Archive | June, 2011

Tetrosyl wins business accolade

Tetrosyl came close to winning a second award

Tetrosyl came close to winning a second award

Tetrosyl have added another award to its already 2011 lineup, bagging the Business of the Year award at the Bolton and Bury Business Awards.

Over 500 members of the business community in the area came to the even, held at the Reebok Stadium.

The awards were presented to companies and businesses who had shown outstanding business achievement in the past year.

Tetrosyl, which is based in Bury, Lancashire, is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of car care products in the UK. The company specialises in providing valeting materials, oils and lubricants, and care parts both for the trade and commercial markets.

The company has an annual turnover of over £100 million.

Peter Schofield, chairman of Tetrosyl commented: “To be recognised by the Bolton and Bury Business Awards is a truly fantastic feeling, and especially superb for all our staff who work extremely hard. It is nice to have recognition for all the hard work we put into Tetrosyl. We have continued to invest through the recession and all our profits go back in to manufacturing.”

Tetrosyl narrowly missed out on getting another award for being “International Business of the Year,” ending the event as runners up instead.

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KYB earns Group Auto award

The award was presented at the Group Auto annual conference

The award was presented at the Group Auto annual conference

KYB, a worldwide manufacturer of shock absorbers, has been awarded the Group Auto award for sales supplier of the year.

The awards ceremony, which took place in Barcelona at the Group Auto annual conference, included for awards categories. Those categories were designed to showcase the best and brightest of Group Auto talent, recognising those who had the best impact on the company over the past year.

The categories for this year’s awards were overall, logistics, marketing and sales. KYB Europe won the sales award, due to having the largest sales increase across Group Auto in 2010.

KYB is the world’s largest supplier of shock absorbers, with one in every four cars produced rolling off the production line with the company’s shocks fitted as OE standard.

75 million shock absorbers are manufactured every year by KYB, coming from it’s 15 worldwide production facilities.

Hajime Sato, President of KYB Europe said: “We are delighted to again be presented with an award by Group Auto International – one of our close working partners. We aim to provide all our customers with world-class products and service, and it is appreciated to be recognised in this way.”

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FTE launches new packaging

The company is changing its brand image

The company is changing its brand image

FTE automotive aftermarket is launching new packaging for its products.

As part of the company’s new image and expansion campaign, new packaging is being released across it’s entire range.

The OE manufactured brand is the single biggest supplier of clutch actuation systems worldwide. The company’s range coverage of original hydraulic models includes 9,500 parts for over 18,000 models in Europe, America and Asia.

As well as supply key components for passenger cars, FTE has also become a key supplier for the commercial vehicle market. The company supplies 3,000 brake and clutch components to the sector.

Worldwide, FTE has ten international production sites and 3,400 employees.

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Pneus makes a success of online ordering

Pneus now sells hundred of thousands of tyres per year

Pneus now sells hundred of thousands of tyres per year

In a trade still waiting to fully embrace the online explosion, those companies willing to take the Internet plunge are being rewarded with a business boom.

Online tyre retailer Pneus Online was one of the first in the aftermarket to fully embrace online ordering, having started its website Pneus Online back in 2001. This year the company is celebrating it’s 10th online anniversary.

Alexis Nerguisian, a former banking consultant in Geneva, founded the company. He says the company formed from his own need as a passionaite racing driver to buy regular tyres and spares.

“The originality of the site also lies in its extensive content, convenient and easy access: tips for tyre maintenance, safety instructions, a guide to buying tyres and reviews added by other customers which help user’s choice. Ordering your tyres becomes a real breeze!” he said.

And the company has been booming ever since, selling 600 tyres in it’s first year alone. Business growth has continued, with hundreds of thousands now being sold every year.

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Honda comes out on top in warranty claim survey

Honda came top in the warranty survey

Honda came top in the warranty survey

Garages should have a hard time finding Honda’s on their forecourts, according to research by MB&G.

The warranty specialists have compiled a list of the top ten car brands with the fewest warranty claims, with Honda coming out on top.

In fact, Japanese brands have done very well in the survey, with Lexus, Mitsubishi and Toyota falling just behind Honda at the top of the list.

It comes as no surprise that the majority of the top ten brands are Japanese and Korean. Most are now manufactured in the UK, adding to their reputation for reliability.

MB&G said that in the past few years they’ve seen the average age of cars with warranty claims skyrocket.

With more and more owners choosing to keep older cars running for longer rather than having to buy a new model, customers are for the first time finding themselves lumbered with the larger costs of running an older car.

Kevin Pearce, a director of MB&G said: “Modern day cars are reliable, but if something starts to go wrong, it’s more likely to be in the fourth or fifth years, or when the mileage reaches 70-100,000 miles.

Cars are packed full of electronic equipment that control everything from the engine management system to the automatic gearbox and a small software glitch can often create issues, in addition to the other components that can fail simply through wear and tear.

Many components are now not repaired as they used to be, but simply replaced, this resulting in the average claim value starting to increase.”

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Manbat moves to new distribution centre

Manbat's new centre has 31,000 sq. foot of space

Manbat's new centre has 31,000 sq. foot of space

Manbat is moving to a new distribution centre in Shrewsbury.

The battery supplier has been at its current address –also in Shrewsbury – for the past 13 years. However continued expansion means the business has been forced to seek larger accommodation.

The new centre, located on Lancaster road in the town, provides 31,000 sq. feet of warehousing space. An efficient design is said to be at the heart of the new location, allowing goods to be received, stored and dispatched faster than ever before.

Steve Sheppard, Manbat’s managing director said: “Manbat’s prime concern has always been to enable our customers to sell more batteries and maintain their margins in the process.

Part of that ethos is a commitment to examine, and were necessary, improve our internal procedures, in order to further support our customers. The move into a new head office and distribution centre is latest element of this on-going plan.”

Sheppard also commented that part of the reason for moving to a site so close to the company’s current location was to ensure that current staff would be able to continue working. He said Manbat wanted to achieve a “seamless transfer.”

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The deal is worth in excess of £20

The deal is worth in excess of £20 million

The Parts Alliance has signed an agreement with Kwik Fit to supply brake components, in a deal worth in excess of £20 million.

The two-year contract will allow The Parts Alliance to supply braking products from Delphi and its own OE-quality Drivetec brand.

Kwik Fit currently has 676 outlets around the UK. The addition of components from The Parts Alliance will allow it to provide services for an estimated 97 percent of the UK car parc.

Whilst The Parts Alliance will be the main provider of brake components to Kwik Fit, including discs, pads and ancillary parts such as bearings, the contract is not exclusive.

Steve Fulford, chairman of The Parts Alliance said: “This is an exciting time for the group as we invest significantly in our product ranges, our infrastructure and people, to ensure we continue to deliver quality parts and a first class service throughout the aftermarket.”

Fulford added that after tyres, he believes braking is now Kwik Fit’s fastest growing product area. He said that one of the aims of The Parts Alliance in this deal is to grow that area for the fast fit network.

Grahame Forsyth, a spokesman for Kwik Fit said: “This partnership will allow us to offer an extensive range of products and services to better meet the demands of our customers and ensure that we remain at the forefront of our industry.”

The Parts Alliance will continue to supply a complete range of other components to Kwik Fit, and will also bid for other national contracts which have been put out to tender.

Find out more about the new deal in the next issue of CAT.

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HiQ gets the family touch with new addition

The new HiQ site in Wisbech

The new HiQ site in Wisbech

The HiQ fast fit network has gained a new member in one of Wisbech’s oldest and most popular garages.

J S Holmes Ltd is embarking on a new adventure after joining the national chain. The garage is a Nissan and Ford approved dealer with 55 years experience in the automotive industry.

Just recently the garage announced it had launched a comprehensive car servicing scheme, and has now joined the HiQ network.

HiQ Wisbech, which will continue to operate alongside the Nissan and Ford dealership, has been taken under new management by Martin Holmes. Holmes is one of three generations of his family still involved in the automotive industry.

The garage is the latest in a chain of 150 centres to join the HiQ network.

Holmes said: “It is great for us to be linked to a national brand, giving us the opportunity to be competitive in the market.

We have invested heavily in offering motorists a wide-ranging stock of tyres as well as providing full mechanical services including MOTs.

Over the years we have established a very loyal customer base and we hope that by adding to our list of services, we can meet every motorists’ needs.”

Kelvin Taylor, HiQ’s regional franchise manager added: “This is an important development for us at HiQ.

It is vital that we continue to grow as a network and this latest opening strengthens our presence in the region and ultimately, across the UK.”

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Comline is “open all hours”

The move allows orders to be processed 24 hours a day

The move allows orders to be processed 24 hours a day

Moving a business to operate 24 hours a day takes grit, determination, and large amounts of coffee.

For the team at Comline though, the move has given them a marked increase in efficiency and has enabled the business to manage a surge in both UK and export sales.

After an investment last year to upgrade the company’s warehouse to it’s current capacity of 72,000 sq feet, Comline has seen a “monumental” increase in sales.

The addition of  a third warehouse shift, effectively transforming the business into a 24 hour operation, means orders can be taken and processed more efficiently than ever before.

For Malcolm Rosher, Comline’s sales and marketing director, the move is a dream come true. “An export order can be in excess of 100 pallets,“ he continued. “Picking these orders at night enables us to make sure that the pick locations are fully stocked in readiness for the UK orders which come in the next day, so we are helping our UK customers with export led growth.

Our success in recent years while impressive is dwarfed by our plans right now.  If someone had suggested just a few years ago that we would be catering for 50 per cent growth, I would have laughed, but that is the reality.

It doesn’t just happen of course – the logistics is just one element. The whole mix has to be right. There has to be the correct balance of: brand; product; range and commercial terms”

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Euro Car Parts rolls into Bedford

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Parts supplier Euro Car Parts has opening a new branch in Bedford, making the new store the 10th to open this year.

The company says the opening forms part of their “relentless expansion plan.”

Local garages can now benefit from the 15,000 part numbers the new 20,000 sq foot warehouse will stock.

A delivery fleet of 10 vans, all equipped with the latest GPS tracking technology, will help to make sure that orders run on time.

Donna West, director of communications said: “all our highly skilled staff have tremendous knowledge of the local area, coupled with over 130 years of automotive experience.   As always we will provide our customers with quality service, parts and exceptional delivery service.”

The new branch is located on the Bedford Business Park.

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