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    Dorman Products inaugurates new drive shaft manufacturing facility in Virginia Beach
    Dorman Products (Dorman), a US-based aftermarket supplier of original equipment (OE) dealer-exclusive parts, has announced the grand opening of its new drive shaft manufacturing facility in Virginia Beach, Va., according to a press release dated June 12. The new 100,000-square-foot plant is five times larger than Dorman's former site in Virginia Beach and is equipped with advanced computer-controlled machine tools, robotic welding, drive shaft balancing equipment and testing gear. The ma...
    US paint-maker PPG to invest $300 million in new manufacturing plant in US
    PPG will invest $300 million in a new manufacturing plant in the US to support the growing demand of automotive paints and coatings, the company said in a press release May 21. The company will establish the new plant in Loudon County, Tenn. Construction of the 250,000 square-foot plant will commence in August and is expected to be complete in 2026. Once fully operational, the plant will produce more than 11 million gallon of paints and coatings annually. Initially, the plant will produce pai...
    US-based NexaMotion Group announces new Transtar distribution center in Florida
    NexaMotion Group, a US-based company offering solutions to simplify complex vehicle repair, has announced the opening of a new Transtar Industries distribution center in Tampa, Fla., according to a press release dated May 16. The new location, which opened on May 13, marks a significant step in the company's expansion strategy, the release added. With a spacious new facility spanning 40,000 square feet, Transtar is poised to offer an extended product catalog for foreign and domestic applicati...
    Meko automates and streamlines the central warehouse in Finland
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, announced that it is modernizing its central warehouse in Helsinki with new technology and automated inventory management, according to a press release dated April 12. The renovated warehouse will enhance the efficiency of operations, lead to improved service, and result in sustainably lower costs. The facility is planned to be fully operational in the first half of 2025. Meko is the market leader in the...
    NexaMotion Group continues its product offering expansion in Fort Worth, Texas
    Transtar Industries, a company from the NexaMotion Group, a US-based company offering solutions to simplify complex vehicle repair, has announced a new location that will carry an extended product offering, according to a press release dated April 16. In addition to transmission and driveline-related products, general repair product lines are now available at Transtar's branch in Fort Worth, Texas, the company said. This development follows a similar expansion at four other Transtar locations...
    Toyota-owned Koito Manufacturing inaugurates third plant in India
    Koito Manufacturing, a Toyota-group lighting supplier, has started the operation of its third plant in India on March 18, according to a press release dated March 29. Koito expects production capacity for its front lighting and indicators to reach the 500,000-vehicles level at the end of fiscal year 2025. The plant is expected to supply to Maruti Suzuki, Tata and other manufacturers in western parts of the country. The plant has been established by Koito’s subsidiary India Japa...
    Freudenberg-owned Corteco opens warehouse in Turkey
    Corteco, a German supplier of components for the independent aftermarket and the independent aftermarket unit of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies (FST), has announced that it has unveiled its new warehouse in Turkey with the aim of further expansion in Southeast Europe, according to a press release dated Mar. 19. Corteco says Turkey is a pivotal market for the company as it hosts many customers from the independent aftermarket in both passenger car and heavy-duty vehicle sectors. With the new...
    Dayco begins production at its belt-manufacturing facility in Mexico
    Dayco, a US-based engine products and drive-systems supplier for the automotive and aftermarket industries, announced that it has begun full-scale production of original equipment quality drive belts in its new manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosí in Mexico, according to a press release dated March 4. The company had announced in end-2022 that it was investing in the facility. The official grand opening ceremony, which took place on Feb. 27, gave Dayco CEO Craig Frohock and several of t...
    Mainland China-based ZC Rubber plans new factory in Mexico
    Zhongce Rubber Group or ZC Rubber, a mainland China-based tire manufacturer, has announced plans to establish a new factory in Saltillo, Mexico, according to a press release dated Feb. 9. The factory, with a potential size of up to 600,000 square meters, will be equipped with a North American warehouse center to improve the local distribution network and optimize cost efficiency. The strategic location of the factory, near the US-Mexico border, will enable the company to meet the dynamic dema...
    MAN expands logistics centre in Salzgitter, Germany
    MAN Truck & Bus is expanding its global logistics center in Salzgitter, Germany, to accommodate the growing demand for components for electric vehicles, including batteries and battery parts, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. The expansion will increase the center's size by 25% to about 230,000 square meters, with a new building covering 52,650 square meters. The center will have a capacity for up to 40,000 parts and will be completed by the end of 2024, with operations scheduled...
    Automechanika New Delhi: ZF Aftermarket showcases product range
    ZF Aftermarket has announced that it is continuing its expansion in India, and the country has become a hub for its brand TRW's shock absorber manufacturing expertise through its manufacturing facility in the region, according to a press release dated Feb. 1. The company, which has introduced TRW shock absorbers, brake pads and brake discs, in line with its "Make in India" for India commitment, said it is now focused on fortifying its TRW shock absorber manufacturing capabilities in India w...
    Thyssenkrupp Materials de México inaugurates new service center
    Thyssenkrupp Materials de México announced that it has inaugurated its new service center in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, on Jan. 25, according to a press release dated Jan. 26. In total, the holding company Thyssenkrupp Materials Services, a mill-independent materials distribution and service provider, invested $37 million that will lead to the creation of about 65 new jobs. One of the main objectives of this site is to have a decisive impact on the future viability of the automobile supply indus...
    Yokohama establishes dedicated tire sales company in Vietnam through spinoff
    Japan’s Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has announced that on November 2023, it spun off the sales unit of its Vietnam tire production and sales subsidiary Yokohama Tyre Vietnam Inc. (YTVI) into a new dedicated sales company, Yokohama Tyre Sales Vietnam Co. Ltd. (YTSV), according to a press release dated Dec. 19, 2023. YTSV will begin operations on Jan. 1, 2024, and YTVI becomes a dedicated tire production company, the release added. Yokohama Rubber considers the Association of Southeast Asian Nat...
    China's Sailun tire establishes new factory in Mexico
    Sailun, a tire manufacturing company based in China, has announced the establishment of a new factory in Mexico through a joint venture with TD International Holding, according to a press release dated Dec. 20. The move is aimed at focusing on strengthening stability for customers and improving supply efficiency. The new factory will have an annual production capacity of 6 million semisteel radial tires, with a total project investment of $240 million. The JV company is also considering the c...
    Meko optimizes operations in Norway for increased efficiency and better service
    Meko, an independent auto aftermarket company in Northern Europe, has announced that it is optimizing operations in Norway to increase efficiency, strengthen service and reduce emissions from transportations, according to a press release dated Dec. 7. The efforts are estimated to yield annual net savings of at least 66 million Swedish kronor (about $6.31 million) with full effect by 2025, which contributes to permanently improving Meko's profitability, the company said, adding that eff...
    ZF Aftermarket expands commercial vehicle distribution center in Guadalajara, Mexico
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, announced that it has expanded its commercial vehicle distribution center in Guadalajara, Mexico, according to a press release dated Nov. 15. The company had announced in 2022 its intention to significantly grow its commercial vehicle product distribution network in Mexico. As part of the move, it has expanded the Guadalajara center from 10,000 square meters to nearly 15,000 square meters. The hub enables ZF...
    Purem by Eberspaecher opens new tech plant in China for exhaust systems
    Eberspaecher, a German automotive supplier of thermal-management systems and automotive control components for original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket, announced that it has opened a new technology plant for exhaust systems brand Purem by Eberspaecher in Xuchang, China, according to a press release dated Nov. 16. The plant, which covers an area of over 7,000 square meters, will produce exhaust gas aftertreatment systems for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles for Chi...
    Meko invests in a new high-technology warehouse in Norway
    Meko (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, has announced that it is increasing its focus on the Norwegian market and investing in a new fully automated central warehouse in Oslo, Norway, according to a press release dated Nov. 9. The new facility will consolidate Meko's inventory management in Norway and is expected to provide lasting cost savings and improved service. The warehouse is anticipated to be fully operational by the end of 2025. Meko ...
    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...
    PIF, Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, partners with Pirelli to build tire factory in Saudi Arabia
    Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), has announced a joint venture with Pirelli, a global tire manufacturer, to build a tire manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia, according to a press release dated Oct. 26. The facility, which is expected to start production in 2026, will have an annual production capacity of 3.5 million units and will manufacture high-quality tires for passenger vehicles under the Pirelli brand, as well as tires under a new local brand fo...
    TMD Friction partners to provide renewable energy across its German site
    TMD Friction, a supplier of brake-friction solutions for the automotive and brake industry, announced that the company has signed a long-term partnership agreement with Iberdrola Deutschland to provide its facilities with greener energy, according to a press release dated October 4. The new partnership is part of the manufacturer’s sustainability commitment to provide all its global facilities with renewable energy by 2030. The first project to be implemented will be for TMD Friction’s fa...
    Sweden’s SKF inaugurates factory in Monterrey, Mexico
    Sweden-based SKF, a supplier of rolling bearings, seals, mechatronics and lubrication systems, announced that it has inaugurated its new facility in Monterrey, Mexico, according to a press release dated October 4. The facility, a greenfield factory with an investment totaling 700 million Swedish kronor (about $64 million), will support SKF’s strategic development in the Americas and meet customer needs as the focus on electrification increases, the release added. The company said the invest...
    Brembo and SGL Carbon’s JV to expand ceramic brakes production capacity
    SGL Carbon and Brembo have agreed to expand production capacities for the joint venture Brembo SGL Carbon Ceramic Brakes (BSCCB), according to a press release dated September 12. Both companies have been working together with BSCCB on the conditions and implementation plans for this in the preceding months. BSCCB will invest about €150 million until 2027 to expand by more than 70% production capacities at the sites in Meitingen, Germany, and Stezzano, Italy. BSCCB is a 50:50 JV of Brembo Sp...
    Australian distributor CoolDrive announces relocation of facilities
    Australia-based automotive parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts announced that it has relocated a number of its Queensland, Australia, branches to newer facilities, to allow the company to better serve its customers in the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions in Queensland, according to a press release dated September 28. As part of the rejig, CoolDrive’s Ashmore branch in Gold Coast has relocated to a facility in Yatala, Gold Coast, with ample space to showcase and warehouse CoolDri...
    Giti Tire opens next-gen plant in Anhui, China
    Singapore-based tire company Giti Tire announced that it has opened an advanced plant in Hefei, the capital and largest city of Anhui Province in China, according to a press release dated September 21. Designed with a strong commitment to Industry 4.0 principles, this facility will underscore efficiency, connectivity and innovative technology, the release added. Once the project is concluded, the Hefei plant will showcase the integration of the latest production machinery and techniques, ensu...
    Alliance Automotive Group UK acquires Tayna
    Alliance Automotive Group UK (AAG) has announced the acquisition of Tayna Ltd., a Welsh e-commerce platform focused on vehicle batteries, according to a press release dated September 1. The company said that with this acquisition, it aims to expand its battery distribution capabilities in the region. The acquisition would also allow it to develop its digital skill set in the long term.  Tayna, a digital e-commerce company based out of Wales, UK, and established in 2003, specializes in pr...
    UK’s Klarius Products provides advice to workshops on streamlining exhaust-parts ordering
    Klarius Products, a UK-based manufacturer of aftermarket emissions-control components, said it noticed that ordering the correct parts is a common stumbling block for garages under pressure to deliver a quick automotive repair turnaround. To address this issue, it is offering valuable advice and tools to garages to ensure the right part is specified and delivered, according to a press release dated August 22. The company believes that in the fast-paced, detail-oriented world of automotive rep...
    US paints-maker PPG opens a site in Italy for automotive color development
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced that it has inaugurated a center of excellence at its Quattordio, Italy, site that will increase the efficiency for automotive color development and application, according to a press release dated August 2. The $2.6 million investment combines color development and application in a single process, reducing the lead time to bring new colors to market, optimizing costs and maximizing color performance, the company said...
    New battery-electric vehicle aftermarket initiatives launched in Australia
    According to a press release dated July 27, a new dedicated joint Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) and the Auto Innovation Centre (AIC) campaign has been launched to support the country's aftermarket with battery-electric vehicle (BEV) training and product development opportunities, and to further aid in promoting the sale of BEVs among vehicle fleets in the state of Victoria, Australia.  The AIC has taken into its possession two new BEVs, a Ford F-150 Lightning ...
    Garrett Motion completes expansion of automotive plant in Wuhan, China
    Garrett Motion, a Switzerland-based autoparts-maker and provider of turbocharging, electric boosting and automotive software solutions, has announced the expansion of its Wuhan Plant in Hubei, China, and also commemorated the production of 30 million turbochargers in China, according to a press release June 29. The multiphase expansion of Garrett Motion’s Wuhan facility included its first high-speed automated production line of advanced variable nozzle technology (VNT) for turbo passen...
    Apollo Tyres opens first retail outlet for Vredestein brand in India
    India-based tire manufacturer, Apollo Tyres Ltd., announced that it has inaugurated the first exclusive branded retail outlet for Vredestein tires in India, according to a press release dated June 23. The company has chosen Madhus Tyre Centre in Bengaluru in the southern part of India, as the first exclusive outlet for Vredestein tires. The company said that by having a modern up-market retail format of selling tires — ensuring ample visual appeal, comfort and convenience to custo...
    Marelli Aftermarket opens new distribution center in Brazil
    Magneti Marelli Parts and Services, the division of Marelli dedicated to the distribution of spare parts, automotive components and technical information to the independent aftermarket, announced that it has opened a new distribution center in Brazil, according to a press release dated Jun. 26. Located in the new logistics hub in the city of Varginha, in the southern region of Minas Gerais, the 21,000-square-meters warehouse is designed to meet the fast and efficient delivery needs of custo...
    Japanese aftermarket wholesaler SPK opens branch in Dubai, UAE
    SPK Corp., a Japan-based aftermarket wholesaler, has announced the opening of a new branch in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and commencement of its start of operations, according to a press release dated May 30. Significance: The company believes Dubai is the economic center of the Middle East and one of the world’s leading logistics hubs. SPK said it has been supplying automotive parts and accessories for many years and has built strong relationships with business partners. “...
    Australian aftermarket distributor Bapcor announces new distribution center
    Australian automotive distribution company and provider of vehicle parts, accessories, equipment, service and solutions, Bapcor, announced the construction of its second centralized-distribution center, according to a press release dated May 29. The 41,580-square-meter Bapcor Distribution Centre is located in the Brisbane suburb of Redbank, Australia. When operational, the center will consolidate seven existing Brisbane-based warehouses into one purpose-designed facility, the compan...
    Tenneco opens new Monroe European Engineering Center in Poland
    US-based automotive components original equipment manufacturer, and aftermarket ride control and emission-products manufacturer, Tenneco, announced the opening of a 9,600-square-meter engineering center that will serve the company’s European Ride Control and Advanced Suspension Technologies (AST) businesses, according to a press release dated May 24. The new Monroe European Engineering Center is located approximately two kilometers from Tenneco’s manufacturing complex, in Gliwice, ...
    DRiV inaugurates fully-automated system at its European aftermarket distribution center
    DRiV, the aftermarket division of Tenneco, has inaugurated a fully-automated shuttle and packaging system at its European Distribution Center in Willebroek, Belgium, according to a press release dated April 25. This $12 million investment in automation further improves customer service by delivering DRiV’s automotive brands to where they need to be, faster, the release added. The shuttle hosts all fast-moving articles, allowing DRiV to pick 60% of its order lines at up to seven times the sp...
    Yokohama rubber eliminates counterfeit aluminum wheels in China
    Japanese tiremaker Yokohama Rubber has announced a successful completion of its efforts to eliminate counterfeit versions of the company’s aluminum wheels in China, according to a press release dated May 24. Yokohama filed an administrative complaint and submitted information to the Administration for Market Regulation in Foshan, Guangdong Province, China, regarding five companies engaged in the distribution of counterfeit sports-car aluminum wheels imitating Yokohama’s "ADVAN Racing...
    MAHLE Aftermarket centralizes its fulfilment activities
    MAHLE Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of Stuttgart, Germany-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, MAHLE, announced that it has decided to centralize its previously decentralized fulfillment activities by processing automotive spare parts orders from only one location per country, according to a press release dated May 19. To make this possible, several distribution centers globally would be equipped with an AutoStore robotic storage solution, including the log...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Continental sells Russian plant
    German supplier of automotive components, tires and aftermarket replacement parts, Continental, announced that it has sold its plant in Kaluga, Russia, to Russian company S8 Capital, according to a press release dated May 22. With this step, Continental said it has divested the majority of its activities in Russia as part of its announced controlled withdrawal from the Russian market — a decision taken in response to the war against Ukraine. Continental produced passenger tir...
    Volkswagen sells its Russian plant to autodealer Avilon
    The Volkswagen Group announced that it has completed the sale of its shares in Volkswagen Group Rus LLC including its local subsidiaries (Volkswagen Components and Services LLC, Scania Leasing LLC, Scania Finance LLC, Scania Insurance LLC) to Art-Finance LLC, who is supported by the Russian dealer Avilon, according to a press release dated May 19. With the registration of the transaction, ownership of the shares in the authorized capital of Volkswagen Group Rus LLC and its subsidiaries i...
    Brembo completes expansion of its Escobedo, Mexico, caliper plant
    Brembo, global manufacturer of high-performance braking systems, announced that it has inaugurated its latest plant expansion in Escobedo, in the state of Nuevo León, Mexico, according to a press release dated May 12. The expansion, which began in 2021, represents a $207 million investment in Mexico and will create 500 jobs, in addition to the 1,100 associates employed since 2016, the release added. Significance: Now fully operational, the 322,917-square-foot Escobedo expansion doubl...
    Automechanika Birmingham 2023: MAM Software to showcase latest developments
    MAM Software, a UK-based provider of business-management software and product-cataloging solutions, announced that it will be showcasing the latest developments to its current software and displaying brand-new additions to its expanding portfolio of products at the upcoming Automechanika Birmingham 2023 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, UK, from June 6–8, according to a press release dated May 12. MAM Software will shed light on their core business belief that "digit...
    Continental launches TPMS production in India
    German supplier of automotive components, tires and aftermarket replacement parts, Continental, announced that it has launched the production of tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) for passenger cars at its plant in Bangalore, India, according to a press release dated April 24. The company will increase TPMS production capacity over the next three years, with a plan to cater to the local market with the current production, and to expand into the export markets as well in the...
    Apollo Tyres uses enhanced virtual prototyping to reduce development time and environmental impact
    According to a press release on March 23, Apollo Tyres announced a virtual prototyping and simulation platform to develop the new Vredestein Quatrac Pro EV all-season tire, with the simulation platform enabling the tire maker to significantly reduce time-to-market, the tire’s impact on the environment and development costs. Apollo used virtual prototyping to ensure that the Quatrac Pro EV had the quickest development cycle of any Vredestein tire to date. Apollo's in-house simulation and pro...
    Alliance Automotive Group awards contract to warehouse robotics provider Exotec
    The UK and Ireland arm of Alliance Automotive Group (AAG), a European automotive aftermarket distributor, announced that it has partnered with global warehouse robotics provider Exotec, according to a press release dated March 20. As per the announcement, Exotec has won a significant contract with AAG as part of its UK expansion efforts, following a contract win with AAG France, which was announced in June 2022. AAG’s National Distribution Centre is expected to feature “Exotec’s co...
    Schaeffler destroys 10 metric tons of counterfeit rolling bearings
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG announced that as part of its regular action against counterfeit products, the company has now had around 30,000 counterfeits with a total weight of 10 metric tons destroyed in Schweinfurt, Germany, according to a press release dated March 22. The action took place at the premises of Riwald Recycling Franken GmbH in Schweinfurt-Sennfeld, Germany, and the scrap will now be compressed and subsequently melted down in a steelw...
    BASF Shanghai Coatings opens new technical center
    German chemical company BASF announced that BASF Shanghai Coatings (BSC) has opened its new technical center building at the BSC Minhang, Shanghai, site with an aim to better serve automotive OEM customers in China with its technology, products and services, according to a press release dated March 8. Equipped with advanced laboratory facilities and a team of highly qualified and experienced staff, the new technical center building will provide customers with total solutions covering whole pr...
    Spare parts logistics player DANX partners with Polish logistics specialist ILS
    Denmark-based spare parts logistics provider Danx, part of the DANX Carousel group, announced a new joint venture with Polish logistics specialist, ILS, according to a press release dated 8 March. The strategic partnership is meant to create a strong distribution network in Poland, in response to growing demand for high quality, time critical, and in-night logistics solutions in Eastern Europe. DANX’s joint venture in Poland will support the DANX Carousel group in realizing i...
    GKN Automotive opens new aftermarket warehouse in Dallas-Fort Worth
    UK-based drive-systems supplier, GKN Automotive, announced the opening of its new Dallas-Fort Worth, US, warehouse, according to a press release dated 7 March. The new facility will house its portfolio of products for its aftermarket customers, including axle assemblies for light-duty passenger vehicles, driveshafts, joint, and boot kits for all common makes and vehicle types. The new third-party logistics provider (3PL) facility, finished in December 2022, is located in Fort Worth,...
    MAXAM Tire announces the opening of a new distribution center in Texas
    MAXAM Tire, a manufacturer of specialty tires, announced its new warehouse facility in Houston, Texas, via a press release dated 28 February. Executing its major expansion plan, MAXAM Tire’s new facility in Houston features 244,000 square feet of warehouse space, carrying the momentum of growing global demands across specialty tire segments. According to the release, by locating its third warehouse in Houston, Texas, in addition to its existing warehouses in Los Angeles, Californi...
    US aftermarket retailer O’Reilly Automotive opens 6,000th store
    O’Reilly Automotive, a US-based automotive aftermarket parts retailer, has announced that after 65 years of operating in the automotive aftermarket space across the United States and Mexico, it has opened its 6,000th store in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, according to a press release dated 22 February. Significance: Commenting on the announcement, Greg Johnson, O’Reilly’s CEO, said, “As we celebrate 65 years of O’Reilly Auto Parts and the opening of our 6,000th store location, we recognize...
    Webasto opens new plant in Mexico for its charging business
    Global automotive supplier Webasto has announced the opening of a new plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, according to a press release dated 20 February. It is the first site dedicated to the company's charging business in the Americas region and one of three Webasto plants in Mexico. The Guanajuato plant currently runs three lines that produce charging solutions, with plans to expand to eight lines by the end of the year with an output of over 20,000 units per week. More than 140 employees currentl...
    Yokohama Rubber to expand passenger car tire capacity in India to 4.5 million tires
    Japanese tiremaker Yokohama Rubber has announced in a press release dated 17 February that it is expanding passenger car tire production capacity in India to meet the increasing demands from the local market. With an additional investment of USD82 million, the company said it is looking to increase its annual passenger car tire production capacity in India with Yokohama India Pvt. Ltd. (YIN), its local passenger car tire manufacturing and sales subsidiary, from the current 2.8 million to 4.5 ...
    Auto accessory and window tinting franchise Tint World opens new location in Texas
    US-based auto accessory and window tinting franchise, Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, has announced the opening of its new location in Webster, Texas, according to a press release dated 15 February. Called Tint World Houston-Webster, the location offers automotive aftermarket accessories and services, including window-tinting solutions, to drivers throughout Webster and the Southeast Houston area. "Tint World delivers ultra-premium service and industry-leading value for drivers in...
    US-based Gentex Corporation to open new production facility
    Gentex Corporation, a US-based supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics to the automotive industry, announced that it plans to open a satellite production facility in Grand Rapids, Michgan, according to a press release dated 1 February. By expanding its manufacturing footprint, the company hopes to boost its employee base and provide greater access to well-paying jobs as it continues to implement meaningful solutions to address the ongoing labor shortage. Significance...
    Tenneco adds hydrogen to its engine-testing capabilities
    US automotive OEM components and aftermarket ride control and emission products manufacturer Tenneco has announced that it has established new test facilities for hydrogen-powered internal combustion engines (ICE) at its powertrain test centers in Burscheid, Germany, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, according to a press release dated 1 February. These two test cells are specifically dedicated to hydrogen ICEs and support original equipment (OE) engine and vehicle manufacturers as they decarbonize the...
    Aftermarket service provider VSE Corporation opens new distribution and e-commerce fulfillment center
    VSE Corporation, a US-based provider of aftermarket distribution and maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for land, sea, and air transportation assets for commercial and government markets, announced the opening of its new distribution and e-commerce fulfillment center of excellence in the greater Memphis, Tennessee area, according to a press release dated 24 January. The new, state-of-the-art 450,000-square-foot distribution center more than doubles the existing warehouse footprin...
    Hengst Filtration takes over long-time partner INEX Consulting’s office in Warsaw
    Hengst Filtration, a Germany-based specialist in liquid and air filtration, has announced that on 1 January, it took over the employees and offices of INEX Consulting in Warsaw, according to a press release dated 3 January. The two companies have been working together in a spirit of partnership for more than 25 years, and Inex’s owner Slawomir Góralewski and his team are largely responsible for the strong development of the Polish service parts market, the release added. As part of a succe...
    SaaS firm TIE Kinetix partners with aftermarket parts supplier Camco Manufacturing
    Netherlands-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions company TIE Kinetix, has announced a new five-year, USD400,000 contract with Camco Manufacturing, a US-based aftermarket parts supplier for the recreational vehicle, marine, camping, and powersports industries, according to a press release dated 7 December. TIE Kinetix has offices in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Australia, and the United States. With this upgrade towards TIE Kinetix's FLOW Partner Automation platform, Camco’s sup...
    Automation engineering firm AMT opening new facility in Michigan
    Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), a US-based independent automation engineering company, has announced the opening of a second manufacturing facility near the company’s Orion, Michigan headquarters, according to a press release dated 21 December. AMT says its automation solutions have benefited automotive manufacturers apart from manufacturers from segments such as aerospace, medical, alternative energy, industrial machinery, rubber and plastics, and others. The new facility is desi...
    Apollo Tyres charts its sustainability roadmap
    Tire manufacturer, Apollo Tyres, has made further commitments in the environment, social, and governance (ESG) space, a press release dated 20 December read.  The company has undertaken the following commitments toward sustainability: Commitment to be carbon-neutral by 2050; this would entail improving Scope-1 and Scope-2 emission intensity by 25% by 2026 against a baseline year of 2020 and increasing renewable power in total power share to 25% by 2026 Improve...
    MAHLE Aftermarket opens automated warehouse in Olive Branch, Mississippi, US
    MAHLE Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, MAHLE, has announced the opening of a highly-automated warehouse in Olive Branch, Mississippi, US. The automated warehouse will speed up deliveries to workshops and distributors, reduce the frequency of returns, and enable an order to be commissioned within 30 minutes, according to a press release dated 15 December. MAHLE has invested approximately EUR6 million (around USD6.4 m...
    US-based TireHub opens six new logistics centers
    TireHub, the national tire distributor cofounded by Bridgestone Americas and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, has announced its expansion into six new markets within the fourth quarter of 2022, according to a press release dated 6 December. TireHub will open TireHub Logistics Centers (TLCs) in Shreveport, Louisiana; Beltsville, Maryland; Greenville, South Carolina; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Spokane, Washington, the release added. Including the six openings, TireHub w...
    Poland-based Turbo Tech Remanufacturing establishes factory in mainland China
    Turbo Tec Remanufacturing, a Poland-based company specializing in diesel injection systems and turbochargers reconditioning, has announced that it has established its first joint venture factory in mainland China called Turbo Auto Parts Remanufacturing (Hebei) Co, located in Hejian City, Cangzhou City, Hebei Province, according to a press release dated 1 December. The company said the aim of the venture is to launch an independent plant, which will largely meet the demand of the Chinese marke...
    Australian distributor CoolDrive stocks Bosch aftermarket parts
    Australian automotive aftermarket parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts has announced that it has begun stocking Bosch automotive aftermarket parts, diagnostics equipment, and the Bosch’s comprehensive workshop services offering, according to a press release dated 7 November. A preferred supplier to the Bosch Car Service Network, CoolDrive Auto Parts’ offering covers engine management, braking, alternators, and starter motors, wiper blades, diagnostic scan tools and software, ADAS, plus ...
    Bridgestone receives USD35 million grant for US-based sustainable natural rubber project
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone announced via press release on 17 November that it had been awarded a USD35 million from the US Department of Agriculture to invest in its desert shrub guayule-based natural rubber project. According to the press release, the company plans to use the grant funds to attract additional growers of the guayule desert shrub crop among local farmers and Native American tribes in the Southwestern US as well as provide growers with education regarding ...
    Australian aftermarket distributor CoolDrive secures new distribution center
    Australian automotive aftermarket parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts has announced that it has secured an additional distribution center that will enable the company “to continue to deliver products to its branch network quickly and efficiently”, according to a press release dated 20 October. Located in the Melbourne suburb of Knoxfield, the new distribution center is said to provide support to CoolDrive’s existing distribution centers and became operational in early October, the re...
    Dayco invests in a new belt manufacturing facility in Mexico
    Dayco, a US-based engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive and aftermarket industries, announced a major investment in a new manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi in Mexico, to produce its globally recognized OE quality drive belts, according to a press release dated 2 November. Significance: The new high-tech belt production facility will be situated in Parque Tres Nations, a large industrial park and its construction is due to be completed by first quarter 2024. ...
    HELLA opens R&D sites for electromobility, automated driving in Romania
    HELLA, the automotive supplier operating under the FORVIA umbrella brand, announced that it is expanding its European research and development network in the electronics area with two new development sites in the Romanian cities of Iași and Oradea. The sites will see the development of automated driving and electromobility technologies, according to a press release dated 11 October. HELLA has been operating in Romania for more than 17 years and today employs over 4,500 people there. HELLA op...
    Driven Brands opens first Take 5 Oil Change site in California
    Driven Brand Holdings, a US-based automotive service company, has announced that its Take 5 Oil Change service has opened its first California location on 2 September, according to a press release dated 19 September. This franchised Bay Area site in Richmond, California, continues Take 5 Oil Change’s expansion in the West, following recent expansion in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, the release added. The new location is owned and managed by Automotive Services Holdings, LLC (ASH), ...
    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...
    LKQ Europe partners with think tank “Project Zebra” to strengthen supply chain agility
    LKQ Europe, a Switzerland-based distributor of automotive aftermarket parts for cars, commercial vans, and industrial vehicles in Europe and a subsidiary of LKQ Corporation, has announced that it has partnered with “Project Zebra”, an open-source think tank founded in 2021, the company announced in a press release dated 18 August. With more than 1000 branches and USD6.1billion revenue in 2021, LKQ Europe is a key player in the automotive aftermarket, and it aims to improve its ability to sen...
    Auto accessory and window tinting franchise, Tint World opens second store in San Diego area
    US-based auto accessory and window tinting franchise, Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, announces the opening of its second location serving the San Diego area, according to a press release dated 5 August.  Tint World San Diego, La Mesa, is owned by David Roche. It provides premier automotive aftermarket services and accessories, including window tint, mobile electronics, audio and video equipment, paint protection films, and more. The release read that, in addition to off...
    Schaeffler inaugurates new aftermarket headquarters in Frankfurt
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler’s Automotive Aftermarket division has officially inaugurated its new global headquarters in Frankfurt’s Gateway Gardens district in Germany on 21 July, according to a press release dated 22 July. The Automotive Aftermarket division is responsible for Schaeffler's global spare parts business and makes an important contribution to the overall success of Schaeffler AG, the release added. "With the move from Langen to Frankfurt, w...
    Romeo Power successfully completes its relocation to New State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Center in Orange County
    Romeo Power, Inc., a US-based energy technology company delivering advanced electrification solutions for complex commercial vehicle applications, successfully completed the third and final phase of its relocation from Vernon, California, to its new manufacturing center and headquarters in Cypress, California, according to a press release dated 25 July.  The company recently completed the transition of remaining testing labs and equipment from its Vernon site to the new facility, with a ...
    HELLA opens new lighting production facility in mainland China
    Beijing Hella-BHAP Automotive Lighting, a joint venture between HELLA and BHAP, a subsidiary of the BAIC Group, has announced that it opened a new lighting manufacturing facility in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, mainland China, HELLA said in a press release on 25 July. The new plant marks the JV’s third lighting facility in mainland China. Didier Keskas, who is responsible for HELLA's lighting business in the Asian region, said, “Emotional car body lighting has long since become a sty...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Nokian Tyres to exit Russian market
    Finnish tire company Nokian Tyres announced in a press release on 28 June that its Board of Directors have decided to initiate a controlled exit from the Russian market. The company said that it is no longer feasible nor sustainable for it to continue operations in Russia due to the war in Ukraine and the subsequent, tightening sanctions. According to the announcement, the exit preparations will start immediately, and the company will evaluate different options for the exit and the company sa...
    HELLA to begin large-scale production of electric brake-by-wire pedal
    HELLA, a German automotive supplier and a company of the Group FORVIA, announced that it has been commissioned with the world's first large-scale development and production of a completely electric brake pedal sensor, according to a press release dated 11 July. Unlike conventional brake systems, the so-called brake-by-wire technology transmits the braking commands purely by electric means. The first large-volume series production is expected to start in HELLA's European production network in ...
    US-based distributor Automotive Parts Headquarters expands parts stores chain
    Automotive Parts Headquarters, a Minnesota, US-based distributor of automotive parts and accessories which owns and operates a chain of automotive parts stores, has announced the addition of Hi-Line Service & Hydraulics to its family of independently owned Auto Value parts stores, according to a press release dated 6 June. The new parts store will formally be known as Hi-Line Sales LLC, creating a one-stop-shop for parts and service, the release added. Since joining the Auto Value chain o...
    German automotive supplier Eberspaecher to a build new plant in Bulgaria
    Eberspaecher, a German producer of thermal management systems and automotive control components for OEMs and its aftermarket customers, has announced plans to manufacture electrical heaters in Bulgaria with the company outlining plans to build a new production plant in Ruse, near the Romanian border, by late summer 2023, according to a press release dated 1 June. By taking this step, the automotive supplier says it is responding to the strong increase in demand in the European market. Eberspa...
    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...
    Webasto expands production facilities in India, Japan, and South Korea
    Webasto has announced that the company has expanded its manufacturing capabilities in Asia to meet the growing demand for vehicle roof and battery systems, it said in a press release on 24 June. The expansion includes India, Japan and South Korea. Dr. Holger Engelmann, chairman of the Management Board of Webasto SE, said, "With the new sites and the expanded plant, Webasto is now much more broadly positioned in Asia than before. In India, Japan and South Korea, we expect double-digit growth r...
    Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket launches new operating model at its German AKO Halle plant
    The Automotive Aftermarket division of German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has said that as of 1 August, it is managing its European kitting and logistics center Aftermarket Kitting Operations (AKO) in a new operating model, according to a press release dated 23 June. The company will assume primary responsibility for planning and controlling all processes in the areas of Quality, Industrial Engineering, Operations, Maintenance & Facility Management, and Supp...
    BASF expands automotive coatings application center in India
    German chemical company BASF has announced that it expanded its automotive coatings application center at the company’s technology center in Mangalore, India, according to a press release dated 25 May.   Narayan Krishnamohan, managing director, BASF India Ltd. and head, BASF Group Companies in India, said, “The expansion of the application center is an important addition to serve the Indian market with high-quality coatings solutions. It symbolizes our strong commitment to supporting...
    Automotive Logistics Forum held in Friedrichshafen, Germany
    The Automotive Logistics Forum was organized at Messe Friedrichshafen, Germany on 18 and 19 May by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and the German Logistics Association (BVL) with an aim to sharpen the focus on logistics, supply chain management, and automotive production, according to a press release dated 18 May. The event saw over than 40 speakers from OEMs, suppliers, logistics service providers, consulting companies and research provide information, assessments, ...
    Aftermarket distributor body FIGIEFA urges members to comply with sanctions on Russia
    FIGIEFA, the international federation of independent automotive aftermarket distributors, has called on its members to comply with the sanctions imposed by the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries on Russia or Belarus, according to a statement dated 9 May. The distributor body said the safest and most effective way to ensure compliance with the sanctions is to cease all commercial activities with Russia and Belarus and it urged all operators in the automotiv...
    HELLA and MINTH open second production plant in China
    HELLA MINTH Jiaxing Automotive Parts Co. Ltd, a joint venture of automotive supplier HELLA and the MINTH Group, has put a second production plant into operation in the Chinese city of Jiaxing, according to a press release from HELLA dated 3 May. With the new location, HELLA MINTH Jiaxing primarily serves the further increasing demand for radomes, which are permeable covers for radar systems that can be manufactured in special designs according to customer requirements and embedded, for example, ...
    LIQUI MOLY expands production in Germany
    German oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, is building a new production hall in Ulm to create space for additional dispensing systems, the company announced via a press release dated 3 May.  An additional building for new dispensing systems will be built at the Ulm site. The lubricant specialist intends to lay the foundations for further growth and expand the filling capacities for additives. The new building will be erected between the main building used for administration ...
    Valeo plans to produce over 20 million automotive nearfield cameras per year
    Valeo has said that it has produced its one hundred millionth automotive nearfield camera, which gives the car its rear and surround vision, at its Tuam site in Ireland, according to an official press release on 29 April 2022. The company said that the Tuam location is at the center of this industrial achievement, which has been aided by three additional Valeo operations throughout the world (another in Europe, one in North America, and one in Asia). Marc Vrecko, president of Valeo’s C...
    US-based PARTS iD expands tire installation network
    PARTS iD, a US-based e-commerce company for the automotive parts, accessories and the aftermarket, has added over 5,000 new locations to its tire installation network during the first quarter of 2022, bringing the total number of participating installers to 7,270, according to a press release dated 19 April. With this expansion, the company says it has an increase in installer density and service coverage in highly populous states and metropolitan areas including Texas, metro New York, Southe...
    Motorcar Parts of America’s EV subsidiary receives order from leading Chinese automotive company
    Motorcar Parts of America, a manufacturer and distributor of automotive aftermarket parts based in the United States, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary D&V Electronics has received an order for an electric motor emulator from one of China’s largest automotive companies, a press release dated 25 April read.  An electric motor emulator is a critical component of a Power Hardware-In-the-Loop (p-HIL) test system to validate the performance and design of drivetra...
    GSP Latin America opens distribution warehouse in Mexico
    GSP North America, a leading manufacturer and distributor in the automotive aftermarket, opened of it's first distribution warehouse in Mexico, according to a release dated 18 April.  According to the release, The move stems from GSP Latin America’s unprecedented growth in the last year and will enable GSP to maintain closer contact with its customers. The new distribution will provide an efficient expansion of the GSP supply chain with a 48-hour lead time, over 1,600 availab...
    US-based protective spray supplier Buller Liner expands presence
    Bullet Liner, a US-based firm that supplies protective spray for truck beds and other uses, announced that Phoenix Protective Coatings, a protective coatings solutions based in the United States, has joined its exclusive North American distribution network, according to a press release dated 12 April. With its reputation for high product quality, excellent customer service, and consistency, Bullet Liner, a global pioneer in the elastomer sealant category, has long attracted entrepreneurs and ...
    US automotive glass repairer NOVUS Glass expands presence
    NOVUS Glass, a US-based automotive glass repair and replacement service provider, has announced that it has expanded its growing network in the United States with the addition of a new franchise, NOVUS Glass of St. Albans, in Vermont, according to a press release dated 8 April. The facility is said to be equipped with cutting-edge windshield repair and replacement tools and technologies. The location has a team of highly skilled technicians with extensive industry experience in handling all t...
    US-based Driven Brands opens its fifth oil change and car wash location
    Driven Brands Holdings, which claims to be North America’s largest automotive services company, announced that it has opened its latest Take 5 branded Oil Change and Car Wash location in Edinburg, Texas, its fifth in the country, according to a press release dated 12 April. Driven Brands has at least 10 more of these innovative locations in this year’s pipeline at locations such as Tennessee, North Carolina, Indiana, Missouri, Florida, Wisconsin, and Arkansas. In its first day, the locati...
    Continental inaugurates surface solution materials plant in India
    Technology company Continental has inaugurated a new INR2.0 billion (USD26.43 million) greenfield plant in Pune, India, to produce premium surface materials for car interiors, including electric vehicles (EVs), according to a press release dated 8 April. The 149,000-square-foot manufacturing facility has an initial annual capacity of 5 million square meters of surface material, which can be scaled up to 10 million square meters to further expand production and re...
    Japanese aftermarket retailer Autobacs Seven opens three stores in Thailand
    AUTOBACS Seven, a Tokyo-based car parts and accessories retailer, has announced that it has expanded its presence in Thailand with opening of three new stores, according to multiple company announcements over the past month with the latest one via a press release dated 7 April.  Called AUTOBACS Sam Khok, the latest of the newly opened stores is located in Pathum Thani Province, which is adjacent to the northern part of Bangkok, and was opened on 25 March. Prior to that, the company inaug...
    Yokohama Rubber to expand conveyor belt production capacity in Japan
    Japanese tiremaker Yokohama Rubber has announced plans to expand the conveyor belt production capacity of its Hiratsuka Factory in Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, according to a press release dated 14 March. The company said the expansion is part of the its effort to strengthen its industrial products business. The expansion will be conducted in stages, with the initial stage amounting to a capital investment of about JPY1.6 billion (around USD 13 million). The expansion will focu...
    Parts distributor alliance Nexus Automotive reveals key strategic objectives
    Nexus Automotive International, a Geneva-based alliance of independent car parts distributors has announced six key strategic objectives for the global alliance for 2030, beyond the ongoing electric revolution, according to a press release dated 22 March. Outlining the six objectives, company CEO Gaël Escribe said the alliance aims to support new types of partnerships with OEMs, extend the current suppliers’ portfolio from just auto parts to parts & services solutions, launch “active...
    NUADI to set up new brake parts production site in Mexico
    Spanish braking system parts manufacturer NUADI announced via press release on 25 March that it will be expanding its customer base in North America by setting up a new component manufacturing facility in Queretaro, Mexico. According to the press release, the new facilities will be dedicated to the manufacturing of brake backing plates, shims, and electrical wear sensors, both for aftermarket and for OE business lines. The facilities will have two head press lines built by NUADI partners...
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