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ATC Drivetrain Acquires International Remanufacturing Leader

This first acquisition of ATP, under the new ownership of Crestview Partners, moves ATC closer to creating a global remanufacturing enterprise.


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ATC Drivetrain, an independent remanufacturer of automotive drivetrain components headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has acquired ATP Automotive Transmission Remanufacturing Specialists Ltd., ATP Electronic Developments Ltd. and ATP Holdings USA LLC (collectively ATP) from ATP’s founder Alan Smart. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1969, ATP is a Cannock, United Kingdom-based leading European independent remanufacturer of automatic transmissions, including torque converters and automated manual transmissions, electronics and mechatronics. The company also manufactures diagnostics systems and provides associated services. ATP’s client base includes various European and global OEMs, as well as suppliers in Europe and North America.

Commenting on the sale of the business, ATP Founder Alan Smart said, “April 2019 marks ATP’s 50th year in business and I felt it was an appropriate time to secure the next phase of ATP’s continued growth. The exciting combination of ATC and ATP will allow for ATP to increase the ways in which we can serve our customers and secures the future of ATP’s employees, many of whom have over 30 years of service. I am confident that ATC is the right permanent home for my life’s work and will continue to flourish under the leadership of ATC CEO Greg Heald and the rest of the ATC leadership team.”


Heald, ATC’s president and CEO and member of its board of directors, added, “The teams at ATC and our private equity sponsor Crestview Partners have a great deal of respect for Alan Smart and for the decades of hard work he has committed to building ATP as its founder and chairman. Mr. Smart’s vision has driven the growth and evolution of ATP from its beginning 50 years ago to its position today as a leader in the remanufacturing industry.”

Heald continued, “We are excited to bring together these two companies which not only complement each other in the areas of technology, footprint and customer base, but also share common core values focused on providing market leading service to our customers, team members and shareholders.”

“Since our acquisition of ATC in February 2018, ATC’s leadership team and board have been focused on pursuing global expansion and technology diversification in support of ATC’s customers’ needs,” said Alex Rose, partner and co-head of Industrials at Crestview Partners. “The combination of ATC and ATP creates a company with over 130 years of global automotive remanufacturing experience which will expand ATC’s ability to provide products and service to the company’s growing customer base around the world.”


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