Nisshinbo has sold its 2011 acquisition, automotive brake component manufacturer TMD Friction to AEQUITA, a private equity firm based in Munich, Germany. TMD Friction is headquartered in Luxembourg, with European production in Germany, Spain, UK, Romania and France. It had already restructured its UK operations, shutting down production in Kilmarnock in 2019 and more recently investing in new machinery for its Hartlepool plant. It employs around 2,237 people in the European region, with 670 in the UK, 577 in Romania, 437 in Germany, 300 in Luxembourg and 150 in France, and a further 2,000 in the USA, Mexico, Brazil, China and Japan. The transaction is expected to be completed in Q4 of 2023, subject to approval by the relevant authorities.
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