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The Caruso Data Platform Secures ATR International as a New Shareholder

(l. to r.): Jürgen Buchert (Managing Director of TecAlliance); Roland Dilmetz (CEO of ATRI); Kurt Schnyder (Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ATRI)

Munich, 28 September 2017 – Caruso GmbH welcomes a new shareholder: ATR International AG (ATRI), one of the world’s largest and most successful retail cooperations of leading vehicle parts dealers is now a shareholder in the data platform for telematics in the automotive aftermarket. 100 percent of company stock was previously held by founding shareholder TecAlliance. ATRI is the first shareholder from the retail sector and takes Caruso one step closer to its objective of building a neutral shareholder structure. Discussions are currently ongoing with a number of other potential shareholders from a variety of different market segments.

Roland Dilmetz, CEO of ATR International AG, said: “We are delighted to be the first retail organisation to come on board with Caruso, as we are certain that the data marketplace is the way forward and convinced by its potential for the digitalisation of the automotive aftermarket. Our shareholding assures us access to new business models, technical expertise and to an additional and highly attractive sales channel for our own shareholders. Above all, it’s incredibly important to us that we ourselves determine our position within the changing automotive aftermarket and are able to take full advantage of the benefits of digitalisation. We very much hope that as many participants in the automotive aftermarket as possible follow our lead in this.”

“As one of the largest and most successful retail organisations in the independent aftermarket, ATR International marks a major win for Caruso. Because TecAlliance already gives us strong representation of the parts industry on the marketplace, retail was the next logical step in covering the automotive aftermarket as a whole. In our ongoing efforts to expand our marketplace, we are at an advanced stage in some of our discussions with potential shareholders and data providers from the workshop, fleet & leasing, insurance, service and mobile communications segments,” explained Jürgen Buchert, Managing Director of TecAlliance GmbH.

“In light of advancements in digitalisation, it is Caruso’s vision to establish an open and secure data marketplace that is open to all existing and future players in the automotive aftermarket. Data providers can offer their data to a vast array of interested parties simultaneously in a protected and open environment and on the basis of their own business models. Data users benefit from faster and easier access to the data of various different providers, enabling them to develop or improve their own mobility services,” explained Alexander Haid, Managing Director of Caruso GmbH. The data platform celebrated its technical go-live in August 2017.

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