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Ismaning, 15th December 2015TecAlliance GmbH, a leading provider of information systems and software in the global automotive aftermarket based in Ismaning, and Headline Holding BV, a specialist in OE vehicle and product data and a provider of global vehicle parc data based in Maastricht, have today announced the successful completion of an acquisition transaction. Headline will be integrated into TecAlliance as a new division.

“Today we bring together the strengths of TecAlliance and Headline to create a leading system provider of information systems and electronic solutions for business processes in the independent automotive aftermarket,” declares CEO Jürgen Buchert. “The merger allows us to offer our clients the complete information chain of vehicle, spare parts, and repair and maintenance data in OE quality. Across all brands, in a single standard, for the rapid identification of spare parts, for comprehensive service information and automated processing of business processes. As a result, we are able to assist our clients in strengthening the competitiveness of the IAM on a long-term basis.”

Headline, which has operated very successfully in the automotive aftermarket for over 20 years, completes the solution portfolio of TecAlliance through its range of globally available OE data in the areas of vehicle reference data, products and the vehicle parc information necessary for the monitoring and development of the product life cycle.

“The united company is a one-stop service provider that can make all necessary information available globally in a single standard to the product managers of the industry, the decision-makers at the wholesalers and the workshop employees,” explains Jan van Hooren, Managing Director of Headline. This transaction offers significant advantages to our employees and clients. They will all benefit from being part of a larger and even more strongly diversified global organisation.”

Jürgen Buchert adds: “The merger makes sense for everyone concerned: the clients of both companies will receive a wider range of services under one umbrella, while the employees of TecAlliance and Headline will benefit from the expanded possibilities that arise from a united company. I am very happy that the children of Jan, Romy and Angelo will continue working in their responsible positions. This guarantees the necessary continuity.”

Chairman of the TecAlliance Supervisory Board, Josef Besting, makes it clear that “both companies are taking this step from a position of strength and have excellent prospects for growth.”

About TecAlliance

TecAlliance GmbH – the umbrella brand for TecDoc, TecCom and TecRMI – is the leading European service provider for automotive information systems and software in the international aftermarket. The company develops and distributes vehicle parts information worldwide as part of a comprehensive industry solution that supports manufacturers, traders and workshops. The portfolio of products and services includes up-to-date information for quickly identifying and ordering passenger car, motorcycle and commercial vehicle parts from the databases of participating parts manufacturers in a standardised catalogue format. The TecDoc electronic parts catalogue includes more than 4.6 million items in 28 languages. Through TecCom, TecAlliance also automates the order process between parts manufacturers and wholesalers – particularly the synchronisation of price, item and logistics data. Additional solutions to optimise electronic business processes include planning and scheduling stock, creating and sending legally compliant electronic invoices, and processing warranty claims or returns. Another core area for TecAlliance is supplying the aftermarket with specialist technical information. TecRMI allows customers to quickly find the details they require from over 200,000 service plans and 750,000 repair guides. More than 20 sites worldwide ensure the international availability of the products and services on offer. The TecAlliance GmbH workforce in Germany totals around 300 staff, based at the registered office in Munich or the company’s additional sites in Cologne and Weikersheim.