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Group Profile

Invicta Holdings Limited’s specialist automotive division has recently been restructured, with the establishment of Universal Parts Group (UPG) comprising Autobax, Driveshaft Parts and IMEXPART UK, which was acquired in July 2023.


Automotive and heavy-duty after-market specialists, UPG, has consolidated its local operations into one highly efficient facility in each major centre - Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban. The company supplies parts for passenger cars, light commercial, heavy-duty, off-highway and agricultural vehicles and also supports heavy-duty vehicles used in industrial sectors, including steel mills, paper mills and marine.


This streamlined operation offers a broad product offering of quality branded components in Southern Africa, the United Kingdom, Poland and Ukraine.

UPG Offices Johannesburg



What we do

UPG distributes both automotive, agricultural & heavy duty parts from leading international manufacturers into the OE and aftermarkets in the countries we serve. From wheel bearing kits and timing components to driveshafts and allied products, our range offering is considerable.


We are passionate about supplying quality components from top brands like Europart, STC, Shimizu, Timken, NTN, MRK, NSK, Tirsan, Gomet, Pivotal, Walterscheid, APG, and Spicer. We’re also the sole distributor of Gates automotive belts in Africa.


Leveraging owned-distribution centers with warehouses in Africa and Europe –  equipped with high-tech inventory management and dispatching systems, our diverse team are customer-focused, committed and always willing to offer friendly expertise, advice and assistance.

UPG Automotive Parts

Our Companies


For the past 50 years, the Autobax legacy of integrity and dedication to its valued clients is evidenced by numerous supplier awards for excellence in quality and service. Autobax is your trusted partner for premium automotive solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

driveshaft parts

Since 1988, Driveshaft Parts has specialised in the wholesale trade of Driveshaft and CV Joint Components via branches across the globe. We partner with our manufacturers to ensure that we always develop high quality products and solutions through continuous improvement.


IMEX is the UK’s leading independent truck parts distributor.

Having served the automotive industry since 1986, IMEX is a leading independent truck parts distributor offering a genuine alternative to the franchised network.

UPG Warehouse

UPG Quality Statement

UPG is committed to supply products exceeding customer expectations. 

The company shall implement and maintain a Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Management System (SHEQ) which conforms to the requirements of ISO 9001, 14001, 45001 standards and applicable legal obligations. 


We are committed to ISO9001-2015 risk-based quality system with customer feedback and satisfaction being a large component in driving change thereby meeting and exceeding our customer expectations.

UPG Safety Health & Environmental Policy

UPG is committed to tomorrow – and we care about safety, health and environment (SHE) and the prevention of pollution in accordance with the Health and Safety Act.


All activities are carried out in conformance to relevant legislation and we continually seek to avoid hazardous conditions, improve health, practice safety, minimise waste, promote recycling, reduce energy consumption, reduce harmful emissions and where possible, partner only with suppliers who themselves have sound safety and environmental policies.


Our SHE policy and the obligations and responsibilities required by the environmental management system is communicated to all employees.

Leadership Team

John Black Universal Parts Group

John Black

Managing Director

Universal Parts Group

Brad Gardiner Drive Shaft Parts

Brad Gardiner

Managing Director

Driveshaft Parts Global

Lennard de Bruin Universal Parts Group

Lennard de Bruin

Financial Director

Universal Parts Group

Mateusz Krokowski Drive Shaft Parts

Mateusz Krokowski

Managing Director

Driveshaft Parts - Europe

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