Australia & New Zealand Business Report 2017

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AL-KO leverages global partnership as it navigates more markets

Firm’s expanded international operations cover Europe, South Africa, China and North America

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 September, 2017, 5:15pm
UPDATED : Friday, 22 September, 2017, 5:15pm

Celebrating more than 30 years of home-grown success, recreational vehicle components manufacturer AL-KO International explores new markets by leveraging its strategic global partnership as part of DexKo Global.

DexKo Global was established in 2015 by combining Dexter and AL-KO VT, creating a global leader in highly engineered trailer running gear components and systems with more than 130 years of trailer and caravan componentry experience.

“Being part of DexKo enables us to share technical know-how and expand our brand portfolio,” says Peter Mannfolk, AL-KO’s managing director. “Our core strength is the ability to deploy our local capabilities within DexKo’s global footprint.”

AL-KO serves the trailer, caravan and motorhome markets throughout Australia and New Zealand. In December last year, DexKo acquired Melbourne Trailer & Caravan Supplies, further boosting AL-KO’s domestic market positioning. AL-KO’s expanded international operations cover Europe, South Africa, China and North America.

The company takes pride in having strong in-house research and development capabilities. Its innovative solutions include the award-winning AL-KO Electronic Stability Control, a world-first stability control device for towed vehicles with electric brakes. This critical safety device is now fitted to the majority of new caravans manufactured in Australia. Another is the AL-KO Anti-Theft System, with state-of-the-art global positioning system tracking and microdot technology for multi-level protection.

Seeing an increasing number of younger consumers taking interest in caravanning, AL-KO plans to develop products that will make towing a caravan or camper trailer easier, safer and with better user interface. Introducing lightweight construction methods, AL-KO will build on the company’s market leadership in electronic safety systems.

AL-KO sees growth opportunities in Asia, particularly in Japan, South Korea and China, where it nurtures long-standing relationships with local suppliers and distributors. It seeks partnerships with local original equipment manufacturers, suppliers and distributors possessing strong market knowledge and extensive network.

“Our partners should share our commitment to deliver excellent customer service and achieve quality for life,” Mannfolk says.