Mahle has taken over the air conditioning business in Japan, Thailand and the US from the former Keihin Corporation (now Hitachi Astemo).

Anti-trust authorities have granted their approval.

Four production sites and one development centre are now being integrated into the Mahle Group.

"With this important acquisition, we are strengthening our presence and customer connections in Asia and North America in a business area that will become even more important not only for conventional drives, but especially for alternative drives," said Mahle chairman and CEO, Jörg Stratmann.

"We want to continue growing in this area in particular."

A total of around 1,700 people are employed at the new locations. Air conditioning units and components for their peripherals are developed and manufactured there.