Devtek Corp. may supply recently acquired European operations for auto windshield wiper systems with plastic parts made by one of its U.S. operations. The Markham, Ontario, firm bought Automotive Components Dunstable Ltd. on Feb. 8 for C$22.4 million (US$16.4 million).
AC Dunstable makes wiper blade systems and wiper motors at plants in Dunstable and Corsham, England, plus Turin, Italy.
Devtek's Tridon Ltd. subsidiary injection molds windshield wiper blades and related components at Lawrenceburg, Tenn. Peter Monsberger, Devtek's vice president of finance, said his firm is considering exporting such components to the AC Dunstable plants that currently outsource most plastic parts needs.
Devtek will combine Tridon and AC Dunstable operations, each of which had sales of about C$150 million (US$109.5 million) last year, to create AC Tridon Ltd. The new company has contracts with most major automotive original equipment manufacturers and is a major player in the auto aftermarket.
Devtek appointed Michael Hottinger, former Tridon president, as president of AC Tridon North America. Ralph Langshaw, former managing director of AC Dunstable, has been named president of AC Tridon Europe.
Devtek's other subsidiaries make vehicle fuel conversions systems, industrial telecommunications cabinets and aircraft products. Its total sales were C$262 million for the fiscal year ended July 31.