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Denso expanding on PowerEdge

January 25, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – Denso Products and Services Americas is building on its PowerEdge Diesel Aftertreatment Program, expanding the coverage for its Diesel Particulate Filters. By this spring it will also offer full coverage of Diesel Oxidation Catalysts.

“We recognized the need for an all-new program as costs associated with core management rise and core fallout increases,” says Joe Mejaly, senior vice president. “In addition, we are employing cutting edge technology to improve both the quality and performance of our product offering.”

Bill Hanvey, president and Chief Executive Officer of the Autocare Association
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Group looks for common parts language

January 25, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – A Brockville, Ontario, business is playing a leading role in a North American initiative that hopes to bring order to the chaos of describing truck parts.

The Autocare Association’s HDDA Heavy Duty arm is working with suppliers to adopt common ways to describe the different components, leveraging the expertise of Canada’s Pricdex Software. The advantage is that distributors and their customers would more easily be able to compare one offering to the next.

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Canada key to Meritor aftermarket strategy

January 24, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – Mississauga, Ontario, will get a new distribution center this April as Meritor refines its North American aftermarket strategy. And it’s not the only way Canada is playing a key role in the company’s broader plans.

“The aftermarket team has worked tirelessly this year to improve our delivery accuracy and speed,” says Brett Penzkofer, vice president – North American aftermarket. “Now we ship to customers on a daily basis, wherever they may be.”

It’s come a long way.

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Canada’s heavy-duty aftermarket worth $4.2 billion

January 24, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – Repairing trucks and trailers is big business in Canada, and it’s getting bigger.

The nation’s aftermarket serving Class 6-8 trucks and trailers was worth $4.2 billion in 2017, and is projected to reach $4.4 billion this year, according to analysts at MacKay and Company.

Parts prices are expected to rise 3.7% because of factors including the Canada-U.S. exchange rate.

“Everything looks fairly positive,” says John Blodgett, vice president – sales and marketing, referring to growth in oil activity, the Gross Domestic Product, and international trade. “Obviously if the U.S. screws up NAFTA and provides some issues there … that could potentially have a negative impact. Hopefully level heads will figure that out and we won’t have too much impact from that.”

Like most other analysts, the team at MacKay and Company was surprised by the 2017 market for equipment sales. In a good way.

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Communication key to distributor partnerships

January 24, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – Price plays a role in any business transaction, but strong relationships continue to be a differentiator when it comes to selling truck parts — even in an era of e-commerce.

“It’s changed the way communication happens, but it doesn’t change the type of communication,” says Carl Mesker, SAF Holland’s vice president – aftermarket. “What’s critically important is the relationship and the trust.”

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Stable economic growth to continue in U.S.

January 24, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – The U.S. government itself shut down over the weekend, but the overall economy of Canada’s largest trading partner seems to be in good shape.

The country’s Gross Domestic Product expanded by 2.3% over the past year. “This is, all in all, a decent number but not an impressive number,” said Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor with the Chicago Federal Reserve. Annual growth experienced in the 1990s was closer to 3-4%.

But steady growth like this can be good news, easing the concern about a market correction, he told a crowd at the Heavy Duty Dialogue in Las Vegas.

The country is in the midst of its third-longest expansion in history, now in its ninth year.

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Haldex partners with Fras-le on disc brakes

January 24, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – Haldex is bringing its Air Disc Brakes to North America with a “big bang,” says Walter Frankiewicz, president and senior vice president, Haldex North America.

The company announced during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week that it is offering a full line of all-makes Air Disc Brake pad repair kits through a partnership with Fras-le.

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Wabco launches ProVia budget brand

January 24, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – Wabco has unveiled the ProVia brand of budget parts, taking a step that it says will help bridge the gap between “parts of questionable origin” and premium aftermarket offerings.

The products are available exclusively through Wabco’s North American aftermarket organization or distributor network.

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Aftermarket increasingly global, online

January 23, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – The business of selling truck parts has become increasingly global, introducing a series of new brands along the way. But the source of the parts is only one thing to change, as the industry is further transformed by the tools of e-commerce.

“It’s amazing to see what’s happened in the last 10 to 15 years,” said Heavy Duty Manufacturing Association president Tim Kraus, referring to the global alliances of Volvo and Mack, Paccar and DAF, Navistar and Volkswagen, and equipment made under the Daimler umbrella.

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NAFTA transformed truck making

January 23, 2018 by elizabeth

LAS VEGAS, NV – U.S. President Donald Trump continues his threats to pull Canada’s largest trading partner out of NAFTA. But when it comes to heavy truck manufacturing, Canada may have experienced some of the biggest losses.

“If I were Canada, I’d be upset because all the business is gone,” observed Stu MacKay of MacKay and Company, sharing statistics during the annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas.