News | October 2, 2023

Inchcape completes acquisition of Mercedes-Benz Indonesia’s assembly and distribution operations

Inchcape Plc (‘Inchcape’), the leading global automotive distributor, today announced that the acquisition of Mercedes-Benz AG’s Indonesian assembly and distribution operations has been completed. Effective today, operations of PT Mercedes-Benz Indonesia (manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Indonesia) and PT Mercedes-Benz Distribution Indonesia (the CBU importer and the wholesale distributor of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Indonesia) have been transferred to Inchcape Indonesia.

The operations will be managed by Inchcape in joint venture with local partner PT Indomobil Sukses Internasional Tbk (‘Indomobil’). This joint venture combines Inchcape’s global leading expertise in distribution excellence, digital and data capabilities with Indomobil’s local expertise. In the joint venture, Inchcape has a 70% share and Indomobil has a 30% share. This deal will expand Inchcape’s and Indomobil’s existing distribution partnership in Indonesia, continuing to build on Inchcape’s well-established and growing presence in the country.

Inchcape is committed to continuing Mercedes-Benz’s operations in Indonesia. Customers will continue to enjoy the same high-quality products and services as they have with Mercedes-Benz for many years. Production activity in the plant located in Wanaherang, Bogor, will continue uninterrupted. Employees will remain in employment and be given the opportunity to continue working for the company under its new ownership; current employment terms will remain in place in compliance with prevailing laws.

Amanda Zhang, CEO & President Mercedes-Benz and Head of Region SEA II said:

“The Indonesian market remains very important to us, and we are targeting further growth by prioritising a luxurious customer experience in transformational times with electrification and digitisation. With Inchcape Indonesia and Indomobil, we have experienced partners to surpass our customer expectations and help us to continue our successful journey in Indonesia.”

Ruslan Kinebas, Inchcape’s APAC CEO, commented:

“We are pleased to have completed the acquisition of Mercedes-Benz Indonesia, extending our global partnership with Mercedes-Benz. We achieved great success with Mercedes-Benz as our brand partner in the Americas and more recently, in the Philippines. Indonesia is a priority market for Inchcape and I am excited for our future shared success with Mercedes-Benz in the country.

Khoo Shao Tze, President Director of Inchcape Indonesia, said:

“Mercedes-Benz has been the number one luxury automotive brand in Indonesia for many years. It is exciting for Inchcape to continue this success and drive further business growth. The addition of Mercedes-Benz to our brand portfolio in Indonesia is an important step forward in achieving our ambition to be a key partner in the country’s journey towards the new energy era and to be a major player in the premium mass to luxury segments.”

Jusak Kertowidjojo, President Director of Indomobil, added:

“We are proud to have Mercedes-Benz as part of our automotive brand portfolio. Combining our experience and expertise in the local market with Inchcape’s global capabilities, we are certain that the Mercedes-Benz brand will grow even bigger in Indonesia.”