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Milestones - 2007

 

January

Euro Car Parts begins the new year with great confidence, budgeting for a 35% sales growth over 2006, itself a record. Invicta Motor Parts, the well-respected parts wholesaler based in Canterbury was acquired. Merged into the Euro Car Parts network, service to our customers in East Kent was further improved. Euro Car Parts are presented with 'Motor Factor of the Year ' award, voted by the readers of CAT magazine.

February

Euro Car Parts open 4 new branches in Coventry, Guildford, Portsmouth and Norwich. The brand new Coventry site, triple-decked with a massive floor space of 22,000 square feet, is also a Regional Distribution Centre, providing several deliveries a day on specialist parts to other Euro Car Parts branches in the Midlands. The new Portsmouth branch was opened so quickly, it must be in line for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records! From handover of the empty building, it was prepared, a mezzanine floor installed, fully racked, computers and phones installed, 26 truck loads of stock put away and opened for business ….all in 21 days!

March

Euro Car Parts launch several new product ranges including:

- Denso spark plugs, the highest technology from Japan.

- Karcher, the world's most popular high-pressure washers.

- G-Force turbochargers, high quality at competitive prices.

- Transmech 'brand-new' clutches, at prices lower than remanufactured.

- Klann workshop tools, including the world's best coil spring compressors.

- AMC cylinder heads.

- Mikayo brake pads & discs for Japanese & Asian cars.

- RTX 'brand new' starters & alternators.

April

Euro Car Parts holds its first Technology Evening. Over 300 technicians and managers from local garages packed a specially constructed auditorium at our Wembley HQ to hear technical presentations from Bosch, ADS (Frank Massey) and our own experts. Real-time diagnostic demonstrations were made possible by special cameras and big screens. With over £1M of supercars on display, this was a night to remember. Euro Car Parts are featured by the Sunday Times Fastrack130+ as the winner of “The One to Watch” award

May

Euro Car Parts product range continues to expand - we now have 83,000 different part numbers in stock at all times - far more than any other parts distributor. We are proud to have added the following great brands to our already impressive portfolio: Mikayo - OEM parts for Japanese cars

- Delphi - Diesel injection parts

- Denso - Spark Plugs and Aircon parts - the highest technology from Japan

- Exedy - World leader for OEM clutches

- Transmech - Brand-New Quality Clutches, at prices lower than remanufactured

- Q-Drive - Drive Shafts and CV Joints

- G-Force - Turbochargers, high quality at competitive prices

- Tetrosyl - Triple R Specialist Engine Oils

- FTE - OEM Concentric Slave Cylinders

- AMC - Cylinder Heads

- ARC - Ignition Coils

- Ampro - Trolley Jacks

- Facom - Hand Tools

- Britool - Hand Tools

- Klann - Specialist Service Tools, including the world's best coil spring compressors

- Karcher - The world's most popular High-Pressure Washers.

- Sykes-Pickavant - Service & Diagnostic Tools

- RTX - 'Brand New' Starters & Alternators

July

Euro Car Parts open a new department specifically designed to specialised service to National Account customers. With experienced leadership and building on Euro Car Parts' existing strengths in product range width, branch network, worldwide logistics and IT, we believe that a compelling alternative is now available to national fleets and garage chains.

August

The strategy to provide improved customer service to customers in Herts, Beds and Bucks has culminated in new branches in Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Hemel Hempstead, all of which are now are now fully open and serving 100's of customers every day!

September

Euro Car Parts open their 8th new branch of 2007 - this time in Watford. This brand-new 10,000 sq. ft. unit is packed with parts and accessories and our 12 vans and bikes are providing a fast, free delivery service to the local motor trade.

October

UK garages face unprecedented challenges to their business - vehicle technology, legislation and ever-increasing consumer expectations. ECP announce the formation of its EURO GARAGE SOLUTIONS division. Aimed at helping customers to develop and grow in a demanding marketplace. A "one stop shop" EURO GARAGE SOLUTIONS offers a basket of High-Tech Equipment, Diagnostic Tools and Climate Control Equipment, as well as Maintenance, Calibration, Finance, Training, Technical Data and Support. All this combined with the very best in Garage Management & Marketing Programmes makes an unbeatable package. We aim to help our customers grow! So far in 2007 we have 7 new branches, 1000's of new products and an entire new division. This huge investment is a clear statement that Euro Car Parts is the No1 Partner for UK garages. The second half of 2007 has seen yet more major developments in the continuing expansion and development of Euro Car Parts. 4 new branches, 1000's of new products and an entire new division signify not only a huge investment but also a clear statement of intent. The strategy to provide improved customer service to customers in Herts, Beds and Bucks has culminated in new branches in Watford, Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Hemel Hempsted, all of which are now are now fully open and serving 100's of customers every day! Euro Garage Solutions (EGS) became the newest member of the Euro Car Parts family and is now fully operational! Whether you require Garage Equipment, Diagnostics, Air Conditioning, Training, Finance or a range of support and commercial programmes, EGS now has the ability to advise and help you become more efficient, more effective, and more profitable!

November

50 new ASIAN CAR EXPERTS ! That's the result of 2 days intensive training at ECP during November.

These new experts, soon to number 100, will provide - with the rest of their sales team - the best Asian Parts Programme the UK Market has to offer - this combination of knowledge and stock will make ECP "best" in the Market for Quality Asian Spares. ACEs will provide - with the rest of their sales team - the best Asian Parts Programme the UK Market has to offer - we believe that our combination of knowledge and stock will go a long way towards ECP becoming and biggest and best name in the UK Market for Quality Asian Spares. Before the end of the month ECP will offer its customers over 130+ ACEs ready and willing to deal with their Asian Parts needs - a UK First!

December

As 2007 closes we see Euro Car Parts sales total over £119 million for 2007. An incredible achievement being 33% up on the previous year. We now keep over 100,000 different part numbers in stock a great offering to start 2008 with!