Aftermarket: Latest news and analysis articles
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?
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.
13 March 2015 | Graeme Roberts
Post-Geneva, there was no shortage of auto industry happenings this week.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
15 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks
The second world premiere for November's Los Angeles Auto Show has been confirmed. It will be the Volvo V90 Cross Country, which replaces the XC70. As Volvo will not have a stand at the Paris show, Los Angeles will be the new model's public debut.
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.
13 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts
The world's largest second-use battery storage, a 13MWh project, is now nearing completion after construction time of just under a year: 1,000 battery systems from second generation Daimler Smart Fortwo electric cars are being grouped in Lünen, Westphalia.
13 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Hyperdrive Innovation said it was the first company to secure the supply of Nissan’s UK-made Leaf lithium-ion battery technology for its own commercial products.
1 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Daimler has announced all Mercedes-Benz Trucks 'genuine parts' can now be ordered via the global, cross-brand replacement parts platform partslink24.
31 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Toyota GB has established a new function, ConsumerOne, dedicated to improving customer experience, and named Paula Cooper to head up the operation as director, joining the company’s executive team.
25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts
AGC Automotive Europe has introduced its darkest grey glass to date, intended primarily for car roofs and rear windows.
23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Michelin Group began construction of its 69th global plant this week with an official ground-breaking and traditional first stone ceremony at the new site in León, Guanajuato, in central Mexico.
16 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Audi has introduced a new wireless charging case for the Apple iPhone that works in conjunction with its optional phone box connection and charging system.
12 August 2016 | Dave Leggett
Researchers appear to have uncovered a security glitch affecting as many as 100m vehicles sold by Volkswagen Group over the past twenty years. Potentially, vehicles are vulnerable to theft because keyless entry systems can be hacked via radio devices.
9 August 2016 | Simon Warburton
Apollo Tyres has posted first quarter (to 30 June) profit of RsCrores315 (US$47m), while Indian Operations recorded revenue growth of 6%.
20 July 2016 | Tony Pugliese
South Korean automotive parts manufacturer, Hyundai Mobis, announced this week that it had established a new distribution centre in Belgium.
15 July 2016 | Tony Pugliese
Creditors of Kumho Tire are preparing to sell their respective stakes in South Korea’s second largest tyre manufacturer, according to local reports.
15 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Johnson Matthey said drinks company executive Anna Manz would join the company's board on 17 October, succeeding Den Jones as group finance director.
7 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) has officially opened its new technical centre in the UK.
6 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts
ZF Friedrichshafen is taking another step in the integration of TRW Automotive by combining the two aftermarket organisations of ZF Services and TRW Aftermarket.
5 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Michelin plans to build a factory in central Mexico to manufacture high-end tyres for passenger cars and light trucks.
1 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts
NGK Spark Plug is expanding its production with a new plant in Komaki, Japan.