A Brief History
Starting as a small electrical car parts business in the suburbs of Coventry in August 1966, Carwood quickly developed a high quality remanufacturing operation for starters and alternators as well as becoming a thriving regional battery distributor. Over the years the company expanded and diversified into the diesel and auto electrical markets, always striving to keep customer service at the forefront. With a shrewd eye for business opportunities, a number of strategic acquisitions were made over the last 25 years. These included:
1973 Gordon March (Coventry)
1987 Coventry Battery & Ignition (Coventry)
1987 R J Taberer (Coventry)
1994 Clutch Brake & Autospares (Coventry)
1999 Car Lighting Services (Reman) Ltd and CLS Vehicle Systems Ltd (Birmingham)
2004 Capital Auto Services (Dudley)
2008 LUCAS Rewind (Yeovil)
2012 IMER Remanufacturing (Ollerton)
A new remanufacturing facility for rotating electric machines (mainly starters and alternators) and turbochargers was opened in Newark Nottinghamshire in September 2008 to provide additional manufacturing capacity. Subsequently relocated to Ollerton following the acquisition and integration of IMER in 2012.
Carwood acquired the LSUK electrical rewind business in Yeovil, Somerset in November 2008. This has been renamed Carwood Rewind and provides a very good fit with the rest of the company’s electrical business, giving quality control over the electrical rewinding process that is integral to the high quality remanufacture of stators, rotors and other wire wound components. Importantly, the expertise and technical capability at Yeovil enables Carwood to extend it’s customer base to industries outside of the automotive field.
To support our UK Defence Customers a new satellite warehouse and logistics facility was opened in Warminster, Wiltshire, in November 2008. During 2009 additional new satellites were opened in Colchester, Catterick and Donnington. These provide the Army with short ex-stock lead times on a wide range of parts and components and allow them to reduce their own inventory while maintaining high fleet operational status levels.
In 2010 we purchased a majority shareholding in BDS Systems Ltd based in Hull who are suppliers of quality spare parts to the Bus Door industry, we changed the Name to Carwood [BDS) Ltd, taking full control in 2012 and relocating to Driffield.
A major expansion and redevelopment of the Cawood Diesel Systems factory at Smethwick in Birmingham took place in 2012 to further expand the state of the art remanufacturing processes including an industry leading ISO 14664 Class 7 Clean Room Assembly Facility.
Carwood continues to grow steadily through working closely with customers and achieving OE standards of quality processes and products in the remanufacturing industry.