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Australia’s Burson Auto Parts celebrates one year as a public company

26 06 2015

Burson Auto Parts celebrates its first year as a public company, continuing the Australian company’s four decade success story in serving the country’s automotive repair and sales trade.

Burson Auto Parts’ listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in April, 2014 was met with enormous investor interest and represented an exciting major milestone in this independent company’s true blue success story.

The success of the company’s listing on the ASX is a reflection of the company’s total and unrelenting focus on being the Australian automotive trade’s preferred supplier of parts, tools and equipment. It also ensures current and future strategic growth to best service the Australian automotive aftermarket industry nationwide, with expansion into Western Australia and the Australia Capital Territory, along with existing regions across the Eastern Seaboard ensuring national trade customer reach.

Burson Auto Parts services approximately 30,000 customers nationwide through more than 1,200 dedicated team members working in 127 stores and two major distribution centres located in Melbourne and Brisbane.

It is all about efficiency at Burson Auto Parts and while the company has a target of reaching 175 stores across Australia by 2019, store expansion is based purely on best servicing their trade customers in each region. This is achieved through vast stock holding and logistics efficiencies between the company’s distribution centres, Burson Auto Parts’ stores and trade customer locations.

More than 6.5 million invoices are processed annually by Burson Auto Parts, while a fleet of over 500 vehicles ensures prompt and efficient deliveries to customers, eradicating their need and to hold vast amounts of stock.

A further key to Burson Auto Parts’ success is that it is the Australian automotive trade’s destination for the biggest and best brands in the business, whether the requirement is for replacement parts, tools or premier quality workshop equipment.

According to Burson Auto Parts Chief Executive Officer, Darryl Abotomey, “Our first year as a public company has been a very exciting one. Our strategic growth is all about providing the best service to our loyal customers. Our first year as a public company co-incides with our company becoming national with stores in every Australian State and Territory and we are working constantly to ensure that our goal of being the nation’s preferred supplier of parts, tools and equipment to the trade is achieved in all of our markets.”

Not long after Burson Auto Parts celebrated its first anniversary as a public company, a completely new and exciting chapter in the Australian company’s history was opened with the company announcing its acquisition of Metcash Automotive Holdings in July 2015. This acquisition added a total of ten distribution centres handling more than 130,000 stock keeping units through 416 stores and outlets under the Autobarn, Autopro, Carparts, ABS and Midas brands, along with approximately 3,000 other aftermarket customers nationwide through its ATAP, IBS and Garrmax channels. The benefits of this acquisition will deliver unprecedented trade customer reach, product range and service levels.

Burson Auto Parts was established in 1971 by company founders Garry Johnson and Ron Burgoine, initially selling parts from their car boots to service stations and automotive outlets across Melbourne. The first Burson Auto Parts store was opened in Braybrook (Victoria) in 1978. The company grew gradually to 25 stores across Victoria and New South Wales by 1996 and to 50 stores by 2004. Burson expanded into South Australia by 2006 and into Queensland by 2008. Existing store acquisitions and greenfield establishments across the eastern seaboard in the following years saw Burson Auto Parts reach the milestone of 100 company owned and operated stores in 2012. Burson Auto Parts now has 127 stores operating across every state and territory in Australia and was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in 2014.

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