In addition to its range of quality products under the First Line, Borg & Beck and Key Parts brands, First Line Ltd offered Groupauto and UAN members four in-show promotions to provide the ‘icing on the cake’ during the groups’ recent combined trade event for both factors and workshops.
Communicating with suppliers electrontically has fast become the norm for modern parts distribution. Including the exchange of messages such as stock enquiries and ordering, order acknowledgements, dispatch notes and invoices, it offers motor factors and suppliers valuable savings in time and resource. “Electronic trading is essential if motor factors are to ensure a fast, efficient delivery service,” says Mark Broughton, director of UAN affiliate Total Motor Factors, Portsmouth.
Roadlink International has become an approved supplier to Groupauto/UAN commercial vehicle trading groups. The achievement comes at the end of a very significant year for the braking and suspension parts supplier, as it has committed its future to UK remanufacturing by expanding its services with investment in a new brake caliper production facility.
Autoparts UK was named the UAN distributor of the year at the recent Groupauto/UAN Gala Dinner and Trade Show. The parts distributor, which operates out of 12 branches with a head office in Glasgow, Scotland, has been a member of the group for nearly 10 years.
The total car after sales market in Europe across all purchased components – what is otherwise known as the aftermarket – generated sales of about 119 billion euros in 2013 (based on retail prices excluding VAT and refer to materials only and not salary).
wolk after sales expert’s findings are published in the latest edition of its European aftermarket structure analysis for 34 European countries. It is the third time Wolk has produced this. Previous editions came out in 2009 and 2012. The surveyed components included were wear parts, body parts, engines, transmissions, electrical parts, automotive glass, chemicals, oil, tyres and paint.
Due to the recent announcement of United Aftermarket Network’s five-year partnership deal with Unipart Autoparts (which allows the buying group the opportunity to supply Unipart Car Care Centres), and together with the continuing growth of the company’s membership base, UAN has decided to strengthen its sales team.
According to detailed research undertaken by United Aftermarket Network (UAN), annual UK automotive aftermarket distributor turnover is now estimated to be worth £2.5 billion. The research shows that three companies (Euro Car Parts, Andrew Page and Motor Parts Direct) collectively share around 27 per cent of the total market. In terms of buying groups, three companies including UAN account for over 40 per cent of the total market.
United Aftermarket Network (UAN) has announced that Gayle Lock has been promoted to the newly created position of Marketing Manager. Gayle, who joined UAN in 2009, worked previously in the area of marketing support, helping to develop programmes and initiatives for one of the UK’s most innovative automotive aftermarket buying groups. Gayle is currently studying for her Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Certificate in Professional Marketing.