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Euro Car Parts becomes shareholder of pan-European Trading Partnership ATR International AG

15 May 2008

Euro Car Parts has become the 24th shareholder to join ATR International AG (ATR) buying and marketing group. 

 "ATR membership is a great opportunity for Euro Car Parts” commented David Bevan, ECP Director. "Partnership with the biggest and the best parts distributors across Europe, within ATR, will further strengthen our purchasing position with both existing and new suppliers, such as ATE, Bosch, Contitech, Sachs ZF, Siemens VDO and many others. This can only benefit our UK garage and bodyshop customers.   

We will take immediate advantage of the knowledge and experience already within the ATR group, in areas such as garage marketing concepts, garage IT systems, training and technical support. This will enhance ECP's position as the leading parts, equipment and solutions provider for UK independent garages."   

ATR’s Managing Director Roland Dilmetz added, "We have always looked carefully to extend and increase our shareholders when the opportunity arises and to work in partnership with market leading distributors within their own countries. ECP, already the UK’s fastest-growing parts distributor, are a unique organisation and we are delighted to welcome them to our membership.”   

Dilmetz continued, "ATR will also benefit and also learn from several aspects that ECP themselves have initiated, such as their world-sourcing infrastructure. ECP’s commitment to the UK aftermarket along with their experience in all-makes parts, fits perfectly with our existing members' thoughts and our desire to expand our presence in Europe, the world's largest passenger vehicle market."

ATR International AG was established in 1999 to benefit from the growing internationalisation of the procurement market and the cross border exchange of goods and services in Europe. The primary objective of ATR is to strengthen the position of its members in the market through coordinated purchasing and marketing activities. 

For more information on ATR International AG please visit www.ATR.de