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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...
    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...
    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 ...
    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: 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...
    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 ...
    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...
    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...
    Honda Cars India to organize nationwide service camp from 21–30 September
    Honda Cars India, the Indian arm of Japanese carmaker Honda, has announced a nationwide service camp across its authorized dealership facilities in 239 cities from 21–30 September as a part of the company’s efforts to enhance the ownership experience, according to a press release dated 20 September. As part of the service camp, Honda customers can avail offers on value added services such as “Exterior, Interior enrichment, Anti-rust Treatment and more," the release added. Duri...
    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...
    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...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Organizer says 83% of 2,800 exhibitors from outside Germany
    German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, who is also organizing the upcoming automotive service industry trade fair Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds, has revealed the key topics at this year’s event and announced that the exhibitor line-up continues to be international, according to a press release dated 8 September. The key topics include alternative drive systems, training and professional development, resilient su...
    BYD partners with Castrol for EV fluids
    BYD (China) and Castrol have signed a three-year partnership to enhance the supply and promotion of Castrol ON advanced EV Fluids for BYD’s zero-emissions vehicles, according to a press release dated 22 August. The agreement builds on existing first-fill agreement, the release added. BYD sold almost 600,000 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) last year and plans to increase this to a million units in 2022, the release stated, adding that BYD will officially recommend the use of Castrol ON EV 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 ...
    UK-based breakdown service provider RAC extends contract with Kia UK
    RAC, a UK-based breakdown service provider for both private and business drivers, has announced that Kia UK has extended its long-running roadside assistance partnership with the company till end-2023, according to a press release dated 7 September. Every new Kia sold is covered by Kia Roadside Assistance, a comprehensive roadside service delivered by the RAC aimed to give drivers peace of mind, whether they are driving in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in Europe. The contract also sees the ...
    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...
    Lexus India rolls out service package for its flood affected cars in Bengaluru, India
    Japanese luxury car manufacturer, Lexus India, has announced a ‘Lexus Cares Package’ for its owners affected by the incessant torrential rains in Bengaluru, India, according to a press release dated 7 September. Parts of Bengaluru, also known as India's tech capital, have witnessed unprecedented rains over the past few days, halting life in the city amid fears of further disruptions over the coming days. Under the package, Lexus India will extend special support and rates for repairs of t...
    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...
    US-based accessories firm Tint World inaugurates new Naples store
    US-based auto accessory and window tinting franchise, Tint World Automotive Styling Centers has announced the relocation of its Naples store to better serve Collier County, according to a press release dated 29 August. Tint World Naples provides automotive aftermarket services and accessories, including window tint, mobile electronics, audio and video equipment, paint protection films, and more, the release added. "Tint World's commitment to the industry's leading customer experience is one o...
    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 ...
    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...
    Hella outlines vehicle communication feature in its mega macs X diagnostic device
    German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, has revealed that its mega macs X multibrand diagnostic device has been designed with the ultra-fast communication standards of future vehicles in mind and "understands" and "speaks" the language of the latest generation of vehicles, according to a press release dated 25 August.   "The technical framework for communication with vehicles whose systems are networked via fast Ethernet is provided in the mega m...
    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...
    MAHLE says flushing air conditioning key to system longevity
    The UK arm of Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, MAHLE, has reminded technicians of the importance and benefits of flushing air conditioning systems, according to a release dated 20 July from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The company said that during repair work, or changing the air compressor, it is crucial that the air conditioning system is cleaned out, as harmful substances and solids can form in the ...
    US-based CCC Diagnostics integrates with AirPro Diagnostics
    CCC Intelligent Solutions (CCC), a US-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform powering the P&C (property and casualty) insurance economy, announced via a press release dated 2 August that AirPro Diagnostics (AirPro) will become the newest member of the CCC Diagnostics network. Through an integration with AirPro, collision repair users of CCC Diagnostics will soon be able to capture and document AirPro scan and calibration information in their CCC ONE workfiles, the release added. The str...
    Valeo Service launches CV clutch catalogue
    French automotive supplier Valeo announced that the Valeo Commercial Vehicles Clutch Catalogue from Valeo Service is now available in both printed form and as a digital flip book, according to a press release dated 19 July. The company says its CV Clutch Catalogue is the most comprehensive ever offered on the market and it includes clutch and actuation products as well. According to the release, the catalogue includes over 1,500 references, for all truck, coach and bus manufacturers such as D...
    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...
    Castrol survey shows value and location top workshop customer loyalty drivers
    A nationwide survey commissioned by Castrol known as OnePoll research, conducted among 1,000 UK car owners, has identified the most important factors influencing customer loyalty for vehicle workshops across the UK, according to a company press release dated 22 July. The factor mentioned more than any other—by 45% of motorists—is the perception that the work carried out represents ‘good value’. However, the research also strongly indicates that motorists are not simply looking ...
    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 ...
    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...
    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...
    Valeo inaugurates its smart service center in Cairo, Egypt with a focus on aftermarket digitizing
    French automotive supplier Valeo announced the inauguration of a smart service center dedicated to the digitization of aftermarket services in Cairo, Egypt, according to a press release dated 21 July. According to the release, the Smart Service Center is the first of its kind for the Valeo Group, contributing directly to Valeo Service's plans to digitize aftermarket services for Valeo customers; the center provides digital marketing services, data science solutions, communication to...
    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...
    Schaeffler REPXPERT introduces new OneCode labelling system
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has announced that it is making it easy for technicians to access data from its popular workshop portal, REPXPERT, with the launch of the Schaeffler OneCode product labeling system, according to a press release dated 30 June. Schaeffler OneCode is a new QR code that is unique to the product in the box, and which will be found on new and upcoming product labels. Professional technicians can use the REPXPERT app scanning function...
    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...
    US-based lifecycle management company Solera updates Identifix software
    Solera, a US based company involved in vehicle lifecycle management software-as-a-service, data, and services has launched new, intuitive color wiring features to its Identifix Direct-Hit-branded auto repair software, according to a press release dated 13 July. The update brings an easier and more convenient experience to the technician-built vehicle repair database with more than 3 million confirmed fixes, the release added. Direct-Hit subscribers can now view multiple wiring diagrams side-b...
    UK-based Ricardo to deliver additional ABS-ESC retrofit kits to US Army
    UK-based engineering services provider Ricardo plc has announced that the United States Army has awarded Ricardo’s Defense business unit, located in Michigan, over USD18.9 million to deliver additional Antilock Brake System/Electronic Stability Control (ABS/ESC) retrofit kits to improve the safety of operation of the US Army’s High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), according to a press release dated 14 July. In addition to those retrofit kits Ricardo has previously delivered,...
    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...
    BASF Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions to support Peugeot dealers in Europe
    German chemical company BASF has announced that BASF Global Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions, a business unit of BASF’s Coatings division, has partnered with the European Association of Peugeot Car Dealers (AECP) for the upcoming years, according to a press release dated 12 July. The company says this new partnership strengthens the long-standing ties and mutual trust that exist between BASF Automotive Refinish and Peugeot car dealer networks in Europe. It ensures that all AECP affili...
    Nokian tires outlines its energy efficient and silent EV tire range
    Finnish tire company Nokian Tyres announced in a press release on 13 July that it is involving the shift to EVs in its tire development. The company says it is focusing on low tire noise and energy efficiency. The power, mass, and low noise level of EVs are among the factors guiding its development, according to the release, which added that when the car is nearly silent, low tire noise is a substantial improvement in terms of driving comfort. It noted that the tire’s structure and tread co...
    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...
    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...
    Garage Services Online joins UK aftermarket industry body IAAF
    The UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that it has added Garage Services Online, a website provider that which works exclusively within the independent garage sector, as its member, according to a press release by IAAF dated 10 June. According to the release, Garage Services Online is known for designing and developing websites that boost a garage’s business. Its team is said to understand the independent garage sector as well as ...
    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...
    UK Garage & Bodyshop Event 2022: Magneti Marelli introduces Checkstar garage network
    The Magneti Marelli Parts & Services brand has announced that the company showcased its offerings at the UK Garage and Bodyshop show and has lined up two key introductions for the market, according to a press release dated 6 July. Magneti Marelli Checkstar is the company’s exclusive network of 4,000 qualified workshops worldwide. As part of the first announcement, the company said that “After historical success across the rest of Europe, we are introducing the Magneti Marelli Checksta...
    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...
    Aisin acquires Toyota Mobility Parts’ retail store in Japan
    Aisin Seiki, a Japanese corporation that develops and produces components and systems for the automotive industry, announced that in an effort to expand its aftermarket business, the company has acquired the operations of a vehicle parts retail outlet 'James Komaki Minami' from Toyota Mobility Parts, according to a press release dated 1 July. With growth in the new and used car markets, the company aims to leverage its strengths as a comprehensive automobile parts manufacturer to direct repai...
    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...
    French automotive trade body FIEV pegs country’s aftermarket industry at EUR14 billion in 2030
    FIEV, or the French trade association of OEMs, garage equipment manufacturers, and all other providers of automotive solutions, has published the results of its study conducted ahead of the 26th edition of EQUIP AUTO Paris. The study was undertaken to assess the impact of the increasing electrification of the light vehicle fleet (passenger cars and light commercial vehicles) on the aftermarket, according to a press release by FIGIEFA, the international federation of independent automotive afterm...
    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...
    UK-based automotive workshop supplier Prosol launches high voltage EV safety kit
    UK-based garage supplies provider Prosol has announced the launch of a ‘Fire Safety EV Safety’ kit for workshops, according to a press release dated 1 July from Auto Resource UK. The kit contains items such as a high-visibility ‘Holdall’ bag; electrical insulating gloves; cotton under-gloves; leather over-gloves; safety glove storage box; ‘chemsafe’ gloves; a first aid kit for burns; a faraday key pouch with snap shackle; flexi-head combinat...
    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...
    Massachusetts Right to Repair court case decision delayed for the sixth time
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops said in a press release dated 1 July that the United States District Judge Douglas Woodlock issued a notice informing of another delay to provide a decision on the Right to Repair court case in Massachusetts. Citing “the need to consider fully the implications of the long-anticipated decision” and “unforeseen and unforeseeable scheduling complications encountered in the...
    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...
    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 appoints brand ambassador for REPXPERT
    The Automotive Aftermarket division of the industrial and automotive supplier Schaeffler has announced that it has chosen DTM driver Marco Wittmann as brand ambassador for its REPXPERT service brand, according to a press release dated 15 June. Under REPXPERT, Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket bundles its service offerings towards independent garages. It offers technical training, service hotline, repair information via online portal and app, special tools and a variety of other digital services ...
    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...
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