Press Report : XPart helping to keep Rover name on the road

John Cranage, Birmingham Post, 31st August, 2009

XPart is celebrating five years of keeping two million owners of Rover and MG cars on the road in the wake of the collapse of the Longbridge manufacturers. The company, based at Desford in Leicestershire, is keeping motor traders around the world supplied with replacement parts that enable them to service and repair the cars.

XPart, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Logistics Services, one of the automotive industry’s leading supply chain management companies, acquired the MG Rover parts business in August 2004, less than a year before the manufacturer collapsed in April 2005.

However, since then, it says it has “worked tirelessly” to maintain high levels of parts availability and provide continuity for more than 700 MG Rover dealers throughout the world. It operates through a network of importers, wholesalers and MG Rover specialist AutoService centres, 250 of them in the UK.

“We have a team of experienced purchasing specialists constantly analysing demand, stock levels and new sources of supply in order to keep high availability levels,” said XPart General Manager Craig Cooper. “By continuing to supply high quality parts to former MG Rover dealers and independent garages worldwide, we provide ongoing opportunities for repairers to service the two million MG Rover cars still on the roads.

We have a team of experienced purchasing specialists constantly analysing demand, stock levels and new sources of supply in order to keep high availability levels. By continuing to supply high quality parts to former MG Rover dealers and independent garages worldwide, we provide ongoing opportunities for repairers to service the two million MG Rover cars still on the roads.” Craig Cooper, General Manager, XPart

“With approximately half of those cars in the UK there continues a particularly strong market for MG Rover service and repair. We provide full technical support for all our outlets, and deliver parts all over Europe from our base in Desford, offering a next day delivery service before 8am in many countries.”

XPart says it has overcome the problems caused by the collapse of MG Rover and the transfer of the marque’s tooling to Chinese ownership. Agreements with the new owner have helped to keep spare parts flowing to the workshops and XPart has bought more than 250,000 parts produced by the original tools. It has also struck a deal with the Chinese-owned MG Motor UK to supply and distribute replacement parts for the new MG TF car built at Longbridge.

“While MG Rover parts supply remains at the core of XPart’s activity, recent developments have seen us invest in the lucrative New Mini servicing market, with more than 100 of our 250-strong UK network opting to become New Mini specialists,” Mr Cooper said.

“We have also channelled a great deal of energy into our All-Makes programme, which allows franchise dealers to establish their own local factoring operation with a relatively low level of investment. We look forward to sustaining high levels of availability in all three areas and will continue to keep a strong focus on maintaining the national and international MG Rover vehicle parc for as long as possible.”

[Source: Birmingham Post]

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Clive claims that his interest in the BMC>MG story dates back to his childhood in the 1960s when the family’s garage premises were leased to a tenant with an Austin agency. However, back in the 1920s and 1930s, his grandmother was one of the country’s first female Garage Proprietors so cars probably run in his genes! Admits to affairs with Alfa Romeos, but has more recently owned an 06/06 MG TF 135 and then a 15/64 MG3 Style… Clive, who was AROnline’s News Editor for nearly four years, stood down from that role in order to devote more time to various Motor Racing projects but still contributes articles on as regular basis as his other commitments permit.

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