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IOW Group joins Axel Johnson International!


IOW Group joins Axel Johnson International


We are pleased to announce about signing an agreement to acquire a majority of shares of IOW Group companies in Poland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Lithuania by Axel Johnson International. The IOW Group, with revenues of EUR 27 m and over 130 employees, is a leading distributor and service provider of mobile drivetrain systems, hydraulics, cooling systems and filtration technology for mobile and stationary machines in Central and Eastern Europe.

IOW Group will become part of Axel Johnson International’s business group “Industrial Solutions” and a sister company to Trans-Auto AB, which is active in distribution and service of mobile and marine drivetrains in the Nordic markets and in Russia. With the acquisition of the IOW Group, Axel Johnson International strengthens its’ European market position as distributor and service provider of mobile drive trains solutions in Europe.

Axel Johnson International is a privately owned Swedish industrial group of more than 90 companies in 25 countries, with combined annual sales of €750 million. We drive business development and growth through a long-term approach to ownership in strategic niche markets, primarily technical components and solutions for industrial processes. Axel Johnson International is organised in four business groups: Cargo Securing Solutions, Fluid Handling Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Lifting Solutions. 

“IOW group, the market leader in their geographic markets in Central and Eastern Europe fits very well with Axel Johnson International and Trans-Auto AB. The acquisition of the IOW group provides a platform for expanding our activities in the region. We look forward to growing our business together with the IOW team” says Martin Malmvik, President and CEO of Axel Johnson International.

IOW Group was established in 1993 and has a long-term relationship with its customers and suppliers. Our suppliers are the market leaders and are well know all over the world.  Our customers, from small local companies to big international players, are mainly from the sectors of mechanical engineering, construction equipment, mining machines, agriculture equipment, marine sector, railway machines, material handling, truck and bus industry. We are providing new components (OEM) as well as service and spare parts for aftermarkets. 


  “To become a part of Axel Johnson International will allow us to continue to develop the product and service offering in our home markets. IOW´s experience and technical know-how, combined with Axel Johnson International´s financial strength and long-term perspective, will provide a strong support to our future development, this will guarantee also for our customers and suppliers a continuation and stable perspective for the future”, says Mr Jürgen Dückert, Chairman and current majority owner of the IOW Group.    

The current owners of the IOW Group will remain as minority shareholders and will continue to lead the businesses going forward.

The transaction is expected to close later in Q3 2017, awaiting necessary approval by relevant government authorities. 

For further information, please contact:

       Martin Malmvik, CEO and President, Axel Johnson International, 

+46 (0)8 453 77 14,


       Hans Glemstedt, Head of Strategy and M&A, Axel Johnson International,  +46 (0)8 453 77 41,


       Ola Sjölin, Managing Director, Industrial Solutions, 

+46 (0)8 453 77 25,


       Jan Brattberg, Managing Director, Trans-Auto, 

+46 (0)8 554 240 24,


       Jürgen Dückert, Chairman of IOW Group, 

+ 49 -661 777071,


       Ryszard Mazurek, CEO, IOW TRADE, 

+48 22 512 56 60,


       Andrzej Karpiak, CEO, IOW SERVICE, 

+48 76 852 21 17,

       Krassen Milev, CEO, IOW Bulgaria, 
 +359 2 99 28 443, 

IOW TRADE wdraża nowe technologie w celu podniesienia poziomu obsługi klientów.
Projekt jest współfinansowany przez Unię Europejską z Programu Operacyjnego Innowacyjna Gospodarka.
Fundusze Europejskie – dla rozwoju innowacyjnej gospodarki

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