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ARMS® Business Solutions UK Agrees to Buy EMACS


ARMS® Business Solutions UK today announced its intention to buy Dewsbury-based EMACS, developers of an award-winning bodyshop management system. Completion of the agreement is subject to regulatory approval.

The acquisition offers ARMS® Business Solutions UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK, the opportunity to develop better bodyshop management software in the UK and to continue to grow the portfolio of solutions it provides to the collision repair market.

ARMS® Business Solutions UK will work with EMACS sales and software teams to ensure the development of EMACS software, as well as the products developed by Bodyshop Management Solutions (BMS), which was acquired by the business in 2015. The acquisition of EMACS, for an undisclosed sum, will enable greater synergies and allow the companies to develop new products more cost effectively for the benefit of their customers.

The agreement comes after EMACS founding members Alan and Eric Hargreaves sought a suitable buyer for the company following their decision to retire. EMACS will continue to operate as a separate entity based in Dewsbury and all remaining employees will stay with the business.

Chris Ashworth, Managing Director for ARMS® Business Solutions in the UK, said: “EMACS is a business that has distinguished itself for the quality of its software and the commitment of its team. When we were approached by its founders to discuss a potential acquisition, the synergies with our business were immediately apparent. We are incredibly excited about the EMACS team joining our business, so we can further expand our range of solutions and continue to add value to our bodyshop customers.”

“With the backing and resources of the wider business, this acquisition will allow us to continue to develop the outstanding EMACS software business and enhance our existing software solutions in the UK more effectively.”

EMACS was established in 1995 by Alan and Eric Hargreaves, who together brought almost 70 years of experience in the body repair and computer software sectors. The company offers a comprehensive range of software for the bodyshop industry and is a preferred partner for a number of vehicle manufacturers. It has won many awards including the ABP Club “Repairers Choice Award” for the best bodyshop management system for the last 10 years.

EMACS Managing Director, Alan Hargreaves, said: “Finding the right partner was our main priority when the time came to retire. ARMS® Business Solutions UK was by far the best fit given the company’s long-term commitment to the bodyshop sector. Its growing technology subsidiary complements EMACS’s systems perfectly.

“We built the EMACS software specifically for bodyshops. It is a system that is relied on by many repairers and we are proud to have enjoyed the support of our loyal and happy customers for many years. ARMS® Business Solutions UK has shown that it will continue to invest in the further development of EMACS’s suite of products, both for employees who are dedicated to the success of the business and our customers.”

EMACS General Manager, Chris Mortimer, said: “The acquisition of EMACS by ARMS® Business Solutions UK is a positive and exciting venture for both EMACS and its customers. The ethos of both companies are well aligned. We share a passion for the bodyshop industry and achieve results by combining extensive industry knowledge with unrivalled customer service. EMACS can utilise the resource, skill and industry knowledge of the wider business so the future looks very exciting for EMACS and its customers. The agreement allows EMACS to continue to develop the best, cutting-edge, innovative bodyshop management software solutions backed up with exceptional customer support.”

Over the last 10 years Enterprise has invested US$2.4 billion in acquiring a multitude of technology and mobility companies across the world. The current portfolio includes driver-assistance systems, travel planning and booking technology, real-time routing, assessment and planning as well as a mobility search app that allows customers to search, compare, book and pay for journeys that involve multiple modes of transport. The company also continues to invest in technologies to support the collision repair sector.

"“EMACS is a business that has distinguished itself for the quality of its software and the commitment of its team."

Chris Ashworth

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