David Loy, Vice President Aftermarket EMEA at Niterra EMEA GmbH said “Our purchase of WhoCanFixMyCar is an important step towards our strategy to support garages and make the life of drivers easier, the garage service and repair online platform will further strengthen our position in the automotive Aftermarket, while also expanding our services to new levels so that we can provide new solutions to the Aftermarket in the future.”
Launched in 2011, WCFMC is an online car maintenance and repair marketplace that consists of a wide network of top-rated independent workshops, mobile mechanics, garage chains and dealerships around the UK. It provides customers with the most convenient repair options in terms of location, price, customer ratings and appointment times for all their vehicle repair and servicing needs – all at the click of a button on a smart device or computer.
“We are thrilled to be embarking on the next stage of our journey with Niterra,” said Al Preston, Co-Founder at WCFMC. “Given their automotive pedigree, Niterra’s team are passionate and motivated to support WCFMC’s continued growth and build on the foundations we have put in place since we started. This is great news for our fantastic repairer network, our strategic partners and all the drivers that have trusted us over the years.”
Whilst WCFMC will follow the Niterra Group management policies, its management will be separated from Niterra's core business of manufacturing ignition and vehicle electronics products, so that it can focus on continuing on its impressive successes. These include helping millions of UK drivers find local, reliable and affordable vehicle repairs, as well as gaining over 100,000 positive customer reviews for its network (TrustPilot, average score: “Excellent” 4.5/5).
With Niterra’s backing, the platform will continue to flourish and benefit from having a well-resourced owner with a clear, long-term vision and deep understanding of the sector.
Notes to Editors
WhoCanFixMyCar (WCFMC) is the UK’s leading online marketplace connecting drivers to rated workshops, mobile technicians and garage chains. Since inception (2011), WCFMC has developed a nationwide, customer-focused, digital-savvy network of repairers who receive customer bookings via its work-provision portal Away from its core retail service, WCFMC also provides white-label solutions and bespoke software to breakdown businesses, fleets, warranty companies and online car retailers – allowing its partners to access the repairer network on specific terms, depending on their requirements.
For more information please visit: www.whocanfixmycar.com
Worldwide: Niterra (formerly NGK SPARK PLUG) is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers. With its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, the company has sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and vehicle electronics technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. At the same time, the company is transforming its organisation and business portfolio in more sustainability-driven directions. Four business fields have been identified for this purpose: Mobility, Medical, Environment & Energy and Communications. With around 16,200 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 4.33 billion Euros worldwide. Niterra’s EMEA sales represent 23% of this global turnover.
Aftermarket EMEA: Niterra has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts and into the automotive sector in the 1970s. The company is renowned for its outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development. The product portfolio of its NGK Ignition Parts brand comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils, leads & caps. Its NTK Vehicle Electronics brand offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. From its regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany, Niterra serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region, the company has six regional companies and around 800 employees.
For more information please visit: www.ngkntk.com