainBee was founded in 2001 and is specialised in the development and manufacture of A/C service, diagnostics, fluid management, and exhaust gas measuring equipment.
Mahle said it intended to expand the BrainBee activities.
“In the future, we’ll be able to offer vehicle workshops and manufacturers an even broader range of equipment and services,” said Olaf Henning, managing director of Mahle Aftermarket.
Mahle Service Solutions expects the integration of BrainBee to strengthen its position in research and development, production, and sales.