The multinational DexKo group continues its path of growth in the electronics sector through its Business Unit AL-KO Vehicle Technology with a strategic merger that opens interesting future scenarios in terms of connectivity: It established AL-KO Vehicle Technology Electronics S.r.l., an Italian company with registered office in Trento. The new company is the result of the merger of two suppliers of electrical and electronic systems applied mainly to caravanning with customers all over the world: CBE srl and Nordelettronica srl.
CBE joined the AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group in 2018. It has two production plants in Italy and a third one in Tunisia. Nordelettronica was acquired by the Group two years later, in 2020. It has two production plants, one in Italy and one in Romania. Both brands have a history of more than 40 years and act as design partners for motorhome and caravan manufacturers, offering customised solutions for on-board electrical systems: from control panels to distribution boards, from battery chargers to probes, sockets, switches, and complete vehicle wiring. Nordelettronica is also specialised in the field of battery chargers for scrubber cleaning machines, forklifts, and golf carts.
“With this merger, AL-KO Vehicle Technology is adding even more impetus to its growth and development in the electronics sector”, says Harald Hiller, President & CEO of AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group: “The company will also further intensify the cooperation with AL-KO Technology Lithuania in the design and development of electronics. For the time being, we will continue to use CBE and Nordelettronica as product brands. They are both brands well recognised worldwide for their quality and reliability, present on a significant number of European motorhomes. A comprehensive after-sales service is, of course, provided.”
The current management remains unchanged for the time being, as do the production activities, which will continue to be carried out in the respective plants as before. However, the merger has already triggered a process of improvement, especially in the areas of quality and production processes as well as supply chain optimisation. This also results into a tangible benefit for the customers, who are ensured to obtain steady supplies.
“I welcome with great enthusiasm AL-KO Vehicle Technology Electronics S.r.l.” adds Gerd Stoll, managing director of AL-KO Kober GmbH/Srl. “This merger combines the credibility and reliability of the Nordelettronica and CBE brands with the success story of AL-KO Vehicle Technology. We now even more clearly put our brand at the service of innovation and evolution in the field of electronics applied to caravanning and other automotive sectors. CBE and Nordelettronica are collaborating on the development of new products, making their know-how available to each other. Now we can do even more and better, with a unified R&D department. Huge challenges are connectivity and IoT, so this merger allows us to become the key player of this evolution, offering our OEM customers all necessary security when it comes to products that are crucial for the operation of a recreational vehicle”