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    Continental US expands coverage for power window lifts and door lock actuators
    In a release dated 26 September, Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has expanded its direct-fit replacement Door Systems Program with new part numbers and increased application coverage. Claimed to be designed to provide OE fit, form, and function, this includes power window motor/regulator assemblies, power window regulator assemblies, and door lock actuators. Continental said its power w...
    US-based Auto Care Association appoints SVP of Government Affairs
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops, has announced in a press release dated 27 September that it has added Lisa Foshee to its government affairs team. Foshee will hold the role of SVP, government affairs and general counsel. In her role, Foshee will provide leadership and direction for the association’s federal and state legislative and regulatory efforts. These efforts include educating legislators...
    Bridgestone invests USD60 million to expand its Texas retread tire plant
    Bridgestone Americas has announced an investment of USD60 million to expand its Bridgestone Bandag, LLC manufacturing plant in Abilene, Texas, according to a press release dated 22 September. The 50,000-square-foot expansion of the Abilene plant is aimed at the growing demand for the company’s tread rubber products, driven by the rapid growth of its retread business. The expansion includes an immediate increase in operational activity by running on six- and seven-day production schedules, a...
    Japan’s Marubeni Corporation partners with US-based Lithia & Driveway
    Japanese trading company Marubeni Corporation and Lithia & Driveway (LAD), a US-based automotive dealer group, have entered into a Letter of Intent for a strategic alliance to jointly participate in the commercial vehicle fleet management business in North America, expand Marubeni’s automotive-related business, and develop new business in the electric vehicle (EV) field, according to a press release dated 6 September. With a large vehicle sales and service network in North America, LAD ...
    Dorman Products appoints VP of investor relations
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of OE dealer exclusive parts has announced the appointment of Michael Dickerson as vice president of Investor Relations & Risk Management effective 26 September, according to a press release dated 29 September. Mike served most recently as vice president of Investor Relations and Corporate communications for The Aaron’s Company, Inc. and its predecessor Aaron’s Inc., and held similar positions at Gannet Co., Inc., The Babcock & Wilc...
    Italian automotive body ANFIA says H1 2022 aftermarket turnover up 13.6% y/y
    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 13.6% in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period of 2021, according to a press release dated 28 September. The aftermarket turnover is considered as the turnover of component manufacturers towards the independent afterm...
    HELLA highlights benefits from pooling of expertise with Faurecia Service
    German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, has announced that the merger of HELLA and Faurecia opens up new opportunities for the independent aftermarket by allowing the companies to pool their OE expertise, according to a press release dated 12 September. As a result, Faurecia Service product lines can now also be purchased through HELLA. This starts with Easy2Fit exhaust systems, which were specially developed to meet the requirements of wholesalers and w...
    Lumileds launches Philips Ultinon Pro9100 headlight bulbs
    Lumileds, a global lighting solutions supplier with headquarters in the United States and the Netherlands, announced the launch of the next-generation Philips Ultinon Pro9100 LED range that’s claimed to deliver automotive OEM level performance, according to a press release dated 13 September. Equipped with “Lumileds LUXEON Altilon TopContact LED” exclusively used by carmakers, these LED automotive headlight bulbs offer optimized consistency and performance with up to 350% more brightnes...
    Advance Auto Parts announces leadership changes
    North America-based automotive aftermarket parts retailer Advance Auto Parts has announced the departure of Michael Creedon Jr., executive vice president, US stores, effective 30 September and he will be succeeded by Herman Word Jr, who has been promoted to executive vice president, US stores and Carquest Independents, according to a press release dated 26 September. Word joined Advance in February 2003 and has served in his current role as Division President, Carquest North America, leading ...
    MS Motorservice launches aftermarket electric pump for activated carbon filters
    MS Motorservice, the aftermarket sales arm of German powertrain and thermal parts supplier Rheinmetall, has announced the launch of an electric pump designed for purging activated carbon filters (ACF), according to a press release dated 22 September. The company claimed to be the only supplier in the aftermarket to offer the component. “ACF pump 7.11390.00.0” was developed by Pierburg in Germany and launched as a world first in 2018, according to the release, which added that since t...
    GM and Canada’s Lithion partner for circular EV battery ecosystem
    Canada-based Lithion Recycling and US automaker General Motors have announced that GM Ventures, the automaker's investment arm, has made a strategic investment in Lithion's Series A financing round, supporting a new GM-Lithion strategic partnership agreement to pursue a circular battery ecosystem using Lithion's advanced battery recycling technology, according to a press release dated 22 September. This collaboration between GM and Lithion will focus on: validation of Lithion's recovered batt...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: ams OSRAM demonstrates cross-portfolio expertise
    German lighting major OSRAM has presented a comprehensive aftermarket product portfolio at the recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 12 September. In addition to LED, xenon, and halogen products and a portfolio for equipping and maintaining vehicles, the company presented a range of battery charging and battery testing devices designed especially for professional automotive service shops for the first time. For the off-road segment, the compa...
    Continental Aftermarket US launches new wiper display
    In a release dated 19 September, Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has introduced a new floor display as a part of its ClearContact Commercial Duty Wiper Blades program. The display can accommodate an assortment of up to 70 wiper blades that can be selected by the retailer or service facility and the company will help customize a product mix that best fits the customer’s sales and applications needs...
    Continental Aftermarket US launches OE-quality oil, fuel, air, and cabin filters
    In a release dated 7 September, Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has added a new line of filtration products to its aftermarket products portfolio. The new line features a wide range of OE quality oil, fuel, air, and cabin filters for applications on domestic and import cars, vans, SUVs, and light trucks. Continental says its oil filters are manufactured using advanced technologies and innovative ...
    Lumileds launches Philips Ultinon Drive 2000 LED auxiliary driving lights
    Lumileds, a global lighting solutions supplier with headquarters in the United States and the Netherlands, announced the launch of new Philips Ultinon Drive 2000 series LED auxiliary driving lights claimed to offer “the superior illumination from LEDs in a durable, road-legal range that’s accessibly priced,” according to a press release dated 13 September. The company says the Philips Ultinon Drive 2000 series produces “outstanding forward visibility”, projecting an optimized beam p...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Autel Europe presents charging solutions
    Autel Europe, provider of EV charging solutions and automotive aftermarket products, announced that it presented its products and solutions at the recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 14 September. The company showcased its AUTEL MaxiCharger DC Fast (Gen2), a collection of point-of-sale (POS) systems that allows customers to charge easily with a wide range of payment options. The MaxiCharger DC Fast is claimed to offer IP54 protection against wea...
    US-based Motive Retail enables automotive repair firm to integrate with FordParts.com
    Motive Retail, a US-based global systems integrator, announced that ‘MAXXTRAXX’ by Scott Systems will be the first shop management system (SMS) to fully integrate with FordParts.com, thanks to help from their integration platform, Motive Integrator eXchange (MIX), according to a press release dated 15 September. Motive Retail an integrator focused on modernizing the automotive retail experience by enabling real-time data flow between all parties in the ecosystem. Scott Systems is a software ...
    Dayco launches POWER CTX carbon fiber belt for powersports vehicles
    Dayco, a US-based engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive and aftermarket industries, announced the introduction of a carbon fiber belt called Dayco POWER CTX for heavily modified UTVs (Utility Vehicles), SXS (side by sides), and snowmobiles, according to a press release dated 8 September. The latest addition to Dayco’s powersports belt line is claimed to outperform and outlast original equipment belts. The belt’s design is said to integrate a patented carbon hybrid ...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Bosch displays new testing and diagnostic equipment
    The automotive aftermarket division of German automotive component supplier and service provider Bosch presented a wide range of innovations and new developments for the workshop market at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13–17 September, according to a press release dated 13 September. The company showcased its DAS 3000 tool for the exact adjustment and calibration of the sensors and camera systems that support modern driver assistance systems on vehicles of different makes. The tool permits p...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: ZF Aftermarket displays suspension and brake repair expertise
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen reiterated its focus on new products for the car chassis at the recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 13 September. The new products included, for the first time, Sachs air springs for passenger cars, Wabco air suspension compressors and TRW brake caliper repair set, the release added. “The chassis has a decisive influence on the safety, comfort and efficiency o...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Hengst showcases filtration solutions
    Hengst Filtration, a Germany based specialist in liquid and air filtration, presented its portfolio of filtration solutions for passenger cars and commercial vehicles at the recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 8 September. The company’s expanded filtration range includes 3,200 products. In addition to standard filtration applications in motor vehicles, the company also presented industrial air filtration solutions as well as hydraulic filters ...
    Brembo expands aftermarket range with Greenance Kit Concept
    Brembo, an Italy-based manufacturer of brake components and systems, announced the launch of its Greenance Kit Concept, a jointly developed new range of combined special alloy discs and dedicated brake pads that expand its aftermarket line-up, according to a press release dated 13 September. Derived from the company’s innovation in the OE market, Brembo’s latest solution aims to combine top braking performance with a lower environmental impact, while also increasing disc life, the relea...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: UK auto body seeks opportunities for USD57 billion aftermarket sector
    The recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 played host to the largest UK aftermarket overseas trade mission since pre-pandemic 2019, with a dedicated UK Pavilion organized by UK automotive trade body Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), according to a press release by SMMT dated 13 September. A total of 22 companies with businesses ranging from engine remanufacturing and suspension system design services to specialist components, lubricants, and tire  sealants represe...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: ZF Aftermarket reveals solutions for CV businesses
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen announced that it has introduced a variety of new products and services that allows commercial vehicle (CV) workshops to take advantage of the opportunities associated with the digitization of CV fleets and the establishment of new drive and mobility concepts trends, according to a press release dated 13 September. These introductions took place at the recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022. At the trad...
    US-based asTech outlines diagnostic solution to simplify auto repair
    US-based Repairify Inc, the parent company of vehicle diagnostic solutions firm asTech, has announced that asTech has introduced changes and expanded its offerings with an aim to streamline shop workflow for a shorter repair cycle and a more profitable shop, according to a press release dated 15 September. The company says one of asTech’s notable new offerings is the diagnostic Rules Engine, a robust and proprietary rules engine that can suggest when an alternative to the OEM scan tool can ...
    Lumileds launches Philips Ultinon Pro5100 range of LED headlight bulbs
    Lumileds, a global lighting solutions supplier with headquarters in the United States and the Netherlands, announced the launch of the new Philips Ultinon Pro5100 range of LED headlight bulbs that are up to 160% brighter and have up to 5800K color temperature, according to a press release dated 13 September. The lamp comes in a new compact design making it easy to install in an even wider range of car models, the release added. The headlight bulbs are claimed to offer razor-sharp vision witho...
    SEMA show 2022: US-based FV Suspension to display product range
    US-based coilover and air ride suspension company, FV Suspension, has announced plans to introduce its “2022 Honda Ridgeline Air Struts and 2022 Ford Explorer St Coilovers” at the SEMA show 2022 slated to be held from 1–4 November at the Las Vegas Convention Center, according to a press release dated 19 September. FV Suspension manufacturers high-performance suspension for different car brands and models and claims to be “one of the few coilover and air suspension manufacturers that s...
    BorgWarner to acquire charging business of Hubei Surpass Sun Electric
    Michigan-based global supplier of powertrain technologies, BorgWarner and Hubei Surpass Sun Electric (SSE) today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which BorgWarner has agreed to acquire the Electric Vehicle Solution, Smart Grid, and Smart Energy businesses of SSE, according to a press release dated 20 September. The transaction has an enterprise value of up to CNY410 million (around USD58 million), of which approximately CNY267 million (around USD38 million) would be de...
    Lumileds expands Philips Xperion 6000 work light range with flood lights
    Lumileds, a global lighting solutions supplier with headquarters in the United States and the Netherlands, announced the launch of three new Philips Xperion 6000 flood lights with a smart-zoom function for the workshop segment, according to a press release dated 12 September. The professional Philips Flood, Flood Audio, and Flood Mini work lights offer mechanics and auto professionals the durability, flexibility, and battery lifetime expected from professional-grade equipment, the release added....
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: HELLA positions itself as comprehensive aftermarket solution provider
    German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, positioned itself as a comprehensive solution provider in the aftermarket at the just-concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 8 September. The company said it offers extensive product and service solutions for the independent aftermarket to successfully manage change as the trend toward automated driving and e-mobility leads to a significant increase in complexity for inde...
    SEMA show 2022: US-based Repairify to showcase product range
    US-based Repairify Inc, the parent company of vehicle diagnostic solutions firm asTech announced that it will be participating at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show 2022 slated to be held from 1–4 November at the Las Vegas Convention Center, according to a press release dated 13 September. According to the release, Repairify will have a bigger presence than before, giving attendees the ability to experience asTech’s capabilities along every step of the collision repair...
    TES, Strides Mobility collaborate on Li-ion battery recycling in Singapore
    TES and Strides Mobility have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on lithium-ion battery recycling, energy storage initiatives, and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure expansion in Singapore, according to a press release dated 17 September. Terence Ng, executive chairman of TES, said, "This is a great day for all Singaporeans who care about e-mobility. It is our privilege to work closely with Strides Frontier as it begins to take significant steps on its journe...
    Lumileds launches H4-LED retrofit headlight bulb in France
    Lumileds, a global lighting solutions supplier with headquarters in the United States and the Netherlands, announced the launch of what it calls “the first road-legal H4-LED in France” from its Philips Ultinon Pro6001 LED retrofit range, according to a press release dated 22 August. The new bulb is claimed to deliver up to 230% brighter light, and its plug-and play-design allows do-it-yourselfers and mechanics to install it on their own. According to the company, designing a safe, road-le...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Hella Gutmann presents automated diagnostics
    Hella Gutmann, a partnership between European diagnostic brand Gutmann Messtechnik and German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, announced that it showcased its development in automizing vehicle diagnostics with artificial intelligence (AI) and big data technology at the just-concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 trade fair, according to a press release dated 30 August. The Hella Gutmann ‘Automated Diagnosisʼ (AD) is said to save workshops valuable ...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Schrader exhibits TPMS solutions
    Schrader, a brand of Sensata Technologies, and a global manufacturer of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) for automotive, heavy vehicles and off-road vehicles, announced that it exhibited its TPMS solutions at the recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 10 September. The company said that at the show, it introduced a new bundle offer, featuring the S57 TPMS programming tool. The S57 tool is the first tool with a touchscreen display in Schrader...
    Detroit Auto Show 2022: Aisin showcases EV systems and solutions
    Aisin Corporation, a Japanese corporation that develops and produces components and systems for the automotive industry, and a company that claims to be the fifth largest “Tier One auto supplier” in the world, showcased its systems and products at the recently concluded Detroit Auto Show 2022, according to a press release dated 12 September. The company presented its EV systems and initiatives that contribute to heat management and weight reduction in support of future mobility, carbon ne...
    MAHLE appoints Arnd Franz as new CEO
    MAHLE, a Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, announced in a press release dated 19 September that its Supervisory Board has appointed Arnd Franz as its CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of the MAHLE Group starting 1 November. The 57-year-old has been CEO of Switzerland-based LKQ Europe since 2019 and is now returning to MAHLE, where he had previously worked for 18 years. In a second announcement, the release stated that its CFO Michael Frick is leaving...
    LKQ Corporation elevates its CFO Varun Laroyia to CEO of LKQ Europe
    US-based distributor of replacement parts, components, and systems, LKQ Corporation, has announced that Varun Laroyia, executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), has been appointed as chief executive officer and managing director of LKQ Europe, according to a press release dated 19 September. Laroyia succeeds Arnd Franz, who is leaving the company to join MAHLE Group as its chief executive officer, where he spent 18 years prior to joining LKQ Europe. Rick Galloway, chief fina...
    Webasto launches Webasto Go mobile EV charger in US, Canada
    Webasto Charging Systems, a subsidiary of Webasto Group, has launched the Webasto Go, a Level 2 mobile electric vehicle (EV) Charger, for electric vehicle (EV) owners at the Fully Charged LIVE North America 2022 Show, which took place 10–11 September, according to a press release dated 9 September. The mobile charger is now available in the US and Canada for EV-owners to purchase at major retail stores or directly on the Webasto EV Solutions website. Further roll outs are planned for the rest ...
    DENSO implements ‘smart consolidation’ of lambda sensors
    The European aftermarket arm of Japan-based DENSO Corporation has revealed its strategy behind optimizing its lambda sensor range “for smart consolidation”, which the company says has resulted in “maximizing benefits without incurring negative impacts,” according to a press release from Auto Resource UK dated 5 September. The company observed that thanks to continual advancements by parts manufacturers, there is a trend for wholesalers to stock a smaller, but just as widely appli...
    US-based lifecycle management company Solera partners with DigniFi
    Solera, a US-based company involved in vehicle lifecycle management software-as-a-service (SaaS) has announced a strategic partnership with DigniFi, a leading FinTech platform for the automotive industry for a financing option that is claimed to make unexpected repairs more affordable, according to a press release dated 9 September. Solera will offer access to DigniFi financing options to consumers seeking payment solutions for a range of vehicle repairs made by auto repair and body shops as ...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Brembo showcases latest aftermarket product lineup
    Brembo, an Italy-based manufacturer of brake components and systems, is showcasing its entire range of replacement solutions divided into four product families at the ongoing Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 trade fair for the automotive service industry from 13 to 17 September in Frankfurt, Germany, according to a press release dated 13 September. The company says its range mirrors the on-going expansion of its replacement product offering and overall product strategy. Significance: The four of ...
    HELLA integrates its tech portal with Faurecia’s subsidiary Clarion Europe SAS
    German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, has announced that thanks to the merger of HELLA and Faurecia, independent workshops now have the opportunity to access the repair service of Clarion Europe SAS, a subsidiary of Faurecia, via HELLA Tech World, according to a press release dated 13 September. HELLA Tech World is HELLA's workshop portal that offers car mechanics comprehensive expert knowledge, checklists, and instructions for smooth repairs. By in...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Japan’s NTN showcases aftermarket range
    NTN, a Japan-based manufacturer of precision mechanical parts and components including hub bearings and driveshafts, has announced that it is showcasing a range of its products at the ongoing Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 trade fair for the automotive service industry from 13 to 17 September in Frankfurt, Germany, according to a press release dated 8 September. At the aftermarket trade show, NTN is exhibiting a wide range of products including auto tensioners, timing belts, and bearings for ge...
    Bosch launches new electric drive for small trucks
    German automotive component supplier and service provider Bosch has announced that it is bringing a new drive unit consisting of an electric motor plus an integrated inverter for vans and small and medium-sized trucks into series production, according to a press release dated 15 September. The inverter is said to control the electric motor and establish the connection to the high-voltage battery. Bosch says it has reduced electrical losses by more than 20% with new power semiconductors, which...
    Fersa Bearings partners with Knorr-Bremse TruckServices
    Spanish bearings manufacturer, Fersa Group, has announced that its subsidiary Fersa Bearings has formed a strategic partnership with Knorr-Bremse TruckServices, the commercial vehicles aftermarket brand of Knorr-Bremse AG, according to a press release dated 8 September. With headquarters in Munich, Germany, Knorr-Bremse is the global supplier of braking systems and other systems for rail and commercial vehicles. With the partnership, Knorr-Bremse TruckServices will become a strategic sales pa...
    German auto body develops tool to identify EV quick-charging points
    VDA or the German Association of the Automotive Industry, has announced that its subsidiary Automotive Quality Institute GmbH (AQI GmbH) has developed a tool that can identify the need for quick-charging points for electric cars along highways throughout Germany, according to a press release dated 7 September. The tool is said to help charging station operators and others expand the quick-charging infrastructure along highways and federal roadways. This innovation focuses on the demand analys...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Fersa Group presents solutions
    Spanish bearings manufacturer, Fersa Group, has announced that it will present its solutions for smart mobility at the ongoing Automechanika Frankfurt from 13–17 September, according to a press release dated 8 September. Fersa is also presenting solutions from its subsidiary Perfect Fit Industries (PFI), a US-based automotive bearings company for light vehicles focused on automotive aftermarket sector. Fersa had announced the acquisition of PFI on 16 March. The trade fair for the automotive...
    German aftermarket supplier MEYLE unveils climate-neutral product range
    MYELE, a Hamburg, Germany-based replacement parts manufacturer for the independent aftermarket has announced that it is transforming its MELYE HD steering and suspension parts into the first climate-neutral product range in the independent aftermarket with an aim to be climate-neutral by 2030, according to a press release dated 8 September. The company says it has been working to improve the carbon footprint of MEYLE HD steering and suspension parts since 2019 and has managed to significantly...
    Schaeffler to develop hydrogen mobility components for commercial vehicles
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler has announced that it is developing key components and systems for hydrogen mobility for commercial vehicles, according to a press release dated 14 September. The company is demonstrating a fuel cell-powered demonstration vehicle, developed in collaboration with REFIRE, a supplier of commercial hydrogen fuel cell technologies, at the upcoming IAA Transportation show in Hanover. It is also leveraging its bearings know-how to develo...
    Brembo launches Enesys energy saving system for the aftermarket
    Brembo, an Italy-based manufacturer of brake components and systems, has launched its latest aftermarket offering, the Enesys Energy Saving System, according to a press release dated 13 September. This new technological solution is said to have been designed to further enhance the sustainability characteristics of a vehicle’s braking system, by reducing wear on discs and pads, potentially resulting in lower harmful emissions and fuel consumption. Aimed at light commercial vehicle profe...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: BorgWarner and Delphi present new products
    Michigan-based global supplier of powertrain technologies, BorgWarner, along with Delphi Technologies has revealed new products for the aftermarket at the ongoing Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 13 September. The supplier’s booth highlights BorgWarner’s electrification solutions aimed at leading the aftermarket into the next stage of e-mobility transformation. The company showcased products from several of its brands such as BorgWarner Aftermarket, BERU, D...
    CLEPA study indicates vehicle electrification to reshape the European aftermarket
    CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, has revealed the findings of a joint study by Roland Berger and it states that the ongoing electrification transition in the automotive sector indicates a massive change for the European aftermarket, according to a press release dated 8 September. The key to this change would be that battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) have around 30% lower demand for traditional aftermarket components and BEV sales forecasts project a 53–82% market share i...
    Dorman introduces 200 new products in its September 2022 release
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of OE dealer exclusive parts has announced that it has introduced over 200 new motor vehicle parts, half of which are aftermarket-exclusives, as part of its latest release, according to an official announcement dated 8 September. The new products join a catalog of over 118,000 aftermarket solutions, the company said. September’s release featured new products that include a new engine heater hose assembly, which Dorman says strengthens its pos...
    US aftermarket supplier Holley says Q2 2022 net sales USD179.4 million, down 7.1% y/y
    Holley Inc., a US-based manufacturer of high-performance aftermarket products for car and truck enthusiasts, announced financial results for its second quarter ended 3 July 2022, in a press release dated 11 August. The company says that its net sales decreased 7.1% to USD179.4 million in the second quarter of 2022 compared to USD193.0 million in the second quarter of 2021. The decline was due to reduced unit volumes, destocking from our resellers, and reduced consumer demand in certain c...
    Castrol and UK-based Sprint Power partner to develop ultra-fast charging cells and battery packs
    Lubricant maker Castrol and Sprint Power, a UK-based firm involved in electrified propulsion systems, power electronics and battery systems, are collaborating on a project to develop ultra-fast charging cells and battery packs for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell hybrid electric vehicles (FCEVs), according to a press release dated 6 September. Under the collaboration, two Sprint Power designed battery modules that will use Castrol ON EV Thermal Fluids to deliver an 80% charge in...
    PPG to showcase coatings for EVs at the Detroit Auto Show and The Battery Show
    US-based paints, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer PPG has announced that it will showcase its growing portfolio of paints and coatings for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) during the North American International Detroit Auto Show and The Battery Show, North America from 13–15 September, according to a press release dated 12 September. Exhibits at both events will include the PPG CORACHAR branded battery fire protection solutions that are claimed to enhance safety and productio...
    UK-based GSF Car Parts enhances availability of DR!VE+ filters
    GSF Car Parts, a UK-based supplier of car parts to the independent aftermarket, announced that its branches are now fully stocked with DR!VE+ Filters, an OE-matching quality range of air, cabin, fuel, and oil filters, according to a release dated 5 September from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Covering more than 90% of the car parc, the all-makes filters range is now widely available across the UK, providing workshops with a greater...
    Valeo Service outlines ultrasonic parking sensors
    Valeo Service, the aftermarket brand of French automotive supplier Valeo, has outlined its range of Ultrasonic Parking Sensors (UPS) for the independent aftermarket that are fitted on the bumpers and sides of the vehicle to enable detection of any obstacles during manual parking, automatic parking, or low speed driving, according to a press release dated 8 August. Its Park4U Remote product is said to perform both perpendicular and parallel parking through the simple use of a smartphone. Valeo...
    Bridgestone launches Firestone Firehawk AS V2 ultra-high performance tire
    Bridgestone Americas has announced the launch of the all-new Firestone Firehawk AS V2 all-season ultra-high performance tire designed to deliver sporty performance, according to a press release dated 7 September. Inspired by the INDYCAR Firestone Firehawk rain race tire, the Firestone tire is claimed to deliver high performance in inclement weather, delivering faster lap times than the tire’s predecessor, the release added. The Firestone Firehawk AS V2 tire is backed by a 50,000-mile limite...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: MEYLE to launch control arm for Tesla Model 3, Model Y
    MYELE, a Hamburg, Germany-based replacement parts manufacturer for the independent aftermarket has announced that it is unveiling the new MEYLE HD control arm for Tesla Model 3 and Model Y at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 6 September. The solution is in response to an increasing number of drivers of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y all over the world reporting an irritating squeaking sound from the front axle. A MEYLE development team identified...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Continental to showcase a new timing belt with focus on sustainability
    German automotive supplier Continental has announced that with higher focus on sustainability in the replacement parts business and for workshops, its Power Transmission Group will unveil a trio of innovations for drive belts and belt drive components at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 31 August. A new timing belt whose profile side is made not from polychloroprene as usual, but from a new and patented synthetic rubber compound will make its...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Bilstein Group-owned febi outlines products for trade show
    Automotive aftermarket brand febi, part of the German automotive manufacturer Bilstein, which is a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, announced that it will be exhibiting at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September with a wide range of products, according to a press release dated 17 August. With over 47,000 references available, febi will showcase the latest in its product portfolio across categories including steering and suspension, braking, filtration, and engine management, for passenger ...
    Ford updates its BlueCruise hands-free driving software
    Ford Motor Company has announced that it is launching BlueCruise 1.2 and Lincoln ActiveGlide 1.2 with new features—including hands-free lane changing—and system updates to create more of a human-like driving feel. BlueCruise is the company’s semi-autonomous hands-free highway driving feature and Activeglide is Lincoln's version of Ford Bluecruise. Both updates include three new features: Lane Change Assist enables system to perform a hands-free lane change when requested by the driver t...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: MAHLE to focus on battery diagnostics for EVs
    MAHLE Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, MAHLE, has announced its participation at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September with a wide range of products, according to a press release dated 4 August. The focus of the company’s presence at the trade fair is the new MAHLE BatteryPRO diagnostics and service solutions for electric vehicles (EVs). In addition, MAHLE is presenting workshop equipment for the calibration ...
    Blink Charging partners to deploy EV charging stations at UBS-owned properties in the US
    Blink Charging and UBS Asset Management's Real Estate & Private Markets division have signed a mutual service agreement to deliver Blink electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and related services to UBS-owned properties across the US, according to a press release published by Blink Charging on 8 September.   Michael D. Farkas, Chairman and CEO, Blink, said, “We are pleased to provide UBS with access to the broad range of Blink products, services and innovative solutions. The Blin...
    MAHLE and Siemens to cooperate for wireless charging development
    MAHLE, a Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, announced in a press release dated 9 August, that it has signed a declaration of intent with Siemens for cooperation in the area of wireless charging systems for electric vehicles (EVs). One of their focus areas will be technological standards for inductive charging technology. MAHLE has strengthened its development in the field of wireless charging in recent years. This includes two projects funded by the German F...
    TMD Friction-owned Mintex launches brake discs and drums
    Aftermarket braking specialist TMD Friction has launched three new brake discs and eight new brake drums under its Mintex product range, extending its product lines to cover more vehicles, according to a release dated 5 September from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The new additions to Mintex’s brake disc range cover 12 vehicle models across five vehicle manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Cupra, Mazda, Skoda and VW. Brake disc part MD...
    Blink Charging, Cushman & Wakefield sign preferred supplier agreement
    Blink Charging Co, a US-based owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, announced the signing of a preferred supplier agreement with Cushman & Wakefield, a global real estate services firm, for deployment of EV charging stations and related services to Cushman & Wakefield clients throughout the United States, according to a press release dated 25 August. Cushman & Wakefield has agreed to engage its large network of property managers to...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Continental to display new services and solutions
    German automotive supplier Continental has announced its participation at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 1 August, saying that it will present aftermarket solutions such as SINDRI, the new, digital, direct vehicle acceptance tool for workshops, the virtual repair support service “Remote Expert,” among other workshop related services and products. According to the company, SINDRI, a tablet application, will showcase how digitalization en...
    Sensata-owned Schrader launches TPMS coverage for EVs
    Schrader, a brand of Sensata Technologies, and a global manufacturer of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) for automotive, heavy vehicles and off-road vehicles, announced electric vehicle coverage for its programmable TPMS sensor line, EZ-sensor, according to a press release dated 31 August. The EZ-sensor, and its latest generation EZ-sensor GO are claimed to provide users with 70% EV coverage for national brands, the release added. The OE quality sensors cover some of the most popular E...
    Schaeffler showcases its transmission replacement solution for the Fiat 500
    The UK arm of German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has outlined its transmission system replacement solution for both the 872 and 964cc versions of the Fiat 500, 500 C, and 500 L from July 2010, according to a press release dated 2 September on its workshop portal REPXPERT. The demands for improved driving comfort, performance, fuel consumption, and reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions mean that the Fiat 500 is fitted with complex drivetrain components, which if...
    UK arm of NGK to showcase EGR valves at trade event in November
    The UK arm of NGK Spark Plug, a Japan-based ignition and sensor specialist, has announced that it will showcase its recently introduced EGR valves range at the MechanEx show, a regional aftermarket trade exhibition for automotive repair professionals, to be held at Sandown Park in the UK in November, according to a release dated 5 September by the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). NGK says the first phase of the launch of EGR valves took p...
    Disc Brakes Australia expands its hydraulic brake range
    Disc Brakes Australia, a manufacturer of standard replacement and high-performance disc brake rotors, has announced that it is further expanding its range of OE-replacement and upgrade brake components under its STREET SERIES label, according to a press release dated 22 August. The latest release, which consists of a series of brake hoses, initially features nearly 500 part numbers covering a multiple of applications the company said, adding that it is will expand the range over the coming ...
    Bridgestone announces Amazon Web Services as its cloud-based mobility solutions partner
    Japanese tire manufacturing company Bridgestone Corporation has said that it has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to use its cloud services for the company’s mobility solutions, it said in a press release on 29 August. Bridgestone will be able to use AWS’ internet of things (IoT), machine learning, and analytics/business intelligence services to launch new customer-centric solutions and improve data analysis. “AWS has helped strengthen and modernize our Americas business fo...
    NAPA reiterates its aftermarket readiness for EV transition
    US-based automotive parts distributor National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) has reiterated its readiness for the transition to electric vehicles saying that it is “EV-ready” and constantly seeking opportunities to support customers throughout this transition, according to a press release dated 31 August. “As the world of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) expands, NAPA will expand alongside it,” the release added. The distributor said that the future of EVs will be one of rapid grow...
    UK-based BM Catalysts warns of uncertainty over precious metal prices
    UK manufacturer of catalytic converters, DPFs, and front pipes BM Catalysts has revealed that higher interest rates and inflation are now adding further uncertainty to the prices of precious metals used in the manufacturing of catalytic converters, according to a press release dated 31 August. While some commodities are dropping – but still dramatically above pre-coronavirus pandemic levels—any reductions are offset due to increases in transport, logistics, steel, and labor, currency fluc...
    Nissan Motor expands vehicle subscription service in Japan
    Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Co has announced via a press release dated 4 September that it has added three new vehicle models to its vehicle subscription service 'Nissan ClickMobi’. The models are the electric vehicles Nissan Leaf, Nissan Sakura, and the redesigned Nissan Xtrail which was launched in the Japanese market on 25 July. Launched in March 2020, Nissan ClickMobi is a subscription service for Nissan vehicles that is inclusive of various expenses such as vehicle inspection, maint...
    Blink Charging elects former White House advisor to its Board
    Blink Charging Co, a US-based owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, said via a press release dated 31 August that it has appointed former senior advisor to President Biden and former Congressman, Cedric Richmond, to the Blink Board of Directors on 25 August. According to the company, Richmond, a former member of the United States House of Representatives, and founder of the governmental affairs consulting firm, Richmond & Company is known ...
    BORG Automotive expands electric brake caliper range
    BORG Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, has announced that it is adding 12 part numbers to its range of electric brake calipers, according to a press release dated 27 July. The Danish remanufacturer, representing the brands DRI, TMI, Lucas and Elstock, claims it is one of the first aftermarket suppliers with this release and offers distributors a replacement part on par with original parts for more than 800,000 Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel and Toyota vehicles registe...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Herth+Buss to showcase its Elparts and Jakoparts product range
    German electrical systems and parts specialist for the independent aftermarket, Herth+Buss, has announced its participation at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 23 August. The company will be presenting the product highlights from its Elparts and Jakoparts ranges at the aftermarket trade show. As an authorized sales partner of AUTEL brand, the company will also represent the AUTEL brand. The sales partnership with the brand allows the company ...
    Goodyear expands EV tire portfolio under ElectricDrive brand
    US tire manufacturer, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, announced in a press release dated 1 September, that to stay ahead of growing demand in the electric vehicle (EV) market, the company has launched the all-new Goodyear ElectricDrive all-season tire and two new sizes for its ultra-high performance tire, the Goodyear ElectricDrive GT. These new introductions come with a 60,000-mile tread life limited warranty, V speed rating and is available in some of the more popular sizes, accordi...
    Dana launches Victor Reinz Reinzosil sealing compound in cartridge form
    Dana Inc, the Ohio-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions, has announced that REINZOSIL, a universal sealing compound for automotive use from its brand Victor Reinz is now available in cartridge form, according to a press release dated 29 August. The range that consists of a 70 ml tube and 200 ml spray can, now expands to include a 310 ml cartridge, the release added. The new 310 ml REINZOSIL cartridge has been approved for worldwide shippi...
    European Investment Bank provides support for MAHLE`s R&D in electrification
    MAHLE, a Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, announced in a press release dated 30 August that the European Investment Bank (EIB) is supporting their research and development to accelerate vehicle electrification and the decarbonization of road traffic with a loan of nearly USD300 million. The projects include investments in eco-friendly technologies such as electric motor and battery components, thermal management, cooling and air quality systems, hydrogen a...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Danish remanufacturer BORG Automotive to showcase range
    BORG Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, has announced that it will showcase its complete product portfolio at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 25 August. For the first time, the company, which distributes its line-up under the brands Elstock, DRI, Lucas, and TMI, will exhibit its range of turbochargers that the company launched in 2020.  At its booth, the company will showcase its remanufactured alternators, sta...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: US-based Dana to display Victor Reinz, Spicer, and Glaser products
    Dana Inc., the Ohio-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions, has announced that it will be highlighting its high-torque and extreme-pressure aftermarket solutions at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 29 August. The focus will be on the Victor Reinz, Spicer, and Glaser brands from the company’s portfolio. The supplier’s Victor Reinz subsidiary will be presenting its universal sealing compo...
    Benjamin Krieger takes charge as CLEPA secretary general
    CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, has announced that Benjamin Krieger has taken charge as the association’s new secretary general, according to a press release dated 1 September. Krieger succeeds Sigrid de Vries, who held the position for the past five years. The appointment was announced on 9 June in Brussels during the association’s annual General Assembly by Thorsten Muschal, CLEPA president and EVP Sales & Program Management at Forvia Group. Originally from ...
    Hankook Tire to invest USD1.6 billion in USA plant expansion
    South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook Tire has announced that its board of directors have approved a USD1.6 billion investment to expand its Tennessee plant in the USA, according to a press release dated 29 August. The investment includes the previously planned Phase 2 expansion that will double production capacity of Hankook’s passenger car and light truck (PC/LT) tires and adds a Phase 3 expansion with the company’s first US production of Truck Bus and Radial (TBR) tires. This expansio...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Michelin to showcase vehicle accessories and more
    French tire manufacturer Michelin announced via press release on 30 August that its subsidiary, Michelin Lifestyle Limited, will be presenting its varied range of accessories at the upcoming Automechanika Frankfurt during 13–17 September as part of its efforts to position itself as “more than just a tyre company.” An innovative range of high-pressure washers with the brand’s patented dual-tech system, new jump starters, snow chains, wipers, car mats, and portable compressors will be amon...
    Japan-based Nippon Piston Ring and Riken plan merger
    Nippon Piston Ring Co, a Japan-based manufacturer of piston rings, valve seat inserts, camshafts, and other parts primarily for internal combustion engines (ICE), and Japan-based Riken Corporation have announced a basic agreement to establish a joint holding company formed by mutual stock transfer and to consolidate the two companies on equal terms, according to a press release dated 27 July.  The consolidation should allow both companies to focus on increasing the profitability of their...
    Japan’s ITOCHU to offer remote degradation monitoring for EV batteries
    Japanese trading house ITOCHU Corporation announced that it will begin proposing solutions utilizing remote degradation diagnostic services for automotive lithium-ion batteries developed by Hitachi High-Tech Corporation, according to a press release dated 22 July. ITOCHU has automobile fleet management knowledge, and Hitachi High-Tech developed technology to remotely determine the status of battery degradation; together, the companies have tested a service to remotely diagnose ...
    Amazon strikes "green hydrogen" deal with US-based Plug Power
    Amazon announced that the company has signed an agreement with Plug Power, a US-based turnkey hydrogen and fuel-cell solutions provider, to supply 10,950 metric tons per year of green hydrogen for its transportation and building operations starting in 2025, according to a press release dated 25 August. The new green hydrogen will be used to replace the grey hydrogen, diesel, and other fossil fuels and will provide enough annual power for 30,000 forklift trucks and 800 long-haul trucks used for t...
    Hella Pagid expands range of core-free brake calipers
    Hella Pagid, the joint venture (JV) between automotive parts suppliers TMD Friction and aftermarket electronics firm and spare parts distributor HELLA, announced that it is further extending its brake caliper range, according to a press release dated 29 August. The JV has expanded the range of core-free brake calipers for the independent aftermarket by 110 to 222 calipers for a wide variety of vehicle manufacturers, increasing the coverage of vehicle applications from about 4,400 to almost 8,200...
    Continental Aftermarket expands replacement battery cooling fan range for hybrids
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of original equipment (OE)-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced in a release dated 27 July that it has expanded its line of hybrid battery cooling fans to provide coverage for popular hybrid models from Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, KIA, and Toyota from 2003 to 2021.  Designed as an exact replacement for the original fan, Continental hybrid battery cooling fans are said to restore the original battery cooling perf...
    Hella updates diagnostic device for easier high-voltage measurement
    German automotive supplier Hella, which operates under the umbrella brand Forvia, has highlighted that two new functions in its mega macs X device in X5 configuration now allow even smoother high-voltage measurements, according to a press release dated 22 August. The company says with the increase of hybrid and electric vehicles in workshops, the need for electrical measurements is also rising and even before any diagnostics, the input check of the absence of voltage on high-voltage vehicles is ...
    Continental Aftermarket US expands engine management sensor range
    In a release dated 9 August, Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of original equipment (OE)-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has expanded its line of OE engine management sensors with new SKUs and additional vehicle application coverage for a wider range of domestic, European, and Asian cars, vans, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and light trucks. Built to be identical in fit, form, and function to the original OE parts, the sensors are desig...
    Sinopec Capital, Johnson Matthey sign MoU to explore decarbonization and hydrogen technologies in mainland China
    Sinopec Capital has announced via a press release on 2 August that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with British specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey. The companies seek to explore joint opportunities in green and blue hydrogen, fuel cells, decarbonization technologies, and circular economy businesses in mainland China.  Dr Mark Su, Johnson Matthey China President, said, “Johnson Matthey has a long heritage in China. We are China’s leading auto catalyst produ...
    ElringKlinger posts 9.4% y/y increase in Q2 FY 2022 revenue to USD437.9 million
    German automotive components supplier ElringKlinger AG has posted 9.4% year-on-year (y/y) growth in second-quarter revenue even as supply chain constraints offset favorable exchange rates, according to a company press release dated 4 August. Revenue came in at EUR430.6 million (USD437.9 million) compared with EUR393.6 million a year earlier. Net loss for the quarter was EUR94.1 million compared with a profit of EUR7.9 million last year. The EBIT margin was -22.5% versus 5.9%. “The difficult...
    Tenneco Q2 FY 2022 revenue USD4.7 billion, up 2% y/y
    US automotive OEM components and aftermarket ride control and emission products manufacturer Tenneco announced its results for the second quarter ended 30 June reporting total revenue of USD4.7 billion, up 2% year-on-year, according to a press release dated 4 August. Tenneco also reported net loss of USD121 million, or a loss of USD1.44 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of USD10 million, or a loss of USD0.12 per diluted share, in the prior year. The company reported EBIT of USD15 mill...
    UK-based Ring Automotive launches engine bay inspection lamp
    Ring Automotive, a UK-based supplier of vehicle lighting, auto electrics, workshop tools and auto accessories, announced that it has launched a rechargeable underbonnet inspection lamp, providing 1,200 lumen brightness for up to four and a half hours’ continuous use, according to a release dated 20 July from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The RUBL200 Underbonnet Inspection Lamp is claimed to provide technicians with a versatile lightin...
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