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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

AGC Automotive launches ultra-dark grey glass

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

AGC Automotive Europe has introduced its darkest grey glass to date, intended primarily for car roofs and rear windows.

Michelin breaks ground for 69th global plant

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.

Audi launches iPhone wireless charging case

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.

VW hit by keyless entry hack

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.

Apollo records Q1 profit up 11% to US$47m

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%.

Hyundai Mobis opens distribution hub in Belgium

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.

Creditors to sell controlling stake in Kumho Tire

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.

Johnson Matthey appoints new group CFO

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.

JLR SVO opens new Coventry tech centre

7 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) has officially opened its new technical centre in the UK.

ZF and TRW combining aftermarket organisations

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.

Michelin plans Mexico plant

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.

NGK Spark Plug expanding production in Japan

1 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

NGK Spark Plug is expanding its production with a new plant in Komaki, Japan.

JCI JV eyes China's start-stop battery market

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.

Automechanika fair debuts in Birmingham

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.

UK suppliers eye spending and local content boosts

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.

Michelin extends cost savings plans

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.

Vauxhall announces new recall of Zafira models

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"

Ford claims factory fit first for F-150 strobes

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.

Autonomous cars to shake up car insurance

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.

EquipAuto to outline 2017 show initiatives

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.

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