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THE WEEK - aftermarket player and new products

27 May 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Matthew Beecham's Q&A with Dayco, which develops and manufactures engine products and drive systems, including timing belts, chain kits, belts and pulleys for the OE and aftermarket attracted a lot of eyes this week. He caught up with Steve Carolan, national sales manager, Dayco Aftermarket UK to learn how its business is taking shape. New Jaguars always attract interest, and especially so when it's the brand's first foray into territory previously the domain of sibling brand Range Rover. Cue sibling war or complementary co-existence? And can it see off Porsche?

COMMENT - Detroit basks but for how long?

14 January 2016 | Dave Leggett

The mood at the Detroit Show this week was good, but there was also a sense that the future could be less bright. The good news right now is that the US light vehicle market is running north of 17m units a year and forecast to grow a little further in 2016.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Out 'n' about with Mazda

13 March 2015 | Graeme Roberts

Post-Geneva, there was no shortage of auto industry happenings this week.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: There's a ghost in the house...

31 October 2014 | Dave Leggett

Yes folks, there's a ghost in the house and the temptation is to say, it's the ghost of safety. Okay, that's a bit laboured in the week of Halloween, but safety was an underlying theme in some of this week's news.

Latest interviews

Hella Gutmann Solutions on camera calibration -Q&A

15 June 2016 | Matthew Beecham

While self-driving cars are not yet available to the public, there are a number of models offering some form of advanced assistance to the driver. These include adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning systems that require a camera to be fitted, typically behind the windscreen. Upon replacing the windscreen, the camera typically needs to be recalibrated. To learn more, we spoke to Hella Gutmann Solutions GmbH’s managing director Björn Rietschel about the company’s camera calibration tool and the prospects for self-calibrating systems.

Champion on trends in the wiper blade aftermarket

6 June 2016 | Matthew Beecham

In theory, the wiper blade is a service replacement item. In reality, some of us prolong the moment until the squeaks and juddering of a worn out wiper blade force a pit stop. It has been suggested that the European wiper blade aftermarket could double if motorists appreciated what a safety-critical component it is. While some believe that wiper blade manufacturers have a way to go to change consumer habits and achieve market growth, Champion reports that its latest marketing efforts have shown "great promise for future growth." Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Jerry Banks, Federal-Mogul Motorparts senior product manager, wipers about trends in the automotive wiper blade aftermarket.

Latest news

Volvo Car UK to recruit 300 new technicians

17 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Car UK is launching a nationwide recruitment drive for 300 new technicians to join its 119-outlet dealer network by 2020, in line with the brand's increasing sales and its growing product range.

Nissan Europe's aftersales chief faces challenges

16 February 2017 | Chris Wright

Cars are become safer, more reliable and people are actually driving less – all of which are giving carmakers a headache because they are experiencing a squeeze on one of their most lucrative profit centres - aftersales.

JCI to increase US battery production capacity

3 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Johnson Controls is announcing investments to grow aftermarket battery manufacturing capability in the US. The company will accelerate US$450m in investment at its existing facilities across the country to increase capacity to grow its aftermarket service and supply capabilities.

Freudenberg adds US cabin filter production line

2 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (FFT) has added a new cabin air filter production line at its US factory in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Ford launches non-Ford replacement parts brand

24 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

After offering Motorcraft 'genuine Ford' replacement parts worldwide for decades, the automaker's customer service division is now launching Omnicraft, a a new brand of replacement parts for all makes of non-franchise vehicles.

Shell announces Rolls-Royce oil supply deal

16 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Shell has announced an aftermarket/service oil supply deal with BMW's Rolls-Royce. Supply of 'genuine engine oil' actually began in October 2016 to dealers worldwide.

NHTSA investigates Chrysler 'rollaway' problem

21 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

The NHTSA has launched an investigation into about a million Fiat Chrysler Ram pickup trucks and SUVs prompted by complaints that vehicles have rolled away and crashed after being parked.

Vitro to acquire PGW's glass business from LKQ

20 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Vitro has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Pittsburgh Glass Works' automotive business from LKQ Corporation for around US$310m.

Nissan targets growth with 'hyper-personalisation'

1 December 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Nissan Motor is preparing to launch a big aftermarket offensive in Japan by offering its customers a wide range of personalisation options to help drive up revenues.

Chinese tyre JV in Thailand targets US exports

23 November 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Thai tyre manufacturers ND Rubber and Siam Rubber have signed a joint venture agreement with China’s Shandong YinbaoTyre Group to build a manufacturing plant for truck and passenger car tyres in Chonburi province.

2016 LA auto show - world premieres list

17 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The following cars, light trucks and concepts were world premieres at the 2016 LA auto show.

Goodyear expands China tyre factory

2 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The Goodyear tyre & Rubber Company has broken ground on a US$485m expansion of its tyre factory in Pulandian, Dalian, China.

FCA building new Mopar PDC in Michigan

28 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

FCA US has announced a US$10.4m investment in a new Mopar Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) located in Romulus, Michigan. The new facility will encompass 500,000 square feet and more than 100 workers. Preliminary construction work has already begun on the new Metro Detroit PDC.

Toyota recalls 340,000 Prius models worldwide

27 October 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Toyota Motor announced this week it is recalling 340,000 electric-hybrid Prius passenger cars worldwide because of defects with the hand-brake/parking brake.

Takata appoints new VP of Ethics and Compliance

26 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Crisis-hit Takata Corporation has announced that its US subsidiary TK Holdings (TKH) has appointed Paul M. O’Brien as vice president of Ethics and Compliance.

NHTSA confirms 11th US Takata fatality

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed that a crash fatality in Riverside County, Calif., is tied to a rupture of a recalled Takata air bag inflator. The victim, a 50-year-old female, died after sustaining injuries in a crash on Friday,30 September 2016. NHTSA investigators have inspected the vehicle, in cooperation with local authorities.

Pirelli announces further investment in Romania

4 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Pirelli is celebrating ten years of its industrial presence in Romania and announcing further investment of around EUR200m (US$224.7m) through 2021 at the Slatina production hub, underlining its strategic importance to the group’s activities.

Mercedes expands parts infrastructure in India

27 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz has opened what it says is the largest parts warehouse in the luxury car industry and also setting up the company’s largest retail training academy in South Asia, christened as the 'Mercedes-Benz Academy'.

Kumho Tire auction to start in November

21 September 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Creditors of Kumho Tire gave formal notice this week that they will hold an open auction for their respective holdings in the South Korean tyre manufacturer with preliminary bidding scheduled to start in early November.

Continental successfully tests dandelion tyres

14 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Continental has produced a small batch of its ContiWinterContact TS 850 P tyres with treads made exclusively of rubber from the dandelion root, for testing. In drives at test sites in Arividsjaur (Swedish Lapland) and at the Contidrom (Lower Saxony), the tyres made of 'Taraxagum' demonstrated properties expected by developers.

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