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History

1948     Imperial started out as a Chrysler dealership in downtown Johannesburg
1973     Cancelled Chrysler agency and became Toyota dealers, adding trucks to our offering
1975     Started Imperial Truck Hire
1979     Launched Imperial Car Rental and started a transportation business
1987     Listed on the JSE
Imperial Car Rental merged with Hertz
1989     Regent short-term insurance established
Logistics diversified into warehousing
1991     Acquired Springbok Atlas and first Mercedes-Benz dealership
1992     Acquired Tanker Services
1993 – 1999     Various acquisitions of transport companies which were combined to form the SA logistics business
1995     The formation of Associated Motor Holdings as an importer and distributor of vehicles
Acquired the listed Saficon group to significantly expand the motor retail division
1996     Acquired the Renault and Daihatsu distribution rights
Imperial Bank and Regent Life Assurance established
1998     Obtained Kia distributorship
Acquired European logistics arm from Thyssen Krupp
Acquired Safair
1999     Acquired National Airways Corporation
Acquired controlling interest in Brian Porter Holdings Limited to expand the motor retail division
2000     Developed supply chain services in the logistics division
Acquired a controlling interest in listed diversified tourism company, Tourvest
Obtained Hyundai distributorship
2001     Disposed of 50,1% of Imperial Bank to Nedbank
Acquired Haniel Reederei Holding GmbH, largest operator of barges on Europe’s inland waterways
2004     Launched Imperial Autoparts
Ukhamba Holdings acquired 10,1% stake in Imperial in a BEE transaction involving all of Imperial’s black staff and a
community development trust
2005     Acquired Jurgens Caravans
Lereko Mobility acquired 7,25% stake in Imperial
Imperial entered the Australian car dealership market with the acquisition of nine Ford dealerships in Sydney
2006     The acquisition of a chain of truck dealerships and auto logistics businesses in the UK from RAC plc
2008     Unbundled leasing and capital equipment division as Eqstra
Discontinued Safair and International Trucks distribution
Disposal of Multipart Holdings in the UK, the parts and auto logistics arms of the RAC acquisition
2009     Disposed of Tourvest
2010     Disposed of remaining 49,9% of Imperial Bank to Nedbank
Expanded automotive parts business with the acquisition of Midas
Entered the vehicle tracking and fleet management industry with the acquisition of 25,5% of MiX Telematics
Launched Imperial Fleet Management in a joint venture with WesBank
Acquired Goscor to expand into industrial distribution
Acquired E-Z-GO South Africa to extend product range in distributorships division
2011     Expanded African footprint in logistics with the acquisition of CIC Holdings and created a separate Africa logistics division
Awarded distribution rights for Mitsubishi
Acquired Edusport, leading sports and events management company
Created new financial services division
2012     In Europe acquired:
Lehnkering, one of Europe’s leading specialist logistics companies serving the chemical, agricultural, petrochemical and steel industries
In Africa, logistics acquired:
control and increased our shareholding to 80% in Transport Holdings in Botswana, which provides fuel transportation, mining consolidation and transport, general cross-border transportation and local distribution within Botswana
In distributorships and automotive retail divisions acquired:
Bobcat, a leading supplier of compact equipment into the construction, mining and agricultural sectors; and
Watts Truck and Van in the UK, a DAF truck dealer, which complements and strengthens our network in this brand in the UK

 

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