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Milestones - 2013

 

January

Our promise to provide our customers with fast easy access to value for money quality products and services just got better with the opening of our 132nd Branch on January 7th in Morecombe.

During the last week we have put the finishing touches of our branches in Kettering, Banbury, Eastourne, Kings Lynn, Crewe, Rotherham, Melksham, Abergele, Truro, Burnley and Hereford all of whom are now open for trading.

Coupled with the launch of our Trade Website and Garage Management System, we really have got 2013 to a great start.

February

On Thursday 27th February from 10.30am till 1.30pm we will be holding an informal open day for AutoCrew, the rapidly explaning garage concept from Bosch, at our National Distribution Centre in Tamworth.

Any interested garages should contact their local Euro Car Parts branch to find out more details and to recieve their invitation.

If you are looking to protect your future - you should consider becoming part of tis international network of independent garages.

March

Euro Car Parts will be one of the sponsors at the ABP Club forums during March. The Events will take place at a variety of football stadiums around the UK, including Aston Villa, Manchester City, Bristol, Twickenham Stadium and CEME in Rainham, Essex. The forums are all about advising bodyshops on new products and services. Euro Car Parts supplier portfolio and range of accredited body repair parts, lighting and air-con, mean we are quickly changing the UK accident repair market.

Focus on ‘being the best’: Sir Matthew Pinsent inspires attendees at glittering Euro Car Parts Branch Managers’ Conference 2013

- Awards for outstanding suppliers and branch managers

- 35 key suppliers set up exhibition stands in the main ballroom

- Porsche Boxster prize for ‘Best Branch Manager 2013’

- Emphasis on stunning new ranges for collision repair market

The prestigious event was held on 15 and 16 February 2013 at the brand new, five-star Wembley Hilton hotel, which overlooks the stadium.

Directors from Euro Car Parts and LKQ welcomed 132 branch managers (42 more than last year), as well as regional sales managers, members of the senior management team and representatives from 3M, Autoclimate, Airtex, Bosch, Beru, Contitech, Denso, Dayco, Diesel Tech, Elring, Exedy, Exide, FTE, GKN, Hella, Hengst, Henkel, Klarius, Lesjofors Springs, LuK, Magneti Marelli, NGK, NTN SNR, Petronas, React, Remy, Shell, SKF, Tong Yang, TYC, Valeo and ZF.

Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia, managing director of Euro Car Parts, commented: “We have the best team in the industry and Iam very proud of the phenomenal progress we made last year. The support of LKQ has helped us to open 42 new branches, invest heavily in our IT systems, gain market share across the board (particularly in the collision repair sector) and recruit and train thousands of fantastic new members of staff. The challenge now is to stay focused and maintain our momentum and ensure we deliver what we promise to our customers during 2013.

April

Euro Car Parts merges with Sator Holding (an established parts distributor with operations in Holland, Belguin & France) to create one of the biggest vehicle parts distributors in Europe.

This momentous development gives Euro Car Parts a springboard for further acquistions into Europe, having during 2012 expanded the UK branch network by 42 branches to 132 today.

Sukhpal Singh, Founder of Euro Car Parts and Managing Director will oversee the operation in Europe which will be known as LKQ Europe and continues as MD at Euro Car Parts HQ in Wembley, UK.

ECP will continue the expansion in the UK in existing products and market sectors ensuring the offer to customers remains at the highest standard with exceptional customer service, price and availability.

June

Sukhpal Singh, Founder & Managing Director of Euro car Parts has annouced today the company expansion plans for Q3 & 4 with the opening of 15 branches across the UK.

Our expansion across the UK will not stop at the 15 branches annouced in his statement, but will continue into 2014 creating more than 1,500 jobs up and down the UK.

Branch openings this Autumn will take place n Broadstairs, Harrogate, Wakefield, north cardiff, Newbury and Barnsely, with 3 branches planned for Q4 in Scotland, several in and around London and other locations yet to be disclosed.

July

Kirkcaldy, Inverness and Paisley in Scotland have been annouced as the 3 branch openings in 2013.. Sukhpal Singh also announces a branch in Dublin will also open in 2013.

We will create more than 250 jobs at these locations in the coming months.

August

LKQ Euro acquires Iris Coatings and 5 UK Distributors of Automotive Paint and Bodyshop Supplies

We are delighted to inform you about a significant event in the development of the UK Collision Repair Market. LKQ Corporation, the largest provider of aftermarket and recycled collision replacement parts and the second largest distributor of auto refinish paint in the US and Canada, has acquired 5 UK paint distributors from their private owners, representing 26 locations nationwide, via our subsidiary LKQ Euro, all effective from 6th August 2013.

The companies are:

- Bee Bee Refinishing Supplies Halstead Ltd (“Bee Bee”) - 3 branches in Eastern England

- JCA Coatings Ltd (“JCA”) - 9 branches in South / South West England and South Wales

- Milton Keynes Paint & Equipment Ltd (“MKPE”) - 5 branches in South East England

- Premier Paints Ltd (“Premier”) - 1 branch in Romford, Essex

- Sinemaster Motor Factors Ltd (“Sinemaster”) - 8 branches in Midlands / North England and Scotland

Resulting from these transactions, LKQ Euro has also gained a 100% shareholding in the sales & marketing specialist for refinishing distribution, iris.

These transactions extend our footprint significantly across the UK and drive up our expertise to support customers and develop our service at all levels in the industry with the addition of a range of market-leading, pioneering initiatives. The new grouping, 5 distribution companies with iris providing central support, has an average industry experience of over 26 years and is backed by 38 field-based technical trainers and specialists in health & safety / statutory compliance. The potential to expand further, to create additional opportunities and to enhance both existing and new customer relationships is considerable.

By grouping together some of the fastest-growing businesses in their sector, these acquisitions represent an important step in our goal to deliver the strongest value proposition enabling the collision repair industry, insurance companies and, of course, consumers to receive high quality products and exceptional service at competitive prices.

With the addition of paint and an extended range of consumables to the portfolio of LKQ Euro and Euro Car Parts, we are now able to provide almost all products a repairer would require to complete any mechanical or collision repair. No other company in the UK can match our comprehensive range of products. Furthermore, these can all be delivered next day, or even same day, helping customers minimise stock holding and reduce key-to-key times.

New branch

Our new outlet in Newbury has opened today and will provide local garages with parts, tools, accessories and garage equipment from its base in Bone Lane. The delivery fleet will provide a super fast service to trade customers, plus a Click & Collect service.

25 jobs have been created at the site and brings our branch total to 133 with more openings planned weekly throughout the Autumn and Winter.

October

Four additional branches added to the network, Barnsley, Wakefield, Harrogate and Shrewsbury, bringing the total number of branches to 138 nationwide.

More than 200 jobs have been created locally with the opening of these branches and during November and December another 5 branches will open.

November

Founder and Managing Director, Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia today becomes Chairman of LKQ Europe. As Chairman of all LKQ’s European companies - Euro Car Parts, Sator, Autoclimate and LKQ coatings and will develop a group of European aftermarket companies.

This multi-channel business will create around 4,000 new jobs. The UK alone will have 200 ECP branches within three years and we have ambitious targets for paint, collision parts and e-commerce.

As Sukhpal will devote more time to the wider European picture, Martin Gray will step up into the position of CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Euro Car Parts, ensuring that the core UK business continues to race ahead in true ECP style.

December

During December we opened an additional 4 branches in the UK, including an additional site in Belfast Castlereagh, Paisley in Scotland, Thanet in Kent, and Grimsby, all providing the local IMT with exceptional service, unrivalled product range and availability. Over 300 local jobs have been created with the opening of these sites.

By being dynamic, results-orientated and maximising everything we take on, we will have doubled the size of our UK network in under three years, comments CEO Martin Gray, Further expansion is planned throughout the UK in 2014 along with a massive recruitment campaign to fill more than 2000 vacancies across all departments, existing branches and for the new branch network.