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CORONAVIRUS: MORE THAN 60 PERCENT OF GARAGES HAVE SHUT

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CORONAVIRUS: MORE THAN 60 PERCENT OF GARAGES HAVE SHUT


More than 60 percent of garages in the UK have closed their doors during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a poll.

The survey of suppliers, motor factors and garages was conducted to highlight the current state of the automotive aftermarket, as it continues to respond to the pandemic.

While 60 percent of garages in the UK have closed, many that have temporarily closed are still offering emergency work to customers and keyworkers.

READ: CORONAVIRUS: FACTORS TO REMAIN OPEN

The survey, carried out by marketing and PR agency Impression, found the main reasons for garages closing were a significant drop in business caused by social distancing measures and the decision to extend the MOT from 30 March by six months. Other respondents noted practical reasons such as childcare and the inability to source parts as motor factors had also closed.

On the question of what business support they were aware of during this time, 88 percent of garages had heard of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughing).

When asked what type of online training they would like to take part in, 73 percent of garages were interested in electric and hybrid training. This was followed by an interest in product training.

READ: CORONAVIRUS AND THE AFTERMARKET

The number of motor factors closing was smaller, currently 25 percent. Whether open or partially open, motor factors were running at 50 percent and below capacity. Interestingly, the motor factors that had initially closed had done so because of pressure from the public.

On to suppliers and manufacturer businesses, 67 percent were fully open, eight percent closed and 25 percent partially open.

Demand for product had reduced dramatically, in some cases by up to 85 percent. Business support, product and sales training were key for suppliers during this time, the survey of around 500 businesses revealed.

Mark Field, Impression director, said: “It’s important to see where we are as an industry and it’s clear that the MOT extension has had severe repercussions throughout the supply chain. Close communication is key as the market is changing on an almost daily basis with businesses reopening and garages receiving much needed support in the way of grants. We also seeing many acts of inspiration, innovation and overall kindness, which will define our industry for generations to come.”

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CORONAVIRUS: FACTORS TO REMAIN OPEN

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CORONAVIRUS: FACTORS TO REMAIN OPEN


Two of the major parts supply chains have confirmed that they are to remain open, albeit with some restrictions. 

The Parts Alliance has set up a web page in order to keep clients updated, while ECP’s CEO Andy Hamilton is sending regular emails to customers to keep them aware of the developments. 

Neither chain has reported any significant supply chain issues as of yet. 

READ: CORONAVIRUS AND THE AFTERMARKET

Motor Factors remaining open follows Government advice that garages are ‘essential services’ and most will remain open in order to keep key workers mobile. Heavy vehicles and trailers are to get a three month MOT extension in light of the current crisis. 

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LKQ CONFERENCE FOCUSSES ON CHANGE MANAGEMENT

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LKQ CONFERENCE FOCUSSES ON CHANGE MANAGEMENT


A conference between managers within the LKQ  Europe took place at Wembley recently with a focus on change management.

Nick Zarcone, CEO LKQ Corp. spoke at the conference

John Quinn, CEO of LKQ Europe, underlined the need for embracing the modern era: “It is clear we can’t assume the coming years will resemble the past because things are changing faster than ever before. We need to anticipate these opportunities and act. We all need to recognise the critical need to adapt and change as there is a massive opportunity for LKQ to actively shape the independent aftermarket for the benefit of our customers, employees and shareholders” he said.

The conference attendees agreed that the key to continued success is putting customers first through helping the customers understand and navigate the changing environment.

READ: HAMILTON APPOINTED NEW CEO OF EURO CAR PARTS

Arnd Franz, COO pointed out: “We need to offer our garage customers everything they need for a successful business – service, support, equipment and training on new issues arising from the technology shift. We have to grow LKQ in order to gain the scale effects required to provide our customers with solutions that will allow them to remain competitive. We need to support them with logistic networks that give them flexibility and speed for their customers. We need to equip them with brands and concepts upon which end-customers can rely”.

READ: ECP PARENT TO ACQUIRE STAHLGRUBER

Nick Zarcone, CEO of parent company LKQ Corporation, focused the executives’ attention on the fact that taking care of the employees will be as crucial as catering to the customers in the future: “We need to attract the best in class talent that embody our values. And we need to help our employees embrace the upcoming change while simultaneously keeping the customer the centre of attention”, he stated.

READ: ROBOTIC FUTURE OF STAHLGRUBER

In the UK, LKQ Europe is best known for Euro Car Parts and its body panels and paints business. On the continent the corporation also owns Sator Group, Rhiag Group, Elit, AutoKelly, and Stahlgruber, as well as a recycling specialist Atracco. It also holds a minority interest in publicly traded Mekonomen which is headquartered in Sweden.

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BREAKING: FMS SCUNTHORPE ACQUIRED BY AAG

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BREAKING: FMS SCUNTHORPE ACQUIRED BY AAG


Scunthorpe-based FMS Autoparts is the latest company to join AAG UK as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

The single-branch factor can trace its roots back to 1987 when the company was founded as Frodingham Motor Spares.  A pivotal moment occurred in 2000 when the company moved to its present 10,000 sq ft site, which includes a large modern factor warehouse and a good size public accessory shop.

The company in its most recent form was incorporated in 2011 and owned and run by the Lally family.

As reported last month, the Alliance Automotive Group has made a number of significant acquisitions throughout 2018 including Motorcare Motor Factors, Lloyds Motor Spares and battery distributor Platinum International.

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GL MOTOR FACTORS ACQUIRED BY AAG

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GL MOTOR FACTORS ACQUIRED BY AAG


Bolton-based GL Motor Factors, a single branch factor and retail shop, has been acquired by AAG.

The firm was an existing member of GROUPAUTO for years and won Factor of the Year in the coveted light vehicle category at the buying group’s award ceremony in Liverpool last month.

GL Motor Factors was incorporated in 2002 and had Mohammed Akhtar and various members of the Fazal family as Directors.  

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MOTORCARE MOTOR FACTORS ACQUIRED BY GROUPAUTO PARENT

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MOTORCARE MOTOR FACTORS ACQUIRED BY GROUPAUTO PARENT


Abergavenny-based Motorcare Motor Factors has been taken over by AAG, parent of the GroupAuto buying group.

The Motorcare chain comprises of six branches in Wales and the West of England. A branch in Brecon was opened as recently as April of this year.

Motorcare Discount (as it was originally known) was founded in 1984 in Abergavenny by Allen Bailey as an accessory and parts retail store, catering mainly for DIYers. In common with many parts shops it started doing an increasing amount of trade work, and it moved to an industrial unit in the mid-1990s.

Further branches followed from 2010 onwards, and the family-run chain picked up several GroupAuto member awards, including Member of the Year for the large factor, light vehicle category in 2017 (pictured)

Bob Ackroyd Managing Director GROUPAUTO, Justin Bailey and Simon Bailey of Motorcare Motor Factors.

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SPARTAN OPENS ADDITIONAL BRANCHES

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SPARTAN OPENS ADDITIONAL BRANCHES


South Wales-based Spartan Motor Factors has opened two new branches in Blackwood and Swansea.

The Blackwood branch measures 4000 sq ft, has five  drivers and three counter staff while the Swansea branch is 5,500 sq ft, and has two counter staff and three drivers.

These opening are in addition to  a branch in Pontypridd in April and a cooling division specialising in air conditioning and radiator repairs in Abercarn that opened in May.

Director Lee Gratton said: “This takes the total number of branches to 10 with the head office still based in Cardiff. We are actively looking to expand the Spartan network further into England through either acquisitions or branch openings if the right individuals approach us , we have depots in Avonmouth and Weston Super Mare at present”.

New Spartan in Swansea

 

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EPIC ACCESSORIES GETS TRICO VAN

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EPIC ACCESSORIES GETS TRICO VAN


New sporty van for Epic Accessories

Wiper blade brand Trico has presented Epic Accessories with a Trico liveried Ford Fiesta van, after the latter achieved its target during the former’s three-month promotion last year.

The vehicle was handed over to Epic Accessories owner Samantha Gutteridge at the A1 buying group’s spring trade show, which took place at the Whittlebury Hall in Towcester last month.

Speaking of her firm’s new addition, Gutteridge said: “The new vehicle will help us on both a promotional and practical level in getting the message out to potential customers that we fit wiper blades in our designated fitting bay at the rear of our store, so a huge thanks to Trico.”

Sam Robinson, Product Manager at Trico, added: “The show was a great success for us, in particular our promotional offer on Neoform retro-fit beam blades, which was well received with a number of members who placed orders for a merchandise box on the day. We also agreed plans with various members to help boost their sales, including supply of in-store signage, as well as training days to educate and support their staff on selling and fitting Trico blades.”

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DIGRAPH TO OPEN 16 NEW SITES

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DIGRAPH TO OPEN 16 NEW SITES


CV factor Digraph is set to open 16 new branches in the next six months as part of a growth strategy described as ‘aggressive’. This will be in addition to several acquisitions of similar businesses and expansion of existing branches.

The move follows significant investment in the company by Euro Car Parts as well as Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia and James Rawson. The expansion could create and create 164 jobs.

The new outlets are in various locations across the UK, stretching from Glasgow to Crawley. At this point it is unconfirmed if the new locations will be from LKQ’s existing portfolio, newly acquired sites, or a mix of the two.

The strategy doesn’t seem to phase the management team.  Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia commented: “Locations, stock and logistics are relatively straightforward – indeed we once opened 12 Euro Car Parts branches in a single day. Our challenge is to find the right people and partners to join us in delivering our vision of market-leading customer service … nationwide. We are building our new branches around the best team players”.

“We are shaking up the industry in other ways too, with major investment in stock ranges, accelerated delivery speeds and added-value programmes, as we continue to build the UK’s most powerful team.”

Branch expansions and upgrades are happening in Gloucester, Northampton, Nuneaton and Stoke. The Northwich branch is relocating to larger premises in Ellesmere Port which will greatly increase stock holding and give improved deliveries to the customer base.

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PREMIER MOTOR FACTORS GOES INTO ADMINISTRATION


Walsall-based parts supplier Premier Motor Factors has gone into administration.

 Timothy Frank Corfield has been appointed as the official administrator, and an auction of the firm’s assets and stock will be held from February 26 through auctioneer Deeley Matthews..  

Stephen Doyle started the company (officially called Direct Wholesale Europe) in August 2008, right at the start of the recession. The company had a strong online presence, with eBay being a particular strength. However, recent feedback suggests that it struggled to fill orders in the past few weeks, and the administrator was called in just before Christmas.

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