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12. March 2020

Sage: Acquisition of Adient’s automotive fabrics business

Sage Automotive Interiors, an Asahi Kasei subsidiary based in South Carolina, USA, has concluded an agreement with Adient plc on 5 March 2020 to acquire Adient’s automotive fabrics business for USD 175 million. Completion of the acquisition is subject to obtaining regulatory clearance and other customary closing conditions.

Centred in the USA, Sage develops, manufactures, and sells various fabric materials for automotive interiors, and is one of the world’s leading suppliers of vehicle seat fabric with a firm established presence among automotive OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers. To facilitate further growth, Sage had sought to expand its footprint in Europe, the largest market for automotive interior fabric and the source of innovative automotive trends.

“Europe continues to be a key growth area for Sage Automotive Interiors”, said Dirk Pieper, CEO of Sage Automotive Interiors. “In addition, the technology and capabilities that will now be part of Sage Automotive Interiors will strengthen our ability to serve customers from our current locations in Europe and the rest of the world.”

By acquiring Adient’s automotive fabrics business, Sage will gain several operating sites around the world centred in Europe. The business to be acquired has a strong reputation for design and quality among Europe’s major vehicle manufacturers and is one of the leading suppliers in the European market for automotive seat fabric.

“This acquisition will strengthen the position of Asahi Kasei and Sage in Europe, enabling greater access to major OEMs,” said Koshiro Kudo, President of Asahi Kasei’s Performance Products Strategic Business Unit (SBU). “By pursuing synergies in manufacturing, sales, and marketing among Asahi Kasei, Sage, and the fabric business from Adient, we can not only be a leader of the European automotive interior fabric market, but also contribute to the future of mobility.”


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