A lot has changed since then; Unipart is now a highly diversified company bringing a wide range of benefits to clients in the rail, technology, retail, automotive, financial and public sectors.
Each of our client relationships is unique, but what is common to most is how Unipart enables significant cost reductions, improvements in capacity and customer service, and a level of engagement with employees that delivers real commercial benefits.
Our operations today span three major areas: logistics, manufacturing and consultancy. But across all three, there is a single approach that enables us to deliver more than our clients expect. We call that The Unipart Way.
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1990 – Launch of Our Contribution Counts Circles
Launch of Our Contribution Counts Circles, which enables all employees to solve problems at their own level
1992 – The Lean Machine opens
Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon. John Patten MP, opens Unipart employee health and fitness centre, The Lean Machine
1993 – Best Factory in Britain award
Unipart’s Coventry manufacturing site wins Best Factory in Britain award by Management Today/Cranfield University.
1994 – Unipart’s silver jubilee
Unipart celebrates the silver jubilee of the Unipart Brand
1996 – New Chairman of Unipart Group
Lord Sheppard of Didgemere named as Chairman of Unipart Group
1997 – Faculty on the Floor launch
The first ‘Faculty on the Floor’ learning centre is launched at Unipart’s site in Kent
1997 – Unipart opens four new joint venture
Unipart opens four new joint venture factories including Kautex Unipart Ltd and Unipart Eberspacher Exhaust Systems
1998 – Unipart supports the Government’s New Deal
Unipart is among the first businesses to support the Government’s New Deal initiative
1999 – Unipart acquires Partco Group
Unipart acquires Partco Group making it the largest supplier of aftermarket parts in Britain
2006 – Multimillion pound distribution and repair centre
Unipart and Vodafone announce plans to establish a multimillion pound distribution and repair centre at Nuneaton
2007 – Consultancy work with HMRC
Unipart Expert Practices, the Group’s consultancy arm established. 150 ‘expert practitioners, begin consultancy work with HMRC
2007 – European Supply Chain Excellence Award
Unipart Nuneaton wins the European Supply Chain Excellence Award
2007 – New contracts
New contracts with Habitat UK & Pets at Home.
2009 – New contracts
New contract with Sainsburys
2010 – Wins Platinum status in Business in the Community’s
Unipart wins Platinum status in Business in the Community’s appraisal of corporate responsibility
2011 – Purpose-built fulfilment centre
Unipart opens moves to purpose-built fulfilment centre in Barnsley for ASOS
2011 – Unipart Automotive sold
Unipart Automotive sold to H2 Equity Partners.
2013 – Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt
Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt Appointed Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of Unipart Expert Practices
2013 – Unipart wins ‘best of best’ awards
Unipart wins ‘best of best’ awards for excellence in Health and Safety and Environmental Management
2013 – Bryan Jackson MBE
Bryan Jackson MBE appointed to Unipart Board
2013 – New manufacturing facility
New manufacturing facility for Kautex Unipart Ltd opens in Coventry
2014 – Toyota in India
Unipart wins additional contract with Toyota in India
2014 – Young jobseekers training
Unipart launches training programme for young jobseekers
2014 – Partnership with University of Huddersfield
Unipart Rail announces partnership with University of Huddersfield
2014 – Ground breaking five year
Unipart & Chinese car maker Qoros announce ground breaking five year deal
2014 – BiTC Big Tick award
Unipart receives BiTC Big Tick award for Wellbeing and Employee Engagement
2014 – £1m. funding for R&D
Unipart Manufacturing gets £1m. funding for R&D into advanced fuel systems
2014 – Next generation of engineers
Unipart Manufacturing opens its doors to the UK’s next generation of engineers and manufacturers at the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering.
2014 – Unipart wins a major contract
Unipart wins a major contract with National Grid to train and coach thousands of employees in the UK and US.
2014 – Ground-breaking five year contract
Unipart wins a ground-breaking five year, full-spectrum aftermarket logistics contract with Qoros Automotive Co. Ltd., which is based in Changshu, China.
2014 – Unipart launches Unipart Inspires
Unipart launches a new programme called Unipart Inspires, aimed at equipping young job seekers with skills for work.
2014 – joint venture
Unipart Rail and Lucchini UK announce joint venture
2015 – Kubota chooses Unipart
Kubota chooses Unipart to provide world class distribution centre
2015 – Launche of Unipart Powertrain Applications business
Unipart Manufacturing Group launches Unipart Powertrain Applications business in Coventry
2015 – HSS Hire partners has a version of The Unipart Way
HSS Hire partners with Unipart to run national distribution centre and HSS version of The Unipart Way
2015 – UK Rail industry collaboration award
Unipart Rail wins prestigious UK Rail industry collaboration award
2015 – Best profits since 2005
Unipart announces best profits since 2005
2015 – 5 stars in BiTC Index
Unipart wins highest accolade for corporate responsibility — 5 stars in BiTC Index
2015 – New logistics centre opens
Unipart Logistics opens new parts distribution centre in Bhiwandi in India
2015 – Seven Swords of Honour
Unipart wins seven swords of honour and three globes of honour from British Safety Council
2015 – Productivity campaign
Unipart launches national productivity campaign in press and online
2015 – Park Signalling ltd
Unipart Rail acquires Park Signalling ltd
2016 – Responsible Business Index
Unipart receives 100% in Responsible Business Index
2016 – The Secretary of State for Business visits MetLase
The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid visits MetLase.
2016 – Best in class
Unipart is named ‘best in class’ by Graduates for their leadership programme.
2016 – Responsible Business Awards
Unipart wins the Bupa Wellbeing at Work award at the Business in Community’s 2016 Responsible Business Awards.
2016 – Seven-year contract
Unipart Manufacturing wins a seven-year contract to supply engine components for Ford cars being produced in China.
2016 – Princess Royal Training Award
Unipart Group wins a Princess Royal Training Award in recognition of its in-house management training and development programme.
2016 – CBI Director-General visits
CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn visits The Unipart Group headquarters in Oxford to learn about how the firm is unlocking its productivity potential through ‘The Unipart Way’.
2016 – Sword and Globe of Honour awards
Unipart Logistics wins 10 Swords of Honour and five Globes of Honour at the British Safety Council’s Sword and Globe of Honour awards.
2016 – Outstanding Achievement
Unipart’s Chairman and Group Chief Executive, John Neill CBE, wins “Outstanding Achievement” Award at the annual Automotive Global Awards.
2017 – Focus and Collaboration Award
Unipart Rail awarded the Customer Focus and Collaboration Award by Siemens Rail Systems at their Supplier Recognition event.
2017 – Awards
Unipart Group receives a number of accolades at the International Safety Awards including a special award for outstanding achievement in health, safety and environmental management and an award for Unipart Rail in the transportation, distribution and storage category.
2017 – Digital Award
Unipart won the ‘Award for Responsible Business in the Digital Age’ at the 2017 Responsible Business Awards.
2018 – John Neill receives honorary doctorate from Coventry University
John Neill, chairman and group chief executive of Unipart, was presented with an honorary doctorate in business administration in recognition of his significant and longstanding contribution to the automotive and logistics business.
2018 Unipart and Williams form Hyperbat joint venture
Hyperbat – the UK’s largest independent vehicle battery manufacturer will open in early 2019 in Coventry, creating around ninety new jobs, at a new, multi-million pound, high-tech facility that will produce batteries for future hybrid and electric vehicles.
2018 Unipart honoured at global safety awards
The British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards celebrate and reward organisations from around the world. Unipart Logistics and Unipart Rail were two of only 15 organisations to be awarded a distinction. Unipart Logistics also won the prestigious sector award for Transport and Logistics.