TomTom targeting deals with U.S. automakers: CEO
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A TomTom navigation device is seen in this photo illustration taken in Amsterdam February 28, 2012. REUTERS/Robin van Lonkhuysen/United Photos
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By Toby Sterling
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - TomTom's order intake from carmakers is currently lagging last year's, but the emergence of rival Here backed by a trio of German automakers means other manufacturers are keener to do business with the Dutch navigation firm, its CEO said on Friday.
In 2015, TomTom
"It is lumpy. We do have a good run rate so far, and though there have been fewer deals available this year, there's quite a bit cooking", CEO Harold Goddijn told an investor event in Amsterdam, adding the company was focused on winning customers in the United States.
With its traditional consumer electronics and satellite navigation businesses threatened by smartphones, TomTom has focused on doing deals with automakers, placing it in head-to-head competition with Here.
Here is the former Nokia mapping business now owned by German automakers Audi
"I think the Here acquisition by the BAD guys - bad is BMW, Audi and Daimler ... has made it easier for us to gain access to (carmaker) boardrooms." Goddijn said.
"Generally speaking, and it's not surprising, is that guys outside the consortium want a choice. You always want two suppliers."
"So they want to see us do well."
($1 = 0.9186 euros)
(Writing by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Jason Neely and Mark Potter)
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