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In May 2013, LKQ Corporation acquired Sator, which allowed LKQ to expand its presence in Europe to continental Europe. Headquartered in Schiedam, the Netherlands, Sator is a market leading distributor of automotive aftermarket parts in Western Europe. The acquisition of Sator expands LKQ's European footprint, further expands its European distribution network and provides a potential platform to capitalize on the large and fragmented mechanical replacement part markets in Europe.
Sator also complements LKQ’s existing ECP operations in the U.K. by allowing for potential cost savings from the leveraging of LKQ’s combined purchasing power given the significant overlap in suppliers and product mix. In 2014, LKQ began to align Sator's distribution model with that of its U.K operations through the acquisition of seven warehouse distributors, five of which were customers of Sator.
Sator has over 2,000 employees at 75 aftermarket warehouses that serve a diverse base of repair shops and warehouse distributor customers. In 2014, Sator's sales included 171,000 SKUs.
Sator generates approximately 90% of its revenue from sales in the Netherlands and Belgium, with the remainder in Northern France and other European countries.