GT Exhausts (NI) Limited was founded in 1975, by entrepreneur, vehicle mechanic and vehicle dealer operator; Mr Gilbert Tunney. Having successfully launched and operated a number of vehicle dealerships across Northern Ireland including Ford, Vauxhall, Renault, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Honda, Daihatsu, Hyundai, Subaru, Isuzu and Ssang Yong, Mr Tunney saw a niche in the vehicle parts sector and with that came the start of an exhaust manufacturing and distribution plant at Enniskillen. He purchased his first factory premises, and all that remained to be done was buy and commission plant and machinery, find and train staff and of course get customers.
The first machine installed at the factory was a pipe bending machine at a cost of £65,000. He then set about finding customers and secured clients including Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Eire, where GT Exhausts manufactured Original Equipment Systems for cars such as the Cortina and Mk II Escort. With the economy and the manufacturing industry in disarray leading to the folding of these companies during the 1970's, our founder sought to create its own market force and created and developed a broad range of systems for the replacement market whilst also securing Original Equipment customers overseas.
As the vehicle parc, and demand expanded, so too did GT Exhausts. Expansions at the original factory took place in 1980, 1982, 1985 and 1990, and finally in 2000, GT Exhausts opened its new purpose built plant on a green belt site. Whilst these expansions were taking place so too were the launch of our Fast Fit Centres and Distribution warehouses across, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, which have served our Research & Development Team with invaluable product knowledge. As well as the replacement sector, GT Exhausts also manufacture Original Equipment/Genuine parts which are exported across Europe, USA, Brazil and Japan.