GPI Automotive Products P/L
On the 1st February 1978, GPI Automotive Products was formed when Colin Edwards, founder and current CEO of The GPI Group of Companies, commenced operations as a sole trader. Product was produced and sold to Automotive Refinishing Distributors, who then distributed the product range to panel beaters and spray painters. Over 33 years on, the company has grown from strength to strength and currently the products listed for sale in this Division number in excess of 3500 items. Through its 6 warehouses and 14 automotive salespersons employed throughout Australia, GPI would be regarded in the industry as the largest supplier of assorted consumable products, excluding paint, sold on a strictly wholesale basis, to in excess of 650 resellers spread throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific area.
In February 1998, GPI acquired Black Diamond Industries, GPI's competitor in the buff pad market. This acquisition in tandem with GPI's Tuff Buff division gave GPI the major share of the Australian, Asian and Pacific area buff pad market.
The GPI Automotive Division imports exclusively from many suppliers on a world-wide basis, brands including Gerson, Dominion, Fiberglass Evercoat, Eezer, Unic, Loy, Kwasny, Preval, Holbros, SAS, and JTape and also exports product manufactured in Australia to the Middle East, U.S.A, Europe, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.
Within Australia GPI currently is a Master Distributor, on a National basis, for the product ranges of Iwata, Devilbiss, Meguiars, Sykes, Teroson, Bostik and Sundstrom, to name a few. In 2003 GPI became the exclusive importer of Stayer and Felisatti Power Tools and Telesch Air Tools, all manufactured in Italy. Also in 2003 an arrangement was made with Sun Abrasives of Korea for GPI to be the exclusive importer of their unique filmed backed Automotive Abrasive range for Australia and New Zealand. In 2011 GPI started importing Roberlo from Spain, Pneu-Trend from Taiwan, Spectratek from Canada and a large range of product lines from China, released to the market under the Velocity branding.