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THE WEEK - aftermarket player and new products

Matthew Beecham's Q&A with Dayco, which develops and manufactures engine products and drive systems, including timing belts, chain kits, bel...

COMMENT - Detroit basks but for how long?

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...

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

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

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

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 H...

Latest Interviews

Hella Gutmann Solutions on camera calibration -Q&A 15 Jun 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 Jun 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

JCI JV eyes China's start-stop battery market 9 Jun 16

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.


Automechanika fair debuts in Birmingham 8 Jun 16

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.


UK suppliers eye spending and local content boosts 7 Jun 16

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.


Michelin extends cost savings plans 7 Jun 16

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.


Vauxhall announces new recall of Zafira models 19 May 16

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"


Ford claims factory fit first for F-150 strobes 4 May 16

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.


Autonomous cars to shake up car insurance 3 May 16

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.


EquipAuto to outline 2017 show initiatives 27 Apr 16

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.


Schaeffler to expand Hungary bearing factory 19 Apr 16

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.


Spark Minda acquires Panalfa Autoeletrik 7 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Component manufacturer Spark Minda says it has acquired Panalfa Autoelektrik in Bawal, Haryana, through its company, Minda Corporation.


Mazda UK brings customer relations centre in-house 4 Apr 16

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.


Kia extends Total lubricants partnership to Europe 4 Apr 16

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.


Takata airbags recall could cost $24bn - report 30 Mar 16

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.


Pirelli 2015 revenue up 4.8% 17 Mar 16

Graeme Roberts

Pirelli said its 2015 operating performance was in line with targets after it booked revenue growth of 4.8% year on year to EUR6,309.6m (US$7078m), above the 2015 target of "over EUR6.25bn" thanks to the "great" improvement in the price/mix component (+7.1% compared to a target of "equal to or above" 5.5%) as a consequence of price increases, greater replacement sales and more diverse geographic and product mixes.


Bridgestone to add run-flat tyres in Europe 14 Mar 16

Dave Leggett

Bridgestone is to roll out run-flat tyres as replacement options in the European market this spring.


Cooper Standard to repurchase stock 14 Mar 16

Graeme Roberts

Cooper-Standard Holdings has approved a securities repurchase programme, authorising the company to repurchase, in the aggregate, up to US$125m of its outstanding common stock or warrants to purchase common stock.


Most Europe car buyers want a radio - survey 9 Mar 16

Graeme Roberts

A survey of drivers across UK, France and Germany showed that, despite new in-car technology, eight of 10 car drivers would never consider buying a car without a radio.


Lamborghini chief moving to head Audi's Quattro 23 Feb 16

Graeme Roberts

Automobili Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann (51) will be the new CEO of Quattro, a fully owned subsidiary of Audi, which produces and distributes the high performance R and RS models.


Ford details FordPass for Europe 22 Feb 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford of Europe has announced details of services FordPass - launched at the Detroit show last January will offer across the continent.


BMW building new parts centre in Thailand 10 Feb 16

Graeme Roberts

BMW is spending THB220m (US$6.3m) on a new national parts distribution centre in Bang-Na, on the outskirts of the Thai capital Bangkok.

Latest blogs

Queen of Parts 18 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday this week (April 21).


Wind, fire and then locusts? 4 Aug 15

Graeme Roberts

As one who has worked 'down in parts' in a previous life I have not a little sympathy for the warehouse and counter men and women at Hyundai Motor Company Australia's spare parts operation.

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