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.

The Parts Alliance exhibits at Automechanika Birmingham

The Parts Alliance was amongst the exhibitors that took part in the first Automechanika Birmingham at the Birmingham NEC between 7th and 9th June. Automechanika exhibitions are held in 15 countries worldwide, with events attracting 600,000 visitors.

Throughout the three day exhibition attendee numbers soared, with 12,000 attending this week’s event, giving us an unrivalled opportunity to do what we do best, interact and exceed expectations.

Our group has grown rapidly over the last year, with significant investment we now supply over 30,000 of the UK and Ireland’s independent workshops, fast fits and other distinguished national accounts. This is due to newly established strategic partnerships, organic growth and acquisitions such as GSF Car Parts, which gives us an unrivalled footprint of over 200 distribution centres. Throughout the course of the three days, it became obvious that our industry leading systems, fast delivery times and return rates are the envy of the aftermarket.

Over 12,000 visitors attended the exhibition in total and their response was overwhelming. Event Director, Simon Albert said: “We are delighted with the success of Automechanika Birmingham. We listened to what the exhibitors and visitors wanted, and with significant investment in the marketing campaign, we delivered an all-encompassing event that exceeded all expectations. We have something unique here that the industry needed.”

It is expected that next year’s show will surpass the success of this years, falling perfectly in line with the philosophy of the Parts Alliance.

Matt Neal gains sponsorship from Parts Alliance & Delphi in this season’s BTCC

Delphi Product and Service Solutions has partnered with the Parts Alliance to sponsor Matt Neal, three times winner of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

Neal, who was crowned champion in 2005, 2006 and 2011, finished third last year but hopes to achieve a record-equalling fourth title in 2016. He will again be driving a Honda Civic Type R as part of the Honda Yuasa Racing team. Neal made his BTCC debut at Silverstone in 1991, with 2015 marking his 25th year contesting Britain’s biggest motorsport series. In that time he has participated in 583 races, winning 56 from 15 pole positions. He has finished on the podium 155 times and set 47 fastest laps.

It is Matt’s continued passion for performance and quality, not to mention drive and determination that excites both Delphi and the Parts Alliance. These characteristics are shared by both organisations and make them perfect sponsorship partners for the BTCC legend.

The Parts Alliance is the largest distributor of Delphi parts in the UK automotive aftermarket. Its procurement and product management teams work closely with Delphi to select the best quality parts and get them to market as fast as possible.

Simon Moore, Head of Marketing for Parts Alliance Group, said: “Just like the Parts Alliance, Matt Neal has been on top of his game year after year. He’s one of the country’s most successful drivers in a sport watched by tens of thousands at trackside and millions around the world on TV, including America. The BTCC is extremely demanding. It requires consistent high calibre performance, from driver and car, a quality we look for in the autoparts we sell and which Delphi, as the Parts Alliance’s braking supplier, gives us.”

“We can’t wait for the new season to start and we’ll be backing Matt all the way, hopefully to another championship.”

With a legacy of more than 100 years of OE heritage, Delphi designs and manufactures advanced vehicle components and systems for the top 25 vehicle manufacturers worldwide, and has the resources, reach and original equipment expertise to create real-world innovations for the global aftermarket.

Delphi’s aftermarket parts are essential to the smooth operation of independent garages. Technicians must diagnose problems, order parts, remove and install, and provide satisfaction to their customers. Delphi understands the importance of providing reliable parts for thousands of vehicles, backing up its dedication to quality with expert training and support. Delphi’s Marketing Director EMEA Simone Strimber comments “Our commitment to performance, quality, drive and determination has culminated in the joint sponsorship of one of the country’s most successful drivers.”

The Parts Alliance heads to Automechnika

The Parts Alliance is heading to Birmingham this June to attend the Automechanika 2016 exhibition.  The show’s British debut, at the Birmingham NEC from 7th to 9th June, gives us a fantastic opportunity to reach out and expand our client base.

We’re extending an open invitation to anyone interested in discussing the opportunities available with us, from a possible supplier relationship to joining our family of businesses.

On Wednesday 8 June, 2.20pm, representatives from the Parts Alliance’s network of independent garages and Servicesure Autocentres will deliver ‘Effective Insurance Policies for Workshops.’ This will be a joint presentation, alongside Arthur J Gallagher in the Aftermarket Theatre.

We invite anyone to come and visit us at stand 9F21 and find out the benefits of working with the UK and Ireland’s leading aftermarket distributor.

GSF Banbury receives signage upgrades

GSF Car Parts continues its investment into its branch network, with the Banbury branch of the national motor factor the latest to benefit from a significant signage upgrade.

Located on Marley Way in Banbury, the thriving store now boasts signage illuminated by state-of-the-art LED lighting, which brings the branch up-to-speed with GSF’s current corporate identity too.

In line with GSF’s entire branch network, the Banbury site’s inventory combines top quality original equipment and ‘matching quality’ car parts with day-to-day consumables. It caters to all main vehicle manufacturers, offering both direct deliveries to trade customers and counter sales to DIYers and car enthusiasts.

Commenting on the upgrade, Amanda O’Reilly, Head of Marketing at GSF Car Parts, said: “The improvements to the Banbury store’s signage really helps to put the branch ‘on the map’. GSF is fully committed to making similar levels of investment in branches up and down the country to make sure that they all reflect the current corporate image.”

The motor factor says that despite the significant financial outlay required to transition to LED lighting, running costs will be dramatically reduced, with lower power consumption and no more costly tube replacements either.

Servicesure launches new website

As part of the Parts Alliance’s investment in marketing the UK’s fastest growing garage network, the new much improved Servicesure Autocentre website is now live. The network has also ‘gone social’, being launched on a variety of social media platforms.

Together this is us supercharging the way we communicate with the garages who are our members and with the motorists who are their customers.

The new design puts the consumer experience first; the website is much more motorist friendly, easy to move around and packed with helpful features and interesting information.

With Servicesure now on Facebook and Twitter, we and our garages can really engage consumers and have a two-way conversation with them, moving us on from just being a booking platform.

Features on www.servicesureautocentres.com, which is mobile and tablet compatible, include Find a Garage, get a quote, book a service, customer reviews, news, details about the Servicesure National Warranty, videos and offers. There’s also a text reminder service for MOTs and other garage visits.

  • Complete redesign – it’s been given a more modern ‘look and feel’, with new content catering for the driving public, garage members and prospects.
  • Advanced megadrop menu – for enhanced navigation and accessibility to new content. Helping website visitors on their customer journeys.
  • Extended website functionality – including an Internal User Review system, allowing visitors to submit reviews directly through the website (via a moderation facility).
  • Enhanced garage profile page – now includes a new About Us section and an image of the garage, the facility for the garages to edit their own details (such as services offered, About Us etc), moderated reviews (via the website, not Motor Codes) and displaying Motor Codes reviews within a widget and a facility for visitors to submit their reviews to Motor Codes.
  • Find a garage – with opening times, the location and website address.

Through the website and social channels we are really well placed to remind drivers this is a national group with a national guarantee that delivers the highest standards of customer service. It’s Servicesure taking a lead in bringing consumers and garages closer together, developing trust and loyalty between the two.

Parts Alliance CEO shortlisted for entrepreneur award

We’re delighted to announce that Peter Sephton, Chief Executive Officer of Parts Alliance Group has been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.  The awards are in their 30th year globally, with this being the 18th in the UK, and run through over 60 countries and 145 cities worldwide, honouring those leading a successful, growing and dynamic business.

Peter is one of 34 leaders from businesses across the Midlands who’ll compete in the regional final, taking place on Tuesday June 14th at Birmingham Council House. If successful he’ll join winners from Scotland, the North of England, London and the South, contesting for the overall UK title in London in October.

Peter joined Parts Alliance in 2013, under his leadership the business has grown by 300% over the past three years. He’s helped shape us into a UK market leader in the supply of car parts for all makes of cars.

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award is widely acknowledged as a premier benchmark of business success. We’re extremely proud of Peter and wish him the best of luck.