Tenneco boss Andrew Sexton has spoken about the reorganisation of warehousing brought about by the integration of various brands from Federal Mogul.

Andrew Sexton

“We have distribution centres in Birmingham and one in Bradford. We’re in the process of consolidating those so we can ship from one location” explained the Group VP and General Manager on a conference call to selected members of the UK trade press.. “We’re continuing to operate from both, but we’re transitioning to have one site that serves the aftermarket and one just OE. It’s a tactical project to implement, but for the most part we have achieved what we set out to do as part of the acquisition”.  


Mr. Sexton explained the goal was to bring all of the brands together as ‘one Tenneco’ instead of operating like a number of separate companies. He spoke of the need to ‘develop synergy to be profitable moving forward’ and admitted that the challenge had been to put the strategy in action as quickly as possible, following the takeover of Federal-Mogul by Tenneco in 2018. 

He also explained how the new strategy meant that the brands occupied different segments of the market, meaning they would not cannibalize sales and would be of more interest to buying groups. For example, Ferodo pads are premium products, while Champion branded pads are unabashedly aftermarket quality. 

According to Sexton, this differentiation has also helped with gap analysis across its wholesale customers. “We could see where we were getting a Walker sale, but no champion sale for example helped us cross-sell to our key customers”.

Published by Greg Whitaker

Editor of CAT Magazine and an experienced motoring journalist @GregWhitaker5

Why transitioning to EVs is a money maker for garages

One of main keys to profitability is because ICE-only parts are suffering from a higher inflation rate compared to their EV counterparts

Read More

Pothole damage sees alloy repairs jump 58% in two years

The country’s main political parties vow to fill in potholes as part of their 4 July election pledges

Read More

GSF opens 10,000 sq ft Birmingham branch; Crawley, Southgate to follow

Located close to Birmingham city centre, it features a fleet of five vans, two bikes, and two electric Tuk Tuk-style bikes

Read More

Skills gap “a timebomb” for aftermarket, says GSF CEO

Steve Horne said a lack of workers was stifling the market’s potential and increasing costs for motorists

Read More

Legal hand car washes “outnumbered” by illegal sites as £2.5m in fines handed out

Home Office data revealed that 87 hand car washes across the UK were fined some £2.5 million for ‘right to work’ offences in 2023

Read More

Join the debate

1 Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Not surprised as FM in the UK has been a basket case for years. Losing a fortune and lost any real relevance to the aftermarket. They could well drag Tenneco down to their level.