LKQ Euro Car Parts has launched an electric vehicle (EV) trial on the Isle of Wight. The trial will see an electric Vauxhall Vivaro and an electric Renault Kangoo join the island’s fleet for six months, with two charge points installed to power them. The Isle of Wight was chosen for the trial following a review of LKQ Euro Car Parts’ national fleet, taking into account charge point infrastructure, to identify branches with vans whose typical mileage is suited to the range and capability of an EV.
Spartan Motor Factors has grown its branch network with the appointment of its 13th site in Tredegar, Wales, selecting ROC as its first line supplier of springs. Opening early October, the new branch stocks 500 ROC coil springs, offering garages in the local area high vehicle coverage, all of which is supported by a wider stockholding of ROC coil, leaf and gas spring references at Spartan’s 45,000sqft Newport Hub.
CD Group has been awarded ‘Wholesale Parts Distributor of the Year’ for 2020 following its 2019 win for the same award. The Irish Auto Trade Awards seeks to recognise ‘the best operators in all sectors of the Irish auto aftermarket’ and is a national event comprising a 3 stage process made up of a nomination followed by two rounds of voting.
Autoparts UK has opened a new Manchester branch on the industrial estate of Trafford Park. The branch has more than £500,000 worth of stock in place to serve customers across the Greater Manchester area, a highly skilled and experience team and, a fleet of Autoparts vans in operation.
Lighting and electronics specialist Hella has concluded the sale of the Danish and Polish wholesale businesses FTZ and Inter-Team. After approval by the antitrust authorities responsible, both companies were transferred to the Swedish wholesaler Mekonomen. Subject to the terms of the transaction, the purchase price amounts to 395 million euro.
Moduron GP Motors has been named Servicesure Autocentre of the Year at the network’s inaugural awards evening, held on Thursday 12 April at the Nuthurst Grange Country House Hotel in Warwickshire. Servicesure Autocentres – The Parts Alliance’s garage programme – established the competition to shine a light on individual excellence from within the Servicesure network.
Lesjöfors Springs has acquired and relocated to a new, purpose-built UK distribution centre at Lindley Moor Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The company said the move into a 65,000sqft facility has been prompted by continued growth in the automotive aftermarket. The new facility will offer the UK’s leading spring supplier almost 50 per cent more storage capacity than its previous premises, with improved transport links to the motorway network and easy access for heavy goods vehicles.
The Parts Alliance has secured a long-term exclusive Western European distribution agreement to sell the Bendix brand of braking products. The agreement covers a full range of light vehicle aftermarket product categories. The company will initially focus on friction material products used in braking systems. GSF Car Parts, a subsidiary of The Parts Alliance, has a long history selling Bendix braking products in the UK. The new marketing programme will highlight Bendix’s historical reputation for quality, and the benefits of increasing quality options for the consumer in deciding between replacement parts.
West Midlands based automotive parts distributor, Midwest Motor Factors, is sponsoring Sky Bet league one football team, Walsall FC for the 2017/18 season. Midwest will have branding throughout the Saddlers’ 11,000 capacity stadium and will be following the team’s progress throughout the season.
Allwoods Automotive have expanded their fleet of vehicles with the launch of a Kilen-branded van. Kilen has been manufacturing springs for more than 160 years, and today supplies a market-leading range of automotive coil springs featuring over 10,000 standard and heavy-duty applications, with consistent 99+ per cent availability.
The Parts Alliance has completed its acquisition of Blackburn Brakes Holding Limited, owner of BBC Superfactors Ltd (BBC), a leading distributor of vehicle parts in the Lancashire market. BBC, an affiliated member of The Parts Alliance, has a network of seven locations across the county. Employing more than 150, it makes more than 1,000 deliveries per day to commercial customers with approximately 97 per cent of orders delivered within one hour. It has been in business for more than 30 years.
Euro Car Parts has signed an exclusive supply agreement with performance suspension specialist WAT Racing. Bill Stimson, marketing director of Euro Car Parts, said: “WAT coilover kits have a great reputation in the motorsport world so we’re delighted they’ve chosen us as sole UK distributor. Manufactured using top quality materials, they’re hand assembled and dyno-tested – a fantastic addition to our fast-growing performance portfolio.”