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The best of British Manufacturing as Auto Marine celebrates 50 years

Throughout that time Auto Marine has been providing high quality OEM and replacement parts to the automotive, marine and allied industries. Auto Marine was originally established by Howard Hammond in 1964 as car accessory shops (Kar-Bar).  The family run business has evolved and grown, now employing over 65 Staff.

Currently, the business is owned and managed by Peter and David Hammond (2nd Generation) who have both worked within the organisation for over 30 years.  They have taken the business forward and seen the company grow into a multi-million pound market leading business.

Questioned on the longevity of the company, Managing Director, Peter Hammond comments, “Our strong and continuous growth pattern results from an ardent philosophy of producing consistently reliable products coupled with a dedication to after-sales support.  By listening to, and working closely with our customers, we are able to continuously refine and evolve our products and quality systems”.

Auto Marine has built a strong brand and positioning both in the UK and internationally, with their range of high quality cables.  Asked about this Peter says “We take great pride in the fact the 98% of all the cables sold by Auto Marine are manufactured at our production facility in Manchester; utilising the latest technology and implementing state-of-the art manufacturing techniques, which will ensure our respected position within the industry”.

Auto Marine’s modern production and storage facility is open 24 hours a day producing over 100 million metres of cable each year, which enables them to have a constantly replenished  stock holding, short lead times and ex stock deliveries into workshops, regional distributors, harness manufacturers and OEMs.  99.5% of all orders are delivered on time to many satisfied customers.

A family-run business, Auto Marine offers high levels of customer care from experienced staff who possess excellent product knowledge thus providing the reassurance and reliability needed with today's industry demands. 

Sales Development Director, David Hammond comments “Our products are renowned in the industry for their high quality and performance.  At every stage of manufacture, from raw materials through to finished products, rigid quality control procedures are followed, ensuring all products meet the various stringent national and international standards.  All our systems are approved to BS EN IS 9001:2011”.

Auto Marine is also the UK's official aftermarket distributor for MTA's range of circuit protection products. This respected Italian company supplies the majority of original equipment manufacturers throughout Europe.  A spearhead for growth this 25 year strong partnership has positioned Auto Marine at the forefront of technology.

The future is certainly exciting for Auto Marine, as they look forward to, and embrace the technological advances and innovations of the next 50 years.