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Cooper Standard Divests Certain Europe, India Operations

The transaction included approximately 2,500 employees and several manufacturing facilities.

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Amy Antenora has served as editor of aftermarketNews since 2002 and has worked in the field of journalism for two decades. A graduate of Kent State University, Amy also earned her AAP designation from Northwood University's University of the Aftermarket in 2009.

Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. announced that the company has completed the divestiture of its European rubber fluid transfer and specialty sealing businesses, as well as its Indian operations, to Mutares SE & Co. KGaA.

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“We are continuing the execution of our longer-term strategic initiatives despite current market challenges and disruptions,” said Jeffrey Edwards, chairman and CEO, Cooper Standard. “The divestiture of these non-core operations will enable us to improve profitability and focus important company resources in areas where we see greater potential for profitable growth.”

The transaction included approximately 2,500 employees and two manufacturing facilities in Poland, one manufacturing facility in each of Spain and Italy, and all of the company’s operations in India, excluding the company’s corporate IT development office located in Chennai.

Cooper Standard maintains a strong manufacturing presence in Europe and the Asia Pacific region. After this divestiture, the company will operate 21 production facilities in eight countries in Europe and 18 manufacturing facilities across China and Korea.

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