Winter 2017 Garage Essentials

The Winter 2017 Garage Essentials is the biggest yet with a huge 76 pages, making it hard to miss, as it lands with independent garages and across trade counters throughout January.

Highlights from the extended range of participating tools and equipment suppliers include unique offers and strong seasonal sellers.

The cover features a Dunlop tyre bay package Parts Alliance exclusive, combining a high specification tyre changer and wheel balancer for under £2,300 + VAT.

“It’s great for garages looking to retain profitable tyre work,” said John Wright, GSF’s Head of Garage Equipment and Customer Development. “That package can be leased from under £12 per week over 5 years, so it’s making money from the time it arrives.”

John also highlights the new GE-Tec diagnostic tablet on the cover. Despite selling for under £800 exc VAT it’s based on high spec 8” touch-screen hardware, coming with European software and PARC coverage, all backed up by 12 months’ UK phone support too.

New brands include Angry Jester; their fast-selling Diag Digit diagnostics package is showcased on page 16, along with two further double-page spreads on their professional problem-solving workshop time-savers.

Seasonal sellers include heaters from ZM Heaters, Unilite’s innovative LED inspection lamps and torches with starting / charging systems from GYS, Sealey and SIP.

Responding to demand, there’s also a flexible solution, in conjunction with the IMI, offering two modules of CPD training – now essential for MOT testers from March – for just £59.

With everything from top of the range vehicle lifts to items for under a tenner, there’s something for all budgets and requirements. And it’s even easier to get Garage Essentials than ever before.

It’s now distributed by all members of The Parts Alliance. So, as well as having more pages, there are thousands of more copies too, ensuring availability from the 90 extra branches of CES, GMF, Allparts, Car Parts & Accessories, SC Motor Factors, SAS Autoparts and BMF.

You can view it now online now at https://www.gsfcarparts.com/media/GE_Winter_2017.pdf.

£3.5 million investment in GSF van fleet gets underway

GSF Car Parts has taken delivery of 12 Peugeot Partner vans at their Birmingham head office on Wednesday 22nd December, to replace their local delivery vehicles over 4 years old. The upgrade also marked the start of a rolling programme to exchange all older vans across the entire GSF Car Parts network of 65 branches during 2017. A total overall investment of £3.5 million is planned on 350 Peugeot Partner vans, which will see around 60% of the current GSF van fleet renewed.

Manufacturer-owned Robins & Day, the largest Peugeot dealership group in the UK, will coordinate deliveries branch-by-branch from their Edgware centre. Every van has been fitted with RoadHawk DC-2 dash cams and reversing sensors to help reduce insurance claims, cut repair costs and promote safe driving. They are supplied fully liveried by Sign Language and are ply-lined.

The initial delivery was greeted by the key personnel involved in the project.These included Bradley Mydat, Fleet Sales Manager at Robins & Day as well as Dave Lewis, Operations Director and Kayleigh Eades, Fleet Administrator at GSF Car Parts. To enhance levels of support, the management of the GSF fleet is being transferred into The Parts Alliance Group’s fleet team, under Steve Evans, Group Fleet Manager and Tony Shearer, Branch Operational Services Director.

“This is a major investment that will bring the GSF van fleet into line with our fleet policy for the rest of the group,” said Tony Shearer. “We generally work on a 4 to 5 year and 150,000-mile replacement cycle.”

“We’re delighted that GSF will now have one of the best fleets in our industry,” said Dave Lewis, Operations Director at GSF Car Parts. “It’s a great boost to morale, productivity and of course the image of our business out at customer level.”

The vehicles are being financed through Zenith, the UK’s leading independent leasing, fleet management and vehicle outsourcing provider.

The vans bring many benefits; improved engines and more load space are prime advantages over the vans they are replacing. Modern Euro VI technology means they will deliver reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, benefitting both the bottom line and the environment.

The arrangement with Zenith means the vans are protected with a full three-year manufacturer’s warranty but will be serviced and maintained through a bespoke national repairer network of GSF customers, using parts supplied by the business. The impressive attention to detail has even extended to van liveries which have been designed not only to be eye-catching but also modular, making them easy to replace in the event of minor damage to the hard-worked fleet.

The Parts Alliance has continued its strategic growth with the acquisition of motor factor Waterloo (Motor Trade) Ltd.

Waterloo, which has branches in Hull, Beverley and Bridlington, was founded in 1928 by current Managing Director Jim Munday’s grandfather.

It becomes a wholly-owned business within the HgCapital-owned Parts Alliance Group but will continue to trade under its own name, serving customers in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

 

 

Jim Munday said: “As a three-generation family business, building long term
relationships and providing quality local service are in our DNA. We look forward to working with Peter Sephton and the rest of the management team to accelerate our growth in what are very exciting times for our trade.”

 

 

“I’m delighted Jim Munday has agreed to work with us to facilitate the integration into The Parts Alliance and the transition of leadership to David Brooks, founder of SAS Autoparts, as we seek to extend our branch footprint and optimise our distribution and reach into the region,’’ said Sephton.

 

‘’Jim will continue to advise us on development projects and we are delighted to have Jim and his colleagues at Waterloo as part of our Group.”
Peter Sephton went on to say: “As a unified multi-brand operation, it’s important to us when we bring in new businesses that we maintain that local brand and management as they bring their unique local knowledge while we add national strength. It’s a powerful combination.”

Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services awards new supplier agreement to The Parts Alliance

Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services, one of the fastest growing independent fast fit networks in the UK, has renewed its supplier agreement with The Parts Alliance for a third term.

Recent expansion of its network across the UK provides 98 fast fit and mechanical centres offering a full range of tyres for car, motorcycle and agricultural vehicles as well as MOT testing and car servicing for all makes and models.

The new contract, worth over £8 million, will run until the end of 2018 and appoints The Parts Alliance for the supply of all vehicle parts, covering Braking, Steering and Suspension, Emission and Service Repair products.

Mark Harley, Retail Operations Director for Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd, said: “The Parts Alliance has the largest network for automotive parts distribution. They supply a full range of OE Quality products and deliver hourly to our centres, which is vital to our business and has helped us provide our customers with outstanding service.”

The Parts Alliance national service from over 160 locations is enhanced to over 300 distribution sites through its strategic partnership with the IFA which was established in 2015. The alliance created a major force within the automotive aftermarket, offering National customers the largest parts distribution network, with quality OE branded products supplied from over 3,000 delivery vehicles.

The Parts Alliance’s annual sales are over £500 million, with the IFA annual sales in excess of £250 million. This provides their customers reassurance in a changing market place on the stability of both groups and provides a united approach for National Account contracts.

Though The Parts Alliance and the IFA collaborate closely on National Accounts, they  retain their independence for procurement and supply to independent garages and workshops, offering them a choice through their established local brands and service.

Mike Curry, National Accounts Sales Director for The Parts Alliance, said: “Our flexible partnership with the IFA has been a great success, providing the largest network for supply to National Account customers to provide unrivalled service. We share similar values and are both committed to providing quality products and service.”

Peter Sephton, The Parts Alliance CEO, said: “It is great news that after working with us for five years, Micheldever has renewed for a third contract term. We look forward to working with Mark and his colleagues as they continue to expand and develop their business. We remain committed to working with all our customers to deliver outstanding service, quality and systems that help them develop their business.”

Introducing the new DriveTec antifreeze & coolant range

The Parts Alliance is proud to introduce a brand new range of industry standard DriveTec Antifreeze & Coolants.

Introducing two brand new concentrated antifreeze and engine coolant products, suitable for all year round use and formulated from monoethylene glycol with Organic Acid Inhibitor Technology.

Both are available in in four different pack sizes (1 litre, 5 litre, 20 litre and 205 litre) and meet the BS6580:2010 quality stndard for engine coolant. There’s also special launch pricing available on 20L & 205L, valid until the end of December 2016.

DriveTec Universal Blue Antifreeze & Coolant
An advanced concentrated antifreeze and engine coolant, suitable for all year round use, and formulated from monoethylene glycol with proven anti-corrosion additives and degradation inhibitors.

  • All Year Protection
  • Free of nitrites, phosphates, & amines
  • Includes corrosion inhibitors
  • Two year change interval

DriveTec Long Life Red Antifreeze & Coolant
An advanced longlife concentrated antifreeze and engine coolant, suitable for all year round use, and formulated from monoethylene glycol with Organic Acid Inhibitor Technology. Longlife Antifreeze is free from nitrites, amines, phosphates, borates and silicates, has excellent hard water stability and very low inhibitor depletion rates.

  • Organic Acid Technology (OAT)
  • Excellent corrosion protection
  • Protects against freezing & overheating
  • Robust five year service life

Biggest and best ever Garage Essentials

The new Autumn 2016 issue of Garage Essentials will be made available through all members of the Parts Alliance. Garage Essentials, originally used by GSF to showcase their quality garage equipment and tooling, has recently merged with Toolchest, a similar publication created by Parts Alliance. Both publications showcase the latest and best of what’s available from the UK’s finest equipment suppliers and brands.

John Wright, Head of Garage Equipment and Customer Development commented “We’ve found that around 85 per cent of the content is similar already between Toolchest and Garage Essentials as we’ve both been actively looking to work with the best suppliers.

It’s clear we can save a lot of time and energy by producing a single publication instead of two, offering suppliers a greater audience and circulation.”

To keep up with demand, Garage Essential’s print run will be extended by 20,000 copies in order to accommodate an increasing amount of Parts Alliance branches.

Previous issues of Garage Essentials can be found online on the GSF Car Parts website.

Nexus achieves over €10 Billion global turnover, present in over 100 countries

Major automotive aftermarket alliance NEXUS Automotive International (N!) has continued its global growth and achieved a record €10 billion in consolidated group turnover.

The figure is €1 billion ahead of expectations outlined in February, when it was hoped to reach €9 billion by the end of 2016.

The milestone will be announced by N! CEO Gael Escribe as member companies from more than 100 countries are due to meet ahead of Automechanika Frankfurt for two days of business ‘connecting’.

Gael said: “Our vision for NEXUS’s place in the global aftermarket is to be a leader and reaching this landmark figure of €10 billion is a major step towards that. NEXUS has been in existence for only two-and-a-half years but through the collective efforts of all in the N! Community we have achieved so much.

“With N! members in more than 100 countries and 60 global supplier contracts in place, NEXUS has the world-wide reach, collective strength and credibility to fulfil our vision of bringing innovation and entrepreneurship on an unprecedented scale to the aftermarket.

“From Sao Paulo to Johannesburg, Birmingham to Barcelona, Dubai to Shanghai, wherever you come from in the world, NEXUS’ ambition is to be the ‘business catalyst’of the aftermarket.”

N! will shortly take a big step forward in China with the establishment of its Chinese representative office in Shanghai. The office will enable N! to be closer to its members and suppliers, facilitate future co-operation and respond quickly to the needs of the China market.

The local team in Shanghai will be supervised by Bas Donders, N! Marketing and Sourcing Director, who has 25 years’ industrial experience.

Gael added that while new membership opportunities would continue to be sought in fast-growing markets, the focus would increasingly be on developing business and projects with existing N! members. Also, having reflected on the vision and objectives of N!, it had been decided not to renew the co-operation agreement with N! Alliance Russia beyond 31 December.
In the meantime, some 140 participants will meet in Frankfurt for the latest round of N! CONNECTING DAYS (12, 13 September) during which they will explore opportunities to develop new business between them. Gael said: “At the end of the day, NEXUS is about creating value for our members. It’s pleasing to see a recently published study shows four out of the top five champions of growth in the French aftermarket were all N! members, as were six out of the top seven for champions of productivity. We would say that’s no random coincidence.”

LEMFÖRDER steering and suspension now stocked by the Parts Alliance

The Parts Alliance is proud to announce the introduction of LEMFÖRDER steering and suspension products across our distributor branches.

LEMFÖRDER, a brand of ZF, manufacture high quality steering systems and chassis components. Renowned for its high level of quality and long life service, the LEMFÖRDER range of products offers the maximum amount of ride comfort and dynamism.

Having been established in 1947, LEMFÖRDER is known for focusing on safety, quality and durability and this is why its products are first choice for more than 50 vehicle manufacturers worldwide.

All LEMFÖRDER products are backed by a two year unlimited mileage supplier warranty scheme with ZF also offering complete a complete technical support solution. The Parts Alliance’s LEMFÖRDER range will include steering parts and chassis components, steering levers, tie rods, control arms suspension joints and rubber to metal components.

The full LEMFÖRDER range is available to the Parts Alliance. All the fast moving references are available off the shelf to be with customers within 45 minutes of ordering, while the rest are available via next day delivery.

The introduction of LEMFÖRDER products marks a new chapter in our quest for perfection. We know that our customers deserve only the highest quality parts, and by introducing this range we’ve once again delivered. Parts Alliance and ZF share a dedication to providing quality products to the automotive aftermarket. The LEMFÖRDER brand complements our already extensive steering and suspension range, which also includes brands such as TRW, Delphi and ETS.

Fuzz Townshend teams with Autosessive to find UK’s top car enthusiast

The Parts Alliance’s car parts and accessories ecommerce website, Autosessive.com, has teamed up with National Geographic’s Car SOS presenter Fuzz Townshend for a competition to find the UK’s best car enthusiast, the Autosessive Awards 2016.

First launched in 2010 in conjunction with our online retail brand Autosessive, the contest aims to find the country’s most obsessed car fanatic. Be it through their endless dedication to modifying, detailing, touring and collecting, or just their sheer level of auto obsession.

Fuzz, who knows a thing or two about being an Autosessive, is part owner of Westgate Classics in Walsall, a car restoration company that’s also the set for Car SOS.

The competition is a chance for car enthusiasts from across the country to showcase their prized possessions. Previous entrants have included Jonty Wydell, the Yorkshire man who converted his garage into a lounge, all so that he could stare at his Ferrari while his girlfriend watched TV. Plus who could forget Chris Redford, the Volkswagen addict who’s covered from head to toe in tattoos of his beloved brand, and even incorporated the initials VW into his daughter’s name.

The winner will receive £500 worth of parts and accessories to use on their pet project, as well as an Autosessive hamper to keep their vehicle in tip top condition.

Competition entries are being accepting up until Wednesday 31st August 2016, after which the top contenders will be determined by a public vote and a panel led by Fuzz Townshend and the Autosessive team. The winner will be announced in early October.

For details regarding the competition, please visit www.autosessive.com/awards.

Daily Telegraph Business Club features the Parts Alliance

Recognition for our prowess is gaining momentum, and not only within the automotive industry. Our innovative business model and reputation for customer service has drawn the attention of The Daily Telegraph. Who recently spent the day with us, filming for part of their ‘Business Masterclass’ series.

Impressed with our shrewd acquisitions and commitment to technology, they sat down with CEO Peter Sephton to discuss the growth of the Parts Alliance. He made it clear that our success in this industry stems from our due diligence and unique business philosophy. “The decision making is at the branch level, as it should be, close to our customers.”

Take a look at the video below:

In order to understand how we’re taking the lead in this field they also visited local independent garages, speaking directly with the people who are benefiting from working alongside us. However, it’s our future thinking and investment in technology that’s really caught their attention. Innovations like PartVend, successfully trialled by the AA and which allows for 24 hour access to parts is an unprecedented step forward in the industry.

By integrating the above with our systems such as AlliCat and Parc, we displayed how we have simplified and improved the process of sourcing parts for garages and private customers alike.
It should be clear to all that we will continue to grow and evolve within this sector, revolutionising the industry for the benefit of all our customers.

Read the full feature in the Daily Telegraph Business Club here.