The strategic alliance between Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH — which houses the MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Trucks and Buses (in Brazil), and RIO brands — and U.S. commercial vehicle manufacturer Navistar International Corporation has been approved by the authorities so responsible. Although there has been no statement issued that is specific to natural gas, the alliance gives rise to opportunities for cooperation in the advancement of alternative fuel technologies.
Volkswagen Truck & Bus has acquired a stake of 16.6 percent in Navistar paying USD 15.76 per share. The purchase price is USD 256 million and takes the form of a capital increase. The cooperation primarily involves working together on technical components and in procurement.
“The strategic alliance provides Volkswagen Truck & Bus with access to the all-important North American market. This is a major step towards becoming a Global Champion,” says Andreas Renschler, CEO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus. In December 2016, Volkswagen described natural gas vehicle development as one of two prime areas of focus for the company, standing alongside electric vehicles.
Troy Clarke, President and CEO of Navistar adds: “Now that the transaction has closed, we will move quickly to collaborate with an industry-leading, strategic partner to increase our global scale, strengthen our competitiveness, and provide our customers with expanded access to cutting-edge products, technology and services.”
Volkswagen Truck & Bus is to become one of Navistar’s key technology partners. Navistar will be able to benefit from Volkswagen Truck & Bus’s advanced powertrain technologies in the future. This in turn will result in significantly higher volumes for Volkswagen Truck & Bus. Opportunities for cooperation in the fields of autonomous driving, alternative fuel technologies, and connectivity are also being explored.
The aim of closer cooperation in the supply chain is for both alliance partners to benefit from cost advantages and economies of scale. To this end, Volkswagen Truck & Bus and Navistar have founded joint venture Global Truck & Bus Procurement LLC which is headquartered in Lisle (Illinois) and will begin work immediately. An Alliance Board made up of representatives from both companies will drive the strategic alliance forward at operational level. On behalf of Volkswagen Truck & Bus, Dr. Frederik Zohm will be in charge of its operational work.
(Source: Volkswagen AG)