About Unipart Rail

About Us

Unipart Rail addresses the challenges of the rail industry across the asset lifecycle by working collaboratively with our partners to deliver technology and supply chain solutions that improve performance, reduce risk and optimise cost.

We’re part of Unipart Group, a global business that brings together manufacturing, logistics and consultancy in a set of products and services that create imaginative solutions for its customers.

We take a holistic approach to rail and work across infrastructure, signalling and rolling stock. We work with the full portfolio of rail customers including Operators, ROSCOs, Infrastructure Owners and Contractors.

We are a preferred supply partner for many rail customers and a critical part of their supply chain, the service we provide enables them to deliver for their customers and keeps the railway running.

And as we also have a strong set of principles that underpin our business – covering safety, corporate responsibility, employee engagement, and our unique Unipart Way, you can be confident that you are partnering with a business that has an ethical approach to serving the world’s railways.

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Our History

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Unipart Group

The Unipart Group employs thousands of employees worldwide and has an annual turnover of approximately £750million. It is a leading UK manufacturer, full service logistics provider and consultant in operational excellence.

We are one of Britain’s largest employee-owned companies, with the majority of shares being held by employees. But when the group formed nearly three decades ago, it was ideas rather than size that shaped our fortunes.

Privatising Unipart in 1987 created the agenda for a different kind of company that would become a model of operational excellence providing logistics and consultancy services for a wide new range of companies. Our group philosophy, to understand the real and perceived needs of our customers better than anyone else, and to serve them better than anyone else,set the agenda for the company.

On the day of its launch as a private company, all Unipart employees were invited to participate as shareholders in a bid to ensure they did not miss out on this new opportunity to shape and share in their own destinies.

This sense of authentic interest in employee well-being has been backed by many tangible actions such as the opening of the Unipart U, one of the first corporate universities in Europe which offers employees the chance to learn continuously and which has helped to shape Unipart's history.

While learning and personal development was at the heart of Unipart's culture, it did not stop with formal "training". Programmes such as Our Contribution Counts Circles trained all employees in a simple, six stage approach to problem solving, then encouraged and empowered then to seek out problems in the workplace and form teams to drive effective solutions. With 100% participation on many sites, OCC Circles consistently deliver millions of pounds of direct cash savings and other benefits. There have been over 26,000 circles run since the programme began.

Many of the improvements are directed towards the company's drive to inspire employees to deliver outstanding customer service. For individuals and teams who demonstrate their commitment to "going the extra mile" for customers, the Mark In Action programme provides public recognition.

At the heart of our Group is The Unipart Way - our standard way of working that has been developed over more than 20 years.  It is our proven method of generating our high levels of employee engagement, which deliver a wide range of benefits for all our customers.

Unipart people consistently strive to deliver better than expected results through their high levels of engagement, underpinned by our operational excellence.

 It's what we call Performance through Engagement.


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Other Unipart Divisions

Our whole approach to logistics has evolved from our years of experience in the highly productive automotive industry, with its vastly complex supply chain.  Today, we have successfully adapted that industrial knowledge and experience to provide a wide range of logistics services that have proved capable of meeting the needs of many of the world’s best known and most demanding companies. For all our customers, our simple aim is constantly to search out imaginative and transformative opportunities that go beyond traditional logistics, in order to help you sustain and build your competitive advantage and the service your customers receive.

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Unipart Commercial Vehicle is part of the Unipart Group. It provides a full range of parts and services to the commercial vehicle aftermarket. Truck & Trailer Components is the wholesale distribution business of Unipart Commercial Vehicle and distributes worldwide to a network of approved stockists.

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Unipart Autoparts is the Car and Commercial Vehicle component distribution arm of the Unipart Group and consolidates all of Unipart’s automotive aftermarket activity into one business. We have over 40 years experience in the UK aftermarket with our market leading brands of Unipart and TTC. It is your one stop shop for all your automotive needs.

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Unipart Expert Practices is the Consultancy arm of Unipart that delivers real business benefit through the implementation of Lean and Continuous Improvement delivered by Unipart Practitioners with operational and consultancy success.

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With operations based in mainland Europe, the Gulf and the USA, Unipart International provides services and products to the truck and bus aftermarket, the collision parts industry and the industrial and automotive heat exchange markets.Comprising a mixture of distribution, service and manufacturing companies, Unipart International has a global reach, and its operating companies are recognised as leaders in their specific fields.

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Unipart Manufacturing produces original equipment components and is a first tier supplier for the automotive industry, with all the necessary quality accreditation to support a customer base which includes British, European and Japanese vehicle manufacturers. It also designs, manufactures and services heat exchangers.

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The Unipart Way

Our international clients increasingly are facing issues that span the globe in terms of their need to engage people at every level of the business. But unlocking the potential in people across national boundaries, different cultures and varying market conditions can present its own range        of issues.

The Unipart Way is a philosophy of working that is underpinned by a set of tools and techniques that form the basis of our knowledge management system. We have drawn previously on our relationships with Honda and Toyota to create a world-class body of knowledge for operational excellence. Now we have combined that knowledge with our culture and strong heritage in marketing and branding to turn the Unipart Way into a formidable business system


The Unipart Way provides a foundation for innovation and organisational improvement on a global basis. When implemented across multiple sites or in multiple countries, it can provide you with a standard approach and measures that enable people to share best practise more easily and effectively.

Whether that means managing a complex global supply chain or sharing problem solving skills, The Unipart Way has already been used successfully to unlock the potential of businesses around the world in almost any sector. It offers people the ability to have 'one way’ of evaluating and improving that can connect diverse elements of even the most complex businesses.

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