Munich, 28 September 2017 – Caruso GmbH welcomes a new shareholder:
ATR International AG (ATRI), one of the world’s largest and most successful retail co-operations of leading vehicle parts dealers is now a shareholder in the data platform for telematics in the automotive aftermarket. 100 percent of company stock was previously held by founding shareholder TecAlliance. ATRI is the first shareholder from the retail sector and takes Caruso one step closer to its objective of building a neutral shareholder structure. Discussions are currently ongoing with a number of other potential shareholders from a variety of different market segments.
Roland Dilmetz, CEO of ATR International AG, said: “We are delighted to be the first retail organisation to come on board with Caruso, as we are certain that the data marketplace is the way forward and convinced by its potential for the digitalisation of the automotive aftermarket. Our shareholding assures us access to new business models, technical expertise and to an additional and highly attractive sales channel for our own shareholders. Above all, it’s incredibly important to us that we ourselves determine our position within the changing automotive aftermarket and are able to take full advantage of the benefits of digitalisation.”
“As one of the largest and most successful retail organisations in the independent aftermarket, ATR International marks a major win for Caruso. Because TecAlliance already gives us strong representation of the parts industry on the marketplace, retail was the next logical step in covering the automotive aftermarket as a whole,” explained Jürgen Buchert, Managing Director of TecAlliance GmbH.
“In light of advancements in digitalisation, it is Caruso’s vision to establish an open and secure data marketplace that is open to all existing and future players in the automotive aftermarket. We are at an advanced stage in some of our discussions with potential shareholders and data providers from the workshop, fleet & leasing, insurance and service segments,” explained Alexander Haid, Managing Director of Caruso GmbH.