Automotive parts giant, Bapcor has announced it has consolidated all of its Japanese and Asian truck parts operations into a new single entity to be known as Wano.
In announcing the new entity, Bapcor said that Wano will be the new name for the wide array of its Asian truck parts specialists absorbing the expertise and commercial vehicle parts sourcing capabilities of HIM Spares, Don Kyatt Queensland, He Knows Truck Parts, I Know Parts, Japanese Trucks Australia, Japanese Commercial Spares and Truck Parts Dubbo.
Bapcor said that Wano would give commercial vehicle and light truck owners and operators a one stop shop when ‘chasing crucial, high quality, guaranteed fit parts that keep the fleet on the road’.
According to Mathew Cooper, the executive general manager of Bapcor Mechanical, Wano represents the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in Australia’s commercial vehicle parts business.
“Combining more than a half century of expertise and premium quality parts sourcing for Australia’s constantly growing
“For the Japanese and Asian commercial vehicle sector, Wano brings a new level of stockholding, customer service and convenience to this important automotive aftermarket sector through this new and unique national brand,” Matthew Cooper said.
“In seeking to provide the best possible customer service and value to as many repairers as possible, we plan to extend the WANO store national footprint to reach 40 stores by 2025 to meet the demand of this growing automotive aftermarket sector,” he added.
The company says that Wano combines more than half a century of industry experience, supported by the automotive aftermarket resources and customer service capabilities of the Bapcor Group.
“All of the highly specialised businesses that form WANO have a strong heritage and proven track record in the rapid sourcing and fast supply of quality Japanese and Asian commercial vehicle parts. Now together as the one national and highly specialised commercial vehicle parts provider,” the company said.
“This one stop national parts destination provides Australia’s most comprehensive range of parts to suit Japanese and Asian commercial vehicle makes and models,” it added.
Bapcor said that in-house workshops, external service agents, panel shops, cooling system specialists, auto electricians and tuners for commercial vehicles can access Wano via a single national phone number by dialling 1300 595 944 which will connect them to highly experienced parts interpreters and more than 70,000 SKU lines across 15 locations, with more on the way it said.
Wano will handle driveline, body, suspension, chassis, electrics, cooling, and lubrication parts and consumables and said that if it’s not in stock, the operation will source the part directly to minimise operator down time.
The company said that one call connects to the supply chains of seven of the biggest independent suppliers of Japanese and Asian commercial vehicle, so that operators of Isuzu, Hino, Fuso, UD, Toyota, Nissan and LDV in light commercial classes are all covered.
The company said that as well as in store or over the phone trading, Wano also operates online (www.wano.com.au) and the service is backed by a constantly updated commercial vehicle parts cataloguing also helps to keep Australia’s commercial vehicle fleet on the move.