Issue: Aug 2012


Parker Reaches Agreement to Sell Automotive AC Business to ContiTech



by Nick Palmen

Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE:PH), the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell the automotive air conditioning portion of its Mobile Climate Systems Division to ContiTech AG of Hanover, Germany. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and completion of the agreement is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

The automotive air conditioning business manufactures highly engineered components for the global light vehicle automotive industry such as hose and tube assemblies, accumulators, receiver dryers and oil coolant assemblies. The business is part of the Climate and Industrial Controls segment and operates in five global manufacturing sites with annual sales of approximately $140 million and 1,000 employees. The mobile and hose portions of the Mobile Climate Systems Division are not part of the transaction.

"Parker believes that the long term prospects for this business and our employees will be best served as part of an organization with a more strategic focus in this market," said Tom Healy, President of Parker's Climate and Industrial Controls Group. "We are pleased to have found a buyer that was the right fit with ContiTech. Their complementary product offering, strong automotive focus and balanced regional presence will enable the appropriate investment and growth in this business to ensure its continued success. I offer my sincere thanks to our employees for their dedication and best wishes to them for every success as part of ContiTech."

ContiTech AG is one of the global leading suppliers of technical elastomer products in the non-tire rubber sector and a specialist for rubber technology in the non-tire rubber sector. It develops and produces functional parts, components and systems for the automotive industry and other important industries.

"The acquisition is perfectly in line with our growth strategy," said ContiTech CEO Heinz-Gerhard Wente. "Parker has an excellent presence among the American and Japanese automotive manufacturers and will open additional doors for us in Asia. After the acquisition, we will also become a worldwide partner for manufacturers such as Ford, GM and Honda."

With annual sales exceeding $13 billion in fiscal year 2012, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 60,000 people in 48 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 56 consecutive fiscal years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.parker.com, or its investor information web site at www.phstock.com.

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