GEV Group consolidates catering equipment spares market by buying UK rival

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Two of the catering equipment market’s providers of spare parts are merging their businesses in a move designed to create “an engine for long-term growth”.

GEV Group, which has its UK operations in Grantham but belongs to a German parent, is taking over Commercial Catering Spares, based in Lancashire.

The pair will collectively offer a much larger stock-holding facility, availabile for next-day delivery anywhere within the UK.

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GEV said the strategic purchase of CCS grows its presence in the UK. By continuing to supply the OEM parts through CCS, the company said the acquisition supports its growth strategy with an emphasis on OEM parts specifically in the UK – and, in addition, for all international markets.

Both the GEV UK office and CCS will be managed by Jonathan Booth, current managing director of CCS (below), and will continue to be run from their Heywood site.

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Alexander Wiegand, managing director of GEV (below), said the huge range of parts held by GEV, as well as further investments in stock, warehousing operations and IT systems, will position the company in the market with a comprehensive spare parts solution required by existing and new UK customers, irrespective of their size.

He commented: “We are pleased and proud to welcome Jonathan Booth and his highly qualified team as the latest member of the GEV Group. Jonathan has grown CCS over the last 20 years to be one of the leading catering spare parts companies in the UK. We are convinced the strengths of both companies will create an engine for long-term growth”.

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GEV is one of Europe’s largest specialist wholesalers in catering equipment spares. Its catalogue includes more than 85,000 spare parts for gas appliances, electric appliances, refrigeration, washing and coffee machines, while its search engine is capable of scanning a databse of 1.9m parts. The company currently offers parts from 570 manufacturers.

Jonathan Booth said the move was positive for CCS.“I am glad to join the GEV Group and am convinced this will further strengthen CCS’s competitive position. I hope the industry will embrace this move to further improve service levels and to promote OEM parts.”

The catering equipment spare parts market has been the subject of significant consolidation this year. In March, First Choice Catering Spares was acquired by Parts Town, North America’s largest distributor of OEM parts for the foodservice industry.

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