December 2020

KW automotive acquires Reiger Racing Suspension BV (Netherlands)

Fichtenberg (Germany), December 15, 2020 – Reiger Racing Suspension BV, a leader in the off-road, racing damper market, will be acquired by KW Beteiligungsholding GmbH on January 1, 2021. With this acquisition, KW automotive expands on its leadership position as a manufacturer of high-quality suspension systems.

Reiger Racing Suspension BV, a leader in the off-road, racing damper market, will be acquired by KW Beteiligungsholding GmbH on January 1, 2021. Reiger Racing suspension components will continue to be manufactured at the Dutch company headquarters. Reiger founder Gerard Seesing will remain active in the company. (Anja Seesing, Gerard Seesing, Klaus Wohlfarth, Jürgen Wohlfarth; from left to right).

For more than four decades, Reiger Racing Suspension, a Dutch company, has focused on the development and production of premium off-road motorsport dampers. In the aftermarket industry, Reiger Racing Suspension is a renowned expert in the rally, rally raid, autocross, motocross, quad and sidecar markets. Keeping this sought-after expertise in-house, the motorsport components will continue to be manufactured at the Reiger Racing Suspension factory in the Netherlands. With the integration of Reiger Racing Suspension, offering one of the widest ranges of racing damper products, KW automotive will further expand its reach in the performance suspension industry and extend the KW brand to a new segment of customers.

Andrej Karginov won his KAMAZ Truck the Truck Category of the Rally Dakar 2020.

Founded in the Netherlands in 1977, Reiger Racing Suspension, under the leadership of Reiger Racing Suspension founder Gerard Seesing, has built an impressive reputation in the development and production of dampers for the highly competitive, off-road motorsports market. Numerous automobile manufacturers rely on the dampers and suspension components produced at the Dutch plant in Hengelo for their rally raid, rallying, rally racing and motocross market needs. Among the greatest successes of the Reiger Racing Suspension factory customer teams are the repeated wins of the FIA World Rally Championship with M-Sport/Ford, the World Champion Rally Raid, the Intercontinental Rally Championship, and the Dakar Rally. With a distance of up to 7,900 kilometers over rocky terrain, gravel, sand and a high drop-out rate of over 50 percent, the Dakar Rally is regarded as the toughest desert rally in decades. The many podium finishes, class victories and five overall victories in 2012, 2014, 2018, 2019 and 2020 reflect the reliability and performance of Reiger’s off-road products. The ongoing dominance of Reiger Rally Dakar customers in South America in 2017, 2018, 2019 continued through 2020 in the host country of Saudi Arabia. Of the racers that placed with a top 10 finish, all but one of the vehicles were driven on reliable Reiger Racing suspension components. A similar result was also seen in the truck classification, with trucks weighing up to ten tons and producing almost 1,000 hp.  Out of those racers in the truck classification who placed in the top 10, all but one raced on Reiger Racing suspension components.

Rally Dakar 2020: Carlos Sainz won with his Reiger Racing Suspension equipped MINI JCW Buggy the Rally.

KW automotive expands its technology leadership in further markets

The acquisition of Reiger Racing Suspension BV, under the new parent company KW automotive GmbH, will lead to greater synergy and further compliment the growth and technological leadership of the already successful KW brands. With the acquired knowledge, intellectual property and innovations, new aftermarket off-road damper products for trucks and SUVs will be developed under the Reiger Racing Suspension brand, while KW automotive's unique manufacturing and logistics structures will manufacture and ship the product worldwide. KW’s global dealer network is expanding its portfolio with the help of Reiger Racing’s expertise and impressive motorsport record, by offering its customers around the world the most comprehensive range of high-performance suspension components for off-road, rally, circuit racing and road use.  The Reiger Racing Suspension brand will be unveiled to the North American market in late 2021.

Facts and figures KW automotive GmbH

•    Founded in 1992, retail trade industry
•    Production of coilover suspension kits, since 1995
•    450 employees, 330 of whom are based in the main plant located in Fichtenberg, Germany
•    International subsidiaries in China, Great Britain, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States
•    Sales partners in more than 70 countries
•    Development, production and distribution of individual suspension solutions
•    Focus on coilovers, racing suspensions for touring cars and GT Sport
•    Electronic dampers, development and tuning of vehicle dynamics control systems
•    Classic suspension components, hydraulic lift systems, height-adjustable spring sets and wheel spacers
•    Largest aftermarket suspension portfolio with more than 26,000 coilover applications
•    Develops software and hardware for virtual motorsports
•    KW automotive GmbH brands include: KW suspensions, ST suspensions, Belltech, ap Sport suspension, RaceRoom and Reiger Racing Suspension

In the top 15 of the truck classification alone, Reiger Racing Suspension equipped over 2/3 of the trucks weighing up to 10 tons.

Facts and figures Reiger Racing Suspension BV

•    Founded in 1977
•    67 employees
•    Development, production and sales of off-road motor sport dampers and suspension systems
•    Focus on off-road, rally, rallycross, rally raid, autocross, motorcross, enduro, trial, quads and sidecar

About Reiger Racing Suspension BV:
The suspension manufacturer Reiger Racing Suspension, which has been part of the KW Beteilungsholding GmbH group since January 2021, was founded in the Netherlands in 1977. The company focuses primarily on the development and production of motorsport dampers and suspensions for off-road, rally, autocross, motocross, quad and sidecar applications. Among the greatest successes of Reiger customers such as BMW, Ford, Mini, Skoda, Suzuki and others is the repeated winning of the Dakar Rally, European Champion Rallycross, IRC (Intercontinental Rally Championship), FIA WRC (World Rally Championship) World Champion Rally Raid, and many more. In addition, Reiger Racing Suspension with its 67 employees produces dampers and suspension components directly for selected enduro and trial bikes of the Spanish manufacturer Gas Gas. An additional business area is the special production of dampers for agricultural machinery, armored vehicles, carriages and aircraft.

About KW automotive:
To the KW entrepreneurial group belong the manufacturer KW automotive GmbH with its brands KW suspensions, ST suspensions, ap sportfahrwerke, Belltech, Reiger Racing Suspension, LSD Doors and RaceRoom, specializing in suspension. With its immense suspension portfolio, state-of-the-art production technology, development and test center, KW has been operating successfully in all markets for over 25 years. In the past years, KW automotive has developed more than 16 different damping technologies in order to meet its own claim, "The perfect suspension for every demand". In addition to its core business, the development and production of manually and adaptively adjustable coilover suspensions and other suspension components for the aftermarket, as well as the accessory program of various automobile manufacturers in the premium segment, the business field of original equipment of special models and super sports cars of the automobile industry is developing extremely positively for the Swabian suspension manufacturer. As a development partner for sophisticated controlled suspension systems, the manufacturer has the complete product portfolio of hydraulics, electronics, sensor technology, control units and damper control systems as well as the necessary know-how for the application and tuning of complex driving dynamics control systems from a single source. KW has established itself strongly in customer motor sports in the past years and produces homologated racing dampers and suspensions for more and more racing vehicles of different car manufacturers. Worldwide, successful racing teams rely on the patented valve technology of KW Competition suspensions of the multiple overall winner of the 24h Race Nürburgring (2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2018, 2020), winner of the 24h of Dubai 2017, ADAC GT Masters (2018 and 2020), ADAC TCR Germany (2018), Spa-Francorchamps 24h Race (2015, 2019, 2020), the Bathurst 12h Race (2019) and 9h Race (Kyalami 2019). The group has seven international subsidiaries in the most important markets worldwide, including Belgium, China, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan and the USA. Of the 450 employees worldwide, about 330 work at the headquarters in Fichtenberg. Additional business lines are software and hardware solutions as well as events for virtual motor sports under the umbrella of KW automotive's subsidiary RaceRoom.

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