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Supplier of automotive spare parts
1969 British Leyland introduced a range of spares and accessories to be supplied directly to their 4,500 distributors; these parts would be suitable for a range of cars, not just British Leyland's, and were called Uniparts
1975 Introduction of Unipart shops
By 1977 there were 400 Unipart shops selling spare parts
1978 The Unipart division of Leyland Cars was one of the few success stories of that business; not only did it offer spares for its own cars but also UK competitors and was starting to introduce spares for foreign-made cars
1984 As part of the preparations for privatisation, acquired the distribution network of AE, Edmunds Walker Holdings which would broaden the parts network beyond just BL franchisees; also as part of the deal acquired Truck and Trailer Components and Cardan Electrics
Various business improvement programmes introduced
1990 The Unipart Industries site in Oxford won the Best Factories Award from Management Today
1997 Opened four new joint venture factories including Kautex Unipart Ltd and Unipart Eberspacher Exhaust Systems. Acquired Railpart and a 49 percent share of National Railway Supplies
1999 Acquired Partco Group making it the largest supplier of aftermarket parts in Britain
2011 Unipart Automotive was sold to H2 Equity Partners. The business focussed on three major areas: logistics, manufacturing and consultancy.