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    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...
    MAHLE Aftermarket automates distribution center in Olive Branch, Mississippi
    The aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier MAHLE announced to automate its distribution center in Olive Branch, Mississippi with Kardex AutoStore solution, according to a press release by PresseBox dated 21 February.  The intralogistics expert Kardex will implement the first AutoStore solution in the North American distribution center in Olive Branch and thus help MAHLE Aftermarket to achieve outstanding goals in terms of customer service and process quality.  MA...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: French tire maker Michelin suspends operations in Russia
    French tire manufacturer Michelin announced via press release on 15 March that it would be suspending its industrial activity in Russia as well as exportations to Russia from other countries. According to the press release, the company’s Davydovo plant in Russia that manufactures passenger car tires and retreaded truck tires mainly for the domestic market will stop operations in response to the continued crisis in the Ukrainian region. The company stated that it will continue supporting its...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Bridgestone suspends manufacturing activities and new investments in Russia
    Japanese multinational auto parts manufacturer Bridgestone Corporation announced via press release on 14 March that it would be suspending local manufacturing in and exports to Russia in response to the ongoing conflict in the Ukrainian region. According to the press release, the company, as part of its new corporate commitment “Bridgestone E8 Commitment”, will suspend all operations in its car tire plant located in Ulyanovsk, Russia, from 18 March, after communicating with its employees ...
    HELLA to construct new tool warehouse in Austria
    German aftermarket electronics firm and spare parts distributor HELLA has announced the expansion of its site in Großpetersdorf, Austria. Through its local unit, HELLA Fahrzeugteile Austria (HFA), the company is investing in the construction of a new tool warehouse on three levels with about 450 square meters and a logistics hall with 600 square meters, it said via a press release dated 9 March. In addition, the machinery is being renewed and expanded and the site is scheduled for completion by...
    Liqui Moly establishes subsidiary in the UK
    German oil and additive specialist, Liqui Moly, has announced the establishment of a subsidiary in the UK, according to a press release dated 28 February. In terms of its sales operations, Liqui Moly traditionally works with independent importers in most countries. In the UK, however, the company has had its own employees for years to personally support the wholesale and specialist trade and support them on visits to garages. According to the announcement, the establishment of a subsidiary...
    Polaris expands distribution center in Wilmington, Ohio
    Polaris, a US-based powersports company, has announced plans to expand its distribution facility in Wilmington, Ohio, aimed at providing additional distribution capacity, expanding product assortment, improving delivery, customer service, and optimizing operations, according to a press release dated 2 March 2022. The Wilmington distribution center will continue to support Polaris’ growing aftermarket, Parts, Garments, & Accessories (PG&A) businesses, according to the release, which add...
    UK-based DPFs maker BM Catalysts opens new UK site
    UK manufacturer of catalytic converters, DPFs and front pipes, BM Catalysts, has announced the opening of an additional UK production plant, as part of the company’s ongoing investment to meet customer demand, according to a press release dated 4 March. According to the release, the facility, based in Stoke, will enable BM Catalysts to increase its manufacturing capacity, highlighting its continual investment in its supply of products to UK and European markets. The company currently export...
    DENSO to transfer Type 3 alternator business to China-based Hwacheon Electrics
    Japan-based DENSO Corporation has announced that it has reached an agreement to transfer its Type 3 alternator business to a technical alliance partner in China, Chengdu Huawei Electric Co or Hwacheon Electrics. Denso began manufacturing and selling type III alternators in 1982, and at its peak, it produced 10 million units globally, mainly for passenger cars, and boasted the world's top market share, according to the release, which added that currently, the production scale of the previous g...
    Yokohama reorganizes automotive hoses and couplings production in US, Mexico
    Japanese tiremaker Yokohama Rubber has announced that it is reorganizing its production of automotive hoses and couplings in the United States and Mexico, as part of its effort to strengthen its hose and couplings business, according to a press release dated 17 February. The move aims to consolidate and optimize products produced, increase operating rates at each plant, and create a more competitive production system. The restructuring will transfer the production of air conditioning hoses an...
    Vital Canada-US bridge blockade risks auto parts supply
    The truck blockade by Canadians at a key border crossing between the US and Canada has sparked fears of economic disruption, including a serious impact on the auto industry, according to a report by the BBC. The truck blockade by Canadians protesting the country’s COVID-19 restrictions has forcing Ford, General Motors, and other car companies to shut down plants or otherwise scale back production on both sides of the US border, an ABC News report stated. The bumper-to-bumper demonst...
    UK aftermarket logistics provider Carousel merges with Danx
    UK-based aftermarket logistics provider Carousel has announced its merger with Denmark-based spare parts logistics provider Danx in partnership with Axcel, a Nordic-based private equity investor, to become a European specialist logistics company for aftermarket and spare parts logistics, according to a press release dated 12 January. As part of the deal, Axcel is acquiring both companies from the founders and previous investors with the aim to significantly expand the combined company across Eur...
    Distributor group Nexus Automotive reveals North America growth strategy
    The North American arm of Nexus Automotive International, a Geneva-based alliance of independent car parts distributors, announced that the company is developing key strategies in North America to support the growth of its suppliers, according to a press release dated 26 January. The distributor body, which has six members in North America, said it will leverage its regional distribution centers to support logistic processes in local markets, creating a synergy between suppliers and distribut...
    Italy-based UFI Filters strengthens its anti-counterfeiting measures
    Italy-based filtration and thermal management company UFI Filters has announced that it is continuing its fight against counterfeit spare parts by tightening its surveillance measures and further extending its Internet Business Intelligence activity globally in partnership with CONVEY, a leading Turin-based internet and brand protection services provider, according to a press release dated 27 January. Monitoring activities carried out by CONVEY and UFI Filters to date have resulted in the int...
    Aftermarket distributor AD International opens new warehouse in Russia
    Autodistribution International, also known as ADI, a Belgium-based European group of distributors of automotive replacement parts for motor vehicles has announced the opening of a new warehouse in Russia, according to a press statement dated 20 January. The new warehouse, which will store products from Belgian automotive maintenance and spare parts producer MILES, is spread across 7,000-square-meters. The storage facilities at the warehouse are claimed to meet the highest international standa...
    Aftermarket distributor CoolDrive to officially import GYS battery support units
    Australian automotive aftermarket parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts has announced that the company has been appointed the official importer of GYS battery charger/battery support units and GYS’s Powerduction range of induction heat tool products into Australia for multiple vehicle types including motorcycles, cars, trucks, and off-highway vehicles, according to a press release dated 20 January. GYS is a French, family-owned, industrial group that designs, manufactures, and sells arc weldi...
    UK parts distributor Marathon strengthens delivery fleet
    Marathon Warehouse Distribution, a UK-based automotive parts distributor, has announced that it has made a significant investment in further enhancing its frequent same day logistics capability with the acquisition of a new fleet of Citroen Dispatch XL vans across its network of regional distribution service centers, according to a release dated 29 December from the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The new bigger vehicles come with an increas...
    Tint World opens a third location in Virginia
    US-based auto accessory and window tinting franchise, Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, announces the opening of its third location in Newport News, Virginia via a press release dated 6 January.  This new store will provide full-service automotive styling services, window tinting and automotive aftermarket accessories to Newport News and the greater Williamsburg/Chesapeake area.  Significance: “I can’t say enough about the opportunity I’ve been given to serve...
    Skoda Auto India expanded service touchpoints by 58% in 2021
    Skoda Auto India has announced that its service touch points across the country grew by 58%, according to a press release dated 6 January stating the company's sales performance in India for 2021. Combined, the company’s sales and service network presence across the country grew by over 50% to 175 touchpoints in 2021. The carmaker said it aims to further expand this to over 225 touchpoints in 2022. Skoda says its newly introduced ‘Compact Workshop’ concept, which makes aftersales f...
    Liqui Moly closes the year with a production record
    German oil and additive specialist, Liqui Moly, has set a production record this year. The company announced via a press release dated 29 December that it has produced in excess of 100,000 tonnes of lubricant for the first time, a 27% increase from the previous year. The company said in the press release that it has produced more this year than ever before and it has passed the 100,000-tonne mark for the first time. The production volume increased not only for oils, b...
    Tint World opens a second location in Lexington
    US-based auto accessory and window tinting franchise, Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, has opened a second location in Lexington, South Carolina, according to a release dated 26 December.  Tint World centre based in Lexington, South Carolina, will offer the latest in automotive aftermarket accessories, ultra-premium window tint, expert installation, and a staff of highly experienced installers and technicians. Significance: “The Nixons opened their Charleston location in ...
    UK aftermarket supplier Partbusters begins retailing Dayco’s range
    Automotive parts and crash repair products supplier, Partbusters, has partnered with the UK arm of Italian aftermarket engine products and drive systems supplier Dayco, to be first to market on the latter’s new steering and suspension range, according to a release dated 16 December from the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). A series of meetings and presentations had been held throughout the second half of 2021, resulting in this synergy betw...
    Automotive Right to Repair law on track in Australia
    The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has announced that the highly anticipated implementation of the Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme took a step forward on 16 December with the inaugural board meeting of the Australian Automotive Service and Repair Authority (AASRA), according to a press release dated 16 December. The new law requires the operation of an industry body to implement the secure data release model and the program that supports ele...
    Hankook Tire partners with shipping company Hapag-Lloyd
    South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook announced via press release on 8 December that it has partnered with Hapag-Lloyd, the world’s fifth-largest liner shipping company, to strengthen its logistics capabilities. Hapag-Lloyd is a Germany-based company established in 1847 that provides liner services between all continents and operates 257 ships. Under the agreement, Hapag-Lloyd will provide a stable supply of shipping containers as well as sustainable logistics services from 2022 to 2024. H...
    Hankook Tire opens workshop at the Nürburgring
    South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook announced via press release on 8 December that it has opened a workshop at the Nürburgring located in the Ahrweiler district of southwest Germany. The decision to invest in a dedicated field office in the immediate vicinity of what is probably the world’s most demanding racetrack, was made after taking into account the growth in its original equipment used on high-performance vehicles, according to the release. The company has been an OE partner of ma...
    HELLA doubles production capacity of Shanghai plant
    HELLA, a lighting and electronics specialist, has doubled its production capacity at its Shanghai location, according to an official press release dated 22 October. In this case, a new building was added to the nearby electronics plant, and the existing space was completely remodeled. This is now the largest electronics plant in the global HELLA network, with a total building area of around 50,000-square-meters. The overall investment volume is in the high double-digit million euro range. HEL...
    Continental expands ATE disc brake pad line
    German automotive components and systems supplier, Continental, has announced that it is expanding the line-up of its ATE brand disc brakes to cover over 95% of European vehicles, according to a press release dated 14 October. The expansion brings the current line count to 293-part numbers that can deliver applications for servicing over 104 million vehicles on the road in the United States and Canada. According to the release, key applications for semi-metallic and ceramic formulations inclu...
    VIEROL AG opens new logistics center in Rastede
    German automotive replacement parts company, VIEROL, has opened a new logistics center WERK II in Rastede, according to a press release dated 15 October.  The new logistics center is located on a 20,000 m² site and is 600 meters from company's existing warehouse. The new logistics center, WERK II, offers space for 12,600 pallet storage locations in the high-bay warehouse and a further 969 storage locations for pallets in the gallery warehouse for fast-moving items on approxima...
    UK’s Allison Transmission extends its after-sales service network in Turkey
    Allison Transmission, largest global manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions for commercial and defense vehicles, announced that it has strengthened its after-sales service network in Turkey by deepening its partnership with Bilmak Otomotiv, an authorized service dealer providing services in Gaziantep region in west Turkey. The company, which also designs and manufactures conventional and electrified vehicle propulsion solutions, said that under the collaboration,...
    Ford says aftermarket support to continue as it halts manufacturing in India
    Michigan-based vehicle manufacturer Ford Motor Company announced on 9 September that the company will stop manufacturing cars in India. The move comes as part of a larger restructuring exercise wherein the company plans to continue its operations in India via its Chennai-based Business Solutions team but cease local manufacturing amid accumulating losses. Sales of Ford’s current models such as Figo, Aspire, Freestyle, EcoSport, and Endeavour will cease once existing dealer inventories are s...
    Ford expands pickup and delivery for vehicle service in the US
    Encouraged by the customer response to its pickup and delivery option for vehicle service in the early days of the pandemic, Ford has announced that it is expanding this popular service by making it available to all its 8.5 million FordPass members nationwide. In a press release issued on 9 Sep, the company said it is adding tiers—Blue, Silver, and Bronze—to the program and members in the Blue and Silver tier will be eligible for the annual complimentary pickup and delivery service. Si...
    Delphi Technologies Aftermarket to expand warehouse space in Poland
    Delphi Technologies Aftermarket, now a brand of BorgWarner Inc, has extended its collaboration with GEODIS, a supply chain operator, in Poland until 2027 and under the new agreement, decided to expand warehouse space in Wrocław in Poland that will result in a 50% increase in volumes handled. GEODIS is a supply chain operator based in Europe and part of French transport and logistics operator SNCF Logistics. “GEODIS has demonstrated its high level of flexibility with an in-house warehouse m...
    Highline Warren opens a distribution center in Maryland
    US-based manufacturer and distributor of automotive aftermarket parts, Highline Warren, has opened a distribution center in Maryland, according to a press release dated 12 July.  According to the release, Highline Warren has seen considerable growth over the past several years, necessitating strategic investment to support its customers in the New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland markets, as well as across the United States. This investment will create more than 80 ...
    Toyota announces home delivery of parts in India
    Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), the Indian arm of Japanese carmaker Toyota, has announced the introduction of “door delivery” option for vehicle parts in an effort to enhance customer experience, according to a company release dated 16 June. An extension of its “Toyota Parts Connect” program, the new “door delivery” option will provide customers the option to either get the parts delivered at their home or pick them up from the dealerships. Further, Toyota announced that it has broa...
    Avtovaz opens the largest warehouse of Lada spare parts in Russia
    Russia's biggest automaker and Lada-owner Avtovaz has announced the opening of the largest regional warehouse of the Lada spare parts in Tver, a Russian city situated to the northwest of Moscow. In a press release issued on 11 June, the company stated that the new logistics center is spread across an area of 25,000 square meters and located on the federal Moscow-St. Petersburg highway, which allows it to service two largest agglomerations of Moscow and Saint Petersburg in Russia. The company ...
    Continental extends update license of TPMS service devices to three years
    German automotive component maker Continental has announced that it is extending the update license of its service devices for tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) from one to three years, according to a release issued on 2 June. Under TPMS Update Plus, the company will provide workshops with monthly database updates for its TPMS Pro and TPMS Go service devices, which it claims will ensure that the testing and programming devices for TPMS sensors are always up to date.  Furthermore, i...
    Cooper Tire opens new distribution center in Indiana
    American tire manufacturer Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has announced the opening of its Whiteland, Indiana, regional distribution center, via a press release on 20 May 2021. Located at 2400 Whiteland Rd., the newly opened 1 million-square-foot facility will provide Cooper with additional capacity for product storage and a modern design for optimizing operations, the release added. Commenting on the announcement, Mike Calabro, executive director, North America Supply Chain for Cooper said...
    MANN+HUMMEL expands distribution for its North American aftermarket brands
    German components supplier and filtration expert MANN+HUMMEL has announced a distribution expansion strategy for its North American automotive aftermarket brands, with two high-tech distribution centers to be opened in the West Coast and East Coast. In a press release dated 15 April, the company said that the new West Coast distribution center will be established in Las Vegas, Nevada and will open in summer 2021. Spread over nearly 400,000 square feet, the facility will begin customer shipmen...
    Yokohama Tire to open a new distribution center near Dallas, Texas
    Yokohama Tire Corporation, the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co announced on 6 April 2021, that it will open a new 430,000-square-foot distribution center in Wilmer, Texas, about 15 miles from Dallas. The facility, which the company says will be state-of-the-art and full-service, is expected to begin operations from summer. Yokohama did not specify an exact month of the commencement of operations. According to company statement, the new faci...
    Continental expands Frankfurt logistics center for passenger car aftermarket
    German automotive components and systems supplier, Continental has expanded its logistics center in Gross-Rohrheim south of Frankfurt, the site that supplies dealers all over the world with spare parts, the company announced via a press release on 1 April. The warehouse area has been expanded by 7,000 m² and it will go into operation during the second quarter. With this expansion, which the company says was needed urgently, the total available area now stands at 34,000 m². Gross-Rohrheim...
    Garrett Motion appoints as new master distributor in Turkey
    Switzerland-based auto parts maker Garrett Motion has announced the appointment of a new master distributor in Turkey in an effort to strengthen its footing in the region. According to a press release issued on 24 March, Garrett Motion said it will partner with Turkish spare parts supplier GICO, a brand name that represents “İkiler Automotive and Spare Parts” and “GASPA Automotive Equipment and LPG Conversion Systems”. Describing its new Master Distributor in Turkey, the press releas...
    Mando Aftermarket ties up with spares distribution network TEMOT
    Mando Aftermarket, a division of South Korean automotive components manufacturer, Mando, has announced a collaboration with TEMOT International, a Germany-based automotive spare parts network, to tap the latter’s network of service outlets to reach a wider customer base. In a press release on 4 March, Mando Aftermarket stated that the collaboration will enable Mando products to reach almost 25,000 automotive service shops across the world through TEMOT. Significance: Founded in Germany i...
    Atturo Tire expands footprint in the US with new distribution centers
    Illinois, US-based private tire company Atturo Tire has announced that it has opened two new distribution facilities in the US to make its operations more responsive. The new centers, situated in Danville, Virginia and Coppell, Texas, complement Atturo Tire’s existing facilities in Waukegan, Illinois and Rancho Cucamonga, California, according to the company’s press release dated 22 February 2021. Atturo’s growing product range over the past year, with the addition of new tread patterns...
    LKQ Europe opens a central distribution center in the Netherlands
    LKQ Europe, a subsidiary of US-based LKQ Corporation, announced via a press release on 5 February 2021, that the construction of its state-of-the-art distribution center in Berkel en Rodenrijs near Rotterdam was complete and the same is expected to bolster its European logistics footprint significantly. LKQ Europe is a distributor of automotive aftermarket parts for cars, commercial vans, and industrial vehicles with its headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. The company said that its subsidiary, ...
    POLICY: Indian government raises basic custom duty on certain auto parts to 15%
    The Indian government has proposed to increase basic custom duty on import of certain auto parts including ignition wiring set, safety glass and parts of signaling equipment to 15%, effective on 2 February, the Press Trust of India reported. Earlier these auto parts were attracting basic custom duty in the range of 7.5–10%. “We are raising custom duty on certain auto parts to 15% to bring them on par with general rate of auto parts,” Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in he...
    Webasto opens new sunroof plant in Mexico
    Sunroof systems supplier Webasto has opened its new plant in Irapuato, Mexico, to manufacture sunroofs and panoramic roofs, according to a company press release on 20 August. The company has invested USD28 million to build a new, considerably larger location, which is approximately three times larger than the previous one, the company said. The headcount is expected to rise from around 460 to 580 within the next few months. "Webasto is proud of our continued growth and history in Mexico. The ...
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