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Kärcher and Tokheim Service Group form a strategic partnership

Merril Boulton ·

Kärcher and Tokheim Service Group (TSG) have come to an agreement to form a strategic partnership, by which the cleaning specialist and the provider of services and fuel retailing solutions will join forces in the car wash industry.

“Kärcher will increase its focus on development, engineering and manufacturing in order to bring to market superior products and great innovation” says Markus Asch, deputy chairman of the management board and managing director Professional Channels of Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG. “TSG will manage sales and distribution to the fuel retail segment on behalf of Kärcher, and will provide installation, warranty and maintenance services to all car wash customers in Europe and Africa. The agreement covers the complete product portfolio of car wash technology at Kärcher such as washing portals for cars and trucks, jet wash and self-service systems. With this cooperation, both companies will significantly expand their business in the car wash sector at gas stations and strengthen their position.”

“Tokheim Service Group, as the leading sales and service provider in its industry is the perfect strategic partner for us. From now on, we can offer an even better service to operators of Kärcher car wash equipment and thereby create an important basis for further profitable growth for them as well as for us”, says Hartmut Jenner, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board of Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG.

TSG also expects this partnership to create significant value for its customers. “This cooperation is a game changer in the car wash industry. Kärcher, a name known by everyone to stand for quality and innovation in cleaning and washing solutions, joins forces with TSG, renowned across Europe and Africa for the professionalism and the quality of its sales and service teams: To car wash operators throughout the gas station market, this partnership is great news as it means easier access to Kärcher’s innovative range of products, backed up by TSGs reputed installation and service capabilities, and will bring to them the lowest total cost of ownership and highest profitability for their business”, says Baudouin de la Tour, chief executive officer of Tokheim Service Group.

Kärcher is the leading global supplier of cleaning technology. The family-owned business is employing more than 12,000 people in 65 countries and more than 100 subsidiaries. With € 2.33 billion in the year 2016, Kärcher achieved the highest sales in its history.

Tokheim Service Group (TSG) is the leading supplier of equipment and services in Europe and Africa for the fuel distribution industry. Besides payment systems and fuel dispensers by Tokheim, TSG also distributes and installs products of other leading manufacturers, and provides a wide scope of services ranging from maintenance to construction of turnkey sites.

The deal is subject to customary information and approvals, including work councils, where applicable.

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