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I am always looking for industry sectors that performed well over the last couple of years and the replacement car parts market is certainly one of those.

Despite ” scrappage schemes ” and ” 0% Finance ” people have been repairing their cars in great numbers and this has led to massive expansion in the sector. Here are a few extracts on some of the key players in the market:

Euro Car Parts

Euro Car Parts Ltd began as a single site operation in London in 1978 but, unlike some other companies that have hit the headlines in this sector recently; they have grown organically, rather than by acquisition, into a 38 branch national parts distributor covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Employing nearly 1,000 staff, and operating 400 vehicles (including a fleet of motorcycles where traffic congestion slows the progress of a van in highly populated city centres), this specialist organisation has been successfully satisfying the needs of German, French and Swedish vehicle repairers and owners for over 27 years.

The 2004 turnover figure of £59 million has dramatically increased to nearly £70 million in 2005 with profits rising from £1.3 million in 2003, £2.5 in 2004 and nearly £5 million in 2005, even though they are only currently supplying parts for 35% of the vehicles registered in the UK. As always, these profits have been re-invested into the business to ensure its continuing growth and ability to keep up with modern vehicle trends.

For 2006, the company is expanding its offer to their customers by entering the ‘all makes’ sector, thus increasing their target customer base to 100% of the cars registered in the UK – a staggering 27 million vehicles. The turnover for 2006 is estimated at between £90 and £100 million. With a strong management team and excellent planning in place, this looks to be an achievable target. Its 2007 plans include
acquisitions and consideration of expansion into Europe.

Facts and Figures…..

  • Our branch delivery service covers over 90% of the UK population
  • Over 80 branches across the UK
  • ECP is the UK’s largest car and van parts distributor
  • In 2009 we made in excess of 5 million deliveries
  • We have enough parts in stock to fill every seat in Wembley Stadium (with plenty to spare!)
  • Our new National Distribution Centre has more than 400,000 sq.ft of warehousing space and 12,000 sq.ft of office space
  • We have over 110,000 different parts always in stock
  • Our branch network is growing by more than 25% per year
  • We now have in excess of 3,500,000 sq ft of warehouse storage in the UK
  • We now employ more than 3,200 people in towns and cities right across the UK
  • Over 400 ECP staff are studying for an NVQ Qualification

About Us

GSF Car Parts really began back in the 1970s. Today’s business brought
together in April 2000 by the German & Swedish Management Team stems
from a number of long standing car parts specialists such as Vee Wee,
Autocavan, Andyspares, and URO.

Since the formation of GSF Car Parts in 2000, the company has developed a parts and distribution portfolio to create one of
the UK’s strongest independent parts suppliers. Today, GSF Car Parts employs approximately 800 people covering all of UK
as well as Eire. There are 60+ distribution points and over 300 GSF delivery vans on the road.

Key developments

  • 2000 – GSF Car Parts is formed.
  • 2000 – GSF Car Parts adds replacement parts for French cars to range.
  • 2003 – Hans Motors joins GSF Car Parts and sells all makes parts to other factors.
  • 2005 – GSF Car Parts adds all makes range of parts to specialist inventory.
  • 2006 – TDCS is bought by GSF Car Parts enabling industry-leading diagnostic equipment sales.
  • 2009 – GSF Derby moved to brand new refurbished site.
  • 2009 – GSF Car Parts complete several branch refurbishments and upgrade the whole company’s stock criteria.
  • 2010 – GSF Car Parts sign up with several leading garage equipment providers and offer a market leading garage equipment solution to support the existing diagnostics business.
  • 2010 – GSF Banbury, Leeds East (RDC), Worcester, Letchworth and Kettering are opened.
  • 2011 – GSF Bristol (RDC) is opened.

Today GSF Car Parts has a turnover of £75m. The company has a dynamic strategy supported by an extremely able staff
body to continue expanding its parts and distribution service to its customers.

About Us
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CES (UK) Ltd was set up in 1984 by Howard Warren and Charles Colton. Both managing directors love anything to do with cars and motor racing. Equally, they both have a passion for excellence. CES (UK) evolved as a result of these interests, aiming to offer the service level of a national company to the local garages in and around Chester.

Back in the 1980’s the explosion in exhaust part numbers meant that the stock holding requirement for any garage became overwhelming and a national distributor was needed. CES was there to fulfill the role. For many years now we have supplied Britain’s widest stock range of exhausts & catalysts for national distribution.

CES (UK) quickly expanded due to our mission to never say ‘No’. This means we have to have the best technical expertise in the business, in order to source our vast stock of exhausts and catalysts. Over the years we have introduced a full range of car parts, garage equipment & training, providing automotive solutions for today and anticipating those of tomorrow.

We currently have 17 branches throughout the North West, North Wales, Midlands and the Isle of Man delivering a complete range of car parts on our vans to our local customer base.

Over the last 25 years we have twice been awarded Distributor of the year by theprestigious Automotive Distributor Federation. More recently, at the 2009 ADF Annual Awards, we won two of the top categories. CES were awarded the much coveted Distributor of Excellence award. On top of that accolade, CES put in an amazing performance and scooped all of the awards in the new category of UK Parts Advisor of the Year.

In 2001, CES (UK) became a member of the UK Parts Alliance (UKPA), which consists of nine like-minded independent distributors. To find out more about the UKPA, visitwww.ukpa.net

CES Branches
With a network of 17 branches across the North West, Midlands, North Wales and the Isle of Man, and a fleet of over 180 vans, fast, frequent and reliable delivery is one of our main commitments to you.
For customers further a field, our overnight nationwide carrier service ensures you are never too far away.
CES Anglesey
CES Burton on Trent
CES Caernarfon
CES Cannock
CES Chester
CES Crewe
CES Derby
CES Isle of Man
CES Liverpool
CES Llandudno
CES Northwich
CES Porthmadog
CES Rhyl
CES Shrewsbury
CES Stoke
CES Telford
CES Wrexham
National Exhaust and Cat Service
As you can see there is plenty of growth and activity in this sector !!
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