Ducati has moved one step closer to buying Aprilia with the announcement of an agreement with Aprilia shareholders.
The shareholders have agreed for Ducati to have the exclusive negotiation in the acquisition of the firm. The agreement means plans can move onto the next stage of negotiation
"We are fully satisfied, said Federico Minoli, Ducati President. " We are close to the end of a complex process. Ducati is ready to invest financial resources and knowledge to recreate the Ducati success story with Aprilia. Our plan is simple: maintain the identity of each brand which is defied by their history, while capitalizing on the critical mass in distribution, research, development and purchasing."
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