Saudi Arabia - National Auto Parts (NAP), a subsidiary of Petromin Corporation, has signed a distribution agreement with Pirelli, making NAP as a new distributor for Pirelli tyres in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

The agreement was signed in Milan, Italy, between Kalyana Sivagnanam, Petromin GCEO, and Khaled Jnifen, CEO of Pirelli for GCC, Middle East, Africa, and India.

This partnership places NAP as a one-stop-shop for wholesalers and independent garages, with multi-brand auto parts solutions in KSA. NAP as a new company will play a key role in the region, creating a digital marketplace promoting customer convenience and trust.

Pivotal role

The distribution agreement plays a pivotal role in positioning NAP as the ‘partner of choice’ for the KSA market.

Sivagnanam said: “Petromin and Pirelli are two of the most trusted entities in KSA. Both partners have their equities aligned and are relied upon in terms of quality, technology, and sustainability, catering to whole-sellers, retailers, and individual car owners in the kingdom. This partnership will result in the delivery of innovative and reliable customer solutions with sustainability at its core. Petromin’s reputation in the markets that it serves is endorsed by its customers and stakeholders. This is based upon our strong foundations, established 50 years ago, since the company’s formation in 1968.”

Jnifen said: “The kingdom has always been one of our most prominent markets, as one of the biggest markets in the region and one where we really can see and feel potential for growth.

“Having the right distribution partner for Pirelli, as well as offering the level of customer support and service our clients expect, is a key factor in our success as a leading global brand. That is the reason we strongly believe that working closely with NAP, we can achieve the desired growth and success.”

Premium tyre distributor

Steve Horne, CEO, NAP, said: “The association aligns with NAP’s mission to be the leading automotive solution provider in the kingdom. It places NAP as the number one premium tyre distributor in the KSA, and together with Pirelli we aim to transform the tyre market through a multi-channel approach working with our wholesale partners, opening new state-of-the-art retail centers, and using our B2B and B2C platforms to reach independent garages and car owners.”

Horne added: “We will use our world-class logistics infrastructure to deliver a first-class service to our customers. Pirelli is known for its innovation; they are industry leaders in the development of tyres for EV vehicles which again aligns with our mission to support our customers’ future needs and meeting the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030.”

The partnership with Pirelli is yet another case in point of NAP’s plans for ambitious growth, coupled with offering superior services and multiple solutions, to customers and stakeholders, within a short span of time since its inception.

The new dual branded tyre fitting centres are expected to open in this year, with branches spread across Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam. A launch event is also set to take place on January 17, 2023, in Riyadh.

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