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Tenneco to acquire Gruppo Marzocchi

Published July 15, 2008

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BRAIN) — Tenneco Inc. has entered into a preliminary agreement to purchase the suspension business of Gruppo Marzocchi, an Italian-based worldwide leader in supplying suspension technology in the two-wheeler market.

The agreement is the initial step in the purchase process. A final agreement and closing on a potential purchase of Marzocchi’s suspension business is dependent on a number of conditions and the legally-required consultation with the works councils representing Marzocchi employees. Those consultations will begin immediately.

This acquisition would be made through Tenneco’s assumption of the debt associated with Marzocchi’s suspension business, which was approximately $15 million as of April 30, 2008.

An acquisition by Tenneco of Marzocchi’s suspension business would leverage the brand, technology and product synergies of the two companies, providing customers with integrated suspension systems (forks, shock absorbers and elastomers) for motorcycles and other applications.

Tenneco is a $6.2 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 21,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of emission control and ride control products and systems for the automotive original equipment market and the aftermarket. Tenneco markets its products principally under the Monroe, Walker, Gillet and Clevite Elastomer brand names.

Topics associated with this article: Mergers/Acquisitions

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