The Euro Car Parts and Andrew Page businesses are to rebrand as ‘LKQ Euro Car Parts’. LKQ Euro Car Parts says the decision reflects its position as a leading business in the UK and European aftermarket sectors with the largest network of outlets, the best technical expertise, widest product choice and most competitive prices. All branches will move under the new LKQ Euro Car Parts banner as part of a phased roll-out, and all employees will now gain access to the same information and systems.
Euro Car Parts has created a new product bundle to help garages access essential cleaning equipment and PPE. Garages can buy a ‘Back to Work Pack’ complete with a 500ml antibacterial hand sanitising gel, a 500ml surface disinfectant spray, 25 pairs of gloves, 25 large, heavy duty refuse bags and six 2-ply blue rolls.
Staff at Euro Car Parts’ Crawley branch donated 200 Easter eggs to doctors, nurses and other key workers on the respiratory ward at East Surrey Hospital. The team raised more than £350 to put together the package, which included a handwritten thank-you note signed by every member of the branch. Branch manager Luke Hopkins said: “We recognise the amazing work done by the frontline medics in our community, and we really wanted to put a smile on their faces during this challenging time.”
Top Technician has returned for 2020, and round one is now open online. The garage sector competition has been running since 2002, with thousands of people testing their skills in a fun, competitive environment. For the winners, the competition has life-changing potential, according to the organiser, as it puts them on a national stage. Opportunities often follow.
Euro Car Parts has added to its extensive fleet of Peugeot vans and cars with an order for 300 all-new Partner vans. The Partners will help to deliver the company’s extensive parts range to branches and customers. Each day, over 2,750 Euro Car Parts vehicles make over 60,000 deliveries to independent and franchised dealers, fleet service centres and bodyshops. The company makes a delivery on average every 1.7 seconds.
Euro Car Parts is investing in its battery portfolio for motorhomes, yachts, and other leisure applications, acknowledging the surge in demand that comes from six million vacationing Britons over bank holiday weekends. The UK aftermarket distributor partners leading names in battery technology, including Bosch and Exide as well as its own aftermarket brand Lion, to provide a comprehensive leisure battery offering alongside its wide range of car battery products.
Euro Car Parts has introduced more than 2,500 product codes from MOOG, strengthening its range of steering and suspension parts. The dynamic partnership launches in March 2019, with Euro Car Parts rolling further references out across its branch network throughout the year.
The RAC has joined forces with Euro Car Parts to create the biggest independent garage network in the country. Formed from existing RAC Approved Garages and Autofirst Network members, along with new sign ups, the newly created ‘RAC Approved Garages powered by Autofirst Network’ already has 500 garages on board and is expected to exceed 650 by April this year.
From 2019, Euro Car Parts Group, the UK’s leading distributor of parts for all makes of cars and light commercial vehicles, and over 200 affiliates, is the official distributor of the new ACX ActicPro line for the UK and Ireland.
Euro Car Parts has added the US FiberFix brand to its consumables portfolio. The product, which claims to be ten times stronger than duct tape, is now available to repairers and bodyshops through ECP’s 300-plus branches nationwide.
LKQ Corporation has detailed the full changes in leadership at its business in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, following the departure of CEO Martin Gray and subsequent appointment of Andy Hamilton as chief executive officer of the Euro Car Parts Group (ECP). Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia, ECP’s founder forty years ago, resigned from his positions as a director of LKQ Corporation and as executive chairman of its ECP subsidiary. He had previously, in September 2017, agreed a contract for three further years as executive chairman of LKQ’s operations in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
The ECP Group has appointed Andy Hamilton as CEO, replacing Martin Gray who has decided to leave the company to pursue other interests. Hamilton joined Euro Car Parts in 2010 and held several different roles within the company, the last of which was chief operating officer.