Clarios, the global leader in manufacturing and recycling advanced, low-voltage networks and batteries, will purchase Paragon GmbH KGaA’s power business that produces batteries and battery management systems for the automobile industry. Clarios is the parent company of VARTA® Automotive, a transportation battery brand in Europe.
“The low-voltage network is critical to the new user experiences, data collection methods and power system transformation underway in vehicles,” said Clarios CEO Mark Wallace. “Paragon’s team has the skills, culture and commitment to add new capabilities that will accelerate our partnership with key OE customers, especially around advanced Li-Ion programs.”
Paragon’s engineering team’s expertise and leadership with projects with global OE customers complements the Clarios team’s current low-voltage and li-ion programs. The acquisition significantly increases Clarios’ engineering team that is dedicated to the development of new low-voltage architectures at the company.
“Paragon’s team and capabilities strengthen our resources in Europe and globally as we develop a systems-based approach to low voltage networks,” said Federico Morales Zimmermann, vice president and GM, Global Customers, Products and Engineering at Clarios. “I’m confident our new colleagues will help us accelerate the electrification and digitalization of new vehicles, to create new user experiences, exploit and capture data, and to power new systems-based architectures.”
Clarios will share additional information on how this acquisition fits with a long-term vision for low-voltage vehicle architecture during the IAA Mobility Conference in Munich, Germany, in September.
Details of the transaction were not disclosed.