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Auto parts supplier Aptiv to acquire 85 per cent of Intercable unit in EV tech push

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Auto parts supplier Aptiv Plc (APTV.N) said on Tuesday it would acquire a majority stake in a unit of Italy’ Intercable for 595 million euros ($605.71 million), allowing the US company access to technology used in electric vehicles (EVs).

Aptiv will own an 85 per cent stake in the unit, Intercable Automotive Solutions, which manufactures high-voltage busbars that carry more electrical power than traditional cables. It has manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia.

“Intercable Automotive Solutions is an excellent strategic fit with Aptiv’s Signal & Power Solutions segment,” Aptiv Chief Executive Officer Kevin Clark said in a statement.

Auto parts suppliers are increasingly investing in electric and battery technology to cater to the EV market, which could be worth $5 trillion over the next decade.

Aptiv, which counts Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) and General Motors Co (GM.N) as customers, in January announced a multi-billion-dollar deal for software developer Wind River to capitalize on the shift to software-oriented vehicles and diversify its revenue stream.

The deal also comes amid automakers’ effort to replicate the success of Tesla’s electric vehicles, as they replace 12-volt wiring systems with much higher voltage cables.

Aptiv’s deal for Intercable Automotive is expected to close before the end of this year, following which the company will operate as a stand-alone business unit.

The transaction is expected to add to Aptiv’s earnings next year. Shares of the company were down 2.7 per cent amid a broader fall in the market after data showed monthly U.S consumer prices unexpectedly rose in August.

Goldman Sachs & Co LLC served as financial adviser for the deal to Aptiv while Clifford Chance was the company’s legal adviser.

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