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Acting management to acquire Test World Oy

A-Katsastus will give up testing operations carried out by Test World and sells business to the acting management. Test World is specialised in vehicle and tyre testing. Additionally it has a strong foothold in type approval, product testing and certification operations in Finland.

“We will clarify our strategy and focus on our main operations in the future. In this situation, we are very satisfied in that Test World’s operations will remain in the best possible hands,” says Kari Kivikoski, CEO of A-Katsastus Group.

Test World will be acquired by Harri Eskelinen, who has acted as the company’s Managing Director since 2007, and Turo Tiililä, who has been responsible for testing operations at A-Katsastus. Eskelinen will continue as the company’s Managing Director, focusing on the development of winter testing in Ivalo. Tiililä will act as Chairman of the Board of Directors, being responsible for the company’s type approval and certification operations.

The new entrepreneurs welcome the challenge. “When the opportunity to start running the business was presented to us, the decision was easy. In recent years, we have developed diverse functions and this work will continue. Being an entrepreneur involves challenges and some risk-taking, but the acquisition of a familiar business provides us with the best possibilities. We have a positive trend in Ivalo with a number of development projects in progress, which we will revert shortly to,” Harri Eskelinen promises.

“I have been close to Test World ever since its establishment in 1991. After selling my company Test Center Tiililä Oy to A-Katsastus in 2006, I have been involved in developing the Group’s testing operations. The business acquisition gives us a brilliant possibility to further strengthen the position of the Finnish vehicle testing in the international markets,” Turo Tiililä says.                                                                                                                                  

Further information:

Kari Kivikoski, CEO, A-Katsastus Group, tel. +358 500 434 912
Harri Eskelinen, Managing Director, Test World Oy, tel. +358 44 778 8802
Turo Tiililä, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Test World Oy, tel. +358 400 435 008

Based in Inari, Test World Oy is a company specialised in vehicle and tyre testing. Its operations also cover type approval and product testing. The majority of operations are carried out in Ivalo in the winter where the company has its main office and two separate testing areas. The company also has operations in Helsinki where its type approval and product testing units are located. www.testworld.fi

A-Katsastus Group is one of the leading European companies providing vehicle inspection, trade-in inspections and registration services. Its range of services also includes drivers' examinations, vehicle testing and automotive quality services. The Group has 2,100 employees and 280 inspection stations in eight countries. The company operates in Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Sweden, Russia and Estonia. The corporate headquarters are in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki. www.a-katsastus.com