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Gentherm to Acquire Alfmeier’s Automotive Business, An Innovative Market Leader in Automotive Lumbar and Massage Comfort Solutions

Creates the largest global supplier of thermal and pneumatic comfort for automotive Expands Gentherm’s value proposition beyond thermal in comfort, health, wellness and energy efficiency

NORTHVILLE, Mich., May 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gentherm (NASDAQ:THRM), a global market leader of innovative thermal management technologies, announced today that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the automotive business of Alfmeier Präzision SE (“Alfmeier”).  

Alfmeier, headquartered in Treuchtlingen, Germany, is an innovative market leader in automotive lumbar and massage comfort solutions, with deep expertise in advanced valve system technologies, integrated electronics and software. Alfmeier pioneered the use of Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) valve and pump technology for automotive seats, and continues to be an industry leader in innovation with more than 200 patents. Additionally, they are a global leader in high complexity, high reliability valves for automotive fluid systems. With approximately 2,200 employees globally, Alfmeier has operations in Germany, the Czech Republic, the United States, Mexico and China. Alfmeier’s automotive business to be acquired generated €232 million in revenue for 2021.

The acquisition of Alfmeier further expands Gentherm’s value proposition beyond thermal in comfort, health, wellness and energy efficiency. Gentherm is excited to offer more compelling and high-value solutions across complementary customer relationships, leveraging the combined technologies, teams and capabilities. Gentherm also sees an opportunity to integrate the highest performing comfort and wellness solutions in the most space efficient manner, which is particularly important for electric vehicles that demand compact integrated designs. In addition to revenue synergies, the Company expects to achieve approximately $10 million in annual run-rate cost savings.

“Alfmeier’s automotive business is a perfect complement to Gentherm’s existing capabilities and will further drive our mission to improve comfort, health, wellness, and energy efficiency,” said Phil Eyler, Gentherm's President and CEO. “This transaction aligns well with global consumer demand for expanded offerings in vehicle passenger comfort. Combining Alfmeier’s technological advancements in physiotherapy with Gentherm’s expertise in thermophysiology maximizes our capabilities of providing world class comfort and wellness solutions. In addition, Alfmeier’s industry leading expertise in air and liquid flow valve systems should also open additional growth opportunities for Gentherm’s ClimateSenseTM and Battery Performance Solutions. We look forward to welcoming the members of the Alfmeier team to the Gentherm family.”

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Gentherm to Acquire Alfmeier’s Automotive Business, An Innovative Market Leader in Automotive Lumbar and Massage Comfort Solutions Creates the largest global supplier of thermal and pneumatic comfort for automotive Expands Gentherm’s value proposition beyond thermal in comfort, health, wellness and energy efficiencyNORTHVILLE, Mich., May 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Gentherm …

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