CONTINENTAL Tyre Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental AG, has acquired R&J Strang Tyre Services Ltd in a step to strengthen Continental’s overall commercial fleet service offering across the UK and Ireland.
Founded in 1995, Hamilton, Lanarkshire headquartered, R&J Strang is a family run business which currently services a portfolio of commercial vehicle fleets across Scotland from four depots.
Okan Tamer, managing director of Continental Tyre Group, said, ‘We have worked with R&J Strang for over 20 years. During this time the business has grown and expanded its coverage, they have continued to invest in their fleet of 24 mobile fitting vans and in providing professional training for its tyre technicians. This has enabled them to offer the best and most reliable service to their customers.
‘Because of these strengths, and our existing close business relationship, this acquisition made logical sense to both businesses and importantly to our customers. This step will further improve Continental’s service to commercial vehicle fleets across the important central belt of Scotland.’
The takeover established R&J Strang as a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental UK Group Holdings Ltd from 1 July 2019. Founders Robert and Jackie Strang will remain in position following the acquisition, with operations director Lynn Strang and purchasing director Scott Strang becoming full time employees, post acquisition, to oversee the transition and manage the business long term.
R&J Strang has been a partner of the Conti360 Fleet Services Network for many years, during which both companies developed close links.
Robert Strang, co-founder of R&J Strang, said: ‘Our business has been built on the strength of our service offering, and our honest and approachable attitude to customers, values we clearly share with Continental.’
The R&J Strang acquisition follows Continental’s acquisition of Bandvulc in 2016, where Continental and Bandvulc have successfully integrated key parts of the business and strengthened their overall customer service capabilities.