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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...
    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 ...
    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...
    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 ...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    Automechanika Frankfurt partners with Association of Diesel Specialists
    The automotive service industry trade fair Automechanika Frankfurt has further expanded its international network of associations by entering into a cooperation with the US-American Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS), according to a press release dated 23 August by German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, who is also organizing the upcoming Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September. The move is expected to give the trade fair a stronger footing in the US mar...
    US-based American Tire Distributors completes sale of Canadian subsidiary
    American Tire Distributors (ATD), a US based independent suppliers of tires to the replacement tire market., has announced the completion of the sale of its Canadian subsidiary, National Tire Distributors (NTD) to Groupe Touchette, according to a press release dated 7 September. With the sale of NTD now complete, ATD says it is moving forward as a more focused organization that is better positioned to serve its customers across the US. The company will continue supporting NTD and Groupe Touch...
    Swedish parts distributor MEKO and Mobivia Fleet Solutions announce partnership
    MEKO (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, has announced that the company and Mobivia Fleet Solutions, have signed a partnership agreement to provide fleet customers and also new electric vehicle (EV) producers a complete service and full car fleet maintenance in the respective markets they operate in, according to a press release dated 7 September. MEKO AB and Mobivia both operate a network of sales and services related to automotive maintenance...
    Bridgestone announces additional investments in Brazil plant
    Japanese tire manufacturing company Bridgestone Americas has announced that Bridgestone Brazil will invest an additional BRL270 million (around USD52 million) in the expansion and modernization of the tire plant in Camaçari, a city in Bahia, Brazil, according to a press release dated 6 September. This brings the company's total investments announced since 2021 to more than BRL970 million (around USD186 million) for the Bahia plant. This second phase of expansion and modernization of the Bahi...
    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...
    LKQ Europe partners with think tank “Project Zebra” to strengthen supply chain agility
    LKQ Europe, a Switzerland-based distributor of automotive aftermarket parts for cars, commercial vans, and industrial vehicles in Europe and a subsidiary of LKQ Corporation, has announced that it has partnered with “Project Zebra”, an open-source think tank founded in 2021, the company announced in a press release dated 18 August. With more than 1000 branches and USD6.1billion revenue in 2021, LKQ Europe is a key player in the automotive aftermarket, and it aims to improve its ability to sen...
    According to Mercedes-Benz, trading of counterfeit products on online platforms is rising
    German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has said that the global trade in its counterfeit products continues to increase; in 2021 alone, more than 1.86 million counterfeit products were seized in over 650 raids, according to a press release dated 4 August. The company said trading of its counterfeits rose around 6% compared to 2020. The carmaker said its brand protection team focuses on safety-related counterfeits and is taking rigorous action against such products. Its measures focus on components suc...
    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...
    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...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Schaeffler to showcase repair and service solutions
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler has announced that it will be showcasing its complete portfolio of market and future-oriented repair solutions for combustion engines, hybrid and electric vehicles at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September through its Automotive Aftermarket division, according to a press release dated 1 August. The company is presenting many new products from its LuK, INA and FAG product brands at their booth and is taking a close look at...
    Hella implements cybersecurity in its mega macs diagnostic devices
    German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, has announced that to support independent workshops in communicating as unhindered as possible with vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems, its independent aftermarket supplier arm Hella Gutmann has implemented the 'Cyber Security Management' (CSM) function in its mega macs range of diagnostic devices as early as 2020, according to a press release dated 2 August. CSM allows verified users to diagnose s...
    Valvoline to sell Global Products business for USD2.65 billion to Aramco
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Aramco for the sale of Valvoline's Global Products business for USD2.65 billion in cash. Following the closing of the transaction, Valvoline will own the Valvoline brand for all retail services purposes globally, excluding China and certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa, while Aramco will own the Valvoline brand for all products uses globally. Both co...
    Genuine Parts Company Q2 FY 2022 sales USD5.6 billion, up 17.1% y/y
    US-based automotive parts distributor Genuine Parts Company announced its results for the second quarter second quarter ended 30 June via a press release dated 27 July. Sales were USD5.6 billion, a 17.1% increase compared to USD4.8 billion in the same period of the prior year. The sales growth reflects an 11.5% increase in comparable sales and an 8.8% benefit from acquisitions, the release added. Net income was USD373 million, or USD2.62 per diluted earnings per share, compared to net income ...
    LKQ Corporation Q2 FY 2022 revenue USD3.3 billion, down 2.7% y/y
    US-based distributor of replacement parts, components, and systems, LKQ Corporation, has reported second quarter 2022 financial results in which its revenue was USD3.3 billion, a decrease of 2.7% as compared to USD3.4 billion in the second quarter of 2021, according to a press release dated 28 July. The company said its parts and services organic revenue increased 3.8% and other revenue fell 2.9% owing to changes in commodity prices relative to the same period in 2021. Net income for the quar...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: BM Catalysts to showcase range
    UK manufacturer of catalytic converters, DPFs, and front pipes BM Catalysts has announced that it will be participating at the Automechanika in Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, where its team will be on hand to provide visitors with unique insight into the company’s latest product offerings and information on the significant investments made, according to a press release dated 25 July. The company will showcase its latest product launch of Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) references to ...
    HELLA sells stake in HBPO joint venture to Plastic Omnium
    German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, announced that it has agreed the sale of its 33.33% stake in ‘HBPO Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH’ to its co-shareholder, Plastic Omnium, according to a press release dated 28 July. The agreed purchase price amounts to EUR290 million (USD296 million) (cum dividend of around EUR8 million) and the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. Closing is expected in the fourth quarter of 2022, according ...
    Schaeffler inaugurates new aftermarket headquarters in Frankfurt
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler’s Automotive Aftermarket division has officially inaugurated its new global headquarters in Frankfurt’s Gateway Gardens district in Germany on 21 July, according to a press release dated 22 July. The Automotive Aftermarket division is responsible for Schaeffler's global spare parts business and makes an important contribution to the overall success of Schaeffler AG, the release added. "With the move from Langen to Frankfurt, w...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: HELLA outlines range for workshops and wholesalers
    HELLA, the German lighting and electronics automotive supplier operating under the FORVIA umbrella brand, announced that it will present its comprehensive range of solutions for automotive workshops and wholesalers at Automechanika in Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 2 August. After a four-year break due to the pandemic, Automechanika, one of the world's leading automotive trade shows for equipment, parts, accessories, management and services, will be held fo...
    Hengst Filtration to showcase range at IAA Transportation trade fair
    Hengst Filtration, a Germany based specialist in liquid and air filtration has announced that it will demonstrate its filtration solutions for future mobility to the IAA Transportation trade fair between 19 and 25 September in Hanover, according to a press release dated 27 July. IAA Transportation is a trade fair for logistics, commercial vehicles, buses and the transportation sector. Hengst believes in the commercial vehicle segment, fuel cell systems will be a key future technology for sust...
    Comline Auto Parts outlines its range of cabin air filters
    Comline Auto Parts, a UK-based automotive aftermarket parts brands, has urged technicians to replace a cabin air filter during routine servicing since cabin air filters are often overlooked during a service, according to a press release dated 26 July. The company said its range of cabin air filters stop, prevent and protect against airborne pollutants such as allergens, odors, dust mites, pollen, toxic fumes and dirt. Comline claims its activated carbon cabin air filters offer extra protectio...
    US-based automotive coatings maker Axalta announces CEO transition
    US manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings Axalta Coating Systems announced on 27 July via a press release that Robert Bryant will step down as president and CEO to pursue other opportunities, effective 31 August and Rakesh Sachdev, an independent director and former CEO of Platform Specialty Products Corporation (now Element Solutions) and Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, will assume the role of interim CEO at that time. The company’s board has initiated a comprehensive search process to identif...
    UK-based BM Catalysts expands range with 26 new references
    UK manufacturer of catalytic converters, DPFs, and front pipes BM Catalysts has announced the addition of 26 new references to its product range, according to a press release dated 22 July. The company’s latest additions are applicable to 138 vehicle fitments, providing coverage to a further 3.9 million vehicles in the European car parc. The new references from BM Catalysts include 16 catalytic converters, of which nine conform to Euro 6 emissions standards and 15 to Euro 5, plus five ...
    Hankook Tire launches Dynapro HPX tire for SUVs
    South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook announced via press release on 18 July the launch of its new SUV tire ‘Dynapro HPX’, which claims to offer a high level of handling and ride comfort. The Hankook Dynapro HPX is a touring all-season tire designed to provide refined handling, extra comfort, and low noise throughout all seasons and with improved mileage performance, it can drive the longest distance among Hankook’s SUV products, according to the release. The HPX has been first launc...
    Bridgestone Japan adds 10 sizes for SUVs for its winter tire Blizzak
    Bridgestone Japan has announced that it has added 10 tire sizes for SUVs to its lineup of the premium studless tire Blizzak VRX3, and that the tire sizes will be released sequentially from 1 October, according to a company release dated 20 July. The company says it aims to secure winter car life from the ground up through its studless tires from its winter tire brand Blizzak, according to the release. Bridgestone already has a premium summer tire brand, ALENZA, as an SUV-exclusive product, an...
    TMD-owned Textar expands aftermarket braking range
    Aftermarket braking specialist TMD Friction has expanded its Textar branded brake pad and disc product offering with 13 new-to-range parts, according to a release dated 21 July. Three new brake pads were introduced that cover six manufacturers across both passenger car and commercial vehicle applications, including Citroën, MAN, Opel/Vauxhall, Peugeot, Porsche, and Volkswagen (VW), the company said.  Textar has also added nine new brake discs to its range for Audi, Cupra, Ford, Hyundai,...
    UK-based aftermarket supplier First Line expands range with 33 new references
    Automotive aftermarket supplier First Line has announced that it has introduced 33 products to its expanded parts range, across its steering and suspension, braking, filters, clutch, and wiper motor categories, for both passenger car and light commercial vehicle applications, according to a press release dated 7 July. First Line has added 17 new products to its steering and suspension range, with new references now available for popular passenger vehicles, including a strut mount and strut mo...
    UK AFCAR makes it easier for garages to highlight restricted access to vehicle data
    The UK Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair (AFCAR) has announced that it has opened a route for garages to highlight restricted access to OEMs' data, according to a released dated 15 July by the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Garages can access an online survey form floated by UK AFCAR, a coalition representing automotive trade associations and commercial organizations that formed in 2021 to lobby the UK government on upho...
    Dorman Products reports Q2 2022 net sales at USD417.4 million, up 34% y/y
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of OE dealer exclusive parts has announced its financial results for the second quarter ended 25 June, in which the company reported net sales of USD417.4 million, up 34% compared with net sales of USD310.6 million in the second quarter of 2021, according to a press release dated 25 July. Net income for the second quarter of 2022 was USD37.9 million, or USD1.20 per diluted share, compared with USD31.6 million, or USD0.99 per diluted share, in t...
    Repsol launches Master range lubricants verified as carbon-neutral
    Spanish energy and petrochemical company Repsol announced that as part of its goal to become a net-zero emissions company by 2050, it has launched its first-ever carbon-neutral lubricants under the ‘Master’ range, according to a press release dated 21 June. Repsol's ‘Master’ range is made up of 11 high-performance lubricants for conventional and hybrid passenger vehicles. The low viscosity and selected additives of these products are said to enable greater fuel economy compared with trad...
    Swedish parts distributor MEKO acquires Finnish firm Koivunen
    MEKO (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Koivunen, a provider of automotive spare parts and related services in Finland and Estonia, with operations also in Latvia and Lithuania, according to a press release dated 14 June. The enterprise value is EUR122 million (around USD125 million) on a cash and debt free basis. Through the expansion, MEKO says it will have a presence around the ...
    Swedish spares distributor Mekonomen Group changes name to MEKO
    Mekonomen Group, an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, has announced that the company’s new name MEKO AB (publ.) has been registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office, according to a press release dated 14 June. The name change was decided by the shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting on 20 May, to more clearly reflect the breadth of operations and show that the Group is more than one important brand, the release added. “The name change to MEK...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Nokian Tyres to exit Russian market
    Finnish tire company Nokian Tyres announced in a press release on 28 June that its Board of Directors have decided to initiate a controlled exit from the Russian market. The company said that it is no longer feasible nor sustainable for it to continue operations in Russia due to the war in Ukraine and the subsequent, tightening sanctions. According to the announcement, the exit preparations will start immediately, and the company will evaluate different options for the exit and the company sa...
    Dorman launches over 230 new steering & suspension products H1 2022
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of OE dealer exclusive parts has announced that it has released more than 230 new premium engineered products in the first half of 2022, building on more than 600 new products released throughout 2021, according to a press release dated 15 July. Dorman says its chassis parts are designed for a direct fit and long service life. From control arms and bushings to sway bars, tie rods and ball joints, its chassis parts are claimed to include feature...
    Australian supplier Burson Auto Parts launches windscreen wipers
    Australia’s Burson Auto Parts, a supplier of automotive parts, tools, and workshop equipment, has announced the launch of two new windscreen wiper product ranges, according to a press release dated 13 July. The first is the Eyon Glide branded windscreen wiper replacement product range, manufactured by Trico, a firm involved in automotive wiper engineering, design and technological development. The wiper range includes modern Beam Blade wipers along with conventional wiper blade assemblies t...
    US aftermarket supplier Dorman launches over 300 new products for July
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of OE dealer exclusive parts has announced the release of more than 300 new auto parts, including more than 98 new-to-the-aftermarket parts, according to a press release dated 11 July. This month’s new solutions include a windshield washer fluid reservoir (603-862) designed to directly replace the original equipment reservoir in more than 1.5 million Ford F-150, Ford Lobo, and Lincoln LT pickup trucks. In this part category, the company offer...
    Tenneco-owned Walker announces 36 new part numbers
    Walker Emissions Control, a brand from Tenneco's DRiV group, has introduced 36 new part numbers to offer increased coverage to over five million vehicles in operation (VIO), according to a press release dated 11 July. New offerings include 14 part numbers for Walker Quiet-Flow SS mufflers, covering 47 applications, an expansion of Walker's EPA-compliant, ultra direct-fit catalytic converters line for 41 applications and a variety of new pipe & resonator assemblies, the release added. Walk...
    German aftermarket supplier MEYLE outlines future product line
    MYELE, a Hamburg, Germany-based replacement parts manufacturer for the independent aftermarket has outlined the future of its HD-branded range of parts, announcing that it will showcase electric and hybrid vehicle innovations at the Automechanika aftermarket industry event in September, according to a press release dated 16 June. The first phase of its future strategy includes producing a carbon-neutral steering and suspension product line for the independent aftermarket, the release added. T...
    Apollo Tyres appoints marketing head for Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
    India headquartered Apollo Tyres has announced that it has appointed Vikram Garga as Group Head, Marketing for the Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA) region, according to a press release dated 14 July. Vikram would be spearheading the regional marketing team and would be responsible for marketing and product strategy for all product categories, dealer programs, brand positioning and monitoring performance in conjunction with sales, the release added. Vikram joins Apollo Tyres from...
    Sensata completes acquisition of power conversion solutions firm Dynapower
    Sensata Technologies, a US-based supplier of sensors and sensor-equipped solutions to the automotive industry, has announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Dynapower Company, a provider of energy storage and power conversion solutions from private equity firm Pfingsten Partners for USD580 million in cash, according to a press release dated 13 July. Dynapower provides energy storage and power conversion solutions including inverters, converters, rectifiers and cu...
    ZF Aftermarket expands electronic dampers range
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, has announced that it has expanded its spare parts program for electronic dampers, according to a press release dated 4 July. With a range extension of 33 new part numbers by the end July, the business has more than doubled the number of Sachs branded original spare parts available to the independent aftermarket (IAM) and the portfolio will continue to grow in the coming months, the company said. The Sachs C...
    US replacement parts maker Standard Motor Products expands Blue Streak range
    US-based independent manufacturer and distributor of automotive replacement parts, Standard Motor Products (SMP), has announced the expansion of its Blue Streak-branded line with the latest product release of 23 new part numbers in the Direct Ignition and Variable Valve Timing categories, according to a press release dated 29 June. The new Blue Streak Ignition Coil Multi-Pack Kits include a full set of heavier-duty ignition coils providing technicians the requisite tools for a complete coil s...
    Eberspaecher to showcase air heaters and energy management systems
    Eberspächer, a German producer of thermal management systems and automotive control components for OEMs and its aftermarket customers, has announced that to meet the growing demand of campers for greater independence of external power supplies, the company has developed the Xellstor energy management systems, according to a press release dated 13 June. Significance: The energy management systems of the Eberspaecher Xellstor product family can supply power to the camper vehicle itself or also...
    German aftermarket supplier MEYLE appoints Marc Siemssen to Executive Board
    MYELE, a Hamburg, Germany-based replacement parts manufacturer for the independent aftermarket has announced that it has appointed Marc Siemssen to the Executive Board on 1 July, according to a press release dated 5 July. Siemssen, 50, has been MEYLE’s Chief Human Resources Officer for five years. In addition to Human Resources, he will also be responsible for Marketing, Sales and Product Management in the new role. Siemssen’s appointment completes the MEYLE Executive Board, which current...
    Bridgestone, Toyo Tire USA announce price hikes
    Tiremaker Bridgestone Japan has announced its decision to raise its aftermarket tire pricing from 1 September due to increasing crude oil pricing under the Russia–Ukraine conflict as well as increases in other energy related costs, according to a press release dated 24 June. The increase will be from 3–8% for summer and winter replacement tires, according to the release. This is the company’s second price increase after 1 April. In a similar move, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp also announced it...
    US-based distributor Automotive Parts Headquarters expands parts stores chain
    Automotive Parts Headquarters, a Minnesota, US-based distributor of automotive parts and accessories which owns and operates a chain of automotive parts stores, has announced the addition of Hi-Line Service & Hydraulics to its family of independently owned Auto Value parts stores, according to a press release dated 6 June. The new parts store will formally be known as Hi-Line Sales LLC, creating a one-stop-shop for parts and service, the release added. Since joining the Auto Value chain o...
    Castrol urges UK workshops to follow up on deferred work and upsell consumables
    New consumer research commissioned by Castrol suggests workshops across the United Kingdom could be missing out on valuable revenue-generating opportunities by not up-selling consumables and by not following up on deferred work, according to a press release by the company dated 6 July. The survey, a OnePoll research conducted among 1,000 UK car owners, found that only 40% of motorists are typically contacted by their workshop between vehicle services to discuss any work that might need to be ...
    US replacement parts maker Standard Motor Products introduces 119 part numbers
    US-based independent manufacturer and distributor of automotive replacement parts, Standard Motor Products (SMP), has announced the addition of 119 new part numbers to its ‘Standard’ and ‘Standard Import’ lines, according to a press release dated 29 June. This release covers 53 product categories and includes 44 part numbers for 2021 and 2022 model-year vehicles, the release added. As part of its replacement parts range for the latest hybrid and electric vehicle systems, SMP has relea...
    Akebono Brake launches AWP Brake Caliper for the aftermarket
    A Japan-based parts supplier, Akebono Brake Corporation, has announced that it has started distributing a new brake caliper, AWP Brake Caliper, from May 2022, according to a press release dated 14 June. This new high performance brake caliper for the aftermarket from Akebono is compatible with Toyota Alphard/Vellfire 2.4L/2.5L manufactured after May 2008 and Toyota Alphard/Vellfire 3.5L manufactured from 2008/05 to 2017/12 and hybrid vehicles, according to the company. The company said that i...
    Schaeffler Aftermarket expands range with thermal management modules
    The Automotive Aftermarket division of German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has announced that it is expanding its range of thermal management modules under the INA brand, according to a press release dated 5 July. Schaeffler has been series supplier in many vehicles since 2011 with its first-generation thermal management module. The company says it develops thermal management modules that are capable of controlling the coolant temperature in various cooling circu...
    ZF Aftermarket advises caution with alternative dual-mass flywheel
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, has urged garages to explain to customers that installing a simpler, cheaper replacement part for dual mass flywheel (DMF) such as a single-mass flywheel on everyday use passenger cars risks damaging the transmission, according to a press release dated 23 June. The DMF dampens torsional vibrations and allows the engine to run efficiently at significantly lower speeds than is possible with a conventional flywhee...
    German automotive supplier Eberspaecher expands Executive Board
    Eberspächer, a German producer of thermal management systems and automotive control components for OEMs and its aftermarket customers, has announced that it is expanding its Executive Board with an aim to consistently implement the company’s the transformation through additional resources and expertise. According to a press release dated 4 July, Dominic Waldeier will take over as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Ulrike Wörz will be responsible for the development and implementation of the c...
    DENSO Aftermarket and Tetrosyl Express announce UK distribution partnership
    DENSO Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of Japan-based DENSO Corporation, has announced that effective July 2022, the company has entered into a partnership with Tetrosyl Express, a manufacturer and supplier of car care products in Europe, as a key strategic distribution partner in the UK market, according to a release dated 4 July from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). By partnering with Tetrosyl Express, DENSO says it can improve accessibi...
    US-based Stoneridge appoints Chief Procurement Officer
    Stoneridge, a US based manufacturer of electrical and electronic components, modules and systems has named Salvatore Orsini as chief procurement officer effective 5 July, according to a press release dated 5 July. In this new role, Orsini will have responsibility for all aspects of the company’s global procurement organization, including purchasing, supplier quality, and global supply chain strategy. Orsini brings more than 25 years of global supply chain management experience in the automo...
    NGK Spark Plug to change its English language name to ‘Niterra’ starting April 2023
    NGK Spark Plug, a Japan-based ignition and sensor specialist, has announced that following its 122nd ordinary general meeting of the shareholders on 24 June, it will change its English language company name to ‘Niterra’, according to a press release from 4 July. The Group’s new English company name – ‘Niterra’ – is a coined word, which combines the Latin words ‘niteo’ meaning ‘shine’ and ‘terra/earth’. Considering the company’s sustainable business objectives, as w...
    NGK launches 50 new aftermarket PTC sensors under NTK brand
    NGK Spark Plug, a Japan-based ignition and sensor specialist, has announced the launch of 50 new exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS) to its NTK Vehicle Electronics brand, according to a press release from 13 June. The range extension sees the addition of Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) sensors to the company’s current Negative Temperature Coefficient (NTC) portfolio, the release added. EGTS serve as a temperature monitor for turbochargers, catalytic converters, diesel particle fil...
    UK-based Comline Auto Parts expands aftermarket hubs and bearings range
    Comline Auto Parts, a UK-based automotive aftermarket parts brands, has announced that it has released a host of hubs and bearings for popular models, according to a press release dated 29 June. The company says its hubs and bearings undergo tremendous amounts of testing to guarantee consistent performance, with the range encompassing a variety of design styles—from two-piece ‘generation 0’ to ‘generation 2 and 3’ variants—and arriving at the workshop as a complete kit, thus, cont...
    MANN-FILTER launches transmission oil filter for the e-axle
    German components supplier and filtration expert MANN+HUMMEL has announced that in order to meet new electromobility requirements when it comes to oil filtration, the company has developed new transmission oil filters to provide cooling and lubrication of the e-axle, according to a press release dated 29 June. For commercial vehicles in the independent aftermarket, one of these transmission oil filters is available as MANN-FILTER W 7071 for Mercedes-Benz eActros 300 and eActros 400, the release ...
    Industrias Dolz adds 28 new references auxiliary electric water pump range
    Spanish automotive aftermarket manufacturer of water pumps, Industrias Dolz, has announced that it has introduced 28 new references to its range of auxiliary electric water pumps, which brings the total number of part numbers in its range to 70, according to a press release dated 29 June.  The company says that the 28 new references cover more than 850 vehicle models from brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Ford, Porsche, Jaguar, or Opel. Industrias Dolz believes that as engines ...
    UK-based remanufacturer Carwood to showcase green solutions at Automechanika Frankfurt
    UK-based remanufacturer and fuel systems supplier, Carwood, announced that the company will demonstrate how it is helping distributors and garages service current and future vehicles by showcasing a range of OE-quality, eco- and cost-friendly products at this year’s Automechanika Frankfurt, which will be held between 13–17 September 2022, according to a press release dated 29 June. A full range of its remanufactured fuel pumps and injectors covering all makes and models of vehicle, includ...
    Mainland China based ZC Rubber showcases range at Brazilian tire show
    Zhongce Rubber Group or ZC Rubber, a mainland China-based tire manufacturer, has announced that it recently showcased its new Westlake-branded ultra-high performance (UHP) passenger car tires for the Brazilian market at Pneushow 2022 held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 22–24 June, according to a press release dated 28 June. The Pneushow is an international trade show that takes place every two years, focusing on products, machines, solutions and innovations related to tires. At the event, ZC Ru...
    Lynk & Co announces Castrol as its recommended lubricant supplier across Europe
    Automaker Lynk & Co, formed as a joint venture between Geely Holding, Geely Auto Group, and Volvo Car Group, has entered into a five-year agreement with Castrol for the supply of premium lubricants in all of the markets in which it operates across Europe, according to a press release by Castrol on 23 June. According to the agreement, Castrol EDGE Professional V 0W-20 lubricant will be used during regular servicing and maintenance work on Lynk & Co vehicles. Lynk & Co offers member...
    Continental Aftermarket US launches ultrasonic back-up sensor kit
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, in a release dated 27 June has announced the launch of an ultrasonic back-up sensor kit that can be retrofitted to or incorporated as OEM for virtually any vehicle including commercial vehicles, RVs, and off-highway vehicles. The kit is said to provide an audible alarm to the operator when the vehicle comes within 10 feet of an object and beeps faster as the driver gets closer to th...
    Swedish spring maker Lesjöfors acquires US-based John Evans’ Sons
    European automotive springs manufacturer Lesjöfors Group has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the assets and operations of John Evans’ Sons Inc, a US spring manufacturer, according to a press release dated 28 June. The company provides a range of springs and pressings to customers in diverse industries such as automotive, agriculture, construction, medical, oil and gas, power, etc. Under Lesjöfors Automotive, the company manufactures and distributes springs for th...
    Bendix says its windshield mounted cameras to remail compliant with Federal rules
    US-based supplier of commercial vehicle braking and safety systems, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, has announced that its windshield-mounted video cameras will remain compliant with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules for mounting placement, thanks to an exemption the agency recently made permanent, according to a press release dated 27 June. FMCSA’s rule change, effective 6 May, amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to allow certain vehicle ...
    Aftermarket distributor body FIGIEFA discusses key regulations with European Commission
    FIGIEFA, the international federation of independent automotive aftermarket distributors announced that its Independent Service Providers (ISPs) group recently had a very positive exchange with European Commission Commissioner Thierry Breton on how the DataAct and forthcoming sector-specific regulation can create the space for rapid vehicle-generated data innovation in the European automotive and mobility eco-system, according to a statement dated 23 June. FIGIEGA’s members representing 4.5...
    US-based Advance Auto Parts opens new stores in Los Angeles
    North America-based automotive aftermarket parts retailer Advance Auto Parts has announced that it has opened 22 new stores in the Los Angeles market as part of the company’s broader strategic expansion into the Western United States, according to a press release dated 22 June. In spring 2021, Advance had announced its plan to expand into California by leasing 109 Pep Boys stores and converting them to Advance stores, more than half of which are in the Los Angeles area, the release added. V...
    Australia-based CoolDrive broadens cooling range with US Radiators distributorship
    Australian automotive aftermarket parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts has announced the expansion of its specialist cooling range, as it will be the exclusive distributor of US Radiators products throughout Australia and New Zealand, according to a press release dated 24 June. Designed as a direct fit for classic Australian, American, muscle, truck and street rod vehicles, the systems are tried and tested in the Mohave Desert and Death Valley in the USA, with the company bringing to the ma...
    UK-based Ring launches Xenon200 headlight bulb display unit
    Ring Automotive, a UK-based supplier of vehicle lighting, has launched the Xenon200 Counter Display Unit (CDU), containing twin packs of its H7 and H4 Xenon200 brighter upgrade headlamp bulbs, according to a release dated 24 June from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Ring’s BU0200 Xenon200 CDU is pre-stocked with five RX2077 (H7) twin packs and three RX2072 (H4) twin packs in what is claimed to be a new eye-catching design. The CDU is pe...
    Webasto expands production facilities in India, Japan, and South Korea
    Webasto has announced that the company has expanded its manufacturing capabilities in Asia to meet the growing demand for vehicle roof and battery systems, it said in a press release on 24 June. The expansion includes India, Japan and South Korea. Dr. Holger Engelmann, chairman of the Management Board of Webasto SE, said, "With the new sites and the expanded plant, Webasto is now much more broadly positioned in Asia than before. In India, Japan and South Korea, we expect double-digit growth r...
    Indian auto component industry body ACMA kicks off aftermarket roadshow
    The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), India’s apex auto component industry body, announced that it commenced the first edition of the Automotive Aftermarket Roadshow in Namakkal, in South India, according to a press release dated 25 June. The Aftermarket Expo serves as a platform for innovation and collaboration between the buyers and exhibitors and aims to create awareness about the latest auto components and advanced technologies for the mechanics, dealers, a...
    Continental launches VanContact Ultra tire
    German supplier of automotive components, tires, and aftermarket replacement parts, Continental, has announced the launch of its new light commercial vehicle category VanContact Ultra that has been specially developed as a summer tire for delivery services and craftsmen’s vehicles, according to a press release dated 23 June. The tire comes with important capabilities for economical driving, even in urban environments. Very high mileage, robust design, low tire/road noise and low rolling res...
    Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket launches new operating model at its German AKO Halle plant
    The Automotive Aftermarket division of German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has said that as of 1 August, it is managing its European kitting and logistics center Aftermarket Kitting Operations (AKO) in a new operating model, according to a press release dated 23 June. The company will assume primary responsibility for planning and controlling all processes in the areas of Quality, Industrial Engineering, Operations, Maintenance & Facility Management, and Supp...
    Michelin gets India’s first fuel efficiency 5 Star rating for passenger car tire
    French tire manufacturer Michelin announced via press release on 22 June that it has become the first tire brand in the passenger vehicle segment in India to be accredited with the newly introduced star labeling program by Government of India with the MICHELIN Latitude Sport 3 and MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 sport utility vehicle (SUV) tires receiving a 5 Star rating. According to the release, a ‘5 Star product’, on average, consumes up to 9.5%   less fuel when compared to any other ...
    Continental Aftermarket US outlines range of ATE Brake Fluids
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, in a release dated 21 June has outlined its line of ATE replacement brake fluids featuring special formulations designed to help maximize brake system performance in all types of electronic, hydraulic, and racing systems. The full line includes ATE Super DOT 5.1, the technological standard for brake fluids, ATE SL.6 Brake Fluid—the ideal replacement for ESP, ABS, and ASR electroni...
    Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket appoints senior Sales & Marketing executive
    Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket has announced that Maik Losleben will take over as President Global Key Account Management, Sales & Marketing in the Automotive Aftermarket division of Schaeffler from 1 October, according to a press release dated 20 June. He will be part of the global leadership team of the Automotive Aftermarket and will report directly to Jens Schüler, who has been responsible for this function on an interim basis in addition to his CEO role since the beginning of the ye...
    US paints maker PPG to showcase automotive adhesives, sealants at industry event
    US-based paints, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer PPG has announced that it will highlight its growing portfolio of automotive and aerospace adhesives and sealants as well as its additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities for 3D-printed parts during the Adhesives & Bonding Expo in Novi, Michigan, 28–30 June, according to a press release dated 24 June. PPG will be displaying an array of adhesive and sealant solutions for automotive OEM and electric vehicle battery pack custom...
    Germany-based part supplier group discusses legal aftermarket topics
    AAMPACT e.V. (The International Independent Aftermarket Association) a Germany based international association of 55 car part manufacturers and automotive suppliers, announced that its Legal Working Group recently met to discuss the current legal topics in the aftermarket, according to a press release dated 22 June. At the invitation of Christopher Müller-Dahl, Head of the Legal Department at ElringKlinger AG, the AAMPACT Legal Working Group members were invited to the company’s site in De...
    UK-based Arnold Clark Autoparts expands Disctech braking range
    Arnold Clark Autoparts, a UK-based seller of car parts and accessories, has announced that it has revamped its Disctech-brand of brake disc product line, delivering high-end braking for passenger car applications and fulfilling the latest R90 safety requirements, according to a release dated 24 June from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The new zinc coated Disctech discs appear alongside the firm’s Padtech-branded brake pad range, are sa...
    UK Garage & Bodyshop Event 2022: Ring Automotive showcases range
    Ring Automotive, a UK-based supplier of vehicle lighting, auto electrics, workshop tools and auto accessories, announced that it participated in the industry’s first UK Garage and Bodyshop Event where over the course of the two days, Ring’s team of experts presented battery and tire care products, inspection lamps, bulb stands and trolley chargers among others, according to a release dated 24 June from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). ...
    UK Garage & Bodyshop Event 2022 sees high aftermarket participation
    The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has received widespread praise from the automotive aftermarket community, witnessing 3538 participants over two days, according to a press release on Auto Resource UK dated 20 June. The event, held from 8 to 9 June, kicked off with visitors from garages, bodyshops and the wider automotive aftermarket from all over the UK at the NEC in Birmingham to learn about the latest industry technology, tools and training, the release added. One of the key takeaways from ...
    MAHLE Aftermarket UK expands range of products
    MAHLE Aftermarket UK has expanded its product range with the addition of 27 ‘Mahle original’ spare parts, offering customers OE quality, according to a press release on Auto Resource UK dated 20 June. The aftermarket company says it keen on expanding its range to cover the growing European vehicle parc and the new additions include 11 engine cooling and air conditioning parts, nine engine components, five filters and two starter motors and alternators. This includes two interior fans, six...
    Continental Tires made from recycled PET bottles now available throughout Europe
    German supplier of automotive components, tires, and aftermarket replacement parts, Continental, has announced that its tires containing polyester made from recycled PET bottles are now available to all dealers in Europe, according to a press release dated 20 June. Continental has brought the so-called ContiRe.Tex technology, which can completely replace the conventionally polyester in the tire carcass, into series production in April 2022. Currently, the premium tire manufacturer offers thre...
    Driven Brands completes fourth auto glass acquisition in the US
    Driven Brand Holdings, a US-based automotive service company, has announced the acquisition of Indiana-based Perfection Auto Glass, via a press release dated 16 June. The total addressable market for auto glass repair in North America is approximately USD5 billion and growing, according to the release. Perfection Auto Glass, which was founded almost 20 years ago and is claimed to be one of the largest locally owned auto glass companies in Indianapolis, will be reported in Driven Brands’ Pai...
    Schrader expands its EZ-sensor TPMS range
    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 the expansion of its EZ-sensor range of products, according to a press release dated 17 June. The company introduced two new part numbers for the aftermarket, PN 33600 EZ-sensor with silver fixed angle clamp-in valve and PN 33610 EZ-sensor with black fixed angle clamp-in valve. The PN 33600 comes pre-assembled with silv...
    Polaris sells Transamerican Auto Parts business to aftermarket distributor Wheel Pros
    Polaris, a US-based powersports company, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Transamerican Auto Parts (TAP) business to Wheel Pros, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of proprietary branded aftermarket vehicle enhancements for light trucks, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), passenger cars and ATVs/UTVs, according to a press release dated 16 June. The transaction includes TAP’s full portfolio of operations, including all brands, product lines, manufac...
    US tiremaker TBC announces personnel changes at subsidiary Big O Tires
    TBC Corporation, a distributor of automotive replacement tires based in United States, has announced a change in leadership at its subsidiary Big O Tires, a retail tire and auto service franchisor with 460 locations in the US, according to a press release dated 17 June. According to the release, Jim Bull, VP and General Manager of Big O Tires, will retire effective 1 July following a 17-year career. Succeeding Jim will be Brian Maciak, currently EVP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Off...
    US-based Blink Charging acquires EV charging firm SemaConnect
    Blink Charging Co, a US-based owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, said via a press release dated 14 June that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SemaConnect, Inc., a provider of EV charging infrastructure solutions in North America, for USD200 million, subject to certain customary adjustments for working capital. The cash and common stock transaction will add nearly 13,000 EV chargers to Blink’s existing footprint, an additional ...
    THE TIRE COLOGNE 2022: ZC Rubber launches passenger car tires
    Zhongce Rubber Group or ZC Rubber, a mainland China-based tire manufacturer, has announced that it recently launched its new Westlake- and Goodride-branded ultra-high performance passenger car tires for the European market at Tire Cologne 2022. Global tire and wheel trade fair THE TIRE COLOGNE was held from 24 to 26 May in Germany, according to a press release dated 28 May. The Westlake ZuperAce Z-007 and Goodride Solmax 1 tires are claimed to deliver enhanced quietness, grip, and handling pe...
    Continental outlines new REDI-Sensor TPMS Sensors
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, in a release dated 8 June reiterated its focus on the brand’s new generation REDI-Sensor Multi-Application Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensors and said that the products now also come with a new packaging design. The company’s next generation REDI-Sensor features four multi-application TPMS sensors that can replace over 290 different OE sensors and provide coverage fo...
    US-based Auto Care opens registrations for aftermarket warehouse distributors conference
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, has announced in a press release dated 14 June that registration is now open for its 75th annual Aftermarket Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Conference. The event will take place from 30–31 October at The Venetian Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The AWDA Conference is an annual business event that brings together the premier companies of the industry for high-le...
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