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Autodata seals deal with Italian distribution giant

Europe’s leading suppliers of technical information, Autodata,has agreed to a partnership with Italy’s leading car parts distributor and workshop operator, Rhiag.

Autodata will provide Rhiag’s huge network of over 2,000 ‘aposto’ and ‘DediCar’-branded workshops with its flagship Online platform.

Rhiag has been operating in the independent automotive market for 50 years and is the leader in the distribution of components for cars, HGVs, LCVs and agricultural vehicles, supplying partner resellers and its own workshops across the country.

The agreement represents the largest of its kind within the Italian market for Autodata and reflects the growth of the brand in continental Europe. 

Key to the alliance is Autodata’s ability to provide comprehensive, up-to-date technical information as part of an intuitive and easy-to-use software platform, helping its workshops to tackle any repairs, servicing and maintenance work in addition to maintaining all manufacturers’ warranties.

Frank Buisson, European Sales Director said: “This partnership represents the coming together of two highly-respected and authoritative brands in the independent automotive sector.

Paolo Vuillermin, Rhiag Italian Sales Director, stated: “We firmly wanted the deal with such an outstanding partner like Autodata to guarantee our garage networks the most complete offer of technical data base in the Italian aftermarket. Autodata is expanding rapidly across Europe and our new relationship with one of the biggest names of its kind in Italy signals not only our intention to continue that expansion in new territories, but also the level at which we are approaching that task. By providing Rhiag’s workshops with our vast expertise and breadth of technical information, we will enable an already-established brand to better service and strongly increasecar repairs. We look forward to working with Rhiag closely throughout the duration of the agreement and beyond.”