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A-Katsastus Group to purchase an inspection company in Estonia

A-Katsastus has purchased an inspection company in Estonia which owns two inspection stations. Through the acquisition, A-Katsastus will have a significant foothold on the Estonian inspection market. The business acquisition is part of A-Katsastus’ business development plan in the Baltic region, where the vicinity of the market has for long been regarded as interesting. A-Katsastus has vehicle-related testing operations in Estonia and a strong position on the Latvian inspection market.

Approximately 80 inspection stations are currently operating in Estonia, performing some 470,000 inspections annually. Estonia has about 1.3 million inhabitants and 730,000 vehicles. The average age of the motor vehicle stock in Estonia is 13.5 years.

The purchased company has two inspection stations, one in the town of Maardu approximately 20 kilometres from Tallinn and the other in the town of Rakvere. Both of the stations inspect heavy and light vehicles. The station located in the town of Maardu is one of the largest inspection stations in Estonia. More than 17,000 inspections are performed at the purchased stations annually. Through the acquisition, the company’s new name will be A-Ülevaatus OÜ.

The objective of A-Katsastus is to expand its operations in Estonia and other Baltic countries in the near future. The acquisition acts as a base for future expansion. The aim is to achieve the leading position on the Baltic inspection market within the next two years. The Baltic region has a total of 7 million inhabitants and 3.3 million vehicles.

With its market share of more than 60 per cent, A-Katsastus is the market leader in Finland and Belgium and the second largest inspection company in Denmark and Latvia. In addition, the company has strongly developing inspection operations in Poland and Russia. After the transaction, the A-Katsastus Group provides vehicle inspection services in seven countries and is one of the five largest European inspection companies. The Group has more than 240 inspection stations and nearly 1,900 employees.

For additional information, please contact:

Juha Tukiainen, CEO, A-Katsastus, tel. +358 (0)45 632 2006