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    Ecobat addresses the future of EV battery recycling
    With operations throughout Europe, the United States, and Southern Africa, Ecobat is a leader in the collection, recycling, production, and distribution of energy storage solutions. In a press release dated 3 October, Ecobat Battery European Marketing Manager, Thom Poole, said “The lithium battery, which is generally the battery of choice for vehicle manufacturers (VM) globally, is an incredibly effective power storage solution. It is virtually maintenance-free, is lighter than a traditio...
    Continental US expands coverage for power window lifts and door lock actuators
    In a release dated 26 September, Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has expanded its direct-fit replacement Door Systems Program with new part numbers and increased application coverage. Claimed to be designed to provide OE fit, form, and function, this includes power window motor/regulator assemblies, power window regulator assemblies, and door lock actuators. Continental said its power w...
    US-based Auto Care Association appoints SVP of Government Affairs
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors, and repair shops, has announced in a press release dated 27 September that it has added Lisa Foshee to its government affairs team. Foshee will hold the role of SVP, government affairs and general counsel. In her role, Foshee will provide leadership and direction for the association’s federal and state legislative and regulatory efforts. These efforts include educating legislators...
    Japan’s Marubeni Corporation partners with US-based Lithia & Driveway
    Japanese trading company Marubeni Corporation and Lithia & Driveway (LAD), a US-based automotive dealer group, have entered into a Letter of Intent for a strategic alliance to jointly participate in the commercial vehicle fleet management business in North America, expand Marubeni’s automotive-related business, and develop new business in the electric vehicle (EV) field, according to a press release dated 6 September. With a large vehicle sales and service network in North America, LAD ...
    Dorman Products appoints VP of investor relations
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of OE dealer exclusive parts has announced the appointment of Michael Dickerson as vice president of Investor Relations & Risk Management effective 26 September, according to a press release dated 29 September. Mike served most recently as vice president of Investor Relations and Corporate communications for The Aaron’s Company, Inc. and its predecessor Aaron’s Inc., and held similar positions at Gannet Co., Inc., The Babcock & Wilc...
    Italian automotive body ANFIA says H1 2022 aftermarket turnover up 13.6% y/y
    Italy-based National Association of the Automotive Industry Supply Chain (ANFIA) has announced that its Aftermarket Barometer, a statistical survey within the ANFIA Components Group, has revealed that the aftermarket turnover of the association’s group companies grew 13.6% in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period of 2021, according to a press release dated 28 September. The aftermarket turnover is considered as the turnover of component manufacturers towards the independent afterm...
    HELLA highlights benefits from pooling of expertise with Faurecia Service
    German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, has announced that the merger of HELLA and Faurecia opens up new opportunities for the independent aftermarket by allowing the companies to pool their OE expertise, according to a press release dated 12 September. As a result, Faurecia Service product lines can now also be purchased through HELLA. This starts with Easy2Fit exhaust systems, which were specially developed to meet the requirements of wholesalers and w...
    Lumileds launches Philips Ultinon Pro9100 headlight bulbs
    Lumileds, a global lighting solutions supplier with headquarters in the United States and the Netherlands, announced the launch of the next-generation Philips Ultinon Pro9100 LED range that’s claimed to deliver automotive OEM level performance, according to a press release dated 13 September. Equipped with “Lumileds LUXEON Altilon TopContact LED” exclusively used by carmakers, these LED automotive headlight bulbs offer optimized consistency and performance with up to 350% more brightnes...
    Advance Auto Parts announces leadership changes
    North America-based automotive aftermarket parts retailer Advance Auto Parts has announced the departure of Michael Creedon Jr., executive vice president, US stores, effective 30 September and he will be succeeded by Herman Word Jr, who has been promoted to executive vice president, US stores and Carquest Independents, according to a press release dated 26 September. Word joined Advance in February 2003 and has served in his current role as Division President, Carquest North America, leading ...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: ams OSRAM demonstrates cross-portfolio expertise
    German lighting major OSRAM has presented a comprehensive aftermarket product portfolio at the recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 12 September. In addition to LED, xenon, and halogen products and a portfolio for equipping and maintaining vehicles, the company presented a range of battery charging and battery testing devices designed especially for professional automotive service shops for the first time. For the off-road segment, the compa...
    Continental Aftermarket US launches new wiper display
    In a release dated 19 September, Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has introduced a new floor display as a part of its ClearContact Commercial Duty Wiper Blades program. The display can accommodate an assortment of up to 70 wiper blades that can be selected by the retailer or service facility and the company will help customize a product mix that best fits the customer’s sales and applications needs...
    Continental Aftermarket US launches OE-quality oil, fuel, air, and cabin filters
    In a release dated 7 September, Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has added a new line of filtration products to its aftermarket products portfolio. The new line features a wide range of OE quality oil, fuel, air, and cabin filters for applications on domestic and import cars, vans, SUVs, and light trucks. Continental says its oil filters are manufactured using advanced technologies and innovative ...
    Dayco launches POWER CTX carbon fiber belt for powersports vehicles
    Dayco, a US-based engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive and aftermarket industries, announced the introduction of a carbon fiber belt called Dayco POWER CTX for heavily modified UTVs (Utility Vehicles), SXS (side by sides), and snowmobiles, according to a press release dated 8 September. The latest addition to Dayco’s powersports belt line is claimed to outperform and outlast original equipment belts. The belt’s design is said to integrate a patented carbon hybrid ...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Bosch displays new testing and diagnostic equipment
    The automotive aftermarket division of German automotive component supplier and service provider Bosch presented a wide range of innovations and new developments for the workshop market at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13–17 September, according to a press release dated 13 September. The company showcased its DAS 3000 tool for the exact adjustment and calibration of the sensors and camera systems that support modern driver assistance systems on vehicles of different makes. The tool permits p...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: ZF Aftermarket displays suspension and brake repair expertise
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen reiterated its focus on new products for the car chassis at the recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 13 September. The new products included, for the first time, Sachs air springs for passenger cars, Wabco air suspension compressors and TRW brake caliper repair set, the release added. “The chassis has a decisive influence on the safety, comfort and efficiency o...
    Brembo expands aftermarket range with Greenance Kit Concept
    Brembo, an Italy-based manufacturer of brake components and systems, announced the launch of its Greenance Kit Concept, a jointly developed new range of combined special alloy discs and dedicated brake pads that expand its aftermarket line-up, according to a press release dated 13 September. Derived from the company’s innovation in the OE market, Brembo’s latest solution aims to combine top braking performance with a lower environmental impact, while also increasing disc life, the relea...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: UK auto body seeks opportunities for USD57 billion aftermarket sector
    The recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 played host to the largest UK aftermarket overseas trade mission since pre-pandemic 2019, with a dedicated UK Pavilion organized by UK automotive trade body Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), according to a press release by SMMT dated 13 September. A total of 22 companies with businesses ranging from engine remanufacturing and suspension system design services to specialist components, lubricants, and tire  sealants represe...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: ZF Aftermarket reveals solutions for CV businesses
    ZF Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen announced that it has introduced a variety of new products and services that allows commercial vehicle (CV) workshops to take advantage of the opportunities associated with the digitization of CV fleets and the establishment of new drive and mobility concepts trends, according to a press release dated 13 September. These introductions took place at the recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt 2022. At the trad...
    Lumileds launches Philips Ultinon Pro5100 range of LED headlight bulbs
    Lumileds, a global lighting solutions supplier with headquarters in the United States and the Netherlands, announced the launch of the new Philips Ultinon Pro5100 range of LED headlight bulbs that are up to 160% brighter and have up to 5800K color temperature, according to a press release dated 13 September. The lamp comes in a new compact design making it easy to install in an even wider range of car models, the release added. The headlight bulbs are claimed to offer razor-sharp vision witho...
    SEMA show 2022: US-based FV Suspension to display product range
    US-based coilover and air ride suspension company, FV Suspension, has announced plans to introduce its “2022 Honda Ridgeline Air Struts and 2022 Ford Explorer St Coilovers” at the SEMA show 2022 slated to be held from 1–4 November at the Las Vegas Convention Center, according to a press release dated 19 September. FV Suspension manufacturers high-performance suspension for different car brands and models and claims to be “one of the few coilover and air suspension manufacturers that s...
    Lumileds expands Philips Xperion 6000 work light range with flood lights
    Lumileds, a global lighting solutions supplier with headquarters in the United States and the Netherlands, announced the launch of three new Philips Xperion 6000 flood lights with a smart-zoom function for the workshop segment, according to a press release dated 12 September. The professional Philips Flood, Flood Audio, and Flood Mini work lights offer mechanics and auto professionals the durability, flexibility, and battery lifetime expected from professional-grade equipment, the release added....
    Lumileds launches H4-LED retrofit headlight bulb in France
    Lumileds, a global lighting solutions supplier with headquarters in the United States and the Netherlands, announced the launch of what it calls “the first road-legal H4-LED in France” from its Philips Ultinon Pro6001 LED retrofit range, according to a press release dated 22 August. The new bulb is claimed to deliver up to 230% brighter light, and its plug-and play-design allows do-it-yourselfers and mechanics to install it on their own. According to the company, designing a safe, road-le...
    LKQ Corporation elevates its CFO Varun Laroyia to CEO of LKQ Europe
    US-based distributor of replacement parts, components, and systems, LKQ Corporation, has announced that Varun Laroyia, executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), has been appointed as chief executive officer and managing director of LKQ Europe, according to a press release dated 19 September. Laroyia succeeds Arnd Franz, who is leaving the company to join MAHLE Group as its chief executive officer, where he spent 18 years prior to joining LKQ Europe. Rick Galloway, chief fina...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Brembo showcases latest aftermarket product lineup
    Brembo, an Italy-based manufacturer of brake components and systems, is showcasing its entire range of replacement solutions divided into four product families at the ongoing Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 trade fair for the automotive service industry from 13 to 17 September in Frankfurt, Germany, according to a press release dated 13 September. The company says its range mirrors the on-going expansion of its replacement product offering and overall product strategy. Significance: The four of ...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Japan’s NTN showcases aftermarket range
    NTN, a Japan-based manufacturer of precision mechanical parts and components including hub bearings and driveshafts, has announced that it is showcasing a range of its products at the ongoing Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 trade fair for the automotive service industry from 13 to 17 September in Frankfurt, Germany, according to a press release dated 8 September. At the aftermarket trade show, NTN is exhibiting a wide range of products including auto tensioners, timing belts, and bearings for ge...
    Brembo launches Enesys energy saving system for the aftermarket
    Brembo, an Italy-based manufacturer of brake components and systems, has launched its latest aftermarket offering, the Enesys Energy Saving System, according to a press release dated 13 September. This new technological solution is said to have been designed to further enhance the sustainability characteristics of a vehicle’s braking system, by reducing wear on discs and pads, potentially resulting in lower harmful emissions and fuel consumption. Aimed at light commercial vehicle profe...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: BorgWarner and Delphi present new products
    Michigan-based global supplier of powertrain technologies, BorgWarner, along with Delphi Technologies has revealed new products for the aftermarket at the ongoing Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, according to a press release dated 13 September. The supplier’s booth highlights BorgWarner’s electrification solutions aimed at leading the aftermarket into the next stage of e-mobility transformation. The company showcased products from several of its brands such as BorgWarner Aftermarket, BERU, D...
    CLEPA study indicates vehicle electrification to reshape the European aftermarket
    CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, has revealed the findings of a joint study by Roland Berger and it states that the ongoing electrification transition in the automotive sector indicates a massive change for the European aftermarket, according to a press release dated 8 September. The key to this change would be that battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) have around 30% lower demand for traditional aftermarket components and BEV sales forecasts project a 53–82% market share i...
    Dorman introduces 200 new products in its September 2022 release
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of OE dealer exclusive parts has announced that it has introduced over 200 new motor vehicle parts, half of which are aftermarket-exclusives, as part of its latest release, according to an official announcement dated 8 September. The new products join a catalog of over 118,000 aftermarket solutions, the company said. September’s release featured new products that include a new engine heater hose assembly, which Dorman says strengthens its pos...
    UK-based GSF Car Parts enhances availability of DR!VE+ filters
    GSF Car Parts, a UK-based supplier of car parts to the independent aftermarket, announced that its branches are now fully stocked with DR!VE+ Filters, an OE-matching quality range of air, cabin, fuel, and oil filters, according to a release dated 5 September from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Covering more than 90% of the car parc, the all-makes filters range is now widely available across the UK, providing workshops with a greater...
    Valeo Service outlines ultrasonic parking sensors
    Valeo Service, the aftermarket brand of French automotive supplier Valeo, has outlined its range of Ultrasonic Parking Sensors (UPS) for the independent aftermarket that are fitted on the bumpers and sides of the vehicle to enable detection of any obstacles during manual parking, automatic parking, or low speed driving, according to a press release dated 8 August. Its Park4U Remote product is said to perform both perpendicular and parallel parking through the simple use of a smartphone. Valeo...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Bilstein Group-owned febi outlines products for trade show
    Automotive aftermarket brand febi, part of the German automotive manufacturer Bilstein, which is a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, announced that it will be exhibiting at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September with a wide range of products, according to a press release dated 17 August. With over 47,000 references available, febi will showcase the latest in its product portfolio across categories including steering and suspension, braking, filtration, and engine management, for passenger ...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Organizer says 83% of 2,800 exhibitors from outside Germany
    German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, who is also organizing the upcoming automotive service industry trade fair Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds, has revealed the key topics at this year’s event and announced that the exhibitor line-up continues to be international, according to a press release dated 8 September. The key topics include alternative drive systems, training and professional development, resilient su...
    BYD partners with Castrol for EV fluids
    BYD (China) and Castrol have signed a three-year partnership to enhance the supply and promotion of Castrol ON advanced EV Fluids for BYD’s zero-emissions vehicles, according to a press release dated 22 August. The agreement builds on existing first-fill agreement, the release added. BYD sold almost 600,000 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) last year and plans to increase this to a million units in 2022, the release stated, adding that BYD will officially recommend the use of Castrol ON EV T...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: MAHLE to focus on battery diagnostics for EVs
    MAHLE Aftermarket, the aftermarket arm of Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, MAHLE, has announced its participation at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September with a wide range of products, according to a press release dated 4 August. The focus of the company’s presence at the trade fair is the new MAHLE BatteryPRO diagnostics and service solutions for electric vehicles (EVs). In addition, MAHLE is presenting workshop equipment for the calibration ...
    US-based American Tire Distributors completes sale of Canadian subsidiary
    American Tire Distributors (ATD), a US based independent suppliers of tires to the replacement tire market., has announced the completion of the sale of its Canadian subsidiary, National Tire Distributors (NTD) to Groupe Touchette, according to a press release dated 7 September. With the sale of NTD now complete, ATD says it is moving forward as a more focused organization that is better positioned to serve its customers across the US. The company will continue supporting NTD and Groupe Touch...
    Swedish parts distributor MEKO and Mobivia Fleet Solutions announce partnership
    MEKO (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, has announced that the company and Mobivia Fleet Solutions, have signed a partnership agreement to provide fleet customers and also new electric vehicle (EV) producers a complete service and full car fleet maintenance in the respective markets they operate in, according to a press release dated 7 September. MEKO AB and Mobivia both operate a network of sales and services related to automotive maintenance...
    TMD Friction-owned Mintex launches brake discs and drums
    Aftermarket braking specialist TMD Friction has launched three new brake discs and eight new brake drums under its Mintex product range, extending its product lines to cover more vehicles, according to a release dated 5 September from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The new additions to Mintex’s brake disc range cover 12 vehicle models across five vehicle manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Cupra, Mazda, Skoda and VW. Brake disc part MD...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Continental to display new services and solutions
    German automotive supplier Continental has announced its participation at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 1 August, saying that it will present aftermarket solutions such as SINDRI, the new, digital, direct vehicle acceptance tool for workshops, the virtual repair support service “Remote Expert,” among other workshop related services and products. According to the company, SINDRI, a tablet application, will showcase how digitalization en...
    Sensata-owned Schrader launches TPMS coverage for EVs
    Schrader, a brand of Sensata Technologies, and a global manufacturer of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) for automotive, heavy vehicles and off-road vehicles, announced electric vehicle coverage for its programmable TPMS sensor line, EZ-sensor, according to a press release dated 31 August. The EZ-sensor, and its latest generation EZ-sensor GO are claimed to provide users with 70% EV coverage for national brands, the release added. The OE quality sensors cover some of the most popular E...
    Schaeffler showcases its transmission replacement solution for the Fiat 500
    The UK arm of German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler AG has outlined its transmission system replacement solution for both the 872 and 964cc versions of the Fiat 500, 500 C, and 500 L from July 2010, according to a press release dated 2 September on its workshop portal REPXPERT. The demands for improved driving comfort, performance, fuel consumption, and reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions mean that the Fiat 500 is fitted with complex drivetrain components, which if...
    UK arm of NGK to showcase EGR valves at trade event in November
    The UK arm of NGK Spark Plug, a Japan-based ignition and sensor specialist, has announced that it will showcase its recently introduced EGR valves range at the MechanEx show, a regional aftermarket trade exhibition for automotive repair professionals, to be held at Sandown Park in the UK in November, according to a release dated 5 September by the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). NGK says the first phase of the launch of EGR valves took p...
    Disc Brakes Australia expands its hydraulic brake range
    Disc Brakes Australia, a manufacturer of standard replacement and high-performance disc brake rotors, has announced that it is further expanding its range of OE-replacement and upgrade brake components under its STREET SERIES label, according to a press release dated 22 August. The latest release, which consists of a series of brake hoses, initially features nearly 500 part numbers covering a multiple of applications the company said, adding that it is will expand the range over the coming ...
    NAPA reiterates its aftermarket readiness for EV transition
    US-based automotive parts distributor National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) has reiterated its readiness for the transition to electric vehicles saying that it is “EV-ready” and constantly seeking opportunities to support customers throughout this transition, according to a press release dated 31 August. “As the world of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) expands, NAPA will expand alongside it,” the release added. The distributor said that the future of EVs will be one of rapid grow...
    UK-based BM Catalysts warns of uncertainty over precious metal prices
    UK manufacturer of catalytic converters, DPFs, and front pipes BM Catalysts has revealed that higher interest rates and inflation are now adding further uncertainty to the prices of precious metals used in the manufacturing of catalytic converters, according to a press release dated 31 August. While some commodities are dropping – but still dramatically above pre-coronavirus pandemic levels—any reductions are offset due to increases in transport, logistics, steel, and labor, currency fluc...
    US-based accessories firm Tint World inaugurates new Naples store
    US-based auto accessory and window tinting franchise, Tint World Automotive Styling Centers has announced the relocation of its Naples store to better serve Collier County, according to a press release dated 29 August. Tint World Naples provides automotive aftermarket services and accessories, including window tint, mobile electronics, audio and video equipment, paint protection films, and more, the release added. "Tint World's commitment to the industry's leading customer experience is one o...
    BORG Automotive expands electric brake caliper range
    BORG Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, has announced that it is adding 12 part numbers to its range of electric brake calipers, according to a press release dated 27 July. The Danish remanufacturer, representing the brands DRI, TMI, Lucas and Elstock, claims it is one of the first aftermarket suppliers with this release and offers distributors a replacement part on par with original parts for more than 800,000 Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel and Toyota vehicles registe...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Herth+Buss to showcase its Elparts and Jakoparts product range
    German electrical systems and parts specialist for the independent aftermarket, Herth+Buss, has announced its participation at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 23 August. The company will be presenting the product highlights from its Elparts and Jakoparts ranges at the aftermarket trade show. As an authorized sales partner of AUTEL brand, the company will also represent the AUTEL brand. The sales partnership with the brand allows the company ...
    Goodyear expands EV tire portfolio under ElectricDrive brand
    US tire manufacturer, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, announced in a press release dated 1 September, that to stay ahead of growing demand in the electric vehicle (EV) market, the company has launched the all-new Goodyear ElectricDrive all-season tire and two new sizes for its ultra-high performance tire, the Goodyear ElectricDrive GT. These new introductions come with a 60,000-mile tread life limited warranty, V speed rating and is available in some of the more popular sizes, accordi...
    Dana launches Victor Reinz Reinzosil sealing compound in cartridge form
    Dana Inc, the Ohio-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions, has announced that REINZOSIL, a universal sealing compound for automotive use from its brand Victor Reinz is now available in cartridge form, according to a press release dated 29 August. The range that consists of a 70 ml tube and 200 ml spray can, now expands to include a 310 ml cartridge, the release added. The new 310 ml REINZOSIL cartridge has been approved for worldwide shippi...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Danish remanufacturer BORG Automotive to showcase range
    BORG Automotive, a Denmark-based automotive parts remanufacturer, has announced that it will showcase its complete product portfolio at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 25 August. For the first time, the company, which distributes its line-up under the brands Elstock, DRI, Lucas, and TMI, will exhibit its range of turbochargers that the company launched in 2020.  At its booth, the company will showcase its remanufactured alternators, sta...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: US-based Dana to display Victor Reinz, Spicer, and Glaser products
    Dana Inc., the Ohio-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions, has announced that it will be highlighting its high-torque and extreme-pressure aftermarket solutions at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 29 August. The focus will be on the Victor Reinz, Spicer, and Glaser brands from the company’s portfolio. The supplier’s Victor Reinz subsidiary will be presenting its universal sealing compo...
    Benjamin Krieger takes charge as CLEPA secretary general
    CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, has announced that Benjamin Krieger has taken charge as the association’s new secretary general, according to a press release dated 1 September. Krieger succeeds Sigrid de Vries, who held the position for the past five years. The appointment was announced on 9 June in Brussels during the association’s annual General Assembly by Thorsten Muschal, CLEPA president and EVP Sales & Program Management at Forvia Group. Originally from ...
    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...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Michelin to showcase vehicle accessories and more
    French tire manufacturer Michelin announced via press release on 30 August that its subsidiary, Michelin Lifestyle Limited, will be presenting its varied range of accessories at the upcoming Automechanika Frankfurt during 13–17 September as part of its efforts to position itself as “more than just a tyre company.” An innovative range of high-pressure washers with the brand’s patented dual-tech system, new jump starters, snow chains, wipers, car mats, and portable compressors will be amon...
    Amazon strikes "green hydrogen" deal with US-based Plug Power
    Amazon announced that the company has signed an agreement with Plug Power, a US-based turnkey hydrogen and fuel-cell solutions provider, to supply 10,950 metric tons per year of green hydrogen for its transportation and building operations starting in 2025, according to a press release dated 25 August. The new green hydrogen will be used to replace the grey hydrogen, diesel, and other fossil fuels and will provide enough annual power for 30,000 forklift trucks and 800 long-haul trucks used for t...
    Hella Pagid expands range of core-free brake calipers
    Hella Pagid, the joint venture (JV) between automotive parts suppliers TMD Friction and aftermarket electronics firm and spare parts distributor HELLA, announced that it is further extending its brake caliper range, according to a press release dated 29 August. The JV has expanded the range of core-free brake calipers for the independent aftermarket by 110 to 222 calipers for a wide variety of vehicle manufacturers, increasing the coverage of vehicle applications from about 4,400 to almost 8,200...
    Continental Aftermarket expands replacement battery cooling fan range for hybrids
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of original equipment (OE)-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced in a release dated 27 July that it has expanded its line of hybrid battery cooling fans to provide coverage for popular hybrid models from Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, KIA, and Toyota from 2003 to 2021.  Designed as an exact replacement for the original fan, Continental hybrid battery cooling fans are said to restore the original battery cooling perf...
    Hella updates diagnostic device for easier high-voltage measurement
    German automotive supplier Hella, which operates under the umbrella brand Forvia, has highlighted that two new functions in its mega macs X device in X5 configuration now allow even smoother high-voltage measurements, according to a press release dated 22 August. The company says with the increase of hybrid and electric vehicles in workshops, the need for electrical measurements is also rising and even before any diagnostics, the input check of the absence of voltage on high-voltage vehicles is ...
    Continental Aftermarket US expands engine management sensor range
    In a release dated 9 August, Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of original equipment (OE)-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, announced that it has expanded its line of OE engine management sensors with new SKUs and additional vehicle application coverage for a wider range of domestic, European, and Asian cars, vans, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and light trucks. Built to be identical in fit, form, and function to the original OE parts, the sensors are desig...
    According to Mercedes-Benz, trading of counterfeit products on online platforms is rising
    German carmaker Mercedes-Benz has said that the global trade in its counterfeit products continues to increase; in 2021 alone, more than 1.86 million counterfeit products were seized in over 650 raids, according to a press release dated 4 August. The company said trading of its counterfeits rose around 6% compared to 2020. The carmaker said its brand protection team focuses on safety-related counterfeits and is taking rigorous action against such products. Its measures focus on components suc...
    Advance Auto Parts reports its net sales USD2.66 billion for Q2 2022
    Advance Auto Parts, an automotive aftermarket parts distributor in North America, has announced its financial results for the second quarter ended 16 July 2022 via a press release.  The highlights are the financial results are: Net sales stood at USD2.66 billion, an increase of 0.6% compared with the second quarter of the prior year which was USD2.64 billion Gross profit decreased by 0.3% to USD1.185 billion from the second quarter of previous year, which...
    SEMA appoints new executive director
    Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a US-based trade organization for automotive aftermarket industry has appointed industry veteran Wade Kawasaki to serve as the first executive director of SEMA’s and PRI’s respective political action committees (PAC), a press release dated 18 August read.  Prior to his appointment as executive director of SEMA’s and PRI’s PACs, Kawasaki served as the president and CEO of Legendary Companies(previously known as Coker Group), overseein...
    SEMA Garage opens a facility in Detroit, United States
    The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Garage opens a new facility in Detroit, United States, the company announced via a press release dated 19 August. SEMA Garages gives SEMA members businesses access to special high tech-tools and equipment and services such as 3D scanning, 3D printing, ADAS testing, vehicle measuring sessions, fully equipped bays, emissions testing and certification.  The Detroit facility will give aftermarket parts manufacturers access to s...
    NAPA to carry Honeywell's new automotive refrigerant in its auto parts stores across the US
    US-based automotive parts distributor National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) will carry Honeywell's new refrigerant, Solstice yf UV—a low-global-warming-potential (GWP) refrigerant incorporating ultraviolet (UV) dye for leak detection support in automobile air conditioning systems, as per a press release dated 22 August. It will now be available at all participating NAPA Auto Parts stores across the United States.  Honeywell's Solstice yf UV is manufactured in the Unite...
    American Tire Distributors appoints its new Chief Supply Chain Officer
    American Tire Distributors, Inc. (ATD) today announced the expansion of its leadership team with the addition of Moid Alwy as Chief Supply Chain Officer, according to a press release by PR Newswire dated 16 August. In this role, Alwy will oversee ATD's supply chain and evolve the vision and strategy for the supply chain's function and innovation. Alwy joins ATD following nearly 20 years at Target, where he began as a lead analyst in 2003 and rose through the ranks to become VP of Global ...
    Groupe Touchette to acquire American Tire Distributors’ National Tire Distributors
    Groupe Touchette Inc. and American Tire Distributors (ATD) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Groupe Touchette will acquire ATD’s Canadian subsidiary, National Tire Distributors (NTD), a release dated 13 July read. Groupe Touchette Inc., is one of the largest Canadian-owned tire distributors servicing to manufacturers, car dealers and independent customers. Led by Nicolas Touchette and Frédéric Bouthillier, the company headquartered...
    LKQ Euro Car Parts expands its offering for independent garages
    LKQ Euro Car Parts has further expanded its offering for independent garages by adding a new range of steering knuckles to its OPTIMAL product line, according to a release dated 20 July from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The release read that steering knuckles are the pivot points of the steering system and are designed to help maintain comfortable steering and suspension. With many modern vehicles becoming bigger and heavier, steering ...
    FleetPride acquires assets of L&L Distributors
    FleetPride, Inc., a US-based distributor of truck and trailer parts and service in the independent heavy duty aftermarket, has announced the acquisition of L&L Distributors, according to a press release dated 9 August. L&L Distributors is a parts supplier for medium to heavy duty trucks. Founded in 1985, L&L Distributors has provided specialized parts in Pompano Beach, Riviera Beach, and Fort Pierce, Florida for over 37 years. As a part of FleetPride, L&L Distributor...
    GSF Car Parts partners with garage management software specialist Garage Hive
    GSF Car Parts, a UK-based suppliers of car parts to the independent aftermarket, announced that it has entered into a new partnership with garage management software specialist Garage Hive, via a press release dated 3 August. AlliCat Online, the leading parts catalogue operated by GSF Car Parts, is now fully integrated with Garage Hive. That means Garage Hive customers can access GSF’s comprehensive catalog of high quality parts and guidance. Significance: AlliCat Online is designed...
    Materom partners with Syncron Retail Inventory to streamline it's aftermarket parts business
    Romanian auto parts distributor, Materom, partners with Syncron Retail Inventory to enhance service delivery and streamline it's aftermarket parts business, according to a press release dated 9 August. Syncron is an aftersales service solution provider. It works for manufacturers and distributors to improve aftermarket business profitability, optimize working capital, increase customer loyalty, and enable customers to successfully transition to service-driven business models. The release read...
    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...
    TBC Brands appoints Clif Armstrong as director of commercial sales
    US-based distributor of proprietary brand tires, TBC Brands has announced the appointment of Clif Armstrong as director of commercial sales, a press release dated 9 August read. TBC Brands provides independent wholesale and retail customers access to a range of consumer and commercial products.  For nearly 30 years, Clif has led the strategic development of the commercial tire business for several tire manufacturers, including Continental Tire as Director of Commercial Tire Marketing in ...
    CarParts.com revenue USD176.2 million in Q2 FY 2022, up 12% y/y from Q2 FY 2021
    CarParts.com, a US-based e-commerce provider of automotive parts and accessories reports its second quarter FY 2022 financial results, according to a press release dated 2 August.  The highlights of the release are: Net sales stood at USD176.2 million compared to USD157.5 million in the year-ago quarter, an increased of 12% year over year and increased 44% on a two-year stack. Gross profit increased 16% to USD61.9 million compared to USD53.3 million ...
    Uni-Select's Q2 FY 2022 sales USD444.3 million, up by 6.7% from Q2 FY 2021
    Canada-based automotive aftermarket parts supplier Uni-Select, reports its second quarter FY 2022 and 6-month financial results and highlights via a press release dated 5 August.  The highlights of the release are: Consolidated sales of USD444.3 million, up USD27.9 million or 6.7% in second quarter FY 2022 and consolidated sales of USD853.9 million, up USD67.4 million or 8.6% in the six-month period of FY 2022.  Organic growth of 10.8% with all three...
    Tenneco Q2 FY 2022 revenue USD4.7 billion, up 2% y/y
    US automotive OEM components and aftermarket ride control and emission products manufacturer Tenneco announced its results for the second quarter ended 30 June reporting total revenue of USD4.7 billion, up 2% year-on-year, according to a press release dated 4 August. Tenneco also reported net loss of USD121 million, or a loss of USD1.44 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of USD10 million, or a loss of USD0.12 per diluted share, in the prior year. The company reported EBIT of USD15 mill...
    UK-based Ring Automotive launches engine bay inspection lamp
    Ring Automotive, a UK-based supplier of vehicle lighting, auto electrics, workshop tools and auto accessories, announced that it has launched a rechargeable underbonnet inspection lamp, providing 1,200 lumen brightness for up to four and a half hours’ continuous use, according to a release dated 20 July from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The RUBL200 Underbonnet Inspection Lamp is claimed to provide technicians with a versatile lightin...
    MAHLE says flushing air conditioning key to system longevity
    The UK arm of Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components, MAHLE, has reminded technicians of the importance and benefits of flushing air conditioning systems, according to a release dated 20 July from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The company said that during repair work, or changing the air compressor, it is crucial that the air conditioning system is cleaned out, as harmful substances and solids can form in the ...
    Valeo Service launches CV clutch catalogue
    French automotive supplier Valeo announced that the Valeo Commercial Vehicles Clutch Catalogue from Valeo Service is now available in both printed form and as a digital flip book, according to a press release dated 19 July. The company says its CV Clutch Catalogue is the most comprehensive ever offered on the market and it includes clutch and actuation products as well. According to the release, the catalogue includes over 1,500 references, for all truck, coach and bus manufacturers such as D...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Schaeffler to showcase repair and service solutions
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler has announced that it will be showcasing its complete portfolio of market and future-oriented repair solutions for combustion engines, hybrid and electric vehicles at Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September through its Automotive Aftermarket division, according to a press release dated 1 August. The company is presenting many new products from its LuK, INA and FAG product brands at their booth and is taking a close look at...
    BM Catalysts infuses capital to increase capacity
    UK manufacturer of catalytic converters, DPFs, and front pipes BM Catalysts has announced that it has further boosted its investment in resources and the latest technology to meet the ever-increasing demand for its products to cover the evolving vehicle car parc, according to a press release dated 26 July. The company said it has recently made a significant six-figure investment in new additional hi-tech machinery to help further increase productivity and capacity, and in its research and develo...
    Hella implements cybersecurity in its mega macs diagnostic devices
    German automotive supplier HELLA, which operates under the umbrella brand FORVIA, has announced that to support independent workshops in communicating as unhindered as possible with vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems, its independent aftermarket supplier arm Hella Gutmann has implemented the 'Cyber Security Management' (CSM) function in its mega macs range of diagnostic devices as early as 2020, according to a press release dated 2 August. CSM allows verified users to diagnose s...
    Genuine Parts Company Q2 FY 2022 sales USD5.6 billion, up 17.1% y/y
    US-based automotive parts distributor Genuine Parts Company announced its results for the second quarter second quarter ended 30 June via a press release dated 27 July. Sales were USD5.6 billion, a 17.1% increase compared to USD4.8 billion in the same period of the prior year. The sales growth reflects an 11.5% increase in comparable sales and an 8.8% benefit from acquisitions, the release added. Net income was USD373 million, or USD2.62 per diluted earnings per share, compared to net income ...
    LKQ Corporation Q2 FY 2022 revenue USD3.3 billion, down 2.7% y/y
    US-based distributor of replacement parts, components, and systems, LKQ Corporation, has reported second quarter 2022 financial results in which its revenue was USD3.3 billion, a decrease of 2.7% as compared to USD3.4 billion in the second quarter of 2021, according to a press release dated 28 July. The company said its parts and services organic revenue increased 3.8% and other revenue fell 2.9% owing to changes in commodity prices relative to the same period in 2021. Net income for the quar...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: BM Catalysts to showcase range
    UK manufacturer of catalytic converters, DPFs, and front pipes BM Catalysts has announced that it will be participating at the Automechanika in Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, where its team will be on hand to provide visitors with unique insight into the company’s latest product offerings and information on the significant investments made, according to a press release dated 25 July. The company will showcase its latest product launch of Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) references to ...
    Schaeffler inaugurates new aftermarket headquarters in Frankfurt
    German automotive and industrial component supplier Schaeffler’s Automotive Aftermarket division has officially inaugurated its new global headquarters in Frankfurt’s Gateway Gardens district in Germany on 21 July, according to a press release dated 22 July. The Automotive Aftermarket division is responsible for Schaeffler's global spare parts business and makes an important contribution to the overall success of Schaeffler AG, the release added. "With the move from Langen to Frankfurt, w...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: HELLA outlines range for workshops and wholesalers
    HELLA, the German lighting and electronics automotive supplier operating under the FORVIA umbrella brand, announced that it will present its comprehensive range of solutions for automotive workshops and wholesalers at Automechanika in Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September, according to a press release dated 2 August. After a four-year break due to the pandemic, Automechanika, one of the world's leading automotive trade shows for equipment, parts, accessories, management and services, will be held fo...
    Hengst Filtration to showcase range at IAA Transportation trade fair
    Hengst Filtration, a Germany based specialist in liquid and air filtration has announced that it will demonstrate its filtration solutions for future mobility to the IAA Transportation trade fair between 19 and 25 September in Hanover, according to a press release dated 27 July. IAA Transportation is a trade fair for logistics, commercial vehicles, buses and the transportation sector. Hengst believes in the commercial vehicle segment, fuel cell systems will be a key future technology for sust...
    Comline Auto Parts outlines its range of cabin air filters
    Comline Auto Parts, a UK-based automotive aftermarket parts brands, has urged technicians to replace a cabin air filter during routine servicing since cabin air filters are often overlooked during a service, according to a press release dated 26 July. The company said its range of cabin air filters stop, prevent and protect against airborne pollutants such as allergens, odors, dust mites, pollen, toxic fumes and dirt. Comline claims its activated carbon cabin air filters offer extra protectio...
    UK-based BM Catalysts expands range with 26 new references
    UK manufacturer of catalytic converters, DPFs, and front pipes BM Catalysts has announced the addition of 26 new references to its product range, according to a press release dated 22 July. The company’s latest additions are applicable to 138 vehicle fitments, providing coverage to a further 3.9 million vehicles in the European car parc. The new references from BM Catalysts include 16 catalytic converters, of which nine conform to Euro 6 emissions standards and 15 to Euro 5, plus five ...
    Bridgestone Japan adds 10 sizes for SUVs for its winter tire Blizzak
    Bridgestone Japan has announced that it has added 10 tire sizes for SUVs to its lineup of the premium studless tire Blizzak VRX3, and that the tire sizes will be released sequentially from 1 October, according to a company release dated 20 July. The company says it aims to secure winter car life from the ground up through its studless tires from its winter tire brand Blizzak, according to the release. Bridgestone already has a premium summer tire brand, ALENZA, as an SUV-exclusive product, an...
    Valeo inaugurates its smart service center in Cairo, Egypt with a focus on aftermarket digitizing
    French automotive supplier Valeo announced the inauguration of a smart service center dedicated to the digitization of aftermarket services in Cairo, Egypt, according to a press release dated 21 July. According to the release, the Smart Service Center is the first of its kind for the Valeo Group, contributing directly to Valeo Service's plans to digitize aftermarket services for Valeo customers; the center provides digital marketing services, data science solutions, communication to...
    Liqui Moly registers EUR382 million sales in first half 2022, up 8% year on year
    German oil and additive specialist, Liqui Moly, announced that it has registered sales of EUR382 million (around USD387 million) in the first half of the year, up 8% year on year, according to a press release dated 20 July. The company said despite the loss of the Russian market, it was able to achieve a “respectable increase in sales”, even though this figure fell short of expectations. The company did not meet its revenue target, according to the release. The managing director of LIQUI ...
    TMD-owned Textar expands aftermarket braking range
    Aftermarket braking specialist TMD Friction has expanded its Textar branded brake pad and disc product offering with 13 new-to-range parts, according to a release dated 21 July. Three new brake pads were introduced that cover six manufacturers across both passenger car and commercial vehicle applications, including Citroën, MAN, Opel/Vauxhall, Peugeot, Porsche, and Volkswagen (VW), the company said.  Textar has also added nine new brake discs to its range for Audi, Cupra, Ford, Hyundai,...
    MAHLE posts record 2021 aftermarket sales at EUR1.1 billion, up 18.5% y/y
    Stuttgart-based global supplier of powertrain and thermal components MAHLE has announced that in 2021, its subsidiary MAHLE Aftermarket registered sales of approximately EUR1.1 billion (around USD1.21 billion), up by 18.5% year on year, according to a press release dated 19 July. The company said those are the highest annual sales figures achieved since the business unit was founded. The company observed that the workshop equipment business exhibited particularly strong growth, and MAHLE Afte...
    UK AFCAR makes it easier for garages to highlight restricted access to vehicle data
    The UK Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair (AFCAR) has announced that it has opened a route for garages to highlight restricted access to OEMs' data, according to a released dated 15 July by the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Garages can access an online survey form floated by UK AFCAR, a coalition representing automotive trade associations and commercial organizations that formed in 2021 to lobby the UK government on upho...
    Dorman Products reports Q2 2022 net sales at USD417.4 million, up 34% y/y
    Dorman Products, a US-based aftermarket supplier of OE dealer exclusive parts has announced its financial results for the second quarter ended 25 June, in which the company reported net sales of USD417.4 million, up 34% compared with net sales of USD310.6 million in the second quarter of 2021, according to a press release dated 25 July. Net income for the second quarter of 2022 was USD37.9 million, or USD1.20 per diluted share, compared with USD31.6 million, or USD0.99 per diluted share, in t...
    Uni-Select acquires Canada-based parts distributor Maslack Supply
    Canada-based automotive aftermarket parts supplier Uni-Select acquires Maslack Supply Limited and related real properties, according to a press release dated 25 July.  Maslack was founded in 1959 and has grown to include 13 locations across northern Ontario, over 200 dedicated employees, and over C$52 million dollars of revenue for its fiscal year ended 31 January, 2022. Following the transaction, Maslack’s core management will remain in place and will keep leading operations. ...
    Arnold Motor Supply expands distribution, engine kit offerings
    Arnold Motor Supply, US-based automotive distributor and repair service provider, has announced the purchase of Sioux City-based Motor Parts Central and its sister company Northern Auto Parts via a press release dated 18 July.  Northern Auto Parts will continue to operate within the same building and is a different type of expansion for the company. Northern is a national online retailer, specializing in engine rebuild kits and engine parts. It provides engine rebuilding and restora...
    Swedish parts distributor MEKO acquires Finnish firm Koivunen
    MEKO (previously Mekonomen Group), an automotive spare-parts distributor based in Sweden, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Koivunen, a provider of automotive spare parts and related services in Finland and Estonia, with operations also in Latvia and Lithuania, according to a press release dated 14 June. The enterprise value is EUR122 million (around USD125 million) on a cash and debt free basis. Through the expansion, MEKO says it will have a presence around the ...
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