6/17/2009 2:20:00 PM
Chameleon in legal battle with car kit supplier
A car kit distributor has halted the plans of one of its major suppliers to launch a business in direct competition with it in the UK.
The Chameleon Group distributes and installs car kits in the UK, including products from German manufacturer Bury Technologies GmbH, for which it has exclusive rights.
However, Chameleon has taken legal action to prevent Bury Technologies from launching a business in the UK to rival its own distribution arm, Chameleon Codewing Ltd.
According to an email seen by Mobile, Chameleon has won an injunction against Bury’s UK subsidiary that stops it from ‘selling, offering or marketing car kits directly or indirectly’.
Neither party was willing to comment directly, but former Chameleon Codewing managing director Rod Lewis confirmed that there is an ongoing legal dispute between Bury and Chameleon Codewing.
While Lewis was previously managing director of Chameleon Codewing, Mobile understands he is now providing informal advisory services to Bury UK, but has not been offered a formal contract with the company.
The email sent out by the chairman of The Chameleon Group, Philip Stanley, said the company is the sole distributor of Bury products in the UK and dealers are to contact the company if they are approached by another supplier.
One source close to Chameleon Codewing said if the company lost its distribution rights in the UK ‘it would be a huge chunk of their business’.
Chameleon Codewing is a distributor for both Bury and Parrot car kits, while Chameleon Group is also a major installer of car kits, claiming to have fitted over one million units in the UK.