Automotive aftermarket distributor AfriPart has claimed its stake as South Africa’s first automotive aftermarket distributor that is 100% owned and operated via an empowered employee trust, born out of an enterprise development initiative.
The level -2 B-BBEE contributor distributes automotive parts and components into channels including automotive, commercial, mining, construction and agriculture through wholesalers, retailers, workshops and fitment centres.
“AfriPart is an employee trust with the vision of securing a significant national footprint within the automotive aftermarket distribution sector,” said Andrew Sommerville, managing director, AfriPart.
“The use of technology will allow AfriPart to rapidly expand via elevated service and delivery mechanisms that will revolutionise the market. Our online ordering system, is on a par if not better than any other South African distributor’s online service.”
The company said it has over the past three years, provided an effective and alternative distribution vehicle for many automotive aftermarket brands and distributes a range of automotive brands such as Echlin, Unipoint, Mobiletron, Textar, Acsa Mag, SKF, VDO and Permatex.
It said there is an opportunity with these well-known brands that the current wholesale distribution channels are not effectively carrying or distributing. The opportunity, they believe, lies with the strength of the brands coupled with propriety online technology that will allow efficient, cost-effective distribution and delivery.
Richard Berner, head of sales and marketing at AfriPart, added, “Our online free technical portal adds value to aftermarket distributors by offering a fast and secure online catalogue and ordering platform to source, procure and supply parts. There are numerous features that assist with product search, order generation, track and trace, as well as saving regularly ordered parts.”