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.
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.
9 June 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Johnson Controls said it was forming a joint venture with Binzhou Bohai Piston, an auto parts affiliate of Beijing Automotive Industry Group, to build its fourth Chinese automotive battery factory.
8 June 2016 | Dave Leggett
Automechanika – the German based exhibitor best known for its automotive aftermarket fairs – has added Birmingham, UK, to its international exhibition list for the first time this week. The trade fair at the National Exibition Centre (NEC) also includes a substantial element of supply chain participants as well as aftermarket exhibitors, something of a departure for heavily aftermarket focused Automechanika events.
7 June 2016 | Graeme Roberts
SMMT supply chain members plan GBP225m of spending over the next three years, as efforts continue to boost the British content of vehicles built in the UK, a survey found.
7 June 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Michelin said it was scaling up its competitiveness plan, targeting cost savings of EUR1.2bn (US$1.36bn) between 2017 and 2020 following expected annual savings of EUR200m to EUR250m in the period 2012-2016.
19 May 2016 | Dave Leggett
Vauxhall has announced that owners of Vauxhall Zafira B models will be invited to bring their vehicles back to Vauxhall dealerships "so that a preventative action can be carried out to protect the vehicles from the risk of fire"
4 May 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Ford is claiming to be the first automaker to offer factory-installed strobe warning lights, with availability just extended from Super Duty models to include F-150 pickup truck fleet customers.
3 May 2016 | Dave Leggett
The multi-billion pound motor insurance industry faces a period of radical restructuring as a result of the advent of autonomously driving cars according to research carried out by Swiss Re.
27 April 2016 | Simon Warburton
Organisers of next year's EquipAuto aftermarket show in Paris are to unveil a raft of initiatives to tempt international exhibitors back to the French capital in a bid to regain numbers before the financial crash of 2007.
19 April 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Schaeffler Group is increasing its roller bearing capacity with a new manufacturing hall at its FAG Magyarorszag Ipari plant in Debrecen, Hungary. The laying of the foundation stone is planned for this year and the first products will be made in the second half of 2017.
7 April 2016 | Simon Warburton
Component manufacturer Spark Minda says it has acquired Panalfa Autoelektrik in Bawal, Haryana, through its company, Minda Corporation.
4 April 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Mazda UK has brought its customer relations centre in-house at its new head office in Dartford, Kent, replacing its "traditional outsourced customer contact centre approach" with its own employees.
4 April 2016 | Graeme Roberts
Kia Motors and Total Lubrifiants have renewed their partnership agreement for another five years with Total remaining Kia's "preferred" aftermarket lubricants supplier exclusively across a network of 5,500 dealers in 180 countries - including west European markets from 1 January, 2017.
30 March 2016 | Dave Leggett
Analysis undertaken internally by Takata suggests that a full recall of its airbag inflators could cost as much as US$24bn, according to reports.