BREAKING: Motor Parts Direct acquired by Motus

Britain’s largest independent motor factor chain has been acquired by Motus Aftermarket Parts, the South African parts distributor that owns FAI.

Update: MPD takeover: ‘Hands Off’ management style promised by Motus


MPD Gateshead branch

Although Mukesh Shah and his immediate family are to leave the company, the rest of the current leadership team is expected to remain in post. Filings show that the existing MD Darren Wykes is now an executive director.

READ: Interview: Mukesh Shah


In an all staff email seen by CAT, Mukesh writes that the pandemic had given him time for ‘personal reflection’ and that the decision to sell to Motus ‘was certainly not taken lightly’.

MPD has expanded its network dramatically over the last decade, expanding from 45 outlets at the start of 2013 to 173 as of today, bringing the firm close to the founder’s pre-pandemic prediction of 200 branches and a £200m turnover by 2025.

Motus Aftermarket Parts already has an aftermarket presence in the UK. A year ago it acquired FAI Automotive PLC from the Walker family for a reported £27m.

Motus Aftermarket Parts owns a number of businesses in its home continent and has invested in businesses in the Far East as well as owning some franchise dealerships in the UK. Even prior to the MPD acquisition it employed around 17,500 people around the world.

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Published by Greg Whitaker

Editor of CAT Magazine and an experienced motoring journalist @GregWhitaker5

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  1. Interesting move. I would imagine suppliers to MPD that compete with FAI are gearing up to be pushed out. At the same time, other motor factors that buy from FAI & compete with MPD will be looking to replace FAI. Swings & roundabouts I guess?