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Japanparts looks to the future

Japanparts, with head offices in Verona, has specialised for more than 30 years in spare parts for Asian, European and American vehicles, under the Japanparts, Ashika and Japko labels. Today, there are over 29,000 part numbers for each of the three brands.

The range of products distributed by Japanparts includes 140 different product groups for all types of spare parts, from engine components to brakes, from clutches to electrical parts, to suspensions, only excluding car body parts. The constant growth in the automotive market under production in the Far East has led this company, in a short time, to a top position in the automotive spares sector.

Japanparts is a young company, with a workforce with an average age of just over 30 years. The staff is streamlined, with 25 people dedicated to administration and 70 employed in logistics – which is entirely outsourced.

The company had a turnover in excess of €75 million in 2016, and exports to more than 70 countries in five different continents. Between 2014 and 2016, Japanparts saw double-figure growth in turnover both in Italy and in export markets, and confirmed its position as a leading brand in the aftermarket.

Japanparts has recently completed an important operation for optimisation of the company footprint: adding shock absorbers to its range of products.

Last year the company opened a new designated warehouse for Shock Absorbers opposite its historical headquarters, thus increasing the surface area by a further 5,000 square metres dedicated exclusively to this product category.

In the coming year Japanparts expects to inaugurate a fourth warehouse, to reach a total of 40,000 square metres of total storage area, which will make it possible to consolidate itspresence, ensuring speed and guaranteeing deliveries, in addition to increasing coverage of stock, which is already equivalent to around six months of sales.

The company’s strength is the ability to anticipate trends and to work in a global context. In fact, it was one of the first to invest in a professional catalogue to be freely accessed over the internet, offered by TecDoc, with whom the company continues to collaborate, guaranteeing a privileged position in updating the data on this platform.

The web catalogue on the websites (one for each retail brand), thanks to a large number of photographs, measurements and technical information, simplifies and accelerates identification of the correct spare part, thus allowing operators to save precious time.

Recently, in addition to the search by vehicle, the company also added a search by chassis and by license plate (reserved for Japanparts partner distributors). These systems are integrated with the possibility for distributors to verify the availability of the individual item in real time and to proceed directly to placing orders from their own reserved area. This operation has contributed to significantly increasing turnover, reaching almost 70 per cent of overall turnover.

This update concerns an investment in materials and technology for integration of the online catalogue, with three-dimensional photographs of the products, that make it possible to identify the spare part and make the correct choice.

Alessandro Piazza, General Manager of Japanparts S.r.l., commmented on the company’s dynamics and growth: “The strength of Japanparts lies in its flexibility, the speed of adapting to such a dynamic and quick-paced global market, increasingly significant stocks, and limited costs. Improving these qualities is our main objective for the future”.