Key Dates in The Unipart Story


When many people think of Unipart, they recall a company that revolutionised the automotive aftermarket in the 1970s.

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.

To understand some of the major events that have helped to shape our Group, please click on the relevant tab below. For more details on many of the events, please click here.

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21/03/2015

2015 – Seven Swords of Honour

Unipart wins seven swords of honour and three globes of honour from British Safety Council

21/03/2015

2015 – Productivity campaign

Unipart launches national productivity campaign in press and online

21/03/2015

2015 – Park Signalling ltd

Unipart Rail acquires Park Signalling ltd

21/03/2016

2016 – Responsible Business Index

Unipart receives 100% in Responsible Business Index

21/03/2016

2016 – The Secretary of State for Business visits MetLase

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid visits MetLase.

21/03/2016

2016 – Best in class

Unipart is named ‘best in class’ by Graduates for their leadership programme.

21/03/2016

2016 – Responsible Business Awards

Unipart wins the Bupa Wellbeing at Work award at the Business in Community’s 2016 Responsible Business Awards.

21/03/2016

2016 – Seven-year contract

Unipart Manufacturing wins a seven-year contract to supply engine components for Ford cars being produced in China.

21/03/2016

2016 – Princess Royal Training Award

Unipart Group wins a Princess Royal Training Award in recognition of its in-house management training and development programme.

21/03/2016

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’.

21/03/2016

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.

21/03/2016

2016 – Outstanding Achievement

Unipart’s Chairman and Group Chief Executive, John Neill CBE, wins “Outstanding Achievement” Award at the annual Automotive Global Awards.

21/03/2017

2017 – Instrumentel Ltd

2017 – Instrumentel Ltd

Unipart Rail acquires leading technology company Instrumentel Ltd

21/03/2017

2017 – Key Fasteners

2017 – Key Fasteners

Unipart Rail acquires Key Fasteners

21/03/2017

2017 – Focus and Collaboration Award

Unipart Rail awarded the Customer Focus and Collaboration Award by Siemens Rail Systems at their Supplier Recognition event.

21/03/2017

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.

21/03/2017

2017 – Digital Award

Unipart won the ‘Award for Responsible Business in the Digital Age’ at the 2017 Responsible Business Awards.

21/03/2017

2017 – 13 Swords of Honour

2017 – 13 Swords of Honour

Unipart achieved a record-breaking 13 Swords of Honour and five Globes of Honour from the British Safety Council.

10/05/2018

2018 – Unipart Logistics wins innovation award

2018 – Unipart Logistics wins innovation award

Unipart Logistics received a top award, for innovation at the recent Supply Chain Excellence Awards for the application of digital technology and innovative thinking to create a new reverse logistics solution, for energy and services company Centrica.

10/05/2018

2018 – John Neill receives honorary doctorate from Coventry University

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.