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BREAKING: LKQ CONFIRM SUKHPAL RESIGNATION

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BREAKING: LKQ CONFIRM SUKHPAL RESIGNATION


LKQ Corp, the owner of Euro Car Parts has confirmed that it has accepted the resignation of Executive Chairman Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia.

The founder of ECP, known simply by his first name to all in the business, sold the company to the US-based parts giant in 2011, remaining as an Executive Director.

The conformation follows reports that Sukhpal, Martin Gray, Steve Horne and other senior management walked out of ECP last week over the subject of proposed cuts by LKQ.

READ: ANDY HAMILTON SUCCEEDS MARTIN GRAY AS EURO CAR PARTS’ CEO 

Sukhpal commented, “ECP has been my life’s work and there will always be a bit of the company in me. I have enjoyed my relationship with LKQ but the time has come for a change so I can devote my full abilities to building the property business with my sons. I am confident in the strategy LKQ has for its European segment and for the next level of growth and operational excellence at ECP.”

Dominick Zarcone, President and Chief Executive Officer of LKQ Corporation, stated, “Sukhpal has been a key partner with LKQ over the past seven years as we have quadrupled the size of our business in the U.K., and he has served as a valued LKQ board member. While we will miss his insights, we respect his desire to spend all his time focused on the family property business and wish him nothing but the best in those endeavours.”

READ: BOARD WALKOUT AT EURO CAR PARTS

Sukhpal has resigned from the company he founded in 1979

This is not the first time that Sukhpal has left ECP while under LKQ ownership. However, he left in 2014 amid rumours that he had fallen out with the parent company and was planning to start a new factor chain to be called APX. These rumours took on substance when a recruitment advert appeared in CAT. Shortly after Sukhpal and several dozen other former Euro Car Parts’ employees agreed to return to ECP under new terms.

 

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BREAKING: ANDY HAMILTON APPOINTED NEW CEO OF EURO CAR PARTS

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BREAKING: ANDY HAMILTON APPOINTED NEW CEO OF EURO CAR PARTS


Andy Hamilton is new CEO of Euro Car Parts

BREAKING: The following statement has been released by Euro Car Parts:

“Euro Car Parts announced today that Andy Hamilton has been appointed CEO of the ECP Group, effective immediately, replacing Martin Gray who has decided to leave the company to pursue other interests. Hamilton joined Euro Car Parts in 2010 and held several different roles within the company, the last of which was Chief Operating Officer. 

READ: LKQ CONFIRM SUKHPAL’S RESIGNATION

“During that period ECP saw unprecedented growth as the branch network increased from 89 to over 220 locations. In 2016, Andy was asked to assume a position with LKQ Europe and most recently held the title Chief Commercial Officer, where he was responsible for several key pan-European projects related to digital strategy, revenue optimization, category and product management, data analytics, pricing and garage customer concepts. Prior to ECP, Andy held a variety of management roles for Halfords Group, the UK’s leading automotive and leisure retailer with over 500 locations. 

READ: BOARD WALKOUT AT EURO CAR PARTS

“Commenting on the changes John Quinn, CEO for LKQ’s European operations said “I am delighted to have someone with Andy’s customer focus and experience leading Euro Car Parts. With the completion of our new National Warehouse in Dublin to service the ROI and with our Tamworth distribution facility now fully operational, we are poised to continue our growth track.“ 

“2018 saw Euro Car Parts complete a number of important projects. After gaining clearance from the CMA they were able to integrate the Andrew Page logistics and purchasing functions. The company relocated out of several warehouses around the country into its Tamworth operations, including its highly automated T2 warehouse. It also completed a new distribution warehouse in Dublin to better service the ROI market. “With the efforts these projects required now behind us, we can return our energy to growing our business and providing the outstanding service and value to our customers that we have been long known for. It is an exciting time to be leading Euro Car Parts” said Hamilton, 

“I look forward to re-joining my colleagues as we take Euro Car Parts to the next level of operational excellence.”

As always, CAT will bring you the news as it breaks. 

 

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BREAKING: WALKOUT AT EURO CAR PARTS

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BREAKING: WALKOUT AT EURO CAR PARTS


Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia and Martin Gray have reportedly quit Euro Car Parts amid concerns that parent company LKQ is planning to axe hundreds of jobs. CFO Steve Horne has also reportedly left his post.

Sources close to CAT suggested that 400 jobs are to be axed. The news comes just days after LKQ announced the appointment of Ard Franz as COO of LKQ Europe.

In October we spoke to Mr. Ahluwalia and Mr. Gray about the future of the business, particularly now its main competitors are no longer local independent factor groups, but are other similar stock-market listed businesses with North American parent companies.

NASDAQ-listed LKQ’s share prices have dropped significantly compared with the previous period.

Gray, Ahluwalia and LKQ have been contacted for comment.

More on this breaking story as it develops

ECP’s 75th branch

 

 

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EURO CAR PARTS DIVESTS NINE AP BRANCHES

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EURO CAR PARTS DIVESTS NINE AP BRANCHES


Following the ruling by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) after the acquisition of Andrew Page, Euro Car Parts has confirmed it has now sold the required nine branches to Hilco Capital Limited.

The deal, which also includes two commercial vehicle sites in addition to the nine Andrew Page sites, will see all 11 branches rebranded as Auto Spares and Parts (ASAP) throughout this month. ASAP registered it’s current name at Companies House on Monday. Previously it was known as AP Tradeco Ltd. ECP’s CEO Martin Gray had been listed as a Director of AP Tradeco, but resigned on September 3rd.

The ASAP brand name is currently used by ECP for part of it’s Marine division. 

Employees will transfer from Andrew Page to ASAP as part of the sale and will be managed by Tom Clegg who has joined the ASAP business as MD.

Hilco is a financial investor across a range of sectors and hold a diverse range of investments across the UK.

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ECP OPENS MAIDSTONE HUB, PLUS TWO BRANCHES

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ECP OPENS MAIDSTONE HUB, PLUS TWO BRANCHES


Factor giant Euro Car Parts has opened two new branches and a distribution hub.

The new branches include a regional 5,000 sq ft outlet in Scarborough and a 6,800 sq ft store in Bow, East London.

New ECP distribution hub opens in Maidstone

Meanwhile, the new 53,000 square foot Maidstone distribution hub stocks more than 50,000 parts and has created 74 new jobs in the local area. Complete with a specialist paint facility and a training room, the hub gives ECP even greater coverage in the region. The opening comes in the same week that the signs came down at the former Andrew Page hub in Markham Vale.

Martin Gray, CEO of Euro Car Parts, commented: “Our new branches and Maidstone hub are part of an ambitious 2018 expansion plan as we invest in our considerable branch network. By opening new outlets in strategic locations around the UK, we are giving customers a faster, better service with an unbeatable off-the-shelf range of parts.”

 

NOTE: Story has been updated to correct an error on the original company statement

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IN PICTURES: ANDREW PAGE’S MARKHAM VALE SIGNAGE COMES DOWN

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IN PICTURES: ANDREW PAGE’S MARKHAM VALE SIGNAGE COMES DOWN


Signs on Andrew Page’s Markham Vale site were being removed this morning as the century-old company transitions into the next chapter of it’s existence.

The 100,000 sq ft plus mezzanines depot opened amidst much fanfare in 2012 as the company, then under new management and with new financial backers, sought to modernise nationwide logistics. However, the warehouse, clearly visible from the M1, became redundant following the acquisition of Andrew Page, then in administration, by Euro Car Parts in 2016. 

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ANDREW PAGE AND ECP TRAINING PROGRAMMES MERGE

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ANDREW PAGE AND ECP TRAINING PROGRAMMES MERGE


Euro Car Parts has brought together its Euro Academy training offer with Andrew Page’s Autoeducation programme. Bosses plan to keep the Autoeducation brand, with a new prospectus covering a wider selection of courses.

The extended programme will continue to deliver IMI-accredited training for technicians and include a dedicated technical phone helpline and online diagnostics database with a reference library of previous faults.

Courses available will include foundational electrics, oscilloscopes  and CAN BUS systems. There is also full MOT course coverage, from Level 3 accreditation to MOT Tester and Managerial Training. Autoeducation’s offering now also includes Euro Academy’s ADAS training course, delivered in partnership with Hella.

Helen Robinson, Marketing Director at Euro Car Parts, commented: “Since we acquired Andrew Page, we have been committed to ensuring that this trusted brand continues to thrive in the independent aftermarket. Recognising how popular and successful its Autoeducation programme is, we have boosted the portfolio significantly by merging it with Euro Academy. It is our intention to invest in our training offering to ensure the independent sector is well positioned to work on all types of vehicle.”

Euro Car Parts acquired the Andrew Page factor chain when the latter went into administration in 2016.

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EURO CAR PARTS ACQUIRES NEW WAREHOUSES

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EURO CAR PARTS ACQUIRES NEW WAREHOUSES


Two sites, similar to this, have been acquired by ECP

Factor chain Euro Car Parts has acquired trade counters in Scarborough and Normanton, Wakefield. The acquisition was completed on behalf of American commercial real estate broker Cushman & Wakefield; however, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Scarborough site is now open on Seamer Rd between Howdens and Toolstation, housing 17 staff and six delivery vans within its 3,356 sq ft warehouse. Meanwhile, the Wakefield branch will open in due course on Good Hope Close, located off Pontefract Rd near Junction 31 of the M62 motorway.

“We are delighted to have been able to secure both these sites for ECP, allowing them to expand their presence and better service their ever- growing customer base”, notes Henry King of the Logistics & Industrial team at Cushman & Wakefield. “These new locations are the first of an ambitious 2018 expansion plan
and signify a purposeful and positive start to the year.”

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OIL SUPPLIERS STRIKE DEALS

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OIL SUPPLIERS STRIKE DEALS


Lucas Oil MD Les Downey

CV factor Digraph has inked a deal with lubricant firm Millers Oil. The move follows the factor chain’s expansion plans .

“As we continue to support the CV market, we were keen to partner with a company that has an innovative roadmap for growth”, notes Andy Black, Platform Business Manager at Millers Oil. “Digraph has exciting development plans and is recognised for its service and support. We are looking forward to driving innovation together”.

Elsewhere, France-based lube supplier Motul has done a deal with Automotive Brands to distribute it’s passenger car oil range in the UK.

Gunter Steven, Head of BU Sales Export for Motul, said, “To also have the opportunity to work with Automotive Brands to expand our presence in the UK Aftermarket sector was an  exciting opportunity for us both. We are delighted to work together”

Motul was already a sponsor of Automotive Brands’ Power Maxed Racing and prior to the distribution deal had renewed sponsorship of PMR’s Astra touring cars for the new season.

On a similar note, A1 Motor Stores now distributes Lucas Oil products, after the latter received ‘Approved Supplier’ status from the group.

Commenting on this partnership, Lucas Oil MD Les Downey, said: “It’s an exciting time for us. It is a terrific opportunity for us and for A1 members, too”.
He added: “We will be working directly with them to increase product awareness and to boost sales”.

Meanwhile, garage aggregator WhoCanFixMyCar has arranged a partnership with Shell. The website and the oil major will share stand space at the upcoming Automechanika Birmingham. Al Preston, co-founder of WhoCanFixMyCar. com, said, “We’re excited to be returning to Automechanika Birmingham. I’m sure it’ll be better than ever, especially as we’re partnering with Shell”.

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A NEW CHAPTER FOR ANDREW PAGE

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A NEW CHAPTER FOR ANDREW PAGE


Steven Frost and Shay Allen

Of all the places that I thought might be my first visit of the year, a new branch of Andrew Page didn’t seem likely just a few months ago.

But things change, and so today, I’m standing at a shiny shop counter in a new branch. There are displays of tools and accessories with a number of brands and a small screen with a noisy infomercial for something called Gorilla Glue on a loop – something which I suspect will get old very quickly for the staff.

The stockroom, loaded with parts across two levels, is just as clean. Incredibly, building the mezzanine plus racking the whole branch and filling it with stock was achieved in just a week, according to Regional Manager Steven Frost, who was there to meet me along with Southampton Manager Shay Allen and Interim Marketing Manager Richard Swan.

Admittedly, this is not an entirely new branch. There was already a satellite of the Southampton branch in Eastleigh that needed to move or be closed as the lease was up and the landlord wished to redevelop the building. At the same time, parent company LKQ had a recently vacated building that had previously been a JCA Coatings counter, so it seemed logical for one business to move into the empty building.

RATTLING PHONES
However, don’t think that this is nothing more than a re-site. The sales team that manages customers around Eastleigh and Winchester are to move from Southampton into a bright new telesales office upstairs at the Eastleigh branch, and the team have plans to increase the headcount in order to win some new accounts.

“You get closer to your customers when you are in a standalone branch” Steven Frost emphasised, “But in a satellite branch, you become a bit disengaged as your customers don’t know that you’re up the road. So part of the investment is to get more people in”. This will likely include an extra van or two (there are currently six) and possibly extra people to handle the increased pareto and anticipated rise in orders.

The problems faced by the management of Andrew Page have been covered ad infinitum in CAT, but from a customer point of view the main issue has been inconsistent supply and ever-changing brands on the shelf. “There’s nothing worse than having to ring a customer back and tell them that you can’t get something” said Frost, adding that as an ex-ECP man, he breathed a ‘sigh of relief ’ when he heard that LKQ were behind the takeover, because he knew that range and availability would no longer be an issue.

So, is this branch a new start for the hundred year-old factor? “That’s certainly what we’ve been told” said Frost. “There are more moves and openings planned as [LKQ] want to heavily invest in this brand and move it forward. It hasn’t moved as quickly as we wanted, because of the CMA thing, but straight away this is what we want to do”.

NEW BUSINESS
Branch Manager Shay Allen believes that filling gaps in existing accounts and winning new business is entirely possible, due to the good and personal relationships the team have with individual customers. This trait goes back to the days of Camberley Auto Factors which several team members worked for, prior to being bought and rebranded by Page.

“It absolutely comes down to the relationship between the garage and the factor. If there is one thing that sets us apart right now it is people, and the knowledge and level of skill that they have” said Allen.

This is emphasised in the firm’s attitude to outgoing sales calls. Rather than badger people on the phone with an offer of screenwash or whatever, the sales team will prefer to visit customers to make sure they are happy with everything the factor is doing, and looking to see if there are any gaps that can be filled.

That isn’t to say that there aren’t challenges to this expansion. Both MPD, GSF and GAU are active on the patch that the branch wants to take more of as well as the ‘friendly’ competition from the local ECP. Nonetheless, the shiny new branch sends out a clear message to the aftermarket: Andrew Page is back and open for business.

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