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    Valeo partners with French repair chain Speedy for its Canopy wiper blades
    Speedy, a fast-fit maintenance and repair chain in France, has begun to market the Valeo Canopy, Valeo’s first more environmentally friendly wiper blade, according to a press release dated May 14. This approach benefits Valeo and Speedy, two companies committed to reducing their carbon footprint, as well as French drivers keen to limit their impact on the environment, the statement added. In addition to wiping performance identical to premium blades, the Valeo Canopy range is claimed to sta...
    US-based Tint World and coatings provider Xpel announce partnership
    Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a US-based auto accessory and window tinting franchise, and Xpel Inc., a global provider of protective films and coatings, have announced a new partnership that ensures Tint World customers and franchisees have convenient, comprehensive access to the premier protective films and coatings for automotive, marine, commercial and residential applications, according to a press release dated May 3. The partnership establishes Tint World as a global authorized ...
    UK-based A1 Motor Stores joins international trading group Global One Automotive
    UK-based A1 Motor Stores, an automotive aftermarket buying and distribution group, has announced its partnership with Global One Automotive, an exclusive automotive alliance of trading groups, according to a press release dated April 26. Effective July 1, A1 Motor Stores will become a shareholder of Global One Automotive, marking a significant milestone in its growth strategy. The decision to join Global One Automotive aligns with A1 Motor Stores' commitment to enhance its presence and compet...
    Vitesco and Sanden International partner for integrated thermal management system for BEVs
    Vitesco Technologies, an international supplier of modern drive technologies and electrification solutions, and Sanden International (Europe), a global supplier of automotive thermal management technology, have joined forces to develop an integrated thermal management system for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), according to a press release dated April 25. Within the future-oriented predevelopment project, Sanden develops the compact refrigerant unit with natural refrigerant propane (R29...
    TMD Friction establishes new partnerships for its Textar and Don brands in Italy
    TMD Friction, a supplier of brake-friction solutions for the automotive and brake industry, has announced that it continues its expansion in the Italian market with to two new collaborations, according to a press release dated Apr. 5. The company said it will work with Aldo Romeo and Autocom Palermo for the distribution of Textar and Don braking products for passenger cars. This change follows the recent acquisition by Aequita, a privately-owned industrial group. Aldo Romeo S.p.A. is a distri...
    US-based Universal Technical Institute and Interstate Batteries renew alliance
    Universal Technical Institute, the transportation, skilled trades, and energy education division of Universal Technical Institute, Inc., has announced the five-year renewal of its alliance with Interstate Batteries, an automotive replacement battery brand, according to a press release dated Apr. 18. Since the relationship's inception in 2018, Interstate Batteries has become the exclusive battery used in all UTI automotive, diesel, and marine technician training programs. In this renewed partn...
    US-based Netradyne partners with UK aftermarket solutions firm Intelex
    US-based Netradyne, a company involved in AI technology for fleet and driver safety, has announced its expansion into the UK market by partnering with Intelex, a provider of aftermarket vehicle safety solutions based in Birmingham, UK, according to a press release dated April 22. The move is aimed at revolutionizing the landscape of vehicle safety solutions in the region, the statement added. Driver•i, Netradyne’s vision-based safety camera system, uses AI, machine learning and ...
    Meko accelerates expansion of its BilXtra brand in Sweden
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that its branch and workshop concept BilXtra is broadening its footprint in the Swedish market, according to a press release dated April 15. The company has formed a partnership with Bilam, the owner of five facilities in southern Sweden, with a goal to further boost BilXtra's brand recognition and establish it as a vital addition to Meko's suite of other concepts in Sweden, the release added. ...
    Fuchs SE and Mercedes-Benz AG announce aftersales partnership
    Fuchs SE, the world's largest independent supplier of lubricant solutions for almost all industries and applications, and Mercedes-Benz Global Customer Service & Parts have announced a strategic business partnership aimed at fostering innovation, technology and sustainability in the automotive aftersales, according to a press release dated April 4. The two companies signed a collaboration contract on March 28. The companies said the partnership is poised to redefine automotive lubrication...
    German petrol station brand Jet partners with Pace for payment solutions
    Pace Telematics, a provider of mobile payment solutions in the European petrol station market, has announced a partnership with Jet, Germany’s petrol station brand of 14 years, according to a press release dated April 10. The company says this cooperation marks a significant step in digitizing the refueling experience and setting new standards for convenience and efficiency. As per the partnership, starting immediately, Jet will use Pace's Connected Fueling platform as its primary mobile pa...
    MEMA & eShipping partner to offer logistics solutions for the aftermarket
    The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Aftermarket Suppliers, an association in North America representing motor-vehicle component manufacturers, has announced its partnership with eShipping, a nationwide distribution chain management company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., according to a press release dated April 2. The newly launched MEMA & eShipping Partner Program aims to enhance logistics solutions for the automotive aftermarket industry, the release added. The...
    Mainland China’s Cheche enters into partnership for new-energy vehicle insurance
    Mainland China-based Cheche, an auto insurance technology platform, has announced a partnership with Beijing Houji Insurance Brokerage Co., an affiliate of Xiaomi Corp., in an effort to broaden its partner network with firms in the new-energy vehicle (NEV) industry, according to a press release dated March 28. Cheche offers a digital auto insurance transaction software-as-a-service platform with operational support. With the partnership, Cheche will provide auto insurance service so...
    Israel-based SaverOne signs agreement with Iveco
    SaverOne, an Israeli technology company engaged in transportation safety solutions, announced that it has signed an original equipment manufacturer agreement with Iveco, which designs, manufactures and markets light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, according to a press release dated March 27. The agreement is a collaboration to develop a solution to prevent driver distraction from cellphone use. The agreement covers the integration of SaverOne’s safety technology within Iveco's v...
    China’s SunCar announces partnership with Li Auto Insurance
    SunCar Technology Group Inc., a company involved in digitalized automotive after-sales services and online auto insurance intermediation in China, has announced a new business agreement through its wholly owned subsidiary, Shanghai Chengle Network Technology Co. Ltd., with Beijing Li Auto Insurance Brokerage Co., according to a press release dated Feb. 21. This partnership focuses on developing a state-of-the-art information technology system for insurance brokerage. This agreement has a tota...
    Meko partners with ALD Automotive/LeasePlan for glass repairs
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that has strengthened its position in sustainable car glass repairs through a new partnership with ALD Automotive/LeasePlan, a leasing firm for company cars in Sweden, according to a press release dated March 6. The collaboration means that Meko will become a car glass service partner for more than 45,000 vehicles in Sweden. Fixing minor damages in time reduces the need for extensive repai...
    TotalEnergies Marketing Canada signs a five-year agreement with Boss Lubricants
    TotalEnergies Marketing Canada Inc., a subsidiary of TotalEnergies that manufactures a full range of lubricants for the automotive, heavy-duty and industrial vehicle markets across Canada, including fuel-economy engine oils, biodegradable lubricants and high-performance greases, has announced the signing of a commercial partnership with Boss Lubricants, a Canadian company based in Calgary, Alberta, according to a press release dated Feb. 28. Boss Lubricants operates 11 branches from Vanc...
    UAE based-Neweast General Trading and Isuzu announce partnership
    Neweast General Trading, a United Arab Emirates-based importer and distributor of aftermarket automotive spare parts, announced that it has partnered with Isuzu Motors, with the opening of a dealership in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), according to a press release dated Feb. 29. This collaboration, symbolized by a Feb. 23 signing ceremony, sets a new standard for innovation and leadership in automotive excellence, the release added. Strategically positioned in the heart of KSA, the Neweas...
    Michelin joins Antin and Enviro for construction of first end-of-life tire-recycling plant in Sweden
    Michelin has joined Antin and Enviro to announce the construction of the first end-of-life tire-recycling plant in Sweden, according to a press release dated Feb. 23. The joint venture has secured a series of multiyear contracts for the supply of used tires and the upcycling of recovered carbon black and pyrolysis oil. This first plant will have capacity to recycle approximately 35,000 metric tons of used tires annually and to create up to 40 green jobs in the local community. This JV is part...
    India’s Lumax Auto Technologies’ aftermarket division partners with Bluechem Group
    Lumax Auto Technologies Ltd. (LATL), an India-based tier 1 diversified automotive systems and components manufacturer, through its Aftermarket Division has entered into a strategic partnership with Bluechem Group of Germany, a firm involved in automotive car care solutions, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. LATL is a listed company under the Lumax-DK Jain Group. The Bluechem Group, based in Germany, is a company involved in automotive maintenance, care products and services. They ope...
    Bileko Car Parts partners with life-cycle management solution provider Syncron
    Syncron, a firm involved in intelligent service life-cycle management solutions, has announced its partnership with Bileko Car Parts AB, a Swedish aftermarket automotive parts distributor and wholesaler, according to a press release dated Jan. 16. Bileko Car Parts has selected Syncron Inventory to optimize parts availability and streamline inventory management throughout its vast network. Syncron Inventory is an essential component of the Syncron Connected Service Experience (CSX) Cloud, an A...
    Clarios, Altris partner to develop low-voltage sodium-ion batteries for automotive industry
    Clarios, a US-based supplier of energy storage solutions to original equipment (OE) manufacturers and the aftermarket, and Altris, a pioneer in sustainable sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery technology, have announced a partnership to develop low-voltage Na-ion batteries for the automotive industry, according to a press release dated Jan. 8. The collaboration aims to create an innovative battery solution that is sustainable, easy to recycle, and made from abundant and available materials. The new jo...
    Valeo and Applied Intuition partner to provide digital twin technology for ADAS simulation
    Valeo and Applied Intuition, a vehicle software supplier, are partnering to provide a digital twin platform for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) sensor simulation. The joint solution will allow automotive original equipment manufacturers to bring safe and reliable ADAS features to market faster, according to a press release on Jan. 4. Valeo and Applied Intuition’s platform will provide OEMs with a digital twin database representing locations worldwide, offering an extensive and div...
    Infosys, LKQ Europe partner for five-year business process integration
    Infosys, a global firm involved in digital services and consulting, has announced a five-year collaboration with LKQ Europe, a distributor of automotive aftermarket parts in Europe, according to a press release dated Dec. 21. Under the collaboration, Infosys will assist LKQ Europe in integrating and standardizing its business processes and systems to enable synergies and achieve economies of scale. LKQ Europe aims to reduce complexities, increase efficiency and leverage its strengths through ...
    Exide Technologies partners to strengthen service operations in the Netherlands and Belgium
    Exide Technologies (Exide), a company involved in battery-storage solutions for automotive and industrial applications, has announced a strategic agreement with Juice Stored Energy Ltd. (Juice) for the transfer of its Service Department in the Netherlands and Belgium, according to a press release dated Dec. 22. This agreement encompasses all current service employees, who will be pivotal to the success of this transition, the company said, adding that the move marks a significant decision by ...
    German aftermarket distributor Global One Automotive gets a new shareholder
    Global One Automotive, a Germany-based strategic alliance of international automotive aftermarket distributors, announced that it has acquired a new shareholder — a family-owned company, Suder & Suder Sp. z o.o. — who will join the group starting Jan. 1, 2024, according to a press release dated Dec. 22, 2023. Global One has aftermarket distributors from 15 countries worldwide, the release added. Significance: Suder & Suder is one of the largest truck, trailers an...
    Stellantis, Valeo partner on circular economy-friendly windshield camera remanufacturing
    Stellantis and Valeo have partnered to launch the first windshield-mounted automotive video camera remanufactured by Valeo at its Circular Electronics Lab in Nevers, France, according to a company press release on Dec. 15. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in their commitment to the circular economy and sustainability. The remanufactured camera offers the same two-year warranty and performance as new parts while saving up to 99% of natural resources compared with new ones. Valeo i...
    US-based Auto Care Association and UK aftermarket body IAAF form new partnership
    The Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, and the UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), have agreed a new partnership, which will see the two associations work closer together in the coming months and years, according to a press release by IAAF dated Nov. 9. Meeting at automotive expo AAPEX, held recently in Las Vegas, the two federations — IAAF represented...
    Smartcar, Uber partner to enhance EV driving experience
    Smartcar, a developer platform for mobility businesses, has partnered with Uber Technologies to improve the electric vehicle driving experience for Uber drivers, according to a press release dated Nov. 29. With Smartcar's API, Uber can seamlessly integrate EV battery-level data into its Driver app, enabling eligible EV drivers to take on trips without range anxiety. This feature aims to create a comfortable and convenient experience for both drivers and riders using EVs on the Uber app. Accor...
    UK-based Altilium Metals to transform mine waste into EV materials
    Altilium, a UK-based clean technology group focused on supporting the transition to net zero, announced that it has secured over £700,000 in UK government innovation funding for two collaborative research projects focused on the recovery of copper and rare earth elements (REEs) from mine waste, according to a press release dated Nov. 28. Building on its work to recover lithium and other critical battery materials from end-of-life electric vehicle batteries, Altilium is partnering with The Ce...
    Meko, Zeekr partner for authorized workshop services in Sweden
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that it has partnered with electric car manufacturer Zeekr to offer authorized workshop services to Zeekr owners in Sweden, according to a press release dated Nov. 16. Meko said it will handle service, repair and maintenance for Zeekr vehicles, as well as warranty issues, through its comprehensive network of workshops. The partnership aligns with Meko's strategy to be a complete service pa...
    Daewoo to reenter India with Kelwon Electronics and Appliances to supply aftermarket products
    South Korea's Daewoo, which previously operated in the Indian passenger vehicle market from 1995 to 2003 before exiting the country, has announced its reentry into the Indian market through a strategic partnership with Kelwon Electronics and Appliances, a press release dated Oct. 25 said. Kelwon recently showcased a range of consumer electronics and automotive aftermarket products, including lead-acid batteries for two- and four-wheelers, Daewoo-branded lubricants and electric bicycles. The c...
    Gerber Collision enhances scanning and diagnostics capabilities with Opus IVS partnership
    Gerber Collision & Glass, a US-based firm involved in collision repair and glass replacement, has announced the strengthening of its partnership with Opus IVS, a provider of intelligent vehicle support solutions, according to a press release dated October 19. The alliance allows Gerber Collision & Glass to consolidate its diagnostic services through a single diagnostic platform with Opus IVS' advanced DriveSafe platform, enabling remote and direct-on-tool diagnostic capabilities acros...
    Cummins partners for Open Telematics Architecture for commercial vehicles
    Global power and technology firm Cummins has announced its collaboration with the Eclipse Foundation, Microsoft and industry partners to release a new and innovative approach to develop telematics software for commercial vehicles, according to a press release dated October 16. The Open Telematics Framework is being designed to allow companies to accelerate time to market and reduce costs. It allows each company to write their telematics application once and deploy it to any telematics hardwar...
    French reconditioned-tires maker Black Star partners with Renault
    Black Star, a French company specializing in the manufacture and distribution of retread tires for private vehicles, light trucks, and 4-wheel drives (4WD) and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), has officially announced a commercial and communication partnership with Renault Group, according to a press release dated October 5. This partnership involves the listing of Leonard-branded reconditioned consumer tires throughout the Renault Group dealership and points-of-sale network, the release added....
    The Shyft Group partners with Rush Enterprises for sales and service of EVs
    North America’s The Shyft Group, a company involved in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly and upfit for the commercial, retail and service specialty-vehicle industry, announced that it has finalized an agreement with Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, to sell and service the company’s Blue Arc Class 3, 4 and 5 all-electric delivery vehicles, according to a press release dated October 2. The Blue Arc commercial al...
    South Korea’s SK Networks-owned Speedmate partners for vehicle detailing service
    SK Networks, a subsidiary of South Korean petroleum conglomerate SK Group, engaged in the businesses of energy and information technology distribution as well as car rental, announced that Speedmate, its all-inclusive car care brand, has launched car detailing services with the German premium brand Sonax Car-care, according to a press release dated September 5. Speedmate announced that it had opened a "car servicing/detailing multi-shop" at the Ikea Goyang store with Alles, the loca...
    UK-based Ricardo receives additional ABS/ESC retrofit kits contract from US Army
    UK-based engineering services provider Ricardo PLC announced that the US Army has awarded Ricardo’s Defense business unit, located in Michigan, US, a contract valued at over $385 million to continue production and delivery of antilock braking system/electronic stability control (ABS/ESC) retrofit kits, with an order completion date of March 15, 2026, according to a press release dated September 11. The ABS/ESC retrofit kits are for use on the US Army’s High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled V...
    Anand Group of India and South Korea’s HL Group form JV to increase aftermarket portfolio in India and globally
    Indian automotive components manufacturer Anand Group has announced the formation of a joint venture with South Korea’s HL Group, with the aim of doubling the former’s aftermarket business in the domestic market while at the same time also expanding the latter’s presence in the country, according to a press release dated September 13. The JV company, HL Anand Automotive Parts Pvt. Ltd., is expected to establish two dedicated distribution centers in the next two years and add about 1,200...
    SunCar Technology evaluates collaboration with Starr Strategic Holdings
    SunCar Technology Group Inc. (SunCar), a provider of digitalized enterprise automotive aftersales services and an online auto insurance intermediation service in China, evaluated the potential of a partnership with insurance firm Starr Strategic Holdings, according to a press release dated September 8. The company said its Chairman and CEO Ye Zaichang recently met with X. Rick Niu, the president of Starr Strategic Holdings LLC. Starr Strategic Holdings is the division of Starr Insurance ...
    IAA Mobility 2023: Mobileye and Valeo partner for imaging radars
    French automotive supplier Valeo announced that at IAA Mobility 2023 in Munich, Mobileye and Valeo have formed a new partnership to deliver software-defined best-in-class imaging radars for next-generation driver assist and automated driving features, according to a press release dated September 4. By joining forces, both companies say they can quickly bring a new technology to automakers worldwide that enables more intelligent vehicles. As a key part of sensing systems for automated driving,...
    SunCar Technology Group expands overseas car services
    SunCar Technology Group Inc. (SunCar), a provider of digitalized enterprise automotive after-sales services and an online auto insurance intermediation service in China, announced that it has renewed its one-year overseas airport pickup service agreement with Bank of Communications Ltd. (BoComm), the fifth largest bank in China, according to a press release dated September 7. SunCar said its overseas airport service covers 213 overseas airports worldwide, including in the US, the UK, Canada, ...
    Caruso partners up with Renault for vehicle-data access
    Multibrand in-vehicle data provider Caruso announced that it has signed an agreement with Renault Group that allows Caruso’s customers to access the vehicle’s data such as mileage or geoposition without the need to install any additional device, according to a press release dated August 30. The data will be fully compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Caruso data marketplace is currently one of the leading platforms for real-time in-vehicle data in Europe, the relea...
    Chery enters into a distribution partnership with Oman’s Saud Bahwan Group
    Chinese automaker Chery Automobile has signed a distribution agreement with Oman’s Saud Bahwan Group, according to a press release dated September 5. Under the partnership, Chery Automobile aims to further expand its overseas sales network and also promote localized operations with the help of the Saud Bahwan Group’s experience. In the future, Saud Bahwan Group will establish Chery showrooms and after-sales service agencies in major cities in Oman, the release added. Significance: “C...
    UK-based, registration-plate maker Hills Numberplates joins IAAF
    UK-based manufacturer of number plate components, registration plates and number plate production systems, Hills Numberplates, has become a member of the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), according to a press release dated July 28. The Birmingham, UK-based company specializes in manufacturing all components pertaining to vehicle registration plates, and holds a portfolio of globally recognized patents, standards and awards for both number ...
    Liqui Moly extends partnership with Formula 1 till 2026
    German oil, additives and car-care specialist, Liqui Moly, has announced that through a new contract, it will continue to be an Official Partner for Formula 1 until 2026 inclusive, according to a press release dated August 24. Liqui Moly has been an Official Partner in the popular racing series since 2019. As an Official Partner, Liqui Moly will continue to have physical and virtual trackside signage at select race events. Additionally, as part of the extension, Liqui Moly will have the oppor...
    Automotive-coatings maker Axalta partners with Xaar for digital-paint technology
    US manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings Axalta Coating Systems announced that it has entered into a partnership with Xaar, a manufacturer of drop-on-demand inkjet technologies, to introduce Axalta NextJet, a digital-paint technology for the transportation industry, according to a press release dated August 22. Digital paint, also referred to as overspray-free application, is an advanced paint application that will allow for precise paint placement. Through Axalta and Xaar’s patented t...
    US-based Dodge Direct Connection and Jay Leno's Garage announce partnership
    Television host and comedian Jay Leno and Dodge Brand CEO Tim Kuniskis have teamed up to announce a new line of co-branded car care products from Direct Connection, the Dodge brand’s performance products line, and Jay Leno’s Garage, according to a press release dated August 19. The new initiative will feature more than 20 premium car detailing and car wash products under the Direct Connection/Jay Leno’s Garage banner, including a branded Direct Connection detailing bucket with a starter ki...
    Aurelis Consulting becomes part of the Eucon Group
    Eucon GmbH announced that it has acquired a majority stake in the consulting firm Aurelis Consulting, according to a press release dated August 3. Headquartered in Warsaw, Poland, Aurelis specializes in the automotive aftermarket and is a provider of strategy and digitization consulting in this area. Together, the two companies will continue to drive the digital transformation of the market, the release added. The aim of the cooperation is to tap into joint growth potential. "New da...
    Sumitomo partners with US vehicle failure prediction firm Viaduct
    Japan-based Sumitomo Rubber Industries announced that it has started a joint feasibility study with Viaduct, a US venture company that provides vehicle failure prediction solution services using AI to accelerate the realization of total fleet-management services, to provide solutions to fleet operators, according to a press release dated August 7. Significance: Sumitomo intends to combine its sensorless sensing technology for tire-speed analysis and tire-wear detection — called Sensing Core...
    Dayco and Physis strengthen their partnership
    Dayco, a US-based engine products and drive-systems supplier for the automotive and aftermarket industries, has announced that it is strengthening its hybrid-electric partnership with its strategic partner Ningbo Physis Technology Co. Ltd. (Physis), a firm involved in the design and manufacture of products and solutions for the fields of motion control and energy conversion, according to a press release dated July 18. The journey of Dayco and Physis started in 2020 with a collaborative vision...
    CLEPA appoints new president
    The European Association of Automotive Suppliers (Comité de Liaison Européen des Fabricants d'Equipements et de Pièces Automobiles: CLEPA) announced that its members have elected Matthias Zink, CEO of Automotive Technologies at Schaeffler, as incoming president of CLEPA, according to a press release dated July 27. Zink will assume the role in January 2024, succeeding Thorsten Muschal, executive vice president of Sales at Forvia, who has led the association over the last four year...
    Canada's Groupe Touchette acquires Fastco Canada
    Canadian tire distributor Groupe Touchette has announced the acquisition of alloy-wheel design, manufacturing and distribution company Fastco Canada, through a press release dated July 11. Groupe Touchette specializes in value-added tire distribution services and has a presence across Canada with more than 50 distribution centers. The company services car manufacturers, car dealerships, independent tire retailers and end customers. Fastco is a manufacturer and distrib...
    Japan’s Yamada Denki to retail Mitsubishi’s mini EVs
    Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Yamada Denki Corp., an operator of consumer electronics stores, have entered an agreement under which Yamada will start selling Kei-EVs from Mitsubishi Motors at its five stores in the Kanto Region in Japan from July 4, according to a press release dated June 29. As part of the collaboration, Yamada Holdings, the operator of the Yamada Denki chain, will sell the eK X minicar and the Minicab-MiEV commercial van. Its initial target would be fleet customers....
    US-based Tint World partners with automotive video-integration solutions firm ZZ-2
    US-based auto accessory and window-tinting franchise, Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, has announced a new partnership with ZZ-2, an engineering and manufacturing provider specializing in original equipment manufacturer technology-integration solutions, according to a press release dated July 6. ZZ-2 provides CarPlay, Android Auto and video-integration solutions for the automotive market, connecting the latest entertainment, convenience and safety technology with fac...
    Sweden’s SKF and Sinoma Nitride partner for hybrid ceramic ball bearings
    Sweden-based SKF, a supplier of rolling bearings, seals, mechatronics and lubrication systems, and Sinoma Nitride, a producer of silicon-nitride materials and ceramic balls, have entered into a joint venture contract to deepen their cooperation within hybrid ceramic ball bearings, according to a press release dated June 29. With the cooperation, SKF and Sinoma Nitride will be able to provide high-quality hybrid ceramic ball bearing products and solutions to customers in a wide range of indust...
    LKQ Europe and Mobivia announce strategic partnership
    LKQ Europe, a distributor of automotive aftermarket parts, and Mobivia, Europe’s largest independent provider of automotive maintenance and repair services, have entered into a strategic partnership for the delivery of automotive parts for Mobivia’s ATU branches across Germany, as well as for optimizing the logistics process, according to a press release dated June 29. Mobivia’s ATU centers are a combination of workshops and integrated shops offering a range of accessories, spare parts ...
    Swedish part distributor KGK ties up with vehicle retailer Veho Bil
    KG Knutsson AB (KGK), a Swedish wholesaler and distributor of motor vehicle parts, has announced a tie-up with Veho Bil AB, a Swedish vehicle dealer and the largest dealer of Mercedes-Benz in the Nordic region, according to a press release dated June 27. Under the agreement, KGK becomes a supplier of materials and equipment to Veho Bil's nine branches in Sweden. The tie-up aims at enabling Veho Bil to cut down on the number of suppliers by using KGK's broad product catalog for several differe...
    Australian distributor Multispares joins Temot International
    Temot International, a Germany-based automotive spare parts network, has announced that Multispares, a distributor based in Australia and New Zealand that serves over 20,000 customers, has joined the international trading group as a member, according to a press release dated July 6. Multispares Ltd. and Multispares NZ Ltd. are wholly owned subsidiaries of Supply Network Ltd., which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Since its opening in 1976, the company has specialized in spare part...
    Hunter Engineering partners with Lincoln Tech on new Denver training center
    Hunter Engineering announced that Lincoln Tech’s Denver, Colo., campus will be the latest site to house a Hunter Training Center, in a release June 29. Local students and repair shop technicians will be offered the opportunity to train directly on Hunter equipment through a wide range of available Hunter courses. The new training center, Hunter’s 47th across the nation, will open August 1. Hunter’s vast training network provides hands-on and classroom instruction led b...
    Deutz chooses automotive supplier Mahle to supply hydrogen engine components
    Deutz is taking a major step toward volume production of hydrogen engines for the commercial vehicle sector with its decision to source components from Mahle in future,  as announced in a press release July 11. The automotive supplier has been awarded a volume contract to develop and deliver power cell units. These will be built into the production engines scheduled to enter the market at the end of 2024. The Deutz engines will initially be used in stationary applications such as gener...
    Denso begins business transfer negotiations for selected product operations
    KARIYA, Japan – DENSO Corporation today announced that it has concluded a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) on starting negotiations for the transfer of selected internal combustion engine parts operations to Niterra Co., Ltd. The two parties reached a decision to sign the MOU during a board of directors meeting on July 10, 2023. DENSO plans to transfer business operations for its Spark Plug and Exhaust Gas Sensor products (Oxygen Sensor and Air-Fuel Ratio Sensor) to Niterra Co., Ltd....
    Blink Charging Signs Agreement with AAA
    Blink Charging Co. a global manufacturer, owner, operator and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, announced today an agreement with AAA to become a preferred supplier. This strategic agreement enables Blink to offer leading EV charging products and services to affiliated AAA service providers, thereby expanding the range of EV charging solutions available to drivers and AAA members in need. Initially, this program will benefit 19 AAA clubs and affiliates at over...
    Bentley Motors expands its retail network in Switzerland
    Bentley Motors announced the expansion of its retail network in Switzerland with the opening of the Bentley Lugano showroom in the southern Canton of Ticino region, according to a press release dated June 23. Bentley Lugano is Bentley’s fifth retail partner in Switzerland after Bentley Basel, Bentley Geneva, Bentley Zug and Bentley Zurich. The location combines a 450-square-meters showroom with a shared workshop facility that offers three vehicle lifts dedicated to Bentley custome...
    Australia’s CoolDrive becomes exclusive distributor of Max Papis Innovations
    Australia-based automotive parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts has announced that it has partnered with Max Papis Innovations (MPI) to be its exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand, according to a press release dated June 28.  The MPI range consists of performance and racing products including steering wheels for vehicles such as circuit, drag, dirt, stock car, speedway as well as other specialty items. This new supply partnership is the first time MPI products will be ava...
    French automotive trade body FIEV adds 10 new members
    FIEV, or the French trade association of OEMs, garage equipment manufacturers, and all other providers of automotive solutions, has announced the addition of ten new members, according to a press release dated 23 June. They include Acerta, Ateq, Borgwarner, Carmoov Energy, Daf Conseil, Mann Hummel Filtration, Muller Automotive, Provac, RAV France and Qwello. Acerta provides OEMs and automotive manufacturers with a predictive quality solution to reduce scrap rates, improve defect detectio...
    The French postal service chooses Michelin for its delivery vehicle tires
    French tire manufacturer Michelin announced via press release on June 28 that by 2024, nearly 40 La Post (the French postal service) vans will be fitted with the Michelin Uptis airless tire, in the Hauts-de-France region (North of France). Three initial vehicles have been put into circulation as of June 27, within the framework of a two-year partnership between La Poste and Michelin, a first in France and Europe — following partnerships already formed in Asia, the release added. The Uptis p...
    Volvo partners with Tesla for Supercharger network access in North America
    Volvo Cars announced signing an agreement with electric-vehicle maker Tesla to access the Supercharger network across the US, Canada and Mexico — the first European original equipment manufacturer to do so, according to a press release dated June 27. Under the agreement, future Volvo cars starting from 2025 will be equipped with the North American Charging Standard (NACS) charging port in North America.  The collaboration offers fully electric Volvo driver...
    Geely, Linglong Tire set up digital lab for tire development
    Chinese tire manufacturer Linglong Tire and Geely Automobile Research Institute have announced the establishment of the "Geely Engineering Center & Linglong Technology Center Tuning In House (TIH) Laboratory" via a press release dated June 14. With an aim to further enhance the overall performance of Geely’s vehicles, the two companies have deepened their decade-long cooperation to include the TIH project, which is an indoor virtual-development solution jointly developed by Linglon...
    UK accessory supplier Mountney joins aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation
    UK-based automotive accessory supplier, Mountney, has become a member of the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), according to a press release dated June 15. Mountney was established almost 30 years ago and is a national supplier of vehicle-roof bars, mirror glass and accessories under its Summit brand, and holds Mountney Classic in its portfolio, a renowned classic car steering-wheel brand, the release added. “Membership of the IAAF provides...
    Stellantis and Galloo to explore tie-up for vehicle recycling
    Stellantis and metals recycler Galloo announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the formation of a joint venture focused on End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) recycling, according to a press release dated June 5. The Stellantis-Galloo JV will work with selected Authorized Treatment Facilities to collect ELVs from the last owner, enabling the recovering of parts for reuse, remanufacturing and recycling. The service is expected to launch at the end of 2023 w...
    India’s Ashok Leyland partners for dealer financing solutions
    Ashok Leyland, an Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer, has announced a strategic partnership with Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Co. Ltd. (Chola) to facilitate inventory financing for Ashok Leyland dealers, according to a press release dated June 6. In a bid to enhance operational capabilities, the new alliance aims to provide 130 Ashok Leyland dealerships nationwide with an array of comprehensive inventory funding options to address their working capital requirements effectivel...
    PPG opens Color Creation Lab with Chery Automobile in China
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced the opening of a Color Creation Lab in China, in collaboration with automaker Chery Automobile Co. Ltd., according to a press release dated June 1. At the facility, located in Wuhu, China, PPG color stylists and Chery designers will create new colors tailored to specific vehicle designs, from initial color recommendations to final materials for application in Chery’s manufacturing plants, the release added. ...
    Spare parts logistics player DANX strengthens presence in northern Norway
    Denmark-based spare parts logistics provider Danx, part of the Danx Carousel group, announced that it has partnered with Tromsø Budbil Sentral (Tromsø Courier Central, or TBS), the largest supplier of courier services in northern Norway, according to a press release dated May 23. The partnership will see Danx offer strategic investment and resource support while benefiting from TBS’ well-established local customer network, which stretches from Narvik to Kirkenes, in northern Nor...
    UK’s Maverick Diagnostics and Next Eco Car partner for EV battery test in Ireland
    UK’s Maverick Diagnostics, a provider of original diagnostic tools and technical support, and Irish electric vehicle sales and sourcing specialist Next Eco Car, have announced a partnership that sees the latter become a distributor of AVILOO, an independent battery test for EVs and plug-in hybrids, according to a press release by UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) dated May 19. Maverick Diagnostics is the supplier of AVILOO tests in t...
    Bosch Engineering and Ligier Automotive establish strategic development partnership
    Bosch Engineering GmbH (Bosch Engineering) and Ligier Automotive have established a strategic partnership for developing high-performance hydrogen engine vehicles, as announced in a press release dated May 11. The first step of the joint activities is to construct a demonstration vehicle based on the Ligier JS2 R. Compared to the production vehicle, the hydrogen-powered Ligier JS2 RH2 will be equipped with a new type of carbon monocoque featuring three integrated hydrogen tanks. A converted s...
    Leading suppliers come together to launch unique garage concept proposition
    LKQ's Euro Car Parts Ltd. (LKQ Euro Car Parts), alongside seven other leading suppliers to the aftermarket, has announced the launch of a unique new garage concept to help the industry’s professionals navigate the ever-changing automotive landscape and deliver best-in-class service, according to a press release dated May 5 by the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Developed in conjunction with MPM Oil, Pagid, Schaeffler, Shell, Valeo, Varta and ZF Aftermark...
    AAM invests in EnerTech Global Strategic Mobility Fund
    American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), a leader in driveline and metal forming technology, announced a $10 million investment in the Global Strategic Mobility Fund (GSMF), in a press release dated May 5. GSMF is a venture capital fund managed by EnerTech Capital. As a strategic partner, AAM gains access to EnerTech’s vast network of business alliances and emerging technology, all supporting mobility innovation that can help enhance AAM’s products and operat...
    BorgWarner to supply eMotors for leading automotive manufacturer in China
    BorgWarner Inc. (BorgWarner), a global product leader in delivering innovative and sustainable mobility solutions for the vehicle market, has been selected to provide high-voltage hairpin (HVH) eMotors to a leading automotive manufacturer in China, according to a May 4 press release. The eMotors will be used in the Chinese automaker’s dedicated hybrid transmission (DHT) and range-extended electric vehicle (REEV), with mass production expected to start in August 2023 in Tianjin, China.&...
    Mitchell expands support for EVs through data licensing agreement with Rivian
    Mitchell International, Inc. (Mitchell), an Enlyte company, announced that it is the first collision-industry information provider to sign a data licensing agreement with electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Rivian, LLC (Rivian), in a press release dated May 4.  This will allow auto insurers and collision repairers using Mitchell Cloud Estimating and Mitchell Cloud Estimating TruckMax to write damage appraisals and access repair procedures for the original equipment manufacturer's ful...
    Wolfspeed and ZF to open R&D center in Nuremberg, Germany
    As part of their strategic partnership announced earlier this 2023, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a leading global technology company of next-generation mobility, and Wolfspeed Inc., the global leader in Silicon Carbide (SiC) technology, announced their plans to establish a joint European research and development (R&D) center for SiC power electronics in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region, Germany, as per Wolfspeed's press release on May 3. The new joint research facility...
    ZF joins the Navigation Data Standard Association
    ZF announced that it has joined the Navigation Data Standard (NDS) Association in which automotive manufacturers, suppliers, map providers and map developers are establishing a global standard for digital maps in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD), according to a press release dated April 20. ZF contributes expertise in the development of system solutions and sensor technology, and benefits from the open exchange of information on digital map solutions with customers and...
    Alliance Automotive acquires parts wholesaler Bellecave
    Alliance Automotive Group (AAG), a European automotive aftermarket distributor, announced that it has acquired Bellecave, a member of the group based in Bayonne, a city in southwestern France, according to a press release dated April 18. Significance: Founded in 1971, Bellecave has 34 employees and generates an annual turnover of €11 million in car parts and equipment produced mainly with professional customers. Bellecave is the main independent wholesaler of spare parts in the Basque Count...
    Lubricant supplier Idemitsu partners with O'Reilly Auto Parts
    Idemitsu Lubricants America, Inc., a supplier of Japanese original equipment manufacturer (OEM) lubricants in North America, and O'Reilly Auto Parts, an American retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, have jointly announced a nationwide expansion of their partnership, according to a press release dated March 29. As per the agreement, all Idemitsu transmission fluids are now available through O'Reilly's national network of auto-parts stores. Founded in 1911, Idemitsu is a supplier of origin...
    US car-care solutions provider Ziebart partners with franchise operator
    Ziebart, a US-based provider of detailing, films and structural protection services announced that it has signed an agreement with multiunit, multibrand franchise operator Christopher King to open three locations in the greater Houston metro area over the next five years, according to a press release dated April 13. According to the firm, King comes to Ziebart with 20 years of management experience within Fortune 500 companies, as well as a solid background in both the automotive an...
    First Brands becomes member of UK aftermarket industry body IAAF
    First Brands Group, a global automotive parts manufacturer for the automotive aftermarket, has become the latest member to join the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The three members of the First Brands Group are well known in the aftermarket via original equipment (OE) wiper blade manufacturer, TRICO, water and fuel pump manufacturer, Airtex, and recently relaunched into the UK, spark plug brand, Autolite, according to the release. Signifi...
    ITT, Continental sign 10-year strategic aftermarket agreement
    ITT Inc., a US-based manufacturer of critical components and customized technology solutions for the energy, transportation and industrial markets, announced that it has signed a 10-year strategic agreement for the supply of aftermarket brake pads to Continental AG, a global automotive supplier, according to a press release dated March 20. The agreement is expected to generate more than $1 billion in revenue over the term, the release added. Under the agreement, ITT will supply Continental’...
    LKQ Europe, LeasePlan partner for fleet servicing and parts supply
    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, announced that it has entered into an agreement with LeasePlan, a global player in Car-as-a-Service, to expand their cooperation to a European level, according to a press release dated April 6 by Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The multiyear agreement is based on a dual mode of collaboration...
    Sono Motors signs order with a large automaker
    The solar tech company Sono Group N.V. announced the signing of a purchase order with a second passenger car manufacturer, one of the 10 largest in the world. The order comprised the delivery of solar body panels for one vehicle. Together with Sono Motors, the OEM would be able to explore solar integration into their cars, according to a company press release dated 8 March. The company announced the first order from a passenger car manufacturer in December 2022. Car manufacturers an...
    UK-based spares supplier Merlin Diesel joins the TEMOT International network
    TEMOT International, a Germany-based automotive spare parts network, announced that Merlin Diesel Ltd., a global supplier of spare parts and test equipment for diesel injection systems headquartered in Lancashire, UK, has joined the International Trading Group, effective January 2023, according to a press release dated March 14. Merlin Diesel is an authorized distributor and service partner for renowned brands. The company supplies customers in more than 100 countries with products for automo...
    Japan’s AUTOBACS SEVEN to retail BYD Atto 3 e-SUV
    AUTOBACS SEVEN, a Tokyo-based car parts and accessories retailer, along with its affiliate, Bucks E-Mobility, announced that it has started taking applications for test drives as well as vehicle purchase reservations for the BYD Atto 3 electric sport utility vehicle (e-SUV), according to a press release dated 21 February. The test drive application as well as vehicle booking can be done at two of AUTOBACS SEVEN’s retail locations in Utsunomiya, Japan, called AUTOBAC...
    UK-based UKS Distribution expands offering with Muller Filter products
    UKS, a UK-based distributor of aftermarket products global brands in the UK and Ireland, has announced that a comprehensive range of products from Muller Filter is now available through UKS, according to a release dated 14 February from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Italy-based Muller Filter is said to have 40 years of experience in OE filter development, ensuring they are a key supplier to the aftermarket. They claim to offer an origin...
    Autel and Repairify partners for remote diagnostics, calibrations and services
    Repairify Inc., the parent company of vehicle diagnostic solutions firm asTech and Autel US, a wholly owned subsidiary of Autel Intelligent Technology Corp., Ltd. announced an exclusive long-term collaboration agreement for the delivery of Repairify's patented global OEM remote solutions for diagnostics, calibrations, and programming through Autel's remote capable products across North America, a press release dated 1 March read. As part of the agreement, Repairify will integrate its leading ...
    BYD appoints dealer partners in Ireland, Finland, and Iceland
    BYD has announced that it has appointed two additional dealer partners to support the entry of its passenger cars into Europe, according to a press release dated 16 February. The company stated that Motor Distributors Ltd (MDL) has become a national dealer partner for the Republic of Ireland, and RSA, an existing dealer partner for BYD in Norway, has extended its coverage to Finland and Iceland. BYD said the formation of localized strategic partnerships and cooperations are fundamental t...
    UK parts distributor Marathon lists Gulf Lubricants
    Rossmore Lubricants, official distributor of Gulf Lubricants throughout the UK and Ireland, has announced that the brand will now be available through Marathon Warehouse Distribution, a UK-based automotive parts distributor, according to a press release dated 14 February by UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Gulf Lubricants will initially be available via its Redditch National Distribution Centre that feeds its national network of distribution c...
    Schaeffler and BILSTEIN collaborate on REPXPERT garage portal
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG and German automotive manufacturer Bilstein, announced that they have extended their cooperation on Schaeffler’s popular workshop portal, REPXPERT, according to a press release dated 14 February by the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The range of content includes product information, fitting hints and tips, practical advice, and vehicle-specific installation instructions. Exa...
    Australian distributor CoolDrive acquires Turbo Master Australia
    Australian automotive aftermarket parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts has announced that it has acquired Turbo Master Australia, in an effort to boost its engine management offering, according to a press release dated 31 January. Turbo Master Australia offers products for passenger cars, trucks and machinery with the core of its range focused on direct replacement aftermarket turbochargers that consist of upgraded components such as billet compressor wheels and other internal parts. It als...
    NEXUS Automotive to enhance its focus on Africa
    Nexus Automotive International, a Geneva-based alliance of independent car parts distributors, has announced that it will lend support to IAMAGA, a regional entity dedicated to the African automotive aftermarket, in an effort to enhance its focus on Africa, according to a press release dated 26 January. IAMAGA, which includes 34 Africa based members and their affiliates, will provide services such as transactional activities for optimized access and pricing, strategic partnerships with OEMS, ...
    US-based auto dealership platform Konect.ai partners with TotalCX
    Konect.ai, an AI-powered SMS platform for automotive dealerships, and TotalCX (formerly InteractiveTel), a provider of AI-driven customer experience management solutions, have announced a strategic partnership and presence at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) show in Dallas on 27–29 January, according to a press release dated 20 January. The partnership is claimed to be a holistic approach to build automation and accountability in auto retail. Konect.ai's platform allows de...
    US-based aftermarket DPF maker Skyline Emissions joins the OptiCat Network
    Skyline Emissions, a US-based manufacturer of aftermarket diesel particulate filters (DPF) and related emissions critical components, has announced its membership in the OptiCat Network, according to a press release dated 9 January. OptiCat is a US-based global aftermarket data solutions provider for suppliers, data receivers and technology providers. With a growing list of product offerings and an increasing number of dealers, Skyline Emissions said it needed a tool to keep dealers updated o...
    UK aftermarket distributor Ultra-Parts becomes member of IAAF
    The UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that it has added engine gaskets and components distributor Ultra-Parts as its member, according to a press release by IAAF dated 5 January. Ultra-Parts Ltd distributes engine gaskets and components to repairers and associated engine remanufacturers throughout the UK. The company range includes over 23,000 parts, including precision engineered timing chain kits, for passenger cars and...
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