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UFI OPENS REDDITCH WAREHOUSE

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UFI OPENS REDDITCH WAREHOUSE


Luca Betti

Following last month’s news that Hella had signed a distribution deal with filter brand Hengst in the UK, UFI Filters has announced that it will be investing in its own distribution network in what it described as an ‘aggressive market offensive in the UK’.

Stating a three-year goal of achieving 10 percent UK market share over the next three years, the firm has obtained a new 10,700 sq ft distribution centre in Redditch that will hold stock of over 200,000 parts, with 2,600 SKUs covering 96% of the UK car parc.

The new warehouse will be serviced by logistics company Transmec and will allow for a 5pm ‘last order’ cut-off and morning delivery for orders with a minimum value of £350.

Commenting on the new initiative UFI’s Aftermarket Europe Sales Manager, Francesco Tomasoni said: “The new warehouse and service standards will fully satisfy our existing and potential customers needs. We are confident that our offering will be well received, as a result, across the market. While the UK aftermarket is dominated by a few larger suppliers, it is also highly fragmented and there is great scope for a highly focused and innovative company such as ours to deliver something that is truly new.”

Director, Luca Betti, added: “Our filters are original equipment on eight out of 10 of the UK’s top selling cars last year, with 24 different OE filters covering the many different versions of these cars. At a press conference, CAT asked who UFI wished to take market share from in order to hit the ambitious growth targets, to which new Aftermarket Sales Manager, Karl Ridings replied without hesitation ‘Sogefi’.

For its part, Sogefi were unconcerned. “I admire their aspirations, but I’m not terribly worried about it” said Sales Director Nigel Duffield, adding that his company has a ‘clear strategy’ for distribution that it will talk more about soon.

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HELLA ANNOUCE PARTNERSHIP WITH FILTRATION BRAND HENGST

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HELLA ANNOUCE PARTNERSHIP WITH FILTRATION BRAND HENGST


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A deal has been struck between Hella in the UK and German filter brand Hengst Filtration.

The alliance will see filtration products packaged and sold as Hella Hengst from the beginning of April.

Stock will be distributed from Hella’s 90,000 sq ft warehouse in Oxfordshire and there are four UK product managers and six UK business development managers to support the new alliance. Recent hires include Product Manager Mark Adams, who previously worked at Trico and Universal Automotive.

Apart from new packaging, the cabin air filter range will include a set of intructions incase there are any problems in locating or fitting the filter.

Christopher Heine, CFO at Hengst said: “We have entered into this alliance because it combines the best of two traditional companies”.

Matthew Say, MD of Hella UK commented: “As part of our service concept, we want to deliver best in class logistics. As noted, we have a 90,000 sq ft footprint with a pick-by-voice delivery system and are able to deliver within 24 hours. This means that we become our customers’ second warehouse. What we have from day one is a substantial stock investment allowing us to service the aftermarket”.

 

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MANN+HUMMEL COMPLETES AFFINIA FILTRATION ACQUISITION

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MANN+HUMMEL COMPLETES AFFINIA FILTRATION ACQUISITION


MANN+HUMMEL has completed the acquisition of the filtration business of Affinia, best known in the UK for the Wix and Filtron brands. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The group will be lead as a new business unit based in North Carolina. Keith Wilson, previously CEO and President of Affinia will retain the titles as President and CEO of Mann+Hummel Filtration Technology and report to Manfred Wolf, the supervisory board chairman of the acquired company.

Affinia Group was created in 2004 through the acquisition of the aftermarket businesses of Dana Corporation by private equity firm The Cypress Group. In 2010 the firm sold QH to Klarius and the U.S brake friction business was sold in 2012 to the management team. The chassis components business was sold to Federal-Mogul in 2014, at which time Affinia elected to move it’s HQ from Michigan to North Carolina where Wix Filtration were already based.

Alfred Weber, President and CEO of Mann+Hummel welcomed the new brands. “[The additions] strengthen our global presence with an expanded product portfolio and access to new markets” he said.

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MANN+HUMMEL TO ACQUIRE AFFINA FILTERS BUSINESS

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MANN+HUMMEL TO ACQUIRE AFFINA FILTERS BUSINESS


Ludwigsburg-based filter manufacturer Mann+Hummel has signed a deal to acquire the filtration business of Affina International for an undisclosed sum.

Affina is best known in Europe for its Wix and Filtron brands. Allthough terms of the deal have not been made public, a statement from Mann+Hummel noted that the acquisition will add around US $1bn to its top line as well as enabling the German firm to gain a strong hold on the commercial filters market.

Commenting on the deal, Alfred Weber, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mann+Hummel, said: “This acquisition fits perfectly with our corporate strategy. It will enable us to grow globally and provide ample opportunity for growth and development for all of our people. Mann+Hummel’s and Affinia’s filtration business will serve customers better through a seamless, comprehensive portfolio ranging from passenger to heavy duty and industrial to hydraulic filtration solutions thanks to a combined 150 years of filtration expertise.”

The acquisition includes all of Affina’s markets apart from South Africa. Completion of the deal is subject to regulatory approval.

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