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Milestones - 2008

 

January

What a start to 2008 as Euro Car Parts receive the Motor Factor of the Year Award for the second year in succession. ECP polled an incredible 76% of the votes cast by UK garage readers of CAT Magazine. Thanks guys without good customers we are nothing...

February

February sees even more stock go into the field as ECP doubles the size of some of its key branches. Rayleigh, Southampton, Colchester, Milton Keynes, Leicester and Guildford have all seen massive increases to their premises making a bigger range available to customers in those areas. To back this up our import warehouse Cannon Ind. Estate in Wembley has now expanded to a massive 36,000sq.ft! So watch our space you might say!

April

Euro Car Parts exhibit at the prestigious Workshop 2008 Show at NEC Birmingham. This is ECP's largest ever exhibition stand in the hall's most prominent position and was a great success.

May

ECP hold a press day at Wembley HQ to formally launch the new Euro Garage Solutions division. EGS will provide our garage customers with a full range of support services including garage equipment, aircon and diagnostic equipment, technician training, technical support and data, garage management systems, garage marleting and purchasing schemes.

ECP becomes a full shareholder of the mighty ATR International organisation. ATR is a grouping of Europe's leading parts distributors whose combined sales exceed €3 billion. ECP are now one of 24 equal shareholders operating in 32 countries. ATR's central organisation organise cooperation on parts purchasing, garage marketing programmes and garage IT programmes. These benefits will be passed on to ECP's UK customers.

June

Euro Car Parts open a 13,000 sq ft branch in the busy Stoke-on-Trent area. Experienced management and highly-trained staff, in conjunction with ECP's unbeatable product range and logistics have made this branch an instant success in a highly competitive area.

July

Yet another branch - this time in Hoddesdon providing an excellent service to the South Herts area. Another well equipped branch and a huge success from Day 1.

September

ECP opens its 61st branch in Stockport. With its highly-trained staff, 10 delivery vans and bikes, £300,000 of stock in a 10,500 sq.ft. building - the new branch has brought huge service benefits to the motor trade in the Stockport area.

November

To service the growing Korean Car Park, Euro Car Parts introduces wide ranges of branded parts from Korea's top parts manufacturers including: MANDO, GMB, CTR, ILJIN & TCIC. These are shipped directly from Korean factories to provide ultimate value for money for Hyundai, Kia, Daewoo, Chevrolet and Ssangyong owners.

December

Another record year for Euro Car Parts. 2008 sales total £145m and pre-tax profits are also significantly improved generating cash for further additions to the stock ranges and branch network.