Castrol India Limited (CIL), one of India’s most valued lubricant players, and ki Mobility Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (KMS), a leading Indian player in the independent automobile aftermarket business, have announced a collaboration to leverage each other’s strengths and expand the country’s automotive aftermarket ecosystem via ‘myTVS’, KMS’s digitally integrated multi-brand service platform for two and four wheelers.
CIL will acquire a 7.09 per cent stake in KMS with a planned investment of up to Rs 487.5 crores, marking CIL’s largest all-cash deal till date. With this strategic investment, CIL aims to expand its presence in service and maintenance for both internal combustion engines (ICE) and electric vehicles (EV) and leverage ‘myTVS’ digital and operational capabilities. This alliance will also offer potential for Castrol and KMS to collaborate and partner in select markets beyond India.
Vehicle owners will benefit from this strategic alliance through easy access to differentiated, digitally enabled service and maintenance offered by the myTVS platform whose reach includes three million customers across 1,000 garages in India. myTVS online-to-offline digital platform already offers quality, standardised and cost-effective services and parts to B2B and B2C customers through its owned outlets, franchise network, at home services and road-side assistance.
CIL’s existing presence in service and maintenance includes its rapidly expanding network of 220 Castrol Auto Service passenger car workshops in 110 cities across India and 42 Castrol Express Oil Change outlets that offer two-wheeler consumers swift and reliable oil change.
Sharing details about the collaboration, Sandeep Sangwan, Managing Director, Castrol India Limited, said, “KMS has a leading automotive digital platform, myTVS which is disrupting the Indian aftermarket. Castrol’s established brand equity and nation-wide footprint in India, combined with myTVS’ digital strength will bring structure to the currently fragmented automotive service sector and also accelerate business growth for KMS. In addition, Castrol will explore business and technology collaborations with KMS to enable readiness for transition to electric mobility. Indian consumers will reap the dual benefits of trusted brands and reliable services.”