Universal Parts Group acquires Imexpart

Commercial Motor
November 12, 2023

Imexpart (IMEX) has announced the company has been acquired by the Universal Parts Group (UPG). South African-based UPG distributes automotive, agricultural and heavy duty parts from leading manufacturers into OE and aftermarkets in South Africa, Ukraine, Poland and now the UK. 

 

This aligns with IMEX’s operation as an automotive parts distributor. Founded in 1986 by Arthur Pinkey, a former parts manager at MAN, IMEX expanded its offering to specialise in replacement parts for trucks and engines catering to car, van, truck, and bus applications. Its range of products covers parts for Mercedes, Volvo, Scania, DAF, Renault, MAN and Iveco vehicles as well as several engine component providers, including the likes of Mahle, TRW, King Bearings and Victor Reinz. 

 

The company has more than 80 employees and three depots across the country covering the North from Castleford in West Yorkshire, the Midlands from its Birmingham base and the South from Swindon. IMEX has 45,000 sq ft of warehouse space to store parts for quick delivery with its fleet of more than 45 vans. 

 

The company reshuffle also includes the acquisition of Driveshaft Parts Limited in Swindon which IMEX will now operate from. This expands IMEX’s reach across the country and its range to include driveline parts in addition to truck and engine components. The driveline range will continue to grow under this new ownership structure to cover parts such as propshafts, CV joints, propshaft centre bearings, universal joints, and driveshafts. This will ensure the products are able to cater for all types of vehicle including agricultural machinery. 

 

For IMEX’s customers, the acquisition signals the start of a quicker, more efficient service. The company is introducing free same day delivery to make it more convenient to access parts quickly, supporting workshops in minimising downtime associated with parts supply delays. 

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