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Coventry based automotive company sets out growth plans

17 February 2021
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Evtec Automotive, an electric vehicle automotive supply specialist, has set out its growth plans within the UK car industry and shore up the supplier base with a new ethical, sustainable approach to business.

The newly formed, Coventry-based company makes car parts for many of the major players in the UK automotive sector with a major focus on supporting Britain’s growing electric vehicle sector.

David Roberts, Chairperson Evtec Automotive, said: “Our mission is to source, make, deliver and then sustainably dispose of all EV technologies, helping to drive social change and the adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

“We are rebuilding with purpose. That is our ethos. We are employing more disadvantaged people, driving profit to create social value and making the planet a better place for our children and grandchildren. It can’t get any better.”

Evtec Automotive recently acquired Arlington Engineered Systems, that was part of Arlington Industries Group and has been working hard on filling its Coventry plant’s order books. Monthly sales are now back to pre-crisis levels, and it is on target to achieve its employment strategy by end of March 2021, with 35% of jobs being given to disabled workers. It is now putting into place ambitious plans to grow volumes and customers, further boosting the strategically important UK Tier One supply base.

David added: “The Coventry plant’s rebirth, under the new Evtec Automotive brand, represents its next natural evolution. It will now become an essential supplier and sub assembly integrator to car makers in the UK and Europe for complex assemblies in electrical and cooling systems.

“The business is positioning itself as a key Tier One supplier to the rapidly growing EV sector. With Jaguar Land Rover and many other major customers now really accelerating their electrification plans, we’re positioning ourselves to supply this demand for electric vehicle sales rapidly increase in the coming years. Developing a viable electric vehicle supply base is also vital to the future competitiveness of the automotive industry in this country.”

Evtech’s 80,000 sq. ft plant has long employed disabled workers. Originally it was part of Remploy, a scheme formerly sponsored by the Department of Work and Pensions to provide on-going sustainable employment for disabled people.

David Roberts sits on a number of company boards and has plans to replicate the model of employing disabled workers across other existing sites and companies.

Evtec is the leading disabled employer in the UK providing Tier 1 assemblies to the European OEM market. The Evtec plant in Coventry has been a major supplier of automotive assemblies and kits for over 50 years and companies throughout Europe use its high quality, flexible assembly facility for their products.

It is a member of the Stretford Group, an investment firm founded by leading entrepreneur, David Roberts. Stretford seeks to generate attractive long-term returns within the manufacturing sector and as such has built up an impressive portfolio of private companies, located in the UK, in a wide variety of sectors including luxury goods, automotive vehicles and trucks, automotive parts and components, consumer goods and industrial products, that complement each other to provide the market with superior products and services. Stretford’s objective is to push the boundaries of manufacturing excellence, through investing in promising companies, clever technology and market leading practices.


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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