June 1, 2018 / 7:37 AM / 23 days ago

UPDATE 1-South Africa's Metair bids $350 mln for Slovenian car battery maker

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JOHANNESBURG, June 1 (Reuters) - Metair has offered to buy Slovenian car battery maker Tovarna Akumulatorskih Baterij (TAB) in a $350 million deal that would expand the South African auto parts maker’s energy storage business.

The deal, announced on Friday, it would be the latest deal by the Johannesburg-based company aimed at positioning itself as sizeable global player in the energy industry as more and more customers across the world take up battery-electric vehicles.

“Metair has identified TAB as a scarce strategic asset as it has a strong global presence in the industrial batteries segment,” it said.

Buying TAB would hand it a company with factories in Slovenia and Macedonia, along with a distribution network throughout Europe, with an annual battery output of 15 million units and industrial cell manufacturing of 2 million units.

Shares in Metair rose 2.6 percent to 20.54 rand, valuing it at roughly 4 billion rand ($317 million). ($1 = 0.8566 euros) ($1 = 12.6334 rand) (Reporting by Tiisetso Motsoeneng; editing by David Evans)

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