The Autodistribution Group, French and European leader in the independent distribution of car and HGV parts, is responsible for the creation of several networks of garages and mechanical workshops which have had a major influence on the organisation of the automobile repair market.
Standing side by side with the AD Expert garages, AD garages and Staff Auto, the AutoPrimo network, launched in 2001, is a very well-known multi-brand name which currently groups together more than 1,300 repairers in France and Poland. While keeping its autonomy as an owner/manager, the AutoPrimo network provides a professional response to its repairer customers' needs in terms of logistics, communication, commercial initiatives and technical training.
Flexible and innovative, the AutoPrimo concept guarantees tools and support which are exemplary in every way:
- Communication: by integrating the network, the distributor benefits from a system oriented towards promotional activities and the creation of traffic in its garage. It can take advantage of promotional tools (posters, banners, press adverts for discounts or special offers) and the visitors to the website aimed at the general public, www.autoprimo.com
- Training: the new Millennium programme developed by the AD Institute, the Autodistribution Group's training institute, prepares repairers from the AutoPrimo network to take up the challenge of working on the latest generation of equipment. In addition to the twenty-six technical training modules provided by AD, a specialist hot line (Diag 24 Assistance) has been added to help repairers run diagnostics and to resolve all types of faults.
Information: with autossimo.com, each member has access to an online centre of resources and documentation listing all the tools and data required for their work. Members have web access to a database with 1 million references, covering 98% of vehicles.
Services: AutoPrimo includes additional services such as a national parts and labour warranty, waste management aid, loyalty and credit tools and a warranty for used vehicles. In addition, this year, as for all the networks in the Group, members have access to the "Mutuelle des Réseaux" (mutual insurance) for all of their staff. This complementary health insurance allows company heads to offer their employees extensive coverage at a highly competitive price.
Bolstered by these benefits, in 2008 the Autodistribution Group launched its first garages under the AutoPrimo name abroad, in Poland, where it now has around a hundred affiliated repairers.
Vehicles will never stop evolving, customer loyalty will always be key and original quality parts will always be needed, meaning the AutoPrimo network will always be the network for professionals.
The Autodistribution Group in brief
The Autodistribution Group is a French and European leader in the independent distribution of car and heavy goods vehicle parts. Alongside its distribution activities, the Autodistribution Group is also the number one independent car repairer via its brands Garage AD and Garage Expert, AutoPrimo, Staff Auto, Auto Service AD, Carrosserie AD, Centre Technique Automobile and number one HGV repairer with its AD PL Garages and Outlets.
The Autodistribution Group was established in 1962, employs a staff of 6,500 and is projected a turnover of 1.1 billion euros in 2008. The company has a presence in Poland via its subsidiary AD Polska and in Italy via its subsidiary Parts Distribuzione Italia, and holds minority interests in the Netherlands and Morocco.
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