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ZF Aftermarket launches sensors for driver assistance systems for commercial vehicles
ZF Aftermarket has announced the introduction of sensors for commercial vehicle applications on the independent aftermarket for the first time under its Wabco brand, according to a press release dated Feb. 28. The sensors are the front camera for the OnLaneALERT lane-departure warning system and the radar sensor for the OnGuardACTIVE automatic emergency braking system. ZF Aftermarket said it provides these spare parts in original equipment (OE) specification and quality for many DAF and ...
Continental inaugurates automated warehouse at Czech tire plant
Continental has opened a fully automated high-bay warehouse at its tire production plant in Otrokovice, Czech Republic, according to a press release on Jan. 30. It has a storage capacity of more than 930,000 tires. With the facility, the premium tire manufacturer is centralizing its warehouses in the area of Otrokovice. As a result, Continental’s logistics processes could be further optimized while lowering CO2 emissions of its operations. The new warehouse is 43 meters high — which ...
Renault reorganizes sales and marketing functions to focus on aftersales and distribution
Renault Group is reorganizing its Sales and Marketing functions to focus on two key areas: Aftersales, and also the distribution network and customers. As part of the move, the company has announced a number of new appointments in two Sales and Marketing departments, giving new emphasis to their strategic roles in steering and development. The new organization has been effective from Dec. 18, 2023. The company said its objective is to coordinate all the group's aftersales activities and deplo...
Japan’s JTEKT establishes first aftermarket sales office in Africa
Japan’s JTEKT Corp. announced that it has established JTEKT Sales Middle East (JSME) in Nairobi, Kenya, with the opening of a new JSME Kenya branch, according to a press release dated Nov. 28. The move aims to strengthen the company’s sales network in Africa, where future growth is expected, the release added. In order to strengthen its aftermarket business, JTEKT launched an aftermarket business headquarters in April 2021 and has been strengthening the sales expansion of aftermarket...
CLEPA calls for rules to ensure fair competition in the automotive aftermarket
The European Association of Automotive Suppliers (Comité de Liaison Européen des Fabricants d'Equipements et de Pièces Automobiles: CLEPA) has released a note on the importance of competition as a fundamental principle in the automotive aftermarket and the importance of permanent adaption of the framework that fosters competition developed by the legislator and the European Court of Justice, according to the statement by CLEPA Secretary General Benjamin Krieger dated April 12. The associat...
Fuchs SE and Mercedes-Benz AG announce aftersales partnership
Fuchs SE, the world's largest independent supplier of lubricant solutions for almost all industries and applications, and Mercedes-Benz Global Customer Service & Parts have announced a strategic business partnership aimed at fostering innovation, technology and sustainability in the automotive aftersales, according to a press release dated April 4. The two companies signed a collaboration contract on March 28. The companies said the partnership is poised to redefine automotive lubrication...
Survey reveals 84% of US independent repair shops view vehicle data access as top issue
US-based Auto Care Association has released results from a new nationwide survey of repair shops highlighting the challenges that independent repair facilities face when servicing vehicles, often forcing them to turn away business, according to a press release dated April 10. These new survey findings reiterate the immediate need for the bipartisan REPAIR Act, which would ensure that vehicle owners and repairers of their choice have access to the vehicle data, tools and software required to main...
Mahle Aftermarket launches new generation of workshop diagnostic tools
Mahle Aftermarket has announced the launch of the second generation of its workshop diagnostic tools Mahle TechPRO and Brain Bee Connex, according to a press release dated April 3. The company said its developers have completely redesigned the user interface and further improved usability. The tool now guides workshop teams intuitively and more efficiently through the respective application, enabling smooth vehicle diagnostics. The tool includes a new VCI connector, which is claimed to b...
Interview: Autel on advanced driver assistance systems and electrification aftermarket trends in India
Original equipment manufacturers introduced various advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technologies within their vehicles from the 1980s including parking sensors, adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane-departure warning systems (LDW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB). Blind spot monitoring (BSM) also featured more prominently from the 2000s, with the combination of these technologies typically classified as Level 1 ADAS. Technologies in vehicles have now evolved to include more advan...
Interview: Mahle India Aftermarket on industry trends in India
The Indian automotive aftermarket is of keen interest to global and national automotive and aftermarket stakeholders. According to S&P Global, the number of vehicles in operation (VIO) in the country is the fastest growing compared to any other market in the world, estimated to reach over 80 million units by 2030, up from 44 million in 2020. The average age of the fleet is also increasing gradually every year, with over 32 million units expected to be out of warranty (above the age of fi...
Interview: India’s ACMA on need for ‘Right to Repair’ and state of unorganized aftermarket
India’s automotive aftermarket has seen moderate growth in the last four years, with turnover increasing from $10.1 billion in fiscal year 2018–19 to $10.6 billion in fiscal year 2022–23, according to data from the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the apex body of the Indian auto component industry. While the last few years have been marked by slow growth, the association sees aftermarket business picking up over the next five years on the back of growing veh...
Interview: Schaeffler India on aftermarket trends and need for standardization
Schaeffler India Ltd.’s Automotive Aftermarket division is responsible for its Spare Parts business and delivers repair solutions through its three brands — LuK, INA and FAG, which offer clutch release systems, transmission and engine applications. Additionally, the company offers a range of lubricants and other consumable products under the Schaeffler TruPower brand. At the recently held Automechanika New Delhi 2024, Schaeffler India showcased its new-gen Serviceable Clutch Systems for ...
Old vehicles to be upgraded as mainland China moves to boost domestic consumption
Mainland China has launched an extensive trade-in scheme to upgrade the stock of automobiles on its roads. The scheme, aimed at urging consumers to replace their old vehicles with new ones, is part of the nation’s efforts to boost investment and consumption and reduce energy consumption and emissions. The initial announcement was made at a press conference on March 6 on the sidelines of the second session of the 14th National People's Congress by China’s Minister of Commerce, Wang Wentao....
Interview: Autel on advanced driver assistance systems and electrification aftermarket trends in India
Original equipment manufacturers introduced various advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technologies within their vehicles from the 1980s including parking sensors, adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane-departure warning systems (LDW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB). Blind spot monitoring (BSM) also featured more prominently from the 2000s, with the combination of these technologies typically classified as Level 1 ADAS. Technologies in vehicles have now evolved to include more advan...
Interview: Mahle India Aftermarket on industry trends in India
The Indian automotive aftermarket is of keen interest to global and national automotive and aftermarket stakeholders. According to S&P Global, the number of vehicles in operation (VIO) in the country is the fastest growing compared to any other market in the world, estimated to reach over 80 million units by 2030, up from 44 million in 2020. The average age of the fleet is also increasing gradually every year, with over 32 million units expected to be out of warranty (above the age of fi...
Interview: India’s ACMA on need for ‘Right to Repair’ and state of unorganized aftermarket
India’s automotive aftermarket has seen moderate growth in the last four years, with turnover increasing from $10.1 billion in fiscal year 2018–19 to $10.6 billion in fiscal year 2022–23, according to data from the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the apex body of the Indian auto component industry. While the last few years have been marked by slow growth, the association sees aftermarket business picking up over the next five years on the back of growing veh...

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