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GAU PARENT ACQUIRES FRENCH BREAKERS’ YARDS

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GAU PARENT ACQUIRES FRENCH BREAKERS’ YARDS


equipe-geneve-devant-facade-2Alliance Automotive Group has announced that it has acquired Geneve Occasion, a large-scale dismantler of end-of-life vehicles. The facility has outlets in the French towns of Niort and la Rochelle.

This acquisition is part of a new development in the Group’s to expand its scope of activity in the parts recycling sector. Beginning 1st of January of 2017, a law on ‘energy transition’ in France requires all professionals involved in the maintenance and repair of vehicles to offer consumers recycled parts or remanufactured parts.

Despite the name, Geneva Occasion has no connection with Switzerland. Annually, the business dismantles 6,000 light vehicles and indexes the core and body panels for traceability. Company President Francois Logeay will remain with the firm following the transition to the new owner.

“Our Group will be an important actor in this sector,” commented Eric Girot, Managing Director of Alliance Automotive Group – France.   “This investment will enable us to meet the future needs of our distribution networks, namely Groupauto, Partners, Precisium Gef’Auto as well as our repairer networks and insurance partners. Geneva Occasion’s performance is built upon a long and solid relationship with insurers. By means of this acquisition, we intend to offer a ready-made solution for customers looking for structured channels in the spare parts recycling sector” he said.

The acquisition follows on from a string of high-profile acquisitions by AAG in recent months. Notably, the Group acquired wholesaler FPS along with Apec Braking and BTN Turbo from Lookers PLC in August.

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GROUPAUTO SHOW NEWS: TOTAL JOINS BUYING GROUP

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GROUPAUTO SHOW NEWS: TOTAL JOINS BUYING GROUP


Lubricant manufacturer TOTAL has joined Groupauto (GAU) and United Aftermarket Network (UAN) as an approved supplier.

The agreement means that members of the buying groups will benefit from the support and services offered by the lubricant firm.

Jim Gross, Supplier Manager UK Trading Group at GAU and UAN said: “TOTAL’s OEM expertise and motorsport pedigree, with the likes of the Red Bull F1 team, the World Rally Championships and Aston Martin Racing has resulted in a great deal of innovation, which is clear to see in their high product quality lubricants. Added to this is the reliability of UK manufacturing, which is very important to motor factors who want the best for their customers.”total

The brand officially launched to the buying group’s members last Friday, October 7 at the GAU Trade Show, held in the Exhibition Centre, Liverpool.

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FPS, APEC AND BTN TURBO TO BE SOLD TO GAU PARENT

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FPS, APEC AND BTN TURBO TO BE SOLD TO GAU PARENT


FPS-Lookers-AllianceDealership chain Lookers PLC has pencilled a deal to sell it’s parts businesses to Alliance Automotive Group for a reported £120m. The business consists of the brands Apec Braking, BTN Turbo and FPS.

Alliance Automotive Group is an investment firm with many interests in automotive distribution throughout Europe, notably GroupAuto in the UK.

Lookers CEO Andy Bruce said: “I am pleased to announce this conditional agreement which the board believes is in the best interests of the shareholders”

Neil Davis, the MD in the Parts Division at Lookers will remain within the Parts Division of AAG. This means he will no longer be on the board of Lookers when the deal completes in October.

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UAN acquired by GROUPAUTO parent

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UAN acquired by GROUPAUTO parent


uan gau montageThe Alliance Automotive Group, owner of buying network GroupAuto, has announced the acquisition of the United Aftermarket Network (UAN) from the current shareholders Andrew and Rachael Dickinson.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jim Mazza the current Managing Director of GroupAuto will move to a new role of Managing Director of Alliance Automotive Group UK trading groups and a Managing Director of GroupAuto will be recruited.

Andrew and Rachael will stay with the business to ensure an effective transfer of ownership and Phil Dodd will immediately fill the Managing Director’s position at UAN. The move comes just one month after Dodd was appointed to the role of Sales Ambassador at UAN.

The UAN and GroupAuto will continue to operate as separate networks playing to the strengths of the respective brands.

Andrew Dickinson commented: “Rachael and I realised that for UAN to continue to progress as it has over the last eleven years, we needed to become part of a larger, European wide organisation. It is our opinion that joining forces with Group Auto will enable this process.”

Jim Mazza said; “The independent motor factor is faced with a fast-changing market environment with different competitors seeking to position themselves for advantage.  We are in a world where size increasingly matters and it is vital that our members are part of a group which has the resources and purchasing power to enable them to compete on a level playing field.”

 

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