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    Castrol and UK-based Sprint Power partner to develop ultra-fast charging cells and battery packs
    Lubricant maker Castrol and Sprint Power, a UK-based firm involved in electrified propulsion systems, power electronics and battery systems, are collaborating on a project to develop ultra-fast charging cells and battery packs for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell hybrid electric vehicles (FCEVs), according to a press release dated 6 September. Under the collaboration, two Sprint Power designed battery modules that will use Castrol ON EV Thermal Fluids to deliver an 80% charge in...
    PPG to showcase coatings for EVs at the Detroit Auto Show and The Battery Show
    US-based paints, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer PPG has announced that it will showcase its growing portfolio of paints and coatings for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) during the North American International Detroit Auto Show and The Battery Show, North America from 13–15 September, according to a press release dated 12 September. Exhibits at both events will include the PPG CORACHAR branded battery fire protection solutions that are claimed to enhance safety and productio...
    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...
    Sinopec Capital, Johnson Matthey sign MoU to explore decarbonization and hydrogen technologies in mainland China
    Sinopec Capital has announced via a press release on 2 August that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with British specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey. The companies seek to explore joint opportunities in green and blue hydrogen, fuel cells, decarbonization technologies, and circular economy businesses in mainland China.  Dr Mark Su, Johnson Matthey China President, said, “Johnson Matthey has a long heritage in China. We are China’s leading auto catalyst produ...
    BP to invest USD60 million in EV battery testing center and analytical laboratory in the UK
    bp unveiled plans to invest up to GBP50 million (around USD60 million) in a new, state-of-the-art electric vehicle (EV) battery testing center and analytical laboratory in Pangbourne, United Kingdom, according to a press release dated 2 August.  The new facilities will be located at bp’s existing global headquarters for its Castrol business in Pangbourne, Berkshire, and will support the technology, engineering and science roles housed there. The site already undertakes research an...
    Valvoline to sell Global Products business for USD2.65 billion to Aramco
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Aramco for the sale of Valvoline's Global Products business for USD2.65 billion in cash. Following the closing of the transaction, Valvoline will own the Valvoline brand for all retail services purposes globally, excluding China and certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa, while Aramco will own the Valvoline brand for all products uses globally. Both co...
    Castrol survey shows value and location top workshop customer loyalty drivers
    A nationwide survey commissioned by Castrol known as OnePoll research, conducted among 1,000 UK car owners, has identified the most important factors influencing customer loyalty for vehicle workshops across the UK, according to a company press release dated 22 July. The factor mentioned more than any other—by 45% of motorists—is the perception that the work carried out represents ‘good value’. However, the research also strongly indicates that motorists are not simply looking ...
    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 ...
    Repsol launches Master range lubricants verified as carbon-neutral
    Spanish energy and petrochemical company Repsol announced that as part of its goal to become a net-zero emissions company by 2050, it has launched its first-ever carbon-neutral lubricants under the ‘Master’ range, according to a press release dated 21 June. Repsol's ‘Master’ range is made up of 11 high-performance lubricants for conventional and hybrid passenger vehicles. The low viscosity and selected additives of these products are said to enable greater fuel economy compared with trad...
    TotalEnergies incorporates immersion-cooled battery into a road-going vehicle
    French energy company TotalEnergies has announced that it has replaced the battery cooling system in a Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid with an immersion alternative, a first for a road-going car, according to a press release dated 7 July. The move was done on a pilot basis and the company has no plans to mass-market it, in the short-term at least. The cooling of lithium batteries by immersion is regarded as the optimum solution to the challenges posed by ultra-fast charging, with the most powerful ...
    Castrol urges UK workshops to follow up on deferred work and upsell consumables
    New consumer research commissioned by Castrol suggests workshops across the United Kingdom could be missing out on valuable revenue-generating opportunities by not up-selling consumables and by not following up on deferred work, according to a press release by the company dated 6 July. The survey, a OnePoll research conducted among 1,000 UK car owners, found that only 40% of motorists are typically contacted by their workshop between vehicle services to discuss any work that might need to be ...
    Lynk & Co announces Castrol as its recommended lubricant supplier across Europe
    Automaker Lynk & Co, formed as a joint venture between Geely Holding, Geely Auto Group, and Volvo Car Group, has entered into a five-year agreement with Castrol for the supply of premium lubricants in all of the markets in which it operates across Europe, according to a press release by Castrol on 23 June. According to the agreement, Castrol EDGE Professional V 0W-20 lubricant will be used during regular servicing and maintenance work on Lynk & Co vehicles. Lynk & Co offers member...
    Continental Aftermarket US outlines range of ATE Brake Fluids
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, in a release dated 21 June has outlined its line of ATE replacement brake fluids featuring special formulations designed to help maximize brake system performance in all types of electronic, hydraulic, and racing systems. The full line includes ATE Super DOT 5.1, the technological standard for brake fluids, ATE SL.6 Brake Fluid—the ideal replacement for ESP, ABS, and ASR electroni...
    US paints maker PPG to showcase automotive adhesives, sealants at industry event
    US-based paints, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer PPG has announced that it will highlight its growing portfolio of automotive and aerospace adhesives and sealants as well as its additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities for 3D-printed parts during the Adhesives & Bonding Expo in Novi, Michigan, 28–30 June, according to a press release dated 24 June. PPG will be displaying an array of adhesive and sealant solutions for automotive OEM and electric vehicle battery pack custom...
    UK Garage & Bodyshop Event 2022 sees high aftermarket participation
    The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has received widespread praise from the automotive aftermarket community, witnessing 3538 participants over two days, according to a press release on Auto Resource UK dated 20 June. The event, held from 8 to 9 June, kicked off with visitors from garages, bodyshops and the wider automotive aftermarket from all over the UK at the NEC in Birmingham to learn about the latest industry technology, tools and training, the release added. One of the key takeaways from ...
    US paints maker PPG introduces two updates for global refinish industry
    US-based paints, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer PPG has announced the introduction of PPG VISUALIZID advanced 3D visualization software and the PPG DIGIMATCH digital color camera for easier and faster color matching in body shops, according to a press release dated 22 June. The advanced tools are the latest components of the PPG LINQ end-to-end digital solution for the global refinish industry, the release added. Both components are claimed to help increase efficiency and ulti...
    Auto Care Association forecasts US automotive aftermarket sales up 8.5% in 2022
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, has announced in a press release dated 7 June that total US light duty automotive aftermarket sales are forecasted to increase 8.5% in 2022 to USD356.5 billion, according to the “2022 Joint Channel Forecast Model” produced by the association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). An additional 5% growth is expected for 2023 and growth will average mo...
    Castrol to expand service network in India as part of tie up with Jio-bp, MG Motor
    Carmaker MG Motor India and lubricant firm Castrol India are set to collaborate with Jio-bp to explore mobility solutions for electric cars, according to a press release dated 2 June. Under the partnership, Jio-bp, MG Motor and Castrol will explore setting up four-wheeler electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and expand Castrol’s existing auto service network to cater to EV customers. Jio-bp or Reliance BP Mobility Limited is an Indian fuels and mobility joint venture between Reliance ...
    Shell completes acquisition of Landmark fuel and convenience network
    Shell Retail and Convenience Operations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell Oil Products US, announced that it has completed the acquisition of certain company-owned fuel and convenience retail sites from the Landmark group of companies, according to a press release dated 1 June. The acquisition also includes supply agreements for the independently operated fuel and convenience sites. On 26 October 2021, Shell announced it had reached an agreement to purchase the Landmark fuel and convenience ne...
    US-based VP Racing Fuels launches branded fuel and carwash programs in UK and Europe
    US-based VP Racing Fuels, a supplier of racing, performance fuel products, and branded retail, has announced that it is bringing its branded fuel and carwash programs to the UK and Europe, according to a press release dated 10 May. The launch kicked off at the Uniti Expo in Stuttgart, Germany, held from 17–19 May. VP Racing Fuels says it offers the most comprehensive and differentiated branded fuel and car wash programs in the industry. The programs are claimed to deliver more benefits than...
    Valvoline acquires remaining 50% in battery distributor VCA Solutions
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, announced that it has purchased the outstanding 50% interest in its VCA Solutions joint venture from its former joint venture partner, according to a press release dated 24 May. VCA Solutions is a distributor of top-tier automotive batteries and battery testing equipment. The purchase was finalized, effective 1 May. According to the company, nearly all of the 290 million vehicles on US roads have lead-acid batteries, a...
    LIQUI MOLY launches two products for EVs
    German oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, has announced the introduction of a coolant for fuel cells as well as a special transmission fluid solely for electric vehicles, according to a release dated 13 May from the UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The Fuel Cell Coolant FCF 20 by LIQUI MOLY based on ethylene glycol, combined with non-ionic additives, exhibits very low electrical conductivity and combines optimum thermal dissipation with ...
    Shell aims to set up 100,000 public EV charge points across UK by 2030
    Revising its 2030 target, Shell UK said on 11 May 2022 that the company plans to set up a network of 100,000 public EV charge points across the country by the end of the decade. About 11,000 EV charge points from the aforementioned number will be rapid chargers at locations including charging hubs, forecourts, supermarkets and other destinations, the company said. With its new, revised target of electric vehicle (EV) charging network across the UK, Shell aims to ensure that 90% of all UK driv...
    Shell signs agreement to sell retail and lubricants businesses in Russia
    Shell Overseas Investments B.V. and B.V. Dordtsche Petroleum Maatschappij—subsidiaries of petrochemical company Shell—have signed an agreement to sell Shell Neft LLC, which owns Shell’s retail and lubricants businesses in Russia, to PJSC Lukoil, according to a press release dated 12 May. PJSC Lukoil Oil Company is a Russian multinational energy corporation headquartered in Moscow, specializing in the business of extraction, production, transport, and sale of petroleum, natural gas, and pet...
    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...
    Valvoline Q2 2022 sales up 26% y/y at USD886 million
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, announced that in the second fiscal quarter ended 31 March, the company recorded sales of USD886 million, up 26% year on year from USD701 million, according to a press release dated 9 May. The company reported net income of USD81 million, up 19% and earnings per diluted share (EPS) of USD0.45, which increased 22% year on year. The company said that its performance was driven by ongoing share gains, price increases to recove...
    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 ...
    LIQUI MOLY launches two new e-mobility products
    Germany-based oil and additives manufacturer LIQUI MOLY has announced launch of two new e-mobility products via a press release dated 4 May. It has developed a coolant for fuel cells and special transmission fluid solely for electric vehicles (EVs). The first development is the Fuel Cell Coolant FCF 20 Y based on ethylene glycol, combined with non-ionic additives, exhibits very low electrical conductivity and combines optimum thermal dissipation with outstanding material compatibili...
    Lubricants maker Motul joins UK aftermarket industry body IAAF
    The UK arm of French engine lubricant manufacturer Motul has joined UK aftermarket industry body Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) as its member, according to a release by IAAF dated 8 April. Established in 1853, Motul is known in the automotive industry for producing quality lubricant products with a heritage forged primarily on the racing circuit, according to the release. Callum Goodland, country manager for Motul, said, “We are delighted to join the leading voice...
    Valvoline appoints Lori Flees as President of its Retail Services segment
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, has named Lori Flees as the president of its Retail Services business segment reporting directly to CEO Sam Mitchell, according to a press release dated 30 March. Flees joins Valvoline after nearly a decade with Walmart where she most recently held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of its Health and Wellness division, the release added. As president of Valvoline Retail Services, the company s...
    ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, India to be held in February 2024
    ACMA Automechanika, New Delhi, India, the exhibition of auto parts, auto components and products for car aftersales service, is scheduled to be held from 1–3 February, 2024 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, according to a press release dated 7 March. The announcement was made by event organizers Messe Frankfurt India, the Indian arm of German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, and India’s apex component industry body Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India ...
    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...
    US automotive coatings company XPEL launches paint protection film
    XPEL, a US-based provider of aftermarket automotive products, including automotive surface and paint protection, ceramic coatings, headlight protection, and automotive window films launched a new paint protection film, called Ultimate Fusion. According to a company press release issued on 18 February, the film is optically clear, high gloss, self-healing, and contains a hydrophobic clear coat, which is said to create a naturally slick surface to repel water and road grime. Similar to the flagshi...
    Valvoline Q1 2022 sales up 31% y/y at USD858 million
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, announced that in the first fiscal quarter ended 31 December 2021, its sales grew 31% to USD858 million, according to a press release dated 8 February. The company reported net income of USD87 million, flat year-on-year and earnings per diluted share (EPS) of USD0.48, up 2% over the same prior-year period. "Demand for Valvoline's products and services remains robust, as we continue to gain share in both segments. Our team h...
    US paints maker says car buyers increasingly prefer two-tone finishes, personalization
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty materials manufacturer, PPG, announced that its 2021 automotive color popularity report indicated an increased demand for two-tone finishes, personalized colors and other emerging trends among car buyers, according to a press release dated 16 February. Other trends highlighted in the PPG report are rising popularity of grays, blues, greens, and violets, with vibrant new colors more likely to debut on sporty models rather than sport utility vehicles (SUV...
    2022 UK Garage and Bodyshop Event sees growing aftermarket interest
    The new UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, presented by organizers of Automechanika Birmingham, is seeing growing interest from aftermarket participants with several new additions to the exhibitor list, according to a press release from Automechanika dated 8 February. The latest exhibitors to sign-up for the event, which will take place during 8–9 June, 2022 at NEC Birmingham, include Platinum Partners, LKQ Euro Car Parts, Bilstein Group (Blue Print & febi Bilstein) and Castrol with its partner...
    Honda Performance Development partners with Shell-owned Pennzoil motor oil
    Honda Performance Development, wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co that leads Honda and Acura's high-performance racing programs in North America, has announced a multi-year partnership with Pennzoil, a US-based motor oil brand that’s part of Shell’s family of lubricants. Both companies hope that the partnership will further Pennzoil's development of premium motor oils. HPD specializes in the design and development of powertrain, chassis, electronics, and performance parts,...
    Valvoline commences EV service pilot in select US stores
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, announced that it has begun piloting electric vehicle (EV) services in its retail stores, according to a press release dated 7 February. These pilots, in a limited number of its retail locations, are the next step in advancing Valvoline's strategy to extend its preventive auto maintenance service model to electric vehicle (EV) owners, OEMs and fleets, the release added. The Valvoline retail service centers piloting the prog...
    US lawmakers introduce ‘Right to Repair’ legislation
    The automotive Right to Repair movement in the US gained further traction as US Representative Bobby Rush introduced the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act on 3 February with an aim to ensure equal access to auto repair data for independent repair shops, according to an official announcement by Rush’s office dated 3 February. This legislation would preserve consumer access to high quality, affordable vehicle repair by ensuring that, vehicle owners and indepen...
    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...
    Eaton launches aftermarket components for AMT market
    Power management firm Eaton has announced its Vehicle Group is now offering aftermarket gears, shafts, bearings, and other components needed to repair automated manual transmissions (AMTs), according to a press release dated 25 January. The range includes the Detroit DT12, Volvo I-Shift, and Mack mDrive AMTs. Now commercially available, Eaton offers more than 450 unique components, including gears, seals, and bearings, according to the release. Eaton says it provides sustainable sol...
    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...
    Canadian vehicle e-commerce platform Carnex to focus on EV resale and aftersales
    Carnex, a Canadian vehicle e-commerce platform, recently announced the company's official strategic transition into the electric vehicle (EV) resale market, according to a press release dated 17 January. The transition will enable Carnex to buy and sell used EVs. As part of the transition, Carnex will provide aftermarket services specifically tailored for EVs, including the test drive, charging products and services, EV accessories, and educational and technical support. The company has al...
    Asahi Kasei partners with Shell to develop sustainable synthetic rubber for tires
    Japanese chemicals company Asahi Kasei announced via press release on 24 November that it had concluded an agreement with petrochemical company Shell Eastern regarding the supply of butadiene derived from plastic waste and biomass. According to the press release, Asahi Kasei intends to use this sustainable butadiene to produce sustainable solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) at its plant in Singapore by the end of fiscal 2021. S-SBR is a type of synthetic rubber used mainly f...
    US aftermarket filter supplier Premium Guard acquires filter brand IPC Global
    US-based Premium Guard Inc (PGI), an automotive aftermarket filter brand announced that it has completed the acquisition of IPC Global Solutions (IPC), a private label filter supplier and the creator of the ECOGARD brand of filtration products, according to a press release dated 11 January. As part of the transaction, PGI also partnered with Trive Capital, a Dallas, US-based private equity firm. PGI, which is the creator of PUREFLOW breathable air filtration technology, finalized the deal on ...
    India proposes mandatory side and curtain airbags in all cars
    India on Saturday, 15 January proposed mandating at least six airbags in all M1 category vehicles (passenger vehicles that comprise not more than eight seats inclusive of the driver) that are manufactured from 1 October, according to a Nikkei news report dated 16 January. The government wants automakers to provide two side air bags and two curtain air bags, to protect those seated in the rear seats, in addition to the already required two airbags for all vehicles. The side air bags are to "he...
    Aftermarket lobby group AFCAR meets Swedish Transport Agency on vehicle data law
    The Swedish arm of the Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair in the EU (AFCAR), along with the trade associations SBF (Association of Swedish Wholesalers of Automotive Parts and Accessories) and SFVF (Swedish Vehicle Workshop Association), recently met with the Swedish Transport Agency to discuss the importance of a law regulating access to vehicle data for the workshops, according to a press release by SBF dated 17 January. AFCAR is a lobby group that seeks to ensure the right of independen...
    US-based CarParts.com appoints Ana Dutra to its board
    CarParts.com, a US-based e-commerce provider of automotive parts and accessories, has announced that it has appointed Ana Dutra, CEO of Mandala Global Advisors, to its board of directors, according to a press release dated 12 January. Dutra previously served as CEO of Korn/Ferry Consulting from 2007 until 2013, when she founded Mandala Global Advisors. Mandala is a provider of advisory services to boards and management to accelerate business growth through innovation, globalization, M&A, and...
    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...
    US-based CarParts.com anticipates FY 2021 sales up 31% to USD582 million
    CarParts.com, a US-based e-commerce provider of automotive parts and accessories, has revealed preliminary 2021 results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended 1 January 2022 in light of recent market volatility, according to a press release dated 6 January. The company says it expects to report fiscal year 2021 revenue of approximately USD582 million, up 31% year-on-year. The fourth quarter ending 1 January 2022 included 13 weeks versus 14 weeks in the fourth quarter ended 2 Januar...
    General Motors launches online parts marketplace
    US carmaker General Motors has announced that it is launching a new online parts marketplace, making its catalog of 45,000 repair and maintenance parts more convenient for Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, and Cadillac owners, according to a press release dated 18 January. The newly available parts catalog includes oil filters, engine and cabin air filters, batteries, brake pads, accessory belts, cooling hoses and windshield wiper blades, among other parts, the release added. GM says this move builds on...
    Australian aftermarket distributor CoolDrive strengthens performance parts offering
    Australian automotive aftermarket parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts has announced that it has taken a slew of measures in the past year that have strengthened its performance parts offering, according to a press release dated 14 January. At the forefront of the push into the performance and motorsport space has been the addition of Racer Industries to CoolDrive Auto Parts, which sees the racing-focused brand’s inventory available through CoolDrive’s online platform—iShop as well as na...
    UK-based Elite Garages witnesses surge in demand for EV repairs
    Elite Garages, a UK-based independent garage network has said that it has witnessed a surge in demand for electric vehicle (EV) repairs and modifications since spring 2021 and is preparing its workforce to cater to the same, according to a release dated 11 January from the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The independent tire, Ministry of Transport (MOT), car service and forecourt operator with 14 sites across the south of England stated that...
    Lucas Oil introduces new starting fluid
    Lucas Oil Products, a US-based distributor of automotive additives and lubricants, has announced the launch of a starting fluid via a press release dated 10 January.  Lucas Sure Start premium starting fluid is formulated to help start stubborn engines and is compatible with both diesel and gasoline engines in passenger cars, diesel engines, lawn mowers, chainsaws, outboard motors, and fractional horsepower engines. The 50% ether blend goes well beyond other leading na...
    Motul launches lubricants for diesel engines
    French engine lubricant manufacturer Motul has announced the launch of TEKMA line of lubricants for heavy-duty diesel engines, according to a press release dated 5 January. The company said that the engine oils are designed to deliver enhanced fuel economy and power, maximum engine protection and extended drain intervals. TEKMA ULTIMA+ 10W-40 is a 100% synthetic diesel engine lubricant for the latest generations of turbo diesel engines with DPF systems. The engine oil features extreme oil fil...
    French spare parts exporter Automotor consolidates under newly formed AMERIGO Group
    The recently held Automechanika Dubai trade show witnessed the formation of the AMERIGO Group, a parent group for aftermarket activities that consolidates operations from four entities such as Automotor, Automotor Logistique, E-Reliable, and AMERIGO International, according to a press release dated 7 January. Automotor, previously known as Automotor France, is a French exporter of spare parts for the passenger car and truck market. Automotor has a presence in 70 countries and over 40 years of...
    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...
    Motul named lubricant partner for US aftermarket tuner Gunther Werks
    French engine lubricant manufacturer Motul has been announced as the official lubricant partner for US-based aftermarket tuning outfit Gunther Werks, according to a press release dated 22 December 2021. Gunther Werks is a California-based builder of high-performance bespoke vehicles that include Porsche models from a quarter century ago. Motul will provide Motul 300V engine oil for Gunther Werks vehicles and be recommended as the preferred service products brand to Gunther Werks vehicle owner...
    US-based Openbay adds RepairSmith to its automotive services marketplace
    US-based online marketplace for automotive repair services, Openbay, has added mobile repair and maintenance firm RepairSmith to its automotive services marketplace, according to an official announcement on 14 December. Consumers can now book automotive repair and maintenance services delivered by RepairSmith on the Openbay automotive services marketplace, according to the company statement, which added that services can be performed at a customer’s home or office at a time that works best....
    Audax Private Equity completes sale of lubricant supplier RelaDyne
    US-based PE firm Audax Private Equity announced that it has completed the sale of RelaDyne, a US-based lubricants, fuels, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) supplier to another PE firm - American Industrial Partners, according to a press release dated 23 December. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, RelaDyne is a provider of lubricants, fuels, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and reliability services for multiple businesses including automotive. The company focu...
    US-based Lucas Oil introduces new tire inflator
    US-based distributor of automotive additives and lubricants, Lucas Oil Products, has launched the Lucas Tire Inflator ahead of the winter travel season, according to a press release dated 6 December. The tire inflator and sealer is an easy-to-use and nonflammable solution for all passenger vehicles to quickly seal punctures and reinflate a damaged tire, according to the company. The tire inflator joins the company’s line-up of automotive utility products for motorists that include diesel de...
    US-based VP Racing Fuels testing race fuels with renewable components
    VP Racing Fuels, a US-based supplier of performance fuels, lubricants and additives, announced that advanced bio-renewable components are available for adaptation with the company’s current race fuel portfolio. The company said it is currently developing and testing race fuels with advanced renewable components to meet upcoming renewable fuel requirements of multiple race series, including Formula 1 and IMSA SportsCar Championship. The company is featuring more than 70 proprietary fuel blen...
    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...
    Fisker partners with Bridgestone for EV aftersales in France and Germany
    US-based electric vehicle maker Fisker Inc has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bridgestone EMIA headquartered in Belgium, under which the latter will provide comprehensive after-sales and related maintenance solutions to Fisker customers in France and Germany, according to a press release dated 21 December. As part of this partnership, Bridgestone will leverage its electric vehicle (EV)-ready extended retail and service network in Europe, under the Speedy, Pits...
    Germany-based HESS Automotive rolls out digital workshop app
    German automotive distributor HESS Automotive has launched a new mobile application called MOTOO that allows workshops to get in touch with their customers digitally, process orders and map customer service, according to a press release dated 16 December. The free app provides the appropriate vehicle data directly to drivers whose vehicle can be identified via the vehicle registration document scanned by the app in addition to the mileage and year of manufacturing. “On the basis of this dat...
    US aftermarket service provider FullSpeed Automotive announces acquisitions
    US aftermarket service provider FullSpeed Automotive, announced that the company has acquired six quick-lube and automotive service centers in Texas, according to a press release dated 7 December. All locations will be rebranded its flagship brand Grease Monkey. The brand, along with FullSpeed Automotive’s other service brand SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service plans to have 45 combined service centers in Texas by the end of 2022. The six acquired quick-lube and automotive service centers...
    Indian aftermarket sector grows 29% to USD5.3 billion y/y in H1 FY 2022: ACMA
    India’s automotive aftermarket sector registered 25% growth to USD5.3 billion from USD4.1 billion year on year in the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2022, according to figures released by the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), India’s apex component industry body on 21 December. The first two months of FY 2022 (March–April) witnessed subdued activity in the aftermarket as there was a pandemic-induced, near-complete shutdown in the country. How...
    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...
    Fourth ACMA Aftermarket Expo - North-East held in Guwahati, India
    The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), India’s apex component industry body held the fourth ACMA Aftermarket Expo – North East on 10 and 11 December, according to a release dated 10 December. The two-day event was organized with the support of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Government of India at the Maniram Dewan Trade Centre, Guwahati, and the Guwahati Motor Parts Traders Association (GMTA). The expo was aimed to serve as an ideal platf...
    US paints maker PPG launches Deltron NXT refinish system
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty materials manufacturer, PPG, has announced the launch of a new Deltron NXT refinish system, that represents a major upgrade to its current Deltron DBC solventborne product line, according to a press release dated 6 December. Major features incorporated in the PPG Deltron NXT system include more than 30 new toners comprising the latest liquid pearls and effects pigments as well as new black toners. The system also includes a new range of reducers to broa...
    Jio-bp, Mahindra sign MoU for EV charging solutions
    Reliance BP Mobility Limited (RBML), also called Jio-bp, and the India-based Mahindra Group, have announced a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) for exploring the creation of electric vehicle (EV) products and services, alongside identifying synergies in low-carbon and conventional fuels, according to a press release dated 8 December. The MoU also covers evaluating charging solutions by Jio-bp for Mahindra vehicles including electric 3 and 4 wheelers, quadricycles, and e-SCV (Small ...
    Ford uses AR to streamline vehicle repairs
    US carmaker Ford is using German connectivity platform, TeamViewer's Frontline solution to add augmented reality (AR) assistance to provide enhanced support to automotive technicians across its global network of Ford dealers, according to a press release by TeamViewer dated 23 November. The new service is offered by Ford's Technical Assistance Center (TAC), a centralized diagnostic troubleshooting team that provides support to all Ford and Lincoln dealerships' technicians who diagnose and rep...
    Valvoline chosen as service partner for UK-based EV maker Arrival
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, announced a partnership with Arrival, a UK-based electric solutions provider and electric vehicle (EV) maker, according to a press release issued on 1 December. Under the partnership, Valvoline has been named one of four initial service partners in Arrival's Service Network Program in the United States. This partnership allows Valvoline to advance its preventive auto maintenance service model to EVs and hybrids. For Arrival...
    Dana establishes global part number system for Victor Reinz products
    Dana Inc, the US-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions announced that it has established a global part number (GPN) system for its sealing solutions subsidiary Victor Reinz’s line of products, according to a company release dated 30 November. This smart part numbering format utilizes a fully numeric part numbering system that aligns with Victor Reinz products globally, the release added. The Victor Reinz engine gasket GPN sequence is sta...
    Petronas launches a range of electric vehicle fluids
    Petronas Lubricants International, the global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm of Petronas, has launched the next generation of its Petronas iona electric vehicle fluids solutions at its Global Research & Technology Center in Turin, Italy. The launch is part of its ongoing efforts toward introducing the latest technologies and trends in the e-mobility space. First launched in 2019, Petronas iona aims to optimize the energy efficiency, safety, and performance of electri...
    LIQUI MOLY Jan–Sep sales up 26% to USD644 million
    Germany-based oil and additives manufacturer LIQUI MOLY has announced that the company’s sales in the first nine months of 2021 rose 26% to EUR554 million (USD644 million), the highest ever, the company said in an official press release on 6 October. The company faced many bottlenecks, especially on the supply side, and it believes growth could have been even higher. “It could be even more if we could only get enough ingredients for the production of our oils and additives,” said m...
    LIQUI MOLY launches new oil for Ford models
    Germany-based additives manufacturer Liqui Moly has launched a new motor oil that meets the latest Ford requirements (WSS M2C 952-A1) as well as those of a few other manufacturers, the company announced in an official press release on 14 October. This Ford oil is primarily required for the US carmaker’s 1.5L Duratorq TDCI engine. LIQUI MOLY stated that the oil is also officially approved by Mercedes-Benz (MB 229.71), Jaguar and Land Rover (STJLR.03.5006) and Opel (OV0401547) and is recommen...
    Valvoline to pursue separation of retail services and global products businesses
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services announced via a press release on 12 October that it is accelerating its transformation strategy by pursuing the separation of its retail services and global products businesses. The company believes that following a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives by its board, a separation of its business segments would create significant value for all its stakeholders. The company has not established a timetable for the comp...
    US-based car repairer YourMechanic.com, ExxonMobil sign multiyear deal
    US mobile car repair platform YourMechanic.com announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with lubricant company ExxonMobil under which it will name the latter’s Mobil 1 oil as a preferred motor oil to its customers in over 3,000 US cities. In a release on 12 October, the company said that car owners can order Mobil 1 oil changes directly to their home driveways through YourMechanic.com and an instant price quote can be obtained by entering their cars’ make, model and year on the...
    TI Fluid Systems appoints Hans Dieltjens as its new president and CEO
    Global supplier of automotive fluid systems, TI Fluid Systems has appointed Hans Dieltjens as its new president and chief executive officer with effect from 1 October 2021, the company said in a press release on 21 September. Hans will succeed William L. Kozyra, who will retire on 1 October and step down from the Board of Directors. The company said that Hans will assume this leadership role at a strategically important time when it is implanting its electric vehicle strategy and working to r...
    Liqui Moly introduces multi-plate clutch oil for AWD vehicles
    Germany-based additives manufacturer Liqui Moly has launched a new synthetic oil for the Haldex clutch usually found in all-wheel-drive (AWD) vehicles from automakers such as Audi, Opel, Seat, ŠKODA, Volkswagen, and Volvo. The maker of automotive chemicals such as motor oils and additives, greases and pastes, sprays and car care, glues and sealants said in a release dated 9 September that the synthetic oil is developed exclusively for the multi-plate clutch and is suitable for Haldex couplin...
    UK presents its first hydrogen strategy, targets production of 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen by 2030
    The UK Government has unveiled its first Hydrogen Strategy, aimed at developing a thriving low carbon hydrogen sector in the country. According to a publication by the UK Government dated 17 August, the country is targeting production numbers of 5 GW of low carbon hydrogen by the year 2030, in accordance with the 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution. The Hydrogen Strategy outlines how the UK will rapidly and significantly scale up production and lay the foundations for a low carbon...
    India announces National Hydrogen Mission, aims for energy self-reliance by 2047
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the launch of a National Hydrogen Mission, which aims to accelerate generation of carbon-free fuel from renewables as India targets to achieve self-reliance in energy generation by 2047, a report filed by news agency PTI said on 15 August. While delivering his Independence Day address on Sunday, PM Modi said that India can achieve self-reliance in energy through a mix of a gas-based economy, usage of ethanol in petrol and adoption of electric ...
    Indian state Maharashtra unveils new Electric Vehicle Policy
    The Indian state Maharashtra, which revealed its new Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy 2021 on 13 July, has set an ambitious target for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to contribute 10 percent of new vehicle registrations by 2025. It said that all EVs eligible under the policy shall be exempt from registration charges. Furthermore, all EVs sold in the state shall also be exempt from the road tax. The policy has laid down demand incentives for EVs across segments; for example, while...
    Indian government extends FAME 2 EV subsidy scheme until 2024
    The Union government of India has extended its electric vehicle (EV) subsidy scheme named Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) by another two years till 31 March 2024, according to a notification issued in the Central government’s Gazette of India on 25 June. “Now with the approval of the competent authority, it is decided that FAME India Phase II scheme is extended for a period of two years i.e. up to 31 March 2024," the Ministry of Heavy Industries an...
    New Zealand announces new rebates for electrified vehicles from 1 July
    The Government of New Zealand is taking action in line with the advice of the Climate Change Commission to increase the uptake of low emission vehicles by introducing a range of measures that will help meet the country’s 2050 carbon neutrality target and create jobs to support economic recovery. According to a press release issued by the government on 13 June, new rebates will be introduced for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles from 1 July onward—with up to NZD8,625 (approximately USD6,15...
    Valvoline launches motor oil for vehicles with mileage 150k miles and above
    Valvoline Inc, a US-based supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services announced the launch of a high mileage motor oil called ValvolineTM High Mileage 150k, designed to meet the unique needs of engines with over 150,000 miles. In a press release issued on 13 April, Valvoline said the product's innovative formula reduces oil consumption in older, high mileage engines, while its Moly Additive ProtectionTM technology provides superior wear protection— increasing both engine per...
    US-based Valvoline launches new premium full synthetic motor oil
    Valvoline Inc, a US-based supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services announced the launch of a synthetic motor oil called Valvoline™ Full Synthetic Extended Protection, as per a press release dated 30 March. The company says the new product is its most premium motor oil, is proven in rigorous Valvoline engine lab testing to be 10 times stronger against oil breakdown and provides 50% better protection against engine wear than current industry standards. “Extended Protec...
    ExxonMobil to supply lubricants for Nissan India’s aftermarket business
    ExxonMobil Lubricants Pvt. Ltd. has signed an agreement with Nissan Motor India to supply lubricants for the latter’s passenger vehicle aftermarket business, according to press release by the automaker on 31 March 2021. The all-new range of engine oils are called Nissan Genuine Parts Motor Oil SAE 0W-20, 5W-30, 10W-30, and 10W-40, and they include both synthetic and semi-synthetic products for passenger vehicles. These oils have been developed by ExxonMobil’s global research and developme...
    Policy: Indian government approves new Vehicle Scrappage Policy
    The Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) has approved a new Vehicle Scrappage Policy, The Financial Express reported on 26 January. The policy will allow the central and state governments to scrap their vehicles that are more than 15 years old. It will take effect 1 April 2022, after getting approval from respective state governments in India. Additionally, the Ministry has approved a proposal to levy a "green tax" on older vehicles. Under the green tax struct...
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