Unipart Group Statement on Unipart Automotive

Mallory Mabe / 24th July 2014 / Comments (0)

Unipart Group has released a statement regarding Unipart Automotive –
the car parts and accessories company that it sold in 2011.

It was announced today that Unipart Automotive, the business controlled by
H2 Equity Partners (“H2”), has been placed into administration.

John Neill, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Unipart Group, said: “We are
saddened by the Unipart Automotive situation and even though we sold
control of this business years ago, we are concerned for the future of the
employees.”

“We have recently been able to work constructively and collaboratively with
Andrew Page and are pleased that they have been able to save 33 branches
and around 350 jobs. They have a strong reputation for selling high quality
products and brands and we look forward to making available a supply of high
quality Unipart branded products to Britain’s car owners and Unipart Car Care
Centres.”

The Unipart Automotive distribution business, previously known as Partco,
was sold by Unipart Group in 2011. Unipart Group retained a passive equity
stake, and a condition of the sale was that Unipart Group exercised no control
over the business.

Unipart Automotive progressively established itself as a stand-alone entity
with the exception of some distribution services provided by Unipart
Group. Less than 1% of Unipart Group employees provided services to
Unipart Automotive. Unipart Group anticipates that it will be able to offer
redeployment opportunities as the Group is experiencing growth elsewhere.

“We are continuing to grow our core long term businesses and will be making
some important announcements regarding new clients in the coming weeks,”
said John Neill.

“Unipart Manufacturing Group has benefitted from the biggest investment in
our history in the last few years and is expanding quickly. We announced the
ground breaking Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering with
our partners, Coventry University, which is enabling the UK to develop highly
skilled young engineers in a production environment.

“Our Unipart Logistics business serves a wide range of blue chip clients and
continues to grow with new contracts such as Kimberly-Clark and our contract
with Qoros, the Chinese car manufacturer was recently announced.

“Our Unipart Rail businesses are growing quickly in the UK and internationally
through the introduction of innovative products and services. We are also
building long term collaborative partnerships that will further speed up this
growth.

“Our Unipart Expert Practices consulting businesses will shortly announce two
major new contracts. The Unipart International business continues to expand
in Europe, the Middle East, and in the United States with the launch of Unipart
Heavy Duty, which provides cooling and components for large vehicles.

“The Group is financially strong and well placed to support its international
growth strategy.”

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