There’s no substance to the rumour about a merger with Michelin-owned tyre maker PT Multistrada Arah Sarana Tbk, says PT Gajah Tunggal Tbk. Indonesian financial publication Kontan reports that when asked to confirm or deny the alleged transaction, Gajah Tunggal’s finance and accounting director Kisyuwono responded that the rumour is “not true”.
Following a successful public offer, Michelin now holds a 99.64 per cent shareholding in Indonesian tyre maker PT Multistrada Arah Sarana TBK. After acquiring an 87.59 per cent share of Multistrada on 8 March, Michelin launched a public offer for the remaining outstanding shares, at the same price per share as previously offered. The transaction enabled Michelin to acquire an additional 12.05 per cent in the company.
On Friday, Michelin announced its acquisition of 88 per cent of Indonesian tyre maker PT Multistrada Arah Sarana TBK (Multistrada) for US$480 million. The share purchase was completed in line with the terms announced on 22 January 2019 and after obtaining all necessary approvals. As part of the transaction, Michelin also takes on a 20 per cent stake in the tyre retail and automotive service chain PT Penta Artha Impressi, as well as 50 hectares of land.
Quoting sources from the “investment banking industry,” BusinessKorea reports that “a number of global tyre companies” have shown interest in acquiring Indonesia’s second-largest tyre maker, PT Multistrada Arah Sarana Tbk. The publication names Hankook Tire and Michelin as two of the interested parties.
The Achilles Radial tyre brand is one of 28 brands in Indonesia that recently agreed to promote the ‘Wonderful Indonesia’ tourism initiative. On 8 August, tyre maker PT Multistrada Arah Sarana Tbk and the companies behind the other brands signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism.
During the first quarter of the year, PT Multistrada Arah Sarana sold 72 per cent more Corsa motorcycle tyres than in the corresponding quarter of 2016. The Indonesian tyre maker reports selling 1.4 million Corsa motorcycle tyres during the three-month period. This substantial first quarter growth follows a 33 per cent increase in 2016. Last year, the Indonesian tyre maker sold 4.4 million Corsa motorcycle tyres, up from 3.3 million a year earlier.
The Paris Saint-Germain Academy in Bali, an initiative jointly set up by the French football team and its tyre partner PT Multistrada Arah Sarana, held its first training session this week. The inaugural training on 28 January marked the start of twelve-month programme that will see six to 19 year olds develop their football skills at sessions held three times a week.
According to Indonesian news agency Antara News, tyre maker PT Multistrada Arah Sarana – manufacturer of the Achilles, Corsa and Strada tyre brands – has signed a contract to build a production facility in Kazakhstan. The agency quotes Kazakhstan’s ambassador to Indonesia, Ashkat Orazbay, as stating that “a contract has been signed between Multistrada Indonesia and a Kazakhstan-based company to build a tyre factory.” Antara News did not report the name of the Kazakhstani company or give any further details about the project.
The two-wheeler tyre market in Indonesia is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.98 per cent 2013-2018. That’s the view of a new report published by Research and Markets in January. According to the report’s writers one of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the strong demand for two-wheelers. The two-wheeler tyre market in Indonesia has also been witnessing growing demand for replacement tyres, which is likely to be based on the growing size of the domestic two-wheel vehicle parc.