Kolbenschmidt Pierburg has acquired the piston operations of Mazda-owned Japanese supplier Microtechno.
Hiroshima-based Microtechno has sales of E20 million and employs 120.
Kolbenschmidt Pierburg plans to transfer some manufacturing to the Hiroshima operation to increase the plant's capacity utilization. CEO Gerd Kleinert said Kolbenschmidt Pierburg wants to use Microtechno as a base to supply other Japanese automakers.
Kolbenschmidt Pierburg, based in Düsseldorf, Germany, already has manufacturing operations in China and eight other plants in Europe, North America and Brazil.