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    Mahle Aftermarket launches new generation of workshop diagnostic tools
    Mahle Aftermarket has announced the launch of the second generation of its workshop diagnostic tools Mahle TechPRO and Brain Bee Connex, according to a press release dated April 3. The company said its developers have completely redesigned the user interface and further improved usability. The tool now guides workshop teams intuitively and more efficiently through the respective application, enabling smooth vehicle diagnostics. The tool includes a new VCI connector, which is claimed to b...
    Magneti Marelli Parts & Services outlines range of A/C solutions for workshops
    Magneti Marelli Parts and Services, the division of Marelli dedicated to the distribution of spare parts, automotive components and technical information to the independent aftermarket, has outlined its range of A/C system recharging and maintenance stations called Alaska, which is also suitable for electric and hybrid vehicles, according to a press release dated April 2. The company believes summers can often come without warning, forcing drivers to start using their air conditioning again, ...
    Delphi outlines aftermarket solutions for hydrogen vehicles
    Delphi, a brand of PHINIA Inc. and a provider of automotive parts and solutions, has outlined its aftermarket solutions for hydrogen vehicles, which includes advanced parts, specialized training and diagnostics, according to a press release dated April 8.  The company believes hydrogen has emerged as a leading candidate for clean combustion thanks to its high energy content in the switch to alternative fuels. It says as the world grapples with the pressing need to reduce carbon emissions...
    Continental acquires mold specialist for CV and specialty tires
    Continental has announced that it has acquired the mold manufacturing specialist EMT Púchov s.r.o. based in Slovakia, according to a press release dated April 8. EMT is a manufacturer of special tire molds, especially for commercial vehicle and specialty tires. The company specializes in the milling of molds made of steel.  All 107 employees, who have specialist knowledge in mold manufacturing, have been taken on by Continental. Further details of the agreement were not disclosed. With ...
    AccuAir Suspension is now available at Mopar dealers
    AccuAir Suspension, maker of next-generation on- and off-road air suspension control products, announced that it has partnered with Mopar to offer the AccuAir Dynamic Suspension Jeep line at 2700 Mopar dealerships nationwide through the Mopar affiliate program, according to a press release dated April 4. This line includes the Jeep JK, JL and JT models, and the new kits can lift vehicles up to 4 inches and clear 37-inch tires easily, the company said. AccuAir said its kits are ...
    Philips launches GoPure GP5212 automotive air purifier
    Lumileds, a lighting solutions company, has announced the launch of the Philips GoPure GP5212 Automotive Air Purifier for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, according to a press release dated April 5. GoPure GP5212 effectively filters out airborne allergens including pollen and mold that can pass through the cabin filters typically found in vehicles. Standard cabin air filters typically trap particulates of 5-100 microns. The Philips GoPure GP5212 can filter particles as smal...
    Toyota-owned Koito Manufacturing inaugurates third plant in India
    Koito Manufacturing, a Toyota-group lighting supplier, has started the operation of its third plant in India on March 18, according to a press release dated March 29. Koito expects production capacity for its front lighting and indicators to reach the 500,000-vehicles level at the end of fiscal year 2025. The plant is expected to supply to Maruti Suzuki, Tata and other manufacturers in western parts of the country. The plant has been established by Koito’s subsidiary India Japa...
    Continental launches digital tire management app ContiConnect Lite
    Continental has launched ContiConnect Lite, a new app version for digital tire management, according to a press release dated March 20. ContiConnect Lite creates a bridge between tire sensors and professional tire management, and offers a free-of-charge gateway to selected ContiConnect features. It can now be used on tires with an integrated Gen2 sensor. Since 2024, Continental has been delivering its off-the-road (OTR) radial tires with a Bluetooth-enabled sensor ex factory. “Digital tire ...
    Toyota strengthens its battery production capabilities
    Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC) has agreed with Panasonic Holdings Corp. (Panasonic HD) to make Primearth EV Energy Co. Ltd. (PEVE) a wholly owned subsidiary, according to a press release dated March 5. The move is aimed at strengthening PEVE’s capabilities in mass-producing automotive batteries. The acquisition took place in late March. Among Toyota-affiliated companies, currently PEVE, Toyota Industries Corp., and Prime Planet Energy & Solutions Inc. (ownership: Toyota 51%, Pa...
    MEMA & eShipping partner to offer logistics solutions for the aftermarket
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced its partnership with eShipping, a nationwide distribution chain management company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., according to a press release dated April 2. The newly launched MEMA & eShipping Partner Program aims to enhance logistics solutions for the automotive aftermarket industry, the release added. The...
    Aftermarket supplier Transtar elevates Anna Gluck to chief human resources officer
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier Transtar Holding Co. has announced the promotion of Anna Gluck to the position of chief human resources officer to support the company's rapid growth plans through organic expansion and targeted acquisitions, according to a press release dated April 1. Gluck has been with Transtar since 2020, where she led the company's total rewards program and employee engagement efforts, with a strategic focus on employee training and development programs, and attra...
    Delphi expands its steering and suspension range
    Delphi has outlined its range of steering and suspension (S&S) systems that offer vehicle stability, control and safety, according to a press release dated March 17. The company plans to launch a new-to-range program that will see the addition of over 1,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) annually in 2024, 2025, and 2026. This means more than 180 million vehicles in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region will be covered. From April 2024, the company plans to add more than 700 new part ...
    Akebono Brake Corp. launches new fleet-focused product line
    Akebono Brake Corp. has announced the release of a new product line: Akebono Severe Duty Ultra-Premium Fleet Brake Pads, according to a press release dated March 28. The company said its fleet-focused Severe Duty Ultra-Premium brake pads are engineered to redefine performance standards in the demanding realm of severe-duty applications. Aimed at vehicles such as police and emergency vehicles, tow trucks, delivery fleets, or construction vehicles, the brake pads have been designed with meti...
    MEMA announces formation of Aftermarket Suppliers CEO Council
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced the formation of the Aftermarket Suppliers CEO Council, according to a press release dated March 27. Exclusively for top aftermarket leaders, the council brings together executives from the automotive, commercial vehicle and remanufacturing sectors, the release added. MEMA said its networking groups are consisten...
    Israel-based SaverOne signs agreement with Iveco
    SaverOne, an Israeli technology company engaged in transportation safety solutions, announced that it has signed an original equipment manufacturer agreement with Iveco, which designs, manufactures and markets light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, according to a press release dated March 27. The agreement is a collaboration to develop a solution to prevent driver distraction from cellphone use. The agreement covers the integration of SaverOne’s safety technology within Iveco's v...
    Holley Performance Brands makes new senior appointments across aftermarket verticals
    Holley Performance Brands, a company involved in automotive aftermarket performance solutions, has announced the addition of two new senior leaders who will focus on enhancing the customer experience across Holley’s portfolio of brands, according to a press release dated March 26. The company said that Charlie Taylor and Will Robbins, who collectively represent nearly 50 years of automotive industry experience, have joined the organization as vice president of Digital Strategy and vice pres...
    Standard Motor Products-owned Pollak launches trailer connectors and accessories
    Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP), a US-based aftermarket supplier of replacement parts, has announced the introduction of Pollak's new line of trailer connectors, adapters and accessories, according to a press release dated March 25. The Pollak line of precision-engineered trailer connectors, adapters, extensions and accessories have been specifically designed for towing with light-duty and medium-duty trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). The Pollak Trailer Connector program is ma...
    Holley rebrands as Holley Performance Brands to accelerate growth
    Holley Inc, a US-based company involved in in automotive aftermarket performance solutions, has announced the shift in its operations branding from Holley Performance Products to Holley Performance Brands, according to a press release dated Mar. 20. The company says the change underscores its goal to expand its influence and enhance its presence across the high-performance automotive aftermarket sector. Evolving from its previous primary focus on classic muscle and truck, Holley Performance B...
    ZF Aftermarket expands TRW brake booster & master cylinder product lines
    ZF Aftermarket has announced that it has expanded its parts offerings for vehicles in the United States and Canada, adding 80 new listings to its TRW and SACHS branded portfolios, according to a press release dated Mar. 19. The latest additions expand coverage to more than 5 million vehicles in operation. New braking products include 31 different part numbers for TRW brake boosters and master cylinders for 2.7 million vehicles in operation, including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen br...
    Hitachi Astemo Americas named Jose Gonzalez marketing manager
    Hitachi Astemo Americas, Inc, a manufacturer of engine management, electric powertrain, and integrated vehicle controls, announced that Jose Gonzalez has been named the new Marketing Manager for the Hitachi Astemo Americas Aftermarket Division, according to a press release dated Mar. 21. Gonzalez steps into the role that was vacated by Hannah Hua, who will be taking on a new role as Project Manager at Hitachi Astemo Americas Aftermarket Division. As Marketing Manager for the Hitachi Astemo...
    VinFast founder launches EV charging company V-Green
    Pham Nhat Vuong, Chairman of Vingroup Corporation and founder of VinFast, has announced the establishment of an electric vehicle charging station venture named V-Green, according to a press release dated Mar. 18. VinFast vehicles will receive priority access at the EV charging stations. According to the release, V-Green's mission is twofold: investing in the development of a comprehensive charging infrastructure system that prioritizes supporting VinFast vehicles, and propelling Vietnam towar...
    Premium Guard launches revamped website for Interfil
    Premium Guard Inc. (PGI), a US-based aftermarket supplier of filters, has announced the launch of a redesigned website and parts catalog for its North American manufacturing hub and Mexico market leader, Interfil, according to a press release dated March 19. The company said Interfil's new website features a refreshed design with a sleek, modern layout for better user experience and the latest web technology for improved functionality. The website features extensive information about Interfil...
    Standard Motor Products expands Oil Filter Housing Kit program
    Standard Motor Products Inc., a US-based aftermarket supplier of replacement parts, has announced the expansion of its line of Oil Filter Housing Kits, according to a press release dated March 12. The company said the Standard Oil Filter Housing Kits feature design improvements over the original equipment (OE) units, are application-specific, not universal and come completely assembled from the factory for a drop-in solution. According to the company, OE oil filter housings, such as those on ...
    Advance Auto Parts appoints three new independent directors
    Advance Auto Parts Inc., an automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, announced that it has appointed A. Brent Windom, Gregory L. Smith and Thomas W. Seboldt as independent directors to the Advance Auto Parts board, effective immediately, according to a press release dated March 11. In connection with these appointments, the company has entered into a cooperation agreement with Third Point LLC and Saddle Point Man...
    Stoneridge appoints Troy Cooprider as chief technology officer
    Stoneridge, a US-based manufacturer of electrical and electronic components, modules and systems for the automotive, commercial vehicle and off-highway industries, announced the appointment of Troy Cooprider to the position of chief technology officer, according to a press release dated March 14. Cooprider will set the company’s strategic technology and product roadmaps, and support future innovation and growth through oversight of the global engineering function. “We have a cle...
    UK-based GSF Car Parts opens new Wembley branch
    GSF Car Parts, a UK-based supplier of car parts to the independent aftermarket, announced that it has opened its new Wembley, UK, branch on March 4, according to a press release dated March 5. This is the second branch the parts supplier has opened in 2024 and the first of several new sites it is set to open in the greater London area in 2024, it said. GSF said it supplies thousands of independent garages, national chains and retail customers (via www.GSFcarparts.com) throughout the UK w...
    BM Catalysts expands range with addition of 22 new part numbers
    UK-based manufacturer of aftermarket emissions products, BM Catalysts, has announced that with the vehicle parc growing year over year, the company continues to expand its range to meet demand, and has recently added 22 new part numbers covering 145 vehicle fitments, according to a press release dated March 13. The company said the range expansion has grown its vehicle parc coverage by over 2 million vehicles. Of these new additions, seven references are manufactured to meet Euro 6 emissions ...
    Eaton’s EV chargers meet California’s CTEP requirements for billing transparency
    Power-management company Eaton has announced that its Green Motion electric vehicle chargers available in North America are certified to meet the California Type Evaluation Program (CTEP) requirements for transparent billing practices, according to a press release dated March 6. CTEP is a certification program from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Division of Measurement Standards (DMS) created to ensure that weighing and measuring devices operate correctly. The comp...
    Valeo outlines its remanufactured truck clutches
    Valeo has reiterated that it offers remanufactured clutches for a wide range of truck models, from Mercedes to Scania to Iveco, with an aim to provide commercial vehicle owners with a reliable and environmentally friendly alternative to purchasing new parts, according to a press release dated March 6. The company also offers a two-year warranty on unlimited mileage (same as Valeo’s new clutches). “Valeo is doing its utmost to ensure that the future is a bright one and believes remanufactu...
    ZF Aftermarket launches new Lemförder chassis parts for EVs
    ZF Aftermarket has announced that it is offering an extensive range of chassis components for cars, vans and trucks under its Lemförder brand, according to a press release dated March 13. About 50 vehicle manufacturers worldwide use chassis parts from ZF for their cars with many electric cars also equipped with ZF components. The company said it provides vehicle workshops with spare parts that correspond exactly to the specifications of those of original equipment. With regular new listings,...
    Tenneco-owned DRiV to expand product coverage in the Americas
    DRiV, the aftermarket and ride-performance division of Tenneco, announced that it has introduced 181 new part numbers across its portfolio of leading brands during the first two months of 2024, according to a press release dated March 8. From January through February, the company introduced new part numbers in North America, which will provide millions of additional repair occasions across five of its leading brands. These parts are from its wide range of brands that include Monroe Shocks and...
    China’s SunCar announces partnership with Li Auto Insurance
    SunCar Technology Group Inc., a company involved in digitalized automotive after-sales services and online auto insurance intermediation in China, has announced a new business agreement through its wholly owned subsidiary, Shanghai Chengle Network Technology Co. Ltd., with Beijing Li Auto Insurance Brokerage Co., according to a press release dated Feb. 21. This partnership focuses on developing a state-of-the-art information technology system for insurance brokerage. This agreement has a tota...
    Magneti Marelli Parts & Services outlines its range of spark plugs and glow plugs
    Magneti Marelli Parts and Services, the division of Marelli dedicated to the distribution of spare parts, automotive components and technical information to the independent aftermarket, has outlined its range of spark plugs and preheating glow plugs capable of meeting the needs of more than 96% of the European circulating park, according to a press release dated March 7. The company said while much attention is now focused on the transition to electric mobility, the majority of...
    Vitesco develops high-voltage box to integrate charging, power conversion applications in one unit
    Vitesco Technologies, a leading global supplier of new-age drive technologies and electrification solutions, is developing a series of applications of its high-voltage box, which is a modular system that makes charging, converting and distributing electricity in electric vehicles cheaper by integrating several functions in one unit, the company announced Feb. 28. The cost can be saved depending on the design of the high-voltage box, which includes the vehicle onboard charger for AC charging o...
    Braking solutions supplier TMD Friction launches new website
    TMD Friction, a supplier of brake-friction solutions for the automotive and brake industry, has announced that it is developing a new, modern brand direction, which includes focusing on business practices and solutions to minimize its environmental impact, according to a press release dated Feb. 29. The company said it is heralding these developments with the launch of a new company website. According to the release, the new website is modern and dynamic and has a new, dedicated section for s...
    Mitsubishi launches proof of concept for EV smart charging in Japan
    Mitsubishi Motors, MC Retail Energy Co. Ltd., Kaluza Ltd. and Mitsubishi Corp. (MC) have announced the launch of a proof of concept (PoC) in electric vehicle smart charging, according to a press release dated Feb. 15. Kaluza is a subsidiary of the UK-based energy service provider OVO Group, in which MC acquired a 20% interest in 2019. This PoC will seek to verify the commercial viability of what would be Japan's first smart-charging service, leveraging EV connected technologies. The data...
    Dayco begins production at its belt-manufacturing facility in Mexico
    Dayco, a US-based engine products and drive-systems supplier for the automotive and aftermarket industries, announced that it has begun full-scale production of original equipment quality drive belts in its new manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosí in Mexico, according to a press release dated March 4. The company had announced in end-2022 that it was investing in the facility. The official grand opening ceremony, which took place on Feb. 27, gave Dayco CEO Craig Frohock and several of t...
    US lubricant-maker Amsoil launches new synthetic motor oil
    Amsoil, a US corporation that primarily formulates and packages synthetic lubricants, fuel additives and filters, announced that it has added a new 0W-40 viscosity to its original equipment (OE) 100% Synthetic Motor Oil line, according to a press release dated March 1. This new OE 0W-40 is primarily for newer RAM HD trucks equipped with the 6.4-liter Hemi engine. The motor oil is specifically designed to deliver maximum wear protection, fuel economy and emissions control for the lon...
    American Industrial Partners completes acquisition of Veoneer
    Automotive technology company Veoneer announced that the American Industrial Partners Capital Fund VII (AIP Fund VII) has completed the acquisition of Veoneer's Restraint Control Systems business from SSW Partners LP, according to a press release dated March 1. The deal was first announced on Dec. 6, 2023. Veoneer claims to be a market leader in automotive safety electronics. It said that in the past year, nearly one in every four cars that left production lines globally was equipped wit...
    TotalEnergies Marketing Canada signs a five-year agreement with Boss Lubricants
    TotalEnergies Marketing Canada Inc., a subsidiary of TotalEnergies that manufactures a full range of lubricants for the automotive, heavy-duty and industrial vehicle markets across Canada, including fuel-economy engine oils, biodegradable lubricants and high-performance greases, has announced the signing of a commercial partnership with Boss Lubricants, a Canadian company based in Calgary, Alberta, according to a press release dated Feb. 28. Boss Lubricants operates 11 branches from Vanc...
    ZF Aftermarket launches sensors for driver assistance systems for commercial vehicles
    ZF Aftermarket has announced the introduction of sensors for commercial vehicle applications on the independent aftermarket for the first time under its Wabco brand, according to a press release dated Feb. 28. The sensors are the front camera for the OnLaneALERT lane-departure warning system and the radar sensor for the OnGuardACTIVE automatic emergency braking system. ZF Aftermarket said it provides these spare parts in original equipment (OE) specification and quality for many DAF and ...
    Israel-based SaverOne launches new pilot project in the US
    SaverOne, an Israeli technology company engaged in transportation safety solutions, announced that it has launched a new pilot project in the US with Motor Supply Inc., according to a press release dated Feb. 22. Motor Supply is a trucking company based in Columbia, SC. SaverOne's System was installed on a portion of Motor Supply's fleet of 16 trucks. The pilot is expected to run over a period of 12 months and, if successful, potentially expand to the rest of the fleet and any futur...
    Dorman Products reports 2023 sales at $1,929.8 million, up 11% YOY
    Dorman Products Inc., a US-based supplier in the motor vehicle aftermarket industry, has announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2023, according to a press release dated Feb. 26, 2024. The company reported fourth-quarter 2023 net sales of $494.3 million, down 1% compared to net sales of $501.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2022. Gross profit was $194.2 million, or 39.3% of net sales, compared to $157.8 million, or 31.5% of net sales, for the same...
    Hankook launches winter tire in the US for enhanced ice control and snow safety
    South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook Tire & Technology Co. has announced the latest update to its winter product line with the Winter i*cept iZ3 tire in the US, according to a press release dated Feb. 23. Engineered to deliver durability and improved performance in snow and ice, the Winter i*cept iZ3 is designed for compact and full-size sedans, while the i*cept iZ3 X is designed for the sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment, the release added. “For many Americans, winter driving can be...
    Japan's Marubeni to invest in production of next-generation recovered carbon black
    Marubeni Corp. (Marubeni), a Japanese trading and investment conglomerate, announced that it has invested in RCB Nanotechnologies GmbH (RCBNano), a Germany-based company that is currently constructing a plant to produce next-generation recovered carbon black (rCB2.0) used in tires, according to a press release dated Feb. 15. The company observed that there has been increasing interest within the tire and rubber product industry in recent years, in the process to produce recovered carbon ...
    Schaeffler Group reappoints CEOs of both Automotive divisions
    The supervisory board of Schaeffler AG has agreed to renew the contracts of Executive Board Members Matthias Zink and Jens Schüler for five years each, effective Jan. 1, 2025, according to a press release dated Feb. 23, 2024. Zink has been a member of the executive board and CEO of Schaeffler’s Automotive Technologies division since Jan. 1, 2017. Schüler was appointed to the executive board on Jan. 1, 2022, serving in that capacity as CEO of the Group’s global Automotive Aftermarket div...
    Japan’s Mitsubishi to acquire 32% of India’s TVS Vehicle Mobility Solution
    Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp. (MC) announced that it has agreed to subscribe approximately 32% shares in TVS Vehicle Mobility Solution Pvt. Ltd. (TVS VMS), a multibrand dealer in India, through private placement, according to a press release dated Feb. 19. To gain a downstream foothold in the rapidly growing Indian automotive sector, MC had invested in one of India's largest independent aftersales services providers, i.e., TVS Automobile Solutions (TASL), in 2019. TASL has a network of about 700...
    Japan’s Sojitz Corp. acquires Panama’s Silaba Motors
    Sojitz Corp., a Japan-based company engaged in trading business, investment and financial activities, announced that it has acquired full ownership of Silaba Motors SA, a company primarily engaged in sales of Kia and Mazda vehicles, to enter the car dealership business in Panama, according to a press release dated Feb. 21. Established in 1991, Silaba Motors is an authorized automotive import wholesaler and dealership operator. According to the release, Silaba Motors’ strength lies in its on...
    Michelin joins Antin and Enviro for construction of first end-of-life tire-recycling plant in Sweden
    Michelin has joined Antin and Enviro to announce the construction of the first end-of-life tire-recycling plant in Sweden, according to a press release dated Feb. 23. The joint venture has secured a series of multiyear contracts for the supply of used tires and the upcycling of recovered carbon black and pyrolysis oil. This first plant will have capacity to recycle approximately 35,000 metric tons of used tires annually and to create up to 40 green jobs in the local community. This JV is part...
    Bosch expands workshop range with replacement parts for A/C systems
    German automotive supplier Bosch said that it is expanding its workshop offering with A/C components to cover the repair needs of A/C systems, according to a press release dated Feb. 6. The company has so far offered fully automatic A/C service units and accessories for the maintenance of A/C systems in vehicles. With A/C compressors and condensers for vehicles from most European manufacturers, the new range of replacement parts initially includes two key wear parts for the A/C system. In the...
    Automotive retailer Lithia & Driveway completes transaction with Pendragon
    Lithia & Driveway (LAD), an automotive retailer in North America that also provides a suite of financing, leasing, repair and maintenance options, announced that it has completed the transaction with Pendragon PLC, to be renamed Pinewood Technologies Group PLC, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. With the move, the company has acquired the UK Motor and Fleet Management divisions of Pendragon, the UK's third-largest automotive dealership group, and formed a strategic partnership with P...
    Forvia Hella elevates Philippe Vienney as new CFO
    German automotive supplier Hella, which operates under the umbrella brand Forvia, announced that it has appointed Philippe Vienney as CFO of Forvia Hella and appointed him as a new member of the management board in this function, according to a press release dated Feb. 7. Vienney will take up the post on March 1. He will take over as CFO from Bernard Schäferbarthold, CEO at Forvia Hella, who is acting CFO until Vienney takes office. Economist Vienney has been with Forvia, the world's se...
    Stellantis-owned Eurorepar launches its new Reliance AllSeason tire
    Eurorepar, the Stellantis Group’s multibrand range of automobile products (spare parts, accessories, tires, oils, consumables, etc.), announced that it has launched an all-weather, all-season tire called the Reliance AllSeason, according to a press release dated Feb. 5. The tire is designed to fit most models on the market and suits almost all conditions, the release added. The tire has an asymmetrical design that offers a smooth ride in the rain, with wide grooves to expel water and reduce...
    US-based Clarience Technologies acquires Safe Fleet to expand safety technology portfolio
    Clarience Technologies, a US-based provider of visibility and safety technology solutions for transportation, announced that it has acquired Safe Fleet, a company involved in safety solutions for fleet vehicles, according to a press release dated Feb. 15. “Clarience Technologies and Safe Fleet share a common mission of making transportation safer and smarter through technology. The acquisition of Safe Fleet provides our company with critical technologies, deep vocational segment expertise a...
    US-based Galleher Industries acquires replacement truck body-parts maker Fleet Parts & Services
    US-based Galleher Industries has announced the acquisition of Fleet Parts & Service Inc. as part of its efforts to broaden its national network and product portfolio to support truck body and trailer original equipment manufacturers, and fleet operators, according to a press release dated Feb. 15. Founded in 1937, Galleher manufactures and distributes lumber and fabricated metal components to truck body and trailer OEMs. Galleher is backed by Boyne Capital Partners, a Florida, US-based pr...
    Dorman outlines new light- and heavy-duty aftermarket parts
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of original equipment (OE) dealer-exclusive parts, announced that it has released more than 200 new motor vehicle and heavy-duty truck repair solutions in February alone, according to a press release dated Feb. 15. The new products represent millions of new sales opportunities for automotive and heavy-duty parts distributors, retailers and repair shops, reinforcing Dorman’s position as the premier go-to source for technicians and dedicated DIYer...
    Borg Automotive opens new headquarters in Denmark
    Borg Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, announced that since the start of 2024, the Danish headquarters of the company have been located at a new address, according to a press release dated Feb. 14. Following a construction period of about a year, the company moved into a new, modern building at Funder Dalgårdsvej 12, Silkeborg, Denmark. The company aims to produce 100% of the energy required to operate the building on its own using solar panels. The company believe...
    Italian automotive body ANFIA says 2023 spare parts turnover up 11.58% YOY
    Italy-based National Association of the Automotive Industry Supply Chain (ANFIA) has announced that its Aftermarket Barometer, a statistical survey within the ANFIA Components Group, has revealed that the aftermarket turnover of the association’s group companies grew 11.58% in 2023 compared to 2022, according to a press release dated Feb. 16, 2024. In 2022, the aftermarket turnover was up by 7.8% compared to 2021. The aftermarket turnover is considered as the turnover of component manufacturer...
    Philips launches GoPure GP5611 automotive air purifier
    Philips has launched the GoPure GP5611, an advanced automotive air purifier that fits in most vehicle cup holders, according to a press release dated Feb. 12. The device is USB powered and said to be "whisper-quiet." It filters the cabin air with three technologies: A Philips SaniFilter Plus filter, a HESAMax filtration cartridge and a powerful UVC light. The SaniFilter Plus filter captures bacteria and respiratory viruses, as well as airborne allergens including pollen, dust mites, m...
    BBB Industries appoints new leaders for Undercar and Solar System divisions
    US-based automotive aftermarket supplier and remanufacturer BBB Industries has announced two strategic leadership changes, according to a press release dated Feb. 12. John Boyer has been appointed president of the company's Undercar division, after serving as president of Terrepower, the innovative Solar System and Electric Vehicle Battery Life-cycle Management division. The company believes Boyer’s product and market insights, and hands-on approach are ideally suited to lead BBB’s Underc...
    Ionna receives approval from regulatory authorities, begins charging services in North America
    Ionna, the joint venture formed by seven leading carmakers such as BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis to focus on building one of the largest fast charging networks across North America last year, has finally received the necessary approvals from the regulatory authorities to commence operations, the charge point operator announced Feb. 9. It can be recalled that in July 2023, the said seven carmakers came together to set up a countrywide EV charging networ...
    DENSO expands aftermarket alternator and starter references range
    DENSO, a supplier of original equipment sensors to vehicle manufacturers worldwide, has announced that it has introduced additional alternator and starter references to its aftermarket range, according to a press release dated Feb. 7. These additions are solely for passenger car applications, with three alternators and fourteen starters, catering for references linked to 242 OE part numbers, covering 2,219 models and almost 63 million vehicles, the majority of which are for European manufactu...
    Valvoline opens its 1000th franchise location
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, has announced the opening of its 1000th franchise-operated location under its Valvoline Instant Oil Change and Great Canadian Oil Change brands, according to a press release dated Feb. 8. The new 1000th franchise store is a Valvoline Instant Oil Change location operated by Quality Automotive Services, LLC (QAS), one of Valvoline's largest franchise partners. Commenting on the move, Valvoline President and CEO Lori Flees sai...
    Motorcar Parts of America expands Quality-Built brake-related product part numbers
    Motorcar Parts of America (MPA), a US-based remanufacturer, manufacturer and distributor of automotive aftermarket parts has announced that it has introduced expanded product coverage for its Quality-Built-branded brake pad and brake rotor program, with more than 20 new part numbers covering an additional 7 million vehicles in operation, according to a press release dated Feb. 12. The new part numbers are offered through QB, Quality-Built and Quality-Built Black Series brands powered by MPA, ...
    TMD Friction-owned Bendix enters the Polish aftermarket
    Braking specialist TMD Friction has announced that it is expanding its European offering by introducing its braking brand Bendix in Poland to better serve the global automotive aftermarket, according to a press release dated Feb 12. Hart Sp. z o.o. will serve as the exclusive distributor of Bendix brake system parts in Poland. With this move, the company now offers Bendix in 17 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Bendix product range includes brake pads, brake shoes and brake...
    Webasto divests its EV charging business to focus on core business areas
    German automotive component supplier Webasto announced on February 9 that Los Angeles – headquartered Transom Capital Group will acquire a majority stake in its EV charging solutions business, as part of Webasto’s divestment plan to focus on its core business areas. That said, Webasto said that it, however, plans to remain a minority shareholder in the EV charging business solutions division. The two companies signed a corresponding purchase agreement on February 7, 2024, Webasto said ...
    Mainland China-based ZC Rubber plans new factory in Mexico
    Zhongce Rubber Group or ZC Rubber, a mainland China-based tire manufacturer, has announced plans to establish a new factory in Saltillo, Mexico, according to a press release dated Feb. 9. The factory, with a potential size of up to 600,000 square meters, will be equipped with a North American warehouse center to improve the local distribution network and optimize cost efficiency. The strategic location of the factory, near the US-Mexico border, will enable the company to meet the dynamic dema...
    DENSO expands aftermarket thermostat offering for Europe
    DENSO, a leading supplier of original equipment sensors to vehicle manufacturers worldwide, has introduced a comprehensive range of thermostats designed to meet the needs of the European aftermarket, according to a press release dated Feb. 7. The range includes 302 part numbers, covering 80% of the European car parc, and is claimed to be manufactured to strict original equipment specifications. The thermostats are available in four types, including conventional, insert, housing and MAP contro...
    Standard Motor Products expands its emission control program
    Standard Motor Products Inc., a US-based aftermarket supplier of replacement parts, has announced that it has expanded its comprehensive Emission Control program, according to a press release dated Feb. 7. The program includes evaporative emission control (EVAP), exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), and positive crankcase ventilation emission control systems. With more than 3,500 part numbers, Standard says it offers the most complete program in the industry, with everything needed for a complete re...
    Mobivia appoints Romain Sartorius as chairman and CEO
    French mobility group Mobivia has announced that a new board of directors for the company, which includes 11 brands and around 20 start-ups, was elected during the annual General Meeting that was held on Jan. 27, according to a press release dated Feb. 2. The new board has appointed Romain Sartorius, grandson of Norauto founder Eric Derville, as chairman and CEO of Mobivia for the next four years.  Sartorius succeeds Fabien Derville, son of Eric Derville and chairman and CEO of Mobivia f...
    Japan's Mitsubishi Motors launches lease plan for EVs with its finance subsidiary
    Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has announced that it is collaborating with Mitsubishi Motors Finance Co. Ltd. to develop an electric vehicle (EV and PHEV), and chargers and vehicle-to-home (V2H) devices, according to a press release dated Jan. 17. The company has started selling a lease plan in one package from Jan. 19. Through this lease plan, customers will be able to make a one-stop contract from lease application to installation for electric vehicles (EVs and PHEVs), including the minicab EV, a ...
    Nissan launches new Nissan Energy Share service in Japan
    Japan’s Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. has announced that it will launch Nissan Energy Share in Japan on March 1 to further unlock the value of electric vehicles, according to a press release dated Feb. 2. The new service features Nissan’s energy management technology that controls the charging and discharging of EV batteries. Nissan said it has been researching the most efficient ways of managing energy through studies and field tests in locations such as Namie, Fukushima, Japan, and validating i...
    MAN expands logistics centre in Salzgitter, Germany
    MAN Truck & Bus is expanding its global logistics center in Salzgitter, Germany, to accommodate the growing demand for components for electric vehicles, including batteries and battery parts, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. The expansion will increase the center's size by 25% to about 230,000 square meters, with a new building covering 52,650 square meters. The center will have a capacity for up to 40,000 parts and will be completed by the end of 2024, with operations scheduled...
    General Motors makes some OnStar features standard in 2025 vehicles
    General Motors (GM) is making some of OnStar's most popular features standard in all 2025 vehicles, including the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac, according to a press release dated Feb. 2. Starting with the 2025 model year, every customer who buys a new vehicle will get Automatic Crash Response, remote vehicle commands, and navigation and voice assistance features at no additional cost above the vehicle purchase price. OnStar One Essentials, a new package, brings together these features i...
    Yokohama Rubber begins applying E+ mark on tires for trucks and buses
    Japan’s The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. announced that it has begun applying its proprietary E+ mark on its tires for trucks and buses, indicating that the tires have special qualities suitable for electrified vehicles, according to a press release dated Feb. 2. The E+ mark was first applied to Yokohama passenger car tires in the latter half of 2023, and now it will be applied to tires sold for use on buses in Japan and Europe. Yokohama Rubber is applying the E+ mark only to its tires that fea...
    Dorman releases fifth edition of its OE Fix Guide
    Dorman Products (Dorman), a US-based aftermarket supplier of original equipment (OE) dealer-exclusive parts, has announced the release of the OE Fix Guide Vol. 5, its award-winning publication highlighting its most innovative automotive repair solutions designed to help mechanics make faster, longer-lasting repairs, according to a press release dated Feb. 5. The company said this year’s 32-page magazine builds on Dorman’s successful previous editions, which have won awards from the Conten...
    Automechanika New Delhi: ZF Aftermarket showcases product range
    ZF Aftermarket has announced that it is continuing its expansion in India, and the country has become a hub for its brand TRW's shock absorber manufacturing expertise through its manufacturing facility in the region, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. The company, which has introduced TRW shock absorbers, brake pads and brake discs, in line with its "Make in India" for India commitment, said it is now focused on fortifying its TRW shock absorber manufacturing capabilities in India w...
    Allison Transmission to drive innovation with new venture capital arm
    Allison Transmission, a leading designer and manufacturer of conventional and electrified vehicle propulsion solutions and the largest global manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions for commercial and defense vehicles, announced that it is launching Allison Ventures, according to a Business Wire press release on Jan. 30. Allison Ventures will strategically invest in, and partner with, startup and growth-stage companies to foster advancements in comm...
    ZF Aftermarket expands [pro]Academy training platform
    With an aim to demonstrate its capabilities as a full systems aftermarket provider, ZF Aftermarket is expanding its training offerings for technicians in commercial vehicle fleets, distributors and independent aftermarket service shops in North America, according to a press release dated Jan. 22. The company showcased its product portfolio, digital solutions and services for commercial vehicles, alongside its ZF [pro]Academy training offerings, at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2024, held...
    US paints-maker PPG announces executive appointments
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced that Irene Tasi, currently senior vice president and chief growth officer (CGO), will become senior vice president of Industrial Coatings. In addition, Alisha Bellezza, currently vice president of Automotive Coatings, will become senior vice president of Automotive Coatings, according to a press release dated Jan. 30. Both appointments are effective March 1, 2024. Tasi was named CGO and a member of the company’s op...
    India’s automotive aftermarket expected to grow to $14 billion by 2028
    Ahead of the 5th ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the apex body of the Indian auto component industry, has revealed that the size of the Indian automotive aftermarket is expected to grow from $10 billion in 2023 to an estimated $14 billion by 2028, according to a press release dated Jan. 29. The data was quoted from the Global Automotive Aftermarket Research Report co-authored by the industry body. The study focuses on seven pro...
    Thyssenkrupp Materials de México inaugurates new service center
    Thyssenkrupp Materials de México announced that it has inaugurated its new service center in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, on Jan. 25, according to a press release dated Jan. 26. In total, the holding company Thyssenkrupp Materials Services, a mill-independent materials distribution and service provider, invested $37 million that will lead to the creation of about 65 new jobs. One of the main objectives of this site is to have a decisive impact on the future viability of the automobile supply indus...
    Ford Pro offers more vehicle insights and control with expanded features
    Ford Pro, the commercial division within Ford Motor Co., has unveiled several new and improved software and technology features to give fleet managers more insight about and control over how their commercial vehicles are operated to manage fleet risk, according to a press release dated Jan. 25. Ford Pro’s commercial solutions pull connected vehicle data and integrate it into the Ford Pro Intelligence platform to give fleet managers a new level of insight about and control over vehicles on t...
    Schaeffler acquires additional stake of 9% in Vitesco
    Schaeffler AG announced that it has entered into an agreement with BofA Securities Europe SA to acquire a stake of 3.6 million shares in Vitesco Technologies Group AG, according to a press release dated Jan. 23. This corresponds to a total stake of approximately 9.00% in Vitesco. BofA Securities Europe SA had acquired the shares in the market in connection with the Total Return Swap following Schaeffler's announcement of the public tender offer. The price of the additional shares acquired is ...
    Yokohama Rubber establishes tire sales company in Italy
    The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., has announced that Yokohama Europe GmbH, the Yokohama Rubber Group’s European regional headquarters, established Yokohama Pneumatici Srl as a tire sales company in Italy in August 2023, according to a press release dated Jan. 23. “Pneumatici” is Italian for tire. The new group company began operations focused on the sale of passenger car, truck and bus tires on Jan. 1, 2024. The company believes Italy is one of the major tire markets in Europe, and Yokohama...
    Valvoline Instant Oil Change recognized as an industry-leading franchise
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, announced that it has been recognized as a top franchisor in Entrepreneur's 45th annual Franchise 500, according to a press release dated Jan. 23. Valvoline ranked first among all oil change and preventive automotive maintenance brands and 27th overall among the top 500 franchise brands. "We are proud to be one of the top franchisors in North America. Our franchise partners have been, and continue to be, a critical part of ...
    Automotive retailer Lithia & Driveway appoints chief customer officer
    Lithia & Driveway (LAD), an automotive retailer in North America that also provides a suite of financing, leasing, repair and maintenance options, announced that it has promoted Adam Chamberlain to chief customer officer (CCO), according to a press release dated Jan. 23. With the foundational elements of the LAD Strategy now in place, Chamberlain's expanded role will involve innovating the customer experience across the company’s extensive network, including the Driveway experience, Gre...
    US-based Patrick Industries acquires powersport supplier Sportech
    Patrick Industries Inc., a component solutions provider for the Outdoor Enthusiast and Housing markets, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sportech for approximately $315 million, according to a press release dated Jan. 11. The transaction is expected to close on or before Jan. 24, and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval. Sportech, based in Elk River, Minn., is a designer and manufacturer of high-value, complex component solutions to ...
    Nima Energy accelerates rollout of EV charging sites in Sweden
    Nima Energy plans to accelerate the rollout of its electric vehicle chargers in Sweden. In a press note on Jan. 22, the company said that it is currently setting up 150 ultrafast-charging points from Stockholm to Skåne, Sweden, including 50 charging points in central Stockholm. In December 2023, the company had opened three new charging sites with a total of 24 charging points in Skillingaryd, Sweden, along the E4; in Håby, Sweden, along the E6; and in Vä, Sweden, along the E22. Th...
    Holley names Philip Dobbs as senior vice president of Customer Experience Marketing
    Holley Inc., a US-based automotive aftermarket performance solutions firm, has announced that Philip Dobbs has joined the organization as senior vice president of Customer Experience Marketing, according to a press release dated Jan. 18. Dobbs has taken on a newly created role focused on providing the best possible brand, product and service engagements across the company’s business-to-business and business-to-consumer (B2C) touchpoints. “Philip is a dynamic marketing leader wit...
    US-based Straightaway Tire & Auto makes two new acquisitions
    O2 Investment Partners announced that Straightaway Tire & Auto, an independent, full-service aftermarket automotive repair and service platform, has completed the acquisitions of Maple Grove Auto Service and Warzecha Auto Works, according to a press release dated Jan. 17. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed. Maple Grove is a full-service auto repair facility that has been serving the Maple Grove, Minn., market for over four decades, and Warzecha is a full-service auto repair faci...
    ZF Aftermarket introduced over 770 new parts in 2023
    ZF Aftermarket announced that it has launched more than 770 new products for passenger cars in 2023 for an additional 158.2 million vehicles in operation. In a press release dated Jan. 16, the company said it is delivering a broad range of aftermarket product and services that draw on the strengths of ZF Group’s leading original equipment (OE) technologies to support internal combustion, hybrid, fully electric and semi-automated vehicles. ZF products include some longstanding brands includi...
    Dover acquires Canadian car wash chemicals provider Transchem group
    Dover announced that it has completed the acquisition of Transchem Group, one of the largest suppliers of car wash chemistry and associated solutions in North America, according to a press release dated Jan. 17. Transchem is now part of OPW's Vehicle Wash Solutions business (OPW VWS) within Dover's Clean Energy & Fueling segment. Dover is a diversified global manufacturer and solutions provider offering equipment and components, consumable supplies, aftermarket parts, software, and d...
    Repsol to exceed 600 service stations with renewable fuel in 2024
    Repsol has announced that it will exceed 600 service stations supplying 100% renewable fuel by the end of 2024, according to a press release dated Jan. 16. The company said that with the move, it is accelerating its commitment to renewable fuels, with a goal of expanding its network of service stations with renewable fuels in the Iberian Peninsula. Renewable fuels are one of the main levers of Repsol's strategy to accelerate the reduction of emissions from transport and achieve the goal of be...
    Tenneco’s Öhlins Racing appoints senior executives
    Tenneco has announced the appointment of Marc McAllister as Öhlins Racing’s new vice president and general manager, and Tom Wittenschlaeger to the newly created position of general manager, North America, according to a press release dated Jan. 17. McAllister replaces Henrik Johansson, who announced in 2023 that he would retire after nearly 30 years as a member of the Öhlins team. Both McAllister and Wittenschlaeger will be charged with capturing opportunities for growth for the European ...
    Goodyear appoints Mark Stewart as new CEO and president
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has announced that Mark Stewart has been elected CEO and president, effective Jan. 29, according to a press release dated Jan. 18. He will succeed Richard Kramer, who previously announced his planned retirement from the company following 24 years of service, including 14 years as chairman, CEO and president. On the effective date, Laurette Koellner, independent lead director of Goodyear’s board since 2019, will become non-executive board chair, and Stewart wi...
    Italy's Metelli Group appoints Fabrizio Sanna as general manager
    Metelli Group, an Italy-based automobile parts manufacturer, has announced the appointment of Fabrizio Sanna as its new general manager, according to a press release dated Jan. 17.  The company said that Sanna will be part of the Metelli SpA management team as general manager with effect from Jan. 1. Sanna has proven long-lasting experience in automotive multinational manufacturer companies holding top management positions and worldwide experience in leading strategy roles, acc...
    ZF debuts driver assistance technologies on Nikola hydrogen fuel-cell electric truck
    ZF and Nikola Corp. have announced that ZF’s OnGuardMAX and OnSideALERT will be on Nikola’s hydrogen fuel-cell electric truck, which is in production and being delivered to customers, according to a press release dated Jan. 17. This is the first application of these driver assistance technologies on a commercial vehicle produced for the North American market. “We’re pleased to partner with Nikola to integrate these critical safety technologies into their new zero-emission truck and in...
    Delphi expands braking range in the UK
    Delphi has unveiled its latest first-to-market braking releases in the UK, with parts now available for several new Nissan, Renault and Fiat models, according to a release dated Jan. 8 from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Brake drums and shoes, once a staple in automotive braking systems, are seeing a comeback in some vehicle segments and feature heavily in Delphi’s latest rollout. “Brake drums had largely taken a back seat in favo...
    Mann+Hummel appoints new head of Air Filtration business
    German components supplier and filtration expert Mann+Hummel has announced that as of April 1, Mann+Hummel has appointed Henk in ’t Hof as president Life Sciences & Environment (LS&E), according to a press release dated Jan. 3. In his role, in ‘t Hof will be responsible for Mann+Hummel’s global Air Filtration and Water Membrane Solutions business. He will report directly to Kurk Wilks, president and CEO of the Mann+Hummel Group. Dutch-born in ‘t Hof has gained over 30 years...
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