Paul Nicholson photoVoith Industrial Services, which has contracts in the bus sector, has strengthened its position as a leading service provider to the UK automotive industry by acquiring ThyssenKrupp Services Ltd.

The acquisition will create a combined business with a workforce of over 2000 employees at 35 locations. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

Warwick-based Voith Industrial Services prepares over 1000 buses each evening in the UK for service the following day.

In just over two years the company has become one of the fastest-growing providers of Make Ready Services to the bus sector. It has contracts with bus operators in the north-west, north-east, and also with London United’s garages in Fulwell, Hounslow, Hounslow Heath and Tolworth.

Voith Industrial Services’ managing director, Paul Nicholson, said: “Strategically this is an important acquisition as it will provide us with a combined organisation which will raise considerably our profile as a leading provider of technical services in the automotive industry.

“Our customer base will be significantly strengthened creating future growth opportunities as we strive towards our goal as the preferred supplier of industrial services to the UK automotive industry.”

Voith Industrial Services UK has a broad range of automotive customers including General Motors, Getrag Ford Transmissions, Jaguar Land Rover, BP Castrol, and Case New Holland.

The company has increased its sales turnover significantly over the past three years. It provides services in four main areas – facility management, technical cleaning, wheel and tyre assembly, and managed processes.

ThyssenKrupp Services’ business in the UK, based in Coventry, includes providing technical cleaning and technical services to Jaguar Land Rover at their manufacturing operations in Solihull, Castle Bromwich, and Halewood.

Other major customers include BMW and Ford along with several other automotive and non-automotive customers. ThyssenKrupp Services Ltd. was the last remaining industrial services business within ThyssenKrupp group after the sale of ThyssenKrupp Industries service GmbH, Safway and Xervon in 2009 and 2011.

Voith Industrial Services, a subsidiary of the German-based Voith Group, has generated £1.1 billion (1012) in sales and employs 19,000 people.

Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials, and transportation and automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 42,000 people, generates €5.7 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the biggest family-owned businesses in Europe.

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