â€œIt is still early days,â€ he told CAT Magazine â€œbut weâ€™re very pleased with the response and also by the reaction of existing distributor members. We want to sell it as a unifying organisation.â€
The news comes after Allparts Automotive, founder member of the UK Parts Alliance, committed its support to the Federation.
â€œThis initiative combines the whole independent aftermarket under the same banner and for the first time provides us with a powerful lobbying voice promoting the interests of our entire sector,â€ said Steve Patten, Allpartsâ€™ marketing director.
â€œAllparts has long supported the excellent work that our Federation has engaged in, including defending our rights in the UK and European governmental arenas to supply independent garages with OE quality parts and services.
“This further forward thinking initiative can only strengthen our joint position and help us all continue with our mission of bringing a fair and competitive service to the consumer.â€