Gowan Auto, a subsidiary of Gowan Group, has today officially opened its new Distribution Centre at Citywest. The €30m investment was officially opened by Minister for Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, and Peugeot Chief Executive Officer and member of the Top Executive Team at Stellantis N.V., Linda Jackson. The new Distribution Centre encompasses a new warehouse, office space, training academy and marketing showroom. 130 people are employed by Gowan Auto at the Citywest site.
Gowan Auto is the exclusive importer and distributor of Alfa Romeo, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Honda, Jeep, Opel and Peugeot in the Republic of Ireland. Gowan Auto operates with 150 dealerships nationwide. Holding almost 10% of new passenger car registrations, and almost 25% of new light commercial vehicle registrations in Ireland in 2022, Gowan Auto and its nine brands have set their sights on considerable, sustainable growth in the coming years.
The increased capacity of Gowan Auto’s new warehouse allows for expanded stock holding levels, which will result in enhanced delivery times for customers. Gowan Auto has also introduced shared services across its nine motor brands which means its dealer network can avail of centralised IT support, enhanced customer care, parts and finance teams.
Reflecting the company’s position in supporting the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), the facility has 26 EV charging bays, the most in any one location in Ireland. Gowan Auto is currently on track to meet 2030 emissions targets with all its brands intending to be fully electrified in that timeframe.
Michael Dwan, CEO of Gowan Group, commented at the opening: “We are pleased to officially open the new Gowan Auto Distribution Centre, including flagship showroom, training academy and warehouse. It is a really positive step in our story and will importantly result in increased efficiencies and accessibility for our dealer network. This investment will play an important role in our growth over the coming years as we target considerable expansion in key areas. One such area where we see a significant opportunity is electric vehicles. This is a major focus for us and our partners as we aim to fully support the government’s ambitious climate action targets, as each of our brands fully embraces a move to pure electric, zero local-emissions mobility.”
Attending the event, Linda Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Peugeot, said: “The strategic ambition of Gowan Auto is clearly demonstrated by this major investment which has delivered a state of the art facility on a par with anything I’ve seen
across Europe. The foundations and track record of this family business underpin Gowan Auto’s growth and development, and we at PEUGEOT, part of Stellantis, look forward to continuing our strong commercial relationship with the business.”
Pictured: Front row from left to right: Cristian Hurley (Shareholder), Gemma Maughan (Shareholder), Linda Jackson (Peugeot CEO), Minister Paschal Donohoe TD, Maria Smith Bourke (Shareholder). Middle rows: Alba Smith (Gowan Group Director / Shareholder), Cliona Mullen (Gowan Group Non-Executive Board Member), Michael Maughan (former Gowan Group Chairman), Fiona Thomas (Gowan Group Director / Shareholder). Back row: Frank Murphy (Gowan Group Finance Director), Alan Kilroy (Gowan Auto Finance Director), Liam FitzGerald (Gowan Group Chairman), Carmel Treacy (Gowan Group HR Director), Michael Dwan (Gowan Group Managing Director).