Müller Schupfner and Partner advised SAF-HOLLAND on their strategic partnership with LOHR Industrie for e-axles
Munich, May 23, 2019 - The SAF-HOLLAND Group, a leading supplier of truck and trailer components, and the French company LOHR Industrie S.A., the world leader in vehicle transporters, signed a contract sealing a strategic partnership for the development of electric trailer axles. The cooperation is initially planned for ten years and can be further extended.
The law firm of Müller Schupfner and Partner assisted in the negotiations for this cutting-edge partnership between SAF-HOLLAND and LOHR from the beginning of negotiations to the successful signing of the final contracts.
The electric trailer axle AXEAL (AXle Electric Assist Lohr) jointly developed by SAF-HOLLAND and LOHR works completely independent of the tractor’s main drive and supports this during acceleration and braking with energy recuperation. By providing traction assistance, the tractor consumes up to 15 percent less fuel, and ride comfort is improved. The use of this trailer axle allows, for example, vehicle transporters to load and unload in urban areas at night.
SAF-HOLLAND, located in Luxembourg, is the largest independent listed supplier to the commercial vehicle market in Europe, delivering mainly to the trailer markets. With 4,400 employees and sales of approximately EUR 1,3 billion in 2018, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of chassis-related systems and components primarily for trailers, trucks, buses, and recreational vehicles.
LOHR located in Alsace near Strasbourg is a global specialist in the design, manufacture and marketing of good transport systems and world leader on the car transporter vehicle market. Today, the Group has 2000 staff members throughout the world, including a development center with more than 120 engineers and technicians.
SAF-HOLLAND Group Advisors:
Müller Schupfner & Partner (Munich): Clemens Bauer (Patent Attorney, Partner), Dr. Thomas Huber (Lawyer, Junior Partner)
LOHR Industrie S.A. Advisor:
PwC Société d’Advocats (Strasbourg): Pauline Darnand
Müller Schupfner & Partner
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