Germany OEM Krone has taken full ownership of Krone Doğuş Treyler, a joint venture established with Turkish company Doğuş Otomotiv in 2007.
According to a media statement, Doğuş plans to concentrate more on the service sector, while Krone wishes to expand further in the emerging Turkish market. As a result, Krone decided to take full ownership of the joint venture.
“The decision was taken by mutual agreement and in a spirit of friendship between the two owner families, Sahenk and Krone. The two partners have agreed not to disclose details of the content of the agreement,” Krone said.
“We are confident that the Turkish market will continue to develop positively in the future, and that the demand for transport equipment from Krone will gradually increase,” stated Krone CEO, Bernard Krone.
He also emphasised that Krone plans to continue to use the existing and proven distribution channels in Turkey; this will now be served by the KTI sales team (Krone Trailer International) that is already looking after various customers in the neighbouring states from the Tire site.
The closing of the transaction is subject to clearance by the Turkish Competition Authority
Doğuş Otomotiv had been selling Krone trailers in the whole of Turkey since 2003. The joint venture agreement described above was signed on 31 October 2007. At the time, the investment in the new Krone Doğuş Treyler A.S. factory totalled some EUR 35 million.
Commissioning was originally scheduled for the first quarter of 2009, but was postponed until the end of 2012 due to the global financial and economic crisis. The plant was officially opened in April 2013. Today, the Tire site currently has approximately 100 employees, predominantly producing standard European Krone Krone trailers with a capacity of 10,000 units per year.