The joint venture GF Linamar LLC commenced operations with a high-pressure die-casting facility located in Mills River, NC (US) in 2017. The company successfully acquired several large orders from European and US customers for the production of lightweight components. In 2021, the site generated sales of approximately USD 120 million and employed 450 people. However, the performance of the plant was impacted by ramp-up challenges also stemming from pandemic-related labor shortages. Since 2021, disruptions in call-off patterns due to supply chain issues at customers did not help to improve the situation.
With the acquisition of GF's 50 percent stake, Linamar becomes the sole owner of the Mills River facility. GF will continue to provide technical support during the transition period until the end of 2022. Both parties have agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction. Closing of this transaction is expected in the first week of April 2022.
The divestment does not constitute a change in GF Casting Solutions' long-term strategy to serve the North American market, and the division will continue to pursue its Strategy 2025 objectives. The effect from the divestment of the joint venture on GF's consolidated EBIT is estimated to be neutral.