ID parts bosses take on Unipart for Chorley
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• A duel for Leyland Daf's Chorley parts warehouse began this week as management there announced plans to buy the business, putting them in competition with a bid from Unipart.
A team of four, led by the plant's operations director David Little, hopes to present its financial package to the receiver within the next six weeks.
The Leyland Daf dealer association welcomed this interest in the business, which supplies a parc of 110,000 vans and 100,000 trucks. "We would want to support whatever regime came in so long as we could be assured that there would not be a free-for-all to sell parts," says chairman Mike Adams. But dealers will lose confidence in the product if they cannot get such assurances, he warns.
One dealer, Evans Halshaw, has already given up its Leyland Daf truck franchises at Aston, but it will still sell Leyland Daf vans there.
Daf is to withdraw from the 17tonne engine market. In future its heaviest solo four-wheelers will be powered by proprietary power units—full details next week.