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AUTOZONE MOVES TO NEW PREMISES

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AUTOZONE MOVES TO NEW PREMISES


Downpatrick site for factor

Following several months of building work, Autozone Car Parts has moved into its new 9,000 sq ft premises in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

The site is five times larger than its predecessor housing four vans that deliver within a 20 miles radius. A retail area has also been built into the front of the motor factor to entice more trade customers into the store.

“We took the opportunity to also rebrand Autozone, acquiring a new logo which features throughout the new premises, on staff uniform and vans”, said Owner Stevie Vaughan, concluding, “None of this would have been possible without the support of our many suppliers, whom we hope to involve in our open week events in early 2018, the staff and of course our customer base.”

The Northern Ireland-based factor is not to be confused with the giant U.S chain of the same name.

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MARATHON ACQUIRES NEW WAREHOUSES

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MARATHON ACQUIRES NEW WAREHOUSES


Independent wholesaler Marathon Distribution has acquired two warehouses bringing its’ branch network to 14 sites. The move comes as part of a business strategy to improve its’ Northern logistic operations.

The Warrington distribution centre has recently opened its’ doors to trade customers.

Meanwhile, construction work on the new Gateshead site is still underway and should be functional by February next year.

The opening of these centres has also sparked a recruitment drive, creating a number of job opportunities and an internal shake-up, as Adrian McComas, Sales and Marketing Manager at Marathon Distribution, elaborates: “Several colleagues from our Castleford and Redditch depots will be transferring over to the new Warrington site.” He continued, “Regional Director Lee Pearsall has been appointed to manage operations for this part of the country.”

More branches are in the pipeline. McComas concluded: “We will also be looking to expand into Scotland in 2018 to enable us to service our Scottish customers more efficiently. We’ve already got substantial business in the North East and West of England, so it will make it easier to service those areas and gives us an opportunity to develop the business more, with more frequent opportunities for our stockists.” We look forward to reporting on these new sites when they go live next year.

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GSF OPENS BRISTOL NORTH BRANCH

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GSF OPENS BRISTOL NORTH BRANCH


Factor chain GSF Car Parts has announced the opening of a new store in Bristol.

Located at the Aztec West Business Park, Bristol North joins its South and central branches within the region as part of company expansion plans.

Following a similar setup to other stores, the 10,000sq ft. facility houses GSF’s fastest selling lines including braking, filtration and clutches with a strong focus on OE equipment for workshops.

“We’ll be looking initially within a 15 mile radius for deliveries”, said Simon McMullen, Regional Director at GSF Car Parts. “Our analysis suggests this gives us well over 100 garages and associated trades to target, so there are lot of opportunities for us” adding that the factor hasn’t ruled out building more sites across the city.

He concluded. “We’ve got experienced staff in place who know Bristol well. It’s been a great team effort to find and fit out suitable premises, put the staff in place and open with stock on the shelves – all in under a couple of months. We’re sure there’s even more potential for us around the area and we’ve been excited by the enthusiastic response already.”

For more information on deliveries and opening times, garages can head over to the GSF website.

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DfT rule on ‘flawed processes’ at Klarius Products Ltd


Klarius Products Ltd

The Department for Transport has ruled on its investigation into allegations of malpractice by exhaust
and catalyst manufacturer Klarius Products Ltd.

The main allegation made against the company was that replacement catalytic converters were being placed on the market that didn’t meet type approval standards as they bore invalid approval numbers taken from old stock.

WRONG NUMBER

VCA (Vehicle Certification Agency) carried out the investigation on behalf of DfT. It found that 5127 products were produced bearing the wrong approval numbers. Of these 87 percent were recalled, while most of the rest had already been fitted to cars.

The body found the issues at the company to stem from ‘flawed processes’ that allowed these ‘serious mistakes’ in not controlling parts and approval number inventory adequately. This was made worse by a ‘lack of understanding of Type Approval’ at Klarius.

DRY WRANGLE

However, a fairly dry wrangle over EC numbers has turned into a wider debate for the aftermarket with industry figures voicing their views.

Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief Executive, said: “Following a near 12 month investigation, we are disappointed to see that Klarius have been found to be using grossly inadequate processes. The investigation has identified some very serious mistakes by Klarius and breach of regulations, both of which damage the reputation and integrity of the independent aftermarket.”

A spokesman for DfT also voiced concern that the “replacement catalyst approval process is not providing the level of confidence in product performance that it should”.

For its part, Klarius admitted to the error when it was revealed in December 2014. It said that it had been working with the VCA and back in Feburary it attributed the long legs that the story seemed to have on a ‘UK competitor who is continuing to run around trying to reignite bad news.’

“We would urge others to join us in taking a sensible view on the matter and continue to take positive action to improve the reputation of the automotive aftermarket, rather than conspiring to denigrate it” Paul Hannah, Business Development Director, Klarius noted at the time.

The perceived ‘denegration’ might stem from a joint statement issued by competitors BM Cats, TP Cats, Euroflow and EEC. The statement warned that anyone who knowingly supplied or fitted a non-approved device ‘could be subject to a fine of up to £5000 per part and should seek legal advice before doing so’.

With the matter now resolved and the VCA happy with practices put in place, let’s hope the aftermarket can put this ugly row behind it.

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