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Pronto and ADI take common action in “1Parts” joint venture
Frankfurt, September 17, 2014
Autodistribution International (ADI) and National Pronto Association (Pronto) announced their
decision to develop common automotive aftermarket activities in their joint venture“1Parts”.
Thechallengesoftheautomotivesectoraremany: inaglobalizedmarketwherevehiclemanufacturers joined
forces years ago, the OEM and OES suppliers are creating joint ventures and merging at a steady
pace. Technological research and development have become a world business too, driven by
environmental requirements and consumer comfort and safety needs. Even motorists become
more“global” as the internet continues to tighten its grip on key domains of the automotive sector.
To cope with the ever faster changing dynamics in this high-stakes environment, ADI and Pronto,
sharing the same vision and strategy for their partners and customers, found each other as matching
partners and jointly invested in a common structure: 1Parts.
The aim of the shareholders of 1Parts is to raise benefits and advantages for all 1Parts
stakeholders, on both the trade and industry side, in key domains such as supplier management and
brand strategy, marketing support, data sharing, technical support to installers…and to identify
further common domains.
From the start 1Parts was designed to be a global organization with members all over the world who
share the same global strategy and vision.
For Omer Wesemael, Managing Director of ADI, the creation of 1Parts is a logical step: “Today’s
automotive sector is complex but at the same time full of opportunities for automotive distribution
organizations that know how to combine a local business with global vision and strategy. In a
global structure such as 1Parts we will not only be able to exchange views and compare practices in
various domains on both sides of the ocean but also give leverage to global suppliers”.
Bill Maggs, CEO of Pronto explains:
“As the global market continues to evolve, Pronto leadership has made it a top priority to
establish a worldwide presence in today’s aftermarket. The creation of 1Parts allows members of
both of our organizations to exchange information and share ideas and strategies on a global level
for the benefits of all. We are excited about the opportunities for our members, vendor partners,
and new partner Autodistribution as we move forward in making this global vision a reality”.
About ADI :
ADI was founded in 1970 and is a leading automotive aftermarket player with its headquarters in
Kortenberg, Belgium (EU). Its nearly 600 AD distributors deliver parts, products, tools and
equipment to professional installers in 31 countries in Europe, Northern Africa and Central Asia.
Apart from a solid portfolio of premium parts manufacturers with OE pedigree and a full marketing
support program including an AD Garage network with 4500 members, ADI offers a comprehensive range
of technical services (training, technical information and a hotline) to professional installers.
The AD Group totals a turnover of 5.8 billion Euro of sales to professional repairers.
About Pronto :
Pronto is a North American organization headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, consisting of 93
shareholder owners. Pronto was formed in 1979 and is a leading Program Distribution group with over
2.5 billion USD in sales (1.9 billion Euro), with a focus on marketing, technology, and buying.
Pronto members distribute Name Brand, OE, and Pronto Exclusive brand products. The Pronto network
is present in the US, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico.
For 1Parts contact :
1Parts Ltd Leuvensesteenweg 272 B – 3070 Kortenberg Belgium
Phone : +32 2 759 29 95
For ADI contact :
Omer Wesemael, Managing Director at
Leuvensesteenweg 272 B – 3070 Kortenberg Belgium
Phone : +32 2 759 29 95
For Pronto contact :
Bill Maggs, President & CEO at
National Pronto Association 204 N. Dooley Suite 300
Grapevine, Texas 76051 United States
Phone : +1 800-477-6686
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