ANN ARBOR, Mich. – July 1, 2013 – Continuing a strategy of global expansion for its filtration products, Affinia Group has acquired a filter logistics company based in the United Kingdom that is supporting the WIX light and heavy-duty filtration products.
European Filtration Limited (EFL), which is headquartered in Northampton, UK, began operations in May 2010, supporting the distribution of WIX products throughout England and Ireland. EFL has achieved significant growth during the past three years, leading to the acquisition by Affinia.
“EFL has proven itself to be a highly valued partner for Affinia and a key player in our global strategy,” said Keith Wilson, president of Affinia Global Filtration. “By making EFL a member of the global Affinia family, we can better support its continued growth by expanding and enhancing services to customers.”
“The European market demands the highest quality of filtration products for light and heavy-duty applications, backed by responsive customer service,” said Zygmunt Wabinski, president of WIX-Filtron, Affinia’s European filtration business. “With the combination of WIX filtration technology, our global manufacturing centers and distribution partners such as EFL, we foresee opportunities for continued growth for all of our valued customers.”
As part of the acquisition, Wayne Stevens, who has been serving as Sales & Marketing director for EFL since its inception and has been instrumental in its growth, has been named Managing Director. “I am delighted to be appointed as the MD for EFL on behalf of Affinia and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to continue the positive impact and high levels of customer satisfaction we have delivered in our first 3 years already. The Affinia acquisition only further cements the future of WIX in the UK for our customers, with the final touch being implemented shortly, changing the company name to WIX Filtration Ltd”, said Wayne Stevens
Affinia Group Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket parts for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles. With approximately $1.5 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.affiniagroup.com