Date:Mon, January 11, 2016 , 2:50PM

The collaboration will see Linnepe GmbH complement and expand their product range by adding the Drive-Rite air suspension systems to their portfolio of products for light commercial vehicles.

Dublin | Ennepetal 8 January 2016: Drive-Rite – a leading supplier of air suspension systems for commercial vehicles and Linnepe GmbH, manufacturers of steel and aluminium automotive accessories, are pleased to announce a strategic partnership in the German speaking regions. The announcement was made during the Enterprise Ireland Trade and Investment Mission to Netherlands and Germany led by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD.

The partnership will see Drive-Rite air suspension systems complement the suite of products available from Linnepe, offering both consumers and businesses in Germany greater choice when searching for custom vehicle conversions with air suspension systems.

Speaking from Dusseldorf, the Taoiseach said: “Germany is one of the largest and most important manufacturing locations internationally and its automotive industry is renowned.  Drive-Rite has over 25 years of experience in the industry and has used that capability and know-how to establish itself as a leading supplier of air suspension solutions for vehicles ranging from the passenger car to commercial vehicles.  I wish them every success with this partnership and future collaborations”.  

Announcing the deal, Drive-Rite Managing Director John Giles commented: “It is a pleasure to work with such an innovative company as Linnepe, which has the foresight and vision for like-minded companies to grow together with common goals and objectives.”

Looking to the future, Linnepe’s CEO, Nicolaus Hirsch, comments: “Drive-Rite and Linnepe are planning a long lasting relationship to connect Irish engineering with the requests and demands of the German market. Linnepe is proud to be Drive-Rites strategic partner and at the same time be in the central position in Germany to roll out a common strategy for both companies in Europe.”

Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland said: “The German market is the fourth most important market for Irish companies supported by Enterprise Ireland and therefore a key priority market.  Germany continues to hold its position as Europe’s stronghold in the automotive industry which remains the largest industry sector in the country.  Enterprise Ireland has worked with Drive-Rite over many years and will continue to support them as they grow export sales and find partners in key export markets, ultimately generating jobs at home in Ireland”.  

Drive-Rite tailor make suspension systems to suit a wide range of vehicle applications from passenger car to light commercial vehicle.  With over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry and under a close partnership with Firestone, Drive-Rite has developed into a leading supplier of air suspension solutions. Drive-Rite work closely with the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to provide improved, comfortable, easy to install user friendly systems. Drive-Rite and Firestone serve all market segments from the world’s largest automotive companies, truck and bus manufacturers to specialised suspension convertors.

Linnepe GmbH is a family-run company based in Ennepetal providing technical products for the leisure industry (motorhome and camping market) and commercial vehicle market. Linnepe is also the distributor of Scattolini Tippers and Flat Beds in Germany, which have met all the high standards of the major vehicle OEMs. The focus at Linnepe is firmly on quality, and as a result the whole company, from Management to Service, is certified to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000. They are an extremely competent, reliable and innovative partner for automotive technical products.


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